Originally from Connecticut, she has always pursued her passion for horses no matter where life has brought her. She showed on the intercollegiate team for the University of Rhode Island. Showing and trail riding did not stop on her adventures to Colorado, Hawaii or the last 11 years in Charleston, SC. Moving here to the Tryon area was unexpected, but a pleasant surprise. She feels so fortunate to have found a farm in the Green Fields neighborhood, set right on the CETA trail system. Although showing is still a goal of hers, trail riding is her favorite way to spend time in the saddle. Being an active member of CETA and helping maintain its beautiful trails is important to her. Having this opportunity to share with other horse enthusiasts is truly wonderful.
While on a road trip in the summer of 2011, D’Lee McCormick Worden visited the Tryon, Columbus, Landrum area and fell in love with the mountains. After having direct access to the trails in the Mark Twain National Forest in MO, trail access was a must. D’Lee and her husband Tom had to sell their home in the Missouri Ozarks before purchasing property here and in January 2012, they got lucky. They moved to their current property in Columbus in March of 2012. They arrived in a caravan of two trucks and two horse trailers, one car and a moving truck. Included were three horses, one dog and much cherished pot belied pig. “We must have looked like the Beverly Hillbillies as our realtor met us there and took a picture of me leading Merlin (the pig) up the driveway in his custom-made harness to his new home.”
Both Tom and D’Lee are originally from Indiana and both worked for years at Dow in Indianapolis. Tom is retired and D’Lee still works part time. She worked as a manager of a nonprofit local retail business for the first five years here and now works for Pavillon. D’Lee is an avid trail rider with her Draft cross gelding, Bo, and TWH mare, Farrah. She grew up with Arabians and has taken numerous horse trekking vacations across the pond. D’Lee feels very blessed to have access to such an awesome trail system and is excited to work towards preserving it in the years to come. Permanent easements everybody!
In April of 2017 Alice moved here to heaven on earth with her 3 horses and 2 cats. She was wanting a place where her eventing horses would have a nice retirement, as would she. Alice trained two off-the-track thoroughbreds to event (one to Preliminary, the other to Training). At 21 years now, they were ready for something more relaxing, like trail riding! Finding a place where she could see her horses from most rooms AND could ride the CETA trails from her property was a requirement and she was able to find just that. Besides riding horses, Alice thoroughly enjoys West Coast Swing Dancing, traveling, learning about horses, becoming a better person, spirituality, and taking care of her property.