August 30-September 3, 2017
The USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) is the annual championship for every level of the Olympic equestrian sport of eventing, from Beginner Novice to Advanced in America.
The popular USEA American Eventing Championships offers qualified USEA members of all ages and levels the chance to compete in the only national championships of its kind in the United States. Each September, hundreds of juniors, adult amateurs, and professionals travel from all across the nation to participate in this prestigious competition, vying for the chance to win a piece of the prize money and fabulous prizes and the chance to be named the best in the nation at their respective levels.
Riders and spectators will enjoy excellent amenities including high-quality permanent stabling as well as spectacular viewing areas for almost all of the show grounds. With courses designed by the renowned designer of Britain’s Burghley Horse Trials, Captain Mark Phillips, the team at the Tryon International Equestrian Center is developing championship-calliber courses for all levels.
What is Eventing?
Eventing is best described as an equestrian triathlon. Comprised of three phases, the sport tests a rider’s skill more completely than any other.
Dressage, the first phase, shows the horse’s and rider’s ability to perform a series of prescribed classical movements on the flat in an enclosed arena. The second phase, cross-country, involves the horse and rider galloping over natural terrain, jumping a variety of fixed obstacles along the way. In the final phase of show jumping, horse and rider jump a series of stadium fences in an enclosed arena.
The rider accumulates penalty points in each phase based on varying factors and the rider with the lowest amount of points at the end of the three phases takes home top honors. The sport evolved from a military contest to an Olympic competition. It is an exciting sport attracting interest from all levels of sports enthusiasts, from weekend hobby riders to professional international stars.
About the Venue
TIEC offers competitors and spectators numerous on-site dining and lodging options throughout the duration of one’s stay at the facility. Hosting more than 40 weeks of international and national equestrian competition throughout the year, TIEC is proud to have been selected as the home of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018, which will span two weeks in September of 2018.
Open seven days a week year-round, TIEC boasts a diverse range of affordable fine dining options, whether you’ve planned a family night out with the kids or an intimate evening of casually elegant dining with close friends. Open every week, 50s-inspired Roger’s Diner offers breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a menu of classic and southern favorites like burgers, patty melts, grits and milkshakes along with breakfast all day. Also offering lunch and dinner service and indoor or patio seating, Legends Grille serves dishes that are prepared using the freshest ingredients and presented with casual elegance. Get your sushi fix year-round at Blue Ginger Sushi & Noodles where the freshest seafood and locally sourced ingredients are handcrafted into edible works of art. Campagna is TIEC’s newest restaurant and features italian cuisine and wood fired pizza. During the competition week, try Mane St. Coffee, Tryon Cafe, Triple Crown Deli & Subs, Clear Rounds Pub, and The Siesta Cantina. Our on-site General Store also offers groceries, local and NC-based treats and delicacies, and a huge variety of basic toiletries and home supplies for your convenience. To browse all of our restaurants and cafes and their menus, click here.
Lodging on-site at TIEC is SOLD OUT for the event!
Please find a list of off-site lodging options below
626 W Mills St, Columbus, NC 28722
Lodge on Lake Lure
361 Charlotte Drive, Lake Lure, NC 28746
The Esmeralda Inn
910 Main Street, Chimney Rock, NC 28720
2222 Palmer Rd, Mill Spring, NC 28756
The Orchard Inn
100 Orchard Inn Ln, Saluda, NC 28773
Pine Crest Inn
85 Pine Crest Lane, Tryon, NC 28782
125 W 1st St, Rutherfordton, NC 28139
200 Holiday Inn Dr, Forest City, NC 28043
Mountain Inn & Suites
755 Upward Rd, Flat Rock, NC 28731
255 North Main St, Rutherfordton, NC 28139
Holiday Inn Express
111 Commercial Blvd, Flat Rock, NC 28731
299 N Church St, Spartanburg, SC 29306
Red Horse Inn
45 Winstons Chase Ct, Landrum, SC 29356
Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park
43 Town Square Blvd, Asheville, NC 28803
Courtyard Asheville Airport
360 Rockwood Rd, Arden, NC 28704