Retro 2016: Tryon Gets World Equestrian Games

Credit : TIEC

Monday 02 January - 14h24 | Salim Ejnaini and Ian Clayton

Retro 2016: Tryon Gets World Equestrian Games

As 2017 begins, GrandPrix-Replay looks back at some of the big moments in the world of equestrian sports over the past year. Today, the series of events leading up to the selection of Tryon, North Carolina as host for the 2018 World Equestrian Games (WEG).

 - Retro 2016: Tryon Gets World Equestrian Games

Credit : TIEC

Bromont, Quebec. That was the name on everyone’s lips for several months regarding the 2018 World Equestrian Games, albeit with much talk of the financial difficulties threatening the event's Canadian host.

Last July, after two years of discussions, the Canadian federal government announced that it would not contribute financially to the 2018 Games — a blow which would prove to be fatal for organizers. 

After several months of reflection over a replacement site, the International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI) selected the Tryon International Equestrian Center in North Carolina.

The huge, year-round facility in Mill Spring, NC, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, bills itself as “the world’s premiere Equestrian Lifestyle Destination.” And it envisions the event as a huge economic boon to the state, which has lost other events, ranging from basketball to a Bruce Springsteen concert after the passage of its controversial 'bathroom bill'. 

In 2018, therefore, the United States will welcome the WEG for the second time, after the Lexington, Kentucky Games in 2010. 

 

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