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Greenville-Spartanburg Airport District sponsoring equestrian series at Tryon

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The Greenville-Spartanburg Airport District is sponsoring an international equestrian competition at the Tryon International Equestrian Center.

The 2016 Tryon Fall Series is six weeks of competition and will award $2 million in prize money over the course of the competition. According to TIEC officials, the fall series is the center’s “most prestigious and high-profile competition circuit to date.” It runs through Oct. 30 and includes show jumping and hunter discipline competitions.

“We have welcomed an impressive number of competitors to TIEC this year, many of whom fly here, and we expect that number to grow exponentially, especially if we secure the World Equestrian Games for 2018,” said Sharon Decker, TIEC chief operations officer, in a news release. “GSP offers our exhibitors and visitors expedited and proximal access to TIEC, and our continually increasing attendance brings more domestic and international traffic through the airport.”

This is the first year the airport district has been a major corporate sponsor at the TIEC

“These events and events like them have the potential to significantly impact the economic and entertainment landscape here in the region,” said Dave Edwards, president and CEO of the GSP Airport District, in the release.

The TIEC currently has 10 weeks of international show jumping competitions along with two weeks of international dressage. The events are sanctioned by the Federation Equestre Internationale. TIEC officials said they are awaiting word on whether their bid to host the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games has been approved.

"Like TIEC, GSP services a global audience with a first-class facility and small-town charm and hospitality,” said Mark Belissimo, managing partner of Tryon Equestrian Partners, owners of the TIEC. “We want our visitors and their horses to feel welcomed from arrival to departure, and GSP offers both the infrastructure and convenience for our riders and guests."

The TIEC opened in 2014 in Tryon, N.C. It is planning future expansion to include a 180-room hotel resort, condos and apartments, mixed use retail, a visitor’s center and sports complex, according to the release.

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