WUEC stands for World University Equestrian Championship. This is the eleventh time the equestrian event is being held, last time was 2012 in Aachen. That time the event attracted around 100 competitors from 26 nations all around the world.
About 27 years ago, more precisely in July 1988, the first World University Equestrian Championship was held in Saumur, France. Since then, the championship has been organized ten times in eight different countries. This summer, it is time for Flyinge AB to host the championship. Flyinge is one of the world’s oldest studs, dating back to the 12th century. Nowadays the focus at Flyinge is research, training and education. Offering a university program in equine studies, five different higher vocational educational programs and three secondary level educational programs Flyinge is one of the top level equestrian centers of Northern Europe. In 2011 Flyinge celebrated its 350th anniversary.
The competition involves both jumping and dressage, arranged in a knock – out system from which the combined classification will be established. In the jumping part starting with fences at 0.90 m and with the finals at 1, 40 m which means the difficulty increasing rapidly for both horses and riders. The fact that the athletes ride on borrowed horses makes this even more unpredictable, and will provide suspense all way through the competition.
Each country may enter a maximum of nine (9) persons of which four (4) competitors and five (5) officials. In each event, each country is authorized to enter: a maximum of four (4) riders of whom only three (3) may compete.
Beside from the competitions there will be even more to do and attend. A knowledge centre where researchers from several Swedish Universities will present and discuss modern research connected to the sports- and equine sports field. The social events during WUEC16 will make your stay in Sweden unforgettable. As a grand finale there will a ball at the beautiful Grand Hotel in Lund.
Check out the website www.wuec16.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information! Both volunteers and visitors are welcome!