Tryon International Equestrian Center welcomes returning equestrian events for 2019

Published 8:00 am Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Tryon International Equestrian Center at Tryon Resort will welcome back a diverse calendar of multi-discipline special events, alongside hunter, jumper and equitation competitions this year.

Prize lists are being continually updated at as they become available, and the 2019 dressage prize lists are now available. All competitions are free and open to the public.

The Fork at TIEC welcomes the sport of eventing back to Tryon on April 4-7, offering competitors a chance to compete utilizing fields of play designed for the FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018 Cross-Country course. The Fork at TIEC will include FEI CIC 4*, CIC 3* and CIC 2* short-format competitions and horse trials at beginner novice, novice, training, modified, preliminary, intermediate and advanced levels. 

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The 73rd annual Tryon Block House Races returns to the steeplechase track, located just minutes from TIEC, on April 13. This historic event celebrates the stunning display of power and speed that is steeplechase with tailgating, hat and “go to heck” pants contests, plus five races and a total purse of $135,000 up for grabs, all for an unforgettable springtime day steeped in tradition, event organizers said.

After a successful introduction of reining to the competition schedule in 2018, The Carolina Classic at TIEC slides back into spring May 8-12. The competition will be hosted in TIEC’s Indoor Arena and will cater to both novice and professional competitors.

The USPC Championships East returns to TIEC for its third appearance at the venue, continuing Tryon Resort’s relationship with the United States Pony Club and celebrating multidisciplinary competition and horsemanship July 24-28. Members compete as part of a team and are judged on riding abilities, as well as horse management skills, in seven disciplines: dressage, eventing, show jumping, games, polocrosse, tetrathlon and quiz (non-riding, knowledge-based competition).

Young Horse Show Finals, celebrating the nation’s top up-and-coming sport horses and encouraging the development of young equine talent, will be hosted at TIEC Nov. 7-10. The competition showcases in-hand, jump chute and under saddle classes in several divisions.

The Festival of the Hunt, highlighting the history and tradition of fox hunting and working field hunters, will be welcomed back to the venue Nov. 12-17. With opportunities to hunt with local hunt clubs, mock hunts, the TIEC Field Hunter Championships and Carolina Performance classes, the Festival of the Hunt is a beloved fall tradition at Tryon Resort, organizers said.

The venue will also welcome back dressage competitors for the annual Tryon Spring CDI 3* and National Show from April 18-21, 2019. This competition will offer qualifying opportunities for key championships during the 2019 season, including the North American Youth Championships, Dressage National Championships, Young Adult “Brentina Cup” National Championships, as well as the 2019 World Breeding Championship for Young Horses.

More is yet to be announced for a Winter 2019/2020 season at TIEC featuring multiple levels of activities in hunter, jumper, dressage and western sports. The full 2019 USHJA schedule is forthcoming, and all prize lists can be found at as they become available.

-Submitted by Tryon International Equestrian Center