Tryon International Equestrian Center and Resort to Host Highly Anticipated WCRA’s Rodeo Carolina

It’s early Fall in the world-famous Blue Mountain foothills of North Carolina. Leaves are transitioning to shades of deep auburn, and there is a distinct buzz of excitement surrounding the acclaimed Tryon International Equestrian Center and Resort (Tryon International) in Mill Spring, NC.

Tryon International is known for the luxurious vacation ambiance created amongst its 1,600 acres of rolling hills, stunning sights, and amenities. Hosting over 40 equestrian events annually, Tryon International is no stranger to producing first-class equine competitions. The buzz surrounding the first week of October is unprecedented this season and set to shatter records.

Photo Credit: Tryon International Equestrian Center

This year, the World Champions Rodeo Alliance (WCRA) is headed East to join forces with Tryon International and PBR (Professional Bull Riders) to produce the richest rodeo East of the Mississippi. In addition to unprecedented payouts, this event will create a first-class vacation experience for rodeo athletes, families, and contestants. 

With over 1,400 MD Barnmaster permanent stalls, miles of trails, grazing, and arenas, this world-class facility provides the highest experience for all traveling to Mill Spring. Rodeo athletes and fans are also in for a top-of-the-line vacation experience with eight restaurants and bars on sight, golf, gun, and fitness amenities, and multiple staying accommodations. 

In addition to the lavish amenities, athletes can expect the premier competition opportunities synonymous with the WCRA. With over $400,000 to be paid out and multiple athletes chasing VRQ Triple Crown of Rodeo opportunities, Rodeo Carolina will significantly impact many athletes’ careers. 

Photo Credit: Tryon International Equestrian Center Lodging

Many storylines are only beginning to be written. One Saddle Bronc Rider in particular, Isaac Diaz, is in hot pursuit of his third “Triple Crown of Rodeo” win and the coveted million-dollar payout at stakes. World Champions and challengers alike will travel to the premier facility with their sights on writing their names in WCRA history books. 

Barrel Racer and owner of KY Performance Horses, Kristin Yde, expressed her excitement and anticipation for this event after testing the ground for Barrel Racers. 

“We got to come in, warm up on the arena, and just work the dirt. This is pretty cool –  it’s like the sand, but it holds better. I think you’re going to get more traction, and you’re going to be able to keep those runs consistent across the board no matter where you’re at in the drag,” said Yde. 

Yde also expressed her excitement for the high-caliber event crossing the Mississippi River. “Rodeos are gaining traction here on the East Coast, and this is an amazing facility we can come to and enjoy now.”

“[Spectators are] going to see some incredible horsepower and amazing jockeys. I think [WCRA Rodeo Carolina] will change the game of what you think of rodeo and barrel racing,” explained Yde. 

Photo Credit: Tryon International Equestrian Center

As all eyes turn towards Rodeo Carolina, rodeo athletes and spectators gear up for an unforgettable experience, and one thing is sure. This event will be one for the history books. 

Tickets for Rodeo Carolina are on sale now and can be purchased online at or, or via the phone to PBR Customer Service at (800) 732-1727. 


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