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).

Sep 23, 2022 Volunteers

Volunteers Needed at Old Tavern Horse Trials

It is hard to believe it, but Old Tavern Horse Trials is already here. This weekend's event, which runs September 24- September 25, will host over 300 entries, running Beginner Novice through Intermediate.

Sep 23, 2022 Area Championships

Kuhn, Coltrin, Novotny Pasker, and Burgess Claim Area IV Championship Titles at Otter Creek

The 2022 Area IV Championships took place in Wheeler, Wisconsin at the Otter Creek Fall Horse Trials on September 16-18. Four new champions were crowned in four divisions: Preliminary, Training, Novice, and Beginner Novice. Meet your newest USEA Area IV Champions below.

Sep 22, 2022 Eventing News

US Equestrian Announces the Appointment of Graeme Thom as Director of FEI/High-Performance Sport Programs

US Equestrian (USEF) announces the appointment of Graeme Thom as Director of FEI/High-Performance Sport Programs beginning October 3, 2022. This start date will allow for a smooth and collaborative transition as Will Connell remains with USEF through the 25th of November.

Sep 22, 2022 Dressage Tests

A View from the Judge’s Box

Mary Grace is the kind of dressage judge every rider hopes will be waiting at C when they turn down center line. Having occupied a seat in the judge’s box (or car, as the case may be) for over three decades, she can practically recite the rulebooks from memory but nevertheless studies the relevant documents before every competition where she officiates, whether it’s a schooling show or a recognized event

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