Even if you grew up in North Carolina, you may have never heard of Mill Spring. Before 2014, the quiet town wasn’t really on anyone’s radar as a destination, even for those who lived nearby. But that all changed when whispers of a luxury resort under construction here started to evolve into coverage from local media outlets. They gushed over the reportedly $100 million Tryon International Equestrian Center, or TIEC, which held its first competition in July of 2014.
Now two years later, people have started to catch on that Mill Spring and its surrounding communities are really the places to be buying real estate, especially if you’re an equestrian. The closer you live to the TIEC, the shorter your trip to watch or participate in its almost-daily jumper competitions. Admission to the competitions is free, as is parking, and even those who don’t ride themselves will be impressed by the internationally sourced talents who show off at the TIEC. Plus, when equestrians aren’t trotting around the George Morris Arena and the other smaller rings, the spaces offer other types of entertainment.
The TIEC hosts everything from live music to fundraising events during the weeks that no competitions are scheduled. In the balmy summer months, these events include the weekly Saturday Night Lights Grand Prix. Although a show-jumping competition is at the heart of the Saturday Night Lights event, you could keep the whole family entertained without ever even making it to the showing ring. That’s because the Grand Prix also encompasses tons of kid-friendly things to do, such as performances by magicians, face-painting, and rides on ponies and the TIEC’s classic Venetian carousel.
So if you’re one of the many equestrians or families considering buying a home near the Tryon International Equestrian Center, allow Scott Hastings to step in and help. His wife is a professional equestrian, so he is well-acquainted with just how much hard work goes into showing—as well as the financial constraints of self-employment. Scott can work with any client to devise a financing plan that not only allows her easy access to the TIEC, but also makes sound financial sense in both the short- and long-term. With his help, you’ll have much more time to practice for your next competition at the TIEC or just get the kids excited to check out the Saturday Night Lights Grand Prix.