One of the three Olympic equestrian disciplines, eventing is a formidable combination of dressage, cross country and show jumping done over four days (two days of dressage, and one day for each of cross country and show jumping), with riders competing the same horse for each phase of competition. Eventing tests the horse and rider’s partnership to the extreme, with exceptional horsemanship, athleticism and determination the key to finishing on the top of the podium.
At the FEI World Equestrian Games Captain Mark Phillips (GBR) is designing the cross country course. Competing nations can field teams of up to five riders, with the best three scores to count towards the team standing. Team and individual medals will be awarded after the show jumping.
Dressage is the ultimate expression of communication and elegance between horse and rider. The Olympic discipline is often compared to ballet, with a scoring system similar to that of ice skating. The harmonious connection between the human and equine athletes allows each pair to perform an intricate pattern of movements for which they receive scores from a seven-member judging panel.
At the FEI World Equestrian Games riders will compete in a Grand Prix test, which will decide the team standings. This will also act as a qualifier for individuals to progress in the competition, with the Grand Prix Special being the first test where an individual title is up for grabs. The Grand Prix Freestyle competition is the jewel in international dressage competition’s crown, and will take place on the morning of Sunday 16th September, with only the very best riders and horses dancing to their own music to battle it out for top spot on the podium.