North Carolina will soon become the official home of the 2018 World Equestrian Games – to be held at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Polk County. The internationally acclaimed event will take place from September 10th-23rd – it occurs every 4 years, staggering the summer Olympics.
The games will feature the best riders from around the world competing in eight core equestrian disciplines of show jumping, dressage and para-equestrian dressage, evening, driving, endurance, vaulting and reining.
Riders, fans, and media from over 70 countries will be descending on our state to cover the historic event. It’s now estimated that the event could bring an over $400 million economic impact to the region.
“We’re excited about the impact this event will have on the economic health of the Blue Ridge Foothills region of the Carolinas,” said Sharon Decker, COO of Tryon Equestrian Partners, Carolinas’ Operations.
So far, the World Equestrian Games have been held in an impressive list of major cities, including; 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).