American Hobby Horse: Saturdays in July and October 2020 at TIEC

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Hobby Horse

Info: Summer & Fall Series at TIEC

Welcome to American Hobby Horse at Tryon International Equestrian Center. Hosted every Saturday in July and October, Hobby Horsing is the “safe, fun and affordable way to ride horses,” and we want you to learn more about this exciting addition!


What is Hobby Horse? 

Competitive hobby horsing originates in Finland and has more than 10,000 active participants. Competitions have been seen repeatedly on mainstream media outlets and social media platforms, even earning coverage from networks and programs on ESPN and ABC, and in publications like The Wall Street Journal.

Riders participating in competitive hobby horsing – a toy consisting of a stick with a model horse head – perform and mimic the movements and technicality of horseback riding in the disciplines of show jumping and dressage, then translate that to their stick horse, where judges will mark and score their rounds. For participants competing in show jumping, courses are set with tricky combinations and patterns, similar to the show jumping competitions seen at TIEC throughout the year.

When are Hobby Horse competitions happening? 

TIEC hosts Hobby Horse competitions every Saturday in during our Summer Series in July and during our Fall Series in October!

Where are Hobby Horse competitions happening? 

Regular Hobby horse competitions will be held in the front green space next to the General Store. Our Hobby Horse Final will be held in the Tryon Stadium before Saturday Night Lights competition!


Where can I purchase a Hobby Horse? 

The General Store at TIEC will be carrying an assortment of Hobby Horses, which will be available for purchase throughout the duration of the Summer. However, we encourage creativity with designing your own Hobby Horse!


What fence heights or divisions will be offered at TIEC? 

Divisions will be designated by age at various jump heights:

  • Ages 6 & under: Cross-rails, 18in.
  • Ages 7-8: Cross-rails, 18in.
  • Ages 9-11: 18in., 2ft.
  • Ages 12-14: 2ft., 2ft. 6in.

*Children may compete in all of the height levels within their age division. If there are more than 12 entries in a class we will split into 2 classes.

Are there any specific rules or regulations for participants? 

Riders must complete the entire course with their hobby horse and will incur one fault for every rail knocked down during their time on course. Results will be based on the time in which the rider completes the course, with the fastest rider taking first place. The top eight places will be awarded ribbons for each division at the conclusion of competition. Participants should wear comfortable, athletic attire and running shoes or tennis shoes.

Are there special awards or prizes? 

Special awards will be given each week to the Best Hobby Horse and the Best Turned Out Rider. These awards will be based upon the unique style of the horse and the rider’s outfits and chosen by the announcer.


Where can I sign up to compete? 

Please fill out the form below to register for competition. Entries MUST be in by 12 p.m. on the day of competition in order to participate. 

Where do I get more information?

For more information about hobby horse, please contact

Click here to view the waiver form.

Registration is closed for 2019. Check back soon for 2020 dates! 

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