Horse Inspection Tuesday to Open Dressage at World Games, High Praise for Tryon Competition Footing & Stabling
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By KENNETH J. BRADDICK
TRYON, North Carolina, Sept. 10, 2018–Most of the dressage horses from 31 nations worked in the World Equestrian Games main arena Monday, a day ahead of the horse inspection that kicks off the world championships with high praise for the stabling and competition footing at the Tryon International Equestrian Center.
A late afternoon thunderstorm and the threat of lightning cut short familiarizaton–forecast to be an unwelcome feature of these Games with Hurricane Florence bearing down on the Carolina coast that at 200 miles/320km away is likely too far to present a problem from winds but could bring heavy rain.
The United States team as the last by alphabetical order was the only one of the 15 teams that barely got time in the main arena where two days of Grand Prix on Wednesday and Thursday will decide team medals for the Games that are held once every four years and are being staged in the United States for only the second time since their inauguration in 1990.
Hurricane Florence was veering slightly north from earlier projections that could lessen the impact when it makes landfall projected for late Thursday.
Crews were working around the clock to complete the imposing three-story VIP and media center and a few other elements needed for the combined championships of the eight international horse sports–dressage, driving, endurance, eventing, jumping, reining, vaulting and para-dressage Sept. 11-23.