About the Races

64th Running of the
Stoneybrook Steeplechase
April 4, 2015

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April 4, 2015 will mark the 64th running of the Stoneybrook Steeplechase, the official rite of spring in the Sandhills. Stoneybrook offers a day in the country to thousands of spectators. The thrill and beauty of horse racing as well as enjoying a day with family and friends is an event not to be missed! Check out the vendors in Merchants Crossing,  the expansive Kid Zone, the hat contest and stick horse races, the 5K Run for the Ribbons and so much more. Bringing people together time and time again for social and business opportunities is a Stoneybrook hallmark! 

Race Day Activities

Stoneybrook features an ever-growing array of activities for both children and adults. From the 5K/1K Run for the Ribbons to the traditional tailgate and hat contests to stick horse races, expansive Kid Zone, vendor area, pub tent, beer tent and opening ceremonies, there is something for everyone. The first horse race typically starts at 1:30PM, but Stoneybrook spectators know that the day starts much earlier!   

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Stoneybrook’s rich history can be traced back to the dream of an Irishman, Michael “Mickey” G. Walsh. After immigrating to the United States in 1925 at the age of 18, Walsh began competing in the English equestrian events of “hunting” and “jumping” and by the 1930’s was winning top honors as both a rider and trainer. He relocated to Southern Pines, NC in1939 where he earned another outstanding equestrian reputation as a trainer of steeplechase and timber horses.

Stoneybrook was born in the late 1940’s when Walsh bought his own riding and training stable. He created the first Stoneybrook racetrack where the annual event of the Stoneybrook Steeplechase was first enjoyed.

Following Walsh’s death in 1993, the prized Stoneybrook land was sold for equine land development, and the racetrack closed in 1996. However, Mickey’s dream lived on through a group of local horse enthusiasts who formed a nonprofit charitable foundation, giving rise to the Carolina Horse Park. The Foundation’s original purpose continues today: To promote land preservation for horses and to promote equestrian education, training and competition.

The Stoneybrook Steeplechase was revived in 2001 with the 50th running of the race. 2015 will mark the 64th running of the Sandhills most beloved spring social event, The Stoneybrook Steeplechase. The Carolina Horse Park has become the new permanent home of the race as well as the site for other nationally recognized equestrian competitions throughout the year. Each year nearly 10,000 people come to the Stoneybrook Steeplechase to watch nationally acclaimed horses, jockeys and trainers vie for over $50,000 in purse money.

The Carolina Horse Park ensures that Mickey Walsh's dream lives on at Stoneybrook.  

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Will food be available for purchase at Stoneybrook?

Yes, a variety of food vendors are available at The Shops at Merchants Crossing. We encourage you to join in on the tailgating tradition at Stoneybrook. Bring a picnic and the beverages of your choice on race day and enjoy with family and friends.

May I bring my own tent?

NO. As a safety precaution, tents, canopies, tarps, and large umbrellas of any kind are not permitted. Tents are available for rent prior to March 15th through the Stoneybrook Office (910-875-2074).

Is there legalized gambling as part of the race meet?

The state of North Carolina does not have legalized para-mutual wagering.

What is the typical attire worn at the steeplechase races?

The Stoneybrook Steeplechase encourages all participants to dress as they feel comfortable. This is a day in the country to be enjoyed by all, so while you will see outfits and hats of all types, we suggest you do wear sensible shoes due to the turf and terrain.

May I bring a golf cart, gator, or other similar vehicle?

NO.  As a safety precaution vehicles of this sort are not permitted.

May I bring a grill?

Gas grills are permitted, but charcoal or open flame grills are not allowed.

How do I purchase tickets?

You may call the Stoneybrook Ticket Office directly at the Carolina Horse Park, 910-875-2074.  General Admission ticket & parking pass $25 advance sale/$30 on race day. Kids 12 & under enter free with adult.

We are hoping to partner with Harris Teeter Grocery Stores again, this coming year.  More information to follow on store locations. 

Will I be refunded in the case of inclement weather?

The races are run rain or shine. Unfortunately, we are unable to make any refunds.

How large is a reserved parking space?

Spaces are approximately 10’ wide by 20’ deep. Please center your vehicle in your space. Nothing larger than an SUV will be allowed in the reserved parking area. No panel trucks, large passenger vans or minivans will be allowed (there are reserved spaces available for these vehicles).

How many people will fit comfortably in each reserved tailgate space?

As a courtesy to others, we recommend no more than 10-12 people plus a car occupies each reserved tailgate space. 

What are the fire lanes?

The fire lanes are the lanes that are between each row of tailgate spaces.  These are the same lanes that you will drive down to get to your space.  As both a courtesy to others and to comply with Hoke County fire codes, please do not leave any part of your vehicle extending passed your tailgate space into the fire lane.

May I use a trailer to bring all of my items into my tailgate space?

Yes, trailers will be permitted from 9:30-10:00 am for unloading.  All trailers must be parked in the general admission lot for the duration of the day.

Are children admitted free of charge?

Yes, children under the age of 12 are admitted free of charge when accompanied by an adult.

Is there are military discount?

Yes, there is a 10% discount for both active and retired military.  Military ID is required to receive the discount.  Tickets MUST be purchased in advance to receive discount.  Tickets purchased on race day will not recieve discount.

May I bring my pet?

No, due to potential risk to spectators, riders and horses, pets of any kind are not allowed at the Stoneybrook Steeplechase.

May I bring a generator?

NO, because of the noise factor, generators are not permitted.

What are The Shops at Merchant’s Crossing?

Food, Stoneybrook logo wear, and a variety of specialty items can be found under the festive tents in the middle of the in-field.

When do the gates open and what is closing time?

Gates open at 9:30AM and we ask that you be in your reserved parking space no later than 11:00AM. Post time for the first race is 1:30PM. The gates close at 6:00PM.

Please call the Stoneybrook Ticket office at 910-875-2074 or email liz@carolinahorsepark.com  for additional information.  

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