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American Trakehner Association 
2018 Convention

November 8-11, 2018

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4066 Pea Ridge Road, Mill Spring, NC 28756
(828) 863-1000

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The 2018 Convention will be a casual and down-home, fun reunion for all ATA members at Tryon International Equestrian Center. For those who have been here before, you know what a first-class operation it is! With multiple riding arenas, more than 1,200 permanent stalls, and a variety of restaurants, shops and lodging options all on-site, TIEC is the perfect venue to showcase our Trakehners and have a great time. 

This year we’re going back to our roots and including a “Dinner on the Grounds” with horse demonstrations, good old-fashioned food and fun at the barn, with Member Awards, Horse of the Year Awards, and Merit Awards: recognition for owners, breeders and horses!

We are also once again combining our convention with the Young Horse Show Series. Prize money is available for any horses winning through this series in case anyone would like to participate in YHS classes, and a joint jumping Derby with cash and other prizes will be held on Saturday night! 

Convention Attendance Fees

  • Member registration fee - $150 if paid by 9/30 - Late registration is $200
  • Junior member registration fee - $75
  • Partial Registration fees:
    • $40 for Thursday; includes hors d'oeuvres
    • $60 for Friday; includes evening meal. 
    • $60 for Saturday; includes evening meal. 
    • Deadline to pay is Noon, Thursday, Nov. 8

Convention Registration

Stabling, Clinics and Exhibition/Derbys

Stabling is available at TIEC however final pricing won't be available until after WEG.  We will pass on our TIEC rate which is expected to be $35 - $40.  Please reserve now and check back late-September for final pricing.
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More Information coming soon


(more info will be posted as it becomes available)




Wed 11/7
8:00 am-5 pm
Thu 11/8
8:00 am-5 pm

Thu 11/8

  • Board meeting

8 am-6 pm

Thu 11/8

  • Jump chute practice/evening for Stallions, Mares and Riding Horse Performance Test Participants 
  • Welcome reception / hors d’oeuvres

Fri 11/9

  • Mare & Young Horse Inspections
  • Mare and Riding Horse Performance Test
  • Stallion Inspection Phases 1 & 2
  • Stallions: jump chute practice
  • Awards, Horse Demonstrations & Dinner on the TIEC Grounds

Sat 11/10

  • Membership Meeting
  • Stallion Inspection Phases 3-5
  • Free Time for Touring, Optional Wine Tasting
  • Dinner at George Morris Arena
  • Jumper Derby 

Sun 11/11

  • Board meeting
8 am - 11:00 am


Convention News



TIEC offers a variety of housing options; we will provide a negotiated rate which the TIEC Lodging Office will have by phone reservation only. Contact them at (828) 863-1015. Please remember that TIEC is hosting the World Equestrian Games for roughly half a million people in mid-September and it may be difficult to reach them until after the WEG ends.

Additionally, there are several newly-opened motels in the nearby communities which you may wish to look into. A few options are:

In Forest City (approximately 15 miles)

Hampton Inn and Suites, 227 Sparks Drive, Forest City, NC 28043, (828) 382-1001

Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Forest City, 2600 US Highway 74A Bypass, Forest City, NC 28043 (828) 202-5108

Holiday Inn Express Forest City, 200 Holiday Inn Drive, Forest City, NC 28043 (828) 755-2000

Also, there are several 5-star Bed and Breakfasts in the vicinity:

In Rutherfordton, approximately 12 miles

Carrier Houses Inn, 255 N Main St, Rutherfordton, NC 28139 (828) 287-4222

Firehouse Inn, 134 N Washington St, Rutherfordton, NC 28139 (828) 286-9030

In Columbus, approximately 9 miles

Butterfly Creek Inn, 780 Smith Dairy Rd, Columbus, NC 28722 (828) 894-6393