Julio and Jessica Mendoza have returned from Bogotá, Columbia with two gold medals. Julio Mendoza was competing at the Bolivarian Games in Dressage for the Ecuadorean team. The Bolivarian Games is a multi-sport event in Santa Marta, Colombia.
With team gold and individual gold, Mendoza was competing for his native Ecuador. Mendoza won riding his and Sheila Okeefe's 12-year-old Oldenburg gelding Chardonnay.
Also a team member, Franziska Klinkicht, riding 12 year old Friesian gelding Roelof van Wolfshol, owned by Kristine Erickson was trained by Mendoza.
Mendoza Dressage in Columbus, NC, is owned and operated by the Mendozas.
An athletes village to house an estimated 1,000 riders as well as all grooms is planned to be built at the Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) in time for 2018's World Equestrian Games.
The ambitious undertaking, the first of its kind in the history of the WEG, was announced Tuesday by Sharon Decker, Chief Operating Officer of the Carolina operations of events at Tryon, to the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) annual general assembly meeting in Uruguay recently.
Decker reported to the national federation members of the FEI that if the village is not completed on time the organizers have already booked enough hotel rooms to accommodate all the riders and other officials.
Dressage, jumping, eventing dressage and show jumping and para dressage will be staged in two stadiums in the heart of the facility-the existing George H. Morris arena and a stadium being built to seat 20,000 spectators. Vaulting and reining will be held in an arena that was initially constructed as a covered structure but has been expanded and is being enclosed for vaulting and reining. Cross country and driving marathon will be on a course initially designed by Mark Phillips.
Mark Bellissimo and the organizing group that owns and has built the show grounds at a cost of about $200 million had created a modular home construction operation called U.S. Precision. The business is being operated at a 200,000-square-foot factory eight miles from the show grounds and is capable of producing at least eight modular units a day on the robotic assembly line.
The units will be stacked up to three levels for the athletes village that will provide single rooms for each athlete.
Several restaurants already exist on the site with more planned. Special buffet-style restaurants are planned for riders, grooms, media and officials.
An estimated 700 vendors are projected for the WEG.
Parking for 10,000 cars is being prepared with other nearby substantial parking areas to bring spectators in by buses that will pull up by the vendor area.
Local Rider Julio Mendoza Wins Gold for Team Ecuador