The Tryon area, considered the birthplace of modern show jumping, has a storied history in equestrian sports.

A sprawling $100 million center will be opening this summer in Polk County, right up the road from the Esmeralda. The new facility will attract horse lovers and riders from across the country and worldwide, bringing a boost to the region’s economy.

Five horse rings are installed with 500 permanent stables. Still to come are a 6,000-seat outdoor stadium with floodlights, more horse rings, a sports center, a covered arena and an additional 500 stables.

Located in the Thermal Belt, a geographical temperate zone about an hour’s drive between airports in Asheville and Greenville, S.C., not far from Chimney Rock and Lake Lure, Polk County bills itself as one of the top equine communities in the country.

The Tryon area has a storied history in equestrian sports, considered the birthplace of modern show jumping where the 1956 and 1960 Olympic trials were held.