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Carolina Horse Park Welcomes World‐Renowned Riders for Annual Competition

RAEFORD, NC (January 6, 2012) Advanced and Olympian level riders from around the nation will be converging on Carolina Horse Park for the Southern Pines Horse Trials March 23‐25, 2012 in one of the most exciting displays of equestrian prowess the sport offers. Taking place over three full days, the Southern Pines Horse Trials is free for spectators and offers not only a glimpse into a popular equestrian event, but also a family fun weekend in the country with food and retail vendors and more. VIP Patrons’ catered luncheon tickets are available for Saturday in front of the everpopular water complex during the Cross‐Country portion of the competition. For the third year in a row, Southern Pines Horse Trials will be the inaugural event for the annual PRO Tour series [Professional Riders Organization]. The scene at Carolina Horse Park promises to be electric with over 400 of this season’s top riders and horses competing for prize money in every level.

“As once again the first stop on the PRO Tour, this year’s Southern Pines Horse Trials will be even bigger and better, featuring many great additions for both competitors and spectators. This is certainly one of the Park’s highlight events,” said Jane Murray, Executive Director at the Carolina Horse Park.

A standout social feature of the Southern Pines Horse Trials is the exclusive dinner and dancing event, Britches and Bling, held at the Carolina Horse Park Saturday night. Dressed in everything from jeans and flannels to diamonds and dresses, party‐goers will enjoy incredible food, DJ and dancing, and a sneak peak of the 2012 Stoneybrook official painting and art exhibit.

“I continue to be impressed with the many improvements and enhancements Carolina Horse Park has made to both its events calendar and facility,” said Phillip Dutton, 2 time Olympic Gold Medalist and Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event Champion. “I am looking forward to a great weekend of competition and entertainment at the Southern Pines Horse Trials.”

Other big names expected to compete are riders Karen O’Connor, 2 time Olympic medalist, 3 time Pan Am Medalist and Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event Champion, and Boyd Martin, Four‐Star champion and international competitor.

Horse Trials, or Three‐Day Eventing as it is defined in the equestrian world, is a competition comprised of three phases where the same horse and rider combination perform in the areas of dressage, cross country, and show jumping. Often called the most exciting of all equestrian sports, Eventing originated as a way to keep Calvary officers and their horses fit for duty by providing the ultimate test of “war horse” and “warrior”. An Olympic sport since 1912, Eventing’s diversity and intensity are unparalleled in equestrian sports.

About the Carolina Horse Park
The Carolina Horse Park Foundation (CHP) is North Carolina’s premiere equestrian center for both national and international competitions and hosts a diverse calendar of equestrian and community events on over 250 acres of protected land. Founded in 1998 as a 501(c)(3) by a group of equestrian enthusiasts devoted to preserving open space and promoting equestrian competition, CHP encourages responsible land use and lowdensity development. For more information visit www.carolinahorsepark.com. About PRO Tour Event Series The Professional Riders Organization was founded in 2009 by the top professional riders competing in the United States to further the impact of the sport by bringing the excitement of renowned international competitions to US riders and spectators. PRO is dedicated to improving the standards of competition and promoting safety while working to attract new fans, sponsors and participants to the sport of ThreeDay Eventing. The PRO Tour Event Series is held at the Advanced and ThreeStar levels in a series of 7 competitions held throughout the US. For more information, visit www.professionalriders.org