What You Need To Know: 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games

Sep 10, 2018 - 3:13 PM

When: The 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games kicks off on Sept. 11 with the opening ceremony that evening. Competition runs Sept. 12-23, and while the venue is open on Sept. 17, that day is a break from any competition action. The detailed schedule is below in the live streaming schedule and links.

How To Follow Along: The Chronicle’s Kimberly Loushin, Ann Glavan, Lindsay Berreth and Mollie Bailey will be on the ground in Tryon for the Chronicle bringing you all the news, stunning photos and plenty of excitement, all posted on www.coth.com. Your go-to page for all things WEG is: http://www.chronofhorse.com/keyword/2018-fei-world-equestrian-games

Don’t miss a thing—we’ll have everything you need to know. Also make sure to follow along on the Chronicle’s social media outlets: FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

How To Watch: All online live streaming will take place on FEI TV, which does require a subscription, but they have deals going on for those looking to catch the action during the WEG. You can find package information here.

There will 65 hours of television coverage on NBC, NBC Sports Network and Olympic Channel: Home Of Team USA. You can find a full schedule of their coverage here.

EVENTING

Sept. 13  — dressage — 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Sept. 14 — dressage — 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Sept. 15 — cross-country — 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sept. 16 — show jumping (team and individual medals) — 3:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

DRESSAGE

Sept. 12 — Grand Prix — 8:45 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Sept. 13 — Grand Prix (team medals) — 8:45 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Sept. 14 — Grand Prix Special (individual medals) — 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Sept. 16 — Grand Prix freestyle (individual medals) — 8:30 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.

SHOW JUMPING

Sept. 19 — team competition/individual round 1 — 9:00 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Sept. 20 — team competition/individual qualifier — 9:00 a.m.— 5:15 p.m.

Sept. 21 — team medals — 1:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Sept. 23 —individual medals 9:45 a.m. — 1:20 p.m.

ENDURANCE

Sept. 12 — team and individual competition — 7:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Sept. 13 — team and individual medal ceremonies — 2:00 p.m.

REINING

Sept. 12 — team medals and individual qualifier — 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Sept. 13 — second individual qualifier — 2:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Sept. 15 — individual medals — 6:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.

PARA-DRESSAGE

Sept. 18 — individual medals — 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Sept. 19 — individual medals — 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Sept. 20 — team competition — 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Sept. 21 — team medals —  9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Sept. 22 — individual freestyle medals — 9:30 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.

VAULTING

Sept. 18 — individual/squad compulsories — 9:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Sept. 19 — Nations Cup freestyle medals, individual and pas a deux freestyle — 9:30p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Sept. 20 — pas de deux freestyle medals, squad freestyle (non-Nations Cup teams), individual technical — 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Sept. 22 — individual and squad medals — 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

DRIVING

Sept. 21 — dressage — 11:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Sept. 22 — marathon — 11:00 a.m. —3:15 p.m.

Sept. 23 — cones — 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Who’s Hot To Win: For the Chronicle’s World Equestrian Games Preview Issue, we asked some top experts to tell us who they thought would be heading home with some new hardware around their necks. Rodrigo Pessoa shared his thoughts on how show jumping will shake out; Clayton Fredericks weighed in on who’s hot to win in eventing, and Carl Hester wrote about the top dressage contenders. Hope Hand handicapped the para-dressage; top competitor Boyd Exell gave us a look at who to keep an eye on in driving; former world champion Valerie Kanavy broke down endurance for us; U.S. chef d’équipe Jeff Petska looked at who could upset the U.S.’s perfect record in reining, and Alicen Divita took a look at the vaulting. See what else is in the issue in the Table Of Contents. 

What Are The WEG Horses Like Back In The Barns?: Get to know several of the WEG contenders in the Chronicle’s in-depth and behind-the-scenes series Behind The Stall Door. Get to know U.S. dressage horses Verdades and Goerklitgaards Dublet, show jumper HH Azur, event horses Vermiculus, Tight Lines and Donner, and para-dressage mounts Solitaer 40  and El Corona Texel.

We’ve also gotten to know a couple of the foreign mounts. Meet Canadian event horse Jolly Bo, Israeli show jumper Chela LS and Irish show jumper Good Luck.

What’s The Road To The World Equestrian Games Like?: We followed 12 WEG hopefuls on their journey this year to see how they prepared (whether they made the team or not), what went into getting their horses to peak at just the right moment, and how they handled the mental challenges of seeking a team berth. Read them all.

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