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World Equestrian Games

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 of 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]

Locations

Year Host
1990 Sweden Stockholm, Sweden
1994 Netherlands The Hague, Netherlands
1998 Italy Rome, Italy
2002 Spain Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
2006 Germany Aachen, Germany
2010 United States Lexington, Kentucky, United States
2014 France Normandy, France[6]
2018 Open for bidding again; no successful candidates found[7]

Medal count

The current historical medal count (as of 2010) of the FEI World Equestrian Games is as follows:

Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total1
1  Germany2 30 18 24 72
2 United Kingdom Great Britain 12 14 8 34
3  United States 12 12 11 35
4  Netherlands 11 12 7 30
5  France 8 14 5 27
6  New Zealand 5 1 2 8
7   Switzerland 4 2 2 8
8  Belgium 3 5 2 10
9  Spain 2 2 2 6
10  Sweden 2 1 7 10
11  United Arab Emirates 2 1 1 4
12  Denmark 1 5 4 10
13  Canada 1 3 3 7
14  Australia 1 1 6 8
15  Brazil 1 1
 Ireland 1 1
17  Italy 2 3 5
18  Austria 1 3 4
19  Finland 1 2 3
20  Hungary 1 1 2
21  Soviet Union3 1 1
 Saudi Arabia 1 1
23  Portugal 1 1
 Slovakia 1 1
 Norway 1 1
Notes
  • ^1 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.
  • ^2 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.
  • ^3 The Soviet Union competed only in the 1990 Games, as it collapsed prior to the 1994 Games

Results

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