Source: FEI World Equestrian Games
The FEI World Equestrian Games™, held every four years in the middle of the Olympic cycle, is one of the biggest events on the global sporting calendar, combining eight equestrian World Championship caliber events in a pre-determined location. The FEI disciplines – Jumping, Dressage and Para-Equestrian Dressage, Eventing, Driving, Endurance, Vaulting and Reining – are all included on the competition schedule, while equestrian-focused demonstrations and exhibitions will also be hosted throughout the duration of the event. The 2018 edition of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ will be held in Mill Spring, NC, over 13 days from September 11-23rd, 2018 at Tryon International Equestrian Center.
Volunteer applications continue to be accepted for the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 (WEG) to fill more than 9,000 positions, one-third of which are still available. Volunteers will have the opportunity to experience this global sporting event firsthand from September 11-23, 2018, at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) in Tryon, North Carolina.
The WEG will welcome athletes from 70 countries and host almost 1,000 top equine competitors and horses. Volunteers will play an important role in ensuring the Games run smoothly for athletes, spectators, and operational staff, and the WEG Volunteer Recruitment Program is seeking enthusiastic, friendly volunteer candidates to join the team.
While more than 1,100 people have already signed up, TIEC is still in need of volunteers to help make the event experience exceptional for all attendees and participants. Photo: WEG
An estimated 2,500 people are needed to cover the 7,500 volunteer positions available over the three weeks, with two to three six-hour shifts available per day for operational positions ranging from greeters, ushers, and golf cart drivers to marketing and media positions, information services and more.
While more than 1,100 people have already signed up, TIEC is still in need of volunteers to help make the event experience exceptional for all attendees and participants. Many of the people who have signed up for WEG are from TIEC’s current volunteer roster and speak of the personal fulfillment they receive as a volunteer at the venue.
Volunteer Mary Taylor explains, “It is wonderful to be a part of something so fun and exciting: to watch the glimmer in a child’s eyes as they participate in fun activities, to see the excitement in the rider’s face after a great event, to hear an equestrian describe TIEC as an ‘the most unbelievable venue you can imagine.’ It is a fantastic opportunity to be a part of the complete experience at Tryon International Equestrian Center.”
Jane Lynch mirrored Taylor’s sentiments stating, “It’s been a good experience. I’ve done volunteer hospitality for both Forks, the AECs and the WEG Test Events [at TIEC]. It’s a really happy job.”
For information on how to apply to be a volunteer, please visit How to Apply.
About the FEI World Equestrian Games™
The FEI World Equestrian Games™, held every four years in the middle of the summer Olympic cycle, is the property of the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), the world governing body for horse sport recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). It is one of the biggest events on the global sporting calendar, combining World Championships in the Olympic disciplines of Jumping, Dressage and Eventing, the Paralympic discipline of Para-Equestrian Dressage, as well as Driving, Endurance, Vaulting and Reining.
The inaugural FEI World Equestrian Games™ were hosted in Stockholm (SWE) in 1990. Since then the Games have been staged in The Hague (NED) in 1994, Rome (ITA) in 1998, Jerez (ESP) in 2002, and Aachen (GER) in 2006. The first Games to be organised outside Europe were the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Kentucky (USA) 2010. The Games came back to Europe for the 2014 edition, the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Normandy (FRA), which attracted more than 500,000 on-site spectators and a worldwide television audience of 350 million, as well as delivering an economic impact of €368 million to the French economy.
The FEI World Equestrian Games™ History Hub can be viewed HERE.
About the Tryon International Equestrian Center
Tryon International Equestrian Center at Tryon Resort, host of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018, is one of the world’s premier equestrian lifestyle destinations, with first-class facilities for all eight FEI disciplines. From carousel to competition, the mission of Tryon Resort is to celebrate the magic of the horse, grow equestrian sport, and increase access to this majestic animal. Tryon Resort is a spring, summer and fall haven for equestrian competitors and enthusiasts, and a year-round destination for connoisseurs of diverse cuisine and shopping, lodging getaways, and family entertainment. Learn more at www.tryon.com.
Main Photo: Canadian Selena O’Hanlon competing on Foxwood High in the cross-country phase of Eventing at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy. Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Aurel