POLK Co., N.C. (WSPA) — The 73rd Tryon Block House Races has been rescheduled due to heavy rainfall in recent months.
The Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) announced Monday the races have been moved from April 13 to Oct. 5.
TIEC and the National Steeplechase Association cited safety concerns in their decision to reschedule the races.
Race officials say extensive improvements have been made to Tryon’s Green Creek Race Course since 2018. However, officials said in a news release that rainfall totals are far above average for this time of year and more rain is expected in the coming weeks.
“Horse safety is always our first priority, and, although the races could be run this spring, it is in the best interest of the horse and rider to reschedule,” Toby Edwards, race director for the Tryon Block House Races, said in a statement.
TIEC turf superintendent Daniel Fradley said there’s been 53 days of rain since November and the region has received 35.4 inches of rain as of Monday – more than 16 inches above the average rainfall.
The race course has underwent improvements and race officials plan more enhancements, including a permanent irrigation system.
The 74th annual Tryon Block House event will return in spring 2020.
All tickets for the April steeplechase events, including the pre-race kickoff, are transferable to Oct. 5 or for the spring 2020 race. Ticket holders wanting to transfer tickets to the fall date don’t have to take further action. Those wanting to transfer tickets to the spring 2020 date or with questions, are asked to contact firstname.lastname@example.org.