The Tryon International Equestrian Center will host its first reining – the Carolina Classic Derby – in May. The event will also feature the Reining USA Team Selection Trials for the FEI World Equestrian Games. • Photo by Andrea Bonaga

Tryon to Host Carolina Classic Derby and Team USA Reining Selections for WEG

The Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) announced it will host the 28th annual Carolina Classic Derby at its facility on May 8-13, 2018. This will be the first reining event to be held at the 1,600-acre venue.

Renamed the Carolina Classic at Tryon International Equestrian Center, the event will also host the Selection Trials for the Reining USA Team in preparation for the FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) Tryon 2018, as well as the $15,000 CRI3* WEG Reining Test Event. The show’s expanded schedule also includes the Carolina Classic Open and Non-Pro Derbies and Atlantic Breeders Incentive Derby, along with a double slate of National Reining Horse Association ancillary classes, American Quarter Horse Association classes and USA Reining classes.

Mike Hancock, longtime producer of the event, was glad to see this next step for the Carolina Classic.

“After 27 years of producing the Carolina Classic Derby, I am proud to see the event move to another level,” Hancock said. “The facility at Tryon is spectacular. I know the management team will do an outstanding job producing an event that will be exciting and fun-filled for the exhibitors. It is good to see that our history of Southern hospitality will continue!”

“We are incredibly honored to be the new host of the Carolina Classic and expand our footprint to welcome Western disciplines to Tryon International Equestrian Center,” said Mark Bellissimo, Co-Founder and CEO of TIEC. “With the addition of our covered arena, we look forward to delivering world-class reining competitions at our venue year-round and are very proud to launch our reining program with such a distinguished show and its impressive team.”

For more information about the Carolina Classic at Tryon International Equestrian Center, please contact Pro Management, Inc. at (580) 759-2572. Admission to and parking at the Carolina Classic at Tryon International Equestrian Center is free and open to the public. For WEG tickets, event schedules or to sign up for the e-newsletter featuring the latest WEG updates, please visit or follow @Tryon2018 on social media. Tryon International Equestrian Center at Tryon Resort is located at 25 International Boulevard, Mill Spring, NC 28756.