Local business makes big sounds at equestrian games

By Chad Nesbitt

Tryon – The Equestrian Center in Tryon is holding what those in the horse world call the “Olympics of Horse Games”. Thousands of people from around the world will come to Western North Carolina and cheer on their country and favorite horse.

Leicester businessman Chad Stewart of Stewart Sound is supplying all the sound equipment for the event. The music event is so large that Stewart has brought a team of 20 people to help install speakers and sound equipment which involves lights and sometimes pyrotechnics.

The opening band will be local Joe Lasher, Jr from Weaverville North Carolina. The headliner is Hunter Hayes from Nashville, and other national artists.

Stewart started in the music business at the young age of 16 and joined a band. Stewart’s wife Christie Willett Stewart said, “He bought a PA and then started renting it for cash. He bought more gear and then more. Now, he is one of the most recognized and requested engineers in North America.” Christie Stewart said, “He has a heart of gold and providing paychecks for local hands and companies for a long time.”

The World Equestrian Games started September 11th, and will continue until September 23rd.


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