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27 June 2018 | Sunset+Vine

Sunset+Vine, the global TV sports producer and distributor, has been appointed as the Host Broadcaster for the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 (WEG), which takes place at the Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), North Carolina, USA from 11-23 September 2018.

The FEI World Equestrian Games™, the property of the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), the worldwide governing body of equestrian sport, is one of the biggest events on the global sporting calendar. It is held every four years in the middle of the Olympic cycle, combining eight World Championships at one event. An anticipated 1,000 athletes, 1,500 horses and 500,000 spectators from more than 70 countries are expected to attend.

Under the terms of the agreement, Sunset+Vine will provide comprehensive live coverage from Tryon as well as a daily highlights show. Sunset+Vine will also be responsible for covering the Opening Ceremony on 11 September.

The Sunset+Vine team will be led by David Tippett (Project Director) with Michael Cole (Executive Producer); Denise Large (Executive Director); Mark Dennis (Director of Technical Operations); Ruth Hayman (Head of Production) and Adeline Lee (Head of Broadcast Services).

Jeff Foulser, Chairman of Sunset+Vine, said:

“We are really excited to have been appointed as host broadcaster for the premier event in Equestrian sport. We appreciate the faith being shown in us by Mark Bellissimo and his team in Tryon and look forward to delivering a production of the highest quality to a huge global audience that befits this very special event.”

Mark Bellissimo, Managing Partner of Tryon Equestrian Partners and CEO of Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) said:

“We are delighted to welcome Sunset+Vine on board as the host broadcaster for FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018.  It is a company with both pedigree and a track record of success at large scale live international sporting events.

“We are confident that in working together, we will be able to capture the action in exciting and engaging ways that will not only enthral existing fans of the games but help to broaden its appeal to a wider audience.”

FEI President, Ingmar De Vos, commented:

The FEI World Equestrian Games is our flagship event and we are extremely happy to have Sunset+Vine on board as Host Broadcaster. Television coverage plays such a crucial role in bringing sport to a global audience and we are confident Sunset+Vine will deliver for our sport with the very highest production standards and innovations.

“The broadcast figures for the previous edition of the Games in Normandy four years ago were really impressive, and we are sure that the professionalism of the Sunset+Vine team and the stunning venue at Tryon will combine to showcase our sport around the world through the reach of global broadcasters such as NBC and the Olympic Channel.”

The WEG Tryon 2018 is projected to be the highest-attended sporting event in the United States in 2018. It also has the potential to be the largest sporting event in North Carolina history with over $400 million dollars of projected economic impact over the 13-day event in September 2018.



For more information, please contact:

Greg Moore, Head of PR, Sunset+Vine