As we countdown to the FEI World Equestrian Games, we bring you all you need to know about each of the equestrian sports.
What’s the format?
Run over a total of six days (with one rest day), the team champion is decided after three rounds of jumping (x, x and x September). The top individual riders then go on to a final qualifier (x September), after which the top four compete in a horse-swapping challenge — unique to WEG — to decide the medals on Sunday, x September.
In this final, the four competitors have just three minutes in a “schooling area” within the main arena in which to get used to each horse and do two practice fences before jumping a round.
How does the scoring work?
In the first day’s speed competition, a 4sec penalty is added per obstacle knocked down and the final standings are used to establish a pecking order of penalties to go through to the two days of team jumping competition — in which individuals also ride. The usual jumping rules then apply with 4pen are added for each pole down or refusal and time-faults are accrued if riders exceed the time allowed.
Teams consist of four riders with one score discarded from every round and penalties are accrued throughout the competition to decide the team medals.
In the event of a tie for a medal, a jump-off is performed.
The top 30 riders then go forward in reverse order to the penultimate day of jumping over two rounds, carrying forward their individual scores. The top four qualify for the an individual final where their points are zeroed and the rider who jumps four rounds, one on each horse including their own, with the fewest faults is the winner.
In the event of equality, there may be a jump-off on their own horses.
Did you know?
The organising committee must insure all four horses taking part in the final and state in the programme the amount each horse is insured for.
How many medals are there and when are they awarded?
The team medals are decided on Friday 21 September. The showjumping individual medals are the final set to be awarded at WEG on Sunday 23 September.
Who is representing Great Britain?
Details of the British squad will be added once it has been released.
Do they have a chance?
When will H&H report it?
The magazine report will be in the issue out on Thursday, 27 September.
We will also carry reports, pictures and video online throughout the competition. Find all our online WEG coverage here >>
For an early look at the WEG venue, turn to p34 of 18 January issue of Horse & Hound magazine. The full WEG preview will be on sale on Thursday 6 September.