by Tharp Talpas
Get excited! Tomorrow starts the beginning of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018, sponsored by the Fédération Equestre Internationale. The FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 cover eight equestrian disciplines; show jumping, eventing, driving, endurance, dressage, para-equestrian dressage, reining and vaulting. The games will take place outside of Mill Springs, North Carolina at the Tryon International Equestrian Center. It is expected that this massive scale event will bring over $400 million in economic impact, and contain around 500,000 spectators. This quaint town found within the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, will greatly benefit from this event.
This quadrennial event will last from September 11th to the 23rd, making up 13 days of intense competition. From endurance to dressage, to eventing to show jumping, each day of the competition has something for everyone to enjoy. The first day, September 11th, starts with an Opening Ceremony sponsored by Coca-Cola. Opening ceremony will have Laura Graves represent the United States. Graves is an Olympic bronze medalist who competed in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, and also competed in the last World Equestrian Games in 2014. The opening ceremony will also feature five-time Grammy nominee artist, Hunter Hayes. The concert will be free to the public, and it is also sponsored by Coca-Cola.
Aside from the equestrian events, guests at Tryon can find a wide variety of activities and vendors. The resort contains 12 riding arenas, more than 1,200 stalls, a multitude of restaurants, shopping areas, as well as a sporting clay course and a golf club. On September 17, admission into the World Equine Expo will be free to the public. Sponsored by Mars, Inc., this community day will feature several world-renowned performers, entertaining for all ages. Coca-Cola will be hosting a stage that will feature live music, as well as a Mini Barn for a meet and greet of the Official FEI WEG Mascots, Star and Huck. This day will also include the EQUUS Film Festival, with a number of equestrian films for viewers to enjoy. Visitors can find over 200 vendors in the Vendor Village, which will be available on Community Day and the rest of the two week span of World Equine Expo. Be sure to stop by the RIDE TV booth to learn how you can get our channel on DISH Network. We'll be bringing you special highlights from the 2018 World Equestrian Games coverage upon the conclusion of the event. Registration for this “Community Day”, and tickets can be found on Tryon’s website here.
RIDE TV is proud to partner with DISH at the World Equestrian Games. Visit our booth to win fun prizes and learn how you can watch your favorite RIDE TV shows at home with America’s best technology, value and service. You can also visit www.dish.com/ride to learn more about how you can get RIDE TV. We'll see you in Mill Spring!
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