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All the news from September 2015 at the Carolina Horse Park
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Greetings from the Carolina Horse Park!
 
The Carolina Horse Park enjoyed another busy month of activity in September as we welcomed new faces to our Board of Directors, hosted world class eventers at the Five Points Horse Trials, and gave drivers in the local community a great opportunity to hone their skills at the Carolina Prep Challenge HDT. Additionally, the Park has partnered with Central Carolina Power Equipment in Sanford, N.C. to receive a new Kubota Tractor, ensuring the CHP is always in top condition.
Welcome our New Board Members
 
The Horse Park is pleased to welcome five new members to the Board of Directors, Shirley Gaither, Bryan Rosenberg, Jennifer Shattuck, Audrey Wiggins and Cynthia Williams.  All bring deep and diverse knowledge of horse sport and the Sandhills community to the Board and their passion and insight will be vital in seeing the Carolina Horse Park flourish in the future. The Horse Park would also like to thank departing board members, Chris Leber and Wyatt Upchurch for their support of the Park over many years.

Shirley Gaither spent time working in New York City prior to meeting her husband while fox hunting with Golden’s Bridge in North Salem, NY. Gaither soon found a passion in breeding hunter and jumper prospects, many of which went on to have bright futures in their respective disciplines. For the Gaithers their breeding operation is very much a family affair, with their daughters breaking and showing many of the horses they have bred.

Bryan Rosenberg began riding at eight years old, showing in the working hunter and equitation divisions throughout his junior career and spent time competing in the amateur hunter and jumper divisions before taking a 25 year hiatus from competing. Rosenberg currently serves as the VP of IT for First American Title Insurance Company, previously having been North Carolina State Manager for Fidelity National Title Insurance Company. Prior to joining the title industry he was an attorney in private practice in the area of mergers and acquisitions, tax, and estate planning. Rosenberg is also a past president of the North Carolina Land Title Association. Rosenberg who owns a farm in Southern Pines with his wife has returned to riding and is competing in the amateur hunter ranks.

Jennifer Shattuck has been a longtime volunteer, competitor, and supporter of the Horse Park. When she’s not working at her primary job as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, she’s busy running her own farm where she hosts several NCDCTA and schooling shows a year.

Audrey Wiggins grew up riding and training event horses in Ocala, FL and moved permanently to Moore County after graduating with a BS degree in Sports Medicine from St. Andrews University in Laurinburg, NC.  Wiggins currently lives on her Spook Hill Farm in Carthage, NC where she runs a small boarding operation and trains her event horse.  A graduate HA pony clubber, she has also worked with the US Eventing Association's Area II Young Rider program as the Junior/ Young Rider Coordinator.  For the last 15 years Wiggins has held her Real Estate Broker license and is currently serving the Moore County and surrounding areas as a Residential Home, Farm and Land Specialist with DeSell & Co Realty Group in downtown Southern Pines.  In addition to her Realtor duties she is also a licensed Residential Contractor and a Water lines and Sewer Contractor.

Dr Cynthia Williams has been a leading practitioner in the field of Organization and Leadership Development for 20 years. She began her career as a licensed family therapist before moving into the corporate world working with individuals and groups.  She has consulted and worked with companies such as Pacific Gas and Electric, Mercy Regional Healthcare, the US Air Force, Reliant Energy, CNA Insurance among others, with her major emphasis on helping individuals and teams improve their effectiveness and satisfaction with their work life, and leadership development.
CHP Receives Kubota Tractor from Central Carolina Power Equipment
 
On September 4th a brand new Kubota tractor was delivered to the CHP, thanks to an exciting new partnership between the Horse Park and Central Carolina Power Equipment in Sanford.  Every four months The Park will receive a new Kubota and the tractor that had been in use will be available for CHP constituents to purchase at a discounted rate. A big thank you goes out to Rod Lynch of Knowlbrook Farms for helping to facilitate this exciting opportunity with Central Carolina Power Equipment.   

Everyone at the CHP is extremely excited to have use of such a powerful and high quality piece of equipment to ensure the Park and its competitions are maintained at the highest level. We are also pleased to offer our constituency significant savings on a great Kubota tractor.

Learn more about Kubota Tractors and Central Carolina Power Equipment.
Five Points Horse Trials Hosts Top North American Eventing Combinations
 
The Horse Park hosted many of the best East Coast eventing combinations on September 4-6 at the annual Five Points Horse Trials. More than 280 horses competed at the Beginner Novice through Advanced levels in addition to Future, Young and New Event Horse competitions. Upper level competitors once again used Five Points as a vital preparation in the start of their fall campaigns as they look to compete at International competitions and National Championships and ultimately the Olympic Games in Rio in the summer of 2016. Lower level competitors used the weekend to test their skills and gain valuable experience. 

The 2015 Five Points Horse Trials received great reviews from competitors of all levels, as the Horse Park was again applauded for its beautiful facilities. None of it would have been possible without the hard work of the CHP Event Team, competition officials and tireless volunteers. Thank you to everyone and congratulations to all the weekend’s competitors!

Find photos from the weekend on High Times Photography.

 
Five Points Horse Trials Results
Competitors Enjoy Carolina Challenge Prep HDT
 
On September 19th the Horse Park hosted drivers for an educational and fun day of driving at the Carolina Challenge Prep HDT. Competitors were given feedback to improve their marks in the dressage and had the opportunity to drive a cones course with the pros and test their skills in National Championship level obstacles. The Carolina Challenge Prep HDT was hailed as a great chance to prepare for CDEs at Pine Tree and Katydid.

“If you have never been to the Carolina Horse Park, you are really missing out. The stalls are permanent with rubber matting, a nice overhang to park your carriage, and plenty of water spigots and wash racks. The hazards are great and the footing is sand under turf. There is plenty of space to warm up, and lots of room to just drive around to cool off,” said competitor Gloria Ripperton. “The marathon was gated so that when you went through number 12, the quickest route to gate  number 13 was straight through a big water complex, but it was not a hazard as such. Two gates further along, hazard three, was the newer water with a bridge, too. Nice to get their feet wet before it counts."

View Diane McKay Stephens’ photos from the Carolina Challenge Prep HDT on the Carolina Horse Park website.

 
Carolina Challenge Prep HDT Results
Stoneybrook Steeplechase Tailgating Renewal Ends October 31st 
 
Don’t miss your chance to renew your Tailgate spot for the 2016 races! Until October 31, 2015 you can renew the same 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.
 
Renew Your Friends of the Park Membership
 
2016 is just around the corner, don’t miss out on any of the great savings and Friends of the Park perks!

Friends enjoy;
  • Cross country schooling numerous days each year at a reduced rate of $45.00 per horse per day.  
  • Hazard schooling for drivers three to four days each year at a rate of $45.00 per carriage per day.  
  • Access to the Park for dog walking, running, and other outdoor activities at no cost…just let us know if you are interested and we can ensure access to the facility at any time other than the dates that the Park is in use for large scale events.
  • Huge savings with over 20 diverse Friends of the Park vendors.
War Horse Event Series 
 
The War Horse Event Series sponsored by Southern Pines Equine Associates and Adequan continues this month with the series' fourth competition. In preparation for the next Horse Trials make sure to check your points/standing!  Be sure to get your official WHES merchandise and give to the Special Forces Charitable Trust at the same time, with $5 of every item sold being donated to the charity

Follow the series TeamIndividualSecond Chance,  and TIP Leaderboards.

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.

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

 
Upcoming Events
 
WHES Schooling Day October 10, 2015
WHES October Horse Trials, CT & D October 11, 2015
WHES Schooling Day November 7, 2015
WHES November Horse Trials, CT & D November 8, 2015
Triangle Farms Sandhills Holiday Classic ‘A’ December 3-6, 2015

 
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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