Please see below for most recent Hurricane Florence updates:
For further weather updates text WEG2018 to 888-777.
Sunday, September 16th, 12:45pm (EST):
The horse inspection for Eventing Jumping phase will be at 2pm on Sunday, September 16th. The Eventing Jumping phase competition will take place at 10am on Monday, September 17th.
The horse inspection for Para-Dressage will be at 8:30am on Monday, September 17th. The horse inspection for Vaulting will be at 10:30am on Monday, September 17th.
Saturday, September 15th, 3:30pm (EST):
Following yesterday’s announcement of the intention to hold the Helgstrand Dressage Freestyle competition on Monday morning due to extreme rainfall forecast for Sunday’s original time slot of 8.30am, further discussions have been taking place to review the options available to reschedule.
Friday, September 14, 10pm (EST):
The latest weather forecast from the National Weather Service, which has an onsite weather station here at the Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), shows heavy rain starting on Saturday evening through Sunday. As a result, it is planned to move the final Jumping phase for Eventing to Monday 17 September (starting time to be confirmed).
Saturday’s cross country remains unaffected and will start at 11am as planned, but the interval between horses will be reduced from four to three minutes. The cross country distance is unchanged at 5,700 meters but there are modifications to two fences (23A and 24B).
Saturday’s individual Reining Final will be brought forward to 3pm.
Depending on further official weather updates, it is the intention to reschedule Sunday’s Dressage Freestyle to Monday. The Dressage horse inspection for the 15 horses qualified for the Freestyle will remain unchanged at 8am tomorrow (15 September).
Starting times for the Dressage Freestyle, Eventing horse inspection and Eventing Jumping will be confirmed as soon as possible.
Friday, September 14, 12 p.m. EST
The National Weather Service, currently stationed on-site at TIEC for the duration of WEG, has informed us that Hurricane Florence made landfall 20 miles west of Wilmington as a category 1 hurricane at 7:15am today and is moving at a rate of 3mph.
Heavy rains are expected to begin Saturday afternoon followed by heavy rains Sunday morning and continuing through Sunday night. Rains are expected to start decreasing by midday Monday afternoon and will steadily decrease through the rest of Monday with very little chance of rain on Tuesday. Total rainfall is expected to be 5-7 inches with 10 inches in isolated areas of the region.
Hurricane Florence is expected to rapidly transition into tropical storm status and is expected to reach eastern Kentucky by Monday morning. There is little to no chance of rain expected Tuesday through Thursday of next week.
Winds on Saturday are not expected to increase beyond current speeds of 15-20 mph, with occasional gusts of 25-30 mph through the evening on Sunday. Winds could decrease on Sunday since the Tryon region is located in the calmer section of the storm.
The competition schedule for the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 remains unaffected at the current time.
Thursday, September 13, 7:45 p.m. EST
The National Weather Service, currently stationed on-site at TIEC for the duration of WEG, has informed us that there is a 40% chance of rain on Saturday afternoon.
Decreasing wind speeds of 20mph, gusting to 30mph, are forecast for Sunday.
Hurricane Florence, which has been downgraded to a Category 2, is expected to make landfall tomorrow on the North and South Carolina coastline, moving west south-westerly but slowing.
The competition schedule for the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 remains unaffected at the current time, but check back here for regular updates.
Wednesday, September 12, 3:45pm:
Today’s update from the National Weather Service, stationed onsite at TIEC for the duration of WEG, shows that Hurricane Florence Is now expected to make landfall near the North and South Carolina coastal border on Friday evening. The projected weather pattern here at TIEC will be heavy rain on Sunday evening into Monday and possibly Tuesday, with winds peaking on Sunday evening at 30mph with gusts of up to 40mph.
Thunderstorms today and tomorrow afternoon are not related to Hurricane Florence. Currently there is no change to the arranged flights for competing horses.
Tuesday, September 11, 11:55pm
A press conference was held today at 5pm at the Tryon International Equestrian Center with Sharon Decker, COO of TIEC and Sabrina Ibáñez, FEI Secretary General to address the venue’s contingency plan in response to the impending weather due to Hurricane Florence. “We already have robust contingency plans in place for use in the event of severe weather conditions and this includes sheltering plans for personnel and horses. There are 1,288 permanent stalls onsite and all barns are built in conformance with the International Building Code to withstand winds up to 90mph (144kph), so the horses are in the safest place here on-site. TIEC became a refuge for horses from five states ahead of Hurricane Irma in August/September last year.”
The National Weather Service is providing us with weather updates every six hours. If Hurricane Florence, which is currently forecast to stay to the east of the WEG venue, should change course we will receive much more frequent alerts so that we can advise you of any severe weather forecast for the Tryon region.
Tuesday, September 11, 6:15pm
All WEG activities are still on scheduled as planned for tomorrow. Endurance race begins at 6:30am. nixle.us/ADT8Q
Monday, September 10, 7:15pm
The National Weather Service, which is stationed on-site here 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. 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.
We will be providing increasingly regular updates as the track of the storm is more actively defined.
Please text WEG2018 to 888-777 for interval weather updates from the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018
Monday, September 10, 11:30am
According to the update at 5:55am today from the National Weather Service (NWS), “the currently forecasted track of Florence keeps the WEG site well west of the circulation center.”
The NWS has warned of “numerous thunderstorms throughout the upcoming week.”
For immediate updates, text “WEG2018” to 888777 (US phones only) to receive these important notifications.
Updates will be provided by the National Weather Service twice daily and posted to HERE as well as on Facebook and Twitter at @Tryon2018. In addition, any potential updates on schedules and programming will also be posted to the Tryon2018 channels.