Friday, April 17, 2015

Two-day race format proposed for WEG endurance

Future World Equestrian Games endurance champions could be decided in a two-day format, with competitors covering 100km each day.

The Endurance Technical Committee is putting the proposal to the endurance session at the FEI Sports Forum, being held in Lausanne, Switzerland, later this month.

The proposal involves ditching the single 160km race which has been used to decide the champion in favour of the two-day format.

The format would set the maximum number of combinations from each national federation at four, with the highest three counting for the team classification.

“The purpose of the format change … is to create a technical competition to test the skill and the fitness of the combination over a course that needs a strategic approach rather than reliance on speed alone to successfully complete,” the committee said.

“The two-day format would also allow greater exposure of the sport to the public and media.”

The mounted best-conditioned competition would assess the combination for fitness, soundness and agility of the combination in the same manner as they competed the event.

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