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Countdown To The Games

About The Games

FEI World Equestrian Games ™ TRYON 2018

Welcome To The Games

Held every four years since 1990 and for the second time ever in the United States, the games are the pinnacle of international English-style horseback riding competition.

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Tryon International Equestrian Center Facility Map

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PLAN AHEAD!

Organizers offer tips for making the most of your visit

There will be limited on-site parking. Spectators are encouraged to utilize shuttle stops from numerous sites in North and South Carolina. Satellite parking locations and shuttle stops are posted at Tryon2018.com
Grounds passes will be available online and in-person. Tryon spokesperson Kim Beaudoin strongly recommends purchasing a pass in advance. The grounds pass includes access to the grounds, the World Equine Expo, dining, shopping, and entertainment, although it does not include access to events.
Prepare for any weather. Pack sunscreen, raincoat, a warm layer, and comfy shoes.
TIEC has a variety of on-site food and dining options, including The General Store, Legends Grille, and Mane St. Coffee.
Can’t make the games? The Olympic Channel, NBC, and NBCSN will offer more than 50 hours of combined airtime.
Consider launching a career in the industry. Isothermal Community College in nearby Spindale offers courses in equine sciences to prepare students for certifications and jobs in the industry, as well as a two-year associate degree in agribusiness technology with an equine business pathway.

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Horse Sports 101

Set the pace by getting to know FEI’s eight sanctioned disciplines

Show Jumping

This fan favorite and Olympic event is perhaps the easiest to grasp. Riders and horses soar over a series of obstacles in an allotted amount of time. The sport evolved in England in the nineteenth century following property rights legislation that led to an abundance of fencing and hedges, compelling fox hunters to hone their vaulting ability.

Dressage

While show jumping demonstrates the courage of those in the saddle and the power of horses, dressage testifies to a horse’s elegance. “It’s a bit like ballet on horseback,” says Tryon spokesperson Kim Beaudoin. Also an Olympic event, riders and horses perform a series of complex choreographed maneuvers that are judged on their execution.

Eventing

Dressage, along with show jumping and cross country (a longer distance version of show jumping), are the combination of disciplines that form eventing, which is an Olympic sport held over three days with the same horse.

Driving

Though not among the Olympic events, driving is a three-day progression of competitions that’s the most electrifying of the eight disciplines. The event involves horses hauling a carriage of up to four riders over a range of terrain, including a cross country “marathon” in which horse teams navigate natural obstacles.

Endurance

This long-distance event tests each competitor’s stamina and fitness. Each phase of the race is divided into stages that are at least 40 kilometers where horses are inspected. Winners are selected based on condition rather than their place at the finish.

Reining

While many of the competitions have European roots, reining dates to the Wild West. The fast-paced event shows off the precise spins and stops required for herding and moving livestock. The discipline is among the fastest growing worldwide.

Vaulting

This competition displays the centuries-old bond of humans and horses, in which riders perform acrobatic maneuvers—from mounts to handstands—on a saddle while in motion. Valuters compete as individuals, pairs, and teams.

Para-equestrian Dressage

In 2006 para-equestrian dressage was added to the lineup of disciplines regulated by the FEI. Designed for competitive equine athletes with disabilities, its riders are grouped by functional ability and is perhaps among the most inspiring of the eight events.

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