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Endurance competition cancelled at WEG, U.S. stands third halfway thru team Dressage

TRYON, N.C.--The U.S. stands a close third behind Germany and Sweden in  team Dressage with two of the four riders from each country having competed, and Adrienne Lyle is fourth individually.

The WEG can be watched live on your computer by googling FEITV, and signing on. It does cost money, but it is not expensive for being able to see every disciplne for the whole two weeks.

Endurance was cancelled at the World Equestrian Games due to high heat and rain.

The competition seemed cursed from the beginning, as some riders started out in the wrong direction at the start, causing the event to be stopped and then restarted until it was eventually halted. The following is the release from WEG officials.

Cancellation of Endurance competition at FEI World Equestrian Games(tm)
Tryon 2018

The remainder of today's Endurance competition has been cancelled due to a
potentially dangerously high combination of heat and humidity, and the
conditions out on the trail following heavy rain this afternoon. The
decision to cancel, which is in accordance with FEI General Regulations,
Article 109.12 was unanimous between the President of the Ground Jury,
Technical Delegate and President of the Veterinary Commission, and the
Organising Committee.

The decision is also in line with the FEI Code of Conduct for the Welfare
of the Horse, which states: c) Extreme weather: Competitions must not take
place in extreme weather conditions that may compromise welfare or safety
of the horse.

"This was a difficult decision to make, but it was done with horse and
athlete welfare in mind as the conditions this afternoon after the rain
resulted in extremely high levels of humidity and, combined with rising
heat, it was deemed unsafe to continue the ride", President of the
Veterinary Commission Thomas Timmons said.

British scientist Dr David Marlin, who has been working on heat and
humidity studies for the FEI since the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games,
provided the Ground Jury with data from the Wet Bulb Globe Temperature
(WBGT) index which showed a reading of 31. Anything over 25 is monitored
very closely, and the officials agreed unanimously that 31 presented an
unacceptable risk to horse welfare.

In addition, following this morning's false start, the FEI has tasked the
independent Equestrian Community Integrity Unit (ECIU), which is onsite
here at Tryon, to do a full investigation into the circumstances that
resulted in some horse/athlete combinations being misdirected. The
investigation will include interviews with the officials, volunteers,
Organising Committee and all other relevant personnel to provide a full
picture of what happened.
The findings will be presented to the FEI Bureau and the conclusions will
then be made public.

Alix Coleman

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