Tryon International Equestrian Center

Tucked away in secluded Saluda, NC, visitors flock to The Orchard Inn for its calming serenity and breathtaking scenery. Just 20 minutes away from our little North Carolina oasis is the 1,400-acre Tryon International Equestrian Center. This impressive equestrian mecca holds international-level competitions across various classes as well as other events throughout the year. The world-class equestrian center features up to 10 riding arenas, 1,000 permanent stalls, a 6,000-capacity stadium, viewing decks, and a covered riding facility! 

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Experience World-Class Equestrian Events and Horse Shows

The Tryon International Equestrian Center is open year-round. It gets its world-class reputation for hosting the FEI World Equestrian Games in 2018! Each year, they host 40 weeks of competition with Olympic-level riders and horses in the country, in addition to other equestrian events. It’s the perfect place to watch hunter/jumper and dressage competitions.

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 The Orchard Inn! 

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Saturday Night Lights

Saturday Night Lights is a special event great for people of all ages that the Tryon International Equestrian Center hosts on select Saturdays throughout the year. This Grand Prix equestrian event is filled with food, fun, live music, and entertaining competitive showjumping. 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!

Gladiator Polo

The equestrian center has added a new twist to the usual polo game with Gladiator Polo! With a few rule changes, it makes the game faster and more fun to watch. Professional polo players gather to play an intense version of the game involving three players on each side of the ring.

Other Events

When there are no horse shows scheduled at the Tryon International Equestrian Center, the fun doesn’t stop! The center hosts many concerts and festivals unrelated to equestrian activities. On Thursday mornings, local farmers gather at the center to sell their fresh produce at their Farmers Market. There are also other events that bring the community and visitors together like ice cream socials and trivia nights! These events are always announced and updated on their Facebook page.

What the Tryon International Equestrian Center Resort Offers

Not only does this notable equestrian center host incredibly high-quality events, but they are also in the process of adding more fascinating features. Here, you can enjoy a spa, an on-site Arnold Palmer Signature Design Golf Course, a 5,000-square-foot entertainment pavilion, and a sports complex center with a fitness center, climbing walls, game room, sports bar, children’s playground, mountain bike park, tennis and basketball courts, and swimming pool. 

Where to Stay When Visiting the Tryon International Equestrian Center

Whether you’re in town to compete or just visit the Tryon International Equestrian Center, come stay with us at The Orchard Inn! Situated in the neighboring town of Saluda, our charming bed and breakfast is only 20 minutes away from the center. Our cozy rooms and cottages will make you feel right at home while you’re here in western North Carolina. Book your stay with us today!

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