According to a recent press release by Tryon International Equestrian Center, on April 22, 2016 famed Olympic dressage rider Ashley Holzer came to TIEC for the first time and won the first ever Grand Prix FEI CDI 3* Dressage Competition held here in Tryon.
The FEI (Fédération Equestre Internationale) is the international governing body for equestrian sports, founded in 1921. It’s headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland and currently has 134 member countries. FEI events are the most elite international championships and competitions in the world. The FEI governs and provides rules on equestrian games for the International Olympic Committee.
Holtzer’s win on Dressed in Black is a great triumph for her, and also for Tryon as it continues to establish a solid position in the world of elite equestrian show venues.
Holzer is quoted as saying “Honestly, wow. I was dumbfounded when I first came here (to TIEC) and drove up to this facility. This is an amazing thing. We are so lucky to have the support of individuals who back and sponsor such a great horse show. It takes a vision and it’s very easy to say you want to act on that vision. I’ve had a lot of visions, but none of them have ever been executed,” laughed Holzer. “I have to say, just wow. This is unbelievable. I will be here with a lot of horses, for sure for many years to come. This is going to grow the sport in unbelievable ways.”
Second place winner Chris Von Martels “echoed Holzer’s sentiments, stating that another world-class venue in the United States only benefits the riders and their horses, helping combinations to prepare for major championship events around the globe.
“I have to thank Mark Bellissimo and all of his partners. It’s just incredible what they do and I think this is truly an amazing group of individuals who actually get things done. The whole sport and the whole industry grows because of this environment. It’s good for the equestrian economy, and honestly, it’s good for everyone’s economy.”
The full text of the press release is available here at Tryon.com
Here is a link to the Equestrian Venue and Operational Requirements, which TIEC accomplished in just two short years.