U.S. Trust and Bank of America Merrill Lynch Named Official Sponsors of Equestrian Sport Productions and FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018

Apr 26, 2018 - 12:48 PM

For Immediate Release

TRYON, NC, USA – April 26, 2018 – Equestrian Sport Productions, LLC (ESP) – producers of the world’s largest and longest-running horse show – announced today its partnership with U.S. Trust, Bank of America’s Private Wealth Management, and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. These divisions of Bank of America have been named an “Official Sponsor of Tryon International Equestrian Center” (TIEC), an “Official Sponsor of Palm Beach International Equestrian Center” (PBIEC), and an “Official Sponsor of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018″.

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For Mark Bellissimo, ESP CEO and Managing Partner of Wellington Equestrian Partners that owns and operates PBIEC, and Tryon Equestrian Partners that owns and operates TIEC, this partnership is a significant opportunity for U.S. Trust and Bank of America Merrill Lynch to reach the equestrian community.

“We are pleased to welcome U.S. Trust and Bank of America Merrill Lynch as partners across our portfolio and see tremendous opportunity for them. The equestrian market is greatly untapped because of the various sports, disciplines and interest categories centered around the horse, making it hard to collectively reach. However, our organization is continuously delivering effective avenues for businesses to easily reach this population through our properties in Florida, North Carolina, Colorado and New York, and equestrian events like the WEG,” said Bellissimo.

“At U.S. Trust, we help high-net-worth individuals and families match their wealth to their passions through a wide range of investment management, wealth structuring and banking capabilities. Partnering with an organization that provides a forum for so many to enjoy their equestrian passion is a natural fit,” said U.S. Trust Market Executive Woodward Middleton.

“Bank of America Merrill Lynch strives to sponsor a diverse and interesting portfolio of events that will provide unique opportunities for visibility and make an impact on the communities we serve,” said Fab Brumley, Business Banking Region Executive, Bank of America Merrill Lynch. “We look forward to working with ESP on interesting events throughout the year.”

In 2018, TIEC will host the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018, which is poised to be the largest sporting event in the United States this year and fourth largest in the world with participation from more than 70 nations and 1,000 athletes. The previous Games were held in Normandy, France in 2014 and attracted more than 575,000 attendees and generated an economic impact of more than $400 million to the regional economy.

ESP is the management entity for the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), the world’s largest and longest-running horse show, held at PBIEC. WEF’s 12-week season attracts an average of 250,000 attendees and 6,000 athletes from all 50 states and 42 countries. The organization also produces more than 35 weeks of world-class equestrian competition at TIEC in Mill Spring, N.C. In 2017, TIEC attracted more than 2,300 riders from 45 states and 31 countries to the venue, and welcomed more than 500,000 visitors.

To learn more about Tryon International Equestrian Center, please visit www.tryon.com. To learn more about the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, please visit www.pbiec.coth.com. To learn more about the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018, please visit www.tryon2018.com.

To purchase tickets or for more information about the WEG, please visit www.Tryon2018.com.

Click here to watch the FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018 promo video.

 Media Inquiries

For media inquiries about the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018, please visit www.Tryon2018.com or contact one of the following press officers:


National Press Officer – Carly Weilminster at cweilminster@tryonweg.com  or +1 (828) 863-1144


International Press Officer – Niki McEwen at niki@revolutionsports.co.uk or 0044(0) 203 176 0355


For more information from the FEI, please contact Shannon Gibbons at shannon.gibbons@fei.org or 0041-78-750-6146.


About Equestrian Sport Productions, LLC

Equestrian Sport Productions, LLC is the management entity for the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), the world’s largest and longest running horse show; the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF), and International Polo Club Palm Beach (IPC) and other events held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, Florida. Combined, these events draw thousands of horses and tens of thousands of riders, owners, grooms, and service providers from around the world every winter. The WEF and AGDF offer world-class hunter, jumper, and dressage competition at one of the premier equestrian facilities in the world and contribute more than $120 million dollars of economic impact to Palm Beach County every year, while IPC hosts the world’s top international high-goal polo during the winter season. WEF also hosts the Great Charity Challenge, which has raised more than $10 million for more than 100 Palm Beach County charities in its seven-year history.


About U.S. Trust 

U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management is a leading private wealth management organization providing vast resources and customized solutions to help meet clients’ wealth structuring, investment management, banking and credit needs. Clients are served by teams of experienced advisors offering a range of financial services, including investment management, financial and succession planning, philanthropic and specialty asset management, family office services, custom credit solutions, financial administration and family trust stewardship. 


U.S. Trust is part of the Global Wealth and Investment Management unit of Bank of America, N.A., which is a global leader in wealth management, private banking and retail brokerage. U.S. Trust employs more than 4,000 professionals and maintains 93 offices in 31 states. As part of Bank of America, U.S. Trust can provide access to a broad range of banking solutions for individuals and businesses, and an extensive retail banking platform. 


About Bank of America Merrill Lynch 

Bank of America Merrill Lynch is the marketing name for the global banking and global markets businesses of Bank of America Corporation. Lending, derivatives, and other commercial banking activities are performed globally by banking affiliates of Bank of America Corporation, including Bank of America, N.A., Member FDIC. Securities, strategic advisory, and other investment banking activities are performed globally by investment banking affiliates of Bank of America Corporation (“Investment Banking Affiliates”), including, in the United States, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated and Merrill Lynch Professional Clearing Corp., both of which are registered broker-dealers and Members of SIPC, and, in other jurisdictions, by locally registered entities. Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated and Merrill Lynch Professional Clearing Corp. are registered as futures commission merchants with the CFTC and are members of the NFA. Investment products offered by Investment Banking Affiliates: Are Not FDIC Insured * May Lose Value * Are Not Bank Guaranteed. 


About Tryon International Equestrian Center

Tryon International Equestrian Center at Tryon Resort, host of the FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018, is one of the world’s premier equestrian lifestyle destinations. From carousel to competition, the mission of Tryon Resort is to celebrate the magic of the horse, grow equestrian sport, and increase access to this majestic animal. With first-class facilities for hunter/jumper, dressage, and eventing competitions, the facility will soon accommodate all eight equestrian disciplines.


Tryon Resort is a spring, summer and fall haven for equestrian competitors and enthusiasts, and a year-round destination for connoisseurs of diverse cuisine and shopping, lodging getaways, and family entertainment. Learn more at www.Tryon.com.



The FEI World Equestrian Games™, held every four years in the middle of the Olympic cycle, is the property of the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), the world governing body for horse sport recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). It is one of the biggest events on the global sporting calendar, combining World Championships in the Olympic disciplines of Jumping, Dressage and Eventing, the Paralympic discipline of Para-Equestrian Dressage, as well as Driving, Endurance, Vaulting and Reining. 


The inaugural FEI World Equestrian Games™ were hosted in Stockholm (SWE) in 1990. Since then the Games have been staged in The Hague (NED) in 1994, Rome (ITA) in 1998, Jerez (ESP) in 2002, and Aachen (GER) in 2006. The first Games to be organised outside Europe were the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Kentucky (USA) 2010. The Games came back to Europe for the 2014 edition, the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Normandy (FRA), which attracted more than 500,000 on-site spectators and a worldwide television audience of 350 million, as well as delivering an economic impact of €368 million to the French economy.


The FEI World Equestrian Games™ History Hub can be viewed here.


For more information, visit www.Tryon2018.com and http://www.fei.org/tryon-2018.

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