Inaugural Week at the New Tryon International Equestrian Center Concludes with Victory for Alex Granato and Mullaghdrin Rado in $50,000 Grand Prix
Tryon Equestrian Center
Tryon, N.C. (July 8, 2014) – The inaugural week of summer shows at the new Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), part of the freshly announced Tryon Resort in North Carolina, concluded on Sunday, July 6 with a victory for Alex Granato riding Mullaghdrin Rado in Sunday’s $50,000 Grand Prix.
Competitors from five different nations showed in jumper, hunter, and equitation classes, while around 2,000 spectators watched the world-class showjumping and enjoyed live music and social events. The recently unveiled equestrian facility, conveniently located directly off US-74 and about 40 minutes from the City of Asheville, includes five riding arenas, 500 permanent stables and numerous shaded viewing structures – all overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountain Range.
On Thursday, July 3, TIEC’s first $25,000 Welcome Grand Prix featured 24 entries. The top three finishers were Fedor and Scott Keach (0 | 33.568), Quabelle and Blythe Marano (0 | 33.379), and Karenina and Thomas John Russell (0 | 34.707). Asheville band Brushfire Stankgrass highlighted the ensuing Exhibitor Party.
At the $50,000 Grand Prix on Sunday, July 6, the main ring saw a total of 22 competitors tackling a course designed by Oscar Soberon. There were seven first round clears, and a total of five double clear rounds. Alex Granato rode Mullaghdrin Rado to victory, with a jumpoff time of 40.262 seconds. Rounding out the top three finishers were Blythe Marano riding Quabelle (41.238) and Sharn Wordley riding Hickstead’s Axel (41.377).
Week two of the summer series begins on Wednesday, July 9 and runs through Sunday, July 13. Featuring another $50,000 Sunday Grand Prix, events run from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and community attendance is complimentary. The summer series finale week, sponsored by Horseware Ireland, will run from July 16-20 and follow the same time patterns.
Tryon International Equestrian Center is working collaboratively with Tryon Riding and Hunt Club, which has provided TIEC with both sponsorship and volunteers.
About Tryon International Equestrian Center
Owned by Tryon Equestrian Partners, the Tryon International Equestrian Center, part of the new Tryon Resort, is only an hour west of Charlotte Douglas International Airport, and 40 minutes from the highly acclaimed City of Asheville, N.C. The equestrian facility includes five riding arenas with world-class footing and 500 permanent stables. When fully completed, the equestrian facility will feature up to 10 riding arenas (including one with stadium seating for 6,000), 1,000 permanent stalls, elevated and shaded viewing decks, a large covered riding facility and the Tryon Sports Complex. For more information, visit www.TryonHorseShows.com.