Tryon International Equestrian Center has assured National Steeplechase Association officials that it will redouble its efforts with partner Tryon Riding and Hunt Club to assure a top-quality Tryon Block House Races at the North Carolina property next spring.
TIEC informed the NSA in early September that it was canceling its inaugural fall race meet, which had been scheduled for Sept 30.
“TIEC officials told us that they had made every effort to prepare for their first fall meet, but they recognized that the many logistical issues would prevent them from putting on a first-class event,” said NSA President Guy J. Torsilieri.
“Rather than stage a race meet that did not meet its standards, TIEC decided to cancel and prepare for next spring’s races. Obviously, we are disappointed for our program and for our horsemen,” Torsilieri said. “But we have to respect TIEC’s decision and support its efforts to build toward another outstanding meet at their lovely new course next spring. TIEC is determined to have a top-quality fall meet, and we will provide all the support that we can toward achieving that goal.”
In April, the Carolina Cup Racing Association announced that it was canceling its fall meet and moving the signature Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup (Gr. 1) to its spring meet. Carolina Cup officials said the fall Colonial Cup meet had been losing money for decades and was severely impacted by competition from South Carolina college football games.
Torsilieri said the NSA is exploring initiatives to bolster the fall program. “We have initiated conversations that could lead to exciting new venues in the fall. While those conversations are in the preliminary stages, we are very hopeful that they will be productive in the years to come,” he said.
“The NSA is committed to providing the highest quality racing opportunities for its owners and trainers and an exciting event for our many fans.”