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Vaulters from Around the World Set to Rock During Week 2 of WEG

Christie’s International Real Estate Vaulting competition will open tomorrow and continue throughout the week at the Indoor Arena at TIEC.

Spectators can expect an exciting mix of energy, athletic powers and theatrical skills when Christie’s International Real Estate’s Vaulting discipline opens its gymnastics on horseback at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 on Tuesday, September 18. The Indoor Arena at Tryon International Equestrian Center will be a bubbling cauldron of music, noise and anticipation.

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Tryon Para-Dressage Program Promises To Provide Unforgettable Moments

Great Britain will once again be the team to beat when Adequan® Para-Dressage begins at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 on Tuesday.

And British talisman Sir Lee Pearson will break a WEG record if he adds to his medal collection during a packed Para-Dressage program that sees more than 60 competitors from 23 countries lining up.

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It’s A Golden Glow For British Eventers As They Win Team Title In Tryon

Tryon, NC USA – September 17, 2018 – Great Britain’s eventers claimed a golden double on an unforgettable day of action at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 (WEG). Rosalind Canter not only led the British team to glory – their first world Gold medal since 2010 – but she also won the Individual title with her brilliant 13-year-old gelding, Allstar B.

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Eventing’s major medal contenders pass final horse inspection despite moments of tension

By Luke Norman

The British team, overnight leaders after cross country, all sailed through this afternoon’s rain-soaked horse inspection, as did individual leaders, German Ingrid Klimke’s SAP Hale Bob OLD and Briton Rosalind Canter’s Allstar B.

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$2.1 Million Medaglia d’Oro Colt Headlines Thursday Session as Bullish Market Continues at Keeneland September Sale

LEXINGTON, KY (Sept. 13, 2018) – Amer Abdulaziz’ Phoenix Thoroughbreds paid $2.1 million for a Medaglia d’Oro colt who is a half-brother to 2015 Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) winner Stopchargingmaria to top Thursday’s fourth session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. Six million-dollar horses were sold during the session, the final day of the premier Book 1, increasing the total number of seven-figure purchases to 26, the most since 2007, and driving double-digit gains in gross, average and median prices when compared to last year’s Week 1.

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GERMAN DRESSAGE SPECIALIST JULIA KRAJEWSKI SHINES IN THE SUN AS EVENTERS WOW THE CROWDS

By Luke Norman
German Eventer Julia Krajewski treated the sun-drenched spectators at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 (WEG) to one of the great dressage rides of all time as she finished a thrilling first day 7.2 points clear of the field.

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2018 AS THE JOHNSON CONTROLS INDIVIDUAL REINING COMPETITION FINALISTS ARE DETERMINED

By Simona Diale
The Johnson Controls Reining Team Competition and first Individual Qualifier at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 today offered an amazingly high level of competition. The athletic ability of the great reining horses competing was superbly highlighted by riders representing 20 National Federations. Team USA clinched the gold, led by the talented 18-year-old Cade McCutcheon who posted a 229-top score on Custom Made Gun.

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McCutcheon Steals The Show As United States Retain Reining Team Title

Tryon, NC USA – September 12, 2018 – The United States underlined their domination of Johnson Controls Reining competition by taking Team Gold at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 on Wednesday, September 12. The American team, led by the brilliant 18-year-old Cade McCutcheon on his grandfather’s horse, Custom Made Gun, claimed a comprehensive victory from Belgium in second and third-placed Germany. It was Team USA’s third successive FEI World Equestrian Games™ Gold medal triumph as they claimed the Johnson Controls Reining crown on a team score of 681 points.

Belgium, meanwhile, completed a hat trick of silver medals, while Germany’s bronze was a Reining first for them at WEG.Cade McCutcheon and Custom Made Gun Cade, who was joined in the team by Casey Deary, Daniel L Huss and Jordan Larson, it continued the family’s remarkable connection to WEG success, given that his father won Individual Gold in 2010 and his mother Mandy claimed silver four years ago.

“I was real nervous, but all the guys really helped me and that made a huge difference,” Cade said. “My grandfather owns my horse and he’s trained it as well. He is a pretty good owner to work for.”

And Deary added, “Cade did an amazing job. He showed all that he had and we are all extremely proud of the job he did.”

Team USA takes home the first Team Gold medal of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 in the discipline of Reining.

Reflecting on another second-placed finish, Belgium’s Bernard Fonck said, “I think everybody did everything that they could do with their horses and although it was a strong competition, I think Belgium was also pretty strong.”

With the crowd adding to a memorable atmosphere by getting fully involved in the action, there was also plenty for Germany to celebrate as they completed the podium places.

“This is the fifth WEG I have been a competitor at,” said Grischa Ludwig. “All the other competitions we’ve always been fourth and fifth, we’ve been beaten so many times by a half point and one point and now we’ve beaten the others (Austria) by a half point, which makes this feel even sweeter.”

“I did not think that it takes five FEI World Equestrian Games to get a medal! But, in the end, we really deserve it. This team really deserved it. We’ve been consistent. We had no low score and we were really fighting for the medal.”

Endurance Competition Canceled at FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018

Competition for the discipline of Endurance at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2018 Tryon was cancelled on Wednesday.

Equestrian sport’s governing body, Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), said in a statement that the decision was made “due to a potentially dangerously high combination of heat and humidity, and the conditions out on the trail following heavy rain this afternoon.”

“The decision to cancel, which is in accordance with FEI General Regulations, Article 109.12 was unanimous between the President of the Ground Jury, Technical Delegate and President of the Veterinary Commission, and the Organizing Committee.”

Earlier in the day, the event was reduced from its original 100-mile (160 kilometers) distance to 74 miles (120 kilometers) – and from five course loops to four – after it was announced that some teams had been “unfortunately misdirected” at the 6:30 am EST start.

The competition was stopped at the first Vet Gate inspection and each horse underwent a vet check before the race could restart. No substitution of horses was allowed.

A restart took place 45 minutes after the last horse was inspected and a statement released on behalf of the FEI read, “As there is no possibility to reschedule the ride tomorrow, the President of the Ground Jury, the President of the Veterinary Commission, Foreign Veterinary Delegate and the Organizing Committee agreed that this was the only pragmatic solution.”

The FEI said the cancellation decision “was also in line with the FEI Code of Conduct for the Welfare of the Horse, which states ‘extreme weather – competitions must not take place in extreme weather conditions that may compromise welfare or safety of the horse’.”

President of the Veterinary Commission, Thomas Timmons said: “This was a difficult decision to make, but it was done with horse and athlete welfare in mind as the conditions this afternoon after the rain resulted in extremely high levels of humidity and combined with rising heat, it was deemed unsafe to continue the ride.”

British scientist Dr. David Marlin, who has been working on heat and humidity studies for the FEI for more than 20 years, provided the Ground Jury with data from the Wet Bulb Globe Temperature (WBGT) index which showed a reading of 31. Anything over 25 is monitored very closely, and the officials agreed unanimously that 31 presented an unacceptable risk to horse welfare for the sport of Endurance.

The decision was backed by Netherlands Chef d’Equipe Pieter Wiersinga, who said: “The race was stopped, and I was asked as the Chef d’Equipe if I was okay with the decision.”

“I spoke to my veterinary (team) and asked them what they thought. They said that in terms of it [race] continuing that for horse welfare it might be a problem and then I told them I was okay with that. It was the right decision. For horse welfare, yes, always,” he concluded.

In an update, meanwhile, on events in the morning, the FEI said: “Following this morning’s false start, the FEI has tasked the independent Equestrian Community Integrity Unit (ECIU), which is onsite here at Tryon, to do a full investigation into the circumstances that resulted in some horse/athlete combinations being misdirected.

“The investigation will include interviews with the officials, volunteers, Organizing Committee and all other relevant personnel to provide a full picture of what happened.

“The findings will be presented to the FEI Bureau and the conclusions will then be made.”

 

Germany Marking the Territory for Team Gold in Helgstrand Dressage

Team Germany is reaching out for the next medal in their collection by building up a strong lead in the Helgstrand Dressage discipline at FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018. After two riders out on the first day of competition at Tryon International Equestrian Center, the current champions sit on 76.677%, aiming to complete their medal dozen. Jessica von Bredow-Werndl leads the individual ranking and Dorothee Schneider currently sits in third place with a 75.062%.

Jessica von Bredow-Werndl and TSF Dalera BB

Sweden came out as the day’s surprise when veteran Tinne Vilhelmson Silfvén and Juliette Ramel both turned in top performances for ranking their team second on 75.248%. Ramel squeezed in between the favorites on silver position individually, presenting her gelding Buriel K.H. in a much improved way. “Most of that is my trainer’s doing. Patrik Kittel gives me a lot of confidence and he believes in us. That makes me stronger,” Ramel explained.

Adrienne Lyle and Steffen Peters brought the U.S. team to third position. Lyle’s score of 74.581 % has her and stallion Salvino sit fourth individually. “I was really pleased with him, especially considering we warmed up in a downpour and then it’s blazing hot the next second. Fitness is a big factor – he’s a big dark horse and I’ve done my best to get him fit, and I’m glad that I did, because it took every ounce of fitness today,” Lyle beamed.

Juliette Ramel and Buriel K.H.

It was rain and shine at the opening of the Helgstrand Dressage competition, not only because of changing weather. Isabel Cool from Belgium had to retire when her stallion Aranco V quit following her aids, leaving her team without a scratch result.

But, for Australian Alexis Hellyer, day one of the competition already felt like an unexpectedly happy end. The first-timer at WEG had to present her horse Bluefields Floreno for re-inspection only in the morning of the competition and was relieved to find that the stallion was considered fit to compete. “His infection in the foot got better at the last minute. If I am called into the team ever again, I hope it is a little smoother,” she said, placing 23rd in Wednesday’s ranking.
Dorothee Schneider and Sammy Davis Jr.

The team medals will be decided on Thursday, September 13, with a 9:00 a.m. EST start in the U.S. Trust Arena, but nothing is set in stone yet with the best riders of each team still to come.

Will The Price Be Right For New Zealand Eventing Couple

Husband and wife dream team Tim and Jonelle Price will turn their attention to possible world domination of Eventing at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 (WEG).

The New Zealand riders have enjoyed a stellar season, with Jonelle claiming her first Badminton Horse Trials title in May before Tim landed the United Kingdom’s other major four-star event – the Burghley Horse Trials – in early September.

Now they are part of a New Zealand team that also features double Olympic champion Mark Todd and twice World individual gold medalist Blyth Tait, as they chase a third WEG crown in the Mars, Inc. Eventing.

“It is obviously a different situation here than Burghley,” Tim Price said. “But it was only a couple of weeks ago of being out there with a bit of pressure, and I will keep reminding myself of Burghley.

“But this is very much a team effort, and it is not going to be about one single individual performance.”

Lining up alongside them, though, are a host of teams and riders with serious gold medal aspirations in both the team and individual competitions.

Defending world champions Germany might be without the genial reigning Olympic champion Michael Jung, but it says everything about their remarkable strength that the team still features current world champion Sandra Auffarth and 2017 European Individual Gold medal winner Ingrid Klimke, who was part of German World Equestrian Games-winning teams in 2006 and 2014.

“I am really happy to be here with my horse,” Klimke said. “We are ready for the next adventure. We have a wonderful venue and I am very proud to be here and be a part of it all.”

Great Britain, world title winners in 1994 and 2010, might have seen a major selection surprise with current world number one Oliver Townend not making their team, but few can doubt claims to a podium finish, given the presence of multiple major championship medalist Tina Cook, world number three Ros Canter and 2011 Olympic Test event winner Piggy French.

And the quality is further emphasized by France fielding two members of their Rio 2016 gold medal-winning team in Thibaut Vallette and Astier Nicolas, the United States being led by Rio individual Bronze medalist Phillip Dutton and Australia featuring Andrew Hoy, a three-time Olympic team gold medal winner.

Considerable interest, too, will surround a Japanese team led by the highly experienced and reigning Asian Games champion Yoshiaki Oiwa two years out from the Tokyo Olympics.

A total of 83 combinations from 23 countries were presented at Wednesday’s first horse inspection in front of judges Anne-Mette Binder (Denmark), Jane Hamlin (USA) and Andrew Bennie (New Zealand), with all being accepted.

Belgium’s Joris Vanspringel with Imperial van de Holtakkers was held, but then passed on re-inspection, along with the Netherlands’ Merel Blom and Rumour Has It N.O.P, but they also passed after being held.

Action starts with Thursday’s opening day of Dressage in Tryon Stadium, followed by day two on Friday, before attention switches to the Cross-Country course designed by former USA Eventing team coach Captain Mark Phillips, which will shape the leaderboard ahead of Sunday’s jumping finale.

For more information on the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 and to view start lists and results, please visit www.Tryon2018.com.

Medals up for grabs in Driving, Para-Dressage, Vaulting and Jumping by Louise Parkes

The numbers are in for week 2 of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 when 365 athletes from 53 countries will compete in the four remaining disciplines at Tryon International Equestrian Centre in North Carolina, USA from 18 to 23 September.  Can the dashing Australian daredevil, Boyd Exell, secure his fifth World Championship and third consecutive World Equestrian Games titles? Will the British stranglehold on the Para-Dressage medal table ever be broken? Is it time for Italy’s Anna Cavallaro to take Female Vaulting gold at last? And can the 2014 double-champions from The Netherlands dominate in Jumping once again?

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Stars From Across The Globe Fly The Flag For Equestrian Sport At FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 Opening Ceremony

Tryon, NC USA – September 11, 2018 – The FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 were officially opened with a stylish two-hour ceremony at the Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) on Tuesday, September 11, 2018.

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FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 Official Charity Brooke Announces Opening Day Media Events

TRYON, N.C., USA – Sept. 11, 2018 – Brooke USA is pleased to announce details about opening day media events at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 (WEG). Brooke USA’s sister charity, Brooke, is the official charity of the WEG, and is the world’s largest international working equine welfare charity dedicated to improving the lives of horses, donkeys, mules and the people who depend on those animals in the developing world.

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Laura Graves Announced as U.S. Flag Bearer for Opening Ceremony at FEI World Equestrian Games™ WEG Tryon 2018

Mill Spring, N.C. – 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.

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MEYDAN GROUP ANNOUNCED AS TITLE SPONSOR OF 2018 FEI WORLD EQUESTRIAN GAMES™ ENDURANCE COMPETITION

TRYON, NC, USA – September 9, 2018 -Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) is pleased to announce Meydan Group as the title sponsor of Endurance at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 (WEG), taking place this September (11 – 23).

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World-Renowned Horseman and Brooke Global Ambassador Monty Roberts to Make Double Appearance at Inaugural World Equine Expo™

TRYON, NC, USA – Brooke USA, sister charity of Brooke, the Official Charity of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 (WEG), has announced that renowned horseman Monty Roberts will be one of numerous presenters courtesy of Brooke USA to be highlighted at the World Equine Expo™, hosted September 11-23 at the Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC).

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Athletes from 54 nations will battle for first-week medals

By Louise Parkes
They’re going to be dancing and prancing, jogging and spinning, jumping, galloping and giving it everything they’ve got when the horses and athletes in the first four disciplines take centre stage at the much-anticipated FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 in North Carolina, USA next week.

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FORMER IROQUOIS PRESIDENT ALBERT MENEFEE DIES

By: Don Clippinger, National Steeplechase Association

Albert L. Menefee III, a longtime member of the Iroquois Steeplechase Race Committee who served as Iroquois’ president from 2009 to 2017, died Monday, Sept. 3, after an extended illness resulting from a hunting accident. He was 59.

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Moggre Flies to First in FEI $35,000 1.40m U-25 Final at Tryon International Equestrian Center

 

Photo by:  EQI Patricia Branan-Wendell

Jul 13, 2018, By: TIEC Admin

Mill Spring, NC – July 13, 2018 – It was the USA’s Brian Moggre who climbed to the top of the podium in the FEI $35,000 1.40m U-25 Final at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), as the sun set on day three of Tryon Summer V competition at the venue.

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The FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 Announces the Official Mascots of the Games

Tryon, NC USA – May 11, 2018 – Organizers for the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 (WEG) are pleased to announce the official mascots for the Games, two adorable miniature horses named Star and Huck.

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Chefs de Mission Meeting Brings Together Top National Federations from Around the World in Preparation for the FEI World Equestrian GamesTM Tryon 2018

Tryon, NC – May 8, 2017 – In preparation for the FEI World Equestrian GamesTM Tryon 2018 (FEI WEG), Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) held the first Chefs de Mission meeting from Monday, April 30, through Wednesday, May 3, welcoming organizational leaders of national equestrian federations from around the world to the venue, as preparations for the Games continue.

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