Often described as an equestrian triathlon, Eventing is a unique challenge, demanding skill, courage and versatility!
Annual Report 2018
(+21% since 2009)
(+23% since 2009)
(+71% since 2007)
Countries hosted international events
Greatest increase since 2017: Colombia with +10 events
Greatest increase since 2017: Italy with +39 athletes
Greatest increase since 2017: Italy with +78 horses
A big year for Eventing with the FEI World Equestrian Games™, the FEI Eventing Nations Cup™ series, and the FEI WBFSH World Breeding Eventing Championship for Young Horses in Le Lion d’Angers (FRA).
It was a breathtaking Championship from beginning to end. With the extraordinary performances of Julia Krajewski and Ingrid Klimke in the Dressage phase, Germany delivered the lowest mark ever recorded at this stage of an FEI World Equestrian Games™, taking the lead ahead of Great Britain and Ireland.
Next up was the cross country, where Ingrid Klimke and SAP Hale Bob OLD showed nerves of steel as they covered the 5,700m course in exactly 10 minutes, bang on the optimum time to take the lead. Unfortunately, things did not run as smoothly for her teammate Julia Krajewski, dropping Germany back to sixth place. At the end of a challenging cross country day, Great Britain topped the team standings, followed by Ireland and France.
The individual leaderboard was still dominated by Ingrid Klimke on the final day. Her first individual world championship title was only a heartbeat away, but it was just not meant to be. Victory slipped through her hands as she and SAP Hale Bob OLD flicked the last fence, slipping from gold to bronze and handing glory to Rosalind Canter (GBR) with Allstar B. The silver medal went to Padraig McCarthy (IRL) on Mr Chunky.
Great Britain rifled double gold at these Games by also taking the team title, Ireland went home with double silver and team bronze went to France. Team Japan produced a stunning display to finish fourth overall, suggesting that the home nation could be one to watch come the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Teams earned Olympic qualification: GBR, IRL, FRA, GER, AUS, NZL
Padraig McCarthy (IRL) and Mr Chunky
Rosalind Canter (GBR) and Allstar B
Ingrid Klimke (GER) and SAP Hale Bob OLD
April saw the opening leg of the FEI Eventing Nations Cup™ at Varaino (ITA). France looked set to dominate early on with four straight wins out of their six starts in the world’s only team Eventing series. However, it was Great Britain who pipped the French at the post after the final event in Boekelo (NED) in October. By securing wins in both The Plains (USA) and Waregem (BEL), Team Great Britain finished at the top of the leaderboard at the conclusion of all eight events.
As per tradition, in October 2018 the FEI WBFSH World Breeding Eventing Championships for Young Horses took place in Le Lion d’Angers. The six-year-old category saw 41 starters participate and 36 complete which spoke for the quality of the young horses. The victory went to the Selle Français Cristal Fontaine under the saddle of British athlete Kitty King. Compatriot Piggy French raffled the silver medal on Irish bred Emerald Jonny, and bronze went to Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp and Cooley Moonshine, also an Irish bred horse.
In the seven-year-old category, Brandburg mare Asha P stole the show together with Ingrid Klimke, making the win 100% German. Out of 69 starters, 56 completed the cross country course, and with the fall of Michael Jung (GER) and a refusal from Rosalind Canter (GBR), Klimke rose to pole position when cruising around the cross-country track well inside the time.
With 25 Irish horses representing eight nations in the two categories, the Irish Sport Horse Studbook won the overall title for the second consecutive year at the FEI WBFSH World Breeding Eventing Championships for Young Horses 2018.
6-year-old horses participated
7-year-old horses participated
Emerald Jonny and Piggy French (GBR)
Cristal Fontaine and Kitty King (GBR)
Cooley Moonshine and Elisabeth Halliday- Sharp (USA)
Capels Hollow Drift and Tom Jackson (GBR)
Asha P and Ingrid Klimke (GER)
Babylone de Gamma and Astier Nicolas (FRA)
Some call him the Mbappé of Eventing due to his outstanding talent and commitment. At just 20 years of age, Victor Levecque has already won 10 European medals including Team and Individual golds which he scooped at the FEI Eventing European Championships for Young Riders 2018 in Fontainebleau (FRA).