The American and International Associations of Professional Farriers will serve as the emergency farrier service providers for the FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) Tryon 2018 at Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, N.C., the AAPF/IAPF announced today.

Dave Farley of Coshocton, Ohio, and Loxahatchee, Fla., and James Gilchrist of Wellington, Fla., will coordinate the AAPF/IAPF’s team approach by providing the necessary farriers, shoes, nails, tools and other equipment to the various participating international farriers.

“James and I are eager to use our experiences as farriers at previous World Equestrian Games, Olympics, and other internationally recognized horse shows, to provide the highest quality of hoof-care to all international teams competing at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon, N.C.,” says Farley, a member of the International Horseshoeing Hall Of Fame.

The FEI World Equestrian Games is conducted every 4 years in the middle of the Olympic cycle. It is one of the largest events on the global sporting calendar, combining eight equestrian World Championship caliber events in a pre-determined location. The FEI disciplines — jumping, dressage and para-equestrian dressage, eventing, driving, endurance, vaulting, and reining — are all included on the competition schedule, while equestrian-focused demonstrations and exhibitions will also be hosted throughout the duration of the event.

“The health and well-being of our competitors is paramount,” says Michael Stone, president of Tryon/WEG 2018 LLC. “Teaming with world-class farriers is integral to ensuring that our equine athletes receive outstanding hoof care. We are pleased that the American Association of Professional Farriers/International Association of Professional Farriers will be providing emergency farriery at the 2018 World Equestrian Games at Tryon International Equestrian Center.”

The 2018 edition of the FEI World Equestrian Games will take place over 13 days from Sept. 11-23, 2018, at Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, N.C.