Due to extreme weather conditions endurance has been cancelled at the World Equestrian Games.

Extreme risk

Concerns were raised after Tryon experienced heavy rain that caused severe humidity.  It was stated that this posed and “unacceptable risk” to the horses that were competing.

“The remainder of today’s endurance competition has been canceled 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 Organizing Committee.”

‘Difficult decision’

“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,” said Thomas Timmons, president of the veterinary commission.

WEG could face further weather disruptions, as Hurricane Florence heads to the US. The venue is located in Mill Spring, North Carolina, which is about 350-400 miles west of the mandatory evacuation zones along the coast — far enough inland that Tryon is unlikely to experience the full force of the hurricane.

LIVE coverage of WEG 2018 is available on the networks of NBC Sports. Go to nbcsports.com for schedules.

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