Tucked away in secluded Saluda, NC, visitors flock to Orchard Inn for its calming serenity and breathtaking scenery. While western North Carolina boasts incredible landscapes and great outdoor activities, there are a few unexpected hidden gems. If you are a fan of horses, you will absolutely love the Tryon International Equestrian Center. This world-class equestrian center hosts international-level equestrian competitions across various classes. It is located just 20 minutes away from Orchard Inn, making it a perfect place to visit during your stay. Tryon horse shows are by far some of the best in the state, if not the entire country!
If you’re planning a trip to western North Carolina, our free Vacation Guide is a great resource to have. It lists all the events happening every month as well as things to do and see in the area. Use this helpful tool to plan out what to do during your trip, like seeing some Tryon horse shows!
Tryon International Equestrian Center
The Tryon International Equestrian Center is an incredible compound that will impress any horse lover. Its stables include 1,000 spacious stalls, each 10’x12’ for more than enough room for the majestic animals to move around. Around the Tryon International Equestrian Center, there are trails and paths laid out for all sorts of fun outdoor activities like biking, hiking, and of course taking your horse out for a stroll if you are keeping it there. This 1,400-acre equestrian lifestyle destination will impress any visitor!
Tryon Horse Shows
The Tryon International Equestrian Center is open year-round. They have 10 riding arenas and a 6,000 person capacity stadium. Here, you can watch Tryon horse shows with riders and horses from all over the United States. Spectators can enjoy the shade and comfortable seating at the elevated viewing areas. Admission to most Tryon horse shows is free to the public, so you can always check the event calendar to see what is happening during your stay at Orchard Inn! On select Saturdays throughout the year, guests can attend “Saturday Night Lights,” a Grand Prix equestrian event featuring food, fun, live music, and the highest level of competitive show jumping. During show days, vendors sell tasty treats like sushi and wood-fired pizza. The on-site Tryon Cafe also has delicious on-the-go snacks!
When there aren’t any Tryon horse shows, the center hosts other events including festivals and concerts. Every Thursday morning, the venue hosts a Farmers Market with produce from within a 25-mile radius. There are also frequently planned trivia nights as well as ice cream socials for both visitors and locals! They always keep their events updated on their Facebook page.
2018 World Equestrian Games
The Tryon International Equestrian Center has the honor of being the venue for the 2018 World Equestrian Games! This is one of the biggest sporting events in the world. 8 Equestrian World Championship caliber events are combined at this location to create days of exciting competition. The 2018 games will take place from September 11-23rd, and will comprise of the most elite Tryon horse shows ever seen at this venue!
Stay at Orchard Inn
If you’re planning on being in town to see some Tryon horse shows, come stay with us at Orchard Inn! Our secluded oasis is sure to give you a peaceful experience. Choose from cozy rooms or private cottages during your stay, and join us for a delicious breakfast in the morning. We look forward to seeing you!