Local charities are big winners at TR&HC’s July horse show

Published 11:26 pm Wednesday, July 10, 2019

The 17th edition of TR&HC’s July Charity Horse Show held at Tryon International Equestrian Center drew big crowds. There were 667 horses entered from all across the country, combined with 63 elite FEI show jumping horses, which represented top horses from literally all across the world. 


Three local charities were chosen to be this years charity recipients based on their support of animals in the Tryon area. Following the conclusion of the exciting $134,000 FEI Grand Prix, six thousand dollars was awarded before a packed stadium of fans. While the top three finishers were still on the awards podium, each rider drew an envelope. 

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The first placed rider, Adam Prudent from the USA, drew Foothills Humane Society, which received a check for $3,000. The second place rider, Fernando Cardenas Jr. representing Columbia, drew PEER, which received a check for $2000. And lastly, Sharn Wordley of Ireland, drew FERA which received a check for $1000. “Everyone was a winner,” stated Gary Zumstein, TR&HC board member who was present along with Ann Moss for the trophy presentation and charity donation. 


TR&HC’s summer A rated horse show has traditionally always had some type of charitable give back to the community, dating back to its inception in 1926. The recipients have varied over the years, but TR&HC’s philanthropic giving back to the community has never wavered. 


Another highlight of the week was the $25,000 International Hunter Derby held on Friday afternoon. Julie Curtin riding Rebekah Warren’s Cassico bested a field of 21 horses. This was an exceptionally sweet win as Curtin and Cassico were defending their last years victory in the same class. Best wishes are extended to this brilliant pair as they head to the National Derby Finals in Kentucky this August.  


Submitted by Kasey Minnick 


Cozette Harris, TIEC; Gary Zumstein, TRHC Vice President; Susan Wallahora, Foothills Humane Society Board President; Angie Millon, TRHC Horse Show Chairman