Thursday 20 September - 09h45 | Stephanie Sieckmann
WEG 2018-Will Tryon Chaos Spell End For Games? German Official Gives View
The first week of the 2018 Tryon FEI World Equestrian Games in North Carolina is over, four disciplines have wrapped up their competitions and four others – jumping, para-dressage, vaulting and driving – are now getting underway. Dressage, endurance and eventing riders from around the world are heading home from Tryon with very mixed experiences, and this halfway point is a good moment to look back at the Games so far. GrandPrix Magazine spoke to Sönke Lauterbach, Secretary General of the German Equestrian Federation, for his view.
"We were aware that this might be difficult for everyone"
Sönke Lauterbach: We know that hosting the World Equestrian Games for the different FEI disciplines within existing infrastructure is always a challenge. And in this case, we knew that the organizers only had two years before the start of the Games to get ready after being awarded the contract. So we were aware that this might be difficult for everyone and that, for example, we would have to travel a long way to get to the site, as the accommodations for the teams are far away. That's not ideal, but you can live with it. The most important thing is that the horses are fine. And we would have felt safe with our horses even in a storm with wind gusts of 100 km/h. That's what matters.
Grand Prix Magazine: The accommodations for the horses are very good. What about the other conditions?
GrandPrix Magazine: So what points are there to criticize?
Difficult to postpone endurance
GrandPrix Magazine: Would it have been possible to postpone the ride?
Future of the Games?
Friday 21 September - 11h29