General information

The FEI World Equestrian Games™, held every four years in the middle of the Olympic cycle, is one of the biggest events on the global sporting calendar, combining eight equestrian World Championship caliber events in a pre-determined location. The FEI disciplines – Jumping, Dressage and Para-Equestrian Dressage, Eventing, Driving, Endurance, Vaulting and Reining – are all included on the competition schedule, while equestrian-focused demonstrations and exhibitions will also be hosted throughout the duration of the event. The 2018 edition of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ will be held in Mill Spring, NC, over thirteen days from September 11-23rd, 2018 at Tryon International Equestrian Center.

Tryon 2018 Discipline Directory

Administered by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) – the worldwide governing body of equestrian sport – the FEI World Equestrian Games™ is  the global championship for the eight core equestrian disciplines of Dressage, Driving, Endurance, Eventing, Jumping, Para Dressage, Reining, and Vaulting. Equestrian athletes from more than 70 countries trek to WEG host cities every four years, competing before cheering fans from their native countries, much like the Olympic Games.

DRESSAGE is the ultimate expression of communication and elegance and has rapidly grown in popularity each year.

DRIVING is a high-octane sport involving a carriage pulled by four horses, also known as four-in-hand, and encompasses three phases of competitions spread over three days: Dressage, Marathon and Cones.

ENDURANCE is a long-distance competition against the clock. It tests the speed and stamina of both horse and rider and challenges each combination to ensure an effective use of pace and navigational skills of undulating terrains.

EVENTING, one of the three Olympic equestrian disciplines, is a formidable combination of Dressage, cross-country, and Jumping, done over three days and with the same horse for each phase of competition. 

JUMPING (known as Show Jumping in the USA) is a spectacular mix of courage, control and technical ability, making it easy to see why it’s one of the three equestrian Olympic disciplines.

PARA-EQUESTRIAN DRESSAGE is conducted under the same basic rules as conventional Dressage, but with riders divided into different competition grades based on functional abilities.

REINING originates from the working movements of horses and riders when herding cattle and is a judged event designed to show the athletic ability of ranch-type horses in an arena setting.

VAULTING is simply described as gymnastics on horseback, and has a history as an equestrian act at circuses, but its origins stretch back at least two thousand years