Feb 5, 2018
Bluffers’ guide to reining at WEG
What does it involve?
Reining is fast-paced and adrenalin pumping. It shows off the athletic ability and movements commonly used by ranch-type horses who are used to work cattle.
At WEG, each rider has to ride one of 10 approved patterns in an arena. There are around seven movements that must be shown including 360-degree spins, sliding stops, flying changes, small and slow canter circles plus bigger, faster canter circles. Riders only have one hand on the rein and the contact is loose — their seat does the majority of the work — and each movement must be smooth, controlled and have finesse.
Feb 5, 2018
Bluffers’ guide to showjumping at WEG
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. More info...
Feb 5, 2018
Bluffers’ guide to dressage at WEG
On 14 September the best 30 individual combinations from the grand prix will contest the grand prix special, which is another set test. If there is a tie for 30th placed, all those combinations qualify.
If all four riders from one team qualify for the special, they are all permitted to take part. This test decides the first set of individual medals.
Finally, on 16 September, the best 15 riders from the special — including any tied for 15th place — contest the freestyle, or kür. A maximum of three riders from any one nation are permitted in the kür. The results of this test decide the second and final set of individual medals in the WEG dressage competition.
Riders start with a clean sheet in both the special and the freestyle. Results from previous rounds of the competition are not brought forwards. More info...
Jan 25, 2018
VENICE EQUESTRIAN TOUR IV
Fox Lea Farm
February 7-11, 2018 at Fox Lea Farm in Venice, FL. More info...