Horse Inspections signal start of WEG 2018

11th Sep 2018

The Horse Inspections for the dressage, endurance and reining events at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina, took place today, Tuesday 11 September 2018, ahead of the first day of competition tomorrow.

Nine British athletes will get their competition underway tomorrow after today’s horse inspections.  Unfortunately, despite fantastic rider and squad management efforts, Tannasg Psyches Realm, ridden by Rachael Atkinson, has had to be withdrawn pre-competition due to a very frustrating foot abscess. Rachael and the squad management team decided that with the welfare of the horse in mind, it was sensible to withdraw him prior to vetting. 

(All times below are given in BST)


  • Wednesday 15.43pm: Spencer Wilton with Jen Goodman and his own Super Nova II
  • Wednesday 20.24pm: Emile Faurie with Hof Kasselmann KG’s Dono Di Maggio
  • Thursday 16.10am: Carl Hester with Lady Anne Evans, Ann Cory and his own Hawtins Delicato
  • Thursday 20.51pm: Charlotte Dujardin with the Mount St John Stud’s Mount St John Freestyle


The endurance race gets underway at 11.30am BST, with the spectacular mass start; keep an eye out for Great Britain’s athletes, as they set-out on their 160km ride.

  • Number 32: Caroline Cowley with her own HS Bellini
  • Number 40: Dominique Freeman with her own Rising Heat
  • Number 41: Nicola Thorne with Heather and Jeremy Reynolds’ Grand Ku


Great Britain’s two individual reiners, Alison Bucknell who rides her own Jac Barbee Dream, and Francesca Sterberg with Rosanne Sternberg’s Spook N Sparkle, will contest the first individual qualifying competition tomorrow. Times to follow.

This evening sees the Opening Ceremony take place in the Tryon Stadium; reiner Francesca Sternberg will carry the flag for Great Britain into the arena tonight, as she prepares to compete at her fifth World Equestrian Games.

Commenting, Francesca said; “I’m very, very honoured to be waving the flag for Great Britain. I have been a strong supporter of reining for the FEI ever since it started and I am very lucky to have represented GBR at the last four World Equestrian Games. I was on the demo team for the first WEG in 1998 and since then there are now so many more countries competing in reining and the level of competition is extremely high now and so it’s fantastic to be part of this!”

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