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New Equestrian Center To Kick-Start Local Job Market

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Officials believe there will be hundreds of spin-off jobs created by the new Tryon International Equestrian Center Officials believe there will be hundreds of spin-off jobs created by the new Tryon International Equestrian Center

Tryon has the highest per capita horse ownership in North Carolina, according to the most recent figures.

That means there is one horse for every three residents in the town, which is a number officials expect will grow following Wednesday’s announcement of the new multi-million dollar Tryon International Equestrian Center.

Some residents have already seen an influx in business opportunities.

“It has really picked up in the last six months, “says realtor Lillie Brown. “Every real estate agent here is busy."

Brown specializes in marketing horse properties in Polk County, and she is making sales on farms that haven't been sought-after since the housing market crashed in 2007.

She believes the equestrian center has a lot to do with the renewed interest in the area.

“In my opinion, this is the biggest boost we could ever have,” Brown said.

Tryon was already well-known for its equine facilities, but now officials say it will become a destination for horse enthusiasts around the world.

There is a potential for hundreds of local spin-off jobs related to the equine industry which includes, barn design, pasture management, fencing, veterinary services, feed and equipment sales.

Trainer Hollie Adams says competitive horses and their riders need a highly-skilled team to succeed.

“It takes a tremendous amount of manpower and knowledge, experience and horsemanship,” Adams said.

To prepare an up and coming workforce, Isothermal Community College is developing a series of courses and degree-programs in equine sciences.

“Isothermal is just so excited to be a part of the transformation,” says Thad Harrill, vice president of ICC.

The equine industry already provides some 20,000 jobs statewide and has an economic impact of $2 billion annually.

Emily Pace
Emily is a general assignment reporter covering Buncombe, Polk, Rutherford and Henderson Counties.
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