Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy


    Show Jumping

    Show Jumping is probably the most well-known equestrian discipline, requiring a rider and horse to jump over between ten and 13 obstacles - which can measure as high as 1.6m - without touching them. This discipline requires the rider and horse to be in perfect harmony, as many factors such as momentum, speed, the course, and the number and length of strides taken must be combined in order to achieve a flawless performance.



    Eventing has military origins and was developed to test the abilities of horses intended for the armed forces. This competition has evolved gradually to become a fully-fledged discipline today.



    Endurance only became a competitive sport in the 1950’s and only appeared in Europe in the 1960’s. In 1982, the FEI recognised endurance as an official discipline and since then the number of riders has continually increased.



    Reining, which comes from the United States, is often described as a Western form of dressage riding, as it requires the horse to be responsive and in tune with its rider, completing a series of precise patterns of circles, spins, and stops.


    Para-equestrian Dressage

    Para-equestrian Dressage is the only equestrian discipline in the Paralympic Games. In 2010, it became part of the competition programme of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Lexington, Kentucky for the first time.