Atlanta Spring and Tryon Summer Classic Horse Shows Right around the Corner

Parade of Hounds at the Tryon Summer Classic. Photos by: Shawn McMillen

Beautiful spring weather has arrived here in the south and Equus Events spring and summer schedule is beginning to heat up.  The Atlanta Spring Premiere May 11-15 and the Atlanta Spring Challenge May 18-22 are just around the corner and will include two fabulous weeks of AA competition at the Georgia International Horse Park.  This show series takes place in one of the countries premiere equestrian facilities and will offer over $180,000 in prize money through out the two weeks.  Features include a $25,000 Grand Prix each week, two $5,000 Open Welcome Stakes each week, a $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, a USHJA National Hunter Classic, a $7,500 JR/AO Jumper Classic each week and in addition the Atlanta Spring Premiere has been selected as a World Champion Hunter Rider Event.  These shows will offer something for everyone as nearly every hunter and jumper division will be offered a classic.  Equus Events will also offer daily hospitality for exhibitors, trainers, and riders and weekly parties.  The annual Preakness Party will take place May 21st to celebrate the 136th running of the Preakness Stake.  DFG Stables and Daniel and Cathy Geitner of Aiken, SC are graciously sponsoring this event.

The Tryon Summer Classic Horse Show will again take place June 2-5 at FENCE in beautiful Tryon, North Carolina.  FENCE (Foothills Equestrian Nature Center) is a 380 acre nature, education and recreation facility nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  The area offers many activities including numerous shops and antique stores as well as adventures whitewater rafting on the Green River.  This year’s show will again benefit the Tryon Hounds. This unique event encompasses the days of old with a rich tradition but also attracts top riders and trainers in the southeast.  Many will be contending for their name to be engraved on numerous perpetual trophies.  Some of last years winners include:

Beautiful view of the Blue Ridge Mountains from the In gate at the Tryon Summer Classic

The Pre-Green High Point Hunter Trophy went to Stature owned by Allison Mills and ridden By Daniel Geitner.

The Red Frazier Memorial Trophy for Grand Pony Hunter donated by Earnest M. Oare went to KatydidKissme owned by Katrina Becker and ridden by Elizabeth Butterworth.

The Frederick B. Farewell Perpetual Memorial Challenge Trophy for Grand Amateur Owner Hunter went to (tie) Three Olives and Anna Wells Sharp and Shem Creek and Anne Rice Ervin.

The Fox Creek Farm Challenge Trophy for Overall High Point Junior Working Hunter went to Tenerife and Noel Fauntleroy.

The George C. Webster Trophy for High Point Short Stirrup Hunter donated by the Farmhouse went to Smartie Pants and Eliza Fauntleroy.

The feature events for the Tryon Summer Classic include the $10,000 EMO Jumper Classic.  This exciting class will take place Saturday, June 4th under the lights in the main arena.  A Grand Prix Party presented by the Tryon Hounds will also take place under the VIP tent.  New to the show this year is the $5000 Tryon Charity Challenge Event presented by the Tryon Riding and Hunt Club.  This class will take place Sunday, June 5th and will feature riders and trainers competing for their favorite local charity.  Charity applications and details are available at The Tryon Summer Classic will also offer a $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Classic this year.  This event will take place Friday June 3rd along with an Exhibitor reception in the VIP tent.

Derek Peterson and Eli winners of the 2010 Atlanta Spring Challenge $25,000 Grand Prix

For more information on the Atlanta Spring or Tryon Summer Classic Horse Shows please visit or call 803-643-5698.  For sponsorship package information please contact Sherry Mask at 770-276-8861 or

Equus Events Inc.
Aiken, SC

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