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Laurie Sullivan is the artist selected for this years’ original commissioned artwork for the 70th Annual Block House steeplechase. She is an exhibitor in various galleries and has been the poster artist for the Camden Colonial Cup steeplechase and the Blowing Rock horse show. She has had artwork in the American Academy of Equine Art exhibitions in Lexington, Kentucky at the International Museum of the Horse at the Kentucky Horse Park. She also has several Chronicle of the Horse magazine covers to her credit.

All proceeds from the sale of this artwork will benefit the

For information on purchase this piece, please contact Kathryn@trhc1925.org

69th Block House Steeplechase Races
A Huge Success!!
What a beautiful day at the 69th Block House Steeplechase Races. There were approximately 20,000 in attendance and everyone enjoyed the day. Tryon Riding and Hunt Club wishes to thank all the generous sponsors, volunteers and other participants in the events that made the day so wonderful for all that attended. What a great day!

We hope all will plan to attend the 70th Block House Steeplechase Races May 7, 2016

Naylor fields strong team for Block House
Owner Irv Naylor currently leads the National Steeplechase Association leader board by a wide margin, and he will send out a formidable pairing of Lake Placid and Changing Times for the $20,000 Tryon Equestrian Partners Block House, the featured optional allowance hurdle at the 68th annual Block House Races in Tryon, N.C., on May 3.

The Block House shifted its event this year to the first Saturday in May, and its shares the date with the Kentucky Derby. Block House officials have been planning a festive afternoon of racing events for their Derby Day debut, and first post time will be 2 p.m.

Lake Placid and Changing Times have been racing at the top level of National Steeplechase Association competition. Lake Placid, who was the sport’s leading novice in 2011, finished fifth in last year’s Calvin Houghland Iroquois (Gr. 1) in the spring and also ran fifth in the Noel Laing Handicap at the Montpelier Hunt Races in the fall.

Changing Times completed in England last spring and made his U.S. debut with a third-place finish in the Laing. He subsequently was pulled up in the Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup (Gr. 1). He opened his 2014 season with a close second in an optional allowance hurdle at the Middleburg Spring Races on April 19.

Cyril Murphy has taken over the training of Lake Placid, who will be making his first 2014 start, and Harry Haynes will ride. Trainer Kathy Neilson named Carol-Ann Sloan to ride Changing Times. Under the conditions of the optional allowance, Lake Placid will race for a $20,000 claiming price.

Virginia-based trainer Richard Valentine will saddle The Elkstone Group’s Albany Road, who made his 2014 debut with a fifth-place finish in the $50,000 Carolina Cup. Kieran Norris will ride the Mr. Greely gelding.

Another Virginia-based horseman, Jimmy Day, will send out Randleston Farm’s Duc de Savoie, who fell at the final fence of the Sandhills Cup allowance hurdle at the Stoneybrook Races in North Carolina on April 5.

Dale Thiel’s Sir Dynamite will race for a $20,000 claiming price in the 2 3/8-mile Block House. Eighth in last fall’s Colonial Cup, the Dynaformer gelding finished third in a Carolina Cup starter handicap on March 29.

Completing the field is John Griggs’ G G Gal, a Whywhywhy mare who scored her maiden victory on last fall’s Colonial Cup program. Trained by Dave Washer, she lost her jockey in an optional allowance hurdle at the Aiken Spring Races and was fourth in an optional allowance hurdle at the Atlanta Steeplechase.

Changing Times (Ire). 2006 b. g., Dr. Massini (Ire) - Pharenna (Ire), by Phardante (Ire). Owner: Irvin S. Naylor. Trainer: Kathy Neilson. Jockey: Carol-Ann Sloan. 2014 record: 1-0-1-0, $3,600. 2013 NSA record: 2-0-0-1, $4,500. 7-2 odds. Finished second, beaten a head, in Middleburg Spring Races’ optional allowance hurdle. Pulled up in 2013 Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup after third in his U.S. debut in Noel Laing Handicap at the Montpelier Hunt Races on Nov. 2. Last spring, posted third-place finishes at Cheltenham and Aintree.

Albany Road. 2007 ch. g., Mr. Greeley - Jane’s the Name, by Trempolino. Owner: The Elkstone Group. Trainer: Richard Valentine. Jockey: Kieran Norris. 2014 record: 1-0-0-0, $2,000. 2013 NSA record: 6-1-1-1, $31,618. 9-2 odds. Finished fifth in the Carolina Cup in his 2014 debut. Won maiden hurdle at Fair Hill Races in late May before good second in Saratoga optional allowance. Finished sixth in Colonial Cup’s allowance hurdle after third in Steeplechase at Callaway’s AFLAC Supreme Hurdle.

Duc de Savoie. 2006 b. g., Harlan’s Holiday - Tee for Three, by Lil E. Tee. Owner: Randleston Farm. Trainer: Jimmy Day. Jockey: Open. 2014 record: 1-0-0-0, $0. 2013 record: 1-0-0-0, $2,500. 2012 NSA record: 6-1-1-0, $24,450. 8-1 odds. Fell at the last fence of the Sandhills Cup allowance hurdle at the Stoneybrook Steeplechase in North Carolina on April 5. In his only 2013 start, finished fourth in Carolina Cup for novices. Pulled up in 2012 Charleston Cup optional allowance hurdle after distant sixth in Foxbrook Champion Hurdle at Far Hills, N.J. Finished seventh, beaten 6 1/4 lengths, in Belmont Park’s 2012 Lonesome Glory Stakes (Gr. 1).

Sir Dynamite. 2005 b. g., Dynaformer--Lady Ilsley, by Trempolino. Owner: Dale Thiel. Trainer: Britt Graham. Jockey: Danielle Hodsdon. 2014 record: 1-0-0-1, $2,000. 2013 record: 4-1-1-1, $22,600. 2012 record: 2-1-0-0, $6,800. 6-1 odds. Finished third in a Carolina Cup starter handicap hurdle on March 29. Ran third in Aiken Fall’s $25,000 Budweiser Holiday Cup at the Aiken Fall Races on Oct. 26. Won 2013 Aiken Spring Races optional allowance hurdle and was second in starter allowance at Queen’s Cup in North Carolina.

G G Gal. 2009 ch. m., Whywhywhy - Royal G G, by Royal Academy. Owner: John K. Griggs. Trainer: Dave Washer. Jockey: Bernie Dalton. 2014 record: 2-0-0-0, $1,500. 2013 record: 1-1-0-0, $9,500. 10-1 odds. Homebred mare lost jockey in Aiken Spring Races optional allowance hurdle on March 22 and was fourth in similar race at the Atlanta Steeplechase. Won maiden victory over fences at 2013 Carolina Cup.

Lake Placid. 2005 b. g., Giant’s Causeway--Saranac Lake, by Smart Strike. Owner: Irvin S. Naylor. Trainer: Cyril Murphy. Jockey: Harry Haynes. 2013 record: 3-0-0-0, $7,800. 2012 record: 5-2-0-0, $27,500. 2011 record: 12-6-0-1, $114,750. 3-1 odds. Ended 2013 season with distant fifth-place finish in Noel Laing Handicap at Montpelier Hunt Races. Also fifth in 2013 Calvin Houghland Iroquois (Gr. 1) after seventh in the Temple Gwathmey (Gr. 3). Was 2011’s novice champion.

It’s that time again....
Time to renew your membership and purchase Block House Steeplechase parking spaces! Members may purchase now. Parking spaces are available to the public beginning February 15th.

Amy Barrington Reception
A reception & auction to benefit Amy Barrington, local injured professional equestrian and mom, was held Saturday, September 21st at 6:00 pm at FENCE. Hosted by the Tryon Riding & Hunt Club (TR&HC), all proceeds went to the Equestrian Aid Foundation (EAF). Attended by over 300 equestrians, family members, and horse trial participants, the evening fundraiser was capped off with a taco &qult;lite bites" supper catered by Paul Dale$rsquo;s Foothills Mountain BBQ. The suggested donation for supper was $10.00, although many in attendance wrote checks and donated far more than the suggested amount. (Photo by: Mark Lechner)

Monies were also raised at the EAF/Amy Barrington silent auction on site. Over 200 items donated by conscientious members of both the local and national equestrian community kept participants busy and competitive at the auction. The event was fully fueled by the generosity of volunteers, who within a six-day timeframe, worked tirelessly to pull off a fun and profitable event.

EAF is a national 501(c) 3 dedicated to helping equestrians with catastrophic injuries. Sheryl Kursar, EAF Managing Director and Board Member, was present for the fundraiser. "Improving the lives of horseman in need is our mission. The outpouring of support by the community and TR&HC for EAF is strong. Our organization will assist Amy and her family in the many months to come,"stated Ms. Kursar.

Nancy Z. Wilson, President of TR&HC, is planning on this fundraiser becoming an annual benefit. She stated, "Combined with our recognized horse trails at FENCE we know this event will be well supported by the local equestrian community and in turn, benefit those locally, most in need." Thus far, $17,000 has been raised from the Saturday night event, with more donations and payments in process. For more information on how to donate to Amy Barrington, please contact Kathryn Cunningham at the TR&HC: office@trhcevents.org or 828.863.0480.

Be on the look-out for continued updates!

Join the Tryon Riding & Hunt Club (TR&HC) in a community effort to help support Amy Barrington’s recovery by purchasing "Ride For Amy" benefit wrist bands. Suggested donation is $5. per bracelet. 100% of proceeds benefit Amy Barrington and her family. The Tryon area equestrian community waits and watches for fellow horsewoman and professional eventer, Amy Barrington, to improve after an accident at her farm in Hunting Country September 4, 2013. By her bedside at The Shepherd’s Center in Atlanta, GA is her husband Greg Schlappi and son, Ben. The accident happened during a schooling session, resulting in a traumatic brain injury. Let’s join together to help one of our own!

You may purchase a wrist band or write a donation check to: Amy Barrington, at the following locations: TRHC office, FENCE, the Farm House, Little Mtn. Farm Supply, The Tack Shop in Greenville and The Hay Rack on Hwy 14.

Over $2,500. has been raised thus far, with many more wrist bands and checks in transit, from all over the nation.

The Tryon Riding & Hunt Club urges you to express your support of local injured riding professional Amy Barrington, by donating directly to the Equestrian Aid Foundation.

1) Wristbands available that say "RIDE FOR AMY" for $5 each. These have arrived and may be found at the Farm House, The Hay Rack, Little Mountain Feed, The Tack Shop in Greenville, TRHC office, and FENCE office.

2) We will also be having an AMY BARRINGTON Benefit Reception and fundraiser Sat. September 21st- 6 PM at equestrian side of FENCE. All entrants, volunteers and community equestrians invited. We want to support those who plan to give in all ways, best we can! Any checks brought to us directly will be taken to Amy’s family right away while we will also send donations made out to EAF with our TRHC gift.

Visit www.equestrianaidfoundation.org or for any further inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact the TR & HC at 828.863.0480 or office@trhcevents.org.

Calling All Volunteers!
We need your help in the TR&HC OFFICE:

Please Contact TRHC for information on how you can help. Positions available in morning or afternoon shifts, Monday - Friday
Email: Office@trhcevents.org
Call: (828) 863-0480

We are looking forward to hearing from you!
Check our website often for updates.

2014 Block House Steeplechase Races Artwork
"Steeplechase!" by Richard Christian Nelson was commissioned by the Tryon Riding & Hunt Club for the 2014 68th Annual Block House Steeplechase Races. This year’s event takes place on Saturday, May 3 at FENCE. The 24x30 Oil painting depicts a scene inspired by Erik Olsen’s photographs of past year’s races. (Erik Olsen is TR&HC’s official photographer of the Races this year. ) Nelson also incorporated views of the mountains to give the feeling of being at FENCE on a fine Spring day. ’It was an honor to be asked to paint the official poster image for TR&HC. The Steeplechase has so much intensity and energy. I wanted to try to get that feeling into the painting. After being there a few times and with the help of Erik’s photos hopefully I’ve managed to do that’.

Nelson is an accomplished portrait and gallery artist who moved to Tryon in 2004. He earned his BFA from the College of Creative Studies in Detroit Michigan in 1988. Rich taught anatomy, figure drawing and painting at CCS part-time after graduating. He has been working ever since as a portrait artist, gallery artist, and instructor. You can view his work at http://richardchristiannelson.com or read about his recent awards and notable commissions at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Christian_Nelson. In 2013 his portrait of ’Luke At 15’ was selected as a finalist in the Portrait Society Of America’s 2013 International Portrait Competition. The artist and his wife Kim, opened Skyuka Fine Art in 2010. You can see their website at www.SkyukaFineArt.Com. They represent some 25 regional and national artists, and also have events which feature the historical artists of this area as well as other local themes such as 2012’s ’Saluda Artists’ exhibition and other one or two person shows.

The gallery will be hosting a show of exceptional equestrian art again this year, both at the ’Mint Julep Tent’ at the Races and at a special exhibition at the gallery, which is located in downtown Tryon at 133 N Trade Street. The painting will be available for (sale/auction) at the Block House Kickoff Celebration, hosted by TR&HC at FENCE, Friday, May 2nd, 6-8pm. Tickets are $50. pp. Contact The Tryon Riding & Hunt Club at 828.863.0480 for more information and to purchase tickets to the event.

The Tryon Riding & Hunt Club would like to formally thank the following volunteers for their tireless dedication to ensuring the success of our Horse Trials on September 21st -22nd at FENCE. Without volunteers, we could not offer the opportunity of equestrian sport to our local horsemen and horsewomen:

*Mike & Birdie Axelrod, Laura Boineau, Jeanne Brittingham, Karen Brockway, Tippy Brown, Rocky & Hillary Burdett, Joey Cabaniss, Kathie Campbell, Margaret Covington, Barbara Crawford, Ross Fox, Weezie Frohlich, Steve & Ruth Gold, Julie Gordon, Dale Govis, Cyndie Harrell, Judy Heinrich, Katie House,Tom Jackson, Libbie Johnson, Lydia Kellett, Susie Kocher, Melinda Leake, Mitzi Lindsey, Nancy Mason, Betsy McCray, Kasey Minnick, Pamela Minnick,Dot Moyer, Linda Norris, Greg Park, Laurel Pyatt, Donna Searby, Vince & Rita Shimkus, Cobie Smith, Penny Sullivan, and Kathy Taft.

*If we missed anyone, please contact Kathryn at the TR&HC at: office@trhcevents.org or 828.863.0480. We want to recognize ALL volunteers!

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