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Local Olympic equestrian Amy Tryon was tireless in quest for perfection

  • Written by Lisa Allen, Valley View Editor
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Poggio and Amy Tryon. File photo/Lisa Allen
When equestrian Amy Tryon returned home to Duvall with a team bronze medal she earned in the 2004 Athens Olympics, she was celebrated at a city council meeting and given the key to the city.

Four years later she and her horse, Poggio II (Pogi), qualified for the Beijing Olympics team. They performed well the first day of competition but a fall on the second day while attempting a jump during the cross-country event ended any chances of medaling.

She retired Poggio after the Olympics and while her injuries from the fall healed (her knee ended up badly infected), she filled her days offering instruction to her many students at Upson Downs Farm where she was the operator of MapleLeaf Eventing.

Then she was off to more competition, seemingly forever on the go until last week, when her family announced she had died at home in her sleep, with her two dogs by her side.

Amy was 42. She leaves behind her husband Greg, of 16 years, and her mother Jemi Cain.

Amy met Greg when they were both firefighters with Eastside Fire and Rescue. Greg is still a firefighter, but Amy retired in 2006 to devote more time to her horses.

Amy spent most of her life with horses, beginning serious training and competing at age 16. As an adult, she specialized in the 3-day event, which consists of 8½ minutes of dressage the first day, a grueling cross-country course the second and show jumping the third. In 2006 she was named Eventing Horseman of the Year by Chronicle of the Horse.

Amy bought Pogi through a classified ad when he was 5 and being used as a pack horse.

“Poggio has been a fantastic horse,” said Amy in an interview following her return from Beijing. “We have had a relationship that has lasted years and years. He has traveled all over – probably more than most people. He has been to Europe eight times in the past 10 years and I’m glad he is safe and sound and has come home happy.”

Amy’s website, teamtryon.com, in noting her passing, asks that remembrances be made to your local humane society, and that each of us remember “anything is possible if we try.”

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