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FEI World Equestrian Games 2006

FEI World Equestrian Games 2006The World Equestrian Games, or WEG for short, are the major international championships for Equestrianism, administrered by the Fédération Equestre Internationale(FEI). The games are held every four years in 7 fields: dressage, show jumping, eventing, endurance riding, vaulting, combined driving, and reining. Reining was included in 2002 as the seventh sport to be featured at the games.

WEG represents the worlds top riders and the worlds most skilled horses, competing over 15 days of competition. 57 countries are represented by 800 athletes - the creme de la creme of the equestrian world. Equestrians view this event as more important than the Olympics.

In Aachen, the schedule for the first week features dressage, endurance, eventing and vaulting. In the second week, look for jumping, four-in-hand driving and reining.

The endurance course covers 160 kilometres through three countries - Germany, Belgium, and The Netherlands - a first for WEG 2006!

Riders competing at the World Equestrian Games go through a rigorous selection process over the 4 year period leading up to WEG. Each competing country (57 in all) sends teams selected from the very best equestrians in their discipline. Many WEG competitors also compete in the Olympics, although making an Olympic Team does not necessarily guarantee a rider a place at The World Equestrian Games.

FEI World Equestrian Games 2006 official site

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