Mark Bellissimo, managing Partner of Tryon Equestrian Partners (TEP), announced that the Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) in Mill Spring, North Carolina, has been selected as the host venue for the FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2018 (WEG).
The Games, which are administered by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), the worldwide governing body of equestrian sport, is the major international championship event for the eight core equestrian disciplines of show jumping, dressage and para-equestrian dressage, eventing, driving, endurance, vaulting and reining.
The FEI WEG is held every four years, halfway between the Summer Olympic Games cycle and will occur from Sept. 10 through 23, 2018.
“We are honored to be selected by the FEI to be the steward of the FEI World Equestrian Games 2018,” Bellissimo said. “Next to the Olympic Games, the FEI WEG is the most important event on the world equestrian calendar. We are confident that our partnership and our operating team will create a memorable experience for all involved with the ultimate goal of significantly elevating horse sport in the U.S. beyond the 27 million people who ride a horse at least once a year.”
“We are very pleased to announce Tryon as the host of the FEI World Equestrian Games 2018”, FEI President Ingmar de Vos said. “The Tryon team submitted a really impressive bid and we have every confidence in the organizing committee. It’s a truly spectacular venue and almost all the necessary infrastructure for our eight disciplines is already in place. We are looking forward to a fantastic celebration of top level sport as all the disciplines come together to crown their world champions at the Games in two years’ time.”
“We are thrilled with this news and thank the FEI Bureau for having faith in us and entrusting us with the honor of hosting this prestigious event,” Bellissimo said.
Equestrian enthusiasts from more than 70 countries trek to WEG host cities every four years to cheer on athletes from their native countries. The Normandy FEI WEG had a local economic impact of $400 million, or 368 million euros, and an attendance of over 500,000 spectators during the 14-day event.
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