Settling in for The Fork at Tryon International Equestrian Center

You know that feeling you get when you walk into a posh hotel room? Everything feels clean and fresh, and part of you wants to preserve its sanctity: tuck your luggage out of sight, talk in whispered tones, leave that little triangle fold on the toilet paper intact. But if you are a 10-year-old trapped in an adult body like me, you also experience a weird compulsion to mess it all up: jump on the perfectly-made bed, raid the mini-fridge, and blast Lana Del Rey way too loud during a three-hour bubble bath. Knock-knock. “Did someone order room service?” Oh yeah! This girl! Bring me that side of black truffle pommes frites! And ketchup! “I am sorry to tell you, m’am, that your credit card did not go through.” Hmmmm. 

This is why I cannot stay in posh hotels.

There’s something similar in the air in the preamble to an event at Tryon International Equestrian Center. The rings are perfectly dragged, the fancy restaurants are nearly empty, and fit, eagle-eyed horses are all around, slinking about on hacks or grazing on bright green patches of grass. Everything is quiet, but there’s an anticipation in the air of a fast-paced, wildly-exciting competition to come.

So it is in advance of The Fork at TIEC. Let’s have a glance around at the calm before the storm! And remember to keep it locked on EN for live coverage throughout the weekend.

Everyone is beginning to arrive at the Tryon International Equestrian Center for the Fork Horse Trials and Tryon2018…

Posted by USA Eventing on Tuesday, April 3, 2018

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