Tryon International Equestrian CenterTucked away in secluded Saluda, NC, visitors flock to 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 equestrian mecca hosts international-level equestrian 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, 6,000-capacity stadium, viewing decks, and a covered riding facility!

When you’re planning a visit to the Tryon International Equestrian Center, our complimentary Vacation Guide can be a great help! Whether you’re here for an event or a vacation, planning what to do can be hard. That’s why we’ve chosen our favorite things to do in the area to save you from hours of research! Skip the tedious part of planning and use our free guide to find:

  • Festivals and attractions you won’t want to miss
  • Outdoor activities for all skill levels
  • Cultural events, museums, and entertainment
  • The best restaurants in the area

Tryon International Equestrian Center 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!

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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 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!

Gladiator Polo

The Tryon International 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 fun to watch. Professional polo players gather to play an intense version of the game involving 3 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.

2018 World Equestrian Games

The Tryon International Equestrian Center has been bestowed the honor of hosting the 2018 World Equestrian Games! These games comprise one of the largest sporting events in the world. The best equestrian teams from each country gather together to participate in these events. 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!

What the Tryon International Equestrian Center Resort Offers

Not only does the Tryon International Equestrian Center host incredibly high-quality events, they are also in the process of adding more fun aspects to the space. 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. Good thing it’s just 20 minutes away from Orchard Inn!

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 Orchard Inn! Situated in the neighboring town of Saluda, our 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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