World Equestrian Games wrap up, draws 200,000
Several groups qualified for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo in dressage and eventing at some point of the games, which started out underneath the hazard of Hurricane Florence but ended with warm, sunny climate.Late Sunday morning, Tryon International Equestrian Center Chief Operating Officer Sharon Decker stated tickets were nevertheless being sold for the day’s jumping and riding championships, and final attendance numbers wouldn’t be available till later. But she stated it appeared like attendance could are available in at a bit extra than 2 hundred,000.
“We’re thrilled with the turnout,” she stated, mentioning the difficulties with the weather. “Our aim is to develop the sport. We see this as a starting in numerous ways.”With extreme weather bearing down, Decker said tv stations have been telling people to stay far from the Carolinas.The busiest day had been predicted to be Sunday, Sept. Sixteen, however the day’s occasions have been canceled because of a soaking from the remnants of Hurricane Florence.Decker said the equestrian middle “would clearly be open” to hosting the World Equestrian Games again.“It’s now not an finishing for us; it’s actually the next step,” she said. “We’ll be happy that we’ll be a bit greater mature.”But the destiny of the video games’ format is up inside the air.“We were a sufferer of our own success,” De Vos said. Equestrian sports are growing around the sector, and the video games must now bear in mind capacity troubles as organizers seems for venues able to website hosting the huge worldwide event.
Organizers will evaluate the state of affairs and make a decision later in the yr, he brought, keeping their options open as they keep in mind all of the parameters.The governing body has acquired no bids as of but for the following 2022 games, said Sabrina Ibanez, FEI secretary widespread, however numerous nations have expressed interest. When evaluating the future of the video games, they will maintain in thoughts what is high-quality for the game, she said.An investigation into an errors all through the staying power opposition, which despatched a few riders within the incorrect route and forced a restart before the race was canceled because of worries about horses’ health, has been increased, De Vos stated. It’s also raised issues about whether that occasion will continue to be part of the games.
“The destiny of endurance relies upon on our next circulate,” De Vos said. “We want to get this right.”
A timing errors in marathon driving in advance inside the week happened while timing cables had to be cut after they have become entangled with an American competitor, De Vos stated. It became a regrettable human mistakes, he stated, adding, “It is handiest individuals who do nothing who can by no means make an error.”
The games concluded with a gold medal for america inside the FEI World Team Driving Championship after Sunday’s cones opposition, and Chester Weber of the United States took the silver medal inside the FEI World Individual Driving Championship.
The Netherlands took the silver team medal and Belgium the bronze. Boyd Exell of Australia took gold within the individual opposition, and Edouard Simonet of Belgium took the bronze. Americans James Fairclough completed in eleventh, and Misdee Wrigley-Miller finished in 16th.
Simone Blum of Germany took the win inside the FEI World Individual Jumping Championship Sunday, accompanied by way of Martin Fuchs of Switzerland in 2nd and Steve Guerdat of Switzerland in 0.33. The jumping competition consisted of four days of jumping that ended Sunday with a first spherical of 25 riders, followed by a 12-rider leap-off.
McLain Ward of Team USA located fourth, after 3 of the 4 American competitors made it to the soar-off. Laura Kraut located 10th, Adrienne Sternlicht eleventh, and Devin Ryan 16th in the area of 124 starters.