FEI World Equestrian Games 2018 – Tryon, NC

One of the largest sporting events in the world of equestrian sports will take place in 2018 in our small horse friendly community of Tryon, just 45 minutes southeast of Asheville, North Carolina.

The 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games are expected to draw nearly 500,000 people from more than 70 countries to the Tryon International Equestrian Center, September 10-23, 2018. The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), the worldwide governing body of equestrian sport, made the announcement in early November 2016.

Much like the Olympics, the Games are held every four years and are second only to the Olympics in importance on the world equestrian calendar. Eight world championships will be decided during the 14-day event.  The competitions include: Jumping, Dressage, Para-Equestrian Dressage, Eventing, Driving, Endurance, Vaulting, and Reining.

Tryon will join an impressive list of cities to host the Games which include Stockholm, Sweden (1990), The Hague, Netherlands (1994), Rome, Italy (1998) and Normandy, France (2014).

The Tryon International Equestrian Center, created by Mark Bellissimo, attracted the Games in large part because of its world-class facilities. The 1,600-acre venue features 1,200 permanent stables and 12 arenas. The arenas include a floodlit international arena capable of accommodating up to 12,000 spectators, with VIP seating for up to 1,500, and a covered arena that has another 5,000 seats. In addition, the International Equestrian Center has a top-notch cross country course used for Eventing and Driving, and it is surrounded by hundreds of miles of equestrian trails for Endurance.

And, the facility is only continuing to grow. Under the leadership of Bellissimo, the Tryon Equestrian Partners (TEP) have invested more than $125 million as they work to turn the area into the “world’s premiere equestrian lifestyle destination.” TEP plans to invest another $100 million over the next two years leading up the Games.

Due to the huge demand and shortage in local lodging, we will only be renting our cabin for two 7-day periods of the games (Sept 9-23, 2018) at the rate of $249.00 per night, plus tax. If you would like to book with us and only be 9.9 miles away from this incredible event, please contact us directly at (828) 471-7829.


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