When the fourth World Equestrian Games were staged in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain in 2002, the future of the fixture was hanging in the balance; a natural response to a rather chequered history. Another disaster would definitely put an end to the event; the outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease in Europe in 2001 did nothing to boost confidence in its survival. However this time, the equestrian community breathed a sigh of relief, when sufficient financial backing and thorough organization led to a very successful edition of the World Equestrian Games. Indeed, Jerez 2002 kicked off in style and was afterwards hailed a great success. A success which proved that, when well organised; they are truly the crown of the FEI Championships.
For the first time, the WEG included seven disciplines with Reining making a strong and most appreciated first appearance. The great spectator attendance and the attention from the media brought considerable benefits to the host city as well as the whole province.
Moreover, Andalusia, the Spanish province where Jerez is located, is a true horse country enjoying a rich equestrian tradition going back centuries. Jerez is the city of the Real Escuela Andaluza del Arte Equestre (Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art), a major ambassador for the area. A Total of 48 Countries participated in the 2002 World Equestrian Games.
For more information on the 2002 WEG in Jerez de la Frontera, please consult our factsheet.
All results as well as other information are available in the FEI History Hub.