Feb 25, 2022

World Championships Chatter: The Who, When, and Where

By Meagan DeLisle - USEA Staff
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Brush up on your Italian, the 2022 FEI Eventing World Championships at Pratoni del Vivaro in Rome, Italy is getting closer with each passing day. With no location able to host all disciplines of the FEI World Equestrian Games, the sports have split up this year and eventing joins together with driving in Italy. The eventing portion is scheduled for September 15-18, 2022 and and will serve as a qualifier for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games.

Want to attend the World Championships? Tickets are available now at several different levels.

Where?

The World Championships will be held in Pratoni del Vivaro which is located 20 miles south of Rome. Pratoni del Vivaro was the venue for eventing at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome as well as the site for the cross-country competition at the FEI World Equestrian Games in 1998.

The test event for the World Championships will be held at Pratoni del Vivaro from May 11-14. The CCI4*-S competition is a part of the FEI Eventing Nations Cup as well as the Italian Eventing Championship.

When?

Thursday, September 15 - Dressage

Friday, September 16 - Dressage

Saturday, September 17 - Cross-Country

Sunday, September 18 - Show Jumping

Who?

Each country can send up to five riders – four team members and one individual. The best three scores will count for the team. The final four selected to represent the U.S. as a team will be confirmed after the first horse inspection at the Championship.

The qualification period for riders is from January 1, 2021 to August 15, 2022, but applications are due to the USEF on April 15, 2022. Riders must earn an MER at one CCI5*-L, or one CCI4*-L and one CCI4*-S, to be eligible to compete. Nominated entries are due to the FEI on August 15 with definite entries due on September 5.

The following competitions in 2022 may be used as selection trials for the championships:

  • Twin Rivers International Horse Trials CCI4*-L April 14-17
  • Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event CCI5*-L
  • April 24-29 Badminton Horse Trials CCI5*-L May 4-8
  • MARS Bromont CCI Three Day Event CCI4*-L June 6-9
  • Longines Luhmühlen Horse Trials CCI5*-L June 16-19

In addition, the following competitions in 2021 were also on the list of USEF Selection Trials

  • Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event CCI5*-L
  • MARS Bromont CCI Three-Day Event CCI4*-L
  • Longines Luhmühlen Horse Trials CCI5*-L
  • The Event at Rebecca Farm CCI4*-L
  • Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials CCI5*-L
  • SsangYong Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials CCI4*-L
  • Morven Park Fall International CCI4*-L
  • Military Boekelo-Enschede CCIO4*-L
  • Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill CCI5*-L
  • Les 5 Etoiles de Pau CCI5*-L
  • Galway Downs International Three-Day Event CCI4*-L
  • Tryon International Three-Day Event CCI4*-L

Other CCI4*-L competitions in Europe from April 21, 2021 to July 1, 2022 may be considered as USEF Selection Trials with approval of the USEF Eventing Selectors and the USEF Eventing Sport Committee. An athlete must make the request in writing to the USEF Managing Director of Eventing no less than 30 days prior to the start of the competition for consideration by the Eventing Selectors and the Eventing Sport Committee or an Ad Hoc Group approved by the Eventing Sport Committee.

Selected riders must participate in a Mandatory Training event sometime after July 1, 2022, as well as demonstrate their preparedness for the Championship at a Preparation Event which is anticipated to be a CCI4*-S, Advanced Horse Trial, or Advanced Combined Test. All details relating to the Preparation Event will be released no later than May 1, 2022.

Helpful World Championship Links:

Official Website
FEI Page
USEF Information
USEA Coverage

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