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1998 World Equestrian Games, Rome

Date: 1st October – 11th October 1998


Rome was a great success even though the Italians only had a year in which to prepare after the Dublin bid fell through due to bad luck and organisational problems. For a second time, the original successful bidder had failed to live up to the hype despite promising initial plans.

The abandonment of the project was dramatic as Ireland is a country with a very thoroughly developed horse tradition. In this difficult situation the FEI Executive Board was very happy that several countries showed an interest in taking on the organisation for the 1998 FEI World Equestrian Games™ (WEG) in spite of the short notice. In a desperate effort to pick up the pieces, the FEI examined the alternatives of Aachen and Rome and, opting for the latter, were rewarded with nothing short of a miracle. Some four months after the withdrawal of Dublin, Rome was chosen as the official venue for the 1998 Games. Particular credit goes to the Italian NF President Cesare Croce, who showed much courage in taking on the project.


Ainslee KingMalikEndurance IndividualDNF
Alan McCaughanTonkaEndurance Team1st
Alan McCaughanTonkaEndurance Individual22nd
Andrew NicholsonNew YorkEventing Individual5th
Blyth TaitReady TeddyEventing Team1st
Blyth TaitReady TeddyEventing Individual1st
Catherine SmallboneAlzacDressage Team18th
Catherine SmallboneAlzacDressage Individual70th
Cindy KentPlayskoolDressage Individual66th
Cindy KentPlayskoolDressage Team18th
Jenny HumphriesSimbaEndurance Team1st
Jenny HumphriesSimbaEndurance Individual23rd
John StevensonTaralea RajaEndurance Team1st
John StevensonTaralea RajaEndurance Individual24th
Kalista FieldJaneiroDressage Team18th
Kalista FieldJaneiroDressage Individual75th
Kevin JamesGlendaar SaritaEndurance Team1st
Kevin JamesGlendaar SaritaEndurance Individual25th
Nick LarkinRed DNF
Ray TyleeMinstralEndurance IndividualDNF
Sally ClarkSquirrell HillEventing IndividualDNF
Sir Mark ToddBroadcast NewsEventing Team1st
Sir Mark ToddBroadcast NewsEventing Individual2nd
Vaughn JefferiesBounceEventing Team1st
Vaughn JefferiesBounceEventing Individual4th

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