Carolina Farms & Show Grounds Opening Stall Doors to Horses Evacuating Ahead of Hurricane Irma

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Foothills Nature Equestrian Center in Tryon, North Carolina.

Sept.5, 2017

Equestrian facilities operated by individuals and major show grounds in the Carolinas have opened their stable doors to horses fleeing in advance of Hurricane Irma that the National Hurricane Center is describing as “potentially catastrophic” with winds up to 185 miles/295 km an hour as it heads to the United States southeast coast, including the dense show horse area of South Florida.

A major center for evacuees is Tryon in North Carolina, a longtime equestrian area in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains that has become globally recognized with creation of the Tryon International Equestrian Center that will host the World Equestrian Games a year from now and is 270 miles/435km from the coast. A World Cup CDI will be staged at TIEC next week.

The Foothills Equestrian Nature Center (FENCE) in Tryon, North Carolina, 725 miles/1,170 km northeast of Wellington was expected to receive on Wednesday the first of up to 300 horses for which there is no charge for stabling, just a request to strip and sweep clean stables before leaving. In addition to stalls, FENCE is offering RV hookups. Contact: / 828-859-9021.

“This is our give back to community,” FENCE Executive Director Tracie Hanson was quoted by the Tryon Daily Bulletin. “Those families and horses have enough to worry about,” said FENCE Executive Director Tracie Hanson.

According to The Farm House, a clearing site for requests for stabling and lodging, Harmon Field in Tryon is also offering stalls at no charge. Contact: Lisa Miller 864-316-8697.

Cherokee Hill Farm, in Tryon. Call: 828-859-9990.

South Carolina Equine Park in Camden is offering stalls for a one-time flat fee $25 per stall for evacuee stabling and shavings at $5.50 per bag with a request to strip stalls upon departure. Call: Mike Mathis 803 486-4938.

Highfields Event Center/Progressive Show Jumping in Aiken, South Carolina. Conact: or 803-649-3505.

Tryon International Equestrian Center. As many as 400 stalls at discounted rates, accommodations for humans and RV hookups also available. Contact: 828-863-1005.