While many people are watching the path of the hurricane…. the world is descending upon the Tryon Equestrian Center. Tuesday, September 11th is the first day for the Equestrian World Games.
With the storm brewing, first responders are watching the forecast.
While horses practice and people pile in to the Tryon Equestrian Center. License plates from all over the country are filling the parking lot, from Alabama to Virginia to Idaho to New York and even Maryland.
Andrea Moreno is from Colombia. She’s a competitive horse rider, but on this trip she’s here to cheer for her country.
Andrea says, “I’m hoping he wins and gets the gold medal for a third time”
It’s a sentiment felt by many patrons, no matter the country.
Abdul and his friends flew in from Saudi Arabia to watch one of the biggest horse competitions in the world. Abdul says, Do you wish you were competing? Today ? Everyone wishes that. This is the World Cup who wouldn’t like it?”
An international audience brings another level of security from the FBI to state and local agencies all working around the clock to keep this event safe, on the ground and in the sky.
Marsh Pittman is the Polk County Manager says, “So you’re seeing agencies represented from all over the region and all over the state of North Carolina so these highway patrol man come from all over the state.”
After 18 months of preparation… officers and first responders are ready to protect and serve and for visitors that brings peace of mind.
Ivonne Moreno from Colombia says, “Oh wow This is big this is like the main thing you want to be on when you talk about horses it’s a great experience to be here”
The equestrian games are just getting started and will last until September 23rd.