Thursday, August 28, 2014

2014 WEG: New format will test horse and rider - Full Article

Endurance competition is the biggest in the history of the World Equestrian Games

By Leslie Wilson Jr, Racing & Special Features Writer
Published: 19:29 August 27, 2014

Dubai: The Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) has developed a new format and measures that will both test the riders and also improve the welfare of endurance horses when the marathon event takes place on Thursday.

Held over 160km, the endurance ride is one of the biggest events at the World Equestrian Games, which are currently taking place in Normandy, France.

More than 1,000 riders and horses from over 70 countries are competing at the two-week extravaganza including first-timers from Peru, Palestine and Kazakhstan.

The endurance competition, which is the biggest in the history of the event, is attracting a lot of attention.

A total of 260 riders representing 49 countries will be seen in action, among them past winners, new riders, old horses and new horses...

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