All the news from July 2015 at the Carolina Horse Park
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Greetings from the Carolina Horse Park!
The Carolina Horse Park continues to be abuzz with activity in July as we enjoyed another wonderrful WHES weekend, received great support from our volunteers and the local community, and continued planning for the Fall season and 2016's major events.
Thank You to All of the Great CHP Volunteers

In July, the Carolina Horse Park once again benefited from the great support of so many wonderful volunteers!

Christine Phipps has been invaluable in helping to build a robust Friends of the Park Vendor Program and bringing great discounts to our loyal FOTP. Learn more about the Friends of the Park program and see the results of Christine’s work here.

Additionally, a big thank you goes out to all the volunteers who came out and donated their time to the July War Horse Event Series Schooling Day and Horse Trial.

We couldn’t do it without you all and we look forward to seeing you all again soon!
Getting to Know Lizzie Snow and Andrew McConnon

Lizzie Snow and Andrew McConnon are quickly gaining reputations as some of the Sandhills’ top young professionals, running successful training, teaching and sales businesses out of Southern Pines. 2015 has proven to be a break out season for both, as Snow made her CCI4* debut at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Land Rover with her veteran partner Coal Creek in April, while McConnon completed his first CIC3* at the Cloud 11 ~ Gavilan North LLC Carolina International finishing in 23rd place with Ziggy in March. Frequent competitors at the Park, both rising stars plan to compete a number of horses at September’s Five Points Horse Trials, in addition to coaching students and clients.

We caught up with Snow and McConnon and got their thoughts on why the Carolina Horse Park is so special.

How long have you been competing at the Horse Park?
LS: I moved to Southern Pines in 2007 and have been competing at the Carolina Horse Park ever since;  I have a lot of fond memories at the Horse Park.  I won my first Intermediate on John and Ellen Williams’ Sloopy and also did my first Advanced Horse Trials at the Horse Park.
AM: I relocated to Southern Pines and began competing at the CHP in 2004.  The two memories that stand out the most are the American Eventing Championships in 2005 and completing my first FEI 3* event at the Carolina International in 2015 on Rachel Jurgens' Ziggy.

What role has the CHP played in helping you build your business? 
AM: The Carolina Horse Park offers a top notch training and competition facility which has allowed me to bring a variety of horses through the levels in a comfortable and positive environment, right in my backyard. This has not only helped me to compete at the top of the sport, but produce and support many lower level horses and riders who enjoy our sport as well.
LS: The CHP has played a huge role in building my business and helping all of my horses progress.  They offer so many fantastic Schooling Days and Horse Trials that there are countless opportunities for clients and horses to get out, and learn to be comfortable in a competitive environment. It is great to be able to bring groups of riders out and let them school in such a fantastic facility.

Why do you think the CHP is so important to the Sandhills community?
AM: We are so lucky in this region with respect to weather that we are able to have phenomenal events at the Horse Park year round. The events hosted by CHP are a large part of why many avid equestrians chose to live in the Sandhills area.
LS: I think the CHP is important to the community because it does offer so many different competitions and facilities for different disciplines.  All of the dressage shows, hunter/jumper shows, driving events and eventing competitions cater to all of the horse community as well as Stoneybrook bringing in the general public.

How does Five Points Horse Trials play into your fall schedule?
LS: Five Points is a staple event in my fall schedule every year. It is a perfect event to get all levels of horses back up and running with inviting yet challenging courses.  I plan to run four horses this year and am looking forward to it!
AM: I am also looking forward to Five Points Horse Trials as a launch into the fall eventing season. It is a staple in my schedule every year since it serves as such a wonderful prep event for the FEI championship at The Dutta Corp Fair Hill International. We are planning to have five horses entered at Five Points this year from the Beginner Novice to the Advanced divisions from the barn. We are also excited to have eight students joining in on the competition with their own horses.

Follow Lizzie and Andrew’s burgeoning careers at Lizzie Snow Eventing and Andrew McConnon Eventing!

New Format Garners Rave Reviews at July WHES

The War Horse Event Series sponsored by Southern Pines Equine Associates and Adequan continues to draw horses and riders to the Park to gain valuable experience in a fun and educational atmosphere. The July 11th Schooling Day once again provided a great opportunity for riders of all levels to practice all three phases before the following day's competition. More than 160 competitors flocked to the Horse Park on Sunday, contesting Horse Trial divisions at the Green as Grass through Training Level and performing Combined Tests at the Green as Grass through Intermediate Levels. 

In order to beat the heat,  a new format of running two show jumping rings and using a second cross country was implemented for competition day. This new format was met with great appreciation from competitors, volunteers and officials, alike, who praised the organizing team for their innovative planning and forward thinking.


War Horse Event Series July Horse Trials Results
Thank You to Brandon Rabb and Chris Leber 
Everyone at the Horse Park and all those involved with the July WHES are extremely grateful to Brandon Rabb, who helped with early morning watering, and Chris Leber who stepped in with the Aberdeen Fire & Rescue Truck to save the day when there were problems with the CHP Water Truck.

Chris and Brandon, thanks again for all your hard work and help with the July WHES!

What turning on the water works means to Colette Leber!

More  News and Notes from the War Horse Event Series
Following the first three competitions in the series the Team, Individual, Second Chance,  and TIP Leaderboards have all been updated.

Don't forget to text! A $500 Matching Challenge has been offered by an anonymous donor for the first 50 individuals who donate $10 by texting FORCE SPEA to 50555.

Are you looking to own a piece of WHES memorabilia? Purchase a War Horse Event Series T-Shirt for $25 or a  Women’s Long Sleeve Sports Wear Top for $55 at the Horse Park or at Southern Pines Equine Associates
Tailgate Space Renewals for the 65th Stoneybrook Steeplechase 

It's time to to renew your Tailgate spot for the 2016 races! From now through October 31, 2015 you can renew space from last year with a 50% deposit and the remaining balance will be due by January 31, 2015. Please contact Liz or Abby at the Horse Park office, 910.875.2074, with any questions.
Friends of the Park Vendors
Look for this sticker at participating retailers!

Find a full list of vendors in the Friends of the Park program here.

Upcoming Events

Five Points Horse Trials September 4-6, 2015
XC Schooling Day September 7, 2015
Carolina Challenge HDT September 19, 2015
WHES Schooling Day October 10, 2015
WHES October Horse Trials, CT & D October 11, 2015

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