Reining The Carolinas Equestrian 18 “Given this facility’s amenities and the potential scope of your audience, I suppose you’re going to reach out to the reining community?”  “Do you plan to submit a bid to host a future World Equestrian Games (WEG)?”  “The indoor arena will be perfectly suited for the reining and vaulting disciplines.”  It’s hard to believe that this initial conversational exchange with Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) managing partner Mark Bellissimo occurred four years ago.  To say a lot has transpired since then is an understatement.

Danny Robertshaw The Carolinas Equestrian 01 “Being inducted into this year’s National Show Hunter Hall of Fame gave me a similar feeling as to the one I experienced the first time I won at indoors,” shares Danny Robertshaw.  “It was a huge thrill for me.”  Danny grew up in Wilmington, NC, and was ‘discovered’ by legendary hunter and equitation trainer, Nora Cooke, of Cedarhill Farm in Charlotte, NC, who was judging him at a local horse show.  He became a working student for Nora in the late 1960’s-early 70’s which gave him the opportunity to polish up his natural riding skills through her instruction and spend more hours in the saddle.  “When riding a horse for the first time, I always had the mentality that it was going to be good,” he shares.  That positive attitude worked toward Danny’s benefit throughout his career as many brought him their more difficult horses to ride.

Phillip receiving the Bronze Medal at the 2016 Rio OlympicsPhillip receiving the Bronze Medal at the 2016 Rio OlympicsPhillip Dutton is one of the biggest names in eventing and each winter he packs up his farm in Penn­sylvania and heads for Aiken, SC, where he trains his top horses, schools up his young ones and competes all over the south. So, this January, as we drove down the long, winding drive way to meet Phillip at his farm's "winter retreat" the excitement in the car was obvious. Dutton has competed at the top of the sport for years, recently riding "Mr. Medicott" to a fourth-place finish at Rolex 2017, with "Fernhill Fugitive" and 'Tm Sew Ready" in the top ten and bringing home the individual Bronze Medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics with "Mighty Nice." Throughout the years, he has ridden on several Pan American teams, competed in previous Olympic events, in addition to suc­cessful rides at the largest competitions in the world ... Rolex, Pau, Fair Hill, Bromont, Jersey Fresh and the list goes on.