The day everyone has been waiting (and waiting!) for is finally here . . . show jumping day! Hurricane Florence threw a wrench in the plans for the eventing schedule at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) so show jumping was rescheduled from the traditional Sunday to Monday.
With an extra day of rest before show jumping and only one rail separating first through seventh place the WEG Championship title is ripe for the picking.
Felix Vogg and Colero from Switzerland will be the first pair to tackle Alan Wade’s show jumping course at 10:00 a.m. William Coleman and Tight Lines will be the first U.S. representatives on course as the fourth to go. They will be followed by Boyd Martin and Tsetserleg and then Phillip Dutton and Z. Sitting in ninth place currently, Lynn Symansky and Donner will be the final U.S. pair to jump.
Looking for ways to watch the WEG show jumping? The Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA will be broadcasting live beginning at 10:00 a.m.
Want to view more comprehensive coverage? FEI TV will be live streaming today’s entire competition. A WEG Pass, which will allow you to watch all the WEG coverage aired on FEI TV, is $26.99. Click here for all the package options and get signed up!
If you want to follow the action but don't want to pay for FEI TV keep your eye on the USEA Instagram Story!
The show jumping course.
The USEA is taking a look behind the curtain at the World Equestrian Games at some of the different roles that make this event possible. Click on the links below to check out the USEA Event College videos and read the Backstage at WEG articles.
In less than a month, eventers will wrap up the year at the Sheraton Boston Hotel for the 2019 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention on Dec. 12-15. Sixty years ago, the USCTA (now known as the USEA) was formed after a meeting that took place at the 1959 Pan American Games in Chicago. From 1959, the USEA has grown from a small 20-member organization to an organization with thousands of members across the country of all levels and ages. History will come to life at the 2019 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention as the USEA will honor 60 years of the sport that we all know and love.
Start teaching your horse to jump by working over cavallettis first at the walk and then by trotting over them slowly. Then school him over a variety of small fences at the trot. Schooling over low fences will build the horse's confidence. Then do the same thing at a slow canter. Remember, never force your horse over high fences as he will lose his confidence.
The St. Johns Horse Trials takes place at the St. Johns Equestrian Center in Saint Johns, Arizona (Area X) in April of each year, offering Pre-Comp through Preliminary/Training levels in addition to a derby class meant as an introduction to the sport for new horses and riders.
This year the Ocala Jockey Club International Three-Day Event forgot that it was set in sunny Florida - the 2019 event had a cold and drizzly backdrop for the 153 horses and riders who competed across four days.