Sep 20, 2022

Eventing in Small Town Tryon, North Carolina

Liz Crawley photography

The best way to describe Tryon Riding and Hunt Club’s (TR&HC) Morris the Horse Trials is “strengthening its roots as it looks to the future.” This year’s event on October 22 & 23 at the Foothills Equestrian Nature Center (FENCE) marks 47 years of the competition set in the picturesque North Carolina Foothills. Part of Morris’s “roots” are exemplified by this year’s organizer Molly Bull and technical delegate Erin Stormont, both of whom grew up competing at this same event.

For 2022, Morris’ new course designer Beth Perkins brings the credentials of being a local resident, an “R’ rated course designer, an international competitor, and a member of one of the earliest eventing families. (The USEA Lady Rider of the Year Trophy is perpetually awarded in honor of Beth’s mother, Essie Perkins.)

A new course builder, Dylan Barry, with international credentials, will work alongside Beth to produce a confidence-building and fun course. Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) has loaned cross-country jumps to update the Morris cross-country track.

Liz Crawley photography

Encouraging the Camaraderie

TR&HC is hosting a Competitor’s Low Country Boil dinner on Friday evening. Additionally, Morris is following the USEA’s lead by offering Intercollegiate Teams and the Interscholastic Leagues who receive a free tack stall. Through the T.I.P. awards, Morris acknowledges those who have retrained Thoroughbreds to become event horses.

Responding to the Competitors

Feedback from competitors and trainers led to the decision to add an “Intro” level this year with jumps at a maximum of 18 inches. This is in keeping with the low-key and friendly atmosphere of Morris, which is the hallmark of its hometown - Tryon!

More information on Morris the Horse Trials is available at and the Omnibus (Area III).

Jan 26, 2023 Young Event Horse

Get a Taste of Eventing with the New Event Horse Program

Are you interested in competing in the sport of eventing but aren’t quite sure how to get started? Do you have a horse that is looking for a new career? Consider participating in a USEA New Event Horse (NEH) competition in 2023! The USEA NEH Program was created to be an introduction to the sport of eventing for both horse and rider, and the 2023 NEH Calendar is now available here.

Jan 25, 2023 Profile

Dondante Steps Into The Spotlight with 2022 Standlee USEA Horse of the Year Title

Will Coleman had a huge 2022 with his string of horses, including a team silver medal at the FEI World Eventing Championship in Italy on Off The Record and top four-star placings with Chin Tonic HS, but it was Dondante whose consistency paid off to earn the Standlee Premium Western Forage USEA Horse of the Year title.

Jan 24, 2023 Volunteers

The VIP Volunteer: Julie Murray

Julie Murray has loved horses since she could breathe, so when her daughters showed an interest in Pony Club and then eventing, she was thrilled to go along for the ride.

Murray started volunteering at the Fallbrook Pony Club near her home in Fallbrook, California, serving as an intermediate district commissioner.

Jan 23, 2023 Association News

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