All 78 Dressage Horses from 31 Nations at Tryon for World Equestrian Games, Grand Prix Starts Wednesday
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TRYON, North Carolina, Sept. 7, 2018–All 78 dressage horses from 31 nations were at the Tryon International Equestrian Center Friday ahead of the start of World Equestrian Games competition next Wednesday.
Fifteen teams each of four riders and horses and 18 individual combinations representing 16 countries were in the stables, having been checked in by The Dutta Corp. and Peden Bloodstock that is handling logistics of getting horses from around the world for the championships of eight international equestrian disciplines held once every four years.
Canada and the United States were the last teams to arrive at the show grounds, with most pairs from Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, Germany, Great Britain, Japan, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland arriving earlier this week.
The mandatory horse inspection is scheduled for Tuesday morning followed by the draw for the order of go for two days of Grand Prix . The Grand Prix with $70,000 in prize money for teams and will decide team medals and qualify the top six teams for the Olympics in Tokyo in 2020. Another $35,000 will be awarded for individual placings. The Grand Prix Special for individual medals and $85,000 in prize money is scheduled for Friday and the Freestyle with $115,500 in prize money on Sunday morning.
The ground jury of seven judges comprises Anne Gribbons of the United States as president, Mariette Sanders-van Gansewinkel of the Netherlands, Andrew Gardner of Great Britain, Katrina Wüst of Germany, Annette Fransen Iacobaeus of Sweden, Hans-Christian Matthiesen of Denmark and Susan Hoevenaars of Australia.