Tryon Resort aims to corral equestrian enthusiasts


$100M project scheduled to open in 2016


Touted as the “most significant new equestrian lifestyle destination in the world,” Tryon Resort, located seven miles north of the South Carolina border in Tryon, N.C., will feature the newly built, world-class Tryon International Equestrian Center, with five riding arenas and 500 stalls opening on July 2.

The adjoining 1,400-acre luxury resort is scheduled to open in 2016 and will include a 150-room hotel developed by Salamander Hotels & Resorts and designed by AW Architects. It will be built into the natural gradient of the land, overlooking the mountains.

“Our goal is to create a special place that focuses on the passion and love for both horses and horse sport,” said Mark Bellissimo, managing partner of Tryon Equestrian Partners.

A restaurant and bar are planned along with retail shops, a market, indoor and outdoor heated pools, fitness center, event space for weddings and meetings, stone terraces, and a 5,000-square-foot entertainment pavilion.


Also on site will be a nature-inspired destination spa (opening in 2017), an Arnold Palmer-designed golf course, and hundreds of luxury homes available for both rental and purchase.

The $100 million project is considered to be a huge boon to Tryon, creating hundreds of jobs and adding tens of millions of dollars to the local economy and tax base. Tryon is considered to be the birthplace of modern show jumping, and is also popular for several other equestrian disciplines.


Tryon Resort is located on and adjacent to the former White Oak Community, a planned golf and equestrian community that went bankrupt during the recession.

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TryonResort4The August 2013 launch of the equestrian-themed Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, Va., led Tryon Equestrian Partners to select Salamander Hotels & Resorts to manage the hospitality components of the Tryon resort, Bellissimo said.

“There is tremendous synergy between our Middleburg resort and Tryon Resort, which provides Salamander another unique opportunity to demonstrate our expertise in the luxury resort market,” said Sheila C. Johnson, founder and CEO of Salamander Hotels & Resorts.


Beginning on July 2, the Tryon International Equestrian Center will host the first of numerous multi-day, international-level equestrian competitions across several disciplines in collaboration with the Tryon Riding and Hunt Club. These events will complement the Tryon Horse Show, which is the third oldest horse show in the country.

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