2017:
The Year
Ahead

17 January 2017

2016 was a great year, and a hard one to beat.

The Olympics are always spectacular, and there were so many amazing achievements in Rio last year that are likely to stay with us for the rest of our lives. 

 

Although the Olympics have passed and we need to wait until 2018 for the FEI World Equestrian Games™, 2017 is going to be a cracker of a year for equestrian sports. Here are a few things to mark down in your calendar…

 

The FEI Nations Cup™

 

The FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping is one of the oldest and most prestigious competitions within the sport of Jumping and with each passing year it gets more competitive and the standard improves. 

 

National teams face off against each other, so riders fight not just for their reputation, but for the reputation of their entire country. 

 

 

The new format which was introduced in 2013 meant that far more nations could be represented and be given the chance to host qualifiers. Team Germany won the finals last year in Barcelona, with GB finishing a very close second. 

 

Who knows what will happen this year, with the Americans, Dutch and French also in very good form. All we know is that if you’re looking for edge-of-your-seat action the FEI Nations Cup™ series always delivers, and 2017 will be no exception.

 

FEI World Cup™ Driving Final in Gothenburg

 

We’re not only about Eventing, Dressage and Jumping here. The FEI World Cup™ Driving Final is set to take place in Gothenburg, Sweden on the 25th and 26th of February. The Driving fans amongst us will be eating this up and glued to their television (or maybe even to the live action right in front of their eyes) to see who will walk away with top honours. 

 

If you haven't seen it before, the sport is fascinating, and you can’t help but admire the skill involved. As we all know, any horse sport is always much harder than the casual observer would think! 

 

The four-in-hand is the major event to look forward to, and Australian Boyd Exell is the man to beat at the moment! Clearly, if you’re an Aussie equestrian and named Boyd, you’re destined for success.

 

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The 2017 LONGINES FEI World Cup Jumping & FEI Dressage Finals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The FEI World Cup™ Series comes to a spectacular finish for Jumping and Dressage enthusiasts in Omaha, from March 27th to April 2nd

 

Having hosted over thirty World Cup events for each sport during the course of 2016, the Final promises to be a showcase of the world’s top talent and the most established horse and rider teams in both disciplines. Go for the shopping, the horses, the VIP hospitality and the buzzing atmosphere. 

 

Canadian Olympic Dressage athlete Jacqueline Brooks tells is like it is...

 

 

Who’ll walk away with the crowns? Hans Peter Minderhoud will be trying to defend his title in the Dressage, and with Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro no longer competing, it’s been blown wide open. 

 

Americans will be rooting for Laura Graves after her spectacular performance in Rio last year. 

 

The Jumping looks to be a face-off between Germany and the US, with their riders consistently topping the rankings over the recent months.

 

Daniel Deusser, Kent Farrington, McLain Ward and Christian Ahlmann are all in hot pursuit of the title, with Eric Lamaze, Kevin Staut and Simon Delestre hot on their heels. 

 

 

The Final promises to be a showcase of the world’s top talent

FEI World Cup™ Vaulting Final in Dortmund

Like Driving, Vaulting is an equestrian discipline that very few people manage to reach the highest echelons of.   If you thought regular gymnastics were hard, try adding in a moving horse! 

 

Vaulting is a sport that almost everyone can appreciate and enjoy watching. It’s graceful, elegant and super flashy. Plus, you can’t help but be in awe at the strength of the vaulters and the way they move in such harmony with the horse.

 

 

Tune into FEI TV to watch the FEI World Cup™ Vaulting Final in Dortmund  2nd-5th March to see the world’s finest individual and pas de deux vaulters put on a jaw-dropping show. 

 

Anna Cavallaro and Kristina Boe are two exciting favourites to watch out for in the women’s event, while Lukas Heppler and Clement Taillez will  be sure to impress you in the men’s. 

 

Southeast Asian Games

 

The Southeast Asian Games are a treat to watch because the riders are all top notch and the best that each country has to offer – each member has to be put forward by their National Olympic Committee. 

 

This year, the 29th Southeast Asian Games will held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 19th to 31st August.  Two of the three Olympic disciplines will be represented, Dressage and Jumping, and always proves to be an amazing show of horsemanship and sporting excellence from the Asian continent.

 

Endurance fans are in for a treat, as it will also feature in the Games. 

 

 

FEI Classics at Badminton

 

Just because! We know Badminton comes around every single year like clockwork, but that has never failed to dim the enthusiasm of the equestrian world before, and it certainly isn’t about to start now. Badminton is one of the premiere equestrian events and each year it brings about thrills and spills like no other event can!

 

 

Text by Sophie Kate Baker

Images by Liz Gregg, Christophe Tanière and Richard Juilliart