FEI World Equestrian Games

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FEI World Equestrian Games
Genresports event
Frequencyevery 4th year
Inaugurated1990 (1990)
Organised by FEI

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.

Equestrianism The use of horses for sport or work

Equestrianism, more often known as horse riding or horseback riding, refers to the skill and sport of riding, driving, steeplechasing or vaulting with horses. This broad description includes the use of horses for practical working purposes, transportation, recreational activities, artistic or cultural exercises, and competitive sport.

International Federation for Equestrian Sports International Federation for Equestrian Sports

The International Federation for Equestrian Sports is the international governing body of equestrian sports.

Summer Olympic Games international multi-sport event

The Summer Olympic Games or the Games of the Olympiad, first held in 1896, is a major international multi-sport event held once every four years. The most recent Olympics were held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) organises the Games and oversees the host city's preparations. In each Olympic event, gold medals are awarded for first place, silver medals are awarded for second place, and bronze medals are awarded for third place; this tradition began in 1904. The Winter Olympic Games were created due to the success of the Summer Olympics.


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.

Combined driving

Combined driving is an equestrian sport involving carriage driving. In this discipline, the driver sits on a vehicle drawn by a single horse, a pair or a team of four. The sport has three phases: dressage, cross-country marathon and obstacle cone driving, and is most similar to the mounted equestrian sport of eventing. It is one of the ten international equestrian sport horse disciplines recognized by the Fédération Équestre Internationale (FEI); combined driving became an FEI discipline in 1970.

Dressage highly skilled form of riding performed in exhibition and competition

Dressage is a highly skilled form of riding performed in exhibition and competition, as well as an "art" sometimes pursued solely for the sake of mastery. As an equestrian sport defined by the International Equestrian Federation, dressage is "the highest expression of horse training" where "horse and rider are expected to perform from memory a series of predetermined movements."

Endurance riding equestrian sport

Endurance riding is an equestrian sport based on controlled long-distance races. It is one of the international competitions recognized by the FEI. There are endurance rides worldwide. Endurance rides can be any distance, though they are rarely over 160 km for a one-day competition.

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]

2010 FEI World Equestrian Games

The 2010 FEI World Equestrian Games were held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, U.S. from September 25 to October 10, 2010. This was the sixth edition of the games, which are held every four years and run by the International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI). For the first time, Para-equestrian events were added in the program. This was also the first time the games were hosted by a city outside of Europe, and also the first time that all events at the games were held at a single site.

Lexington, Kentucky Consolidated city-county in Kentucky, United States

Lexington, consolidated with Fayette County and often denoted as Lexington-Fayette, is the second-largest city in Kentucky and the 60th-largest city in the United States. By land area, Lexington is the 28th largest city in the United States. Known as the "Horse Capital of the World," it is the heart of the state's Bluegrass region. It has a nonpartisan mayor-council form of government, with 12 council districts and three members elected at large, with the highest vote-getter designated vice mayor. In the 2018 U.S. Census Estimate, the city's population was 323,780 anchoring a metropolitan area of 516,697 people and a combined statistical area of 760,528 people.

Kentucky Horse Park

Kentucky Horse Park is a working horse farm and an educational theme park opened in 1978 in Lexington, Kentucky. It is located off Kentucky State Highway 1973 and Interstate 75, at Exit 120, in northern Fayette County in the United States. The equestrian facility is a 1,224-acre (4.95 km2) park dedicated to "man's relationship with the horse." Open to the public, the park has a twice daily Horses of the World Show, showcasing both common and rare horses from around the globe. The horses are ridden in authentic costume. Each year the park is host to a number of special events and horse shows.

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

Mill Spring, North Carolina Unincorporated community in North Carolina, United States

Mill Spring is an unincorporated community in Polk County, North Carolina, United States. Mill Spring is located at the junction of North Carolina Highway 9 and North Carolina Highway 108 3.7 miles (6.0 km) northeast of Columbus. Mill Spring has a post office with ZIP code 28756.

The 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games were held in Mill Spring, North Carolina, U.S. at the Tryon International Equestrian Center, from September 11 to September 23, 2018. 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 were the first nation to host the Games twice.


1 1990 Flag of Sweden.svg Stockholm, Sweden 13
2 1994 Flag of the Netherlands.svg The Hague, Netherlands 14
3 1998 Flag of Italy.svg Rome, Italy 11
4 2002 Flag of Spain.svg Jerez de la Frontera, Spain 15
5 2006 Flag of Germany.svg Aachen, Germany 16
6 2010 Flag of the United States.svg Lexington, Kentucky, United States 27
7 2014 Flag of France.svg Normandy, France [7] 28
8 2018 Flag of the United States.svg Tryon, North Carolina, United States 29
9 2022 TBD30

Medal count

The current historical medal count (as of 2018) of the FEI World Equestrian Games is as follows:

1Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 2 422834104
2Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 23221257
3Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 22161856
4Flag of the United States.svg  United States 16191954
5Flag of France.svg  France 1015833
6Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 67417
7Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 5128
8Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 47617
9Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 44311
10Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 35715
11Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 3227
12Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 31610
13Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates 3115
14Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 22711
15Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 16714
16Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 1449
17Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 1203
Flag of Ireland.svg  Ireland 1203
19Flag of Finland.svg  Finland 0123
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 0123
21Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 0112
Flag of Singapore.svg  Singapore 0112
23Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia 0101
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia 0101
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 3 0101
26Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 0011
Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 0011
Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar 0011
Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia 0011
Totals (29 nations)150151150451
West Germany Federal Republic of Germany in the years 1949–1990

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Weimar Republic Germany state in the years 1918/1919–1933

The Weimar Republic is an unofficial historical designation for the German state from 1918 to 1933. The name derives from the city of Weimar, where its constitutional assembly first took place. The official name of the republic remained Deutsches Reich unchanged from 1871, because of the German tradition of substates. Although commonly translated as ’German Empire’, the word Reich here better translates as ’realm’, in that the term does not have monarchical connotations in itself. The Reich was changed from a constitutional monarchy into a republic. In English, the country was usually known simply as Germany.

Soviet Union 1922–1991 country in Europe and Asia

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Show Jumping World Championships

The Show Jumping World Championships, or the show jumping competition at the FEI World Equestrian Games, was started in 1953, with individual competition. In 1978 Team competitions began, and men and women began competing against one another. From 1990, show jumping was brought together along with the other equestrian disciplines into the World Equestrian Games (WEG). They are held every four years.

The Dressage World Championship is held every four years. The best horse and rider competitions in the world compete for individual and team titles. The Dressage World Championship is since 1990, held at the World Equestrian Games in conjunction with other equestrian world championships.

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