THE FEI WORLD CHALLENGE SERIES:
A versatile and multi-layered development tool…
The FEI World Challenge series for Jumping and Dressage is an ideal tool to help countries develop and gain experience both from a sporting and administrative perspective. The series provides Athletes with the opportunity to participate in international Jumping and Dressage competitions without having to leave the country, acting as a valuable first stepping stone to the international scene.
In addition, the series also provides a testing ground and an opportunity for Coaches, Officials and Organising Committees to experience and learn from an international competition setting on home ground. Every year the rules are reviewed to allow for improvements that will benefit all key stakeholders involved.
From an administrative perspective, a special IT platform has been put in place by the FEI in order to register Athletes and their results at all FEI World Challenge events. The implementation of this platform facilitates the gathering of data and also introduces National Federations to a platform similar to the FEI Database, which is used for all information relevant to international Events, Athletes and Horses.
FEI Jumping World Challenge
The format of the FEI Jumping World Challenge is simple and effective, testing local infrastructures with an international backdrop. This yields very positive results for:
- Athletes: Competitors have the opportunity to compete on home soil over the same course and, as a result, they receive an individual classification per country, geographical zone and category worldwide. The Challenge competitions also serve as qualifiers for Regional and Continental Games, including the Youth Olympic Games and the Africa Youth Games in 2018. Interesting to note two-thirds of the NOCs present at YOG qualified through the FEI Jumping World Challenge series.
- Officials: As part of its global development objective, the FEI World Challenge offers National Federations opportunities for their national Jumping Judges to gain experience by appointing them as members of the Jury alongside experienced FEI Judges.
- Coaches: The technical aspects of the courses are linked to Levels 1 and 2 of the FEI Coach Education Programme, which is implemented by the National Federations taking part in the Challenge. Since the change of format in 2015 and the introduction of three competitions as opposed to one, there is a clear progression in terms of technical difficulty and height between each competition, requiring Coaches to adapt the preparation and training of their Athletes.
- Organising Committees: The OCs gain invaluable experience when hosting qualifiers and Finals. Following the 2018 Final, Tashkent (UZB) went on to successfully bid for and host the FEI Children’s Classics Final held in 2019!
- Course Designer: Jaime Morillo (ECU)
- 332 competitions
- 43 National Federations
- 10 geographical zones
- A: 1.20-1.30m
- B: 1.10-1.20m
- C: 1.00-1.10m
FEI Jumping World Challenge Final 2018
- The best two Athletes in each Regional Rankings for Category A qualify for the annual Final organised on borrowed horses.
- Tashkent, Uzbekistan
- 19 best Athletes from Category A (all ages)
- Borrowed horses
- 15 Nations represented
- Course designer: John Vallance (AUS)