Tryon International Equestrian Center


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Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) near Asheville, North Carolina, holds many weeks of international competition during the 2016 season from spring through fall. The tremendously popular “Saturday Night Lights” series offers spectators an evening of heart pounding action and entertainment, as grand prix show jumping highlights a week of equestrian competition in the George Morris Arena. Come enjoy family activities and live performances at this impressive new campus in Polk County near Columbus.

It has already become a haven for American equestrian competitors and enthusiasts, and a year-round destination for many that love horses. In addition to hunter/jumper horse shows, TIEC also hosts dressage horse shows and, in 2016, will host the United States Pony Club Championships East and the American Eventing Championships.

Admission to all horse shows and events is free and no reserved tickets are required for the 6,000-seat stadium. The special Saturday Night Lights Grand Prix show jumping events are also free – carousel rides, music and live entertainment included. Parking is free also.

The hunter/jumper shows generally run Wednesday through Sunday, approximately 8 AM-5 PM. For the most action, visit late morning and afternoon to go from arena to arena to see the horses.

Horse shows at Tryon International Equestrian Center are casual outdoor events. Wear sensible walking shoes so that you are comfortable while exploring the entirety of the show grounds. Dining options include a 50s inspired Roger’s Diner open seven days a week. Also find Legends Grille, Ginger Sushi & Noodles, Siesta Cantina and more.

Tryon Resort is one of the world’s premier equestrian lifestyle destinations, and with shops, restaurants, entertainment, lodging and more. This new facility opened in June 2014 with sanctioned horse shows and amenities including 10 riding arenas, 850 permanent stalls, a covered riding facility and fitness center. Future expansion includes a resort hotel, condos and apartments, additional mixed-used retail, sports complex, sporting clay course, and 18-hole golf course, plus a full calendar of equestrian competitions and activities.

TIEC is open every day. It’s located about 48 miles from Asheville. It’s located in the rolling foothill between Lake Lure, Rutherfordton and Tryon, at exit 170 on US Highway 74, at 4066 Pea Ridge Rd., Mill Spring, NC 28756.

For more, see our Tryon International Equestrian Center Guide.

Saturday Night Lights at Tryon International Equestrian Center

Saturday Night Lights at Tryon International Equestrian Center


After a fantastic first year of grand prix competition, Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) is concluding its fall season and “Saturday Night Lights” event series with two last show jumping competitions on Saturday, October 17 and 24, 2015. It’s an easy 48-mile drive from Asheville, and there’s free admission, entertainment and parking!

Event gates open at 5 PM and the grand prix begins at 7 PM. Kid’s activities include face painting, street performers and carousel rides. There are a variety of food options, ranging from carts with carnival favorites to restaurants that are open year round. Roger’s Diner, Legends Grille and Blue Ginger Sushi will remain open following the final grand prix giving locals and visitors ongoing ways to enjoy the equestrian center in the off season.

Each “Saturday Night Lights” evening culminates with a sponsored grand prix competition held under the stadium lights in the George Morris International Arena, with riders competing for $125,000+ of prize money.

Tryon Resort is one of the world’s premier equestrian destinations, and with onsite shopping, dining, entertainment and plans for more. This new facility opened in June 2014 with sanctioned horse shows and initial supporting amenities including 10 riding arenas, 850 permanent stalls, a covered riding facility and fitness center. Future expansion includes a sports complex, two hotels, sporting clay course, and an 18-hole golf course plus a full calendar of equestrian competitions and activities.

The Tryon International Equestrian Center is located at 4066 Pea Ridge Road, Mill Spring, NC (off Exit 170 on US Highway 74. From Asheville, take I-26 E / US 74 E, to exit 67, then US 74 E to Columbus/Rutherfordton. Drive 8 miles to exit 170.

Read more on RomanticAsheville.com Travel Guide.