We are truly thrilled to tell you that one of our directors, Caroline Cowley, is currently in Tryon, North Carolina, waiting to represent Great Britain as part of the Endurance Team at the World Equestrian Games this week.
Caroline, who is more normally found heading up our Property Disputes department, has flown the 4,034 miles to Tryon with her horse 10 year old Arab, HS Bellini, to represent her country in the games. It goes without saying that everyone at Owen White is incredibly proud of Caroline and will be rooting for as she competes on Wed 12 September 2018.
Direct from North Carolina, where HS Bellini is now out of quarantine, Caroline said, ‘Competing for my country is a privilege and a dream come true & I’m very excited!!’
What are the FEI World Equestrian Games?
The FEI World Equestrian Games™ (WEG), which are administered by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), the worldwide governing body of equestrian sport, are the major international championship event for the eight core equestrian disciplines of show jumping, dressage and para-equestrian dressage, eventing, driving, endurance, vaulting and reining.
How large are the games?
The 2018 WEG has the potential to be the largest sporting event in North Carolina history with over $400 million dollars of projected economic impact and 500,000 spectators over the 13-day event in September 2018
How does an endurance race work?
Not being equestrian aficionados ourselves, we have turned to the bible of all things horse-related, Horse and Hound Magazine, to bring you the full facts and figures behind the games and the endurance event in particular. All text below has been borrowed from their site, which you can also read online here: https://www.horseandhound.co.uk/news/british-endurance-team-weg-2018-659256 .
Horse and Hound wrote:
Selectors have named the British endurance team who will ride at the World Equestrian Games (11-23 September) in Tryon, North Carolina, USA this autumn.
The nominated combinations are:
- Rachael Atkinson with her own Tannasg Psyches Realm
- Caroline Cowley with her own HS Bellini
- Dominique Freeman with her own Rising Heat or Carla Eigenauer’s WCF Atillah
- Nicola Thorne with Heather and Jeremy Reynolds’ Grand Ku or Heather Reynolds’ Treasured Moments
Final horse choice for Dominique and Nicola will be made towards the end of August.
WEG takes place every four years and brings together World Championships in the three Olympic equestrian disciplines — eventing, dressage and show jumping — as well as para dressage, vaulting, reining, driving and endurance. The endurance is one of the first competitions to take place at WEG this year, with the race happening on Wednesday 12 September, the day after the opening ceremony.
What is an endurance race?
The endurance at WEG is a 160km race, completed in one day. It is being held across the grounds of the Tryon estate and the surrounding area.
There will be five loops on the ride (which Caroline has said is a ‘tough course’.) After each loop there is a vetgate, where horses have to be passed by a vet as fit to continue in the competition and have a compulsory rest period.
The final horse check is 30min after arrival at the finish and is a crucial part of the competition, as a horse can still be eliminated here just as at the other vetgates.
The winner is the first horse past the post who is also passed by the vets. Teams consist of three or four horses and times for the three fastest pairs in the team are added together to give the team score. The fastest combined time wins.
Bluffers’ guide to endurance at WEG
For those of you with a further thirst for knowledge about this exhausting-sounding sport, Horse and Hound have produced a handy ‘Bluffer’s Guide’ to the Endurance Race at WEG’ which you may find interesting. https://www.horseandhound.co.uk/weg/weg-endurance/beginners-guide-endurance-452780
Where can I read all the news about WEG endurance as it happens?
You can visit the WEG website
And Horse and House have set up a page purely dedicated to the endurance event too https://www.horseandhound.co.uk/weg/weg-endurance
How to watch Caroline compete
Like you, we are very keen to watch Caroline compete, so we scoured the FEI website’s FAQ page for answers. https://tryon2018.com/page/fei-world-equestrian-games-tryon-2018-faq This is what it says:
‘Broadcast and live streaming will be available for all events. Stay tuned for schedules and details’.
We will keep checking.
What time will the event start?
Caroline tells us the event starts at 0630 which is 1130 GMT. Set the morning aside for it!
How to follow the games on social media
The games themselves and the governing body the FEI have the full stable of social media channels, so you can to allow you to keep up with goings on over the event. The best channels to reach Caroline directly would be the GB Endurance Team.
GB Endurance Team (Caroline’s team)
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/EnduranceGB
- Twitter: www.twitter.com/endurancegb
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/endurancegbinsta/
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/tryon2018
- Twitter: www.twitter.com/tryon2018
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/tryon2018
- Hashtag: #Tryon2018
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/the.fei/
- Twitter: www.twitter.com/FEI_Global
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/fei_global/
- YouTube: www.youtube.com/feichannel
If you would like to leave Caroline a message wishing her good luck you can do in the comments box below.
Good Luck Caroline and all in the GB Endurance Team – We’re rooting for you!
ENDS SEPT 2018