The World Equestrian Games are the most prestigious of equestrian competition. Held every four years at different venues around the world, the Games bring together exceptional horses and riders for two weeks of world class competition.
- The first World Equestrian Games were held in 1990 in Stockholm, Sweden, and featured six equestrian disciplines: show-jumping, dressage, vaulting, endurance, three-day event and carriage driving.
- In 1994, the Games were held in The Hague, in the Netherlands. The 1998 Games were held in Rome, Italy.
- This year, the Opening Ceremonies for the World Equestrian Games are scheduled for September 9th, 2002, in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain.
- A new addition for this year’s Games is the western discipline of reining.
The Venues The Opening and Closing ceremonies, as well as the dressage and show jumping competitions, will be held in the 22,000 seat Chapin 1 stadium, which is also home to the Jerez soccer team.
The dressage and stadium jumping phases of eventing, as well as the cones and dressage phases of driving, will be held in the nearby Chapin 2 stadium. The vaulting competion will take place in Chapin 3, a 6,000-seat covered sports pavilion.
15 kilometers from Jerex lies Vicos-Garrapilos, which wil be the venue for the endurance phase of the eventing and driving competitions, as well as the endurance competition.
Jerez is located in the south of Andalusia, and is known as the horse-capitol of Spain. The city has a long tradition of horse events, and hosts the Horse Fair and the Autumn Festival each year, both featuring the top levels of equestrian competition.
Use the links in the sidebar on the right to join Equisearch on About as we follow the selection process as the Games approach. Meet the competitors and cheer them on as we bring you news and results throughout the course of the Games. Learn more about the seven disciplines of the World Equestrian Games using the related resources links on the right.