Endurance competition cancelled at Tryon WEG 2018



After a difficult first day of competition for the Endurance competitors, officials and organisers, an official statement has been issued regarding the cancellation of the Endurance competition at the FEI World Equestrian Games at Tryon 2018


Cancellation of Endurance competition at FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018

“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 Organising 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, Organising Committee and all other relevant personnel to provide a full picture of what happened.

The findings will be presented to the FEI Bureau and the conclusions will then be made public”


An unfortunate ‘false start’ for the Endurance competitors marred proceedings today which will no doubt give rise to many other concerns within the sport. However, of particular interest to eventing followers are the weather conditions that created an ‘unacceptable risk to horse welfare’ as today’s weather in Tryon (28 degrees, rain and high humidity) is forecast to be replicated on Saturday when the eventing cross country phase is to take place

The organisers are in a difficult situation but no doubt will take the appropriate action for the welfare of horses and riders according to the information available on Saturday

In the meantime, life goes on and the eventing first horse inspection has taken place – more on that to come soon ……