tryon nc – Asheville Blog http://ashevilleblog.com Your Source for all things Asheville Fri, 20 Jul 2018 18:36:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.15 Tryon Resort Announces Dover Saddlery As Official Retail Partner http://ashevilleblog.com/tryon-resort-announces-dover-saddlery-official-retail-partner/ http://ashevilleblog.com/tryon-resort-announces-dover-saddlery-official-retail-partner/#respond Sat, 26 Aug 2017 00:12:49 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11197 Tryon Resort is pleased to announce its upcoming partnership with Dover Saddlery. With retail stores across the country and a vast online presence, the renowned English equestrian retailer is replacing Tryon Tack as the Resort's official retail destination. The new Dover Saddlery location at Tryon Resort will join Dover's collection of 32 retail locations nationwide.

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Huge Sale to Be Held at Tryon Tack 1 and 2 Starting August 26 to Clear Space

Tryon Resort is pleased to announce its upcoming partnership with Dover Saddlery. With retail stores across the country and a vast online presence, the renowned English equestrian retailer is replacing Tryon Tack as the Resort’s official retail destination. The new Dover Saddlery location at Tryon Resort will join Dover’s collection of 32 retail locations nationwide.

In anticipation of this exciting partnership, Tryon Resort is planning a huge “Summer Sale” beginning Saturday, August 26, 2017 at Tryon Tack 1 and 2. The sale will continue through early September while supplies last and all merchandise will be 40 percent off, excluding logo, Breyer®, or USEA American Eventing Championship merchandise.

“I’m excited for Dover to partner with the Tryon Resort and International Equestrian Center and we look forward to opening two stores on the property,” said Brad Wolansky, Chief Executive Officer at Dover Saddlery. “Dover stores provide riders a broad selection of products designed for performance, including apparel for schooling or show, tack and equipment, barn and stable supplies, horse clothing and more. Dover shares the same passion for the horse as the founders of Tryon, making this a special and important partnership for the riding community that Dover is proud to be a part of.”

Mark Bellissimo, managing partner of Tryon Equestrian Partners whose properties include Tryon Resort and Tryon International Equestrian Center, is pleased to introduce Dover Saddlery as the official retail brand of Tryon Resort.

“We are proud to welcome Dover Saddlery as our official retail partner at Tryon Resort and Tryon International Equestrian Center. Whether you are competing at the Olympic level or taking riding lessons, our goal is to meet every equestrian enthusiast wherever they are in their journey, and Dover Saddlery shares that purpose,” said Bellissimo.

To learn more about Tryon International Equestrian Center, please visit www.tryon.com and for more information on Dover Saddlery, please visit www.doversaddlery.com.

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Highlights Announced for USEA American Eventing Championships http://ashevilleblog.com/highlights-announced-usea-american-eventing-championships/ http://ashevilleblog.com/highlights-announced-usea-american-eventing-championships/#respond Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:01:54 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11191 What could make a week of the 2017 USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Nutrena® even more exciting? Hosting an entire week of competition, entertainment and events, including Gladiator Polo™, of course! Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) will be full of activity, entertainment, and competition during Labor Day weekend as Friday night's Gladiator Polo™ match will run ahead of the highly anticipated 2017 Adequan® Gold Cup Series Advanced Show Jumping finale held in the George H. Morris Arena as the highlight of TIEC's "Saturday Night Lights" (SNL) event for the week.

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Competitor and Spectator Highlights Announced for 2017 USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Nutrena®

What could make a week of the 2017 USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Nutrena® even more exciting? Hosting an entire week of competition, entertainment and events, including Gladiator Polo™, of course! Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) will be full of activity, entertainment, and competition during Labor Day weekend as Friday night’s Gladiator Polo™ match will run ahead of the highly anticipated 2017 Adequan® Gold Cup Series Advanced Show Jumping finale held in the George H. Morris Arena as the highlight of TIEC’s “Saturday Night Lights” (SNL) event for the week.

The 2017 USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Nutrena® will begin on Wednesday, August 30, and run through Sunday, September 3.

Each of the ticketed events hosted throughout the week will be open to the public, in addition to the traditional family-friendly entertainment offered during the signature “Saturday Night Lights” events.

AEC Welcome Reception, Wednesday, August 30

Celebrate the commencement of the 2017 USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Nutrena® at the AEC Welcome Reception in Legends Club. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served throughout the event, which will begin at 6:00 p.m. and continue through 7:30 p.m.! All entered competitors will receive one free ticket, but additional tickets can be purchased online by clicking here!

AEC Adult Rider Party presented by Beohringer Ingelheim, Thursday, August 31

Thursday night activities will feature the Adult Rider Party hosted by Beohringer Ingelheim at the Silo Bar. A cash bar will be available, but riders registered for the USEA Adult Rider Program will receive drink tickets. This event is open to USEA competitors and family members.

AEC Young Rider Party, Thursday, August 31

Younger riders will not be left out of the Thursday evening fun! The Young Rider Party is free to USEA riders age 21 and under, and will feature pizza and ice cream buffets. USEA competitors and their families are welcome at this event.

Brooke USA “Shelter the Donkeys” Fundraiser, Friday, September 1

Friday night will also feature the Brooke USA “Shelter the Donkeys” Fundraiser, which will highlight the initiatives of Brooke USA, a recognized 501c3 based in the United States dedicated to providing resources and awareness for working equines and donkeys in underdeveloped countries. From 5:30 p.m. -7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 1, be sure to swing by the decorated lounge area underneath of the Announcer’s Tower for a themed cocktail made by celebrity bartenders and Brooke USA ambassadors including Boyd Martin, Sinead Halpin, Tik Maynard, Allison Springer and more! A silent auction will run in conjunction with the event and feature mini-horse appearances too!

AEC Competitor Party, Friday, September 1

Enjoy Gladiator Polo™ from the Special Events Tent during the 2017 USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Nutrena® Competitor Party on Friday, September 1! Beginning at 6:30 p.m. and finishing at 9:00 p.m., offering heavy hors d’ouvres and a cash bar for competitors, family, and friends! All entered competitors will receive one free ticket, but additional tickets can be purchased online by clicking here!

Gladiator Polo™ Argentine Asado Buffet, Friday, September 1

Did you miss out on the Asado buffet the last time Gladiator Polo™ was in town? Don’t worry, because it’s coming back on September 1st! Kick-off the evening with an authentic fire-grilled Argentine Asado buffet on the Legends Club Porch overlooking the ring starting at 6:00pm. The all-you-can-eat buffet features tri-tip of beef with chimichurri, garlic Parmesan corn, roasted potatoes, Russian potato salad, smoked trout, chicken with rice, and more! A cash bar will be available. For pricing and to purchase your Argentine Asado buffet tickets click here!

“SNL” Advanced Show Jumping Legends Club Buffet, Saturday, September 2

Enjoy the highlight class of the 2017 USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Nutrena® under the lights in George H. Morris Arena on Saturday, September 2. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. The class will begin between 7:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., showcasing the best of U.S. eventing, as combinations complete the final phase of this impressive discipline to crown the winner of the 2017 Adequan® Gold Cup Series. An all-inclusive buffet dinner and open bar offers a fantastic view of the main arena and a lively social atmosphere during our signature “Saturday Night Lights” evening competition. Tickets are available online! Click here to purchase!

“SNL” AEC Craft Beer Festival, Saturday, September 2

There will be a Craft Beer Festival held in the Special Events Tent during Saturday Night Lights on September 2, with private seating and viewing for the 2017 Adequan® Gold Cup Series Advanced Show Jumping competition. The festival, held from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., will include unlimited four-ounce pours from participating craft breweries, a heavy hors d’ouvres buffet, and a souvenir cup from TIEC. Some of the featured beers from Asheville craft breweries include Sierra Nevada, New Belgium, French Broad Brewing Company, Pisgah Brewing Company, Oskar Blues, Bold Rock, Catawba Brewing, Asheville Brewing, Highland Brewing, Noble Cider, Hi Wire and more. Tickets can be purchased at the door and online by clicking here!

For more information on the 2017 USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Nutrena® at Tryon International Equestrian Center, please visit www.tryon.com or visit www.useventing.com.

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TIEC To Host 2017 Dressage Instructors Seminar Sept 12-15 http://ashevilleblog.com/tiec-host-2017-dressage-instructors-seminar-sept-12-15/ http://ashevilleblog.com/tiec-host-2017-dressage-instructors-seminar-sept-12-15/#respond Wed, 09 Aug 2017 23:56:18 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11188 Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) proudly presents the 2017 Dressage Instructors Seminar from Tuesday, September 12, through Friday, September 15. TIEC, home of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018, will host its ever first Dressage Trainer Seminar featuring three internationally renowned instructor trainers: Barbro Ask-Upmark, Education Manager for Tryon International Equestrian Center; Jodi Lees, USEF "S" Dressage Judge; and Randi Thompson, CEO of the Horse and Rider Awareness Educational Programs.

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Tryon International Equestrian Center Set to Host 2017 Dressage Instructors Seminar from September 12-15

Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) proudly presents the 2017 Dressage Instructors Seminar from Tuesday, September 12, through Friday, September 15. TIEC, home of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018, will host its ever first Dressage Trainer Seminar featuring three internationally renowned instructor trainers: Barbro Ask-Upmark, Education Manager for Tryon International Equestrian Center; Jodi Lees, USEF “S” Dressage Judge; and Randi Thompson, CEO of the Horse and Rider Awareness Educational Programs.

The seminar will focus on innovative teaching techniques and feature hands-on practice with demonstration riders of all levels. The seminar will also provide guidance on how to improve student scores by understanding what competition judges look for during a test, as well as expanding, promoting and protecting horse businesses, and riding and teaching with the Equine Simulator at Tryon International Equestrian Center.

Ask-Upmark said she is very excited to be hosting and instructing during this event. “We are going to take the instructors who attend to a new level of success, as we are able to offer an all-inclusive educational experience, a CDI 3* dressage competition and the equine simulator, that can show them how to ride and teach movements through Grand Prix,” she stated.

“It’s important for the horse industry that trainers are the best they can be. To teach someone how to ride their horse is a huge responsibility and should not be taken lightly,” she said. “To stay informed and updated with latest teaching techniques shows your clients that you truly care and want to give them the best. This is why I have dedicated my last 11 years to work with the English company, Racewood, to develop this state-of-the-art Equine Simulator. This newest model of simulator can do every discipline, including all levels of dressage movements. Our simulator at Tryon is helping riders to reach levels they never thought possible.”

Lees stated that the Dressage Instructors Seminar was designed to enhance the effectiveness of instructors in both their teaching skills and in the management of their business. “We will have discussions about training, teaching and business concepts specifically pertaining to dressage instructors. There will be a discussion on different movements that reveals how the judge comes up with a score and why,” she commented.

Lees also noted that hosting the seminar at TIEC will allow for a hands-on learning experience: “On day three we will focus on what the judge is seeing at the Tryon Fall Dressage CDI 3* at TIEC. It is important for instructors to know what modifies the scores up and down so that they can focus on what is correct when teaching their students.”

Thompson commented that all three Dressage Instructors Seminar host instructors know what attendees need to do to succeed in the horse business, and are committed to sharing the steps to success that will make a difference for them.

“To be successful as a dressage instructor is much more than coaching riders or training horses, you need to know how to network with other professionals and also how operate as a business both professionally and legally. Barbro, Jodi and I have joined together to share years of experience as successful professionals in the horse world with those who will be attending,” she said. “We are honored to be hosted by the Tryon International Equestrian Center and look forward to presenting the 2017 Dressage Instructor’s Seminar at their world-class facility.”

About the Instructors:
Barbro Ask-Upmark is the Education Manager at TIEC. She is a native of Sweden and relocated to the U.S. in 1999. Ask-Upmark has earned her USDF Gold, Silver and Bronze medals and holds a 5-star rider rating on Centerlinescores.com. She has trained and ridden horses through the Grand Prix level. Ask-Upmark has had a hand in developing the Equine Simulator and teaches instructors from all over the world on the simulator at both TIEC and Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC).

Jodi Lees is a USEF “S” Dressage Judge who has been competing for over 35 years and instructing for over 25 years.Lees has earned her USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold medals, and her students have received many USDF recognition medals. She owns and operates Rivers Edge Farms in the Tryon, NC, area.

Randi Thompson is the founder of Horse and Rider Awareness Educational Programs, which include the Dressage Instructors Seminar. Thompson has been coaching and certifying riding instructors in the horse world for over 25 years in horse and rider training, business and marketing. She has trained National and Regional USDF winners through Intermediate I and a USDF Silver Rider Award Medalist.

To Sign Up:
The Dressage Instructors Seminar is limited to only 14 instructor attendees. It is all-inclusive and includes lodging at the Tryon International Equestrian Center for three nights, three breakfasts and three dinners-all this for only $1,400. For those attendees who do not need lodging, the cost is $1,000. Those who would like to stay after the seminar and watch the Tryon Fall Dressage CDI 3* can make arrangements to stay longer.

To sign up, contact Randi Thompson at success@dressageinstructors.com or call (828) 697-4274 or visit the Dressage Instructors Facebook page at www.facebook.com/dressageinstructors. For more information on Tryon International Equestrian Center, please visit www.tryon.com.

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Gladiator Polo at TIEC Starting September 1st http://ashevilleblog.com/gladiator-polo-tiec-starting-september-1st/ http://ashevilleblog.com/gladiator-polo-tiec-starting-september-1st/#respond Tue, 08 Aug 2017 23:47:47 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11185 Gladiator Polo™ has taken the equestrian world by storm, bringing together troves of fans from around the country to experience this new high-growth horse sport. With a successful inaugural season in Wellington, FL, during the winter of 2017 and an immensely popular showcase game at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) in late June, worldwide interest and awareness of the game has increased significantly setting the table for a number of national and international initiatives that will be announced in the next month.

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Gladiator Polo™ Draws Record Crowds and Prepares for Fall Series at TIEC Starting September 1st

Gladiator Polo™ has taken the equestrian world by storm, bringing together troves of fans from around the country to experience this new high-growth horse sport. With a successful inaugural season in Wellington, FL, during the winter of 2017 and an immensely popular showcase game at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) in late June, worldwide interest and awareness of the game has increased significantly setting the table for a number of national and international initiatives that will be announced in the next month.

The Gladiator Polo™ $120,000 “Battle for the Carolinas” Fall Series, featuring four teams battling to claim the championship title and $120,000 in prize money throughout the series, will begin on Friday, September 1 and continue through the end of the month. Two teams from each of the Carolinas will battle for their respective states and finish the series with a North Carolina versus South Carolina clash not to be missed on Saturday, September 30.

Mark Bellissimo is preparing to announce the launch of new Gladiator Polo™ initiatives at the end of the month in conjunction with the “Battle for the Carolinas” Fall Series at TIEC.

“I’m thrilled to bring new energy to the world’s oldest team sport and revitalize polo on a global scale,” said Bellissimo. “The players and the league are already seeing increased enthusiasm for polo because of this modern approach. We look forward to dramatically expanding interest for players, fans, and sponsors.”

The series kicks off with the “Battle for South Carolina” with Team Greenville against Team Spartanburg on Friday, September 1. Carlucho Arellano, Mariano Obregon, and Pelon Escapite will wear black for Team Greenville, while Juan Martin Obregon, Jeff Hall, and Alan Martinez will wear red for Spartanburg.

The “Battle for North Carolina” will feature Team Charlotte against Team Asheville and take place on Saturday, September 9, as an installment of TIEC’s signature “Saturday Night Lights” (SNL) events. Team Charlotte, in teal, will see the return of Santi Torres, Jared Zenni, and Facundo Obregon, while Team Asheville will be represented by Geronimo Obregon, Jason Crowder, and Costi Caset in purple. The “Battle for the Carolinas” series championship will see the clash of the two winning teams on Saturday, September 30.

In September, Bellissimo will provide details for an enhanced Professional Gladiator Polo™ League, which will launch in Wellington, FL, during the winter of 2018. The Professional Gladiator Polo™ League will include a highly publicized player draft and feature team owners, similar to the most popular major league sports in North America. Eight teams will test their skills throughout the season in hopes of collecting a percentage of the minimum $500,000 of prize money offered through the duration of the series.

The Gladiator Polo™ “Battle of the Carolinas” Fall Series will begin Friday, September 1, and feature three weeks of top play at Tryon International Equestrian Center.

Gladiator Polo™ Manager Gates Gridley is looking forward to an action-packed fall series at Tryon Resort and the transition of Gladiator Polo™ back to Wellington, FL, later this year.

“Due to the overwhelmingly positive response from fans and players at Tryon’s debut Gladiator Polo™ match in June, it was clear that we needed to expand the sport and give fans more of this modern spin on traditional polo,” said Gridley. “We are excited to bring back the two teams and expand into a full fall series this September, as well as looking forward to the future of Gladiator Polo™ in Wellington.”

Argentine Asado Buffet, Friday, September 1

Did you miss out on the Asado buffet the last time Gladiator Polo™ was in town? Don’t worry, because it’s coming back on September 1st! Kick-off the evening with an authentic fire-grilled Argentine Asado buffet on the Legends Club Porch overlooking the ring starting at 6:00pm. The all-you-can-eat buffet features tri-tip of beef with chimichurri, garlic parmesan corn, roasted potatoes, Russian potato salad, smoked trout, chicken with rice, and more! A cash bar will be available. For pricing and to purchase your Argentine Asado buffet tickets click here!

Find game information and updates on major announcements regarding Gladiator Polo™ and the Professional Gladiator Polo™ League by following us on Facebook! Click here to view the official Gladiator Polo™ Facebook Page!

The Gladiator Polo™ Fall Series is held in conjunction with the six-week Tryon Fall Show Series presented by Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport, which will begin on Friday, September 22, and continue through Sunday, October 29.

If interested in team sponsorship or team ownership, please contact Gates Gridley at jgridley@equestriansport.com.

For more information on Gladiator Polo™, please visit www.gladiatorpolo.com.

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