Butterfly Creek Inn Tryon is the Closest Offsite Lodging to Tryon International Equestrian Center

If you’re competing, you’ll want to stay close to the Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) and we are the closest off-site accommodations. Butterfly Creek Inn Tryon is only 10 minutes away.
Also, we are only seven miles from the Foothills Equestrian Nature Center (FENCE), a 380-acre equestrian educational and recreational center in Tryon, NC AND Harmon Field.

Butterfly Creek Inn Tryon is the perfect place to kick off your boots and relax between events. We have a dedicated concierge service that will take care of your every need from farriers to spa treatments. Our rooms are affordable, luxurious and private — perfect for anyone who wants to get away from the crowd. For complete privacy, you may be interested in reserving the whole inn for your entourage, just give us a call to check availability.


Butterfly Creek Inn Tryon in Tryon Horse Country

equestrian-2You take care of the blue ribbons and leave the rest to us! As the closest inn or lodging to Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), we cater to equestrian show competitors. Boots & Breeches are always welcome at Butterfly Creek Inn Tryon!

We’re more than happy to customize your stay to make it just right for you. Just ask. If you’re coming to Tryon Horse Country with your entourage, you can book the entire inn! At Butterfly Creek Inn Tryon… it’s all about you!

Equestrian Concierge

Let Butterfly Creek Inn Tryon handle any unexpected stressors so you can focus on the horse show.

Concierge Services include:
• Massage
• Chiropractic
• Acupuncture
• Veterinarians
• Blanket Cleaners & Repairs
• Tack Repairs & Supplies
• Farriers
• Trailer Sales & Servicing
• Horse/Farm/Pet/House Sitting
• Saddle Fitting
• Custom Sewing
• Equine Artists & Photogs
• Horse Transportation & Hauling

Conveniently Located to Everything Equestrian

Nestled in the rolling foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Butterfly Creek Inn Tryon is only 10 miles from Tryon International Equestrian Center and only minutes from the Tryon area’s other equestrian sport venues FENCE and Harmon Field. FETA and CETA riding trails are also just minutes away. The Farm House (a nationally respected tack shop), local restaurants and businesses cater to the equestrian’s lifestyle and specific needs.

Block House SteeplechaseWhat is Tryon Horse Country?

Area equestrians fondly refer to the Tryon, NC area (geographically – Tryon, Landrum, Columbus, Green Creek, Saluda and Mill Spring) as “Tryon Horse Country.”

Tryon Horse Country is more than a plot of land, it’s a state of mind and being. It’s not uncommon to see fox hunters and hounds out early on a fall morning crossing a misty meadow or to catch a glimpse of a carriage trotting down River Road. Those are just a few of the perks of this place we’re proud to call home.

Charleston Magazine (a magazine on living well in the Lowcountry) featured the equestrian chic lifestyle of Tryon in a 4-page travel article in November 2012 called, “Art of the Chase.” National recognition never felt better.

As a guess at our inn, you could participate in a bustling weekend horse show or pleasure ride a meandering 150-mile-long trail at Foothills Equestrian Trail Association’s (FETA). We invite you to experience the Tryon Horse Country state of mind.

Three-Day-EventingEquestrian Training, Clinics, Horse Shows & Discipline Opportunities in Tryon, NC

Whether your discipline is Dressage, Hunter, Hunter/Jumper, Driving, Three-Day Eventing, Cross Country, Barrel Racing, Fox Hunting, Endurance, Western, Saddle Seat, Mounted Cowboy Shooting, Reining, Gaited Ride & Tie, Polocrosse, Pony Club, Competitive Trail or trail riding for pleasure, there is something available for you and your horse in horse lovers heaven – Tryon.

You can also find world-class trainers, clinics, horse shows, boarding, tack and event opportunities that cover your particular equestrian interest. Come in for a weekend and book your stay at our bed & breakfast while on the show circuit, clinic, training, or just looking for the perfect spot to launch your equestrian-based business.

You’ll find Boots & Breeches friendly businesses catering to you as an equestrian. Our horses mean business! Polk County NC has more than 6,154 horses (2008) and another 6,000 in the surrounding areas. It’s no wonder Tryon Horse Country is fast becoming recognized as an Equestrian Lifestyle Destination.

Tryon International Equestrian Center

As of 2014, a new and significant premier horse show venue for the sport horse competitor or enthusiast is the Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), located only 10 miles from Butterfly Creek Inn Tryon. Yes, we’re the closest lodging to TIEC! The only lodging sites that are closer are on TIEC grounds. So, if you’re looking for lodging near TIEC, but just far enough away that you can relax between events, look no further than our bed & breakfast.

Located in Mill Spring, Tryon International Equestrian Center is one of the largest and most contemporary equestrian show and training facilities in the country offering events and competitions for riders of all classes. The Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI) just approved competition dates for 8 total FEI Competitions at Tryon international Equestrian Center.  With a 1,400-acre equestrian center campus that features 10 riding arenas and 1,000 luxurious boarding stables, TIEC was built for very highly rated horse shows.

The TIEC show grounds boast a 6,000-capacity stadium, viewing decks, and a covered riding facility surrounded by the breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains in Western North Carolina.

Tryon Riding & Hunt Club’s Annual Block House Steeplechase Races

Equestrian roots run deep in the Tryon, NC area with horse clubs that have been active for decades such as Tryon Riding & Hunt Club (TR&HC), an equestrian club founded in 1925. TR&HC has the longest running steeplechase in NC, the annual Block House Steeplechase Races at FENCE, locally referred to as Tryon’s “Event of the Year.”

Block House Steeplechase Races brings in droves from Asheville, Greenville, Spartanburg, Atlanta and Charlotte. Women sport Derby Day hats and crowds compete in tailgating contests while enjoying the days festivities. The Block House features four professional steeplechase races, one amateur pony race, and the kids can compete in an old-fashioned pony stick race!

TR&HC is a non-profit organization that offers community support through equestrian sport, while helping to preserve the equestrian tradition in Tryon Horse Country.

FENCEFoothills Equestrian Nature Center (FENCE)

FENCE is a 384 acre tract non-profit facility and organization offering horse show venues for all types of horses and riders. FENCE has over 5 miles of hiking trails that are open to the public, and horse day camps for education. The equestrian center has permanent stabling for over 300 horses, with 11 barns, all-weather footing in three lighted show rings including a covered arena, on-site parking and spectator seating. FENCE holds events in all disciplines all year-round.


Harmon Field

Harmon Field is 45 acre public park dedicated to equestrian and other sports and recreational activities.  It’s also home of the nationally recognized, Blue Ridge BBQ & Music Festival.

Take a Tryon Horse Country Tour

Hunter-JumperLet us arrange for you to take a 3-hour tour through the heart and soul of Tryon Horse Country. The tour is educational and delightfully entertaining. Your tour guide, Libbie Johnson is a local equestrian expert who loves to horse around. Get a behind the scenes glimpse of what makes Tryon Horse Country one of the best places in Western North Carolina for horses and horse people.

Learn how Tryon became the birthplace of the modern US Equestrian Team. Get the inside scoop of the connection with “the horse with the flying tail.” Watch first hand as riders train at a local top notch training facility. Have an inside peek at one of the country’s top surgical equine hospitals. Find out about the world renowned riders that came from Tryon Horse Country. Visit FENCE, Harmon Field, and the fabulous new Tryon International Equestrian Center, and much more!

At Butterfly Creek Inn Tryon, we can saddle you up with the best of Tryon Horse Country!

Tryon Horse Country’s Local Equestrian Organizations & Riding Clubs

Equestrian clubs and organizations are ample throughout the area with events, training, shows and meetings all year long. If you’re looking for events, download TR&HC’s 2015 Area Equestrian Events Calendar.

This Week in  Tryon Horse Country

If you want to stay up with what’s happening in Tryon Horse Country, you can sign up for the weekly e-newsletter, “This Week in Tryon Horse Country.” You can also find current and archived e-newletters at: tryonhorsecountry.org/listings.html

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