What Are The FEI World Equestrian Games™?
The FEI World Equestrian Games™ (WEG), which are administered by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), the worldwide governing body of equestrian sport, is the major international championship event for the eight core equestrian disciplines of show jumping, dressage and para-equestrian dressage, eventing, driving, endurance, vaulting and reining.
The 2018 WEG has the potential to be the largest sporting event in North Carolina history with over $400 million dollars of projected economic impact and 500,000 spectators over the 13-day event in September 2018.
What other cities have hosted the WEG?
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 organized outside Europe were the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Kentucky (USA) 2010, where 57 countries were represented by 800 human athletes and their horses. The Games returned to Europe for the 2014 edition, the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™, which was held in Normandy (FRA).
For more information, check out the FEI website here: http://inside.fei.org/fei/events/fei-weg.
Expected Attendance & Economic Impact
How many people attend the Games?
An average of 500,000 people attend the Games over the two-week period. TIEC is preparing for a daily attendance of 40,000 – 50,000 people.
What is the potential impact of this event on this area?
The 2014 Games in Normandy delivered over $400 million in economic impact, and attracted 984 athletes, 1,234 horses, 74 nations, 1,900 accredited media from 52 countries and 575,000 spectators.
What are the event dates?
The FEI WEG is held every four years, halfway between the Summer Olympic Games cycle, and the provisional 2018 Games schedule is September 11 through 23.
Where is the 2018 event being held?
All of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ events will be held at Tryon International Equestrian Center at Tryon Resort in Tryon, North Carolina.
Ticketing Hotline: 828-863-1471
Hours (EST): 9am-5pm Tuesday-Friday, 5:30pm-8:30pm Saturday
Closed Sunday and Monday
When can I receive my tickets?
You will receive electronic confirmation of your ticket reservation purchase immediately after making your purchase. You will receive your tickets via email on July 1st following seat assignments.
Can I get them via mail or electronically?
Your tickets will be sent electronically via email. They will also appear in your Tryon2018.com account, along with seat assignments and other helpful spectator information.
Do I get a receipt with my purchase?
Yes, you will be emailed a receipt for your ticket purchase. If you do not have email, you will need to provide a mailing address.
Will my seats be assigned or can I choose my seats?
You are able to choose your individual session seats by clicking either “view able seats” under the product or “select seats” at check out. All multi-event passes are auto assigned based on best available seating.
How are the weeks broken up into week one and week two?
The week one pass covers Wednesday, September 12 through Sunday, September 16. Week two pass covers Tuesday, September 18 through Sunday, September 23.
What time are the classes?
Click here to view the official schedule.
Click here to view the Official Schedule by Day and Time.
What does the General Grounds Day Pass include?
The General Grounds Day Pass includes access to the general grounds, vendor village and exhibitions/demonstrations, but does not grant access to any of the competitions. The General Grounds Day Pass is also included in ANY competition ticket.
What does the All Sessions pass give me access to?
An “All Sessions” pass gives access to all competitions for the duration of the package (Games, Week, Discipline, Day) and also includes admission to the venue, exhibitions, entertainment, dining and the World Equine Expo™. Please note that if you purchased an All Session Discipline pass, you will only have access to the competitions within that discipline.
Are there children’s prices?
No, all prices are the same for all ages. Children 2-years-old and under will be admitted at no charge, but must sit on a ticketholder’s lap. If you want your child to have a seat, you will need to purchase a ticket for them.
Why are there no tickets for sale on 9/17 and 9/18?
September 17 is our transition day from week one to week two, as well as Community Day. Everyone who purchases a Day Pass will have access to view the competitions on that day.
Will Community Day ticket sales be limited to area residents?
Community Day information and tickets will be released at a later date, but will not be limited to area residents.
How much is tax?
North Carolina sales tax is 6.75%.
What is the 8.5% service fee?
Like most sporting and entertainment events, the service fee helps the ticketing agency facilitate and process ticket sales.
Who can I contact with questions?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org should you encounter problems purchasing tickets.
Is handicap seating available?
How can I purchase handicap seating?
Indicate on your order that handicapped seating is needed.
Can I buy tickets in bulk?
I didn’t receive a confirmation email. What do I do?
Please email email@example.com with your 5 digit order number, and we will re-send to the email address you have provided.
Do I get access to all vendors and exhibitions with my ticket, or do I need to purchase an additional general admission pass?
Yes, venue admission is included in all tickets and grants access to vendors, exhibitions, entertainment, restaurants and the World Equine Expo™.
Some All Day Session Passes are sold out. How will I see the events I want to see on those days?
You can still purchase individual event tickets when they are released.
Where can I find VIP and Hospitality information?
VIP and Hospitality information is available HERE. Tickets purchased prior can be upsold to purchase these packages.
Are tickets refundable?
No. Tickets are transferrable and can be upgraded but are non-refundable. Transferred tickets will remain under the original ticket holder’s name for security but will be shareable with secondary ticket holders following ticket distribution on July 1st.
When I log in to my account, I don’t see my ticket order in there?
You may have purchased tickets without creating an account. If you create an account after purchasing tickets, the two can be linked. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the email associated with your account and ticket order number so that our team can rectify this for you.
I’m having trouble logging in to my Tryon 2018 account!
Please try resetting your password, and if you still experience trouble, email email@example.com.
Can my dog come with me to WEG?
NO PETS of any kind will be allowed on property during WEG. Service animals are welcome with proper documentation.
When is the Opening Ceremony?
The Games will be launched with an Opening Ceremony – details about the Opening Ceremony will be announced in due course. The opening ceremonies are expected to accommodate an audience of 15,000+ attendees.
How can I prepare for the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 or get involved?
Stay updated! Visit our website and sign up to receive e-newsletters to get the latest info as details related to the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 are available or to sign up for more info about a specific area of interest:
FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2018 Tryon Website
Tryon International Equestrian Center
Who do I contact for advertising inquiries?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website HERE for information on advertising.
Parking & Transportation
Will parking be available at TIEC?
Parking on TIEC grounds will only be available in certain circumstances. All general transportation will be shuttled from parking lots off grounds.
Will parking be free?
Will handicap parking be available?
When will parking passes be on sale?
More information about parking passes is forthcoming and will be released as soon as possible. Parking passes are included in VIP and hospitality packages.
Is parking included in my ticket?
No, unless otherwise specified, parking is not included in your ticket.
How will I get around the grounds if I am handicapped?
Just as we are excited to host Para-Equestrian Dressage, we welcome spectators of all abilities, and all plans keep accessibility in mind. An extensive shuttle system will also be in place on property.
How do I promote my lodging facilities or vacation rental to potential WEG attendees?
Tryon Resort has launched an online platform for the listing of vacation rentals. Listings can be viewed and added HERE.
Is TIEC planning to build more hotels in time for WEG?
Yes, construction is underway to add more hotels to the property in time for WEG. The plan is to add more hotels to the property.
Will there be spectator accommodations available?
Accommodations for the 2018 WEG are being managed by Connections Housing, a full-service sourcing, housing and event management company. With 30 years of experience serving events in a range of industries, Connections has two full-service, fully-owned call centers and will oversee all aspects of the housing process from contracting and room block management to reservations and post-event analysis. Accommodations are now open and can be booked by clicking here.
Why can’t I stay on TIEC property?
On site housing is reserved for athletes, judges, officials, and other WEG employees.
Will TIEC be hiring more employees for the WEG?
There will be a need for increased staff to host the WEG. Decisions about how many and the application process will be announced once details have been firmly established.
How can I let my audience know about the WEG?
We recommend creating a landing page on your website with a link to our Tryon2018.com website and sharing our FAQs. We will be sending out updates regularly and encourage you to share that with your audiences.
How can I receive WEG updates?
To receive our WEG updates, visit www.tryon2018.com and enter your email in the sign-up block on the right.
How do I correctly use the event title?
Per FEI brand guidelines, the event should always be referred to in writing as the “FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018.”
Am I allowed to use the WEG logo in my marketing?
Please contact TIEC marketing department at email@example.com to request permission and branding guidelines for use of the WEG 2018 logo.
How can I sponsor the event?
Click here to request a sponsorship packet and someone from our team will contact you.
Can we watch the event on TV or online?
Broadcast and live streaming will be available for all events. Stay tuned for schedules and details.
Social Media Handles & Hashtags
Media Accreditation is now available! Click here for more information about how to apply.
For questions regarding media at the event, please contact our National or International Press Officers.
National Media – Carly Weilminster at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (828) 863-1144.
International Media – Niki McEwen at email@example.com or at 0044(0)203 176 0355.
When are the Test Events?
Click here for the Test Event schedule.
Where can I find the list of teams and athletes participating in the 2018 Games?
Visit www.tryon2018.com for more information when athletes are announced in 2018 after qualifying periods end.