Whether you’re an aspiring jockey or just have an appreciation for all things equestrian, a trip to the Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) in Mill Spring, NC is for you. This world-class venue showcases some of the top riders in the Hunter/Jumper, Dressage, and Eventing disciplines. Drop in for lunch or dinner at one of their many restaurants, watch a competition, or attend non-equestrian related events like outdoor movie night. The options are endless! Here are some exciting things you’ll find on the Tryon International Equestrian Center show schedule.
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The Tryon International Equestrian Center Show Schedule
1. Saturday Night Lights | May – November
The Saturday Night Lights Grand Prix is a free weekly event that features horseback riding at its finest. It’s one of the Center’s most popular events and includes an exciting riding competition, live music, food, and plenty of kid’s activities. Gates open at 6 p.m. and the competition begins at 8. Be sure to check the TIEC Facebook page for event updates!
Pro Tip: If you’ve never been to a horse show before, we recommend visiting the Horse Show 101 page to learn more about the competition you’ll be watching.
2. Hunter/Jumper Horse Shows | April – June
The Tryon International Equestrian Center presents multiple hunter/jumper events each spring. There are three main divisions at a hunter/jumper horse show: hunter, jumper, and equitation. In all three, a rider guides a horse over a course of obstacles. However, each is scored differently – show hunters are judged on manners and the presentation of horse and rider. Jumper scores are entirely objective and are based on faults, falls, timing, etc.
3. FEI World Equestrian Games | September 10 – 23
In 2018, the Tryon International Equestrian Center will host the 14-day FEI World Equestrian Games administered by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), the worldwide governing body of equestrian sport. It’s held every four years and is the most important event on the world equestrian calendar next to the Olympic Games. Don’t miss it!
Other Fun Things To Do
At TIEC, the excitement isn’t just contained to the track! You can shop for professional-grade riding gear at Tryon Tack, or grab a bite to eat Pizza Oven or Blue Ginger Sushi & Noodles. If you’re looking for fine dining, head to Legends Grille where a mouthwatering menu waits. This eatery even hosts a trivia night on Wednesdays from 8 to 10 p.m.! Other Tryon Equestrian Center restaurants include Roger’s Diner, Mane St. Coffee, Tryon Treats, and Triple Crown Subs, Soup & Salad. All are open year-round.
Book Your Stay at the Esmeralda Inn and Restaurant
Now that you know all about the Tryon International Equestrian Center show schedule, it’s time to start planning your trip to North Carolina! Our Chimney Rock bed and breakfast is less than 15 miles north of the venue and is the perfect place to unwind. Rest up in one of our comfortable rooms or cabins, or join us for dinner at our incredible onsite restaurant. Whatever you choose, we promise your getaway will be one for the books. We look forward to having you!
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