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Melanie Smith Taylor The Carolinas Equestrian TRYON, NC, Tryon Riding & Hunt Club and the Foothills Equestrian Nature Center have partnered on a 3-day Riding Clinic led by world-renowned equestrian Melanie Smith Taylor to kick off ​Tryon Horse Heritage Week​ which runs from April 15-21, 2019.

Melanie, one of only two riders ever to win the Triple Crown of Show Jumping—the American Invitational, the International Jumping Derby, and the American Gold Cup--- is also the ​only​ person to win all three on the same horse, Calypso. In 1982, she won the World Cup Final, was named the US Olympic Committee Sportswoman of the Year and was inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame. Two years later, she capped off her show-jumping career with a team gold medal in the Los Angeles Olympic Games.