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FEI Eventing Championships

   2021 FEI European Eventing Championships for Seniors podium


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, will now be the venue for the 2023 FEI European Eventing Championships for Seniors



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

In 2021 Germany took team and individual titles in both categories at the FEI Eventing European Championships for Juniors and Young Riders in Segersjö, Sweden

The 2022 FEI Dressage and Eventing European Championships for Young Riders & Juniors will take place at Hartpury, UK from 23rd - 31st July 2022. The Gloucestershire University venue had been due to host the 2020 Championships until they were cancelled in May due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Hartpury previously hosted a European Championships in 1997 when they had the Pony disciplines of dressage, showjumping and eventing and again in 2000 for Young Riders



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.

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

Strzegom will also host the 2022 FEI Pony European Championships at the Morawa Hippodrome from 3rd – 7th September 2022



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

The 2022 FEI WBFSH World Breeding Eventing Championships for Young Horses returns to Le Lion d'Angers from 20th - 23rd October 2022



Continental Championships

Equestrian competition at Continental Championships including the Pan American Games and the Asian Games are also run under FEI Rules


Asian Games

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 will take place in Hangzhou (CHN) from 10th – 25th September 2022 where Jumping, Dressage and Eventing disciplines will be represented. Tentative dates for the Eventing competition, which will be held at CCI2* level, are 16th – 18th September 2022

Jakarta (IND) hosted the 18th Asian Games in 2018 where Japan took both team and individual gold medals

Korea takes Eventing gold at Incheon 2014


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 Jumping, Dressage and Eventing disciplines will be represented.


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 will be 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