Equestrians all over the Southeast received wonderful news this week! Mark Bellissimo, Managing Partner of the Tryon Equestrian Partners, announced that their Center in Mill Spring, SC has been selected as the venue for the FEI World Equestrian Games in 2018. The Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) is the worldwide governing body of the equestrian sport and administers the games. The games are a major international championship event for the eight core equestrian disciplines which consist of show jumping, dressage, paraequestrain dressage, eventing, driving, endurance, vaulting, and reining.
The FEI World Equestrian Games are held every four years, halfway between the Summer Olympic Games cycle. The games are scheduled for September 10th through September 23rd, 2018. They draw equestrian enthusiasts from over 70 countries to cheer on the athletes from their native countries. The 2014 FEI World Equestrian Games, held in Normandy, France, had a local economic impact of $400 million and an attendance of over 500,000 spectators during the 14-day event. Previous events have been held in major cities including Stockholm, Sweden, The Hague, Netherlands, Rome, Italy, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, Aachen, Germany, Lexington, Kentucky, and Normandy, France. This is a great honor for the Equestrian Center and the city of Tryon, NC to be included on this impressive list.
Built in 2014, the 1,600-acre Tryon Resort, which expands into both Mill Spring, SC and Tryon, NC, is home to the Tryon International Equestrian Center. With over $125 million invested into the resort, the plan is for the resort to become the world’s premiere equestrian lifestyle destination. Already, the resort has significantly elevated the sport and is one of the premier equestrian venues in the south. The equestrian center is complete with 12 riding arenas, over 1,160 permanent stalls, onsite lodging, restaurants, shops, and a year-round calendar of horse shows and events.
The Lowcountry is quite convenient to the International Equestrian Center in Tryon, NC, the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers, GA, the SC Equine Park in Camden, SC, the Highfields in Aiken, SC, HITS in Ocala, FL, and Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL. Here in the Lowcountry, you’ll find the best of both worlds! Our beautiful sandy beaches and pristine golf courses are at your fingertips while equestrian events and competitions are just a short drive away. If you’re an equestrian and considering a move, consider Hilton Head Island or Bluffton, SC. We are centrally located near the top equestrian facilities in the south. Whether you are looking for a home with a barn, acreage for a farm, or a private equestrian community, we have numerous options available.