All the news from January 2016 at the Carolina Horse Park
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Greetings from the Carolina Horse Park!
We have hit the ground running in 2016 with a very busy January at the Park; hosting two Winter Schooling Days, the first Pipe Opener of the year, and seeing Ian Stark’s vision for the Carolina International Cross Country courses come to life. We look forward to a great winter and spring season and are excited to see all of you at our Schooling Days, Pipe Openers, Horse Trials, and Driving Events as well as the Horse Park’s signature events; the Carolina International and Stoneybrook Steeplechase.
The Horse Park Has Great Economic Impact in 2015
The 2015 Economic Impact Study results are in and competitions held at the Carolina Horse Park during 2015 drew over 4500 non-locals and contributed $5.5 million dollars to the local community. What an impact!

We are always looking to increase the number of disciplines and competitions at the Park.  If you have any suggestions or can help with introductions please contact Christine at 910-875-2074 or via email at
Ian Stark Hosts Carolina International Course Walk 

Carolina International Cross Country Course Designer Ian Stark visited the Park on February 1-3, to continue work on the 2016 International courses alongside builders Tyson Rementer and Levi Ryckewaert. On Tuesday afternoon, Stark and Lefreda Williams led a group of more than 30 on a course walk around the cross country showing the new routes this year’s tracks will utilize as well as the recently built complexes and fences that will test North America’s top combinations.

After the resounding success of February’s course walk, another tour of the courses will be held with the Olympic and World Championship legend on Sunday, March 20th, just six days before riders tackle Stark’s tracks.
Carolina International Updates
The 2016 Cloud Eleven ~ Gavilan North LLC Carolina International CIC & Horse Trial promises to be as exciting as ever and produced with the care and quality the Carolina International is known for. The 2016 event will honor the memory of dear friend and benefactor, Karen Stives, and we invite you to become a part of this fabulous four days of competition! Make sure to stay up-to-date with all the 2016 news on the Carolina International webpage and Facebook Page.

Sponsorship Opportunities: There are numerous opportunities available to support the Carolina International, with many sponsorship levels including direct advertising on the EQSportsNet live and on demand broadcast of the CIC3* and CIC2*.

Be a Patron of the 2016 Event: Enjoy four days of elite competition from premium viewing locations of the dressage, show jumping and featured cross country complexes. Patrons will enjoy televised broadcasting of the weekend’s live action, breakfasts, daily box lunches, a formal Friday luncheon, open bars throughout the weekend and the Carolina International Spanning the Globe Party. Patron’s tickets can be purchased here.

Join Us for the Carolina International Spanning the Globe Party presented by Land Rover Cary: The ever-popular Saturday Night Competitors' Party, Spanning the Globe, will feature international dining and dancing while recognizing our competitors marching toward the podium at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Join us for an evening which includes CIC awards presentations, foods from various nations, the multi-cultural, iconic band Liquid Pleasure and a tribute to Karen Stives.

Fun for Everyone: The 2016 Carolina International offers fun for all members of the family! Vendor Village will have something for everyone from popular tack shops and specialized equestrian equipment, to local Sandhills vendors and an array of Food Trucks. Additionally, the Kid’s Zone will feature a climbing wall and bouncy house for young spectators to explore while they enjoy a day at the Horse Park.

Pre-Order Carolina International Merchandise

The Cloud Eleven ~ Gavilan North LLC Carolina International is pleased to offer a limited time opportunity to pre-order a small sampling of the official 2016 merchandise commemorating this year’s competition and honoring our dear friend and benefactor, Karen Stives. Logoed Jackets and Vests for both men and ladies along with ladies’ EIS Cool Shirts and Baseball Caps will be available to order from February 10-23.
Don't Wait to Be Part of the CHP's Growth
Though the Park is so unique in its ability to raise the vast majority of its operating budget, but we still rely on you, our generous supporters, to make up the difference each year.  Your contributions not only allow the Park to cover operating costs but make great improvements for YOU! To hear more about why you should donate to the Park, check out our Donor Page today on the CHP website and watch the videos featuring our loyal supporters.   

Remember, all gifts are tax deductible and can be given in a variety of ways including stock options, endowments, and tribute gifts, in addition to our Annual Appeal funds and Sustaining Patron gifts.  Go to the Donate Page to learn more about where CHP funds are used and why you need to be a part of CHP's future.  For other inquiries, please don't hesitate to call the CHP office: 910.875.2074   
Donate to the Park through AmazonSmile
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support the Carolina Horse Park every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to the CHP!

Learn about AmazonSmile and how select the Park as your charity here.
Farm Equipment Needed
Do you have any farm equipment you are no longer using?

Please consider donating to the Park. We could really use a Seven Foot Finish Mower to attach to the Park’s tractor for mowing between events.
2016 Kicks Off with Rave Reviews for Pipe Opener I and Schooling Days' New Format
The Park’s 2016 competition season kicked off on January 16th with the Pipe Opener I, hosting 95 competitors who took part in Combined Tests at the Green as Grass through Advanced levels and Dressage Test of Choice divisions. Riders enjoyed beautiful weather throughout the day and were complimentary of CHP staff, officials and volunteers throughout the day as they got their seasons underway. The second Pipe Opener of the year will be held February 20th.

Additionally, two Schooling Days were held at the Horse Park in January (13th and 27th) giving horses and riders the opportunity to hone their skills in the dressage and show jumping arenas. Riders and trainers had rave reviews for 2016’s new format which included two jumping arenas, a large dressage ring, and ticketed jumping rounds. Thank you to Cheryl Davis, Beth Roy and all our Schooling Days Volunteers!

February’s Winter Schooling Days will take place February 10th and 24th, weather permitting.

Don't Miss the 65th Annual Stoneybrook Steeplechase
The Stoneybrook Steeplechase is a staple on the social and sporting calendar of the Sandhills and will celebrates its 65th Anniversary on April 9th! From specifically tailored Hospitality and Race Sponsorship to the Turf Club and Tailgating there multiple ways to enjoy the 2016 Races!

Private and Corporate Hospitality: Whether entertaining your most important clients, showing your employees how much you appreciate them, or simply gathering with family and friends, the Stoneybrook Steeplechase offers a unique and unforgettable setting for your next party.

Be A Race Sponsor: Nothing provides an experience quite as unique and exclusive as being a race sponsor. Enjoy all the amenities of the level four package plus Full Naming & Titling rights as the Exclusive Presenter of one of the four jump races or the level two package with Full Naming & Titling rights as the Exclusive Presenter of the one and only flat race. You and your guests will have access to the viewing tower for a bird’s eye view of the race and present the winner with their trophy in the Winners Circle following the race.

Turf Club: Don’t miss out on the best seats at the races.  VIP & Handicap Parking, open bar and buffet luncheon by Elliott's on Linden, Finish Line seating, access to the tower for a "Birds Eye View" of the races.

Tailgating: Tailgating at Stoneybrook offers the most exciting and popular option on race day for the best seats on the track. Join thousands of racegoers on the fence line as Stoneybrook's prized race horses hurdle past mere inches away.

Learn more about the Stoneybrook Steeplechase here.
Purchase Stoneybrook tickets and spaces here.

Get Your Entries In
The Southern Pines Horse Trials will run March 12-13, 2016 holding Horse Trial competition at the Beginner Novice through Preliminary levels and Combined Tests at the Beginner Novice through Advanced levels. Entries will be accepted until February 23rd.

The Opening Date for the Carolina International is February 9, 2016 and entries will close on March 8th. The 2016 Cloud Eleven ~ Gavilan North LLC Carolina International will run March 24-27, hosting international divisions at the CIC1*-3* levels and Horse Trials at the Training through Advanced levels.

Entries for both events will be accepted on a first come first serve basis.

Upcoming Events
Winter Schooling Day February 10, 2016
Pipe Opener CT II February 20, 2016
Winter Schooling Day (Dressage and Show Jumping Only)
Southern Pines Horse Trials March 12-13, 2016
XC Course Walk with Ian Stark March 20, 2016
Carolina International March 24-27, 2016
Stoneybrook Steeplechase April 9, 2016

Remember to check out all our wonderful Vendors offering discounts to all our
Friends of the Park

Many thanks to our generous Sponsors
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