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SEP 2018

The Horse:Your Guide To Equine Health Care provides monthly equine health care information to horse owners, breeders, veterinarians, barn/farm managers, trainer/riding instructors, and others involved in the hands-on care of the horse.

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28 TheHorse.com THE HORSE September 2018 Hospital, in Raleigh (about 3.75 hours). At a WEG there's no such thing as wondering when the farrier will show up. Farrier stations will be adjacent to the stables, supervised by farrier coordinators David Farley, CF, APF-I, and James Gil- christ, APF. Team farriers will have use of forges and supplies, all free of charge, and mobile forges will be set up near warmup areas in the event of eleventh-hour lost shoes. A farrier will be on call 24/7. What's Underfoot To provide footing for the facility, Bellissimo turned to Equestrian Services International (ESI), which partners with the world-renowned Belgian company Bart Poels, footing supplier for the 2008 Hong Kong Olympic Games and the 2012 London Olympics, among others. TIEC's arena surfaces are ESI's International All-Weather Footing, which the company describes as a mix of sand, geotextile felt, and "special fibers" designed to offer superior drainage and an optimal blend of traction and shock absorption. A lot of groundwork—literally—had to happen in Tryon before the footing could be laid, however. The site was originally earmarked as an 800-lot housing develop- ment with an 18-hole golf course. Tryon Equestrian Partners bought the land in 2012, when the developer of White Oak, as it was called, filed for bankruptcy. When TIEC opened two years later, TEP had moved 1.6 million cubic feet of Polk County soil to create a level site for the arenas, stables, restaurants, shops, and lodging options. The equestrian center is the centerpiece of TEP's even more ex- pansive Tryon Resort, which includes an offsite sports complex, a gun club, and the Lodge at Lake Lure, immortalized as the setting of the 1987 movie "Dirty Dancing." White Oak's failed golf course came in handy: Repurposed, it's now an eventing cross-country course that for the WEG will do triple duty, also serving as the driving marathon course and part of the endurance course. Dreaming Big "When we built Tryon International Equestrian Center," Bellissimo told re- porters at the 2017 FEI World Cup Finals in Omaha, "it was built for the WEG." The TEP investor group was planning to bid for the 2026 Games, but when the FEI found itself without a site for 2018, TEP went all in, he said. Although the U.S. has some splendid equestrian facilities—the Kentucky Horse Park, in Lexington, host of the 2010 WEG, comes to mind—it has lacked a "destination" equestrian location encom- passing lodging, dining, and attractions for the whole family, with a world-class equestrian center as its capstone. With TIEC and the Tryon Resort Bellissimo aims to change that. Regardless of who goes home with medals, if the 2018 WEG organizers make good on their promises, all competitors will have had a first-class experience with some of the best facilities and horse care available in the world today. "Over 100 veterinarians and support staff from throughout the United States and the world are volunteering their time and expertise to help ensure the health and welfare of horses coming to compete in the 2018 World Equestrian Games," says Baskett. "Many industry partners are support- ing this effort with state-of-the-art equip- ment and supplies," as well as imaging and on-site laboratory services, she adds. "We are very grateful for all of the as- sistance we have received so far and look forward to providing the best possible care for our equine athletes." h SHANNON BRINKMAN At the UGA Veterinary Teaching Hospital, we are committed to providing the best care for your horse. From tip to tail, we treat it all! 706.542.3223 • vet.uga.edu • 2200 College Station Rd, Athens, GA WORLD-CLASS EQUINE CARE Coming to AMERICA The cross-country and driving marathon courses sit on what was once an 18-hole golf course.

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