The two major highlights of the Eventing Calendar are the Olympic Games and World Championships (World Equestrian Games)
In addition to these two competitions held every four years and the FEI Eventing Nations Cup Series which runs throughout each year, the following major Eventing Championships take place around the world run under the rules of the FEI
FEI European Eventing Championships for Seniors
Taking place every two years between World Championship and Olympic years, the FEI European Eventing Championships for Seniors is one of the most prestigious competitions on the international eventing calendar
Avenches in Switzerland hosted the 2021 FEI Eventing European Championship, after the Championships were initially cancelled due to the Covid pandemic.
Great Britain won both team and individual gold with Nicola Wilson riding JL Dublin taking the Individual honours
Haras du Pin (FRA), originally the host of the 2021 Championships, became the venue for the 2023 FEI European Eventing Championships for Seniors, taking place from 9th – 13th August 2023
Britain once again reigned supreme, with Ros Canter riding Lordships Graffalo taking individual gold as part of the winning all-female British team of Ros, Kitty King, Laura Collett and Yasmin Ingham. Read more here
FEI European Eventing Championships for Young Riders and Juniors
Europe’s best youth combinations come together in search of individual and team glory at the annual Championships that play an important part in nurturing future talent
Many of the Olympic stars of today have started their Championship career at these competitions
The 2023 FEI Eventing European Championship for Juniors and Young Riders took place at Montelibretti, near Rome, Italy from 14th – 17th September 2023 where it was a case of ‘Viva l’Italia’ as Italy took team gold and Germany dominated the Junior Championship.
Italy took its first ever European Young Rider Championship on home soil, winning gold on a combined score of 122.60 while Ireland took silver and Germany bronze.
The individual European Young Rider Champion title once again went to France, thanks to Charlotte Bordas on Firewall des Aucels, who followed up Zazie Gardeau’s winning performance for France at Hartpury Europeans in 2022
As in 2021, Germany double-headed the Junior Championship competition, taking both individual and team gold (81.30) while Great Britain took team silver (81.70) and France bronze (88.60). Smilla Maline Philipp riding Sir Boggles led throughout the phases to take individual gold. Read More Here
FEI European Championships for Ponies
A unique competition for competitors aged 12 to 16 and their ponies (horses up to 149 cm tall) provides Championships in the three Olympic disciplines of dressage, eventing and show jumping.
It was a clean sweep for Germany at the 2023 FEI European Eventing Championship for Ponies at Le Mans in France from 27th – 30th July 2023, taking team gold and individual gold, silver and bronze. Read more here
Strzegom hosted the 2022 FEI Pony European Championships at the Morawa Hippodrome from 3rd – 7th September 2022 where the Irish team triumphed and France's Mae Rinaldi riding Boston Du Verdon makes it two Individual golds in a row
In 2021, the French were a force to be reckoned with at the 2021 FEI Pony European Championships in Strzegom, Poland taking home both individual and team gold medals in Eventing
FEI WBFSH World Breeding Eventing Championships for Young Horses (Le Mondial Du Lion)
The Haras National at l‘Isle de Briand in Le Lion d’Angers (FRA) has been the venue for the FEI WBFSH World Breeding Eventing Championships for Young Horses since the inception of the Championships
Known as Le Mondial Du Lion, or often simply Le Lion, these Championships for 6-Year-Old and Seven-Year-Old horses are an important part of the eventing calendar. Held at the historic French National Stud each October, the event attracts thousands of spectators as well as competitors from all around the world representing their country
In 2021, Germany’s Anna Lena Schaaf riding Lagona OLD took the Six-Year-Old Championship and Australia’s Kevin McNab won the Seven-Year-Old Championship riding Cute Girl
In 2022, Anna Lena Schaaf's Lagona OLD pulled off a rare double, winning back to back Championships at Le Mondial Du Lion 2022 while France’s Tom Carlile added another win to his tally, with the Anglo Arab mare Golden De Beliard AA taking the 6-Year-Old Championship
In 2023 there was once again a back-to-back win at Le Lion d'Angers with Tom Carlile taking the 7-Year-Old Championship on Golden De Beliard and Britain's Izzy Taylor winning the 6-Year-Old Championship on Barrington Alice.
FEI Asian Eventing Championships
The inaugural Asian Championships ran from 1st – 8th December 2019. The second largest equestrian event in Asia following the Asian Games, the Asian Championships was held at the Thai Polo & Equestrian Club in Pattaya, Thailand and included the FEI Eventing Asian Championship, with Thailand taking eventing team and individual gold
The next FEI Eventing Asian Championship was due to take place in Pattaya, Thailand as part of the 2023 Asian Championships, to be held from 4th – 17th December 2023
A decision was taken at the 2022 FEI General Assembly to re-schedule these Championships to 2025 due to a conflict with the Hangzhou Asian Games, postponed to 2023. The 2025 FEI Asian Championships will now be held in Pattaya from 1st - 14th December 2025
Equestrian competition at Continental Championships including the Pan American Games and the Asian Games are also run under FEI Rules
The Asian Games, also known as Asiad, are held every four years in the even years between the Olympic Games. These is the largest sporting event world-wide with 12,000 athletes competing (the number of athletes at the Olympic Games is limited to 10,000)
The next edition of the Asian Games, where Jumping, Dressage and Eventing (held at CCI2* level) disciplines will be represented, was scheduled to take place in Hangzhou (CHN) in September 2022 but was postponed due to Covid-19.
The 19th Asian Games Hangzhou instead took place from 23rd September - 8th October 2023 with an historic win for Team China and Alex Hua Tian, taking team and individual gold in the eventing on home soil. Read More Here
Jakarta (IND) hosted the 18th Asian Games in 2018 where Japan took both team and individual gold medals
Pan American Games
The Pan American Games are an Olympic-style competition for athletes from all nations of the Americas. They are conducted every four years, always one year before the Olympic Games.
The first edition of the Pan American Games was held in 1951, in Buenos Aires and equestrian has been included since the inaugural Games
Lima (PERU) hosted the 18th edition of the Pan American Games where the USA took team gold and Boyd Martin riding Tsetserleg took Individual gold
The 19th edition of the Pan American Games will take place in Santiago (CHI) from 20th October – 5th November 2023 where Canada secured not only the team gold but also a berth for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games and the USA's Caroline Pamakcu won individual gold on board HSH Blake. Read More Here
Oceania Championships (Trans Tasman)
The Senior and Young Rider Oceania Teams Championships take place every second year and are run as team competitions between Australia and New Zealand at CCI4*-L and CCI3*-L levels
In 2022 it was run as part of the Melbourne International Three Day Event at Werribee Park from 11th – 13th June following the cancellation due to Covid in 2021
Australia won the 2022 Senior Team Championship and New Zealand claimed the 2022 Young Rider Championship
In 2023 the Championships were to be hosted by New Zealand at the New Zealand Horse of the Year Show in March, which was cancelled due to flooding. The Championships will now run as part of the Land Rover Horse of the Year Show in New Zealand from 8th – 10th March 2024