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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

RAEFORD, NC (August 19, 2011)
Carolina Horse Park’s Five Points Horse Trials, slated for September 3-4, will kick off the fall season at the Park and bring in riders of all ages and levels to compete at the three phases that make up the sport of eventing: dressage, crosscountry and show jumping. For many of the upper-level competitors, Five Points will be a premier opportunity to qualify for other national and international events. Recognized by the USEA (United States Eventing Association) and the USEF (United States Equestrian Federation), Five Points Horse Trials is the only event the Carolina Horse Park offers where all six national divisions are represented during one event: beginner novice, novice, training, preliminary, intermediate and advanced.

“We are pleased to be part of our upper-level competitors pursuit to gain qualification,” says Sarah Connell, Event Director. “As course designer for the lower level courses for the first time at a CHP recognized event, I am looking forward to seeing great riding with good flow through each course. This is a great event for both horse and rider to learn and have fun.” Nationally renowned course designer, Tremaine Cooper has created the upper-level courses specifically with the larger national events in mind. With the large international spring competitions behind them and the summer hiatus winding down, competitors will take advantage of the Five Points Horse Trials as final preparation for their fall seasons. Cavalor, Inc., a world leader in equine nutrition for high performance horses, will be hosting a champagne and chocolate reception for all competitors at the Five Points Horse Trials on Saturday, September 3rd at 4pm.

Information on the weekend’s schedule can be found at www.carolinahorsepark.com/events. This event is free and open to the public.

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 low density development. For more information visit www.carolinahorsepark.com.


Competitive field of seven tests Sandhills Cup

April 6, 2011 (Raeford NC) Seven horses looking to climb the ladder in steeplechase competition will line up Saturday, April 9, for the $20,000 Sandhills Cup, featured race of the 60th annual Stoneybrook Steeplechase at the Carolina Horse Park in Raeford, N.C. The Sandhills Cup, sponsored by the Lumbee River Electric Membership Corp., will be the finale of the five-race program, which attracted 45 entries. The $15,000 Stoneybrook Cup, a maiden hurdle race, has a packed field of 12.

For the Sandhills Cup, a 2 3/8-mile allowance race over National Fences, Roger O'Byrne's Tizsilk will carry the 152-pound highweight in a very competitive field. Trained by Tom Voss, the six-year-old Tiznow gelding won his steeplechase debut at the Montpelier Hunt Races in Virginia on Nov. 6 after a respectable career on the flat. Champion jockey Paddy Young has the mount.

Second in the allowance weights at 148 pounds is Magalen O. Bryant's Air Maggy, who hails from the powerful stable of Racing Hall of Fame trainer Jonathan Sheppard. The fiveyear- old Sky Mesa gelding won his steeplechase debut last spring and had a good second in a National Steeplechase Association flat race at Monmouth Park on Sept. 25. Brian Crowley will ride.

Also from the stable of 2010 champion trainer Sheppard is Bill Pape's Silence, who is making his second 2011 start. A maiden-claiming winner by disqualification last year, the seven-year-old Quiet American gelding opened the season with a third-place finish after setting the most of the pace in a claiming race at the Aiken Spring Races on March 26. Silence carries 144 pounds and will be ridden by Danielle Hodsdon. Also at 144 pounds are Chestermite, Twister Crossing, and Eamonn. Chestermite, owned by Silverton Hill LLC and trained by Leslie Young, had two promising starts over fences last year, concluding with a maiden claiming victory at Montpelier. Xavier Aizpuru will ride the seven-year-old Chester House gelding.

Twister Crossing finished second in his debut over fences at the Virginia Fall Races on Oct. 2, when 2010 leading owner Irvin S. Naylor claimed him for $15,000. The eight-yearold Twining gelding was second again in an allowance race at the Aiken Fall Races on Oct. 30. Trained by Brianne Slater, Twister Crossing will be ridden by James Slater. Owner-trainer Edward Mulligan's Eamonn had two third-place finishes in claiming races last season. Liam McVicar has the mount.

Carrying 140 pounds will be Hamilton Farm's four-year-old Great Halo. Trained by Kathy N. McKenna, Great Halo won his steeplechase debut at the Foxfield Fall Races in Virginia on Sept. 26 but was unplaced in three subsequent starts. Carl Rafter will ride the Great Notion gelding.

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 low density development. For more information visit www.carolinahorsepark.com. 

CHP extends heartfelt condolences in wake of tragedy

June 3, 2011 (Raeford, NC) It is with deepest sorrow over the tragedy at True Prospect Farm that Carolina Horse Park announces a portion of all proceeds from the upcoming Lumber River Starter Horse Trials will be donated to the fire recovery funds. CHP both commends and is inspired by the heroism portrayed and the strength of the rallying eventing community. Our most heartfelt sympathies go out to all of those at Phillip and Evie Dutton’s True Prospect Farm, including: Boyd and Silva Martin, Ryan Wood, Lillian Heard, Caitlin Silliman and the owners of the six horses lost.

As long time supporters of the Park, Boyd Martin, Phillip Dutton and their entire True Prospect Team have continuously supported CHP, inspiring both fellow professionals and those new to the sport. Their dedication to their horses, each other, and the growth and betterment of the sport is unparalleled. This year, Boyd and Phillip partnered closely with CHP in ways well beyond riding including community and media relations as well as strong leadership of Southern Pines Horse Trials partnership with the Professional Riders Organization. It is without hesitation that CHP joins in the support effort after this tragedy. In addition to a direct portion of the Lumber River Starter Horse Trials proceeds going to the fire recovery funds, the Carolina Horse Park will also be collecting any additional donations at the June 11-12 event for the relief effort. Links to donate are also posted on the CHP website for those wishing to participate. The closing date for the Lumber River Starter Horse Trials has been postponed until Sunday, June 5.

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 low density development. For more information visit www.carolinahorsepark.com.


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