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PRESS RELEASE: Tryon Riding and Hunt Club offers Cash Prizes for Block House Steeplechase Art


(Tryon, December 7, 2021 ) Tryon Riding and Hunt Club is excited to invite high school and collegiate students in the region to create the official 2022 poster for the 75th Block House Steeplechase.

The selected work of art will become part of the iconic history of the Block House Steeplechase and will join an impressive collection representing the past 75 Block House Steeplechases.

In addition to cash prizes listed below, the winner will also receive tickets to the Block House Steeplechase, and the top 10 posters will be displayed during the race this April.

This year for the FIRST time, students will compete for cash prizes:

  • $1,000 1st place
  • $500 2nd place
  • $250 3rd place

The deadline for entries is February 15th, with winners announced February 28th, 2022.  The selected artwork will become the property of Tryon Riding and Hunt Club.

Contact: Leigh Borreson, Tryon Riding & Hunt Club at (828) 351-9709.

About the Block House Steeplechase

Blockhouse Steeplechase is one of the oldest steeplechases in the United States – the next race will be our 75th edition! Started by Carter P. Brown, the first steeplechase in western North Carolina—a single race with a tin cup as the prize for the winner —was held in 1946 at Harmon Field in Tryon. Today it is an unmistakable symbol of the horse-loving tradition of our region and equestrian community.

Since then, the Block House Steeplechase has moved several times and is now held at the Green Creek Race Track.  The Block House races attract horses and jockeys from across the United States and is sanctioned by the National Steeplechase Association. Today, the Block House races are recognized as an enduring social, community and sporting event.

Morris the Horse Hats Available!

Surprise! We have these fantastic Morris the Horse white (and a few remaining black) hats for sale at our office at 112 N. Trade St, Suite 12 in Tryon. They are $20 each, which includes a small donation to the Tryon Riding & Hunt Club. Please have cash or check, and come between our office hours Tuesday and Thursday, 10am to 2pm.

TR&HC donates $5000 to PEER


The Tryon Riding & Hunt Club is pleased to present Dianne Joyce of PEER with a $5,000 donation following their support and presence at our Morris (the) Horse Trials on October 23-24. TR&HC has always supported PEER and the wonderful and very important work that they do for the community in times of great stress for our equine friends and their owners.

PRESS RELEASE: The 88th Annual TR&HC Any & All Dog Show Set for Nov. 7

(Tryon, October 13, 2021) It’s almost that time of year when our beloved 4-legged companion can ‘strut his stuff’ at the Tryon Riding & Hunt Club’s (TR&HC) Any and All Dog Show (AADS). No pedigree required, just a loving family member at the other end of the leash. Registration for this just-for-fun show is set for noon, Sunday, Nov. 7, at Harmon Field’s basketball pavilion. Admission is free and all dogs welcome–– big or small, young or old.

“This year’s show is dedicated to the memory of Drew Brannon, who served the community and TR&HC in many capacities including past president and as Chair of the AADS,” says Karl Alexander TR&HC board member and this year’s Committee Chair. “Drew believed activities such as the AADS would provide an easy way for people in the Tryon area to engage in community events which foster new friendships. This dog show was one of his very special and favorite events.”

The show has a proven track record of family fun bringing big smiles to everyone. Participants have many classes to choose from for children and adults and it is easy to find the most suitable class to enter. Ribbons will be awarded to winners in each class.

To help you participants prepare for the show, the following is a list for which ribbons will be awarded:

· Biggest and Smallest

· Best Trick

· Best Costume

· Dog That Would Rather Be at Home on the Sofa

· Dog That Looks Most Like Its Owner

The Any & All Dog Show will showcase the fabulous DareDevil Dogs from Lincolnton, N.C. These amazing dogs will perform a thrilling stunt show that will entertain one and all! There will also be food trucks and face painters on site.

Want to enter your dog? Classes are $1 each with proceeds going to 2 charities to be announced. Registration starts at 12pm at Harmon Field. Call the Tryon Riding & Hunt Club at 828-351-9709 for more information.

The AADS is one of TR&HC’s historic events that has been taking place for 88 years. It has become a popular community event and was started by Carter P. Brown in 1933. “It’s going to be an absolute blast”, promises Alexander. “The largest and grandest of dog shows in Polk County, the envy of all dog shows! This is the day when every dog has its day!”

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Watch Executive Director Leigh Borreson's Interview with the Foothills Horse Report about the upcoming Mane Event

PRESS RELEASE: TR&HC’s Mane Event Hosts Friesian stallions Ivan and Nikki


(Tryon - Sept. 2, 2021) – Horse-loving families will be in for an amazing treat when two famous stallions strut their stuff at the Tryon Riding & Hunt Club’s “ Mane Event” on Sept. 25 at Harmon Field in Tryon.

Trainer Andrew Pearman, founder of Pearman Ranch, will show off his gorgeous black Fresian stallions Ivan and Nikki at 1 p.m. to help collect food and raise money for a new community event called “Feed the Foothills”, organized by the Foothills Chamber of Commerce.

Ivan, a 3-year-old purebred KFPS Friesian stallion, is an internet sensation who has captured the hearts of thousands of horse enthusiasts all over the world.  At the Mane Event, Ivan will be showing off his exceptional carriage horse moves. Accompanying him will be the handsome Nick De Jong Dairy, aka Nikki, a young Friesian colt who has already earned the coveted first premie at the Friesian inspection.

“We are thrilled to have Andrew and his wonderful stallions appear in Tryon at Harmon Field,” says Leigh Borreson, Executive Director of TR&HC. “These horses are beautiful and captivating to watch.  I can’t wait to have everyone meet them after their performances!”

Pearman Ranch, a family-operated saddle seat and show driving horse farm in North Carolina, specializes in Friesian breeding and training. Pearman’s methods include intense handling, bonding, playing and training – as a result, these impressive horses are very people-friendly.  Little wonder that the Pearman Ranch horses have a highly loyal following, watched through Andrew’s multiple social media channels.

For more information about the event, please contact the TR&HC at (828) 351-9709 or email

PRESS RELEASE: Tryon Riding & Hunt Club hosts ‘The Mane Event’

(Tryon, N.C. – August 16, 2021) -- The Tryon Riding & Hunt Club ( TR&HC) will host The Mane Event on Sept. 25 at Harmon Field  in Tryon as the Club teams up with the Carolina Foothills Chamber of Commerce’s Feed the Foothills food drive and fundraiser to benefit the Thermal Belt Outreach and Operation Hope .   The Mane Event, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., will feature a day of equestrian-themed activities including pony rides, pony club horseback games and demonstrations, pumpkin painting, petting zoo and eloquent carriage (driving) demonstrations.

“TR&HC is pleased to add an equestrian component to the Chamber’s fund-raiser,” says TR&HC Executive Director Leigh Borreson. “The Mane Event kicks off a day of family activities. We’re excited to be doing something fun, entertaining and horse-related for area residents.”

The entry fee is a donation of any nonperishable food item or a monetary donation of any amount which will benefit Thermal Belt Outreach and Operation Hope.  In addition to these humanitarian charities, four other local animal welfare charities will be represented during The Mane Event: Polk County Emergency Equine Rescue, The Sanctuary at Red Bell Run, TROT, The Foothills Humane Society and Tryon Hounds.

“Activities such as this are consistent with the Club’s mission which supports  philanthropy and community activities,” says TR&HC President Terry Lynch.  “We look forward to a great day with the Foothills Chamber of Commerce.  We hope the whole family will come and spend the day.”

Tryon Riding and Hunt Club Cross-Country Schooling Days

TR&HC's 2021 USEA-sponsored XC Schooling Days will be Saturday and Sunday, September 25-26 from 9am-3pm each day. The highlight of this event is always being able to school on the FENCE water obstacle. Times for the water obstacle are in 20 minute increments and can be scheduled by riders or trainers by calling our Office at 828-351-9709 or email to
Cost per horse is $40 or $35 for TRHC members. Memberships can be purchased for $50 on site and carry a variety of other benefits. Please pay with check or cash (exact change preferred). No credit cards accepted. See our event page for more info and for registration forms.

PRESS RELEASE: One Thousand Horse and Riders Compete at Tryon Riding & Hunt Clubs’ Charity II Horse Show

Tryon, NC July 16, 2021—The culmination of five full days of stiff competition at the Tryon Riding & Hunt Club’s (TR&HC) Charity II Horse show held at the Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) came Sunday afternoon when winners were awarded the Club’s grand championship trophies. The Club awarded nine trophies at the event.

The sold-out event brought approximately 1,000 horses and riders from across the country. Adding to the excitement, TIEC hosted $137,000 Grand Prix Saturday night attracting top riders from all over the world. “We are into our 6th year of sponsoring and hosting the Charity shows with TIEC, each year the partnership has become stronger,” says Angie Millon, TR&HC vice president and show chairman who also competed at the event.  “We try hard to keep the small-town warmth, hospitality and sense of community that the TR&HC shows are known for.  The TIEC team manages this huge multi-ring five-day horse show seamlessly.

Millon points out the enormous changes since the TR&HC held its first horse show at Harmon Field back in the 1920’s when it was a one day one-ring event. “Horse showing is now a multi-million-dollar industry.  Thanks to our partnership with TIEC, TR&HC’s A rated shows can thrive and continue to grow and improve and continue to positively impact on our local economy.”

In addition to the competition, TR&HC sponsored a Thursday evening “meet and greet” with hunter rider superstars Liza Towell Boyd and Havens Schatt, and Jack Towell, head trainer at Finally Farm in Camden. Open to the public, they discussed how to produce top international derby horses and fielded questions from the engaged audience for over an hour. Attendees took what they had learned straight to the ring as several competed in the three derbies over the following days- a $50,000 International Hunter Derby, a $5,000 National Derby, and a $10,000 Pony Hunter Derby. “The National Pony Finals and the International Derby finals are held each year in early August at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.  Many of the top talented horses and riders used this show as their last tune-up before heading to the finals,” Millon explains.

Millon points out that a special effort was made to make it a fun and memorable show for all the junior exhibitors with barn decorating contests, a costume class, a horseless (hobby horse) horse show, popsicles, and free ice cream vouchers awarded. Best of all, spectators were allowed back on the show grounds to cheer on the riders and their horses and enjoy the activities!


  • Grand Prix Trophy: 2021 Hilton Van de Breepoel and Brittni Raflowitz
  • Eleanor Moffit Trophy (Grand Junior Hunter):2021 Attaboy and Elle Gibbs
  • Holmberg Trophy (Grand Green Hunter): 2021 Private Conversation and Erica Quinn
  • Stoney Knoll Trophy (Grand Child/Adult Jumper): 2021 Sekhmet de Keralys & Kaitlyn Kiely
  • Laughin Place Trophy (Grand A/O Hunter Ch): 2021 Willie and Sheila Motley
  • Brownlands Graduation Day (Grand Pony Hunter): 2021 Baby Blue and Elle Boyd
  • Penny Ante Trophy (Grand Children’s Hunter): 2021 Carentino B and Kendall Blabey
  • Will Do Trophy (Grand Adult Amateur Hunter): 2021 Contara and Hannah Toohey
  • Barbara Jimenez Trophy (Highpoint Adult Hunter from Charity 1 and 2): 2021 Tantara and Susan Reynolds

Meet and Greet with Liza Boyd at Charity 2 Horse Show

TR&HC will be hosting a meet and greet question and answer session with nationally acclaimed hunter rider Liza Boyd at our Charity 2 Horse Show held at the Tryon International Equestrian Center on Thursday July 8th at 5:00-6:30 at the Legends Club patio. Please RSVP by Tuesday July 6th to

PRESS RELEASE: Tryon Riding & Hunt Club Names Borreson Executive Director

Tryon, NC-- June 24, 2021 –The Tryon Riding & Hunt Club (TR&HC) has named Leigh Borreson as its new executive director, entrusting its rich 95-year legacy to a experienced professional and former Board member who has served various capacities including marketing, sponsorships and event management

Borreson now assumes additional responsibilities that will create more engagement and visibility for TR&HC in the community. TR&HC President Terry Lynch says, “Leigh is well-prepared for the executive director’s role. She knows the community, the Club and she’s also an equestrian who has successfully competed.  Her commitment to the Club’s vision and personal connection with our supporters makes her the ideal choice to be the face of the Tryon Riding & Hunt Club. Leigh understands the culture and character of our area and the important role the Club plays in the community. ”

Her duties will include strategic planning, administrative oversight and membership development and community relations. Borreson will remain a key contributor to marketing and sponsorships and continue to assist with major show events.  TR&HC Vice President Angie Millon adds, “The (Executive Director) position demands energy, ‘horse sense’ and passion. Leigh brings all of that and more to our mission.”

Borreson recently left a 30-year career in the staffing industry where she managed sales in several regions growing her employer’s brand. A resident of Landrum SC, she has decades of experience as an accomplished hunter-jumper competitor,  and enjoys three horses and five dogs on her own small horse farm.

PRESS RELEASE: Tryon Riding & Hunt Club’s Charity Horse Show Pin Winners as It Supports Three Local Non-Profits


Tryon, N.C. (June 14, 2020) – After a year of pandemic restrictions, the show rings were buzzing with activity and spectators as over 600 horses from all over the United States competed over the historic five-day Tryon Riding & Hunt Club (TR&HC) Charity Horse Show.  The 93rd Charity Show,  held at the Tryon International  Equestrian Center this past week benefits local charities.

“It couldn’t have been more perfect,” says Angie Millon, TR&HC vice president and committee chair of the Charity Shows. “Everyone seemed so thrilled to be back to almost normal conditions. The horses and riders were amazing; the winners outstanding.  The competition was elevated to new heights!”

This year’s winners included:

Grand Prix Winner: Roger and Jennifer Smith Green River Farm Perpetual Trophy to Aaron Vale and Elusive

International Hunter Derby Winner: Duncan Family Perpetual Trophy to Dorothy Douglas and MTM Lolah LOL

Grand Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Champion: Boyle Family Perpetual Trophy to Jacqueline Ruyle and San Chano

Grand Child/Adult Jumper Champion: Jane Raoul Bingham Perpetual Trophy to Riley McKesson and Linessa Hof Ter Zeedycke

Grand Junior Hunter Champion: Nora Flynn Perpetual Trophy to Grace Rabb and Nightfall

Grand 3’3" Junior Hunter Champion: Maude Carr Perpetual Trophy to Madeline Rubin and Nuff Said

Grand Amateur Owner Hunter Champion: Count Cadence Perpetual Trophy to Kathy Serio and Moody Blues

Grand 3’3" Amateur Owner Hunter Champion: Rolling Hills Show Stables Perpetual Trophy to Caroline McDaniel and Stiletto

Grand Adult Amateur Hunter Champion: The Director’s Perpetual Trophy to Susan Reynolds and Tantara

Grand Children’s Hunter Champion: The Bellhop Perpetual Trophy to Katelyn Havnaer and Blue Ridge

ASPCA Maclay Winner: The Ashlyn Wyman Perpetual Trophy to Gracie Deel

Grand Equitation Champion: The Betty Reynolds Oare Perpetual Trophy to Gracie Deel

Grand Pony Hunter Champion: Brownlands Graduation Day Perpetual Trophy to Campbell Clement and Howie Do It

Grand Green Hunter Champion: Ernst “Pete” Mahler Perpetual Trophy to Aaron Vale and Jagerbomb


Living up to its tradition of philanthropy and support to local communities, the TR&HC announces three local charities to be the recipients of donations: The Sanctuary at Red Bell Run, Columbus, NC; Hope Remains Ranch, Spartanburg, SC; and Pet Tender Angels, Landrum, SC. Each charity received a check for $2,000.

“It’s gratifying to be able to give back to local charities who contribute so much making life better for people and the animals we love,” says Terry Lynch,  Board president.

TR&HC has office hours at our new location


TR&HC moved to its new home office in the heart of Tryon at 112 North Trade Street, Suite 12. We now have office hours! Stop by and see us Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 2pm while you're enjoying beautiful downtown Tryon!

Buffet dinner at Charity I horse show

TRHC will host a buffet dinner for Members, Sponsors, and Advertisers Only on Friday, June 11 during the Hunter Derby at Club's Charity I Horse Show.

The 73rd Block House Steeplechase Races will be held on Saturday, June 5


The 73rd TRYON BLOCK HOUSE RACES, the historic steeplechase of Tryon Riding & Hunt Club, will take place on June 5, 2021 at the Green Creek Race Track in Columbus, NC. Tickets for the 73rd Tryon Block House Races are available to the general public now and may be purchased at TRYON.COM, by contacting, or by calling 828-863-1002.

TR&HC annoucnes the Block House Steeplechase Pre-Race Party

TRHC, in collaboration with the Town of Tryon, announces a Steeplechase Pre-Race Concert at Rogers Park in Tryon with the Super 60's on Friday evening, June 4, from 6-9pm. Free to the public.

There will be fabulous band, The Super 60’s and the Mountain View BBQ food truck will be on hand for all your culinary needs! PLUS we will be auctioning a beautiful painting by our very own local artist Joan McIntyre. Join a fun filled event to start off the Steeplechase weekend!

PRESS RELEASE: Over 50 competitors compete at TR&HC’s first Horse and Hound Show since the 1970’s

After 14 days of consecutive sunshine, Saturday brought cloudy skies and continuous rain which did nothing to deter the determination of over 50 competitors at the Tryon Riding & Hunt Club’s Horse and Hound Show, an event that had not been held since the 1970’s.

“After months of careful planning,” says Angie Milon, Easely, S.C. who was lead organizer, “we quickly learned that flexibility is key as Mother Nature unleashed much needed rain. Unfortunately, the hound show was cancelled as yet another sporting event fell victim to the pandemic.  But thankfully, FENCE’s covered arena allowed the derbies to run as riders competing over a lush and colorful course designed by show manager Lewis Pack, Columbus, N.C.

Heralding to start of derby,  “Tot” Goodwin of Goodwin Hounds, sounded his hunting horn to officially call the class to order.

Cascani, owned by Mary Lantz, ridden by professional Giselle O’Grady of Clear View Farm in Landrum, S.C. took home the  $2,500 prize in the TR&HC featured derby. Cascani, an elegant bay Holsteiner gelding, was originally a 2-star event horse who has transitioned to a successful second career as a show hunter.

The $1,500 Mini Morris Derby was won by Orion’s Diamond Ace, owned and ridden by Sarah Flannery. “Ace” is truly a “jack of all trades” with a long career in pony hunters, pony jumpers and equitation.

The course was built with brush donated by Spiegel Farm, and hand cut natural rails to simulate an old-style field hunter course. Down to Earth Garden Center graciously loaned a truck load of lush plants to decorate the course as well. Photographer Liz Crawley captured the riders and winners.

Winners received neck sash ribbons donated and presented by Christie Heuman; medallions donated by Lewis Pack of the Harmon Classics LLC;  and engraved silver platters donated by The FarmHouse. A traditional victory gallop of the winners closed  the day of competition.

“Despite the weather a good time was had by all,” Milon says, “the TR&HC looks forward to hosting the event again next year!”

Horse Country Quarterly


TR&HC announces publication of its inaugural Horse Country Quarterly which will document happenings in and around Tryon horse country in photos and stories.  To read the first issue as an E-magazine, please click here.

Drew Brannon


It is with great sorrow that the Tryon Riding and Hunt Club announces the unexpected passing of Andrew Brannon. Drew, a past TR&HC president, was a joy to all that knew him, and a huge contributor to the Tryon community. He was kind, gentle and encouraging to everyone he met. Our deepest sympathies go out to all of his family and friends.

Drew, while not a rider himself, was part of a family that has a long equestrian tradition in Tryon. He was actually a third generation president of TRHC following both his father and grandfather as past presidents, and led the Club for two years. He loved dogs and led the running of our Any and All Dog Show for many years. Also, as a past president of the Club, Drew had recently taken on a special project to investigate establishment of an endowment program for the Club and his absence will be particularly missed on that effort. His tragic passing will leave a giant hole in the fabric of the Tryon community.

TR&HC has a new home!


TR&HC announces completion of its move to its new home office in the heart of Tryon at 112 North Trade Street, Suite 12.  If you are in the vicinity, please stop by and say hello.  We are still working out staffing hours so check back with us soon!