Let The Games Begin: Wednesday Sights & Sounds at Tryon

Spectators watch one of the practice arenas. Photo by Shelby Allen. Spectators watch one of the practice arenas. Photo by Shelby Allen.

All members of the EN team are accounted for and on site at the Tryon International Equestrian Center for the 2018 World Equestrian Games, and we cannot wait for the week ahead!

I haven’t been to TIEC since 2016, and let me tell you it has changed a lot since then, and continues to transform literally by the hour as crew members are working around the clock to add finishing touches.

We got our first soaking today with some afternoon showers, but spectators remain optimistic. I chatted with one German group who were out exploring midday, and enjoying that spectators have access to watch the practice arenas for an up-close look at WEG competitors.

“For the public, that we can walk all through and watch the horses working, watch the horses in the show —wow! I’m deeply impressed,” said Britta Stuerken, who traveled to Tryon from Luhmühlen, Germany.

“I think as we can almost reach every corner of this place, that it’s no problem [with food vendors],” she continued. “There’s so much variety that it’s hard to find the right things because we can choose from too many things.”

With the first horse inspection behind us, we look forward to dressage beginning tomorrow, Thursday Sept. 13 at at 9 a.m.

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Eventing arena familiarization. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Spectators have many opportunities to watch horses outside of competition. Photo by Shelby Allen.

While there is still construction on upper levels… the media center got a fresh face (and walls) this week. Photo by Shelby Allen.

WEG under construction. Photo by Shelby Allen.

The main arena where eventing dressage will be held Thursday. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Cheers at the Silo Bar. Shelby Allen.

Tacos with a view for U.S. Spectators. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Eventer-turned-endurance rider Hilda Donahue is here representing Ireland. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Lisa Marie Fergusson and Honor Me. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Incoming weather. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Spectators taking it all in. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Dressage began today in the U.S. Trust Arena. Photo by Shelby Allen.