Event Horse March Madness: Sweet 16!

EN Event Horse March Madness: Sweet 16! Who should advance to the Elite 8 … 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 Sweet 16!

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: Some tough calls to make out there. Heavy-hitters going head-to-head on the North American front, the French have their work cut out for them over in Europe, Irish favorites are up against a World Champion and last year’s Kentucky winner in the UK/IRE bracket, and the AUS/NZL bracket is a recipe for divorce!

Sweet 16 voting is open through midnight on Sunday, March 31, with the Elite 8 to be announced the following day. Go vote, and Go Eventing!