Showjumping is one of the most exciting disciplines to watch as a spectator because of the speed, accuracy, and agility needed by horse and rider to succeed.
This year the World Equestrian Games team is made up of Scott Brash, Joe Clee, Ben Maher, Spencer Roe, and showjumping legend, Michael Whitaker. From this group a team of four, plus a travelling reserve, will be selected.
What is Showjumping?
Showjumping is an arena based event where horse and rider are required to jump a series of obstacles in a set order. Penalties can be awarded for running over the allotted time, having an obstacle down, or the horse refusing an obstacle. A horse or rider falling will result in elimination.
What happens at the World Equestrian Games?
Riders can compete both for the team medal and for individual medals – the World Equestrian Games sees riders swap horses in the individual final, something unique in equestrian disciplines.
There is also a speed round where all competitors compete against the clock with spectacular results!
There are individual and team qualifying rounds where the top 10 teams and top 50 individuals will go forward for the second round. The second round acts as the team competition final and another qualifier for the individuals.
The team winners are decided by combining the top three scores from each team and the team with the highest overall team score are crowned the winners.
The top 30 individuals will then compete in a third qualifying phase – the top four riders go through to the individual final or the “final four”, where each rider competes in four rounds to decide the winner.
The first round will be partnering their own horse and the other three rounds will be partnering horses from the other three final riders. The rider with the lowest penalties after all four rounds will be crowned the winner.
Scott Brash & Hello Sanctos: this combination is already famous and they are tipped to give a great performance at this year’s World Equestrian Games.
Joe Clee & Utamaro d’Ecaussines: Joe is really being given the chance to prove himself by being selected. He’ll surely help the team achieve their goal of a top five team placing.
Ben Maher & Cella: Ben is almost sure to be selected as a team member and his experience could help them get all the way to the top.
Spencer Roe & Wonder Why: the baby of the group at just 21, Spencer has consistently produced clear rounds and impressed everyone in the showjumping world.
Michael Whitaker & Viking V: the stalwart of British showjumping and experienced Team GBR member is putting forward just one for this year’s Games after his top horse, Amai, was ruled out due to injury.