Hi friends! What an incredibly busy, yet fantastic two days it has been! For those of you who haven’t kept up with my Instagram this weekend, West and I have been at Tryon International Equestrian Center!
While we very much appreciate all the “Good Luck” comments and messages I got, we weren’t there to show! We spent the weekend schooling! It was such a blast, and being able to go to such a big venue and ride with no pressure was great for us both. Especially with the 2019 show season kicking into gear.
But Tryon is a show venue! How’d you go there to not show? You’re right! Tryon is a show venue, (probably my favorite of all time) but they hold open schooling days when there isn’t a horse show going on! This year (2019) that was from February 1st to March 9th. I’m not sure of next year’s dates yet, but expect them to be very similar!
On these days Tryon International Equestrian Center opens it’s doors to horses of all kinds! I saw drafts, ponies, warmbloods, Arabians, quarter horses, and so much more on Saturday! There are four rings, one with a full size dressage arena, a tadpole ring (jumps not to exceed two foot,) a jumper ring, and a hunter ring. There was a lunging ring, and each jump ring was divided in half so that people who weren’t jumping could ride without potentially being run over.
The facility is open for schooling on both Friday and Saturday, however Saturday is always the busier day. I trailered in on Friday morning, and West was one of two horses there all day. Granted, the weather was very bad … but if you’re looking for the quieter day – Friday is the way to go!
If you have a young or green horse, a rider new to showing, you’re moving up this year, like to take field trips, or even if you’ll be showing at TIEC and want to let your horse meet the venue before show day – Tryon Schooling Days are such a fun, useful, and unique opportunity!
At $75 per horse per day, I thought the price was a bit steep at first. That quickly changed after being on property for about thirty minutes. When we pulled through the gates, someone was there waiting on our arrival, told us exactly where to go and who to see. Before my horse was even allowed off the trailer, security had to *thoroughly* read his coggins and health certificate, and verify that the horse on my trailer was the same horse from the documents. I’ve never seen a venue so strict about this before, but it was actually a breath of fresh air. I had confidence knowing that all horses who are on property or had been in the barns were healthy and there was no risk of my horse catching anything.
From the second he stepped off the trailer, security was his best friend. The barn security officers constantly walked aisles, checked waters, brought shavings, anything I needed. I also want to add that security is on site and in the stables 24/7. They even do free night check. HUGE peace of mind for me. When you check in, TIEC requires that you have a (Tryon provided) nameplate attached to your stall with your phone number in case of emergency. I went out to the barns around midnight to check on him, and security was already there keeping watch.
Day stalls ($35) and night stalls ($50) are both available, or you can trailer in and tack up from the trailer!
That itself is worth the fee. Not to mention – you’re at TRYON! The facility that just hosted the World Equestrian Games! The venue is exquisite, the rings are manicured down to the last inch, and the footing is pristine. The rings were freshly drug both days, and redrug when needed. EMT was also on property at all times.
Almost all of the restaurants on site were open both days. I believe the only two that were not were the Silo Bar and the Siesta Cantina. The General Store was open, as was Dover. During the offseason, the vendors leave – but they’ll be back soon! In between rides, I enjoyed meals from Roger’s Diner and Legends – the (in my opinion) two best restaurants on the whole property! You can find all the TIEC restaurants, menus, and hours here!
Schooling days do not require an appointment – just show up and ride! The entire experience was fun and stress free. Rings are available for private rental for lessons, or single barn/trainer use.
West and I had so much fun and will definitely be back for this again next year! Probably several times! Huge thank you to Tryon International Equestrian Center for such a lovely opportunity! We had so much fun at the venue that I’ve already put one of their dressage shows on my schedule for this year! I hope I see you out there at Schooling Days next year!
Link to additional TIEC Schooling info… here!