Day 1, Warm-Up — Wednesday, April 11 — Competitors will take advantage of the opportunity to have a warm-up to get acclimated with the venue and see how their horses are feeling.
Day 2, Competition 1: All About Speed — Thursday, April 12 — The first round is a speed competition, held in a Table C, faults converted format. But it’s not your average speed class. The fences can be set up to 1.60m! The first round really sets the tone for the rest of the competition, and from the beginning, proves that it takes a very special horse and rider combination to win the world’s most prestigious indoor show jumping championship.
Day 3, Competition 2: Jumping Off — Friday, April 13 — The second competition is held in a Table A, jump-off format. Those who jump cleanly over the 1.50m-1.60m track advance to the jump-off. Riders who complete the first round are eligible to compete.
Day 4, Day of Rest — Saturday, April 14 — The fourth day allows for a very important rest period for those advancing to the final day’s competition. For those who do not qualify, there is an additional (unrelated to the Final) grand prix class offered on this day.
Day 5, Competition 3: Clear Rounds Rewarded — Sunday, April 15 — The third competition is all about endurance and consistency, consisting of two rounds over a Grand Prix course, 1.50m-1.60m in height. The top 30 after the second competition contest the first round; the top 20 after round one move on to the final round, in addition to any combination that jumps the first round cleanly but may fall outside the top 20 standings. They will jump the final round in reverse order of standing. Last year, Ward and HH Azur landed off the last fence having not touched a pole throughout the entirety of the competition—an incredible feat, having led wire to wire.