The equestrian world arrives in Mill Spring

Published 8:00 am Thursday, September 13, 2018

Riders and spectators from across the planet gathered at Tryon International Equestrian Center Tuesday for the opening ceremony of the long awaited 2018 World Equestrian Games, which takes place now through Sunday, Sept. 23, at the Mill Spring equine facility. (Photo by Ted Yoakum/Tryon Daily Bulletin)

Visitors from New Zealand pose for a photo.

Following a rendition of the national anthem, parachute teams made their way down to the arena.

Columbus dressage rider Julio Mendoza, who is representing his home country of Ecuador during WEG, makes his way around the ring during the flag ceremony.

Dressage rider Laura Graves, who was selected to bear the U.S. flag, waves to the crowd as she enters the arena during the ceremony.

Members of Team Mexico celebrate in the stands during the ceremony.

Members of the U.S. equestrian team cheer Graves on as she makes her way through the arena.

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