Tuesday Sights and Sounds at Tryon 2018

Hawley Bennett-Awad’s Jollybo gives her groom Maralee Paul some love. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

The event horses are settled in at the FEI World Equestrian Games at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, North Carolina. This morning, competitors were getting in final jump schools, fine-tuning dressage movements and hacking around the all-weather bridle path.

While there is still quite a bit of construction happening on grounds, the paths for the horses are clear and they are able to easily move from stabling to the practice arenas. The Tryon crew are clearly working hard to put the finishing touches on the venue as quickly as possible.

The action really gets going tomorrow, with the eventing first horse inspection at 3 p.m. EST followed by arena familiarization. Dressage, reining and endurance all begin their competition tomorrow morning.

We are getting EXCITED. Jenni Autry and I are currently on the grounds at the venue, and Leslie Wylie and Shelby Allen arrive tonight to complete your EN team for WEG. The whole place is buzzing with activity, the horses look fantastic and the riders have their game faces on.

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Switzerland’s Felix Vogg and rising U.S. star Caroline Martin. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

William Fox-Pitt isn’t competing on the British team at WEG but is here at Tryon coaching Japanese rider Kazumo Tomoto. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Cathal Daniels and Rioghan Rua for Ireland. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Boyd Martin’s U.S. team mount Tsetserleg and his groom Stephanie Simpson. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Paparazzi moment with Lauren Kieffer and Lynn Symansky. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Sara Algotsson Ostholt and Wega for Sweden. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Lynn Symansky’s U.S. team mount Donner and his groom Kendyl Tracy. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Team USA (cue “Eye of the Tiger”). Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Colleen Loach and Qorry Blue d’Argouges for Canada. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Phillip Dutton taking a moment with the film crew while Joanie Morris, USEF Managing Director of Eventing, looks on. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Selena O’Hanlon and Foxwood High for Canada. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Horses work in a warm-up ring near the U.S. Trust Arena, with the dressage and cones driving venue visible beyond. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

The U.S. Trust Arena. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

The U.S. Trust Arena. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Horses work in a warm-up ring near the U.S. Trust Arena, with the dressage and cones driving venue visible beyond. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Prepping the stage in the Tryon Stadium for tonight’s Opening Ceremony, which will feature a free concert for the local community by country music star Hunter Hayes. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

The International Media Center (IMC) occupies the first floor of the Johnson Controls Center, pictured here overlooking the Tryon Stadium. The IMC is still under construction but opened today — much to the delight of the journalists and photographers already on the grounds. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

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