Dr. Mark Hart, Phillip Dutton, Erik Duvander, Lynn Symansky, Sam Watson, William Coleman, and Will Connell sat on a panel to review the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in North Carolina.
“Volunteers are the backbone of our sport because if we had to pay every person that’s needed to run an event, the entry fee would be up to $2,000 a horse.” Christina Gray explained. “It’s astronomical the number of volunteers that are needed to do this sport but it’s what makes the sport so great.” A show secretary extraordinaire and a newly minted FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) volunteer, Gray has been on both sides of the volunteer curtain.
While competition at the FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) was delayed for a day between cross-country and show jumping to allow Hurricane Florence to pass through, even the threat of a tropical storm couldn't dampen the spirits of the 83 horse-and-rider combinations who flocked to the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, North Carolina to represent 23 countries in the 2018 Eventing World Championships.
Wednesday, September 19 - It is with great regret that we confirm that the horse Box Qutie (FEI ID 103ZC00), ridden by Sweden’s Anna Freskgård (FEI ID 10047105) in the Eventing Championship at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018, was euthanised at 4:21 this afternoon.
In a nail-biting finish at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) at the Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) in Mill Spring, North Carolina, Rosalind Canter (GBR) and Allstar B claimed the individual gold medal in the eventing world championship and solidified Team Great Britain’s spot at the top of the podium with a double-clear round over Alan Wade’s show jumping course.
The day everyone has been waiting (and waiting!) for is finally here . . . show jumping day! Hurricane Florence threw a wrench in the plans for the eventing schedule at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) so show jumping was rescheduled from the traditional Sunday to Monday.
All horses presented to the ground jury of Anne-Mette Binder (DEN), Jane Hamlin (USA), and Andrew Bennie (NZL) were deemed fit to compete in the final phase of competition tomorrow. Seventy horses will move forward to the show jumping competition.
The reigning European Champions were faultless across the country to move up into individual gold overnight. They have left all of the poles in the cups on three previous occasions at CCI4* level from five runs and did so when on the way to winning in Strzegom last year. Ingrid’s 23.3 is the third lowest two-phase score in WEG history behind Michael Jung (22 – Kentucky 2010) and Mark Todd (22.7 - Rome 1998).
The horse inspection for eventing will be at 2:00 p.m. today, Sunday, September 16, in Ring 2. The schedule for tomorrow's show jumping competition has yet to be determined.
Captain Mark Phillips got it right when he said, “The sport of eventing had a wonderful day." Eighty-one riders representing 23 countries set forth on Phillips’ championship course this morning for the cross-country portion of the eventing world championship at the FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) at the Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) in Mill Spring, North Carolina.
We thought it would be tough for anyone to catch them in the first phase today and that proved to be the case.