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10 September 2018

Who is most likely to snag a coveted podium spot at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2018 Jumping?

With dozens of nations competing, lots of teams and individual riders have a shot at glory. At the 2014 WEG in France, it was the Netherlands who were victorious in the team competition, with France and the USA close behind. France and the United States were also on the podium at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, along with Germany.

 

 

Whether you are heading to Tryon for the Jumping events or planning to watch via FEI TV you’re sure to get the thrill of a lifetime as some of the world’s greatest jumpers assemble for four days of events. Here we look at some of the contenders for a podium place...

September 19 marks Day 1 of Jumping competition, with both team and individual rankings on the line.

Riders will compete in a speed round, where the fastest rider with the fewest number of penalty points wins.

 

Day 2 on September 20 will be Round 2 of team and individual Jumping. This time, the fences will be even higher, and a water element will be added to the course, increasing its difficulty.

 

The top 60 riders on Day 2 will advance within individual competition, whilst the top 10 teams will continue to Day 3. The worst of four scores will be dropped for each team, putting pressure on any teams with only three riders.

 

September 21, Day 3 of Jumping, features the team Finals and medal ceremony. The previous days’ penalty points will be added to Day 3, and the team with the fewest total penalties will take home the gold. If there is a tie at the end of competition a jump off will decide the winner.

 

 

After a rest day, the final day of Jumping resumes on September 23 for the individual Finals and medal presentation.

 

Day 4 of Jumping is divided in two. Round A features the top 25 riders after the first two days of competition. In Round B, the top 12 jumpers from Round A compete for medals. A tie here will also result in a jump off.

 

Who is most likely to snag a coveted podium spot at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2018 Jumping? With dozens of nations competing, lots of teams and individual riders have a shot at glory.

 

Reigning WEG champions the Netherlands and Olympic winners France must be considered likely to again make a major podium, with the USA and Germany also in with a great chance. Canada, Great Britain, Belgium, Ireland, Sweden, and Switzerland also head to Tryon full of confidence.

 

An upset victory can’t be ruled out, though, and look to Spain, Italy, Qatar, and Brazil to give chase to the expected leaders, in addition to team Mexico, who had a surprise upset recently in the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ in Dublin to take home the Aga Khan Trophy.

The individual competition will be equally tight.

The US team is so strong that Beezie Madden, who recently won the World Cup and placed in the top three at the 2014 WEG, is only on the reserve list. Teammate and Olympic medalist McLain Ward will be competing alonsgide Devin Ryan, Laura Kraut and Adrienne Sternlicht.

 

Longines world No.1 ranked Harrie Smolders of the Netherlands can’t be forgotten as another top contender, nor can Kevin Staut of France, Marcus Ehning of Germany, and Peder Fredricson and Henrik Von Eckermann of Sweden, all of whom are currently ranked among the world’s top 10 show jumpers.

 

Throw in Belgium’s Pieter Devos, as well as Steve Guerdat and Martin Fuchs from Switzerland, and it will be quite a week at Tryon.

 

You can catch all the action of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2018 Jumping on FEI TV to cheer for your favourite riders. With two hearts giving it their all with every horse and rider duo, there will be more than enough excitement for all!

 

Text by Patricia Salem