Twelve days. Eight disciplines. More than 70 nations from around the globe. The 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games™,  (September 11-23, 2018) is promising to be the “greatest equestrian show on earth,” and there’s no reason to doubt that it will be.

As of today, we are officially one year away from the start of event competition, which is expected to bring more than 500,000 international spectators to the quaint, Polk County town of Mill Spring, North Carolina, in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The region is well-versed in hosting equestrian competitions, an art it’s been honing since the opening of the 1,600-acre  Tryon International Equestrian Center in 2014. But next year will be the ultimate test of the facility’s mettle.

While there is surely plenty of time to get excited for WEG 2018, it’s never too soon to start preparing! Here are five fast facts to get you up to speed on the event, where to stay, and how to get your tickets when the flood gates open.

1. What are the World Equestrian Games? 

The FEI World Equestrian Games™ are held every four years in the middle of the Olympic cycle, and are one of the biggest events on the global sporting calendar. The last WEG was held in Normandy, France in 2014, attracting 570,000 spectators with an economic impact of $400 million dollars. In other words, it’s a pretty big deal.

2. What disciplines will be featured? 

All the FEI disciplines (show jumping, dressage and para-equestrian dressage, eventing, driving, endurance, vaulting and reining) will be included on the competition schedule, while equestrian-focused demonstrations and exhibitions will also be hosted throughout. The Opening Ceremony will take place on September 11, with competition events proceeding for the next 12 days.

3. Where can I stay?

Accommodations will be managed by Connections Housing, a full-service sourcing, housing and event management company. With 30 years of experience serving events in a range of industries, Connections has two, full-service, fully-owned call centers and will oversee all aspects of the housing process from contracting and room block management to reservations and post-event analysis. Accommodations will be open to the public on Monday, September 18, 2017, and more information can be found here.

4. What else can I see and do while I’m there? 

Surrounded by forested mountains and rolling foothills near the South Carolina border, the Tryon/Mill Spring region is conveniently located within an hour of Asheville and Charlotte in North Carolina, and Greenville, South Carolina, and makes an idyllic vacation spot. For more information on the region, the Tyron International Equestrian Center has released a new video here.

5. When can I get my tickets?

Mark Bellissimo, CEO of host venue Tryon International Equestrian Center, announced that tickets will go on sale to the public on Monday, October 16, 2017. 

Ticket options will include an All Session Day Pass, All Session Discipline Pass, as well as individual event tickets, and tickets to the opening and closing ceremonies. Prices will vary, but will also include an inexpensive Day Pass that gives attendees access to the event grounds and expo hall. A complete list of ticketing options will be available online at www.tryon2018.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

Getting excited? We sure are! For more on the WEG 2018, check out the FEI’s preview video below: 

-Photos by Shannon Brinkman & Erin Gilmore.