Here They Come Ready or Not
Under the leadership of Bellissimo, the Tryon Equestrian Partners (TEP) have invested more than $125 million to turn the area into the “world’s premiere equestrian lifestyle destination,” and investing another $100 million leading up the Games. In summary, TIEC has taken on this amazing project to keep the World Equestrian Games sustainable, with less than 2 years to prepare, while most venues have 4 years to plan. According to Sharon Decker, (Operations for TIEC), TIEC is expecting ½ million people for this event, estimating 50 – 60,000 spectators per day, with 1400 horses from 72 countries to compete in 8 disciplines, and will require 3600 volunteers. A stall barn is being built on the premises that will become a permanent USDA quarantine, allowing horses to fly into Spartanburg, and shipped directly to TIEC. There will be specified “shuttle locations” within an hour away, to assist with the heavy traffic.
Nancy B Smith