All the news from October at the Carolina Horse Park.
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Changes at the Park
After three years of serving as Executive Director of the Horse Park, Maureen Grippa will be stepping down from the position at the end of 2016. The Board of Directors and everyone at the Park would like to thank Maureen for all the hard work and energy she has brought to the CHP. It is due in large part to her vision, diligence, and business acumen that the Park has expanded the competition calendar, performed facility upgrades, and developed strong relationships in the local community.

Moving forward Park leadership will be split between two positions, Executive Director and Program Director, in order to better leverage and focus our resources. Both positions will report directly to the CHP Board of Directors. We are pleased to announce that Marc Donovan has accepted the position of Program Director. Marc brings a wealth of experience, having served as the Park’s Eventing Director and organizing many Horse Trials including the Carolina International and the War Horse Event Series. In addition, Marc is a renowned International Show Jumping Course Designer. A search for the Executive Director is underway.
Get Involved Campaign Update
At the October WHES we successfully launched our “Get Involved Campaign”, which focuses on the many different ways people can become involved with the CHP. Featuring a multi-pronged campaign with information about donating, volunteering, sponsorships, and sustaining patronage to raise funds for a variety of improvements to the Park and to contribute to the General Fund. 

The Get Involved Campaign will launch its next initiative with “Join the Stampede” at the November WHES Championship. “Join the Stampede” will “tag” and interview farms and individuals to learn how they are “getting involved” or how they plan to in the future. Additionally, these video interviews will be posted and shared via social media and promoted by The Pilot.

Look for more information regarding next spring’s “Ride for the Park” initiative to be available shortly.

Succesful October WHES and Oktoberfest Celebration

On October 16th, the October WHES hosted 254 entries in Horse Trial competition at the Green as Grass through Training levels, while Combined Test divisions were held at Green as Grass through Intermediate divisions. On Saturday, competitors were once again given the opportunity to gallop on the steeplechase track, school show jumping and cross country obstacles, as well as practice in the dressage arenas. The October WHES was a fun and educational weekend for competitors, spectators, and volunteers.

Adding excitement to the weekend was Saturday’s Oktoberfest Celebration and Costume Contest. Thank you to Southern Pines Brewing Co., R.A. Jeffreys Distributing, Ashten’s, Chapman’s, Elliot’s, House of Fish, Laurie Rich, Nosh Deli, and Talbert’s for providing some of their signature beers and dishes. Oktoberfest received rave reviews as a fun and entertaining addition to the October WHES!

October War Horse Event Series Results
Hear Why You Should Donate To The Carolina Horse Park 
Interested in Being the Hospitality Volunteer?

The Park is looking for an individual to assist Lindsay O’Reilly with volunteer hospitality. If you are interested contact Lindsay with your details by phone (617) 680-6351 or email
Thank You to Sandy and Harry Huberth

Sandy and Harry Huberth have generously donated a Woods 15’ Batwing Mower to the Park. The mower will be vital in ensuring the quality of the CHP footing and that the Park looks beautiful.

Thank you to Sandy and Harry!

November WHES Championship Around the Corner

Join us for the November WHES Championship and Horse Trials on November 12-13. Championship and Horse Trial competition will be held at the Green as Grass through Training levels, in addition to Combined Tests in Green as Grass through Advanced divisions. If you are interested in contesting the Championships check your qualification status here.

On Friday, November 11th be sure to join us for the WHES Schooling Day and an opportunity to take part in the Gallop on the Steeplechase Track. Additionally, a second Schooling Day will be held on Saturday the 12th with Cross Country and Show Jumping schooling offered. Make sure to join us for the Competitor and Volunteer Appreciation Celebration and Awards Luncheon and don’t forget to stop by the Get Involved Tent and find out how you can play a role in the future of the Park!


Triangle Farm Horse Shows Return to the Park
In December we are excited to welcome back the Triangle Farm Horse Shows. The Triangle Farms in the Sandhills ‘C’ Horse Show will host hunter, jumper, and equitation classes December 2-4. Hunter and jumper competition continues December 8-11, with the Triangle Sandhills Holiday Classic.
NCDA & CS Hay Alert

Flooding in eastern North Carolina and drought in western counties has state agricultural officials concerned about feeding livestock and horses this winter. The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is utilizing a website,, to help livestock and horse owners in sourcing hay.
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