The FEI Eventing World Championship: facts & figures

Sep 15th 2022

Talking about them...

- Andrew Nicholson (NZL), who is now training the Swiss team, holds the record for World Championships completions - 7 - a record that cannot be broken this weekend (Karin Donckers, BEL, is the nearest with 5 completions). Nicholson also has the most top 10 finishes in World Championships - 5 - along with the late Richard Meade (GBR).

- Senna Vervaecke, Gonzalo Blasco Botin, Amanda Pottinger, Lea Siegl, Sam Watson and Alina Dibowski all have parents who have competed at championship level. Felix Vogg's grandfather, Roland Perret, competed in the 1956 Olympic Games.

- The last time the British team led the dressage was in Jerez de la Frontera (ESP) in 2002. They eventually finished in bronze position.

- Alertamalib'or, ridden by Astier Nicolas (FRA), is by Yarlande Summersong, a stallion that won team and individual silver at the Open European Championships at Pratoni del Vivaro in 1995 with Marie-Christine Duroy (FRA).

- Aistis Vitkauskas (LTU) had threaded the Ukrainian colours into his horse's plaits for the first horse inspection; he explained that it was a decision by all Lithuanian riders to support the country that is their near neighbour.

- Nicolas Wettstein (ECU) speaks five languages and has three passports. He is to be a father in November.

- The two Polish individual riders, Jan Kominski and Malgorzata Korycka, are engaged to be married

- Arianna Schivo's father, Gian Marco, represented Italy in the 1972 Munich Olympic Games in the high jump

- The Brazilian team here at Pratoni - Carlos Parro, Marcello Tosi and Marcio Carvalho Jorge - is formed of the same riders as in 1998




- 22.0 The best ever completion score, by Michael Jung (GER) and La Biosthetique Sam at Kentucky (USA) in 2010

- 13.9 The best ever dressage score (in today's scoring), performed by Bettina Hoy and Woodsides Ashby (GER) at Jerez de la Frontera (ESP) in 2002

- 18.8 After 20 years, the second best ever dressage score performed by Michael Jung (GER) at Pratoni del Vivaro (ITA) in 2022

- 11 Gold medals won by GBR in world championships (6 team, 5 individual)

- 8 World championship starts by Sir Mark Todd (NZL)

- 7 World championship starts by Karin Donckers (BEL), Phillip Dutton (USA), Andrew Hoy (AUS) and Andrew Nicholson (NZL)

- 6 CCI5*-L winning horses in the field (Ballaghmor Class, Cartania, FischerChipmunk FRH, London 52, Toledo de Kerser, Willingapark Clifford)

- 4 Gold medals won by Blyth Tait (NZL) - 2 team, 2 individual

- 3 Individual world champions in the field (Michael Jung, Sandra Auffarth, GER, Rosalind Canter, GBR)

- 1 Gold medal partnership from Tryon 2018 (Tom McEwen riding Toledo de Kerser, GBR)



Pratoni 2022: did you know?

- Aistis Vittkauskas (LIT) celebrated his 50th birthday this week on Monday (September 12)

- Alina Dibowski (GER) is the youngest rider, aged 21; Belgian rider Jarno Verwimp is four days older

- Andrew Hoy (AUS) is the oldest rider, aged 63; he competed in the 1978 World Championships, before any of the British team were born

- Fouaad Mirza is the most successful Indian rider in history; he finished 21st at the Tokyo Olympic Games

- Tamra Smith (USA) didn't do her first international competition until she was 30

- Dana Smith (CAN) groomed for Rebecca Howard (CAN) at the London Olympic Games

- Holly Jacks (CAN) is an amateur boxer and has won the 'Golden Gloves' award

- Malin Josefsson rides for Sweden but her middle name, Miyuki, reflects her Japanese heritage

- In the last 10 World Championships, the team that is leading going into the show jumping tomorrow has always gone on to win. Big day ahead.


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