The FEI Solidarity Department is running two development competitions called the FEI World Dressage and Jumping Challenges. The aim of those Competitions is to give the less experienced riders who, under normal circumstances, cannot take part in international competitions and live in the more remote countries, the opportunity to compete internationally without having to leave their own country.
Countries participating in the FEI World Dressage and Jumping Challenge are divided geographically into Zones. Each Zone has between 4 and 6 countries for the Dressage and between 3 and 8 countries for the Jumping.
Both Competitions are held between individuals and teams within each Zone. They take place each year between 1 January to 31 December.