Top Equestrian Cities

Equestrian lovers have certain requirements when searching for a place to live or visit. They want to find a community that not only it suitable for them, but for their companion. And for the event lover, we’ve compiled a list of 4 cities with the same love as you.





1) Tryon, North, Carolina

Tryon is located in Western North Carolina in the Foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Tryon was once an Olympic horse-training site for the US equestrian teams. To celebrate their rich equestrian heritage, they have a statue of the “Tryon Horse” in the center of downtown. The globally famed icon has been a part of the town since 1928. Tryon is still a popular city for hundreds of shows a year. One of the main attractions, the Tryon Horse Show, brings the highest amount of visitors per year for the town. Many visitors choose to stay at the beautiful million dollar Tryon International Equestrian Center.

2) Ocala, Florida

During the winter, many people love to escape the winter blues and watch or participate in The Horse Shows in the Sun. The shows began in the 1980’s, and have been growing in number of attendees ever since. Ocala is better known as “the horse capital of the world,” and is one of only 5 cities that is permitted under the Chamber of Commerce to use this title. The horse industry has created 44,000 jobs by breeding, training and related support of the equine industry. Every year the city generates over 2.2 billion in revenue.

3) Churchill Downs, Kentucky

Of course the home of the Kentucky Derby has to be on our list. The Kentucky Derby officially opened in 1875 and has been a staple for the community ever since. In addition to the clubhouse, stables, and track, Churchill Downs also has the Kentucky Derby Museum, which has a rich history of the Kentucky Derby as well as the city. Any equestrian lover will appreciate the dozens of exhibits they have. On average, the derby generates about 100 million for the city.

4) Norco, California

Having the motto “horse town USA,” this horse community embraces old-style transportation. The city has more horse trails than it does sidewalks. Riders can ride their horses to town and tie them at any one of the abundant hitching rails placed close to businesses. Norco’s largest event center, George Ingall’s Equestrian Event Center is always a popular location for horse shows, community events, and home to the California Finals Rodeo.


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