The riders are now preparing for the championship to start, and here you will see Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum on the Contender-son Checkmate, Pénélope Leprevost and the Carthago-stallion Mylord Carthago HN and Edwina Alexander on the little Le Tot de Semilly-gelding Cevo Itot de Chateau out making some final preparations.
The championships start tomorrow – Monday – with the first of total five rounds. Tomorrow’s class is a speed competition (Table C), while Tuesday features part one of the team competition (also counts individually) and Wednesday the second part of the team competition (both Table A) with the top ten teams. Friday will feature the individual competition, where the top 25 riders of the first two rounds will compete to get into Saturday’s Top Four. This is the most exciting - and the most characteristic - part of the WEG; in the top four final the riders ride their own horses, but they also swap with the other three riders and keep going until all the riders have ridden all the horses.
But before all the fun can begin, the horses have to pass today’s veterinary inspection!
Forty-one countries have submitted definite entries for the Show Jumping World Championships and in total there will be 136 riders and 138 horses, and 27 countries will field teams. You can find all the definite entries at http://www.alltechfeigames.com/uploadedFiles/The_Competition/Resources/Jumping%20DefEntries.pdf
Reigning world champion is Jos Lansink on Cavalor Cumano, while the reigning team champion is Holland (WEG Aachen 2006).
You can read about the championship here www.alltechfeigames.com, and you can also follow the championship through live scorings at the same website.
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