Last week Annie and I spent time at the Summer 2 horse show at the new Tryon International Equestrian Center. HOLY MOLEY. This place is legit. It is easily the most gorgeous facility I have ever been too and makes even the nicest farms and venues I have been to look like dumps.
The drive down to Tryon was a little rough and unfortunately when we arrived our stalls had been used and were dirty… One actually had someone else’s horse in it! It took the security office and stabling manager awhile to relocate us and the horses were exhausted when they finally got to settle into their stalls. After that we headed to our lovely little cabin about 15 minutes from TIEC.
It had a great porch but as is normal with horse shows we didn’t get to spend a lot of time lounging out there. Come Tuesday the horses had settled in and Annie got a pro ride. She was a little up but overall a total star. She was jumping like a freak (in good way) and was un phased by everything at the show. This was also Bears first show and he took to it like a natural. He was pretty happy to lounge in the aisle or tack room and is very comfortable with the horses thankfully. He finds them fascinating to watch as well! On Wednesday after our classes we were able to meet up with my family friends that live in the area and ate at the Legends Club Grill. Another great thing about TIEC is that there are a bunch of restaurants on site (including: a diner, mexican, sushi, subs, and the legends club).By Thursday Annie was with the program and only needed a few warm up fences. Originally Annie and I were just going to go in the .8M jumpers to get some more miles in prep for Chatt Hills and my BO’s stallion was going to get ridden by a pro to get qualifying rounds for the 5YO YJC. I ended up having the pro take Annie around as well though and I am so glad that I did. By Thursday J rode Annie in the .8M and I rode her in the .9M. I love this young horse so much! It is impossible not to have fun.
Thankfully I thought the jumps were just 2’9 because I don’t know how to read conversions and didn’t get psyched out before I went into the ring over almost 3′ jumps. Hillary 1 – Mental Game 0The jumps actually didn’t feel that big and Annie made it all seem so easy! In addition to all of the riding we also took in some local views at a small vineyard. I won’t be hunting down any of the wine anytime soon but the company was unbeatable and we were all laughing so hard we were almost in tears. On the last day Annie had a blue ribbon round and while I wasn’t in the irons I am still so impressed by her!