TR&HC to host Carter Brown barbecue Wednesday

Published 8:00 am Tuesday, June 5, 2018

On Wednesday, the Tryon Riding & Hunt Club will host the Carter Brown Memorial Barbecue from 6-8 p.m. at the Harmon Field Cabin.

The event is open to the public. This year’s Carter Brown Memorial Barbecue is part of TR&HC’s celebration of its 90th Annual Charity I Horse Show that begins Wednesday and continues through the weekend at Tryon International Equestrian Center.

Club founder Carter Brown began what is now known as the Charity I Horse Show in the 1920s. Determined to foster equestrian activities in the area, Brown hosted the Club’s first horse show at what is today Harmon Field with just six entries.

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The show quickly grew in popularity with horses and riders as well as the community at large, ultimately becoming one of the town’s largest social events. On the Wednesday of the horse show, local businesses and schools would close to allow all residents to join in the fun.

Painting of Carter Brown. (File photo)

A highlight of Wednesday’s activities was the barbecue lunch.

Continuing in that tradition and to mark this historic milestone in TR&HC’s history, the club is once again hosting a Wednesday barbecue for the community, with a menu based on the original.

TR&HC invites everyone to join in the tradition of equestrian sport and community engagement. Included in the evening will be a display of historic photos and video clips, a live music performance, and plenty of food and beverage.

This event will be held at the Harmon Field Cabin and all proceeds from this event will be donated to Harmon Field’s horse program.

Organizers are suggesting a donation of $20 per person to attend, which will include a buffet dinner, beer, wine and nonalcoholic beverages, along with all planned entertainment.

To pay in advance, call the TR&HC office 828-863-0480. Donations will also be accepted at the door.

For more information about the 90th Annual Charity I Horse Show, people may visit

– Submitted by Andrew Brannon