Many people don’t realize that one of the most important events on the global sporting calendar, The FEI World Equestrian Games, takes place less than 50 miles from A Bed of Roses Bed & Breakfast and downtown Asheville! The Tryon International Equestrian Center hosts this huge event from September 11th-23rd. This Olympics-like competition includes events in Jumping, Dressage and Para-Equestrian Dressage, Eventing, Driving, Endurance, Vaulting and Reining- the eight core equestrian disciplines. Over 500,000 people will be coming from all over the world to watch the top horses and riders perform and compete just 48 miles from Asheville in the rolling hills of Tryon, NC. Tryon has long been known for it’s equestrian activities and its vineyards. The Tryon International Equestrian Center has been open since 2014 and has gone to great lengths to create a world class venue for this event. In addition to hosting the World Games this year, the Center hosts competitions from April through November every year on their large campus, featuring a stadium, arenas, stables as well as restaurants and shops.
Even if you cannot attend the World Games this year, the Tryon International Equestrian Center offers plenty to see and do. On Saturday nights during their season, they hold what they call “Saturday Night Lights”. Events feature Grand Prix horse jumping competitions, live music, carousel rides, dining, shopping and more. Admission and parking to most events are free. The festivities start at 6PM with face painting for the kids and other activities, and the competitions start at 8PM. Never been to an equestrian event before? Their website even has a page for you “Horse Show 101”, letting you know what to expect, how the competitions are judged and even a glossary of terms you’ll hear. You don’t have to be an experienced rider or horse aficionado to go enjoy these beautiful horses and the excitement of the competition!