Colleen Torsney, TR&HC Board Secretary
Year she joined the TR&HC:
Why did you join?
I’m from a family in Rumson, N.J., who was in the Thoroughbred racing and breeding business. I’ve always been around horses and used to show. I joined the Tryon Riding & Hunt Club because I was doing a lot of volunteer work, especially with the TR&HC horse trials. Later I was asked to join the board, and I now serve as secretary.
Any favorite projects during your years on the board?
Probably the horse trials. I do volunteer check-in at Horse Trials and floating steward the rest of the day. I’ve done the warm-up, where I enjoy meeting the horses and riders.
I also love working with Angie Millon at the horse shows, helping with the Charity I and Charity II shows at the Tryon International Equestrian Center. And I run Schooling Days in September with Beth Perkins.
I also went through a time when I was polishing the club’s trophies, including the Carter Brown trophy. I was so pleased to find my father’s name, Dr. Jerome Torsney, on it when he won it in 1973.
I like to volunteer and to be involved … tell me what to do and I’ll do it!
Anything else you’d like to mention?
Before I retired, I was a psychotherapist who worked with foster kids and horses. It gives me hope to see that people feel the same way I do, with youthful memories of a life with horses.
I also think the Tryon Riding & Hunt Club has a really good board right now. I like the whole board and how open they are to new support. Come join us!