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

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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

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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

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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 tickets@tryon.com, 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!

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

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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

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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!

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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!

TR&HC Any and All Dog Show Winners

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Tryon Riding & Hunt Club wants to thank all our entries for participating in this years Virtual Any and All Dog Show! Due to current circumstances we chose to host this event online, and the results are in!

Click HERE to see our full list of winners.