Day one of the World Equestrian Games didn’t exactly play out as planned for those riders competing in endurance. After a mishap at the starting gate where multiple riders were directed down the wrong path, riders were later plagued with a torrential downpour and poor riding conditions which ultimately led the FEI organizers to call the event off altogether.
Thankfully, the other events on the docket appear to have gone over smoothly. In Dressage the United States closed out the day holding onto the bronze position on the podium, but today could be a game-changer as every rider is hungry for a piece of the prize.
In reining, the United States delivered exceptional performances to secure the team gold placing! Young rider, Cade McCutcheon, came out on top with the highest score of the day sitting on a 229. Hear what he has to say about his stunning ride below.
So what is in store for day two at Tryon? Hopefully, milder temperatures and better weather as Hurricane Florence rapidly approaches. While the Tryon International Equestrian Center is around 300 miles inland, that doesn’t keep the aftermath of the hurricane at bay. Weather predictions for this weekend are bleak at best, with winds anticipated at around 60 MPH in the forecast. We can only cross our fingers that today brings better weather for the competitors and spectators at the TIEC.
Dressage continues today with Germany hoping to hold onto their overnight lead. The last to go for the USA, Laura Graves shares her thoughts on the importance of the WEG in the clip below.
The individual reining competition gets underway, and after a successful jog yesterday, eventing kicks off with dressage this morning.
Go Jumping and Go Team USA!