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Horses in Good Hands - Escorting International Equine Guests to Tryon

Monday, September 3, 2018
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Anita Williamson, executive director and leader of the rescue teams

Awaiting with open arms, Anita Williamson, PEER executive director and leader of the rescue teams awaits the arrival of the equine athletes for the FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018

Work has begun for the Polk Equine Emergency Rescue Team who are not just on hand with an ambulance if anything should go wrong at the World Equestrian Games. They are the welcome commitee at the airport and security escort in the equine limos bringing them to Tryon.

With over 550 equine athletes arriving by plane from "across the pond" the honored guests and stars of the WEG Show are being greeted by PEER's Anita Williamson executive director and leader of the rescue teams at the airport.

The first load of horses have arrived and are being escorted by the PEER people as they head to the Tryon International Equestrian Center. 

Onsite with 2 ambulances for all the events of the World Equestrian Games at the Tryon International Equestrian Center from September 11 through September 23, 2018, they are also supporting the transport of the international horses arriving for the competition.

One of many meetings in preparation for the World Equestrian Games

One of many meetings in preparation for the World Equestrian Games. Shown here (L to R) is Sharon Decker Director with the Tryon International Equestrian Center, Dr. Goran Akerstrom the overseeing veterinarian for the Federation Equestre Internationale, Anita Williamson our own executive director and leader of the rescue teams, Dr. Bill Hay and Dr. Anne Basket owners of Tryon Equine Hospital.

Proud of their part in the biggest equestrian event in American, PEER services Polk and surrounding counties in Western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina. Many of the memebrs of the team are volunteers who go through extensive training in the specialized effort of large animal resue. 

PEER does not charge a fee for rescue and relies wholly on donations and sponsorships. If you are participating or attending the FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018 and see some of the team, make sure you thank them and think about giving something to help.