Asheville has a thing for horses. When I first moved here, I was traveling down Reems Creek in Weaverville, and it was as if someone had literally stolen the pavement. I am talking about driving down a dirt and gravel road. And no sidewalks either. Can you believe that??? I surely couldn’t. At the time I was driving a dropped Chevy Beretta with a body kit on it that made it look like custom sports car. Being my first time here from New York City, I felt as if I had entered a Little House on the Prairie reality show for a moment. I was lost. “I need a horse” was one of the first things I thought, to at least stop these gravel rocks from nicking my car every few feet that I drove. On top of that, folks were waving at me from every vehicle that passed. I thought “there’s something fishy around here”, but I was wrong. It was then I acclimated myself, and my horse-sense kicked in.
Honestly, I am not too fond of horses. I did not grow up around them, never rode them, and when I finally decided to jump on one bareback in Upstate NY, the horse took off like a bat out of hell, racing under low hanging tree branches to knock me off. I held on for dear life. Finally, the horse reared back and I jumped off as it did, saving myself. Whew! Today, I would say that I am horse friendly, but like a distant relative, or from the stands if I may. I have friends whose lives revolve around horses. Everything they do and have revolves around them. “Horse Life” is kind of tattooed on their chest. And don’t be surprised if you hear them say “that’s horseshit” instead of the traditional bullshit phrase we have become so accustomed to.
Now with the new Tryon International Equestrian Center opening, horses that had previously settled down in other areas of the World, are now saddling up, putting on their blinders, and heading straight for the mountains of Asheville & WNC. I am not claiming a horse exodus to the area, but I will say that if you are watching the market, you need to open your eyes because there’s something horsey going on around here.
We even have Equine & Equestrian Art: Asheville Artist Jennings Ingram recently finished up a painting that portrays the Tryon International Equestrian Center. Check out the amazing detail on this oil painting! (Note: this photo/image is a cropped version of the full painting)
Horse-centric real estate is also becoming a hot commodity. The Pat & Donna Team from Keller Williams in Asheville had recently launched this video featuring drone footage of a beautiful estate, a home, a barn, acreage, views all around, and horses of course. The perfect setting just 20 minutes to downtown Asheville.
Would you rather be swimming with the fishes? Or riding your horse around the gorgeous mountains of Western NC? You already know the answer. We will see you soon.