Event Horse March Madness: Elite 8!

EN Event Horse March Madness: Elite 8! Who should advance to the Final 4 … you decide! Photos by EN.

Who is the fiercest event horse in the land? Our NCAA college basketball inspired March Madness showdown marches on today with the Elite 8!

How it’s seeded: To avoid petty squabbling amidst our chinchilla selection committee, we have objectively seeded the bracket according to the final 2018 WBFSH Rankings. Included in the bracket are the highest ranked eight horses from each of four regions: North America, UK/Ireland, Europe and Australia/New Zealand. The higher the points earned in 2018, the higher the seed. The six winners of CCI4* events in 2018 as well as the 2018 World Champion received automatic top seed buy-in.

Determination of winner: Popular vote!
Round of 32, Part 1: Monday, March 18
Round of 32, Part 2: Wednesday, March 20
Sweet 16: Monday, March 25
*Elite 8: Monday, April 1*
Final 4: Friday, April 5
Championship: Monday, April 8

Today’s match-ups: Whew, we’re getting down to the nitty-gritty! It’s a battle between Canada and the U.S. on the North American front, everyone’s favorite supermare is going head-t0-head against Ingrid’s top horse in the Europe bracket, last year’s WEG gold medalist is up against the reigning Kentucky champion in the UK/IRE, and it’s husband versus wife in  AUS/NZL bracket. Best of luck to all!

Elite 8 voting is open through midnight on Thursday, April 4, with the Final 4 to be announced the following day. Go vote, and Go Eventing!