FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon: Insider's Guide

FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018

September 11-23, 2018
One of the largest sporting events ever held in North Carolina is coming to the Asheville area! The Tryon International Equestrian Center will host the 14-day FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 (WEG). It's the "Olympics" for horses. In fact, WEG is held every four years, halfway between the Summer Olympic Games cycle. This is only the second time held in the United States. See the top riders and horses in the world!

The Games are administered by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), the worldwide governing body of equestrian sport. It 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 recently opened Tryon International Equestrian Center has ambitious building plans for 2018 to create a premier world-class venue. If you visited TIEC during the last couple of years, you won't recognize it in 2018!

In addition to the Games, the World Equine Expo will include demonstrations, seminars, clinics, panel discussions, equine art and film festival, and more with a focus on global equestrianism. The new WEQx Games brings spectator-friendly versions of equine competitions highlighting the accessibility, diversity, athleticism, and passion for horse sport. We love Gladiator Polo! On September 13, the inaugural World Horse Day features a charity gala. Concerts and other entertainment are being planned.

Equestrian enthusiasts from more than 70 countries will compete with 500,000+ spectators watching. The event has been held in an impressive list of major cities: Stockholm, Sweden (1990), The Hague, Netherlands (1994), Rome, Italy (1998), Jerez de la Frontera, Spain (2002), Aachen, Germany (2006), Lexington, Kentucky (2010), and Normandy, France (2014).

WEG Driving Tryon

WEG Disciplines

  • Vaulting is gymnastics on horseback with team, individual, and freestyle on the back of a cantering horse, traveling in a circle. (photo at very top of page)
  • Driving is a high-octane sport involving a carriage pulled by four horses. (photo above)
  • Eventing, one of the three Olympic equestrian disciplines, the triathlon of the equestrian world: combination of dressage, cross-country, and jumping done over three days.
  • Dressage is often compared to ballet with scoring similar to ice skating. It's the ultimate expression of communication and elegance.
  • Para-Equestrian Dressage is a Paralympic sport with riders in competition grades based on functional abilities.
  • Jumping, also known as show jumping, is another equestrian Olympic sports. It will be held in the 20,000-seat arena due to its popularity, a mix of courage, control and technical ability.
  • Reining is one of the most thrilling equestrian sports and the only western discipline - with fast circles, flying lead changes, 360 degree spins and sliding stops.
  • Endurance is a long-distance race using pace and navigational skills on undulating terrains of the 100-mile cross country course.

WEG Jumping Tryon

World Equestrian Games Schedule (Subject to change)

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11: Opening Ceremony Evening

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12

  • Endurance: 7:00–20:30 Team/Individual Competition
  • Reining: 8:30–13:30, 16:00–21:00 Team Medals/Individual Qualifier
  • Dressage: 8:45–18:00 Team Competition/ Individual Qualifier (Grand Prix)

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13

  • Dressage: 8:45–18:00 Team Medals/ Individual Qualifier (Grand Prix)
  • Eventing: 9:00–16:30 Team/Individual Competition (Dressage)
  • Reining: 14:00–16:15 Individual 2nd Qualifier
  • Endurance: 14:00 Medals

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14

  • Eventing: 9:00–16:30 Team/Individual Competition (Dressage)
  • Dressage: 10:30–17:30 Individual Competition Medals (Grand Prix Special)

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15

  • Eventing: 11:00–17:00 Team/Individual Competition (Cross-Country)
  • Reining: 18:00–20:15 Individual Medals

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16

  • Dressage: 8:30–11:40 Individual Competition Medals (Grand Prix Freestyle)
  • Eventing: 15:15–17:45 Team/Individual Medals (Jumping)

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 Off

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18

  • Para-Dressage: 8:30–17:30 Individual Medals
  • Vaulting: 9:30–19:00 Individual/Squad Compulsories

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19

  • Para-Dressage: 8:30–17:30 Individual Medals
  • Vaulting: 9:30–20:00 Nations Cup Team Freestyle Medals, Individual and Pas de Deux Freestyle
  • Jumping: 9:00–17:15 Team Competition/Individual Round 1

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20

  • Para-Dressage: 9:00–16:00 Team Competition
  • Jumping: 9:00–17:15 Team Competition/ Individual Qualifier
  • Vaulting: 12:00–20:00 Pas de Deux Freestyle Medals, Squad Freestyle (Non-Nations Cup Teams), Individual Technical

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21

  • Para-Dressage: 9:00–16:00 Team Medals
  • Driving: 11:00–16:45 Team/Individual Competition (Dressage)
  • Jumping: 13:30–16:45 Team Medals

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22

  • Para-Dressage: 9:00–17:45 Individual Freestyle Medals
  • Driving: 11:00–15:15 Team/Individual Competition (Marathon)
  • Vaulting: 12:00–20:00 Individual/Squad Medals

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23

  • Driving: 9:30–11:30 Team/Individual Medals (Cones)
  • Jumping: 10:00–13:30 Individual Medals
  • Closing Ceremony

WEG Test Events
Attend these "practice" rounds for free to get a sneak peek at the big variety of competitions.

  • Eventing: April 5-8, 2018
  • Vaulting: April 5-8, 2018
  • Driving: April 19-22, 2018
  • Dressage: April 19-22, 2018
  • Para-Dressage: April 19-22, 2018
  • Endurance: April 26-28, 2018
  • Reining: May 10-13, 2018

Ticket Highlights (Updated Feb 2018)

  • Venue admission is included in all tickets and grants access to vendors, exhibitions, entertainment, dining and the World Equine Expo.
  • Tickets went on sale to the public in October 2017. But you will able to purchase individual event tickets by late March or April.
  • All Session Full Games Pass for all sessions September 11-23. $1,380
  • The All Games Pass Week 1 grants access to all competition sessions during Tuesday, September 11, through Sunday, September 16. $750
  • The All Games Pass Week 2 grants access to all competition Tuesday, September 18, through Sunday, September 23. $675
  • All Day Passes start at $100 (many are already sold out)
  • All Session Jumping Pass $375
  • All Session Eventing Pass $225
  • All Session Dressage Pass $345
  • All Session Para-Dressage Pass $110
  • All Session Reining Pass $193
  • All Session Driving Pass $82
  • All Session Vaulting Pass $105
  • Opening & Closing Ceremony tickets TBA
  • Day passes for $20 will be available for access to the grounds, practice rings and expo. These will not include access to any competition sessions.

WEG Tips

  • Venue admission is included in all tickets and grants access to vendors, exhibitions, entertainment, dining and the World Equine Expo.
  • Weekend finals competitions will be ticketed separately in order to keep costs down and ensure as many people as possible can attend.
  • There will be no on-site parking for spectators. There will be remote parking areas and shuttles (TBA).
  • NO pets of any kind will be allowed on property during WEG.
  • While you are in the area, explore the surrounding Tryon Foothills Wine Country with several nearby wineries.

Location
Tryon International Equestrian Center is a 48-mile easy drive from Asheville via a freeway (I-26 and US 74). It's about 13 miles east of the town of Tryon in the community of Mill Spring. Columbus is just eight miles west and Rutherfordton / Forest City are 12 miles east. Lake Lure is 16 miles north and Hendersonville is 29 miles west. Charlotte International Airport is 70 miles east.

Go to the official Tryon 2018 website for the latest details.

Tryon International Equestrian Center World Games

More about Tryon International Equestrian Center
In 2014, Tryon Equestrian Partners (TEP) broke ground on the Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC). TEP has invested over $125 million dollars over the last two years creating the one of the world’s premier equestrian venues complete with 12 riding arenas, 1,160 permanent stalls, onsite lodging, restaurants and shops, and a year-round competition calendar. Currently, you can attend Saturday Night Lights on most weekends during the Spring, Summer and Fall to watch competitions and enjoy many activities - all with free admission and parking! Read more!

Lodging: All of the accommodations at TIEC will be used by competitors and others assisting with the games. In addition to a variety of places to stay in Polk and Rutherford Counties, TIEC is an easy drive from Asheville, Charlotte and Greenville SC airports and hotels. See our top places to stay in the Asheville area: Bed & Breakfasts | Hotels | Cabin Rentals

Competition photos courtesy of FEI.

TIEC Area Info

Columbus, NC
Columbus
Located in the foothills in wine and horse country, this tiny town (population 999) has a quaint historic downtown with a park and mountain views, scenic drive, wineries and Tryon Equestrian Center. 
Tryon
Tryon
Home to an impressive arts community, with galleries and an arts center downtown. Also boasts a big equestrian community, with many horse-related events, including a Steeplechase each spring. The amazing Tryon International Equestrian Center attracts horse lovers and riders from all over the world. Near Saluda.
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Tryon Foothills Wine Country, NC
Tryon Foothills Wine Country
Visit five wineries in the prime isothermal wine growing area in the beautiful foothills near Columbus and Tryon: Parker-Binns Vineyard, Overmountain Vineyards, Russian Chapel Hills Winery, Mountain Brook Vineyard and Green Creek Winery. It's an easy 45-mile drive from Asheville via I-26 East (near SC line).
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