All the news from May 2015 at the Carolina Horse Park
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Greetings from the Carolina Horse Park!
We enjoyed a very busy month of May at the Horse Park, hosting schooling days, eventing as well as hunter/jumper competitions and a Special Operators Challenge. We thank everyone that came out and competed, volunteered or spectated and look forward to seeing you again in the future!
Volunteer of the Quarter is Back
The Carolina Horse Park is pleased to re-introduce the Volunteer of the Quarter program as part of the Volunteer Recognition Program!

Lindsay O'ReillyLindsay O'Reilly and Beth Roy are among the Park’s most loyal volunteers, generously giving their time to CHP events and always looking to improve the experiences of competitors, officials, and fellow volunteers.

Lindsay’s efforts in coordinating all the Volunteer Hospitality is greatly appreciated by all and continually draws volunteers back for future events.  

Beth Roy While, Beth is a tireless volunteer at all the Winter Schooling Days and was instrumental in revamping the Schooling Day Entry Form and brainstorming how rings can be organized to make the experience better for competitors.

Ashten’s has generously donated a dinner for two to both Lindsay and Beth in recognition of their Volunteer of the Quarter awards.

War Horse Event Series Kicks-off With a Wildly Successful Weekend

Hillary IrwinThe War Horse Event Series sponsored by Southern Pines Equine Associates and Adequan launched to rave reviews on May 9th and 10th. Despite rainy and grey skies over 200 competitors came out to the inaugural competition on Sunday gaining a valuable education and taking the first steps toward year-end awards in Individual Qualification, Team Standings, and on the TIP Leaderboard.  On Saturday, more than a 100 horses and riders came out on a beautiful day in the Sandhills for the WHES Schooling Day utilizing the opportunity to school and practice all three phases in preparation for the next day’s competition.

Beth Roy“We couldn’t have asked for a more successful launch to the War Horse Event Series! On Saturday the Park had its most successful schooling day in history with so many people coming out to hone their skills ahead of the Horse Trial or just to get some valuable practice in. Even with the less than ideal weather on the competition day, it was great to see so many people come out and enjoy the Carolina Horse Park and support the Special Forces Charitable Trust. Of course none of it would have been possible without the generosity of Southern Pines Equine Associates and Adequan, as well as the great CHP staff, officials and our tireless volunteers,” said WHES Organizer Marc Donovan.

Full May War Horse Event Series Results
Triangle Farms Spring Classic Hosts Heralded Weekend of Hunter/Jumper Competition
Triangle FarmsTriangle Farms Inc. and Glenn and Joan Petty hosted a wonderful weekend of competition at the Park May 14-17. The Triangle Farms Spring Classic featured 118 horses competing in hunter and jumper classes from Short Stirrup up through Open Jumpers. Highlights of the weekend included Joy Janouskovec and Santorini winning the $2,500 USHJA National Derby and Ashley Lovegrove and Pacifico claiming top honors in the $1,000 USHJA Pre-Green Incentive Stake.

The Triangle Farms Spring Classic is one competition in a six show series which returns to the Horse Park for the Triangle Sandhills Holiday Classic December 3-6, 2015. 

Full Triangle Farms Spring Classic Results
CHP Hosts Second Annual Special Operators Challenge
Competitors of all ages came to the Horse Park on May 30th to take part in the Special Operators Challenge, where three separate races were held; The Little Muddy 1 Mile and 1/2 Mile Kids' Run, The Muddy Nick 10 K Resilience Run, and The Boomerang 5K Run. The races which provide the ultimate experience challenging competitors physically and mentally while paying tribute to fallen and wounded troops, as well as, law enforcement and fire fighters, were very well received.

“Thank you all for coming out to the Carolina Horse Park for the Second Annual Special Operators Challenge. I was impressed with the acts of courage and tenacity displayed out on the course. You should all be proud of your accomplishments,” stated the Special Operators Challenge Facebook page as they congratulated everyone that took part.
Exciting News from the Carolina International 
Ian StarkOn May 12th the Cloud 11 ~ Gavilan North LLC Carolina International CIC and Horse Trials announced that Olympian and eventing legend, Ian Stark, of Selkirk, Scotland would be the cross country course designer beginning in 2016.

“I am delighted to be selected as the Carolina International’s next cross country course designer and to make my first site visit to the Carolina Horse Park in the coming months. I look forward to presenting a track that will test North America's best horses and riders at the outset of the 2016 season and provide a great weekend of sport for everyone involved," said Stark who also designs at Bramham, Blair Castle, Tattersalls, Rebecca Farm, and Galway Downs.
Don't Miss the Sunburn Series HDT
DrivingOn June 28th the Horse Park and the Moore County Driving Club will offer a fun and informal day of driving competition at the Summer Sunburn Event. Dressage, Cones and Obstacles (including both Water Obstacles) will be available for schooling to increase driver’s competitive edge and to introduce young horses to the sport.

This is a not to be missed opportunity for the Sandhills’ driving community.

Get Involved with the Carolina Horse Park
In May, the Park hosted a diverse and robust schedule of events, none of which would have been possible without such an engaged and passionate constituency.  From organizers to volunteers, competitors, and spectators the Carolina Horse Park enjoys tremendous support from the equestrian and Sandhills community. Yet we are always looking to welcome new faces to the facility and there are a number of ways to get involved with the CHP.

Friends of the Park want to participate in seeing the Park grow and take advantage of the various benefits this program has to offer. Our “Friends” program features the opportunity for discounts at a series of equine and other retail businesses, as well as discounted fees for cross country schooling, winter schooling, and driving obstacle schooling.

Volunteers are the backbone of events at the Horse Park.  Come out and get an up-close and personal view of your equestrian heroes as they compete, and take advantage of the one-of-a-kind perks!

Donors and Sponsors are vital in ensuring the future and long term sustainability of the Horse Park. By becoming involved with these programs you will directly support the land preservation, equine safety and education and the economic growth of our community. 

Competitor Information- All You Need to Know to Compete at the Park
Are you getting ready to compete at the CHP for the first or planning on coming out to support a friend who is showing? Make sure to head to the Competitor Information page to find out all you need to know about upcoming events.

With information such as Entry Information, Entry Status, Ride Times/Orders of Go, Schedules, Stabling Lists/Maps, RV/ Camping information, and Cross Country and Show Jumping maps the “Competitor Information” page is a hub for all the information you need!
Upcoming Events
The Carolina Horse Park is set to host multiple events in June and July, whether you are an active competitor, thinking about volunteering or wanting to cheer on a friend, these competitions are not to be missed. Mark your calendar and we look forward to seeing you this summer!

War Horse Event Series Schooling Day (D, XC, SJ) June 13, 2015
War Horse Event Series Lumber River Horse Trials, CT & D  June 14, 2015
Sunburn Series HDT  June 28, 2015
War Horse Event Series Schooling Day (D, XC, SJ)  July 11, 2015
War Horse Event Series July Horse Trials, CT & D July 12, 2015

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