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FEI World Equestrian Games

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FEI World Equestrian Games
Genresports event
Frequencyevery 4th year
Years activeSince 1990
Inaugurated1990 (1990)
Organised byFEI

The FEI World Equestrian Games are the major international championships for equestrianism, and are administered by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI). The games have been held every four years, halfway between sets of consecutive Summer Olympic Games, since 1990. Prior to that year, all ten of the FEI's individual disciplines held separate championships, usually in separate countries. The modern WEG runs over two weeks and, like the Olympics, the location rotates to different parts of the world. Riders and horses competing at WEG go through a rigorous selection process, and each participating country sends teams that have distinguished themselves through competition as the nation's best in each respective discipline. At the 2010 Games, 57 countries were represented by 800 people and their horses.

The WEG gradually expanded to include eight of the FEI's ten disciplines: combined driving, dressage, endurance riding, eventing, paraequestrianism, reining, show jumping, and vaulting. The FEI's two remaining regional disciplines,[1][2] horseball[3] and tent pegging,[4] still conduct independent championships.

The 2010 FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky marked a series of firsts in WEG history: the first time WEG were held outside Europe; the first time that championships for eight FEI disciplines were held at one location (the Kentucky Horse Park); and the first time WEG had a title sponsor (in this case the animal health and nutrition group corporation Alltech, headquartered in the nearby city of Nicholasville). Permanent upgrades added to the Kentucky Horse Park leading up to the event included the completion of a 6,000 seat, climate-controlled indoor arena and completion of a 7,500 seat outdoor stadium.[5]

The Tryon International Equestrian Center, near Mill Spring, North Carolina, was the location of the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games.[6]


Number Year Host Events
1 1990 Sweden Stockholm 13
2 1994 Netherlands The Hague 14
3 1998 Italy Rome 11
4 2002 Spain Jerez de la Frontera 15
5 2006 Germany Aachen 16
6 2010 United States Lexington 27
7 2014 France Normandy 28
8 2018 United States Tryon 29
9 2022 Denmark Herning 29
10 2026[7] Germany Aachen (jumping, dressage, para dressage, eventing, driving, vaulting)
Saudi Arabia Al Ula (endurance)

Medal count


The current historical medal count (as of 2022) of the FEI World Equestrian Games is as follows:

1 Germany1442838110
2 Great Britain25261768
3 Netherlands25202267
4 United States16202157
5 France1319739
6 Denmark89825
7 Belgium88420
8 Italy55414
9 New Zealand5128
10 Switzerland47617
11 Sweden42713
12 Spain3227
13 Australia31610
14 United Arab Emirates3115
15 Austria17816
16 Canada1449
17 Brazil1225
19 Latvia1203
20 Finland0123
22 Singapore0112
23 Saudi Arabia0101
 Soviet Union 20101
25 Japan0011
Totals (29 entries)171171171513

Medal count is sorted by total gold medals, then total silver medals, then total bronze medals, then alphabetically. The table doesn't count events before 1990.

  • ^1 The reunified Federal Republic of Germany (1990 onwards) is regarded by the FEI as being the same country as pre-reunification West Germany (1948–1990), as part of an unbroken line going back to Germany's affiliation to the FEI in 1927 during its Weimar Republic (1919–1933).[8] If Germany and West Germany were considered to be two separate countries, their medal tallies would be: Germany 26 gold, 14 silver, and 20 bronze; West Germany 4 gold, 4 silver, and 4 bronze.
  • ^2 The Soviet Union competed only in the 1990 Games, as it collapsed prior to the 1994 Games


  • 2014: Qalao des Mers, ridden by Maxime Livio (FRA) was found to have a positive finding for hydroxyethylpromazine sulfoxide, a banned substance. Livio was disqualified, which cost the French team their place in the Rio 2016 Olympics.[9]
  • 2018: Horse Barack Obama, ridden by Jenny Champion (NZL) was euthanized after experiencing kidney problems during the endurance competition.[10]
  • 2018: Box Qutie, ridden by Anna Freskgård (SWE) was euthanized after injury during the cross country portion of the event.[11]



See also



  1. ^ "FEI Horseball". Archived from the original on 12 May 2008.
  2. ^ "FEI Tent Pegging". Archived from the original on 9 May 2008.
  3. ^ "Horseball Championship Calendar". Archived from the original on 11 February 2008.
  4. ^ Maharaj, Akaash (11 February 2008). "Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism - Featured Blog - 2008 International Tent Pegging Championships (Imphal, India)". Akaash Maharaj. Retrieved 12 June 2024.
  5. ^ "2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games". Archived from the original on 20 June 2010.
  6. ^ "North Carolina to Host 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games". TheHorse.com. 3 November 2016. Retrieved 3 November 2016.
  7. ^ "A+ for the FEI World Championships 2026 as Aachen and Al Ula confirmed as hosts". FEI. 19 November 2023. Retrieved 12 June 2024.
  8. ^ "GER – GERMANY". fei.org. Archived from the original on 30 August 2013. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
  9. ^ Breunlich, Bettina (8 May 2015). "FEI Tribunal issues final decision on Maxime Livio (FRA) case". Equestrian Worldwide | Pferdesport weltweit | EQWO.net (in German). Retrieved 27 May 2024.
  10. ^ "Statement on equine fatality - FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018". FEI. 14 September 2018. Retrieved 13 May 2024.
  11. ^ Staff. "Horse euthanized after injuries sustained in eventing cross country at World Equestrian Games". Hendersonville Times-News. Retrieved 27 May 2024.