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Tryon Daily Bulletin

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Vol. 86 / No. 57

Tryon, N.C. 28782

Friday, April 19, 2013

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PAC Table Rock hike, Due to the weather and trail conditions on April 12, the Pacolet Area Conservancy (PAC) hike to Table Rock State Park was rescheduled for Friday, April 19. PAC’s Pam Torlina will lead the moderately strenuous 7-mile out and back hike to Bald Rock overlook. There is a $2 park fee ($1.25 for SC Seniors). Please bring exact change. Info: 828859-5060 or e-mail, landpro-

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Horse racing enthusiasts will flock to Tryon tomorrow, Saturday, April 20 for the 67th annual Block House Steeplechase. See our special edition inside. (photo submitted)

Residents question potential White Oak rezoning Public hearing set for April 22 at 6 p.m. by Samantha Hurst

Veer off Hwy. 74 at Pea Ridge Rd. and you’ll drive into a quiet corner of Polk County. Many of the property owners here came into ownership as their land passed down through generations or specifically because

they sought a rural setting in which to live. Now some wonder how much that rural setting could change if Polk County commissioners approve a rezoning request from Tryon Equestrian Properties (TEP) for 1,022 acres that includes a portion of the former White Oak development and additional properties. Commissioners expect to consider

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the request at their next meeting, Monday, April 22 at 7 p.m. at the Womack Building in Columbus. Public hearing regarding the rezoning and a development agreement begins at 6 p.m. David Pschirer runs a cancer retreat center near the White Oak development. He’s concerned this new rezoning could completely (Continued on page 3)

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• Calendar (continued from page 1) Hikers will meet at the Gowensville Spinx at 8:30 a.m. Friends of the Polk County Public Library spring book sale opens to the general public at 9 a.m. Friday, April 19 and runs through 6 p.m. It will be open Saturday, April 20 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Bag pricing Saturday afternoon and some free material. Saluda Center, Friday events: chair exercise, 9:30 a.m.; Trash Train, 10 a.m.; NA Meeting, 8 p.m. For more activities, email or visit The Meeting Place Senior Center, Friday activities include movie matinee or drumming at 10 a.m. (every third Friday) and bingo or movie at 12:30 p.m. 828894-0001. PCHS varsity baseball at Mitchell Friday, April 19, 4 p.m. PCHS varsity softball at Mitchell Friday, April 19, 4 p.m. Polk girls soccer vs. Asheville (JV at 5 p.m. / Varsity at 7 p.m.) American Legion Post 250 weekly bingo games, Fridays, 7 p.m., 43 Depot St., Tryon. Doors open 5:30 p.m. Smoke-free. Foothills Astronomy Club meets the third Friday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at FENCE in the great room. Enter through the back of the building and ask for Jessie Willard. Free.

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Narcotics Anon., Saluda Senior Center, Friday, 8 p.m. TLT production, “Picasso at the Lapin Agile.” It’s 1904 in a Paris bistro called the Lapin Agile. Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein, who are on the verge of creating some of their most revolutionary work (Einstein will publish his theory of relativity in 1905 and Picasso will paint “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon” in 1907), have just met and are debating philosophy, politics and women. Picasso at the Lapin Agile is a fun romp through history. TLT Workshop, 516 S. Trade St., Tryon; 8 p.m.


The Friends of the Polk County Public Library Spring Book Sale opens to the general public Saturday, April 20 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Bag pricing Saturday afternoon and some free material. Green Creek Community Center Zumba class, Saturdays, 9 a.m. Grassroots Art Project holds art classes to benefit Lennie’s Fund and the Humane Society, Saturdays from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. There is no fee for the class and all materials will be provided. Classes are held at the Holy Cross Episcopal Church on Melrose Ave. in Tryon. Call 828-899-0673 for more information. Spring Kindermusik classes begin Saturday, April 6 through Saturday, May 4 at Tryon Fine Arts Center. The “Family Time” curriculum is geared towards preschool children and families. Take home kits for this program are provided by the Rotary Club of Tryon Foundation. Call 828-8598322 or visit House of Flags Museum open Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 33 Gibson Street, Columbus. Polk County Historical Association Museum open Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., 60 Walker St., Columbus, lower level. Free. Tryon Fine Arts Center, Oil painting class for teens with Margaret Curtis, Saturdays, noon - 3 p.m. TLT production, “Picasso at the Lapin Agile.” It’s 1904 in a Paris bistro called the Lapin Agile. Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein,

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who are on the verge of creating some of their most revolutionary work (Einstein will publish his theory of relativity in 1905 and Picasso will paint “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon” in 1907), have just met and are debating philosophy, politics and women. Picasso at the Lapin Agile is a fun romp through history. TLT Workshop, 516 S. Trade St., Tryon; 8 p.m.


TLT production, “Picasso at the Lapin Agile,” It’s 1904 in a Paris bistro called the Lapin Agile. Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein, who are on the verge of creating some of their most revolutionary work (Einstein will publish his theory of relativity in 1905 and Picasso will paint “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon” in 1907), have just met and are debating philosophy, politics and women. Picasso at the Lapin Agile is a fun romp through history. TLT Workshop, 516 S. Trade St., Tryon; 3 p.m.


Polk County Mobile Recycling Unit Mondays, Harmon Field/Tryon, 7 a.m. - noon. Saluda Center, Mondays, chair exercise, 9:30 a.m.; line dance, 12:30 p.m.; Saluda Duplicate Bridge, 1:30 p.m. 828-7499245. For more activities, email or visit The Meeting Place Senior Center sing-along, 10 a.m.; senior fitness, 11 a.m.; bingo or bead class 12:30 p.m. 828-8940001. Christian Fellowship Luncheon TJ’s Cafe, Tryon, Mondays except holidays, noon - 1

p.m.; food, fellowship and discussion of relevant issues; interdenominational. The present study is The Christian Atheist: Believing in God but Living as if He Doesn’t Exist by Craig Groeschel. 859-5051. Chess Club, Mondays, 12:30 p.m., recreation room, LaurelHurst Apartments, Columbus. Open to anyone in community. 894-3336. PCHS Golf at Mountain Glen, Monday, April 22, 1 p.m. AAUW, meets on the fourth Monday of each month at 1:30 p.m. at the Tryon Presbyterian Church fellowship hall. Alcoholics Anonymous, Mondays, 5:30 p.m., Tryon United Methodist Church, New Market Road in Tryon. Male Domestic Abuse Intervention Program Mondays, 6 - 7:30 p.m., Steps to HOPE. 894-2340. Landrum Library, yoga class 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Limited to first 30 people for small fee. The Pacolet Area Conservancy and Tryon Garden Club invite the public to celebrate Earth Day and come see the first viewing of “Green Fire : Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time,” a documentary about Aldo Leopold, an inspirational naturalist and conservationist. Place: Isothermal Community College, Polk Campus, 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Alcoholics Anonymous, Mondays, 8 p.m., Columbus Presbyterian Church. (Continued on page 31)


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change their rural oasis. “It just being such a large scale, I wonder, are people ready for it,” Pschirer asked. “We bring people [to our retreat] with the idea of giving them a beautiful place to slow down and get away from the noise of the city. The housing development and a golf course is relatively small potatoes, but from what I hear they envision, this is a complete change in the nature of the area. Essentially it’s a temporary mini-city that will come in.” On Tuesday, April 16 neighbors of the development and other interested community members gathered at Zion CME Church to pose questions to TEP partners Mark Bellissimo and Roger Smith. Bellissimo and Smith have requested that the county rezone this area from multiple use zoning to a new district to be called Equestrian (E). Though Polk County has numerous equestrian facilities there is not currently a specific zoning for such properties, nor any facilities of the

Mark Bellissimo, far right, talks to a full house at CME Zion Church about the proposed development. (photo by Samantha Hurst)

magnitude Bellissimo and Smith propose. The development agreement states the developer anticipates a long-term investment that could exceed $90 million with the tax base exceeding $500 million. Project plans include a maximum of 800 dwelling units including single-family residential and clustered multi-family condo/townhouses, a 350-unit hotel, private and public clubs; sports and recreation both indoor and outdoor including golf,

tennis, fishing, hiking and nature, obstacle courses; multi-discipline equestrian center, summer camps, retail stores, restaurants, offices, fitness, spa and wellness center; camping/rental cabins/RV park; museum, covered arena, indoor arena, amphitheater, winery/vineyard; hospitality/convention center; lighted stadium with seating for 6,000; heliport, festivals; stabling for horses or other animals; auctions (animal and/or products); temporary tents; conservation easements or

areas and retirement facilities, independent living and assisted living up to 100 units. “What we’re trying to accomplish in this economy is very difficult,” said Bellissimo. “We’re not asking for a handout from the county. We’re not asking for a handout from the state. We’re simply trying to develop a new venue to attract people to this area.” Smith said their plans are to focus (Continued on page 4)

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first and foremost on the equestrian center, which he said would be vital to seeing the development to fruition. Residential and commercial elements would come later, he said. Bellissimo added they wanted to see the first competitions being held next year. “We need to get that approval done very, very quickly to meet that window to potentially have horseshows open next year,” Bellissimo said. Smith, who has lived in Polk County with his wife, Jennifer, for more than a decade, said they want to get the initial phases of the project moving quickly, but do them right. “The worst thing we could do is open the facility and have it disappoint,” Smith said. “You have to go slow and make sure you can accommodate the people that come.” Bellissimo said at the high point of the show season, developers anticipate as many as 3,000 equestrians showing in a single day. Adding onto that number support staff and family members means the potential for upwards of 9-12,000 people – as much as six times the population of Tryon – in the area for a single weekend. He added that The Palm Beach Sports complex recently provided an economic impact of $180 million to the Wellington, Fla. area. “We can’t make any promises of what will happen here. We can’t tell you exactly how many jobs this will create,” Bellissimo said. “But there isn’t really a place in this country that will offer what we can offer.” Bellisimo and Smith do anticipate bringing a slew of jobs to the area. “I think the jobs we do create will be instant in terms of construction to clear roads, move dirt,” Bellissimo said. Sheila and Gary Simpson’s property abuts the section of the development where the most commercial activity is set to occur. Gary Simpson said he’s in favor of the project for one simple reason – jobs. “I don’t see anything wrong with what they are proposing if it’s going to bring jobs,” Simpson said.

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Gary and his wife have lived in the neighborhood all their lives. He said the one concern many people have raised is noise from the trucks and trailers, but he said he doubts it could be much worse than what they hear coming off the bypass. The question of roads came up during the meeting and specifically potential widening for Sandy Plains Rd. Bellissimo said widening of the road was unlikely­, as most of the equestrian activity would enter the area on the opposite side of the property from Hwy. 74 near the intersection of John Sheehan and Pea Ridge Rd. “I think if we didn’t acquire that [property] it would have had a much larger impact,” Bellissimo said. He said the entrances would remain the same for residential traffic as were created originally for the White Oak golf community. Another mode of transportation into and out of the property that has some concerned is the inclusion of a heliport. “It’s a dangerous sport, people do get hurt so having emergency access is important,” Bellissimo said. Bellissimo also added that from time to time the helicopter pad might be used to transport in sponsors for the shows. This was one of Pschirer’s main concerns. He said the noise from helicopters hovering overhead as investors, sponsors and potential property owners toured the area could become taxing. “I don’t think the concept [of a helipad] is really even germane to most people,” Pschirer said. “Certainly emergency use is important and that is no issue at all, but when you have properties like this they are likely to use that to bring people in and out to tour the property.” Bellissimo said they do not plan to use the heliport on a frequent basis. “Some of the first residents moving into this property will be myself and my family,” Bellissimo said. “We of course would be sensitive to the noise created by helicopters and the effects that has on people, horses and other animals.” Diane Clark was one of the first (Continued on page 6

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if there were plans for another fire station or additional police units. (continued from page 4) Bellissimo answered that addito purchase property inside the tional emergency personnel would original White Oak development. certainly be needed for such largeShe said the past owners came in scale events but they had no plans making a lot of promises too. to build new fire stations within the “People here who are making development. decisions are trusting them without “One of the things we provide knowing all the information; every- with our events is that we will conthing they’ve talked about has been tract with the county for both police very vague,” she said. and fire so we won’t tax the existing Clark, who currently lives in infrastructure but support it,” BellisGreenville, said she wants to know simo said. when those who already own propBellissimo, co-partner in Welerty in the development will see the lington, Fla., (Palm Beach Internabenefits of infrastructure such as tional Equestrian Center) said when water and sewer. they took over in 2007, Wellington Smith said both are forthcoming was a five to seven week horse as developers await a permit for show. They expanded the shows to water usage and seek a certificate 42 weeks and people began coming of approval to move forward with for longer periods of time, he said. sewage from Rutherford County. Bellissimo said one of the first things W h a t a b o u t w a s t e ?  they did in Florida was open it up to Bellissimo said the Palm Beach the schools and made it much more International Equestrian Center is community active, which is what located in the Everglades, one of the they plan to do in Polk County. He toughest areas in the country with re- spoke of Wellington now doing fungards to environmental concerns. He draising for the community, inviting said with upwards of 5,400 horses schools to sing the national anthem competing there at a given time there at the events, inviting seniors to is a tremendous amount of waste. He come just to watch the horses as well said the same technology used there as having Olympian horse riders. would be employed here. Bellissimo said the partners see The development agreement the Polk County property as an also states the developer does not equestrian lifestyle for the whole anticipate Polk County having to community. construct or improve sewer facilities Christel Walters, a member of as sewer trunk lines were previously the Polk County planning board, constructed at the exterior of the which unanimously recommended property by the Town of Ruther- the zoning, said the project still made fordton for White Oak’s previous her nervous. owners. “I’m not necessarily against the Wouldn’t other infrastructure project, but I’m just scared for how be strained by a development of much it could change the rural nature this size? Many wanted to know (Continued on page 8)

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of Polk County,” she said. Commissioners could consider approval of the rezoning as well as the 20-year development agreement following the public hearings. Polk County resident Lee Stock-

dale said the project sounds like a great thing but as he’s learned more details he’s realized it likely has ripple affects beyond one segment of the county. “Is this going to change the complexion of Polk County, period? I think it will,” Stockdale said. “That’s kind of a game changer for our area.”

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Tryon gets approval to stamp downtown crosswalk Town to spend $7,200 on first one

sponsible for thermopainting and white striping the edged lines. Davis said he has received by Leah Justice cost information from Ruth OliThe Town of Tryon received ver of KRO Construction out of approval from the N.C. Depart- Charlotte, who did Landrum’s ment of Transportation (DOT) stamped crosswalks and is the to stamp its crosswalks to match nearest provider for the service. The stamped crosswalk will bricks in its downtown sidemeasure 12 feet in width by apwalks. Tryon Town Council met proximately 32 feet in length. CommisTuesday, April sioner George 16 and apCommissioner George Baker said proved spendhe wants the i n g a n e s t i - Baker said he wants the crosswalks to mated $7,200 crosswalks to be bright so be bright so stamping the it will be vism a i n c r o s s - it will be visible enough ible enough for walk between for drivers to slow down drivers to slow the clock tow- through town. down through er near the St. town. Luke’s Plaza. Tryon EcoInterim town manager Joey Davis said after numerous re- nomic Development Director quests over the last five years, Crys Armbrust said the conDOT authorized the town’s struction will be a cost per request to stamp and stain the day for the stamping and there crosswalks, to be done in a half will be some variation with the basket-weave brick-colored pat- other crosswalks which are more narrow and can be done more tern like the sidewalks. Each crosswalk will need quickly. Armbrust estimated separate encroachment approval that the price for the remaining from the DOT with the town crosswalks could be less than the receiving the approved signed initial one. Commissioner Wim Woody encroachment for the Rotary clock tower crosswalk initially. asked that the town request to The town will be responsible get rid of the crosswalk sign for the implementation, mainte- that currently takes up a parking nance and future replaced of the space. Armbrust said they could stamped asphalt with DOT re- ask DOT to remove it.

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Polk County Commissioner’s Monday, April 22 agendas Editor’s note: The first five agenda items include the Call to order, invocation, pledge of allegiance, approval of minutes and approval of agenda. The Bulletin will print the Board of Commissioners agendas at the editorial staff’s discretion prior to each meeting.

Call to Order of the First Public Hearing – To take public comment on the proposed ordinance, “An Amendment to the Polk County Zoning Ordinance Establishing a New Zoning District to be known as Equestrian District and Amendment to the Polk County Zoning Ordinance and Zoning Map Rezoning Certain Area as

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Equestrian District.” Call to Order of the Second Public Hearing – To take public comment on an ordinance to approve entering into a proposed development agreement between Tryon Equestrian Properties, LLC, Tryon Equestrian Properties No. 2, LLC and the County of Polk. Regular BOC Meeting • An Amendment to the Polk County Zoning Ordinance Establishing a New Zoning District to be known as Equestrian District and Amendment to the Polk County Zoning Ordinance and Zoning Map Rezoning Certain Area as Equestrian District – To consider the zoning ordinance amendment. • Proposed Development Agreement & Ordinance Between Tryon Equestrian Properties, LLC, Tryon Equestrian Properties No. 2, LLC and the County of Polk – To consider the development agreement and ordinance between Tryon Equestrian Properties and Polk County. • Polk County Community Child Protection Team 2012 Annual Report • Juvenile Crime Prevention Council (JCPC) Annual County Plan & Funding Authorization • Economic & Tourism Development Commission (ETDC) Status Report • Agricultural Economic Development (AED) Report • North Carolina Division of Water Quality Clean Water Act

Grant Award – Commissioner Gasperson asked that this item be placed on the agenda. • ADM Funds – Sunny View School & Early College – The Polk County Board of Education approved the use of ADM funds for the payment of design and engineering fees for the construction projects at Sunny View Elementary School and the Polk County Early College • North Carolina Education Lottery Funds Resolution • Parks & Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) Resolution – To consider a resolution asking the State to maintain and support the current integrity and funding of the PARTF. • Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act Resolution Commissioner Terms Resolution • Budget Amendment/Addition – To increase budget for grant proceeds received in the prior year but not spent and therefore held in deferred revenue. Grant funds are needed to repair an ambulance engine. • Manager’s Report – Western Highlands LME update. • May 6, 2013, Regular BOC Meeting – to discuss cancelling the May 6, 2013, regular BOC meeting and instead holding a joint meeting with the Farmland Preservation Board and the Soil & Water Conservation Board at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Mill Spring Ag Center.

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PCHS Humane Society Club awards FHS Shelter

On Tuesday, March 12, the Polk County High School (PCHS) Humane Society Club awarded two checks for $200 each to the Foothills Humane Society (FHS) shelter to pay for medicine to cure two of their current heartworm positive dogs: Goodie and Francine. This money was raised during a very successful fundraiser, for which all funds were donated by Polk County High School students. The Humane Society club is now the official sponsor for Foothills’ heartworm positive dogs, about 44 percent of the animals overall. The main problem for a heartworm positive dog is that adoption may be difficult until they are cured and the medicine is very expensive, around $200 per dog. Gillian Westmore, sponsor of the club, said, “This fundraiser was so successful, we will begin a new one for the next dog very soon.” Club president, Juliet Taft, also said that “supporting the heart worm positive dogs has given our club a focus, as well as just our volunteering and providing services.” The active sponsorship of these dogs provides money for the medicine, educates the student body on the issue of heartworms, and gives the high school club a definite mission. (photo submitted by Gillian Westmore)

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The Tryon Antique Mall Want to go on vacation will be hosting a parking & not worry about your lot yardsale on the 1st and furry friends? I will farm 3rd Saturday of every sit while you are away. month. The next sale will 864-266-8964 or www.not myfarm. “It’s be April 20. register by Fri. April 19. We provide not my farm, but I will treat it like it is." tables. 828-859-2756

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HELP WANTED Help Wanted Dishwashers, & weekend Bartenders apply in person Green River Barbeque in Historic downtown Saluda.

James Tool Machine & Engineering, Inc. is seeking qualified employees for both our Columbus & Morganton, North Carolina Plants. James Tools offers competitive pay and benefits. We are looking for a min. 5+ years experience in the following positions.

REAL ESTATE Multi-Use Rental Property Flexible Space, AC & Gas. 3 Phase Power avail., 3,600 sq. ft., 2 small offices, & storage space. Parking. Lease negotiable, will consider partial lease. 336.510.9858 or 828.894.2665

* Toolmaker * CNC Machinist * Prototrack Mill/ Lathe Machinist To be considered for an interview you must submit your resume to or You can also fax your resume to 828-584-8779. Interviews will only be given to those who are qualified. EOE

Polk County Land For Sale 7 Acres w/Creek. Borders Walnut Creek Preserve. 1 storage/carport building, electric, septic & well $78,000 Call 828-817-5845

LA STRADA RESTAUELP ANTED RANT @ Lake Lure now hiring for line cooks and EDICAL Countertops, Complete servers. Previous restauABINS Kitchen & Bathroom ENTAL ROFESSIONAL rant exp. req. Apply in perRemodels. 28 yrs. exp. son. Full & PT. Reliable ERVICES Free Est. Senior Discount. Owner Must Sell Bayada Home transportation required. 2bd/2ba NC MTN cabin JG’s: 864-316-3596, Wed - Sun, 11am to 4pm COMPLETE Health Care on 1.87acs $132,900. or call for appointment. PAINTING SERVICES 578-4100, 292-0104 Needs a skilled LPN to Stone fireplace, new well (828) 625 -1118. work with a total care pa- septic & appl, pvt wooded Yoder Painting is fully La Strada at Lake Lure, tient. Full time position insured, including worker's setting w/mtn view, paved 2693 Memorial Hwy. AINTING available. Please call comp. No job too large. drive 866-738-5522 828-696-1900. Call 828-894-5094. QTC Company has job For a Fine Paint Job openings available in the OUSES FOR Call Dan Steiner Painting Pea Ridge area. We Bayada Home ERVICES High Quality - Low Prices need to hire Cleanroom ALE Health Care Professional Pressure personnel. We will train EPAIRS Needs a skilled LPN to Washing, Gutter Cleaning, you. No exp required. We ONE TIME work with a total care paMinor Repairs. also need to hire sewers SPECIAL OFFER! Driveway Work. 828-817-0539 / 894-6183 with exp operating an in- tient. Full time position available. Please call Our best selling dustrial sewing machine. SENIOR DISCOUNT Call Robby 828-696-1900. 3 bd / 2 ba singlewide 7:00am - 5:00pm. Four with designer decor 828-894-8705 day shifts. We need to fill Hospice of the Carolina Please call 828-684-4874 RIVERS the open positions imme- Foothills has openings: Raise your ELIVERY diately. For more informa-PRN CNA (Homecare) OUSES FOR tion you may contact -FT Weekend Admissions hand if you A-CDL Drivers Shannon or Hope Ashley Nurse (Homecare) ENT want your OTR & Regional at 828-894-0478. You -PT Cashier (Thrift Barn) positions available. Due to may also drop by for an business to For Rent: A secluded and -PT Palliative Care expanded business we interview. No appoint very comfortable house in Admin Assistant make LESS are seeking Professional ment necessary. 2021 a quiet neighborhood To apply, please visit our money next Drivers to join our team. Pea Ridge Rd. Mill website at: within walking distance of 1 yr. recent verifiable Spring, NC 28756 year. downtown Tryon.Two bedEOE experience needed. rooms and one bath with White Oak of Tryon is now Our Drivers Enjoy: Need to find the hardwood floors through We didn’t think you accepting applications for * Excellent Home Time out. Fire place in large would. Do you need Full-Time Cook and right employee? den. $750/m + utilities and * No Touch Freight to successfully market Part-Time Relief Cook. * Repetitive delivery security deposit. No Must be willing to work 1st on a tight budget? routes smoking. Ph:859-9979. or 2nd shift and rotating Classifieds has * Drop & Hook Freight weekends. Previous excustomizable programs Houses- Landrum- Forest Family Atmosphere. perience at an institution is available to fit any Ave- 3Bdrm, 2 Bth, roomy Apply online at preferred. budget. clean, basement for Reach the county Apply in person at 70 Oak age, carport, very good or call 800-968-8552 & market for less using St., Tryon EOE neighborhood. Available join our team of DON’T WAIT! the classifieds. Need a Now. $1000/month. Professional Drivers. Call TODAY Put your ad here quick quote? Call Thousand Pines Co. Truck Service Inc. 828.859.9151 call 828.859.9151 828.859.9151. 828-859-5858 Forest City, NC.


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MOBILE HOME RENTALS Trailer for Rent, 2BR/2BA, No Pets & No smoking. Landrum area. Rural setting. 864-680-6769

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O.P. Earle Elementary honor roll Below is O.P. Earle’s honor roll for the third nine weeks of the 2012 - 2013 school year. Third Grade ALPHA Mrs. Dickerson’s Class Kimoni Brown, Silas McDonald and Clay Smith. Mrs. Egan’s Class


Millie Hatchette, Zak Jeffers, Duncan Munday, Emily Murphy, Eli Quinn and Nick Ross. Mrs. Varn’s Class Brandon Raber and Eliza Whiteside. Mrs. White’s Class Robert Hilsman BETA

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LEGALS a car accident in Weaverville, North Carolina on October 13, 2010. You are required to make a defense to such pleading no later than May 15, 2013 and upon your failure to do so the party seeking service against you will apply to the court for the relief sought. This, the 5th day of April, 2013.

Britainy F. Alford Attorney for Plaintiffs Danny Deskins and Donna Deskins 1000 Revolution Mill Take notice that a plead- Drive ing seeking relief against Studio 4 you has been filed in the Greensboro, North Caroabove-entitled action. lina 27405 The nature of the relief being sought is as fol- Tryon Daily Bulletin lows: money damages for April 5, 12 and 19, 2013 personal injuries, pain and suffering, and other NOTICE BY PUB. damages to be deterPut your ad here mined at trial arising from call 828.859.9151 Negligence - Motor Vehicle To: Richard Sienko

Mrs. Dickerson’s Class Adam Barnwell, Anna Cooper, John Earley, Courtney Moss, Cruz Perez Lopez, McKenzy Sword and Verae Upton. Mrs. Egan’s Class Ashley Cooper, Adrian Cortez, Chloe Dickson, Joss Kamell and Eli McCool. Mrs. Varn’s Class Caleb Anagnos, Lisa Black,

Katelyn Brown, Keegan Duncan, Zion Ferguson, Ryleigh Hewitt, Alana Price and Gwen Taylor. Mrs. White’s Class Heidi Ashmore, Eli Davis, Bradley Musselman, Keagan Rogers, Ashley Shinkar and Brailey Vest. Fourth Grade (Continued on page 16)

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Neck tie flashback

2001: 7 year old Madison Alexander wearing his first neck tie (boys’ size, of course) 2013: that same neck tie hanging among all the full sized men’s ties on Trade Street as part of the April Fool’s Day decoration. (photos submitted by Mimi Alexander)

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ALPHA Ms. Aronson’s Class Breanna Allen, Tierra Anderson, Katy Burke, Maggie Collins, Martha Paige Greene and Zach Larson. Ms. Mathis’ Class Madalin Baker, Noah Hyder, Kolbyn Jackson, Caleb McKinney and Mackenzie Smith. Mrs. O’Sullivan’s Class Dylan Arthur, Jenny Chen, Patrick Clark, Ian Owens and Kearns White. BETA Ms. Aronson’s Class Dylan Allen, Madison Ballard, Molley Ellinger, Jessica Hyder, Brody Johnson, Johnathan Justice, Matthew Olson, Jacob Parris, Luke Rogers, Johnny Waitman and Noah Weiss. Ms. Mathis’Class Dakota Cash, Madison Dyer, Dajah Mullins, Sarah Neal, Landon Sellers and Nate Alexander. Mrs. O’Sullivan’s Class Zani Blackwell, David Doar, Logan Johnson-Tolliver, Zach Murray, Issabelle Taylor and Vincent Troyer.

Fifth Grade ALPHA Mrs. Hatchette’s Class James Armstrong, Colin Burke, Abby Covington, Delorean Dixon, Chris Easler, Monica Moreno and Crystal Parris. Mrs. Littlefield’s Class Ragan Ashmore, Brandi Hutchins, Sarah Jones, Jeb Killough, Chelsey Musselman, Evan Plumley, Lucy Sandahl, Adam Sikes, Dylan Vest and Cole Williams. Mrs. Magaha’s Class Bailey Butler, Shanna Davis, Blake Dill, Katie Duncan, Braeden Hutchins, Emilee Hyder, Mason Lassiter, Grayson Lee, Dalton Lucas and Alycia Mills. BETA Mrs. Hatchette’s Class Sean Hudson, Harlie Morris, Ryan Munsey, Monica Russell, Wil Watry and Samantha Wingo. Mrs. Littlefield’s Class McKenna Belue, Derrick Earley and McKenzie Upton. Mrs. Magaha’s Class Jessie Blackwell, Kannon Coates, A.J. Hester, Makayla Hollifield and Alex Wesolowski. - article submitted by Dawn Lynch

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LMS Cardinals season Landrum Middle School (LMS)Cardinals avenged an earlier 0-1 loss to SCA by defeating the Warriors 12 to 2 at home Thursday afternoon, April 11. Trey Jackson went the distance picking up the win, pitching a complete game, scattering six hits and recording 10 strikeouts on the mound. Jacob Murphy caught another game behind the plate, calling the game as well as shooting down any Warrior who dared to steal. Murphy also led the team with three hits, followed by A.J. Raber, Cole Steele and Austin Farmer with two hits each. A.J. Raber, and Jacob Murphy scored two runs each with Trey Jackson, Cole Steele, Austin Farmer, Justus Horne, Peyton Kemmerlin, Joseph Quinn, Noah Israel and Corey Ashmore each crossing home plate once. Cardinals caught fire, winning their last four games in a row -finishing their season strong by out scoring their opponents 46-4 in those last four games, ending the regular season with seven wins, four losses and one tie. Last Friday, April 12, Landrum defeated a real good Lockhart team, 6-1 on their home field. Trey Jackson and Jacob Murphy led the team with two hits and two runs scored each. A.J. Raber, Cole Steele, Dalton Kuykendall, and Noah Israel each had one hit for the team. A.J. Raber and Noah Israel scored one run each for the team. Ryan Johnson picked up another win on the mound, striking out four Red Devil batters pitching three innings of three up, three

down baseball in a row. Jacob Murphy came in to close out the game and earn “the save,” striking out five batters. This game’s “web gem” was Corey Ashmore and his glove at third base robbing a Red Devil of a big hit. Dalton Kuykendall caught a nice game behind the plate. The Cardinals finished their successful season with an inner squad game with the Rookie’s vs the Veteran’s Tuesday afternoom. The rookie’s jumped out to an early 4-0 lead through the top of the fourth inning, then the Vet’s scored one run in the fourth, four runs in the fifth and three more in the sixth. The veteran’s came back to win the game 8-4 over the Rookies. The VET’s were lead by Trey Jackson and Adam Burns with two hits and two runs each. Cole Steele also had one hit and scored twice. Jacob Murphy had two hits and scored once. Ryan Johnson came in the fifth inning and picked up the win. Adam Burns came in relief and then Jacob Murphy came in to close the door and seal the deal as he picked up the save. Noah Israel and Corey Ashmore added 1 hit each and Tyler Gibbs scored once for the vet’s. The rookie’s were led by Joseph Quinn, A.J. Raber and Austin Farmer delivering two hits each. Justus Horne, Dalton Kuykendall and Tyler Dukes had one hit each. Justus Horne, Dalton Kuykendall A.J. Raber and Easton Jenkins scored for the rookie’s. The web gem of the game came in the fourth inning when center fielder Jacob Murphy made

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Quite a kick

The Landrum High School boy’s soccer team lost to Blue Ridge 3-2 Tuesday, April 16, but soccer player Daniel Perry made a gallant effort to keep the Cardinals in the game. (photos by Lorin Browning)

a diving grab and came up firing to third base to complete the double play and slow down an otherwise

bigger inning for the rookie’s. - article submitted by Jimmy Hambone Camp

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Handmade quilt by Tuesday School children will be auctioned during Spring Fling. (photo submitted)

Spring has sprung At Tuesday School Spring fundraiser May 4 at Harmon Field

Tuesday School, Tryon’s parent cooperative preschool, is busy this semester. In April, each class held Easter egg hunts and in May, students will visit Strawberry Hill USA to see how strawberries are grown and harvested and maybe eat a little strawberry ice cream, too. So far this year, the 2, 3, and 4-year-old classes have completed a unit on animals culminating in “The Greatest Show in Tryon,” the Tuesday School Circus. Every child participated by pretending to be the animals performing in a circus. The show included acrobats and trapeze artists and of course, clowns. The preschool also learned

about safety during an in-house field trip with Polk County EMS and Tryon Fire Department. All students are hard at work on completing art portfolios, which will be “sold” to each child’s family during an end of the year art show. Some of these wonderful creations will be on display and auctioned during Tuesday School’s annual Spring Fling Fundraiser. Come celebrate spring with Tuesday School at Harmon Field on May 4 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. This is a community event featuring lunch from Mountain View BBQ, with vegetarian options available. Kids can enjoy carnival-style games while adults can enjoy live music by Beautiful Mess and Ride with Daddy, along with a silent auction and raffle. - article submitted


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Nelson’s portrait is finalist in Portrait Society competition Richard Christian Nelson’s Portrait ‘Luke At 15’ Is Finalist In Portrait Society Of America’s 2013 International Portrait Competition. Twenty finalists were selected from more than 2,000 entries from all over the world for this prestigious competition. The finalist’s paintings will be be brought to the annual PSOA conference which takes place in Atlanta this year, on the weekend of April 25-28. Final prizes will be awarded at a banquet there Saturday evening. Although Nelson has won a number of honors and awards from the Portrait Society, this is the first time his work has been selected as a finalist. This is a portrait of the Nelson’s oldest child Luke. Kim actually had a dream and woke up and told Rich that he “had to do a painting

of Luke with his current look.” It also features their chihuahua pup ‘Finn’. Luke named him, and says Finn likes him best, although Lily and Sam might take exception to that. About the somewhat counterintuitive age of the sitter (you don’t see a lot of portraits of teens) Nelson says “It’s interesting to me that we make this transition from child to adult. It’s such a fascinating thing in so many ways. As parents we have less and less control. I structured this painting with more symbols than usual. Besides Luke’s clothes and things like headphones and wristbands, I wanted it to have a feeling of ‘light’ and ‘dark’, hoping and trusting that he moves evermore with and towards the ‘light’”. - article submitted by Kim Nelson

Richard Christian Nelson “Luke At 15” 36” x 48” oil painting. (photo submitted)


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St. Luke’s welcomes Whittaker St. Luke’s Hospital is pleased to introduce Michelle Whittaker who joined our staff as the Director of Perioperative Services. In this position, Whittaker will manage the daily operations of the operating room, outpatient surgery services, sterile processing, scheduling and pre-procedural screening. With 22 years of healthcare experience, Whittaker is familiar with all aspects of nursing including the surgery department from scheduling to recovery. Prior to joining St. Michelle Whittaker, RN, CNOR, Luke’s Hospital, Whittaker worked director of perioperative services as the coordinator of perioperative at St. Luke’s Hospital. educators/nursing education specialist II for Mission Hospital in dure, ruptured appendix or total joint replacement, the staff at St. Luke’s Asheville. From California, Whittaker has is genuinely proud of the care they also held positions as a clinical give our patients,” Whittaker said. operating room manager in several “We take patient care very personhospitals in California and Texas. ally; you will not find that level of She brings experience in healthcare attention at a bigger facility. From the preconsulting and op teaching to as a perioperaMarketPlace discharge follow tive educator in a Level I trauma center. Whittaker up, it takes a great team to acreceived her Bachelor of Science in complish good patient outcomes Nursing from Prairie View A&M and excellent patient satisfaction,” in College Station, Texas, and a Whittaker said. “I look forward to contributing master’s of science in nursing education from Walden University with to the positive direction and smooth relationships that currently exist a 4.0 GPA. Her certifications include certi- within the surgery department.” St. Luke’s Hospital is staffed fied nurse, operating room (CNOR) and she is trained in Basic Life and equipped to provide a variety Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiac of surgical procedures, many on an Life Support (ACLS) and Trauma outpatient basis, that allow patients to stay close to home and family for Nursing Core Course (TNCC). When she’s not working, Whit- their surgery and recovery, Whittaker enjoys hiking, swimming, taker said. “But we are also extremely lucky scuba-diving and underwater photography. She has a musical col- to have outstanding physicians who lection that spans all ages and all are committed to caring for their patients here at St. Luke’s Hospital.” genres. With a federal designation as a A mother of two young adult sons, Whittaker is excited about new critical access hospital, St. Luke’s opportunities at St. Luke’s Hospital. Hospital provides Polk County and “It was so apparent when I surrounding communities with imcame for interviews with staff mediate access to 24/7 emergency and surgeons, that the staff here is care, surgical services, advanced very proud to be a part of the St. orthopedic care and rehabilitation, Luke’s family and they truly care and geriatric psychiatric inpatient about their patients,” Whittaker care. As a community hospital, St. said. “This hospital has a fantastic Luke’s Hospital remains committed surgical team and every single one to providing exceptional care, close takes great pride in the job they do,” to home.” - article submitted Whittaker said. by Jennifer Wilson “Whether it’s a laser eye proce-


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A new life for Spike When I first met Spike it was how grateful I am to have Keith impossible for me to control there when I need him and I all the raw emotions passing am honored to count him as a through me. The helpless little friend. Through Danielle Scruggs, thing with his jaw all twisted through no fault of his own was Spike was scheduled to be just too much for me to bear. He placed in a home in Tennessee gazed at me in confusion and to a little boy battling Leukepain and I wept as I enfolded mia. The circumstances did not pan out but him in my arms, the little hero trying somehow Humane Society i n Te n n e s s e e to absorb it all Special Cases is aware that myself. Leonard Rizzo a dog will be Spike’s case there for him was very delicate and as usual I put many when the time is right. Spike began recouping at wheels in motion to assist me on his behalf, eventually wind- Landrum vet but for all intent ing up with Dr. Keith Allen at and purposes he was good to go Upstate. No one could guar- to the proper home. Meanwhile you’d be hard antee that Spikes injury was fixable but in Dr. Allen’s hands pressed to visit Landrum vet I felt confident of the best pos- and not see Dr. Raines or one of sible outcome. Sure enough my the staff members with Spike in miracle worker came through their arms, that’s not including again to save one of my pre(Continued on page 23) cious babies. I cannot tell you

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Fredrick turns 97

Specializing in Luxury Pre Owned Vehicles One of our founding Fitness Members at PRO Physical Therapy Health & Fitness Center in Columubs turns 97. Martha Fredrick of Tryon was greatly surprised when staff interupted her workout with birthday wishes, balloons and cake. She works out faithfully three days a week. (photo submitted by Tammy Warren)

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the vet, learned his story and went to tell Dr. Barros. Dr. Bar(continued from page 22) ros has a long time dear friend all the times I had him. Spike in Arden who was looking for was being spoiled and treated a small dog she could care for. like royalty and loving it. Many Gina’s friend, Lorraine, came clientele of the office could at- down, met Spike and fell in test to that fact. love. Spike, Lorraine and her I can do the bird all sleep best I can to together and set things in Spike, Lorraine and her for the past motion to try bird all sleep together and few weeks he’s to achieve the for the past few weeks been in a carbest possible ing and loving o u t c o m e f o r he’s been in a caring and home. these animals, loving home. There’s but I, like us only one proball, am in the lem, I didn’t hands of fate. even get a chance to kiss Spike Quite near Landrum vet goodbye, so ladies, work it out. there’s a chiropractor named Dr. I’m worse than Mother Nature Gina Barros, who I’ve recently when I’m angry. Just kidding. met. Her office is amazing, if To all who were there for my you go to visit, you’ll find as little man Spike when he needed many dogs as people. It goes you, God bless. Each little step without saying, the good doc- matters to help us reach the tor and I hit it off immediately. final goal. Janet Hudson met Spike at Thanks for listening.

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Austin Brown at TFAC

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Greenville Foothills Pony Clubbers Amanda Fisher (right) and Kyra Cassells (center) enjoyed learning about our area’s equestrian heritage from the 1947 winner of the first Block House Race, Austin Brown at the Tryon Fine Arts Center April 13. (photo submitted Carolyn Culbertson)

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Good weather is here to stay hole. (This is of course illegal and golfers are hitting the course during play) Another major fault we see and the practice range tuning up their games. The one place we see is poor aim when putting; have get the least amount of use is the a professional or even a friend practice putting green and short check your alignment by standgame area. Most golfers want to ing behind you and insuring hit range balls and not focus on that your are aimed where you think you are. It is amazing how the shorter ‘scoring’ shots. If the short game is over 50 many students we see who have tailored their percent of the score in a typiSwing Into strokes to fit their poor aim. cal round, then Spring How can you shouldn’t your Marc Brady expect to hole practice time putts when you require at least aren’t aimed where you want to that much time? Let’s start with some putting go? It may be more fun to hit long fundamentals as better putting is where a golfer can have the most clubs on the practice range but if immediate impact on lowering you want to improve your score their scores. To help improve your start by working on the short game and focus on the putting putting try the following: Focus on swinging your shoul- first! Next week we will share ders, arms, hands and putter as some tips on improving your short one ‘unit. Most poor putting ‘scoring’ shots. Marc Brady, PGA and Buddy comes from allowing the wrists to hinge unnecessarily creating an Manson, PGA are available for inconsistent stroke and poor roll- private lessons to members and ing putts. Take the ‘wristy’ move guests at Tryon Country Club. out of your putting stroke. A drill Junior and ladies clinics are held to help get that ‘feel’ is to set the every Wednesday and also open putter down directly behind the to members and non-members ball and without any back stroke as well. See you on the course! simply ‘push’ the ball toward the


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Big lips get you nowhere ask the starlets Enough with the lips. I can’t take it anymore. Look, I understand a little nip and tuck here and there. Why not tighten that jawline when the rest of your body has been kept fit and trim? And if your hooded eyelids are beginning to look like a built in sunvisor, then what’s wrong with a little lift? But these lips- these collagen stuffed, halloween-inspired, cartoon wax lips! It’s not news that Hollywood has always lived a bit in its own, self-induced ‘bubble,” and I think this is why we are seeing more and more actresses believing that having a fillerinjected face and mouth is the new normal. There is no need to call them out by name; we have all seen them and sadly, these enormous lips never seem to result in more work. Neither do

the women look younger. They veteran actresses, led by the still appear to be middle aged, formidable Maggie Smith, with only now as if they’ve stuck nary a bloated mouth amongst their head inside a wasp’s nest. them. It’s why we love them. It seems wholly an American They look believable as fitthing and really, that’s because ting to the period in which the Hollywood doesn’t take kindly series is set. 78 year old Dame to women over 40 when casting Judi Dench reigns supreme at films. The Meg Ryans and Julia the top of any list of respected thespians and Roberts, who wouldn’t seemed to be “I’m Just you catch her dead in every film made throughSaying…” connecting a bicycle pump out their 20s to her upper and 30s, sudby Pam Stone lip. Neither denly became has she rid her conspicuously absent once they hit 40 and one face of its exquisite crow’s feet of them made a career-ending or botoxed away her sparkling mistake by thinking acquiring expressions. And, to be fair, alFlipper lips would revive indus- though I had to really think hard try interest. But taking a look at to come up with a couple from Downton Abbey, the enormous- this side of the pond, neither has ly successful British television the marvelous Meryl Streep or drama, we see a collection of Sally Field. It’s a sad thing to realize that familiar, wonderfully talented,

if Judi Dench and Maggie Smith were American actresses, more than likely we would have never seen them in a film since 1978. Isn’t that ridiculous? I have no doubt that if the rights to Downton Abbey are purchased to make an American version we would see the roles filled with the likes of Cher. Still coiffed with jet-black hair at the age of 66. This is why I am so very grateful to be a stand-up comic. We’re not supposed to beautiful and it doesn’t matter if we look old. Now, clearly, it matters very much to Joan Rivers and Kathy Griffin, but really, our job is just to bring the funny. If someone considers us attractive, that’s icing on the cake. Once, while sitting backstage before going on ‘The Tonight (Continued on page 27)

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The truth about fats If there has ever been a people tend to be more bothered component of the human diet by heat. When it comes to fat debated and misunderstood, consumption, only water and well beyond normal limits, it carbohydrates are more plentiful in the typical American would have to be fats. Media reports are filled with diet. According to the United new findings on the benefits States Department of Agriculor dangers of certain fats, and ture, 35 to 40 percent of calo%//1:5-0) 0%-/(%148-1(453)%01)5 F3))45-0%5)4 828-894-6183 )//,21)   S)1-23-4'26154 food manufactures, with their ries consumed in the average claims complicate the contro- American diet come from fats. versy even further. With all the Fatty acids are one of the ma2x2 negative implication of fats, jor building blocks of fat. Fats F tfn we often overlook the essential that are made up of one or two role they play in so many of our fatty acids and a glyceride are known as monoglycerides and body’s chemical reactions. diglycerides. Three fatty acids 1. Fats provide us a substan0TFN5FRI - INDD - page 15 tial energy supply that may be plus a molecule of glycerin are used by the body in times of known as triglycerides, which make up about need. Diet & Exercise 95 percent of 2. Fats carby David Crocker dietary fat and ry “fat solu90 percent of ble� vitamins A, D, E and K throughout the body. Basically, triglycerides body. These vitamins, needed mean “fat in the blood�. Now, for good health, but don’t dis- the average consumer probably solve in water, so they can’t be doesn’t want to know, nor could taken into cells without first care less about the chemical sources of fats. What is impormixing with “lipids� (fats). 3. Fats are necessary for tant to know, for good health, is many chemical reactions within a fat’s level of saturation. These Blue Ridge Hunter Jumper Association the body. They’re needed for types of fat are usually referred Presents a Fun Event for the Entire Family proper growth in children, and to as saturated, monounsatuhealthy cell membranes, includ- rated and polyunsaturated. The ing healthy skin. Fats are also worst of these is saturated fat. These fats are solid at room responsible for the production of prostaglandins. These are temperature and when refrigerhormone like substances that ated, so it stands to reason if A Benefit for St. Luke’s Hospital Foundation regulate a number of the body’s these fats stay solid at moderate All proceeds will support the Building on Excellence Campaign. temperatures, they’ll stay solid chemical processes. 4. Fats make eating more in your blood stream too. Satuenjoyable by adding aroma, rated fats also interfere with flavor and texture to food, removal of cholesterol from the thus making it more palatable. blood, and therefore play a role Since fats are slow to digest, in raising blood LDL (bad) chothey satisfy hunger, even after lesterol levels. Sources of these proteins and carbohydrates fats include animal products have left the stomach. Also, like beef, pork, cheese, butter, fats stimulate the walls of the ice cream, and plant sources Join us for a picnic with barbeque, sides and intestines to release a substance like coconut, and palm oils. ice cream sundaes. This family friendly event will called cholecystokinin, which The second type of fat, which include a caricature artist and kid-friendly horse suppresses appetite, and helps is actually healthful is “monotattoos. What a great way to entertain family, unsaturated� fat. These fats are prevent hunger. friends, grandchildren & neighbors! 5. Fats act as temperature liquid at room temperatures and regulators. About half of one’s semi-solid when refrigerated. ~ Tickets $10 per person or body fat is stored just below the Monounsaturated fats are heart skin’s surface, known as sub- healthy because they help lower $200 for a ringside tent and table ~ cutaneous fat. This layer acts LDL (bad) cholesterol, while Tickets available at St. Luke’s Hospital Foundation. as insulation. That’s why thin raising HDL (good) cholesterol people tend to be more sensiCall (828) 894-2693 for more information. (Continued on page 27) tive to cold, while overweight

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Show,’ the make-up artist said to me, “Do you want me to go easy on the eye liner?” “Why?” I asked. “Most comediennes tell me they don’t want to look too pretty, because they’re afraid the audience won’t think they’re as funny,” he replied genuinely. “Yeah, well,” I declared flatly, “I don’t think I’m in too much danger of ever appearing too pretty, so slap that spackle on, Spanky. In fact, use a roller.” If I were still residing in Los

Angeles, I believe I would have started a campaign. That’s right, I’d be on the frontline, doing everything I could to entice women to accept the fact that our lips recede with age and there’s nothing wrong with looking normal; picketing outside dermatologists’ and plastic surgeons’ offices, holding high placards proclaiming: “Don’t Give Me No Lip!” and “End the Trout Pout!” But it’s just a dream. No one will join my picket line because no one will admit they’ve had anything done. Besides, they’ll all be too consumed with the next item on their list. The Brazilian Butt lift.

fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, herring, and trout. In fact we (continued from page 26) know that fish oil is liquid when refrigerated or cold water fish’s levels. Olive oil is one of the blood wouldn’t be able to flow. best sources of monounsatu- While these fats are beneficial, rated fats. High consumption of there is evidence too much polyolive oil in Mediterranean coun- unsaturated fat in the diet can tries is believed to be one of the lower HDL (good) cholesterol reasons these areas have lower levels. Use these tips to choose levels of heart disease. Other the right fats for better health. sources of monounsaturated Diet or exercise question? fats include Email me at peanut oil, dwcrockrapeseed oil, High consumption of er77@gmail. hazelnuts, al- olive oil in Mediterranean com or visit monds, Brazil countries is believed to be fitness4yournuts, cashews, Daavocado, and one of the reasons these vid Crocker of sesame seeds. areas have lower levels of Landrum has The third type been a nutriheart disease. of fats is polytionist and unsaturated m a s t e r p e rfats. These too, sonal trainer lower LDL (bad) cholesterol for 26 years. He served as levels while raising HDL (good) strength director of the Sparcholesterol. Polyunsaturated tanburg Y.M.C.A., head strength fats also provide beneficial coach for the USC-Spartanburg omega-6 and omega 3 fatty baseball team, S.C. state chamacids. These fats are considered pion girls gymnastic team and essential, because our bodies the Converse college equestrian don’t produce them. We there- team. He served as a water fore must acquire them from safety consultant to the United our diet. Polyunsaturated fats States Marine Corps, lead are liquid at room temperature trainer to L.H. Fields modeling and when refrigerated. agency and taught four semesGood sources of polyun- ters at USC-Union. David was saturated fats include soybean also a regular guest of the Pam oil, corn oil, safflower oil and Stone radio show.

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Retirement planning resources for women Dear Savvy Senior, What retirement planning resources can you recommend to women? I’m 58 years old, divorced and living on a tight budget and need all the help I can get. ~ Financially Challenged Dear Challenged, When it comes to planning for retirement, most Americans could stand to brush up on their financial knowledge a bit, but it’s especially important for unmarried women. Here’s what you should know. Retirement struggles It’s an unfortunate reality that most unmarried women – whether they’re divorced, widowed or never married – face much greater financial challenges than men in retirement. Why? Because women tend to make less money (about 78 cents for every dollar a man makes) and have shorter working careers (due to raising children and/or caring

for aging parents) than men. And less money earned usually translates into less money saved and a lower Social Security benefit when you retire. In addition, women also live an average of five years longer than men, which requires their retirement income to stretch farther. And, according to studies, women tend to be less knowledgeable and more intimidated about financial issues than men, which means they don’t always handle their money as well as they should. Because of these issues, it’s very important that women educate themselves on financial matters. Listed below are some good resources that can help. Financial education A good place to start is with the Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement, a nonprofit organiza-

tion dedicated to financial education for women. At wiserwomen. org you can read and download for free a wide variety of easyto-understand publications on retirement planning, money management, saving and investing, as well as Social Security, health care, annuities and more. If you don’t have a computer or Internet access you can call 202-3935452 and order hard copies of their publications and have them mailed to you for a few dollars. Another resource you should tap into is, a U.S. government website dedicated to financial literacy and education that provides free information, resources, publications, financial calculators, checklists, budgeting worksheets and more, to help you make informed decisions. You can also call 888-696-6639 and order a free “My Money” tool kit that

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includes a variety of publications on saving, investing and getting the most for your money. The Employee Benefits Security Administration, part of the U.S. Department of Labor is another agency that offers a variety of publications including the 62-page booklet “Taking the Mystery Out of Retirement Planning,” and “Women and Retirement Savings” brochure. You can see them online at ebsa/publications, or call 866444-3272 and have them mailed to you for free. Also visit, a website developed by the Employee Benefit Research Institute that offers the Ballpark Estimate retirement planning worksheet, more than 100 online calculators, brochures, savings tips and links to resources to help you manage your finances. (Continued on page 29)


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“What Every Woman Should Know.� (continued from page 28) Financial advice If you need some hands-on help, consider getting a financial Social Security help You also need to get up to assessment or tune-up with a speed on Social Security. To help fee-only financial advisor. Costs with this, the Social Security for these services will vary from around $150 to Administration $300 per hour, has an online re- The Social Security but it can be source specifiAdministration has an very beneficial cally designed for women that online resource specifically t o h e l p y o u set-up a retirec o v e r s h o w designed for women that ment plan you marriage, dic a n f o l l o w. vorce, widow- covers how marriage, See h o o d , w o r k , divorce, widowhood, or garrettplancaregiving and work, caregiving and Strauss & Associates, PA ningnetwork. other life or Estate Planning andlocate com to career events other life or career events Administration anAttorneys advisor in can affect your can affect your benefits. 212 S. Grove Street your benefits. It also Hendersonville,area. NC your offers informaDedicatedSend to questions to: Savvy tion on SSI, Medicare benefits and senior Preserving and ProtectingSeBox Assets 5443, Norman, provides calculators to help you nior, P.O. Your figure out your future earnings at OK 73070, or visit SavvySenior. different retirement ages. You can org. Jim Miller is a contributor access this information at to the NBC Today show and women, or call 800-772-1213 and author of “The Savvy Senior� order their free pamphlet entitled book.

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“The world is full of magic much great food, music, shopthings, patiently waiting for our ping, entertainment, history and scenery in one little town, senses to grow sharper.” ~ W.B. Yeats and the promise of The Gorge Indeed, the world is full of opening soon, you can easily magic things; recently I found spend a whole weekend in and my senses growing sharper around town and never run out about the hard cold fact that my of something to do. Did I say vintage (euphemism for OLD) we have some really nice spots white elephant house is packed to spend the night at for those with things: lots of things, and I of you who come from out of need to confess that I’m a pack town? Check for acrat. To me, most of those things ARE magic: art created by my- commodations ranging from a self and others, small rocks and lovely garden suite, Victorian shells gathered from far deserts bed and breakfast charm, lodge and oceans, branches with inter- rooms with mountain views, esting twists and turns, flowers scenic inns perched on lovely and plants inside and out. Art views...sometimes I think we on walls, tables, floor. Tubes just have it all! Last Saturand jars of deday, driving licious shades Saluda through town: of color, wood News & I rolled my car blocks for Notations window down sculpture basand hollered es, canvases, by Bonnie Bardos “Happy Birthbrushes, wire day” to our snips. S n i p p e t s o f p o e m s a n d mail carrier Clay Arrington; quotes, handwritten notes peo- tooted the horn at Jim Carson ple have sent me that meant who was setting up his easel something to my heart: it’s all outside, and thought where else a visual feast of ‘my world’. can you drive through town Photographs, memories. Cop- and wave, honk, and holler at per pots glow overhead in the people who wave right back kitchen. Dog toys underfoot. with smiles? That small thing Stuff, and more stuff. In show- filled my heart up. Saluda School notes: Boxing visitors around my house, which serves as art studio as top collection containers are well, I realize this is NOT how located in the Saluda Public normal people live. Sculpture Library, Saluda Post Office, projects lying on the dining and Saluda Elementary School room table, easels full of paint- Office. Spring break runs from ings, piles of frames, books and April 22-26. Picnic time. To kick off the tools; nope, nothing normal North Carolina Small Town there. However, now and then I Main Street Program, the Prothink to myself it’s time to clean motions Committee is hosting up my act: down-size and find a a “Jamming in the Park Picnic” smaller, easier mode of living: on April 26 from 6-8 p.m. at immediately I have to draw McCreery Park Pavilion. Bring back from that notion with the a picnic; music and good times dilemma of WHAT would I do on a spring evening. Art notes: Susie Welsh has with all this stuff? Saluda restaurants, shops an art opening at Kathleen’s and businesses are delighted Gallery on April 26 from 5-8, spring has sprung, and town featuring dogs of all sorts. A has been packed with visitors as well as local folks. With so (Continued on page 31)


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Letter to the Editor

Smart Growth? White Oak agreements short on details

To the editor: If you are like me, you were not aware just how much is at stake this Monday night (April 22nd) for ALL Polk County residences. The county commissioners are taking public comment and may vote the same night on a 20-year White Oak Master Plan and Polk zoning change to add an ordinance called “Equestrian District” (created specifically by the developers, the title is somewhat misleading because it includes much more than “equestrian” events). Let me step back ... when White Oak Plantation (Pea Ridge/Hwy 14) went into bankruptcy and was acquired by Roger Smith and Tryon Equestrian Properties, they partnered with Florida Developer Mark Ballisimo to attract high-end buyers. They also quietly bought out more adjacent landowners in order to bring major equestrian events here 9-10 months of the year, with event crowds of 9,00012,000. At Tuesday’s community meeting the developer’s were

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portion of sales will benefit Foothills Animal Shelter. Art Trek Tryon is coming up on April 27-28 with over 35 area artists opening studios. Art Trek artists will be featured in a gallery exhibit at Upstairs Artspace from April 26 through May 25; a preview party will be held at the Upstairs on April 26 from 5-8 p.m. Mark your calendar for the Saluda Arts Festival on May 19. Volunteers still needed! The festival is dedicated to the

friendly, but light on details of this major stadium, i.e. noise pollution (from helicopters flying back and forth), traffic congestion, local job commitments and overall impact to the region. That said, next year they are planning a(n): • 6,000-seat stadium plus extra “portable” seating (think minor-league baseball stadium); • R.V. park (size unknown according to the developer); • Night lights (no height limit), Jumbo-Trons, Outdoor Sound System; • Year round helicopter pad (Helicopters are NOT required to follow designated flight routes and fly much lower than planes. Routes from the Asheville Airport go over Lake Adger and Mill Spring. Routes from the Charlotte and Greenville Airports would affect other parts of Polk County). I am not attempting to stop this growth. But I am alarmed at some of the pre-approved rights granted the developer, with no requirements for future input from Polk County citizens. In reading the proposed agreements, I have more questions than I can print here. But why give White Oak the right, at their sole discretion, to make any changes within their boundaries to the loca-

tion, size and configurations on their current development scheme - without review of planning or commissioners. And, why not limit helicopter use for emergency purposes and not as a year round form of transportation for landowners from Florida and New York? (For event emergencies, a temporary LZ (landing zone) should be sufficient and avoid this noise and air space encroachment). Outside of property taxes, I do not see substantial county revenue for increased services from White Oak events. So additional expenses to the county due to increased growth would not be the responsibility of the developer, but rather all Polk County taxpayers (water capacity, road improvements, landfill expansions, police, fire, etc). Chocolate Drop mountain showed us that rural communities need “smart growth,” with meaningful input. So why not ask commissioners to keep existing planning and growth tools they already have to thoughtfully evaluate detailed development plans, impact assessments and other forms of “smart” growth. Hope to see you Monday, 6 p.m. -Womack Building. Arrive early if you wish to speak. – David Pschirer, Tryon

memory of Saluda artist John Waddill, a special part of the festival and creator of the festival’s logo. Congratulations to our very own singer/songwriter Aaron Burdett who was selected as a finalist in the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at Merlefest. Aaron has a Kickstarter fundraiser going and can use contributions toward funding a new CD. Happy April birthday to: Martha Ashley, Melody Gibson, Dave Prudhomme, Kaye Vazquez, Cindy Keeter, Betty

Anna Brown, Marion Fairey, Hope Pace, Diane Pace, Ruth Anderson, Greaton Sellers, Clay Arrington and Bonnie Bardos. Saluda sympathy goes to the families of Robert Banks; Maxie Callaway–Catherine Ross’ father; and Jeanne Cummings, mother of Marti Wells. Thank you, dear readers for reading this column. Keep in mind if you have something of note, feel free to contact me at; or 7491153. You may also visit my website at

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Grasses now green and the weather forecast calling for a beautiful day in the Tryon area this Saturday, steeplechase enthusiasts are prepping for the 67th running of the Block House Steeplchase at FENCE. It’s hard to resist being a part of tradition like this – getting lost in the pageantry of it all, adrenaline rushing as you watch horses charge over fences. Even if you know little about horses or steeplechase racing, you can find interest in the training it takes to bring a horse to this level of competition. Through the Tryon Daily Bulletin’s special Steeplechase issue we’ll introduce you to the riders, trainers and horses that will compete April 20. We’ve also included an abbreviated version of Norm Power’s history of the Block House Steeplechase and Samantha Hurst, Tryon Daily how Carter Brown launched it all with the help of family and friends. No one likely knew then just how strong Bulletin Editor a part of Tryon’s heritage it would become. People flock from all over, not just the Carolinas, but the world, to take part in the festivities. Ask many regulars tailgating around the track on the big day and they will tell you the event truly serves as a homecoming. Students away at college come home, friends in toe and dressed to the nines, for the event. Family members travel from states across the country to gather around heaping spreads of food and refreshments. The event provides something for most everyone. Patriotism, sport, hobby and family all come together in one day through events surrounding the big races. If you feel lucky, you might even try your hand as a jockey – of a stick horse in the annual stick horse races, sponsored by the Greenville Foothills Pony Club. Or if you prefer to show off your creative prowess, design a prize-winning Steeplechase hat. You can decide to make the Duchess of Cambridge jealous with your elegance or have everyone rolling in the paddock from your witty design. There, of course, will also be a parade across the field of various equestrian disciplines from our area to educate you more about the depth of equestrian life that our area offers. More than anything, this day is meant to celebrate our area’s heritage and bring the community together for a lovely day of racing. Come out and enjoy. For more information, visit


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Ta b l e o f 6 Steeplechase history 8 Austin A. Brown shares rich memories at TFAC 9 Steeplechase events 10 A dash of elegance 11 Ready, set fun 12 Nice guys finish first

13 Boucher seeks exacta in Block House 14 Outrider on a dark horse 17 Program key & Wells Fargo race card 18 Cannon Memorial race and TRHC Events race cards 22 Course map (back of center spread) 23 Block House race and Pony race cards 24 Who do you like in the $20,000 Block House? 25 Previous Block House winners 26 Tailgating 32 Ride a painted pony 34 Hats off to you Tryon 38 Steeplechase glossary

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The innkeeper, the steel man and the tumbledown ruin A brief history of the Block House Steeplechase by Norman Powers

Like so many long-lived traditions, The Block House Steeplechase was born by happy circumstance and was nurtured through a difficult childhood. The chance meeting of two men with little more in common than a dilapidated hovel in a rural southern town made this year’s 67th running of the Block House Races possible, but few people in 1947 would have bet on it lasting this long. Tryon - Horse racing haven There was, of course, fertile ground in which to plant the seed. Racing had been part of life in Tryon since at least the 1830s, when wealthy South Carolinians began forsaking the summer heat of the Low Country for the higher, cooler altitudes of western North Carolina, where informal point-to-point races were less punishing for both horse and rider. Among these early sportsmen was Wade Hampton, later to distinguish himself on Civil War battlefields. By the middle of the 19th century, these native sons were followed by increasing numbers of mid-Westerners, who had begun climbing aboard the new Cincinnati-to-Charleston railroad, leaving their harsh northern winters behind but bringing

with them their love of horse sport. Impromptu races were held anywhere space allowed. Especially irresistible were the broad, cleared strips of land being laid out for the Spartanburgto-Asheville railroad, quickly adopted as race paths until crews arrived to lay track and the first locomotive wheezed up the Saluda Grade in 1877. It is tempting to think that one of the sites used for these early races was the farmland surrounding a decrepit relic of pre-Revolutionary War days, an old trading post and fort called The Block House. Originally built in the mid-18th-century to mark the contentious border between Cherokee territory to the west and north, and the farmland of white settlers to the east and south, The Block House evolved, first, into a trading post for the commercial traffic coming through Howard’s Gap with goods bound for Columbia and Charleston; then a military outpost held by an upstart new nation against British-inspired Cherokee raids; and finally, a tollhouse on the newly-established border between North and South Carolina. Still, not many people thought much about the old place. George Bridgeman, a young boy when his father owned the property at the turn of the century, remembered it as “just an old log house,” the place where chicken fights were a leading form of entertainment. Almost everybody ignored

it, except for a man named Carter Pennell Brown. Although he was certainly not the first Midwesterner to come to Tryon, it was Carter Brown who, more than any of his peers, would transform the rural landscape around a small southern town into an attractive alternate home for mobile Northerners. More importantly, he was, in the words of historian and Block House Race chairman Charles Ross, “the man who put Tryon on the map as a horse center.” Birth of Pine Crest Inn But when Carter stepped off the train from Michigan in 1917, he wasn’t particularly thinking of an equestrian mecca, even though he was an avid horseman and outdoor sports enthusiast. He was, rather, thinking of opening a business. By trade a hotelier, Carter had left the University of Illinois three months before earning a degree in agriculture to buy Castle Rock Cottages in Castle Park, Mich., which he developed into the Castle Park Inn. An aunt who had visited Tryon mentioned a former tuberculosis sanitorium perched on a hill overlooking the town, vacant for several years, that she thought might be converted into a pleasant rural inn. Thus was born The Pine Crest Inn, which included three barns with stabling for more than 30 horses. Carter devised and directed the renovations, even though he had no formal training in archi-

tecture. A deeply spiritual man and a devout Christian Scientist, Carter believed that a “higher power,” rather than formal training, was responsible for the success of any human endeavor, and his reputation for sure-footedness and success in whatever he undertook became legendary. Tony Wallace, who came to Tryon in the 1950s and served as an official in many Block House races, said, “If I had to make a list of the five most remarkable people I’ve ever met, Carter Brown would certainly be near the top.” Among his many notable accomplishments, Carter founded the Tryon Riding and Hunt Club in 1925; organized the Tryon Hounds the following year; established the Tryon Horse Show in 1929; and, as we shall see, was instrumental in founding the Block House Steeplechase – although, uncharacteristically, the idea wasn’t strictly his. Along with the equestrian events and organizations which have survived to the present day, Carter’s architectural talents continue to grace many of Tryon’s most prestigious properties; and it was this gift in particular that was the catalyst for the Block House Steeplechase. Carter had had his eye on the decaying Block House since the 1920s, when an elderly woman, one Miss Bird, had asked him to (Continued on page 7)

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draw up plans for renovating the structure for use as an antiques shop. Sadly, the unfortunate Miss Bird was taken seriously ill, and the plans had to be dropped. But the Block House, with its weather-warped timber frame and sagging floors, presented an intriguing challenge, and Carter would not forget it. The March Hare There were other pursuits to occupy his time, however. Carter had ridden several times in the fledgling Carolina Cup in Camden in the early 1930s, and was inspired to organize his own ‘chase at Harmon Field beginning in March of 1934, which he called “The March Hare.” It was run over a timber and brush course through what was then mostly cornfields, with Carter’s horse Nuthatch leading a sparse field consisting that first year of his son Carter Wilkie on Silvermine and a few friends. The March Hare ‘chase continued for two years (1934 and 1935) and was really a point-to-point between Carter, Carter W. and Austin. Brown builds Block House course The last element in the birth of the Block House races arrived in Tryon during the war, in the person of Alfred D. Plamondon Jr. Plamondon, a nationally-known wartime industrialist, was the founder and board chairman of Indiana Steel Products, a profitable manufacturer of, among other things, industrial magnets. Quite by chance, he came to town in 1942 for a short visit, stayed at Pine Crest, struck up a friendship with Carter and a liking for Tryon, and casually mentioned one day that it might be a good place for a modest hunting box. His host quickly offered to arrange it. The Plamondons had hardly boarded the train back north before Carter bought the Block House property for them, sight unseen. “It was rather a bold thing for me to do,” Carter later said, “as

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the place was a shambles and they were people of social position with sophisticated tastes, not the kind to move into a tumbledown ruin.” The first step in Carter’s plan was to move the building to higher ground several hundred yards to the west, where it now stands, leaving a stone marker at the original site which can still be seen. A plumbing system, a new roof and flooring, and a refurbished exterior followed. As with all of his other projects, Carter used local materials as much as possible in his restoration and preserved as much of the original building as he could, the result being the comfortable elegance, both rustic and refined, that are the hallmark of Carter Brown’s work. By 1946, after enjoying the equestrian activities so abundant in Tryon, and hearing tales from local riders of the late, lamented races once held at Harmon Field, Plamondon suggested to Carter that the races be revived over a course to be laid out on his property. With his usual aplomb, Carter designed a halfmile course around the Block House, graded and contoured the terrain to accommodate it, peppered it with brush and timber obstacles, and built a judges’ platform on the roof of Plamondon’s house – although it all had to be done quietly because some local people felt racing would attract an undesirable crowd and ruin Tryon, but Carter was determined that local opposition wouldn’t get the jump on him. Even though the Maryland Hunt Cup had been running since 1894 and the American Grand National since 1899, and despite the release of “National Velvet” in 1947, steeplechasing was still an arcane sporting activity to the general population, no less so in the Southeast. The only nearby ‘chase was the Carolina Cup, which had yet to draw crowds of any size, and the failure of the Harmon Field races was a sobering precedent for Carter’s new venture. (Continued on page 36)


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Austin A. Brown shares rich memories at TFAC One week before the 67th Block House Steeplechase, Austin A. Brown, the son of Carter P. Brown, spoke for nearly an hour to an appreciative audience at the TFAC auditorium. The TR&HC lecture was part of the kick-off for the Block House Equestrian Art Show and the Tryon Gallery Trot. Nancy Wilson, president of TR&HC, provided a heartfelt introduction of Austin Brown, and also shared the stage during an extended question and answer period. Brown shared stories of his youthful experiences growing up at what is now known as the Pine Crest Inn and of fox hunting and racing. Brown also spoke of his experience winning the first Block House Steeplechase, and his memories

of crossing the finish line. Brown spoke of his father’s dedication to the equestrian sport, and how profit was of little motivation to his dream. Actor David Niven and novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald were also active characters that resided at the same inn Brown and his family both lived in and operated. Brown’s father, Carter P. Brown (1893-1978), was affectionately known as “the man who created Tryon,” and was credited with founding TR&HC in 1925, and also the Block House Steeplechase. Austin Brown reinforced some of the rich equestrian history of Tryon, brought forth by the many contributions of his father. Carter Brown, formally from Michigan, had a background in hotels and also a keen eye for architecture, relocated to Tryon and be-

gan making historic advancements in the equestrian culture. One of Carter Brown’s many contributions to Tryon, was the revitalization of the original Block House, which served as a defensive outpost shortly after the start of the French and Indian War. Brown rejuvenated the almost collapsing relic, which had previously been used as a tavern and gambling house, into the residence of the A.D. Plamadon family. Knowing


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Block House Steeplechase Races by Laura Ward

Part time-honored tradition, part right of spring, the Block House Steeplechase Races offer a day of splendor and homage to the area’s rich, equestrian heritage. Each spring it happens as if by magic—the renewal of all things green and glorious and with it comes the running of the 67th annual Block House Steeplechase Races on April 20, 2013. The Block House is the longest running steeplechase in the state of North Carolina occurring continuously since 1947. “This event defines who we are as an equestrian community. It is a tradition that is tightly woven into the fabric of our culture,” said Charles “Chuck” Lingerfelt, former president of

the Tryon Riding & Hunt Club and presiding placing judge for the Block House Races. “Race day is a manifestation of the pride and love our region has for horses and the people who make a living in this industry. It is a chance for us to gather together in the spirit of sportsmanship and celebrate friendships, both old and new.” This year, when the thoroughbreds hit the ground running on the lush turf at FENCE, nearly 20,000 spectators from across the south will gather to participate in a the vast array of festivities that have been months in the making. “Every year, the events of the day keep getting bigger and better,” explains Laura Weicker, Executive Director at TR&HC

Events, Inc. “Not only do our race day guests get to cheer on some of the finest steeplechase horses and jockeys in the country, but they get to take part in a memory-filled day of fun for the

entire family. From the tailgate and hat contests, to the stick horse races, the day offers something wonderful for everyone” (Continued on page 25)


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Whether you’re an avid steeplechase enthusiast, or simply love the thrill and energy that comes from spending a day at the races socializing, the Block House Races showcase a full day of equestrian entertainment. This year, the excitement starts with a mock foxhunt held by The Green Creek Hounds, who will take the field with over 40 hounds, horses and riders in formal hunt attire and ready to shout ‘tally-ho.’ According to Green Creek’s MFH, Deborah Bundy, “It is an honor to be a part of the race-day festivities. It gives our staff and members a tremendous thrill to interact with the community and share our love of hunting and hounds. Not only do we gain exposure for our hunt club and the sport itself, but we get to be a part of an event that is so beloved to the people who live here.” Other equestrian demonstrations will include The Carolina Carriage Club and the Icelandic horses. Block House gates open at 10 a.m. for admission to the grounds. Pre-race activities start at 11 a.m. with the beginning of the judging for the tailgate competition. The hat contest starts around 11:30 a.m. in front of the judge’s tower and the “Parade of the Hounds” starts between noon and 1 p.m. Check your ticket packet upon receipt as times and activities may change slightly.

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Nice guys finish first

Mike Berryman Mike Berryman doesn’t train horses like it’s his job. He trains horses like every ounce of his soul’s passion is riding on the back of each thoroughbred he touches. by Laura Ward

Even 40 years ago, when Mike Berryman started riding steeplechasers in Middleburg, he knew he loved two things: running and jumping. Flash-forward through the years and this jockey turned gentleman is still chasing his dream, but now he’s calling the shots as one of the hardest working, homegrown trainers in the south. Based out of Johnson City, Tenn., Berryman is one of a dying breed of lone racehorse trainers fighting

a waning economy and shrinking talent pool of horses, who runs the roads each season pouring life and chance into a small string of ‘chasers.’ “Meets like the Block House Races are perfect for developing young horses,” explains Berryman. “I love the hills. And because I live in Tennessee and train on hills, my horses feel right at home. I consider Tryon to be my favorite course because it is 90 miles from my farm and the hospitality is great. I have

forged several friendships with folks in that area.” And if you ask Laura Weicker, executive director at TR&HC Events, Inc., they don’t come any better than Mr. Berryman. “Mike is the epitome of class and is a true horseman. He is kind to everyone — especially his horses and jockeys. Trainers like Mike help showcase what sportsmanship and a back-breaking work ethic is all about. We are deeply grateful he brings horses to Tryon each year, but more than that, we are grateful for him as a person — period.” According to Equibase, an Internet source for thoroughbred racing

information, Berryman’s career statistics are as impressive as his character. Career Statistics: • Starts: 1,121 • Firsts: 78 • Seconds: 96 • Thirds: 122 • Earnings: $1,047,946 “My niche is building stamina in a horse,” says Berryman. “I love to take young talent and watch it develop, year after year. That’s how you find the good ones. Stamina is what helps them last.” Berryman is scheduled to have a 7-year-old gelding, Sumo Power, running in the third race. Sumo Power is owned by Manown Kisor Jr.

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Boucher seeks exacta in Block House Trainer Lilith Boucher will ers will face stiff opposition in have a potent one-two punch for the Block House. Owner-trainer the $20,000 Block House, the Karen Gray’s Cuse, who made featured race of the 67th annual eight official starts last year, Block House Races at Sandlin won Stoneybrook’s Sandhills Racecourse in Tryon, on Satur- Cup and an optional claimer day, April 20. First post time is at Virginia Fall. In his 2013 2 p.m. for the four-race program. opener, he fell in the $50,000 Budweiser ImTopping her perial Cup (Gr. exacta in the Trainer Lilith Boucher 3) at the Aiken 2 1/2-mile opSpring Races tional claim- will have a potent on March 23. i n g r a c e i s one-two punch for the Gus Dahl has Complete Zen, $20,000 Block House, the mount. owned by Why Three-time N o t R a c i n g . the featured race of the leading owner The 7-year-old 67th annual Block Irv Naylor will Cozzene geldbe represented ing already has House Races at Sandlin by Organisat w o o u t i n g s Racecourse in Tryon, on teur, who has this season, in- Saturday, April 20. not started cluding a secsince the 2011 ond in a claiming hurdle at Colonial Downs’ Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup (Gr. 1). The Irish-bred’s Dogwood Classic on April 6. Boucher also will saddle best finish in the U.S. was a Marilyn Ketts’ Flying Friskie, second in that year’s $250,000 who came back from a long Grand National (Gr. 1). Trainer layoff to finish fourth in the Brianne Slater named Bernie $50,000 Georgia Cup for fillies Dalton to ride. Racing Hall of Fame trainer and mares at the Atlanta Steeplechase on April 13. The trainer’s Jonathan Sheppard will send out husband, veteran jockey Richard Bill Pape’s Dugan, who finished Boucher, was named aboard third in a claiming race in one of his two 2012 starts over fences. both entrants. Boucher’s Block House start- Darren Nagle will ride.

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OUTRIDER on a dark horse by Laura Ward

Reed McNutt may be 61 years old, but watching him canter his thoroughbred, Atticus Finch, across the fields at FENCE on a gleaming spring day, he looks more like a little boy having the time of his life. Long before the racehorses hit the field for the 67th running of the annual Block House Steeplechase Races on April 20, many of Tryon’s local horsemen and horsewomen will be tacked up and ready to ride. Part of an elite group of volunteer outriders whose job it is to calm the anxious, jittery racehorses and serve as type of invisible shield when horses break loose and unseat their riders, this band of ‘Block House Outriders’ ensures not

only the horses are safely captured, but the crowds are protected as well. For over 12 years, McNutt has served as an outrider on race day, channeling the quickwitted riding skills he honed as a Whipper-In for Tryon Hounds. At first glance, McNutt looks as though he just stepped from a sepia-colored hunt print from the 1700s. His features are dark and brooding, eyes fixed in a permanent squint he looks at you, then through you. But then comes the moment when you ask him about steeplechase racing or his breathtaking partner, Atticus Finch, a 16-year-old thoroughbred who won the (Continued on page 15)

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shape to keep up with riders and the mounts at a moments (continued from page 14) notice. “Should a horse get loose Fox Hunters Cup a few years ago, and McNutt’s face softens, during a race, it can pose an enormous flashing an efrisk to the fortless grin. “Having experienced, other riders “For me, in the field, r a c e d a y i s skilled riders in the field one of the best like Reed offers an added as well as to itself,” extimes of year level of safety that helps plains Laura here in Tryon,” Weicker, exsays McNutt. ensure the races run as ecutive direc“I love meet- smoothly as possible.” ing the trainers -- Laura Weicker, executive tor at TR&HC and jockeys. director at TR&HC Events, Inc. Events, Inc. “Having exBut more than perienced, anything else, I love being able to watch the skilled riders in the field like Reed offers an added level of race from horseback.” One of the many challenges safety that helps ensure the of outriding requires both Mc- races run as smoothly as posNutt and his horse to be in top sible.”

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FIRST RACE THE WELLS FARGO PURSE $15,000. HURDLE. FOR MAIDENS, FOUR YEARS OLD AND UPWARD. Four-year-olds, 142 lbs.; older, 154 lbs. Two Miles and Three Furlongs over National Fences.




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Frances Hill Myers Lilith Boucher Lime green, black sash, green and black halved sleeves, green and black cap.


b. g. 4, Kipling-Two Bridges by Major Impact



Richard Boucher

Walk on Water Stable Desmond Fogarty Green, gold star, white and gold sleeves, green cap.





dk.b/br. g. 6, Royal Anthem-Abounding Mystery by Lyphard's Ridge 2012 0 0 0 0 $0 Irvin S. Naylor Brianne Slater Green, yellow and white yoke, yellow cap. ch. g. 4, Rock Of Gibraltar-Quite Elusive by Elusive Quality 2012 1 0 0 0 $750

Hudson River Farms Jonathan Sheppard White, black ball sash, red cuffs, red and white cap.

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Darren Nagle



Benjamin Swope



dk.b/br. g. 4, Bernstein-Rhetorical Lass by Capote 2013 1 0 1 0 $2,700 2012 1 0 0 1 $1,500 Benjamin C. Swope Owner Yellow, two red diamonds, red diamonds on sleeves, red cap.

b. g. 6, Ormsby-Clever Tace by Waquoit 2013 1 0 1 0 $2,700 2012 1 0 0 0 $0 Mrs. S. K. Johnston Jr. Desmond Fogarty Orange, brown "J", brown sleeves, orange and brown cap. dk.b/br. g. 4, Purim-Fall Fantasy by Menifee

Information appearing with the horse's name indicates records of Starts, Wins, Seconds, Thirds and Money Earned in Steeplechase races only.

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SECOND RACE PURSE $10,000. HURDLE. FOR MAIDENS, FOUR YEARS OLD AND UPWARD. Four-year-olds, 144 lbs.; older, 156 lbs. Claiming price $15,000. For each $2,500 to $10,000, allowed 4 lbs.

PURSE $10,000. HURDLE. FOR FOUR-YEAR-OLDS AND UPWARD WHICH HAVE NEVER WON TWO RACES. Four-year-olds, 146 lbs.; older, 158 lbs. Claiming price $15,000. For each $2,500 to $10,000, allowed 3 lbs. Non-winners in 2013, allowed 4 lbs.; since September 1, 8 lbs.; in 2012-2013, 12 lbs.

Two Miles and Three Furlongs over National Fences.


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Michael L. Leaf Owner Royal blue, white diamond with "CLE", royal blue sleeves, white diamond hoop, royal cap.



b. g. 9, Allen's Prospect-Refugee by Unaccounted For 2013 1 0 0 0 $0 2012 6 0 0 0 $1,750 Caroline Sankey Owner Black with gold "flying S", gold hoop on sleeves, black and gold cap.



gr. g. 7, Wild Wonder-Perks Hot Flash by Imabid 2013 1 0 0 0 $0 2010 0 0 0 0 $0 Karen M. Gray Owner Grey, pink cross sashes, grey sleeves, pink hoops, grey and pink cap.



gr. m. 6, Secret Romeo-Canderic by Runaway Groom 2013 2 0 0 0 $750

Wh y Not Racing LLC Lilith Boucher Red, black circle, black "W," black chevrons on sleeves, black cap.


gr. m. 7, Waquoit-Class Babe by Class Secret 2013 1 0 0 0 2012 3 0 3 0 Alexander Gordon-Watson Gray, black stripes on sleeves, black and red cap.



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ch. g. 7, Sky Mesa-Verve by Unbridled 2013 1 0 0 0 $0 2010 0 0 0 0 $0 Hudson River Farms Jonathan Sheppard White, black ball sash, red cuffs, red and white cap.



dk.b/br. g. 6, Victory Gallop-High Post by Hickman Creek 2013 1 0 0 1 $1,000 2011 1 0 0 0 $0 Glenview Farm Joe Hanson Teal, purple yoke, teal and purple cap.


ch. g. 5, Pioneering-Ms. Buckridge by Buckfinder 2013 1 0 0 0 2012 1 0 0 0

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Charles Greene $10,000

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Bernard Dalton $10,000

Darren Nagle $10,000

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Silverton Hill LLC Leslie F. Young Hot pink, black fleur-de-lis, hot pink sleeves with black chevrons, black cap.


b. g. 5, Bluegrass Cat-Reason To Talk by Sabona 2012 3 1 0 1 2011 0 0 0 0 William G. Wofford Navy and pink stripes, navy sleeves, navy cap.



$5,400 $0 Owner


b. g. 8, Harlan's Holiday-Bold Lady Avie by Lord Avie 2013 1 0 0 0 $0 2012 6 1 1 1 $19,550 William L. Pape Jonathan Sheppard Skipper blue, white diamond braces, blue cap.



b. g. 6, El Prado-Spring Season by Seeking The Gold 2012 5 1 0 0 $17,000 2011 1 0 0 0 $1,000 Manown Kisor Jr. Michael Berryman Royal blue, white hoops, royal blue cap.



dk.b/br. g. 7, Dynaformer-Connie's Spirit by Theatrical 2013 1 0 0 0 $400 2012 9 1 1 2 $12,550 Jubilee Stables Ted Thompson Aqua, red stars, red chevrons on sleeves, red cap.



gr. g. 5, Cashel Castle-Darnquick Lildevil by Darn That Alarm 2013 1 1 0 0 $6,000 2012 2 0 0 0 $0

Bernard Dalton $10,000

Charles Greene $10,000

Darren Nagle $15,000

Mark Watts $10,000

Gustav Dahl $10,000

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PURSE $20,000. HURDLE. FOR FOUR-YEAR-OLDS AND UPWARD WHICH HAVE NEVER WON $12,000 ONCE OR WHICH ARE ENTERED TO BE CLAIMED FOR $20,000. Four-year-olds, 144 lbs.; older, 156 lbs. Non-winners in 2013, allowed 4 lbs.; since September 1, 8 lbs.; in 2012-2013, 12 lbs. (Claiming races when entered for $15,000 or less not considered in estimating allowances). Two Miles and One Half over National Fences.


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Karen M. Gray Owner Grey, pink cross sashes, grey sleeves, pink hoops, grey and pink cap.



gr. g. 12, Wekiva Springs-Cayman Queen by Recupere 2013 2 0 0 0 $900 2012 8 2 3 0 $31,550 Irvin S. Naylor Brianne Slater Green, yellow and white yoke, yellow cap.



b. g. 8, Highest Honor-Willamina by Sadler's Wells 2011 4 0 1 0 $47,800

Wh y Not Racing LLC Lilith Boucher Red, black circle, black "W," black chevrons on sleeves, black cap.



gr. g. 7, Cozzene-Complete Number by Polish Numbers 2013 2 0 1 0 $4,850 2012 1 0 0 0 $1,050 William L. Pape Jonathan Sheppard Skipper blue, white diamond braces, blue cap.



ch. g. 9, Forest Wildcat-Ratings by Caveat 2013 2 0 1 0 $5,500 2012 2 0 0 1 $3,750 Marilyn S. Ketts Lilith Boucher Gold, blue diamond frame, blue hoops on sleeves, gold and blue cap.


b. m. 6, Touch 'n' Fly-Acting Friskie by Horatius 2013 1 0 0 0 2011 4 2 0 0


$1,500 $13,800


Gustav Dahl $20,000

Bernard Dalton

Richard Boucher $20,000

Darren Nagle $20,000

Richard Boucher

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2001 gr. or ro. g., Wekiva Springs--Cayman Queen, by *Recupere. Owner-trainer: Karen M. Gray. Jockey: Gus Dahl. 2013 record: 1-0-0-0, $0. 2012 record: 8-2-3-0, $30,300. 2011 record: 10-30-0, $37,500. 3-1 odds. Fell in his 2013 opener, Aiken Spring’s Budweiser Imperial Cup (Gr. 3). Hard-knocking veteran won 2012 Sandhills Cup at Stoneybrook Steeplechase in North Carolina and an optional allowance claimer at Virginia Fall.

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2005 b. g., Highest Honor--Willamina, by Sadler ’s Wells. Owner: Irvin S. Naylor. Trainer: Brianne Slater. Jockey: Bernie Dalton. 2012 record: No starts. 2011 NSA

record: 4-0-1-0, $47,800. 7-2 odds. Second-place finisher in 2011 Grand National (Gr. 1) making his first start since unplaced finish in that year’s Marion duPont Scott C o l o n i a l C u p ( G r. 1 ) A c complished handicap hurdler in England finished fifth in 2011 Michael G. Walsh Novice Stakes at Saratoga in his U.S. debut.

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2006 gr. or ro. g., Cozz e n e - - C o m p l e t e N u m b e r, by Polish Numbers. Owner: Why Not Racing. Trainer: Lilith Boucher. Jockey: Richard Boucher. 4-1 odds. 2013 record: 2-0-1-0, $4,850. 2012 record: 2-0-1-0, $2,850. 2011 record: 6-2-1-0, $77,750. Began 2013 with fourth in an Aiken Spring optional al-

lowance before taking second money in a claiming race at Colonial Downs’ Dogwood Classic on April 6. Finished distant sixth in Montpelier’s 2012 Noel Laing Handicap after second in International Fegentri World Cup flat race at the International Gold Cup at The Plains, Va. In previous start, fifth in the 2011 AFLAC Supreme Hurdle. Wo n 2 0 11 N a t i o n a l H u n t Cup at Radnor Hunt Races in Malvern, Pa., and Georgia Cup at Atlanta Steeplechase.

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2004 ch. g., Forest Wildcat--Ratings, by Caveat. O w n e r : Wi l l i a m L . P a p e . Trainer: Jonathan Sheppard. Jockey: Darren Nagle. 2013 record: 2-0-1-0, 45,500. 2012 NSA record: 2-0-0-1, $3,750.












6-1 odds. Started 2013 with a second in an Aiken Spring optional allowance before finishing fourth in a claiming hurdle at Colonial Downs’ Dogwood Classic. Put trainer over $20-million mark in NSA purses with a victory in a 2011 Aiken Fall claimer.

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2007 b. m., Touch ‘n’ Fly (Ire)—Acting Friskie, by Horatius. Owner: Marilyn Ketts. Trainer: Lilith Boucher. Jockey: Richard Boucher. 2013 record: 1-0-0-0, $1,500. 2012 record: No starts. 8-1 odds. Finished fourth in Georgia Cup for fillies and mares, her first start since finishing sixth in the 2011 Valentine Memorial at Fair Hill, Md. Has two claiming wins to her credit.


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TAILGATING Nothing could be finer. by Laura Ward

At Tryon’s Block House Steeplechase, the elegant art of tailgating is alive and well. Part fine dining, part equine extravaganza, this historic, southern tradition brings families and friends together for a day of fellowship and fun. On April 20, spring comes rushing in on the backs of gleaming thoroughbreds that fly and jump over a luscious green track and into the hearts of thousands of spectators who will flock to see the Block House Steeplechase. For more than 67 years, Tryon has played host to the longest running steeplechase in the state of North Carolina. Hailed by local residents as “The” social event of the year, full of equine action and high fashion, the fanfare surrounding the Block House Steeplechase is legendary.

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For Cam Boyd of Hendersonville, N.C., the Block House races are a beloved event that is tightly woven into the fabric of his family’s history. “I started coming in the 1950s with my parents and I’ve only missed two races since then,” explained Boyd, “I believe race day should be experienced by each generation. Today, my children bring their families and friends to the same exact parking spot where my family brought me. It’s not just about the race, it’s about making memories.”

While the equine action is obviously the main draw, the tailgating rituals and lavish displays of mouth-watering southern cuisine and libations are at the very heart of the race day. From fried chicken to pimento cheese, pulledpork sandwiches to deviledeggs all washed down with a Bloody Mary or sweet tea —of course — the menus are as vibrant and lavish as the displays themselves. “We bring over 40 people with us on race day, and everybody brings a dish,” says Boyd. “My daughter, Emery, and son, Les, do all the planning now. My wife and I

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happily passed the tailgating torch on to them. Now all we have to do is sit back, eat and enjoy.” And it wouldn’t be race day without a healthy dose of competition. The Tailgate Contest sponsored by ROCK 101, WROQ, celebrates the uniqueness of each entry with categories such as best country tailgate, most elegant, and most unusual. Contestants pull out all the stops from silver candelabras and fully- stocked wet bars to pink flamingos and beach chairs; each theme is more decadent and fun-filled than the next. (Continued on page 27)

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“I have been coming to the races since I was a little girl,” says Emery Bettis, Cam Boyd’s daughter who is now grown with children of her own. “I’ve never missed a race. Never. My heart starts pounding and I can’t begin to describe the joy I feel when we pull up to our parking spots. When I see the girls in hats and smell the freshlymown grass, I know spring is finally here to stay.” For more information on the tailgate competition or to buy tickets and reserve your parking spot, contact TR&HC Events at 828-863-0480.

“I’ve never missed a race. Never. My heart starts pounding and I can’t begin to describe the joy I feel when we pull up to our parking spots.” -- Emery Bettis


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The pink flamingo tailgate group has gathered at Steeplechase to enjoy the races and festivities for more than a decade. (photos submitted)

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Every child dreams of riding a thundering thoroughbred down the track and across the finish line. Well, now’s the time — sort of. A horse is a horse, of course, of course, even if it is made of wood and painted with love. Just ask the flocks of children of all ages who clamor to run in the Stick Horse Races hosted by the Greenville Foothills Pony Club at the Block House Steeplechase. “The Stick Horse Races has been a tremendous success for the past two years and a wonderful opportunity to volunteer, as well as raise funds for the Greenville Foothills Pony Club. We are thrilled to be a part of such an exciting, fun event and value the opportunity to promote Pony Club to prospective members,” says District Commissioner, Carolyn Culbertson. Months prior to the Block House Races, Greenville Foothills Pony Clubbers, along with help of their parents and volunteers, cut, sand, paint and construct over 50 stick horses to be sold on race day. After the fourth race of the day, children are invited to the race tower to compete in the stick horse races. The competition is divided into the following age divi-

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67th Block House Steeplechase Block House Race Hat Contest judging starts at 11:30 a.m. in front of the tower in the paddock area and lasts about 30 minutes. Children 12 and younger will have hats judged in funniest and most appropriate categories. Adults can don hats in funniest, most unusual and most appropriate categories. It’s not too late to put your best hat forward with a good base hat like the ones here from Sissy. in Landrum. Buy some greenery, tule and even plastic toy horses to create a unique look.



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Jockey’s and their horses race to the finish line in the 66th Block House Steeplechase. (photo by Samantha Hurst)

race card. Nonetheless, local announcements were modest during the days before the first

running. On April 1, 1947, readers of the Tryon Daily Bulletin learned, among other things, that a pound of coffee could

be had at Cowans Market for forty-nine cents; that the Tryon (Continued on page 37)

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“We started from somewhere below zero,” Carter Wilkie Brown said of that first year. “We didn’t have any money and there were no local people who knew racing.” His father enlisted his sons in organizing and promoting the race by teaching the rules to newborn stewards and judges, and especially by getting the local media interested. A press conference was set up at Pine Crest, to which newspaper and radio sports reporters were invited from as far away as Asheville and Charlotte. Presented with films and fact sheets about steeplechasing, not to mention a sumptuous lunch and, even more impressive, an open bar, the media began to think the sport might be worth something after all. For several years, in fact, Spartanburg’s WSPA Radio would carry the entire

A21 Cinema was showing Dead Reckoning, with Humphrey Bogart and Lizabeth Scott; and, finally turning to page four, that “Tryon’s first steeplechase to be held in several years” would take place in four days’ time, with “a number of out-of-town horses, riders, and spectators” expected to attend. It was to be run under the auspices of Carter’s Tryon Riding & Hunt Club, under whose guardianship it has remained ever since. The card for the first Block House Steeplechase, on April 5, 1947, contained three races: the Pacolet Plate, for riders under 17 on “mules, horses, or ponies”; a timber race of twoand-a-half miles, which revived the name “March Hare” from the Harmon Field days; and the inaugural running of The Block House, two miles over brush, with a $500 purse, half of which went to the winner, along with an ornate silver wine cup donated as a challenge trophy by the Plamondons. The name Brown, not surprisingly, figured prominently in the proceedings, with Carter’s two sons, Austin and Carter Wilkie, winning two of the three races. The Browns’ mare Bluish, with Austin up, won The Block House by eight lengths, the first of three Block House wins for Austin, who retired the Plamondon’s trophy in 1950; while his older brother, on Dwight, finished first in the timber race with a time of 4:20. Both sons would continue to appear in the field each year until the late 1950s, when careers took them away from Tryon. The junior race was won by the son of noted Southern Pines horseman Mickey Walsh, who would soon organize his own ‘chase, The Stoneybrook, and who would frequently van horses to The Block House to fill out the card and keep it alive through its infancy. “The crowd was pretty small that first time out,” remembers Carter Wilkie Brown, “no more than a few hundred people, I’d say. And the entire staff, in-

“We started from somewhere below zero,” Carter Wilkie Brown said of that first year. “We didn’t have any money and there were no local people who knew racing.” cluding jockeys, was probably around 20 or so.” Everyone knew one another, lending a congenial atmosphere to the day’s proceedings, helped by a pre-race performance by the Tryon High School Band. Even most of the horses entered were local, except the two brought by Mickey Walsh and a Nashville horse ridden by Cal Houghland. Also present that day was Gerry Helder, who had come to Tryon in 1945 to work at the Pine Crest for Carter and had helped in preparing the new race course. “It wasn’t a bad crowd,” he says, “considering how small a place Tryon was back then.” Carter assigned Helder a special task that first year – one that unexpectedly led to a 47-yearlong career as “the voice of Tryon.” “Mr. Brown had asked me to take the sports reporter from WSPA to lunch, so I could bring him up to speed on the horses and jockeys who’d be running,” Helder remembers. “But when we got up there on the roof of the Block House and the horses started coming out of the paddock, the man froze up and forgot everything I’d told him. Next thing I knew, he handed me the microphone.” Helder’s voice, however, was often missing from the timber race during the next several years, for the simple reason that he was one of the field, often in company with his brother, Jimmy – another pair of siblings in addition to Carter’s sons. Of some concern that first (Continued on page 38)

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year was the short course – barely half a mile which, for the timber race, required the field to circle nearly six times to make up the required length, causing some confusion for riders who lost count, not to mention a certain amount of dizziness for the spectators. While little could be done for the latter, subsequent timber races featured someone with a flag to signal each rider how many times he’d been around, a practice kept in force until Piney Woods was cleared and the course was lengthened to include the fearsome Heartbreak Hill. The convivial atmosphere, however pleasant, didn’t do much to insure a future for the meet. Although a few local farmers rode mules or oxen over to see what all the fuss was about, Carter had hope-


fully set aside 10 parking spaces for those with faster means of transport; four of them remained empty. Even more discouraging, the total receipts for the day were only $75, not even a quarter of the purse. To keep the races alive, Carter managed to find money in an emergency fund maintained for such purposes by the United Hunts Racing Association, and he told naysayers to give him just five years to turn things around. As usual, he was right. But for the next two years, the races remained very much a local affair, with small entries and meager crowds, although the purse for the Block House race increased to $1000 in 1948, and a fourth race was added to that year’s card. By 1949, there were six races and the purse was up to $1500. To read the full history of The Block House Steeplechase, visit

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Steeplechase Glossary Knowing these terms will help you understand and follow steeplechase races: Furlong: The standard measure in U.S. racing. One furlong equals one eighth of a mile. Maiden: A horse that has never won a race. National Fence: A synthetic steeplechase fence used at most stops in the U.S. Consists of a steel frame stuffed with plastic “brush” at a height of 52 inches. A foam rubber roll, covered with green canvas, is placed on the takeoff side. Novice: A horse in the early stages of its steeplechase career National Steeplechase Association: The NSA, founded in 1895, is the governing body for steeplechase racing in the United States. The NSA sanctions, takes entries, approves officials and inspects courses. The NSA licenses all participants and keeps official statistics. Paddock: Area where horses are saddled before a race. Purse: Total money distributed in a race. Winner collects 60 percent of total purse, with shares paid to sixth place. Stewards: Presiding judges or officials at a race meet. They have final decision on all matters pertaining to a race. Timber fence: Natural, wooden fence constructed of boards, logs or posts and rails. Wings: The panels on either side of a steeplechase fence which are designed to guide a horse to a fence.


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