Tryon Riding & Hunt Club announces new board members

Published 2:15 pm Tuesday, January 11, 2022

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The Tryon Riding & Hunt Club is pleased to welcome new members to its board of directors. During their term, these volunteers will serve the club to advance its mission and vision, using its core values as a guide.

The board members are: 

Lee Cone – For more than 36 years, Cone has been the owner/operator of Windbrook Farm, a hunter/jumper show barn in Landrum, SC. In addition, he was president of the South Carolina Hunter Jumper Association for four years, and honored by the Blue Ridge Hunter Jumper Association multiple times as trainer of the year.

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Eric L. Straus – Currently president of the Equine Sport Group, a multi-disciplinary equine consulting group, Straus previously served in senior executive roles in organizations such as the Tryon International Equestrian Center and HITS, Inc., and as CEO of the Washington International Horse Show Assn.

Nancy Z. Wilson – As a past president of the Tryon Riding & Hunt Club, Wilson focused on implementing changes designed to ensure that TR&HC was stable, profitable, and poised for long-term sustainability and growth. In addition, she has been an administrator and educator in the Polk County and Carolina Day Schools.

Donna Younkin – Younkin has volunteered extensively at major Horse Show Grounds throughout the east, including Kentucky, TIEC, JFI, Fork, Blue Ridge, FENCE HT, TRHC HT, and NJ. In addition, she served on the Horse Park of NJ Board of Trustees, and as former Director of Special Initiatives at DCF in New Jersey. 

As a nonprofit organization that gives back to the community, we are grateful to board members who donate their time and expertise to our efforts,” says Angie Millon, TR&HC vice president. “We look forward to entrusting the club’s rich legacy to these dedicated professionals, as they bring their varied leadership experiences to help advance our programs.”

By continuing to strengthen the Board leadership and community engagement overall, TR&HC looks forward to a highly-successful 2022 calendar of events as it expands its involvement in promoting regional equestrian sport.


The Tryon Riding & Hunt Club celebrates and supports the equestrian traditions that have benefited Tryon and western North Carolina for more than 95 years. Incorporated in 1960 as a nonprofit organization, today’s Tryon Riding & Hunt Club encourages, supports, and promotes all types of horse activities through programs of education, demonstrations of horse skills, and cooperation with allied programs of nature conservation, maintenance of trails and carriageways, recreational and sporting events, and such other equestrian activities that will benefit the entire community. Visit


Submitted by Leigh Borreson