2018 FEI World Equestrian Games

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2018 World Equestrian Games
Host city Mill Spring, North Carolina
Nations participating 68
Athletes participating 702
Events 29 in 8 disciplines
Opening ceremony September 11, 2018 (2018-09-11)
Closing ceremony September 23, 2018 (2018-09-23)
Website Tryon 2018

The 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games are being held in Mill Spring, North Carolina, U.S. at the Tryon International Equestrian Center, from September 11 to September 23, 2018.[1] This is the eighth edition of the games, which are held every four years and run by the International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI). This is the second time that North America is hosting the Games, the previous time being in 2010, when the United States were also the hosts. United States will become the first nation to host the Games twice.

Bidding process[edit]

The initial bidding process for the 2018 edition of the World Equestrian Games started in 2011 with the initial application stage. Eight countries expressed their interest, and five of them became official candidates in 2012: Rabat, Bromont, Budapest, Vienna and Wellington. Australia, Russia and Sweden withdrew before the official candidature phase.[2]

By 2013, four of the official candidates dropped out, leaving only Bromont in the running. However, instead of awarding the Games to Canada, FEI decided to re-open the bidding process on July 1, 2013, as the Bromont bid was lacking financial support.[3] Bromont remained in the running and was joined by two USA candidates (Wellington and Lexington) as well as Great Britain.[4]

Great Britain and Wellington dropped out, leaving only Bromont and Lexington in contention. Bromont was finally awarded the hosting rights on June 9, 2014.[5]

Bromont withdrew from hosting in 2016, as the financial support was not secured.[6] Following Bromont's withdrawal, Tryon, North Carolina and Šamorín, Slovakia expressed their interest in hosting the event. Tryon was awarded the Games on November 3, 2016.

Venues[edit]

  • Tryon International Equestrian Center, Mill Spring, North Carolina
    • U.S. Trust Arena – Jumping, Dressage and Eventing (stadium jumping)
    • Tryon Stadium – Ceremonies, Eventing (Dressage) and Para-dressage
    • Covered Arena – Reining and Vaulting
    • Driving Stadium – Driving (Dressage, Obstacle Cones)
    • White Oak Course - Eventing (Cross-country) and Driving (Marathon)
    • TIEC and surrounding farmland - Endurance

Schedule[edit]

All times are Eastern Daylight Time (UTC-4)

Event Competitions 1 Number of Gold Medal Events
September 12
Wed
13
Thu
14
Fri
15
Sat
16
Sun
17
Mon
18
Tue
19
Wed
20
Thu
21
Fri
22
Sat
23
Sun
Gold medal events
Dressage 1 1 1 3
Driving 2 2
Endurance 2 2
Eventing 2 2
Jumping 1 1 2
Para-dressage 3 2 1 5 11
Reining 1 1 2
Vaulting 1 1 3 5
Total gold medal events 3 1 1 1 3 0 3 3 1 2 8 3 29
Cumulative total 3 4 5 6 9 9 12 15 16 18 26 29

Ceremonies[edit]

Event Date Starting Time Event Details
11 September 19:30 Opening Ceremony
23 September 17:30 Closing Ceremony

Dressage[edit]

Event Date Starting Time Event Details
12 September 08:45 Grand Prix Day 1
13 September 08:45 Grand Prix Day 2
14 September 10:30 Grand Prix Special
16 September 08:30 Grand Prix Freestyle

Driving[edit]

Event Date Starting Time Event Details
21 September 11:00 Dressage
22 September 11:00 Marathon
23 September 09:30 Obstacle Cones

Endurance[edit]

Event Date Starting Time Event Details
12 September 07:00 Team and Individual Competition

Eventing[edit]

Event Date Starting Time Event Details
13 September 09:00 Dressage Day 1
14 September 09:00 Dressage Day 2
15 September 11:00 Cross Country
16 September 15:15 Jumping

Jumping[edit]

Event Date Starting Time Event Details
19 September 09:00 Speed Competition
20 September 09:00 Team Competition Day 1
21 September 13:30 Team Competition Day 2
23 September 10:00 Individual Competition

Reining[edit]

Event Date Starting Time Event Details
12 September 08:30 Team Competition & 1st Ind. Qual. Round 1
13 September 14:00 2nd Ind. Qual. Competition
15 September 18:00 Individual Final Competition

Vaulting[edit]

Event Date Starting Time Event Details
18 September 09:30 Compulsory Competitions (Men's, Women's, Squad)
19 September 09:30 Freestyle Competitions (Men's, Women's), Pas-de-Deux Qual., Team Freestyle Final
20 September 12:00 Freestyle Competition (Squad), Technical Competitions (Men's, Women's), Pas-de-Deux Final
22 September 12:00 Freestyle Finals (Men's, Women's, Squad)

Para-Dressage[edit]

Event Date Starting Time Event Details
18 September 08:30 Ind. Champ. Test Grade II, IV & V
19 September 08:30 Ind. Champ. Test Grade I & III
20 September 09:00 Team Test Grade II, IV & V
21 September 09:00 Team Test Grade I & III
22 September 09:30 Ind. Freestyle Test Grade I, II, III, IV & V

Participating nations[edit]

68 nations are scheduled to take part.[7]

Medal summary[edit]

Dressage[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Individual special dressage
details
Isabell Werth
on Bella Rose
 Germany
Laura Graves
on Verdades
 United States
Charlotte Dujardin
on Mount St John Freestyle
 Great Britain
Individual freestyle dressage
details
Competition cancelled due to Hurricane Florence[8]
Team dressage
details
 Germany
Jessica von Bredow-Werndl on TSF Dalera BB
Dorothee Schneider on Sammy Davis Jr.
Sönke Rothenberger on Cosmo
Isabell Werth on Bella Rose
 United States
Steffen Peters on Suppenkasper
Adrienne Lyle on Salvino
Kasey Perry-Glass on Goerklintgaards Dublet
Laura Graves on Verdades
 Great Britain
Spencer Wilton on Super Nova II
Emile Faurie on Dono di Maggio
Carl Hester on Hawtins Delicato
Charlotte Dujardin on Mount St John Freestyle

Driving[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Individual driving
details
Team driving
details

Endurance[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Individual endurance
details
Competition cancelled due to excessive heat and humidity[9]
Team endurance
details
Competition cancelled due to excessive heat and humidity

Eventing[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Individual eventing
details
Rosalind Canter
on Allstar B
 Great Britain
Padraig McCarthy
on Mr Chunky
 Ireland
Ingrid Klimke
on SAP Hale Bob OLD
 Germany
Team eventing
details
 Great Britain
Rosalind Canter on Allstar B
Piggy French on Quarrycrest Echo
Tom McEwen on Toledo de Kerser
Gemma Tattersall on Arctic Soul
 Ireland
Padraig McCarthy on Mr Chunky
Sarah Ennis on Horseware Stellor Rebound
Sam Watson on Horseware Ardagh Highlight
Cathal Daniels on Rioghan Rua
 France
Thibaut Vallette on Qing du Briot ENE HN
Maxime Livio on Opium de Verrieres
Sidney Dufresne on Tresor Mail
Donatien Schauly on Pivoine des Touches

Jumping[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Individual jumping
details
Team jumping
details
 United States
Devin Ryan on Eddie Blue
Adrienne Sternlicht on Cristalline
Laura Kraut on Zeremonie
McLain Ward on Clinta
 Sweden
Henrik von Eckermann on Toveks Mary Lou
Malin Baryard-Johnsson on H&M Indiana
Fredrik Jönsson on Cold Play
Peder Fredricson on H&M Christian K
 Germany
Simone Blum on DSP Alice
Laura Klaphake on Catch Me If You Can OLD
Maurice Tebbel on Don Diarado
Marcus Ehning on Pret A Tout

Reining[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Individual reining
details
Bernard Fonck
on What a Wave
 Belgium
Daniel Huss
on Miss Dreamy
 United States
Cade McCutcheon
on Custom Made Gun
 United States
Team reining
details
 United States
Casey Deary on Heavy Duty Chex
Cade Mccutcheon on Custom Made Gun
Daniel Huss on Miss Dreamy
Jordan Larson on ARC Gunnabeabigstar
 Belgium
Dries Verschueren on Smart'n'Sparkin
Ann Poels on Made In Walla
Cira Baeck on Gunners Snappy Chic
Bernard Fonck on What a Wave
 Germany
Grischa Ludwig on Ruf Lil Diamond
Markus Süchting on Spotlight Charly
Robin Schoeller on Wimpy Kaweah
Julia Schumacher on Coeurs Little Tyke

Vaulting[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's individual
details
Women's individual
details
Squad
details
Pas-de-deux
details
 Italy
Lorenzo Lupacchini
Silvia Stopazzini
on Rosenstolz lunged by Laura Carnabuci
 Austria
Jasmin Lindner
Lukas Wacha
on Dr. Doolittle lunged by Klaus Haidacher
 Germany
Janika Derks
Johannes Kay
on Dark Beluga lunged by Barbara Rosiny
Team
details
 Germany
Kristina Boe (i)
on Don de la Mar lunged by Winnie Schlüter
Jannik Heiland (i)
on Dark Beluga lunged by Barbara Rosiny
Thomas Brüsewitz (s)
Torben Jacobs (s)
Jana Zelesny (s)
Chiara Congia (s)
Justin van Gerven (s)
Corinna Knauf (s)
on Danny Boy OLD lunged by Patric Looser
  Switzerland
Nadja Büttiker (i)
on Acardi van de Kapel lunged by Monika Winkler-Bischofberger
Lukas Heppler (i)
on Acardi van de Kapel lunged by Monika Winkler-Bischofberger
Nadja Büttiker (s)
Ramona Näf (s)
Elisabeth Bieri (s)
Aline Koller (s)
Kyra Seiler (s)
Samira Koller (s)
on Rayo de la Luz lunged by Monika Winkler-Bischofberger
 Austria
Katharina Luschin (i)
on Fairytale lunged by Maria Lehrmann
Lisa Wild (i)
on Fairytale lunged by Maria Lehrmann
Lisa Wild (s)
Katharina Luschin (s)
Magdalena Riegler (s)
Barbara Hruza (s)
Nikolaus Luschin (s)
Leonie Poljc (s)
on Alessio l'Amabile lunged by Maria Lehrmann

(i) - individual, (s) - squad

Para-dressage[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Individual championship grade I
details
Sara Morganti
on Royal Delight
 Italy
Laurentia Tan
on Fuerst Sherlock
 Singapore
Elke Philipp
on Fuerst Sinclair
 Germany
Individual championship grade II
details
Stinna Kaastrup
on Horsebo Smarties
 Denmark
Pepo Puch
on Sailor's Blue
 Austria
Nicole den Dulk
on Wallace N.O.P.
 Netherlands
Individual championship grade III
details
Rixt van der Horst
on Findsley
 Netherlands
Natasha Baker
on Mount St John Diva Dannebrog
 Great Britain
Rebecca Hart
on El Corona Texel
 United States
Individual championship grade IV
details
Sanne Voets
on Dematur N.O.P.
 Netherlands
Rodolpho Riskalla
on Don Henrico
 Brazil
Susanne Sunesen
on CSK's Que Faire
 Denmark
Individual championship grade V
details
Sophie Wells
on C Fatal Attraction
 Great Britain
Frank Hosmar
on Alphaville N.O.P.
 Netherlands
Regine Mispelkamp
on Look At Me Now
 Germany
Individual freestyle grade I
details
Individual freestyle grade II
details
Individual freestyle grade III
details
Individual freestyle grade IV
details
Sanne Voets
on Dematur N.O.P.
 Netherlands
Rodolpho Riskalla
on Don Henrico
 Brazil
Kate Shoemaker
on Solitaer
 United States
Individual freestyle grade V
details
Team para-dressage
details
 Netherlands
Frank Hosmar on Alphaville N.O.P.
Nicole den Dulk on Wallace N.O.P.
Sanne Voets on Demantur N.O.P.
Rixt van der Horst on Findsley
 Great Britain
Sophie Wells on C Fatal Attraction
Lee Pearson on Styletta
Natasha Baker on Mount St John Diva Dannebrog
Erin Orford on Dior
 Germany
Regine Mispelkamp on Look At Me Now
Dr. Angelika Trabert on Diamond's Shine
Steffen Zeibig on Feel Good
Elke Philipp on Fuerst Sinclair

Medal table[edit]

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Netherlands (NED)4116
2 Great Britain (GBR)3227
3 Germany (GER)30710
4 United States (USA)*2338
5 Italy (ITA)2002
6 Belgium (BEL)1102
7 Denmark (DEN)1012
8 Austria (AUT)0213
9 Brazil (BRA)0202
 Ireland (IRL)0202
11 Singapore (SGP)0101
  Switzerland (SUI)0101
 Sweden (SWE)0101
14 France (FRA)0011
Totals (14 Nations)16161648

Hurricane Florence[edit]

Hurricane Florence as seen from the International Space Station on September 10

Hurricane Florence is expected to hit the Tryon Internation Equestrian Center and the surrounding area during the first week of the World Equestrian Games.[10] Possible impacts could include heavy rainfall and increased gusts of wind. A special contingency plan has been addressed for the situation.[11][12]

Depending on the severity of the storm, the contingency plan will include accommodating all horses on-venue in permanent barns, moving grooms accommodated on-site to permanent buildings at the venue, advising shelter locations for all personnel, continuing discussions with airports and Emirates airline on any necessary steps regarding horse arrivals/departures, ensuring smaller tents in the vendor area are tie-strapped together for security, carrying out additional drainage/water channeling to prevent flooding, purchasing additional fuel tanks and filling all fuel tanks to run the generators, preparing to remove fence scrim already installed and taking down flags.

WEQx Games[edit]

Alongside the World Equestrian Games, Tryon International Equestrian Center will simultaneously host the inaugural WEQx Games. WEQx Games are scheduled to feature nine spectator-friendly equine competitions that should "highlight the accessibility, diversity, athleticism, and passion for horses and horse sport for athletes of all ages".[13]

WEQx Events:

  • U-25 U.S. Open Championship (Jumping)
  • U.S. Open Speed Horse (Jumping)
  • DerbyX (Hunter Derby)
  • Battle of the Sexes (Jumping)
  • Match Race (Jumping)
  • Puissance (Jumping)
  • Six Bar (Jumping)
  • Pony Jumpers (Jumping)
  • Gladiator Polo (3x3 Polo)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mill Spring (USA) to host FEI World Equestrian Games 2018". FEI. 3 November 2016. Retrieved 3 November 2016. 
  2. ^ "Five bidders for 2018 World Equestrian Games". Horse Talk NZ. 12 June 2012. Retrieved 3 November 2016. 
  3. ^ "Bidding for 2018 World Equestrian Games reopened". Horse Talk NZ. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 3 November 2016. 
  4. ^ "Great Britain and USA join Canada in bid to host FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2018". FEI. 3 October 2013. Retrieved 3 November 2016. 
  5. ^ "FEI Bureau allocates FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2018 to Canada". FEI. 9 June 2014. Retrieved 3 November 2016. 
  6. ^ "Bromont axed as 2018 World Equestrian Games host due to financial problems". Inside the Games. 22 July 2016. Retrieved 3 November 2016. 
  7. ^ "Qualifications & Entries Information". fei.org. 17 August 2018. Retrieved 17 August 2018. 
  8. ^ "OFFICIAL DECISION - CANCELLATION OF WEG 2018 INDIVIDUAL GRAND PRIX FREESTYLE" (PDF). Tryon 2018. Retrieved 18 September 2018. 
  9. ^ "Cancellation of Endurance competition at FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2018" (PDF). Tryon 2018. Retrieved 18 September 2018. 
  10. ^ "Tryon Prepares as Hurricane Florence Takes Aim at Carolina Coast". Eventing Nation. 11 September 2018. Retrieved 12 September 2018. 
  11. ^ "Tryon Addresses Contingency Plan as Hurricane Florence Approaches". Eventing Nation. 11 September 2018. Retrieved 12 September 2018. 
  12. ^ "Tryon 2018 Weather Updates". Tryon 2018. 10 September 2018. Retrieved 12 September 2018. 
  13. ^ "WEQx Games™ at Tryon International Equestrian Center". Tryon 2018. Retrieved 31 May 2018. 

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