Thanks to Shannon & Darren L. from Salisbury, NC for recently staying with us!
Our favorite season is finally upon us… crisp autumn evenings with long lingering shadows… the soft glow of lights and fire as evening falls, warmly embracing you.
The Tryon Riding & Hunt Club launches its 42nd consecutive Horse Trials, Oct. 21-22 at Foothills Equestrian Nature Center, just 2.5 miles from Reynard’s Retreat with over 125 riders hailing from 11 surrounding states.
A Horse Trial requires every rider to demonstrate their and their horse’s ability in dressage, cross country galloping and jumping, and stadium jumping. Divisions for Preliminary, Training, Novice, Beginner Novice, and Starter will be offered.
The event will kick off with Dressage at 8 a.m. on Saturday in three rings on the equestrian side of the complex. Judges will be Amanda Miller (Clayton, N.C.), Nanci Lindroth (Jackson Springs, N.C.), and our own local Margaret Freeman.
Cross county will start at 10 a.m. with the Preliminary riders taking on a course stretching 3,120 meters across 19 jumps designed by local Landrum expert Gregg Schlappi. The other four divisions will follow with progressively shorter courses and fewer jumps. The intro level Starters will traverse just 1,400 meters over 14 jumps. All divisions will have to navigate jump combinations at the newly designed water obstacle. The course will be decorated in a holiday theme by Amy Barrington.
Stadium Jumping will begin at 8 a.m. on Sunday morning beginning with the higher divisions and riders jumping in reverse order of standings. The riders scoring highest in dressage and cross country will jump last. This ensures some tense rides by the leaders in each division as they go for the “double clear,” a clean ride with no rails knocked over and quick enough to stay within the time allotment, to hold their positions. The stadium jumping course is designed by Chris Barnard from New York.
A course walk scheduled for 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20 is open to the public and will be led by our local 4* rider Eric Dierks and international 4* rider Doug Payne. Eric is a local competitor, trainer, and teacher based in Tryon. He is heavily involved in Pony Club and rejuvenating retired Thoroughbreds for jumping competitions. Doug is one of the top 10 riders on the USEA’s current annual leaderboard, recently placed 2nd at the American Eventing Championships at TIEC, and just returned from England after competing in one of the top CCI*** at Blenheim.
Tryon Daily Bulletin – submitted by Terry Lynch
Join Tryon International Equestrian Center this up-coming Saturday night to witness the world’s top Grand Prix riders compete under the lights in the most anticipated night of the fall!
Our very popular Saturday Night Lights series not only showcases the largest equestrian show jumping in the George H. Morris Arena, families can also enjoy unlimited free rides on our Venetian carousel, face-painting, kids activities, and more before the show begins!
Activities Begin: 5:00pm
Grand Prix Start Time: 7:00pm
Tryon International Equestrian Center’s on-site restaurants including Legends Grille, Roger’s Diner, Blue Ginger Sushi, Campagna Italian, and more will all be open and ready to serve you a delicious dinner before the Grand Prix. Leading up to the kick-off of the 7pm show jumping event, we’ll have dance-off t-shirt tosses and other exciting games to get everyone pumped up for a spectacular evening (and season!) of equestrian sport… and the best night of the week at TIEC!
For three days in October, the 2017 Tryon International Film Festival (TRYON 2017) will shine a huge equestrian spotlight on the center of Tryon. At the same time, horse lovers, filmmakers and crew members from around the world will converge on this small Western North Carolina town to soak in more than two and a half days of curated equestrian films.
The center of the horsey interest will be at the Tryon Theatre where more than 25 beautifully produced equestrian films will be shown for two and a half days, Oct. 27-29. It’s all part of TRYON 2017’s theme “It’s all about the horse” and their seasonal partnership with the NYC-based EQUUS Film Festival.
With more than 25 equestrian films in the program, ranging from full-length dramatic features, to documentaries and film shorts, the beauty, respect and dignity of the horse will be an exhibition not to miss.
The festival will begin late Friday afternoon at the Tryon Depot with the arrival Gold Medalist, Yvonne Barteau, her cast and crew (KYB Dressage) with four of her exquisitely decorated theatrical horses.
Barteau is the director and prime focal point of her film, “Into the Spotlight: The Journey of an Equine Theater Horse.” Her entire cast and crew will be on stage, to kick off their centerpiece gala film.
A stunning procession of the horses and riders, each decked out in full regalia, will slowly make their way up Depot Street, to Chestnut and on to Melrose Ave for all to witness. At exactly 6 p.m. the horses will present themselves under the shady trees of the Tryon Fine Arts Center.
The presentation will provide access for a meet and greet photo opportunity, opening remarks and dove release, which will mark the beginning of the film festival and gala event. The gala will be an expected who’s who for local residents, visiting filmmakers and musicians.
Edge Brewing Barcelona, the prime festival sponsor, is providing the funds to bring KYB Dressage to Tryon for the film festival. While in Tryon, Barteau and crew will board their horses at the Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), and provide a number of performances and clinics both at TIEC and Renovatio Farm.
Proceeds from Barteau’s clinics will go directly to HERD (Helping Equines Regain Dignity) a local non-profit dedicated to raising the awareness about the plight of unwanted horses.
Tryon Daily Bulletin – submitted by Kirk Gollwitzer