September 2019
In This Edition
  • A Note From the Editor
  • President's Corner
  • Upcoming Events
  • Trophy Corner
  • Board Applications
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Remember When
Dear Members,

Labor Day has come and gone which means Fall is just around the corner. Maybe some relief from the hot and muggy temperatures we have had most of the summer. There are still lots of activities taking place in the community which you can either enjoy or help as a volunteer. Either way it is a lot of fun for all family members.

I would like to hear back from each of you on:

  • What topics or information you would like to see covered?
  • Is the newsletter too long or short?

You can reach me at my email address listed below. 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 - September 2019
TR&HC Support for the Town of Tryon

This past weekend Tryon Riding & Hunt Club participated in two events specifically supporting the Town of Tryon and contributing to our ongoing support all year. 

First, we helped celebrate the Tryon Sesquicentennial, the Town’s 150 th birthday, with a donation of $1600 and a booth on Main Street during the Saturday celebration. The donation helped with the various special heritage activities including a Cherokee Native American dance show on Main Street and a Civil War re-enactment at Harmon Field.  Our booth included a lot of historical material celebrating the Club’s founding in 1925.  Because the booths were arranged in chronological order, we were placed right next to the our “sort of” partners the Tryon Hounds, who upstaged us a bit by bringing along four of their hounds, including a PUPPY(!), who of course stole the show.  Next year, we are bringing our mascot mini-horse, Hermione!

TRHC also put on a Sunday brunch at the Blue Ridge Hunter Jumper Show at Harmon Field.  This is a complimentary event with coffee, juice, and doughnuts and is always much appreciated by those early morning riders and their support parents!

Overall this year now, TRHC has donated or sponsored over $25,000 to the Town of Tryon.  In addition to the Sesquicentennial donation and the brunch mentioned above, we contributed almost $12,000 to the BRHJA to bring back a new TRHC horse show for the first time since 1987.  We provided a pulled pork meal to 340 locals at the Carter Brown BBQ in April ($7,500).  We paid for the new Parade Morris to be built, stored, and maintained ($3,100). Lastly, we were a sponsor ($750) of the Mary Alice Monroe “Summer Guests” book launch, a story about Tryon itself, at Lanier Library this summer.  The Town of Tryon is closely aligned with our Club roots and we continue to make efforts to support the Town when we can.

Terry Lynch
President of TR&HC
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!!! 

Carter Is Back!
On a lighter note, the TRHC Art of the Horse Equine, appropriately named Carter, is once again "whole" and standing in his usual spot in front of the TRHC office. 

In case you hadn't noticed, Carter had an accident about six weeks ago and got knocked off his pedestal, receiving a broken neck and two broken legs. Normally, horses in his condition would have been put down permanently but he was speedily and excellently repaired by the auto body experts at Stott's Ford and repainted by the original artist, Christine Mariotti. He was reinstalled by Jim Troppmann and Terry Lynch. 

We are pleased to have him back "home"! 
73rd Running of Tryon Block House Steeplechase Cancelled
The 73rd Block House Steeplechase has been cancelled for 2019. The 2019 Tryon Block House Races, scheduled for October 5 and hosted by Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) in conjunction with the Tryon Riding & Hunt Club (TR&HC), has been canceled due to course-development delays and will return to its traditional spring date in April 2020. TIEC has made a significant investment to create a state-of-the-art steeplechase course at the Green Creek Race Course in Columbus, NC. While significant progress has been made on the course, TIEC canceled the event in the interest of horse welfare and to ensure that the track is utilized in its most ideal condition. TIEC acted in consultation with the National Steeplechase Association, which sanctions the Tryon Block House Races.

TIEC has continued to work on the track throughout the summer by expanding the pond for irrigation, a new irrigation system, tons of sand and seed.

This is the first time in the history of running this event that the races have been cancelled. The 2020 event will take place April 11th.

As you can see in the photo on the bottom left, the grass is coming in and we look forward to having an exceptional track for the races next spring.
Mark on Your Calendar

The annual TR&HC member's meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 10th. Time and location will be forth coming.
Upcoming Events
2019 XC Schooling Being held at the FENCE Saturday & Sunday September 21st & 22nd
Please join us for two days of 
Cross Country Schooling 

Come familiarize yourself and your horse with the cross country course (including at least three new jumps and a full water complex) ahead of our official Horse Trials in October! 

Date: Sept 21-22, 2019

Time: 9am-2pm, both days

Fee: $40* (includes one water complex time slot)

Location: Foothills Equestrian Nature Center
3381 Hunting Country Road
Tryon, NC 28782

* Cash or check to TR&HC

More information, including release forms, may be found here

44th Annual Horse Trials
On October 19 and 20, TRHC will conduct our 44 th consecutive Horse Trials.  This year the event will again be at FENCE.  consisting of competitions in Dressage, Cross-Country, and Show Jumping.  Competitors combine their scores from all three phases to determine the winners.  Last year, we had 147 riders from 13 surrounding states competing in 9 divisions and we are hoping for more this year.  We also had 6 college teams competing for the College Cup Trophy.  The Farm House contributed greatly to all of the prizes for our winners.

Over 75 volunteers are needed to run the event, there are suitable roles for everyone and if you’ve never volunteered at a Horse Trials before, don’t worry, we will teach you how to do it!  It’s not hard! Please consider coming out!  The greatest need is for jump judges during cross country where you will sit next to a jump and report as each rider goes over it.  We will shortly be sending everyone the volunteer sign up link in a separate email.  Please watch for it!

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
  • Dog Demonstrations
  • 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.

Edge Brewing Barcelona Jump Series

Where are all our jumper riders?! A new and exciting addition to the Harmon Classic Shows is happening this show season! Edge Brewing is sponsoring the high schooling jumper challenge series ending in a $5,000 dollar series finale!

Finals will benefit HERD Rescue. Top three riders from the series will win free entries to the finals.
Our own Jody Gill, accountant for the Tryon Riding & Hunt Club, finished second in the warm-up class and came in first in the Classic at the $1,000 Edge Brewing Barcelona "Over the Edge" 1.10m High Schooling Jumper Challenge at FENCE held on 9/1/2019. T here was a field of nine horses competing in the event.

Jody's horse named Chanel N*5 is an 18 year-old 15.3hh thoroughbred mare.
Jody's and her dad, Garry broke Chanel N*5 to ride when she was 10 years old and competed her once in the TRHC Block House Amateur race a month later.

A few years later, Jody began training her as a jumper, beginning with nothing but a left lead canter from before mounting until after dismounting. 

Jody has been riding since the age of 13 months and currently trains with Holli Adams, Kelly Kocher, and Betsy Pack. 
The Trophy Corner 
The Plamondon Trophy is not about a specific race, but a specific honor given to the leading rider at the historic Blockhouse Steeplechase meet. The trophy is an homage to the commitment of keeping the horses and riders safe as the top priority.

This "Meyther (rhymes with feather) Cup", trophy is styled after a drinking cup common as a trophy given in Ireland. This cup with three handles was traditionally handled with two hands, and offered to the next person with the third handle foremost. In this manner it was passed around the dining tables of ancient Irish Kings and Nobles at their celebrations... A symbol of Joy and Victory!

🍀 We offer in good faith we will only run The Block House Races when the conditions are beneficial to the horses, riders and the World of Steeplechasing.

The TRHC Plamondon Cup was originally donated by Miss Carol Plamondon to be awarded to the winner of the North Carolina timber race for amateurs. Miss Plamondon designated the trophy in honor of her parents, Ruth and Alfred, original owners of the Block House property, who loved the sport of Steeplechasing, and in honor of her brother, A.D., who was a gentleman rider and encouraged others to race for the love of it❣️🏇❣️(2013 TRHC 85th Anniversary Commerative Program)

As always, Colleen
Trophy Polisher
Any trophy stories welcome 😊
Special Thanks!

We wanted take this opportunity to thank the equestrian community for taking in horses from areas that were being threatened by Hurricane Dorian. Your help is greatly appreciated by all .
Tryon Riding & Hunt Club Board Applications Requested

The TR&HC Board is currently accepting applications for anyone interesting in joining the Board in 2020 for a three year term. We are a "working" Board for individuals who want to join a great organization and help the local equestrian community. It can be hard work at times but it is also a fun and rewarding job making a difference for so many people and organizations. Please contact Gary for an application.
Special Volunteer / Sponsor Opportunities

Please join us for these upcoming events as a Tryon Riding & Hunt Club Volunteer:

  • Be a Jump Judge at the October 19 Horse Trials. Details coming!!
  • Any and All Dog Show is looking for both volunteers and sponsors for this fun event.
Remember When
Remembering the History of Tryon Riding & Hunt Club
Cubbing season has begun for the two hunts in the Tryon area. In honor of that, I thought we'd feature this photo from the 1954 Hunt Trials. Bill Kuhn can be seen in the top hat on the left.

If you recognize anyone else 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