Seven years ago when I was a pitiful unread little equestrian blogger, I wrote a post about how I wished I was in Kentucky for the World Equestrian Games. Now we’re one year away from the next US based games, it’s in my home state of North Carolina and I couldn’t stop myself from lighting my credit card on fire and buying tickets. WEG 2018 — here I come!
Truthfully I hope I actually have tickets by the time this blog is posted, because the system has been extremely haphazard. Groups and prices were advertised at the middle of last week before they went on sale to the general public today. Then I noticed they opened them up to NC & SC residents (with no communication prior), but when I looked I saw there was no financial incentive to ask one of my NC family members to buy them for me so I decided to wait.
Then they raised all the ticket prices overnight, opened them up to various equestrian groups and I began to panic because all the day passes were gone. My original plan was to buy day passes for Weds, Thurs, Fri of the 2nd week which would cover most of show jumping, some driving and dressage. But since they sold out before they were ever even offered to the public instead, I got show jumping event passes which are for just show jumping in the 2nd week.
By get, I choose one of their many shop links, gave my credit card and all information and then put the code a friend sent me in the comment field… organized this process was not. Here’s crossing my fingers they don’t cancel my order because I don’t have a NC address anymore (but I do have a NC phone number, that has to count for something right?).
I have family ten minutes from TIEC, which is why I’m lucky enough to be able to attend. They’re intrigued about this giant horse show coming to the back yard of their small town, and have told me that the hotels for the event haven’t broken ground yet. This area of North Carolina is super quaint. To give you an idea, my non-horsey family regularly goes to TIEC for Saturday night classes because it’s great free entertainment. They love the horse complex, because they built a lot of new restaurants with it and fine dining isn’t something you find a ton of in Rutherfordton. For western NC folks, WEG is going to be a huge deal for industry and tourism. I’m super happy about that.
I’m also super happy about being able to go to the games at all. I mean, I hope I’m going… but we’ll see if they let me keep my tickets. Who all is planning to go to WEG? What days are you hoping to attend? I’d love to meet any other fellow bloggers that will be there for the 2nd week!