2016 was a great year, and a hard one to beat.
The Olympics are always spectacular, and there were so many amazing achievements in Rio last year that are likely to stay with us for the rest of our lives.
Although the Olympics have passed and we need to wait until 2018 for the FEI World Equestrian Games™, 2017 is going to be a cracker of a year for equestrian sports. Here are a few things to mark down in your calendar…
The FEI Nations Cup™
The FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping is one of the oldest and most prestigious competitions within the sport of Jumping and with each passing year it gets more competitive and the standard improves.
National teams face off against each other, so riders fight not just for their reputation, but for the reputation of their entire country.
The new format which was introduced in 2013 meant that far more nations could be represented and be given the chance to host qualifiers. Team Germany won the finals last year in Barcelona, with GB finishing a very close second.
Who knows what will happen this year, with the Americans, Dutch and French also in very good form. All we know is that if you’re looking for edge-of-your-seat action the FEI Nations Cup™ series always delivers, and 2017 will be no exception.
FEI World Cup™ Driving Final in Gothenburg
We’re not only about Eventing, Dressage and Jumping here. The FEI World Cup™ Driving Final is set to take place in Gothenburg, Sweden on the 25th and 26th of February. The Driving fans amongst us will be eating this up and glued to their television (or maybe even to the live action right in front of their eyes) to see who will walk away with top honours.
If you haven't seen it before, the sport is fascinating, and you can’t help but admire the skill involved. As we all know, any horse sport is always much harder than the casual observer would think!
The four-in-hand is the major event to look forward to, and Australian Boyd Exell is the man to beat at the moment! Clearly, if you’re an Aussie equestrian and named Boyd, you’re destined for success.