Boots, Bratwurst, Breeches and Brews to Aid Horse People in Need

Robert Dover, Janise Gray, Laura King, Brittni Raflowitz, Tracy Raflowitz and Robert Ross. Photo by Robert Ross.

Equestrian Aid Foundation Celebrates Oktoberfest

Tryon, NC. October 15, 2016 — The Equestrian Aid Foundation hosted Oktoberfest on Friday, October 14th at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC). Exhibitors and local equine enthusiasts shared a festival spirit with pretzels, bratwursts and brews in hand. The evening raised funds to be distributed to those in the equestrian community in need of medical, healthcare, rehabilitation and essential expenses such as housing and food. The Foundation assists equestrians, other horse people and equine-related professionals who are suffering from catastrophic illnesses and injuries.

Guests enjoyed a fun and festive benefit party with delicious German-inspired hors d’oeuvres in keeping with the Oktoberfest spirit, as well as ten fall craft beers and Shelton Vineyards wine for tasting.

There were a variety of door prizes awarded throughout the evening as well as a raffle drawing for a 2016 Summer Rio Olympics jacket and shirt donated by Robert Dover, chef d’equipe for the Bronze-medal winning United States dressage team. Retailers located on the show grounds in Tryon provided a number of additional door prizes.

“We are delighted to have hosted a fun fall activity that brought so many people together to help fellow equestrians in need,” said Executive Director Louise Smith. “We really appreciate the assistance and enthusiasm of everybody at TIEC who provided tremendous support for this benefit, and hope to make it an annual event.”

The Equestrian Aid Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that has raised over $2.6 million in its nearly twenty year history to assist individuals from all riding disciplines, equine professions, backgrounds and ages who are coping with serious injury or illness. For more information about the Equestrian Aid Foundation, please visit or follow us on Facebook. You can make a difference in the lives of horse people in need.

Contact: Jessica Greene, Sirota Public Relations

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