Horse Country in Southern Pines NC is
one of the most beautiful areas of the
Sandhills. The sandy soil and mild climate here have made Southern Pines a
home for thoroughbreds, breeders, trainers and equestrian enthusiasts for
many years. The rolling acreage of longleaf pines, sandy trails and clean
fields are an equestrian
lovers dream. Fox hunting has been a favorite past
since 1903, when James Boyd's grandsons spent their days hunting and
riding this gorgeous area. They later founded Moore County Hounds in 1914.
The Walthour Moss foundation, established by Virginia Walthour Moss and
William O "Pappy" Moss, occupies some 4000 acres in horse country and serves
as a true nature preserve and wildlife refuge. The endangered red cock-aded
woodpecker is making a strong comeback here, and deer, racoons, fox
squirrels and red and grey fox also call the Foundation home.
The Moss Foundation is a favorite of world class drivers and riders from all over the
country. Special provisions will continue to preserve it's sandy lanes and
trails for many years to come. The Moss Foundation has grown over the years,
through Ginnie and Pappy's generous contributions and overwhelming support
from the community.
of the horse farms in
horse country border the foundation, and as such make it an equestrian
lover's paradise. The NC State Equine Research Facility is just up the road.
This facility is a branch of the NC State University's Veterinary College.
The facility offers some of the most advanced equine research and technology
available. The college itself is just an hour or so away. For the equestrian
enthusiast or professional the community, weather and facilities and
opportunities here are unrivaled anywhere in the states.
The equestrian community in the Sandhills holds many
social events and
horse shows throughout the year, from trials to dressage and hunter/jumper
events, racing, hunt club events, steeplechase, etc. One of the most popular
and well known is The Stoneybrook Steeplechase event. Stoney brook has grown
over the years and has become quite the party. Stoneybrook's attendance can
reach several thousand on any given race day, and seems to grow every year.
It starts with a "gala" party on Friday night and the races start on
Saturday. With events for everyone from children's activities, tailgating,
best hat contest, and exhibits, this is definitely an event worth checking
out. Stoneybrook is now held at The Carolina Horse Park at Five Points.
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Some of the best equestrian trainers and breeders in the world are here, and
numerous tack shops for all the gear that you could possibly need. And
because of the growth of the equestrian community, support personnel and
local talent are plentiful as well.
Although, Horse Country is most commonly used to refer to
this area of Southern
Pines, it also extends to parts of Foxfire, Vass, Cameron, The
Harness Track in Pinehurst, and parts of Hoke County by The Carolina Horse Park at
Five Points. The Carolina Horse Park at Five Points is a 250 acre facility
with facilities for 5 major categories of equestrian events. The local
government of Hoke county actually developed favorable zoning for the lands
and parcels surrounding The Carolina Horse Park to support the growth of the
equestrian community there.
The Pinehurst Harness Track was constructed in 1915, and
in 1916 the
Pinehurst Jockey Club was formed by Leonard Tufts, son of Pinehurst founder
James Walker Tufts. Among it's early members were trainers and owners of
standardbreds, thoroughbreds and polo ponies. By the 1920's it was being
turned into a winter training facility. The Pinehurst Harness Track, now
owned by the Village of Pinehurst and operated by The Parks and Recreation Dept.,
consists of 3 tracks, 18 barns, 2 blacksmith shops, tack shop and
Horse Farms and
acreage here are still relatively affordable, but values have continued
to appreciate and grow rapidly. There are also several equestrian communities that have sprang up
on the outskirts of
Horse Country over the years, such as The Meadows, The Fields,
Morganwood, McLendon Hills, and Pelham Farms.
Southern Pines Area Horse Farms Under $500K
Southern Pines NC Horse Farms $500K-$1M
Southern Pines NC Horse Farms Over $1M
to Southern Pines Community
Acreage in the Sandhills