This December I finally had the pleasure of attending our first ever Patagonia equestrian meet-up with Hooves. I was with two lovely horse riders from Spain, we were hosted by one of the most welcoming families I’ve ever met, and got to ride horses through the mountains of Patagonia for a whole week. It was honestly one of the best experiences of my life. In this blog post I’ll tell you all about our group, the accommodation, the riding and the horses.
For over a century, horse enthusiasts from around the world have saddled up and settled down in the Carolina foothills. The rural landscape is home to beautiful farms and rolling hillsides at the front stoop of the breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains—an idyllic, picturesque setting for horses and riders alike. This is Tryon Horse Country: a region rich with small-town charm and a vibrant equestrian lifestyle stretching from upstate South Carolina to the base of the Appalachian mountains.
The Western States Trail Ride, popularly called the Tevis Cup Ride, is the oldest modern day endurance ride, having been held annually since 1955. As such, it has been the inspiration and model for the most challenging endurance rides worldwide.