Skara Glen’s Machu Picchu is named after the stunning Incan citadel in Peru, but the 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding won’t be visiting his namesake anytime soon. The bay is instead bound for Tryon, and while that might not quite be one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, the North Carolina resort town is unquestionably the must-visit travel destination of the summer.

The World Equestrian Games are set to take place at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in less than two weeks’ time. There, “Machu” and longtime partner Paul O’Shea will jump their respective first championships for a formidable Irish squad led by Chef d’Equipe Rodrigo Pessoa, himself the individual gold medalist of the 1998 WEG in Rome, Italy.

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