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The International Saddle Seat Equitation World Cup is a bi-annual competition which originated in the early 1980s with an informal exchange of saddle seat athletes in the United States and South Africa.

Originally a three-gaited saddle seat equitation showcase, it has expanded to include a five-gaited component, as well. Teams from as many as five nations now compete for the coveted World Cup titles, and the goal is further growth and visibility for the saddle seat discipline on national and international levels.

The event features amateur athletes 14 years of age and older who compete for individual scores, which ultimately accumulate toward a total team score. The athletes compete on horses that are supplied by the host competition and horses they are not familiar with, which is a true test of their riding skills. The competition consists of four segments, to be completed in two phases held on different days: rail work, where the athletes compete as a group, and then in individual workouts.

Every other year, US Equestrian will field a team of twelve athletes and two coaches to represent the United States in the International Saddle Seat World Cup competition.

One goal of US Equestrian's involvement is to increase participation from multiple breeds and to partner with US Equestrian Recognized Breed Associations in the promotion and support of this event.


2018 Saddle Seat World Cup Competition

  • Hosted in the United States in Lexington, Kentucky
  • July 4-6, 2018
  • Kentucky Horse Park


Support the World Cup Team by making an online donation today!

  • For more information on how to support USA Saddle Seat please visit our supporters page.


For more information please contact any of the following National Affiliates staff members:

Lori Nelson, [email protected]
Erin DesNoyers, [email protected]
Chuck Walker, [email protected]

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