October 2019
In This Edition

  • President's Corner
  • Upcoming Events
  • Trophy Corner
  • Remember When
Dear Members:
Fall has finally arrived bringing cooler temperatures and opportunities to enjoy all the outdoor activities that come with the season.

Halloween has come on gone and we are now headed into the busiest time of the year. Holidays, shopping, travel and all kinds of events. During the next couple of months we hope you can join us in the various functions that Tryon Riding & Hunt Club are involved with. Especially the upcoming annual meeting being held on December 10th at the Tryon Depot.

Again thank you for your continued support and hope to see you at one of the upcoming events.


Gary Zumstein

Gary Zumstein
TR&HC Editor / Treasurer
President's Corner - October / November 2019

It’s been a busy month at TRHC with the 44 th  Annual Horse Trials consuming most of my time.  This is the third straight year I’ve managed the show for the Club.  There are a lot of moving parts to pull it off every year but we had another very successful event with 112 entries.  The only excitement was the one loose horse who didn’t want to be caught following a XC fall by the very first rider on course.  We finally corralled him about a half mile down Hunting Country Rd.  Fortunately, rider and horse were just fine!  

Other upcoming events include the Any and All Dog Show next up on November 10 and we’re starting to plan a busy December.  TRHC will once again hang the traditional Christmas wreath on Morris to kick off the Tryon Christmas Stroll on Friday, December 6 and some of our Board members have been invited to lead Parade Morris during the Tryon Christmas Parade on Wednesday, December 11.  Our mini-horse mascot Hermione, dressed in her Christmas "greens", will be present at both events. The Annual Meeting for Members Only will be Tuesday, December 10.  Details on all these events later in the newsletter.

Finally, in a Steeplechase update, the grass continues to grow well on the course and we have observed almost daily watering from the new irrigation system during those dry months of August and September.  The exclusive ticket sale for TRHC Members will begin December 1.  Watch for it.  

Terry Lynch
TR&HC President
Carolinas Show Hunter Hall of Fame has a New Plan For 2020!

The CSHHF’s goal is to celebrate and honor outstanding show hunters with Carolina connections.  This commitment has led us to take another look at the great horses nominated over the past few years that were not inducted. Every horse that has made it onto the ballot has been truly “legendary” and worthy of induction. We as a committee feel that they should not be overlooked. So this year there will be no new horses nominated. Instead, we will be reconsidering selection into the CSHHF from the pool of prior nominees. Horses will be chosen to be on this years’ ballot based on vote totals from previous years, as well as their exemplary show records. In addition, the committee decided not to induct horsemen next year, 2020 is going to be a year we 100% focus on the horses! 

Voting will open January 1- February 28, 2020. Stay tuned for the updated list of horses for this years’ ballot, photos, informative biographies, fun facts, and stats!!! 

Any & All Dog Show Sunday November 10, 2019
We have moved this event to November hoping that mother nature will provide us cooler weather for both the people and their dogs. This is the 86rd year of show and looking forward to a great event for all.

This event will be comprised of:

  • Various Dog show classes
  • Food & drink
  • Face painting
  • Kid's Petting Zoo
  • Lots of activities for the kids
  • Eight classes for your dog to participate in.
  • Event takes place rain or shine

We are also looking for sponsors for this event and if you or your company would be interested please contact the TR&HC Office at the below link.

Christmas Stroll
Date: December 6th
Location: Morris the Horse on Main Street
Time: 5:00 to 8:00PM


  • Hanging the wreath on Morris the Horse
  • Hot chocolate, Egg Nog and Cookies being served by TR&HC
  • Santa's Miniature Horses will be in attendance
  • Food, drinks and shopping will also be available
  • Live entertainment
Tryon Riding & Hunt Club Annual Members Meeting
Date: December 10th

5:30 to 6:00PM - Drinks & hors d'oeuvres
6:00 to 7:00PM - Meeting

Location: Depot - Downtown Tryon


  • Social Hour: Food & Drinks
  • Words from the President
  • Introduction of board members
  • Overview of 2019
  • Financial Statement
  • Voting on new board members
  • Member's Questions & Answer Session
  • Club's Vision for 2020 and beyond
Annual Tryon Christmas Parade
Date:December 11th
Time:6:00 to 7:00PM
Location: Downtown Tryon Main Street
2020 TR&HC
Memberships & Advance Parking For The 2020 Blockhouse Steeplechase
Applications for membership to the TR&HC are now being accepted for the upcoming 2020 season. Membership prices remain the same as last year which is $50.00 for individual /family / business. Memberships allows you to purchase parking spaces in advance for the upcoming 2020 Blockhouse Steeplechase (April 11th, 2020) during entire month of December. Spaces will go on sell to the general public beginning January 2, 2020.

Tryon Riding & Hunt Club is working on various events in 2020 to help enhance the experience for being a members TR&HC.

Memberships can be purchased by contacting the TR&HC Office directly or visit the office located on Highway 9:

Phone: 828-863-0480
Visit the office: 6985 NC-9 Columbus, NC
Website: tryonridingandhuntclub.org

Look For TR&HC's New Website

Coming Soon!
The Trophy Corner 
The Laughin’ Place Farm Trophy

During the TR&HC Charity II Horse Show the elegant Laughin' Place Farm Trophy is awarded to the Grand Champion Amateur/Owner Hunter. This past summer Christina Fisher won with her equine partner Levland. Not only is this perpetual trophy an ode to beauty but carries the most delightful name of all the TR&HC trophies in our corner. 

In trying to find the origin of the Laughin Place name I came across many names I knew from the horse history of Tryon, such as Betty Oare, the Carmichaels and Navy Commander. Mrs Carmichael (owner of the the original Block House Farm) bought a new farm in Michigan and named it after a lyric from the song "How Do You Do" from the 1946 movie Song Of The South where BR'Er Rabbit sings:

“I’ve had enough of this ol’ briar patch,
I think an adventure’s about to hatch 
I’m movin’ on, say goodbye to me,
Down at the Laughin’ Place is where I’ll be!”

If any of our members know more of the story we would love to hear about it! The original trophy donor is not listed so I am speculating that this was on someone's mind when it was given to TR&HC back in 1962. Here's a link to the article I referenced:

As always,


Trophy Po lisher

Any trophy stories welcome 😊
Remember When
Remembering the History of Tryon Riding & Hunt Club
This time we chose a photo from the 1966 edition of the Any and All Dog Show! It's 85 years, it has proved a fun day for many a pup and family. We hope to see you this year for the 86th!

If you recognize anyone in the photo, please email us! One of our reasons for sharing these photos each month is the desire to identify the subjects in the photos we are so lovingly preserving.
Telephone: 828-863-0480