Months ago already rumour had it that the cross country course in Tryon could not be ready in time for the World Equestrian Games. Now the FEI confirmed that part of the course had been affected by heavy rains, so Horse & Hound reported. Course Designer Mark Philipps told the British Magazine the plan was to use the full 5,700m but that everything depended on if the course in the main arena was ready in time. Yesterday, on July 26 this had not been the case.
Part of the cross country course will lead over the carriage driving course and the vet gate of the distance riders, where one had an all weather ground – but this ground also does not exist yet. Then there were 400m grass and then the all weather ground again in the main arena. Phillips explained that something had to happen now in order for the WEG to be a success – he could not imagine how the drivers and distance riders could cope. A final decision if the full course is to be used will be taken on August 10th.
A shorter distance could lead to some changes in the teams of one or the other nation.