North Carolina to Host 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games

The 2018 World Equestrian Games will be held Sept. 10-23 at the Tryon International Equestrian Center.
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The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) World Equestrian Games 2018 will be held Sept. 10-23 at the Tryon International Equestrian Center, in North Carolina. The FEI Bureau unanimously agreed Nov. 3 that the games should be awarded to Tryon, meaning that the FEI’s flagship event remains in North America following the withdrawal of Bromont, Canada, earlier this year.

The original dates for the games (Aug. 12-26) were changed following two scientific studies commissioned by the FEI which stated that climatic conditions would be significantly more favorable in North Carolina during September, particularly from a horse welfare perspective. The FEI also looked at date clashes with other fixtures on the FEI calendar to ensure the optimum timeslot for the 2018 Games.

“The Tryon team submitted a really impressive bid and we have every confidence in the organizing committee,” said FEI President Ingmar de Vos. “It’s a truly spectacular venue and almost all the necessary infrastructure for our eight disciplines is already in place. We are looking forward to a fantastic celebration of top level sport as all the disciplines come together to crown their world champions at the games in two years’ time.”

The Tryon International Equestrian Center, created by Mark Bellissimo in Mill Spring, North Carolina, is situated on a 1,600-acre site at the foothills of the Blue Mountains. The venue has 1,200 permanent stables, 12 arenas including a floodlit international arena with a potential spectator seating capacity of up to 12,000 and VIP seating for up to 1,500, a covered arena with 5,000 seats, and a world-class cross country course that will be used for both eventing and driving. The venue is surrounded by hundreds of miles of equestrian trails for endurance, and it has facilities for athletes and spectators including restaurants, hospitality, accommodation, retail, and resort amenities. An on-site state-of-the-art veterinary facility is currently under construction

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