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Tryon, NC Equestrian Life
Tryon, NC, a bucolic small town nestled in the North Carolina foothills, is the namesake of the renown Tryon International Equestrian Center. Long known for its equestrian bent, Tryon also offers horse shows at several other show venues in the Carolina Foothills including FENCE and Harmon Field.
The foothills area of North Carolina is also a favorite for viewing colorful leaf changes and browsing annual apple festivals.
Tryon International Equestrian Center offers horse shows during Spring, Summer, and Fall seasons made more enjoyable by this beautiful horse show facility.
Featuring show jumping, hunter/jumper, dressage, vaulting, combined driving, Intercollegiate competitions, and more.
Rated Horse Shows FEI | USEF | USDF | USHJA | CDE
The Tryon International Equestrian center features FEI sanctioned horse shows in hunter/jumper, dressage, and equitation at a top level show facility. Located in the beautiful foothills of North Carolina, the Tryon International Equestrian Center is more than a world class show venues. It is a destination for a successful horse show season experience for everyone involved.
The majority of horse shows at Tryon International Equestrian Center are sanctioned by FEI and the governing body for each discipline. In addition to traditional horse shows, TIEC also hosts various other functions throughout the year such as rodeo events and dog shows.
Since holding its first event in the late 1980's, the FENCE Equestrian Center has gained a reputation as one of the finest facilities of its kind in the Southeast. With permanent stabling for over 300 horses in eleven barns, all-weather footing in three lighted show rings (including a covered arena), on-site parking and spectator seating, the Equestrian Center hosts events in all disciplines year-round.
FENCE is proud to offer TROT, Therapeutic Riding of Tryon, a program that provides equine assisted activities to adults and children with physical, developmental and cognitive disabilities in a safe, friendly and supportive environment.
FENCE Equestrian Center hosts horse shows throughout the year as well as being home to the Foothills Riding Club that also offers several equestrian events each year.
Harmon Field (117 Harmon Field Road) consists of 36 acres of ball fields, soccer fields, a quarter mile track, tennis courts, equestrian facilities including rings and stables, a playground, a picnic shelter and a cabin for special events. Many of the Carolina Schooling Series horse shows are held at Harmon Field.
Incorporated in 1960 as a nonprofit organization, today’s Tryon Riding & Hunt Club encourages, supports, and promotes all types of horse activities that enhance Tryon’s equestrian tradition. We invite everyone to join in supporting Tryon as a major center for horses and equestrians.
See calendar of events scheduled for the remainder of 2023.
The Foothills Riding Club sponsors horse shows at FENCE Equestrian Center March - November of each year. These include dressage, combined tests, and x-country schooling. The well organized events are favorites of riders in the Carolina Foothills and surrounding areas.
The Carolina Schooling Series has been created by several area trainers to keep up the tradition established by the Harmon Hopefuls series. We feel there is a need for quality schooling shows in the Tryon area at an affordable price. Riders who would like to compete for year end awards may join the C.S.S. association. Shows are held at Harmon Field and FENCE, in Tryon, NC and Clearview Farms, in Landrum, SC.
Downtown Tryon, located a few miles from the Tryon International Equestrian Center hosts a delightful collection of small shops and local restaurants. You will find spending an afternoon browsing and indulging in homemade food and delightful atmosphere is well spent.
As a nod to its equestrian bent, this famous hobby horse graces Tryon's main street with a nearby sign explaining its history. This scaled down version was originally a larger model that first appeared in 1928 as part of parade sponsored by the Tryon Riding and Hunt Club.
Be sure to visit this iconic American town while staying at the Tryon International Equestrian Center. And don't miss the annual Tryon Christmas Parade, December 6, 2023.
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