Spring equestrian events in the Foothills 

Published 11:42 pm Sunday, February 17, 2019

Our area is the place for all things equestrian. Beginning later this month, Tryon Hounds will hold the 2019 Tryon Hounds Hunt Ball, celebrating 92 years of riding to hounds in the Carolina foothills. The Hunt Ball is a time honored tradition in foxhunting and will be held this year on the evening of February 23rd at Caitlyn Farms new event center in Mill Spring NC.  


During March, TIEC will host the Tryon Welcome series. These are A & B, Level 3 Hunter / Jumper events beginning on March 21st and running into early April. Tours are available of the facility. 

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April is the official opening of equestrian season in the Foothills. The Fork, an FEI CIC *3/*2/*1 Eventing competition will be held April 4th-8th at the TIEC. 


April 13th marks the beginning of Tryon Horse Heritage Week with horse trials at FENCE as well as the 73rd annual Tryon Block House Steeplechase. Steeplechase will take place for the third year at the recently renovated, A-rated course in the Green Creek area of Columbus with the largest purse ever. 


April 14th, Caitlyn Farms will host the 2nd Art of the Hours auction. Fifteen life-size fiberglass horses will be auctioned off to the highest bidder. A press reception will be held prior to the event. 


April 15th-17th features a variety of equine talks around town & a movie each day at the newly renovated Tryon Movie Theatre. April 18th will be the Carter Brown BBQ, a free community meal at Harmon Field, as well as a lively parade featuring Tryon’s Morris the Horse. The remainder of that week will be the Tryon Horse Show at Harmon Field. 


– Submitted by Mindy Wiener