The number of FEI (Fédération Equestre Internationale), sanctioned events in North America has reached record numbers. This increase started a few years ago when newly developed tournaments relied on FEI competitions to create more competitive product.
Almost every week in 2015, there is a FEI rated competition in North America with some weeks consisting multiple events. The chart below represents the total number of FEI events held in our region per country for 2015.
Having 88 FEI sanctioned events in the region is great news because:
- Makes North America a center stage player in the global politics of the sport.
- Riders can earn more FEI ranking points without traveling to Europe.
- Gives young riders and horses the opportunity to test themselves at an international level.
- Raises the technical specs of the course designs and competition. (Except for USEF National Standard, that is actually higher than an FEI 2** Grand Prix)
- Creates the opportunity for riders from other parts of the world to compete in North America for several weeks without much traveling.
- Gives FEI licensed officials in the region the opportunity to gain valuable experience and exposure.
The following are the level of FEI sanctioned events per country
The following chart divides the number of FEI jumping competitions in North America for 2015 into their FEI category and the minimum and maximum amount of prize money. (All the CSIO’s and WC are included)
Here are the top six FEI venues in North America for 2015:
*Including Pan-Am Games
It’s a positive trend that we are starting to see European-based riders competing in North America more often than in the past. Hosting 12 CSI 5* is a rare occurrence that promotes high performance competition in our region. Moreover, major Grand Prix competitions are being televised more on national television and available to be stream live via the internet.
Show jumping is getting closer to the spectators, becoming more appealing for the media, reaching a broader audience for the sponsors, and evolving into a more product than a few years ago. I can’t wait to see what the future has to offer for our sport.
The sport as a whole…