The 2018 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention featured a panel including Dr. Mark Hart, Phillip Dutton, Erik Duvander, Lynn Symansky, Sam Watson, William Coleman, and Will Connell reviewing the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) that took place at the Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) in North Carolina.
Oliver Townend (GBR) has returned to the head of the FEI Eventing World Rankings, with Piggy French making it a British one-two and relegating New Zealand’s Tim Price (NZL), who has held the top spot for the last four months, to third place.
Olympic athlete Tim Price (NZL) has topped the FEI Eventing World Rankings for the first time, overtaking Ros Canter (GBR) who last month ended the reign of compatriot Oliver Townend to hold the position for just 31 days.
US Equestrian (USEF) has released the selection procedures for the 2019 Pan American Games taking place August 1-4, 2019 in Lima, Peru. The United States did not secure the necessary Olympic qualifying placing at the FEI World Equestrian Games in 2018, so the 2019 Pan American Games are the U.S.’s next chance to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) announced that they will be closely monitoring all horse-and-rider combinations competing at the four- and five-star level to ensure that they are adhering to the rules regarding rest periods between competitions in the lead-up to the Olympic Games next year.
While 2019 is set to be another busy year for international horse sport, potential bidders are already vying for the possibility of hosting FEI World Championships in 2022. The FEI has already received some exciting expressions of interest for 2022, with more submissions expected before the 28 February deadline.
The FEI has issued guidelines to the equestrian community to protect horses from and prevent transmission of equine influenza following confirmed outbreaks of the virus in Belgium, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Nigeria, United Kingdom, and the United States of America since the beginning of the year.
In the wake of the myriad problems that beset the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG), the FEI decided to take a step back and consider what the future of the World Equestrian Games should look like. Ultimately, the decision was made at the 2018 FEI General Assembly in Bahrain last November to open the bidding process for individual World Championships in 2022.