The FEI World Equestrian Games™ began with great hopes and have over the years continued to provide equestrianism with a trademark international platform from which to show the sport at its best. Since 1990, the Games have been held every four years, between each Olympic Games. They unit each FEI discipline’s separate World Championship in one event, an idea which had stemmed from HRH Prince Philip and had been much discussed during his presidency of the FEI but which did not come to fruition until the first FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Stockholm in 1990 under the reign of HRH The Princess Royal. As in the Olympic Games, the riders are rigorously selected from the top set of athletes from each nation and today the FEI World Equestrian Games™ encompasses every discipline of the sport.
Over many successful and innovative years, the competition has found its feet and grown into a prestigious international event. Initially it was held in European venues – Stockholm (SWE), The Hague (Netherlands), Rome (ITA), Jerez de la Frontera (ESP) and Aachen (GER) – and in 2010 the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ were held outside of Europe for the first time, in the middle of horse country, Lexington, Kentucky (USA). They returned to Normandy in France for the 2014 edition and in 2018 cross the Atlantic once again to Tryon in North Carolina, USA.
Here, you can find a detailed history of each Games and the stunning achievements of the riders who have given their all to their disciplines.