New for the 2018 World Equestrian Games in Tryon is the WEQx Games™, a showcase of nine spectator-friendly equestrian competitions that will run alongside the nine FEI WEG disciplines at Tryon International Equestrian Center. These accessory events are aimed at highlighting the accessibility, diversity, athleticism and passion for horses and horse sport for athletes of all ages.
Equestrian athletes interested in competing in any of the events must register their interest in participating by May 15, 2018.
The planned competitions include:
U-25 U.S. Open Championship™ – The two class competition over two days during the 2018 WEG and will highlight the Show Jumping world’s up and coming riders under 25 years of age. Total prize money over the two days will be $50,000. The U-25 U.S. Open Champion™ will be crowned. Click here to express interest in competing.
U.S. Open Speed Horse™ – A 1.40m, two-team relay featuring 32 two-person teams will navigate an Alan Wade course to compete for $100,000. Riders can create their own 2-person teams. Qualifying course and the final course will be the same and will be available for practice. Click here to express interest in competing.
DERBYx™ – A derivative Hunter competition will be open to 24 competitors that will compete for a $100,000 prize. The optimum time competition will have 15 jumps and be objectively scored based on a set criteria. Click here to express interest in competing.
Battle of the Sexes – A three-event jumping competition featuring a 1.30m match race, speed class and relay with 10 men versus 10 women from the U.S. Ranking List among non-WEG participants or non-WEG reserves. The competition will highlight the only Olympic sport where men compete with women as equals. The teams will compete for $75,000 in prize money. Click here to express interest in competing.
Match Race – A 1.30m competition where two riders face off in the ring over a mirrored course. Standard FEI rules to apply – two second faults converted, open to 24 competitors. Riders compete for a $50,000 prize. Click here to express interest in competing.
Puissance – A horse and rider’s ability to clear a single fence that increases in height after each round – to as much as seven feet and is limited to four rounds. Riders compete for a $50,000 prize. Click here to express interest in competing.
Six Bar – A challenge where the horse and rider jump a series of six vertical fences placed in a straight line with two strides between each fence. The six fences are progressively higher from fence one through six and are all raised after each round. Riders will compete for a $50,000 prize. Click here to express interest in competing.
Pony Jumpers – A competition where the top children of the sport compete for a $10,000 prize. Click here to express interest in competing.
Gladiator Polo™ – A professional three-on-three arena polo match with modified rules that keep the play fast. The event is played in a ring with all-weather footing that is approximately 310-feet x 250-feet, which is one-tenth the size of a typical grass polo field. Four international teams will compete for $100,000 in prize money.
The WEQx Games™ concept and competitions have been approved by the FEI and the USEF Board of Directors with the intent to grow interest in horse sport.
Organizer will assess the final competition schedule and qualifying information based on interest from exhibitors. All Jumping competitions are national classes and as such, entries are restricted by the provisions of FEI General Regulations Article 101 (maximum of four National Federations and/or a maximum of 15 foreign athletes). Entry fees will vary based on prize money of competitions and will not exceed all inclusive $1,250.
Following the response to this expression of interest, the organizer will submit the full details of the WEQX Games™ to the USEF Board of Directors for approval. Details of the competition and qualifying information will be available soon at www.Tryon2018.com/WEQxGames.