Tryon International Equestrian Center Opening, Arena Dedications.

International arena at Tryon International Equestrian Center dedicated to equestrian legend George H. Morris.

Four other equestrian families were also honored, the Reynolds Family, Gordon Wright, Jarrett Schmid

and Carter P. Brown.

 Tryon, N.C. (October 7, 2014) – Legendary horseman George H, Morris was honored on Saturday with the dedication of the main International Arena at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC). The dedication occurred prior to Amanda Flint of Long Valley, NJ victory in the $100,000 Salamander Resort and Spa Grand Prix at TIEC in Tryon, North Carolina.

Westward looking view of the new George H. Morris International Arena.

 Morris Arena

Chris Kappler, Gold and Silver medalist from the 2004 Athens Olympics, introduced the ring dedication to George Morris commenting, “There are thousands of reasons as to why I consider George to be the greatest horseman in the world, but the most important is his incredible understanding and fantastic respect for the horse.  That is why George is particularly proud to be dedicated to this ring because that is what this facility is going to represent, the ultimate understanding and respect for the horse, so much thought has gone into all of this…It is going to be the facility of the future and I think you will see many world championships and other fantastic international events here.”    George Morris, commented during the dedication of the International Ring, “I can tell you, this is world class.  Due to my age, I have been to every horse show in the world and I can compare this to the great horse shows of Europe and Calgary, this is of that class, and will only get better and better. “

TIEC Opening
Katherine Bellissimo, Mark Bellissimo, George Morris, and Roger Smith at the dedication ceremony.

Click on the following link to view the dedication of the George H. Morris International Arena.

Finally, a hand painted Venetian Carousel was installed in the public plaza at the spectator entrance where hundreds of children took turns riding the carousel.  Mark

Bellissimo, added, “The carousel is dedicated to the children of the community who may get their first opportunity to experience the beauty and majesty of the horse whether the experience is a memorable ride on a carousel or their first ride on their way to Olympic level competition. Every dream begins somewhere.”  The first carousel rider was Rebecca Lawlor, daughter of Fate Lawlor, one of the Project Managers for Clary Hood who was instrumental in the construction of the facility.  She was joined on the carousel by the legendary George Morris.

 Rebecca Lawlor and George Morris take a spin on the new carousel.

 Morris Carousel