WEG organisers plan to hold two competitions in the run up to the games next year

An international carriage driving event is to be the first of two competitions scheduled for this year by the organising committee of the 2002 World Equestrian Games as part of their preparations for the Games in Jerez, Spain.

Taking place on 14-16 September the event will be for horse teams and pairs and will include a five-section marathon. SectionE of this, however, will have only six obstacles instead of the usual eight. Currently, competitors from Australia, Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, Portugal and Switzerland have announced their intention of participating.

Britain will not be represented however, as current national horse teams champion, Barry Capstick will be competing at two international competitions in Germany which clash with this event.

George Bowman plans to go as a spectator. “I’ll go to see the lie of the land,” he said. “However, I am taking my horses to compete in Spain and Portugal in October and November, so I thought it would be too much to do this one as well.”

The second competition to take place in preparation for next years World Equestrian Games will be an CCI** international eventing competition on 28-30 September.

Visit www.jerez2002weg.com for more details.