The Bolivarian Games are a regional multi-sport event held in honour of Simón Bolívar – known as "El Libertador", The Liberato. Simón Bolívar was the leader of several independence movements throughout South America, collectively known as Bolívar's War and he is to this day credited with leading the fight for independence in what are now the countries of Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Panama and Bolivia, he is revered as a hero in these countries and throughout much of the rest of Hispanic America. Hence, the event is open to the 6 countries liberated by Bolívar or those born from these.
The Bolivarian Games are organised by the Bolivarian Sports Organisation (ODEBO). In order to participate, all athletes must be entered by their National Olympic Committee. While all Equestrian sports are conducted in accordance with the FEI Rules.
The first Games were held in 1938 in Bogotá (COL) for the city's 400th anniversary. They have since been held irregularly, but every four years since 1973, with the last edition in Lima (PER) in 2013.
The next and 18th edition of the Games will be held in Santa Marta (COL) in 2017.
|2017||18th Bolivarian Games, Santa Marta (COL)|
|2013||17th Bolivarian Games, Lima (PER) - Jumping / Dressage / Eventing|
|2009||16th Bolivarian Games, Sucre (BOL) - Jumping/Dressage|
|2005||15th Bolivarian Games, Bogotá (COL) - Jumping / Dressage|
|2001||14th Bolivarian Games, Quito (ECU) - Jumping / Dressage / Eventing|
|1997||13th Bolivarian Games, Lima (PER) - Jumping / Dressage|
|1993||12th Bolivarian Games, Santa Cruz (BOL) Jumping|
|1989||11th Bolivarian Games, Caracas (VEN) Jumping / Dressage|
|1985||10th Bolivarian Games, Cuenca (ECU) Jumping / Dressage|
|1981||9th Bolivarian Games, Barquisimeto (VEN)|
|1977||8th Bolivarian Games, La Paz (BOL)|
|1973||7th Bolivarian Games, Panama City (PAN)|
|1970||6th Bolivarian Games, Maracaibo (VEN)|
|1965||5th Bolivarian Games, Quito and Guayaquil (ECU)|
|1961||4th Bolivarian Games, Barranquilla (COL)|
|1951||3rd Bolivarian Games, Caracas (VEN)|
|1947/48||2nd Bolivarian Games, Lima (PER)|
|1938||1st Bolivarian Games, Bogotá (COL)|