World Equestrian Games

World Equestrian Games held every four years, even in 2010, from September 25 to October 10 in Kentucky, United States. During this two-week event is fought for world titles in eight different disciplines: dressage, show jumping, eventing, four-horse and carriage driving, endurance, reining, vaulting and a new category this year for the first time custom sport dressage.

History
The very first World Equestrian Games were held in 1990 in Stockholm, Sweden. This was initiated by Prince Philip, who was president at the time of the FEI. There were four categories represented were: dressage, jumping, eventing, four-horse and carriage driving, endurance and vaulting.Four years later, in 1994, the Netherlands was the host and Equestrian Games was held in the Hague.This Anky van Grunsven was the first Dutch world champion. 1998 World Equestrian Games were held in Rome and since 2002 in Jerez de la Frontera. This is a new category has been introduced: in Reining.The fifth World Equestrian Games were held in 2006 in Aachen. This edition of the World Equestrian Games were very successful for the Dutch participants. That Anky van Grunsven won gold and silver in dressage. The Dutch men’s team jumped a world champion. This team consisted of Jeroen Dubbeldam, Gerco Schröder and Albert Zoer, Piet Raijmakers. It was evidently not enough for the Dutch team. When driving Ijsbrand Chardon won silver and the Dutch team won bronze. This year, from september 25-October 10, 2010 World Equestrian Games will be held in Lexington, Kentucky, United States. This is the first time that the event takes place outside of Europe. Again, a new category will be launched: dressage custom sport.
Disciplines
During World Equestrian Games will compete for the world’s eight different disciplines: eventing, show jumping, dressage, driving, endurance, vaulting, reining, and dressage custom sport. The following are descriptions of the participating disciplines in the equestrian World Equestrian Games:
Eventing
The combination of dressage, show jumping and eventing eventing is the most complete discipline in equestrianism. It requires the rider of the horse as well as from a large capacity and a very good education. Every aspect is covered in eventing in its own way. Thus in dressage focuses on harmony between rider and horse, especially in cross-country endurance and jump with particular reference to the skill and technique.
Jump
A very popular discipline jumping. It is the goal of horse and rider, as soon as possible through a flawless round. A track created by course designers and usually consists of ten to thirteen obstacles.These can be in the form: barriers, fences, gates and railings. This sport is particularly skill, accuracy and training of horse and rider is tested.
Dressage
Besides jumping dressage is also one of the most popular areas and is regarded as the Foundation of all other disciplines. There is harmony between horse and rider and centrally concerned with the quality of the combination. This will eventually get the best results. It is given freedom and regularity of the pace and the lightness and ease of movement. It should look like if the driver does not need to. Be ridden in dressage exercises and these are evaluated with score. It requires that the horse during each test should at least display all three courses: walk, trot and Canter. These must also be displayed in a large and extended version.
Endurance
Endurance horse and rider is an endurance race. These long distance travelled by nature. The longest distance that can be travelled is 160 kilometres. This sport requires very good physical condition and endurance of horse and rider. In addition, it plays a major role in the cooperation and trust, and are important for achieving good results. Each match consists of several steps, which can vary from 15 up to 40 kilometres and these operated in time. After each phase, a veterinary check website and also each horse before start and after finish is carefully monitored. During every audit assessed whether the horse is fit enough to take part in the competition. If not, will the combination will be removed from the contest.
Mennen
Mennen has three components: skill, composite driving and dressage. This discipline is running is single, couple, tandem or team. Normally can be started with both ponies and horses, but in the World Equestrian Games will be ridden only in the heaviest class: four horses for the horses.
Vault
In Vaulting a voltigeur gymnastic exercises on the back of a horse. The horse is in a calm horse racing and go the long line, an outcome in a circle. The horse wears a special girth with handle where the vaulter can to hold on to. In this discipline is all about relaxation, flexibility, rhythm and balance.The trick is to carry out the exercises so that the horse will not be impeded in the move it makes.This sport can be practiced individually or in teams. There are two parts, namely the compulsory routine and freestyle. In the freestyle, is as follows: composition, performance, choice of music and difficulties.
Reining
Dressage part of western riding, so-called reining. The big difference is in the speed at which test elements is performed. It is required to run as possible loose rein and most parts are driven in horse racing. Tempo changes are an important part of a trial. Finally, there is a lot to look at cleanliness, speed, accuracy of the exercises and the willingness of the horse.
Dressage adapted sports
The purpose of this discipline is to create opportunities for people who have a physical disability and be able to compete with them still in a contest at the highest level in the sport. The riders will be classified according to the nature of their disability in four different parts: the so called degrees.For example, there may be a fairest way possible.
Facts About Kentucky

Potential participants Dutch World Equestrian Games Kentucky 2010
Coach Sjef Janssen will have to make a selection of the delegate members of Kentucky from the Netherlands. So it’s still exciting to see who will be eligible for this. However, there are potential combination known to the Dutch delegation. Below potential participants for each discipline:
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