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Thursday, September 13, 2018
More Confusion at the World Equestrian Games

Following www.islandstats.com’s report yesterday on officials making errors in the Endurance Race at the World Equestrian Games and announcement was made by officials.

“The remainder of today’s Endurance competition has been cancelled due to a potentially dangerously high combination of heat and humidity, and the conditions out on the trail following heavy rain this afternoon. The decision to cancel, which is in accordance with FEI General Regulations, Article 109.12 was unanimous between the President of the Ground Jury, Technical Delegate and President of the Veterinary Commission, and the Organizing Committee.

The decision is also in line with the FEI Code of Conduct for the Welfare of the Horse, which states: c) Extreme weather: Competitions must not take place in extreme weather conditions that may compromise welfare or safety of the horse.

“This was a difficult decision to make, but it was done with horse and athlete welfare in mind as the conditions this afternoon after the rain resulted in extremely high levels of humidity and, combined with rising heat, it was deemed unsafe to continue the ride”, President of the Veterinary Commission Thomas Timmons said.

British scientist Dr David Marlin, who has been working on heat and humidity studies for the FEI since the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, provided the Ground Jury with data from the Wet Bulb Globe Temperature (WBGT) index which showed a reading of 31. Anything over 25 is monitored very closely, and the officials agreed unanimously that 31 presented an unacceptable risk to horse welfare.

In addition, following this morning’s false start, the FEI has tasked the independent Equestrian Community Integrity Unit (ECIU), which is onsite here at Tryon, to do a full investigation into the circumstances that resulted in some horse/athlete combinations being misdirected. The investigation will include interviews with the officials, volunteers, Organizing Committee and all other relevant personnel to provide a full picture of what happened.”
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Collins 27th in WEG Dressage

Annabelle Collins began taking part in the World Equestrian Games in the Dressage.

The first 38 competitors in a field of 77 took to the Ring on Day One.

Collins riding Joyero VG is currently 27th, the pair where the 31st competitor to enter the ring.

Collins and Joyero VG recorded a score of 66.118%.
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
World Equestrian Games On Hurricane Watch

Organizers of the World Equestrian Games have implemented strategic and emergency plans for the event should it be affected by extreme weather as a result of Hurricane Florence as Tryon prepares to host the quadrennial spectacle.

Annabelle Collins (Dressage) and Marvin Brangman (Endurance) are set to take part in the World Equestrian Games.

Hurricane Florence, a category four storm, is expected to pose a considerable threat to lives and property when it hits parts of the southeastern and mid-Atlantic United States later this week.

A state of emergency has already been declared in North and South Carolina, as well as Virginia, in preparation for the hurricane's arrival, with over a million people facing mandatory evacuation orders.

Tryon is located in North Carolina but the National Weather Service (NWS) has said the "currently forecasted track of Florence keeps the World Equestrian Games site well west of the circulation center".

The NWS has warned of "numerous thunderstorms" throughout the week, however, which could cause severe disruption to the event at the Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC).

"The NWS which is stationed on-site at TIEC, is closely monitoring the movement and projected path of Hurricane Florence and advising our Organizing Committee and the FEI on a twice-daily basis," a statement read.

"We are proactively preparing for the possible severe weather the storm system may bring to this area and have both strategic and emergency plans in place for both the people and horses on-site.

"There are numerous multi-floored buildings at the venue and our permanent stabling is incredibly secure and safe.

"In the case of severe weather which requires immediate response, we have a robust evacuation protocol."

Tryon was awarded the World Equestrian Games in November 2016 after the Canadian city of Bromont was axed as hosts due to financial concerns.
Sunday, September 09, 2018
Burch Continues Competing in Germany

Raishun Burch continued competing in the Paderborn International Horse Jumping Challenge in Germany.

On Day Two Burch competed in Two Classes.

Competing in the Large Tour 1.40m Two-Phase Class, Burch and Pellegrino 51 finished 3rd, the pair clocked a Clear Round time of 30.46.

During the 1.25m Medium Tour in Two-Phase Class, Burch and Columbine finished 27th, they clocked a time of 54.39, but they had 4 Penalty Fault Points.
Saturday, September 08, 2018
Burch Begins Competing in Germany

Raishun Burch began competing in the Paderborn International Horse Jumping Challenge in Germany.

On Day One Burch competed in just One Class.

Burch and Columbine finished 7th competing in the Amateur Trophy 1.25m Medium Tour Class, the clocked a Clear Round time of 64.19.
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