US Equestrian announced today that Laura Graves (Geneva, Fla.) has been chosen to represent the United States in the FEI World Equestrian Games™ (WEG) Tryon 2018 Opening Ceremony presented by Coca-Cola® on Tuesday evening, September 11.
The opening ceremony is the official start of the two-week equestrian competition that will name the world's best horse and athletes across eight Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) disciplines from September 12-23. In part, the ceremonies will pay tribute to the athletes and horses that have traveled to Tryon to represent not just their sport, but their country.
“I am honored and excited to be selected to represent the United States in the [WEG] opening ceremony,” stated Graves. “I’m always proud to carry the American flag.”
Tryon International Equestrian Center, host of the 2018 Games, announced on Friday the opening ceremony is free and open to the public. The evening will feature special guest speakers, including FEI President Ingmar De Vos and North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, as well as other signature performances and demonstrations and will culminate with a concert by five-time Grammy nominee country artist Hunter Hayes.
Admission to the opening ceremony is free, however, attendees must sign up for a free ticket online at Tryon2018.com under the "Tickets" link. Parking is $20 per car load and attendees will be shuttled to the main venue from the parking lot at 6985 S Highway 9, Columbus, NC. Gates to the parking lot, venue, and vendors open at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Those who previously purchased Grounds Passes for September 11 will be refunded. Click here for tickets.
For a schedule of events, participating disciplines, and more information on the FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018, click here.
Be sure to visit the US Equestrian Booth during the opening ceremony at booth number B7 in the middle aisle of Vendor Village.
When the overnight leader cantered into the show jumping arena at the Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International and had the first rail down, Erin Sylvester knew that she had just clinched the CCI4*-L win. It isn’t just another CCI4*-L win though – it is a truly historic one as she and Paddy The Caddy, Frank McEntee’s 12-year-old Thoroughbred gelding (Azamore x Slamy), will be the final names inscribed on the Fair Hill trophy.
All horses who presented this morning at the final horse inspection at the Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International Three-Day Event were accepted, but one notable horse wasn’t presented. D.A. Duras, Jacqueline Mars and Debbie Adam’s 11-year-old KWPN gelding (Numero Uno x Medoc) was withdrawn by Lauren Kieffer before the horse inspection. The pair were sitting in third place in the CCI4*-L so their withdrawal moves up the majority of the division.
The scoreboard was kept working at full tilt on cross-country today at The Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International as 24 of the 41 CCI4*-L starters picked up some sort of jump penalty on Derek di Grazia’s course. The leader position changed several times throughout the afternoon as 15 penalties were handed out by the ground jury, but Waylon Roberts and Lancaster kept their slate clean to take over the top spot.