On the horizon in horse country

Published 3:29 pm Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Live@Lanier welcomes Libbie Johnson

There’s much more on the horizon for Tryon Horse Country than the World Equestrian Games (WEG) coming to Tryon International Equestrian Center in September 2018.

At Lanier Library’s next Live@Lanier program, Thursday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m., Libbie Johnson will share news and her perspectives on several equine initiatives that could benefit the total community far beyond the excitement of WEG. For example, she will present the latest on the N.C. State Equine Research Center in Polk County, the Groomer Elite Certificate Program at ICC Polk, and the Ag Business degree with Equine Emphasis at ICC Spindale. And by the time of her program, she expects to have facts and figures from a new N.C. State Equine Study.

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For those who ride in the Foothills, Libbie needs no introduction. But her program is not only for the equine community but also for anyone who wants to know the possible effects of equine economics and growth on the area they call home.

As an introduction to non-riders, Libbie is a life-long horse lover, a veteran of several equine-related boards, host of an online treasure trove of equine information (tryonhorsecountry.org), and since 2009, publisher of a weekly e-newsletter, This Week in Tryon Horse Country. It’s been said, that if you want to know local equine news—the people, the horses, the farms, clubs, groups, and events—ask Libbie.

There will be time for questions at the Lanier Library, 72 Chestnut Street, Tryon. Call 828-859-9535 or visit www.lanierlib.org for more information.

– submitted by Vincent Verrecchio