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All the news from February 2016 at the Carolina Horse Park
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Greetings from the Carolina Horse Park!
 
February proved to be another busy and exciting month at the Horse Park with the second Pipe Opener of the season and a wildly popular schooling day. With spring quickly approaching, we look forward to welcoming competitors for the Southern Pines Horse Trials and showcasing the CHP with the renowned Carolina International and we are excited for a great day of racing and fun at the 65th Stoneybrook Steeplechase.

We look forward to seeing everyone this spring around the Park!

 
 Enjoy a Great Day of Racing at Stoneybrook
 
The 65th Annual Stoneybrook Steeplechase Races are just five weeks away and are looking to be as exciting as ever. With jump and flat races, a 5K running race to start the day, outstanding hospitality options, and family fun for all, the Horse Park will be the place to be on April 9th. Find the day’s complete schedule here.

Don’t miss any of the action! Turf Club, Tailgate, Preferred Parking, Poplar Grove, and General Admission tickets and spaces are available for purchase here.

Great Vendors! In 2016, we will once again have a host of great vendors for racegoers to enjoy. From local publications and shops, to outstanding food options and breweries the shopping and dining at Stoneybrook is not to be missed. Learn more about the 2016 vendors and find a vendor application here.

Steeplechase Warriors 5K Stoneybrook is proud to partner with Team RWB, Operation Enduring Warriors, and Hearts-4-Heroes US in offering the Steeplechase Warriors 5K.  All proceeds from the race will benefit these three organizations. Learn more and sign up for the race here.

 
Carolina International Just Three Weeks Away 

The Cloud 11 ~ Gavilan North LLC Carolina International is fast approaching and is set to once again be one of the marquee eventing competitions in North America. Running March 24-27 at the Horse Park, the Carolina International will award $75,000 in prize money while honoring the legacy of Karen Stives. While providing renowned hospitality, a robust spectator experience, and a free Live stream on EQSports.net none of which would be possible without the exceptional support of 2016’s corporate and private sponsors.
 
Free Admission and Family Fun The public is invited to come and enjoy free admission and parking for all four days of competition!  The 2016 Carolina International will offer fun for all members of the family including the Vendor Village which 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.
 
Join Us For the Easter Egg Hunt Get Easter fun underway a day early and join us in the Kid Zone on Saturday morning for an Easter Egg Hunt. Bring your own basket and collect as many eggs as you can find!
 
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 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 including CIC awards presentations, foods from various nations, the multi-cultural, iconic band Liquid Pleasure and a tribute to Karen Stives.
Facility Improvements Performed Throughout the Winter
 
In anticipation of the 2016 competition season facility improvements have been performed throughout January and February. Dan and Angie have been busy with maintenance on the Horse Park’s permanent barns, including installing a new waterline for increased water pressure, to ensure the stabling remains top class. Also, the Donovan Pavilion has received a further facelift with the addition of a new concrete floor.

We look forward to welcoming horses and riders from throughout the country to our premiere facility this year!

 
Winter Pipe Opener and Schooling Day Wrap-Up

The second Pipe Opener of the year was held February 20th hosting a record breaking 134 entries across Combined Test competition at Green as Grass through Intermediate levels and Dressage Tests of Choice. Once again everyone at the Park would like to thank all the volunteers who came and donated their time, events like these would not be possible without you!

Find all the results from the Pipe Opener II here.

A third Winter Schooling Day was held on February 24th, giving participants a chance to practice their show jumping and dressage skills in the Horse Park’s arenas. Unfortunately due to extreme weather conditions, February 24th’s Schooling Day had to be cancelled. The next CHP schooling day will be April 25th following the Longleaf Pine Horse Trials.

 
Get Ready for the Southern Pines Horse Trials
 
The Southern Pines Horse Trials will kick-off the 2016 season in USEA Area II when Horse Trials are run at the Novice through Preliminary levels in addition to Combined Tests at the Beginner Novice through Advanced level at the Horse Park March 12-13. Saturday will host all the dressage along with Cross Country for the Training and Preliminary division and Show Jumping for Beginner Novice and Novice. On Sunday, Training and Preliminary competitors will show jump as the Beginner Novice and Novice divisions go Cross Country.

The Southern Pines Horse Trials are the first of three events in the Carolina Eventing Challenge.
Find Everything You Need on the Competition Information Page
Park Receives New Kubota Tractor
 
In February we were very fortunate to receive a free lease of a new Kubota from Phillip and Larry Howell at Central Carolina Power Equipment. The tractor is already proving to be very useful as we prepare for our busy spring schedule!

Thanks again to Kubota, Central Carolina Power Equipment Phillip and Larry Howell.
Support the Horse Park
 
The Park supports a diverse range of equestrian events and ensures the use of our land and space for community, recreational and youth initiatives. Most importantly, we are passionate about preserving our open space for years to come. Significant progress continues to be made as we improve our facilities, expand our calendar of events, and plan for the future. From Corporate Sponsorship to our Friends of the Park program and numerous levels of specific gifts in between, the Carolina Horse Park offers everyone a way to participate in preserving our future. Find out about all the ways you can support the Horse Park here.
 
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