With eight disciplines and more than 40 sessions of competition in just 16 days, there are many opportunities for you to attend the 2010 Games. We have put together descriptions of what spectators will see in each session of competition so that you can create and tailor your own experience at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.
Reining Team Competition
Reining is a judged event designed to show the athletic ability of a western type horse. All riders complete the same required reining patterns earning individual scores which are then combined with other teammates for a Team score for their respective country. The top 15 placed athletes qualify for the Individual Final.
Reining Qualifying Competition
The athletes placed 16th-35th in the Team Competition compete in the qualifying competition for the five remaining spaces in the Individual Final.
Reining Individual Finals
The 15 best placed riders from the Team Competition and best 5 riders from the Qualifying Competition go head to head for the Individual Reining World Championship title.
The competition is a race over a distance of 100 miles with at least five compulsory stops for veterinarians to check the horses’ fitness to continue. The competitor who finishes the ride in the shortest time wins the Individual Competition. The team with the 3 best placed riders wins the Team Competition.
Dressage Team Grand Prix
Each horse and rider performs the same test, a combination of movements and gaits, with individual scores contributing to an overall score for that rider’s country. The team with the 3 best placed riders wins the Team Competition.
Dressage Grand Prix Special
The 30 best placed riders from the Grand Prix Team Competition compete in the Grand Prix Special. Each horse and rider performs the same test, a combination of movements and gaits. The best 15 placed athletes qualify to compete in the Grand Prix Freestyle.
Dressage Grand Prix Freestyle
Riders design and choreograph an original test to be ridden to music of their choice, using the same movements required in the regular Grand Prix test but combined according to the rider’s individual musical and artistic goals.
Eventing—Three Day Dressage
In Eventing, the athlete competes with same horse through all three phases of the competition. In the Dressage test, the first phase of three, and held over two days, each horse and rider perform the same test, a combination of movements and gaits.
Cross –Country is a timed test in which each competitor, starting individually, must negotiate a series of solid jumps set in natural terrain which may include jumps into water, over ditches, up and down banks and over large timber.
The Jumping test is held in a stadium over jumps made of colored poles, brush, and gates. This test is also timed and is designed to exhibit the horse’s jumping ability and willingness to continue after the previous days exertions. The scores for the three tests are combined to produce the individual Champion. The scores for the best three riders of a team are combined to achieve the team result.
All riders compete in the Speed Competition, which is the first qualifying competition for the Individual Championship. The jumping course is competed by each horse and rider combination against the clock with a time limit. Faults and penalties are converted into seconds and then added to the time taken to complete the course. The athlete with the fastest time wins the Speed Competition.
The combination of horse and rider is tested under various conditions over a course of obstacles. The competitor incurs penalties for exceeding the time allowed, for knocking down or refusing to jump an obstacle. The winner is the team whose best 3 riders have the lowest score. Riders earn individual scores based on numbers of penalties that contributes to an overall Team score for their country. In case of equality, the teams will compete in a jump-off to determine the winner.
The best 30 placed horse and rider combinations from the Team Competition are tested in two rounds over a course of obstacles. The competitor incurs penalties for exceeding the time allowed, for knocking down or refusing to jump an obstacle. The winner is the competitor who finishes with the least number of penalties. The top 4 placed horse and rider combinations move forward to the Final Four.
Jumping—The Rolex Top Four
The top 4 riders from the Individual Competition compete on each other’s horses in rotation. In case of equality of scores, there will be a jump-off with each rider competing on their own horse.
Para Dressage—Individual Team Tests
Only those riders selected for the Para-Dressage teams compete in the Individual Team Tests. Each horse and rider combination performs a test based on their graded ability. The winning team is the team whose best three riders have the lowest scores.
Para Dressage Individual Championship Tests
All horse and rider combinations compete in the Individual Championship Tests. Each horse and rider performs a test based on graded ability, a combination of movements and gaits.
Para Dressage Individual Freestyle Tests
All horse and rider combinations compete in the Individual Freestyle Tests. Riders design and choreograph an original test to be ridden to music of their choice, using the same movements required in the regular test but combined according to the rider’s individual musical and artistic goals. The Team riders scores are added to their scores in the Team competition to achieve the final Team Championships.
During Compulsory Tests vaulters must perform seven designated exercises on a horse which is cantering in a circle controlled by a lungeur. They are scored on criteria on a scale from 1 to 10. Individual scores are given per vaulter, contributing to the overall team score for their country.
Vaulting—Compulsory Individual Male and Female
During Compulsory Individual Tests, male and female vaulters compete separately and must perform seven designated exercises that are scored on criteria on a scale from 1 to 10. The highest score wins.
Vaulting—Freestyle Individual Male and Female
Individual Freestyle tests, where male and female vaulters compete separately, are performed to music and allow vaulters the artistic freedom of building both dynamic and static exercises to create an artistic performance. Each vaulter, creates their own routine to music of their choice. The Freestyle test for individuals is performed over two rounds.
Vaulting—Freestyle Team Competition
Freestyle tests, performed to music, allow vaulters the artistic freedom of building both dynamic and static exercises to create an artistic performance. Each team creates their own routine to music of their choice. The Freestyle test for teams is performed over two rounds.
In Driven Dressage as in ridden dressage, all competitors drive the same test and are judged on the qualities of regularity of paces, harmony, impulsion, suppleness, and ease of movement. Competitors are also judged on style, accuracy, and also on their dress, condition of the harness and vehicle and the presentation of the whole turnout.
Marathon competition requires the Driver to drive a course across country, to test the fitness, stamina and training of the Horses, and the Driving skill, judgment of pace and general horsemanship of the competitor. Exceeding the optimum time for the entire course and the time taken in each of the obstacles incurs penalties.
The competition requires the competitor to drive his team through a twisting course of cones set close together with balls balanced on top. Going off-course, knocking off a ball or exceeding the time allowed on the course incurs penalties. Final placings are determined by the team with the lowest number of penalties, throughout all three competitions.