Shelf Life: Horsin’ around at the library

Published 8:00 am Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Polk County has been preparing for the World Equestrian Games for what feels like forever, and now they are only days away.

I have my tickets, and I am excited to attend a vaulting event after I had someone explain the different disciplines (vaulting is most often described as gymnastics and dance on horseback, and sounded the most interesting to me).

Celebrate all things equestrian by attending a horse-themed library event at Polk County Public Libraries. We also have lots of horse-related books and DVDs available for checkout, as well as displays at Columbus Library that demonstrate the various equestrian disciplines and horse breeds.

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Therapeutic Riding of Tryon

4 p.m. Wednesday, Saluda Library

6 p.m. Thursday, Columbus Library

Learn about 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.

Adult Craft Class: Funky Horse Painting

4 p.m. Friday, Columbus Library

2 p.m. Monday, Saluda Library

This class will be taught by local artist Kristen Mode, owner of Kaleidoscope Studios in Tryon. All materials will be provided, including an 8-by-10-inch canvas. Each program is limited to 15 attendees, so advanced registration is strongly encouraged. To sign up, contact Amelia at 828-894-8721, ext. 283, or

History of Horses in Polk County

6 p.m. Tuesday, Columbus Library

Ever wonder who had the first horses in Polk County? Come hear Gerald Pack, a professional horseman who grew up in the Tryon area, share about our history of horses. Gerald has participated in hunting and showing horses, worked with some of the greatest horsemen of his generation, and witnessed the formation of the first U.S. equestrian team.

Horsin’ Around Storytime

10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Columbus Library

10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, Saluda Library

Join us at one of our regular storytimes next week, and we’ll have horse-themed books, songs and crafts. For children 0-5 years old.

Equestrian Team Trivia

6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, Tryon Coffeehouse Co-op

Play by yourself or with a team of family and friends. Any number of people may be on a team, but all team members must share the prize if they win! Gift cards are awarded to the top three teams.

Jen Pace Dickenson is the youth services librarian for Polk County Public Libraries. For information about the libraries’ resources, programs and other services, visit or call 828-894-8721.