Two sections of Blockhouse Steeplechase track washed awayPublished 4:27pm Sunday, July 14, 2013
When Godard arrived on site Saturday morning, Boyle said he immediately roped off unsafe areas with caution tape. Then crews began scraping and taking other measures to ensure all footings (quality of grounds) were ready for riders and horses. The rain certainly did not stop TR&HC from filling the most of the 308 stalls available. It also didn’t keep competitors from getting in the saddle when their class came up. On Sunday, several classes moved to the covered arena, but many riders continued to school and even compete in the outdoor rings.
“They are diehard – they’re here and are going to show no matter what; except of course, if it’s dangerous for them or their horse,” said TR&HC Events director Laura Weicker. When asked why competitors make the trek to Tryon even on rainy weekends, Weicker and Wilson both said they believe it’s the atmosphere and hospitality. The events, even this rainy weekend, include nightly dinners for competitors and an open invitation to spectators to come and watch the various classes.