If ever there was a place that shouts “Long Live the Long Format,” Southern Eighths is that place and on April 28-May 1 Classic Eventing will host its inaugural Heart of the Carolinas (HOTC) Three-Day Event on this 300-acre facility. This Long Format Three-Day Event is the amateur rider’s “Rolex.” It’s the event where Beginner Novice, Novice and Training level riders can negotiate their ultimate Long Format test in a USEA recognized T3D, N3D and BN3D event. And what makes this event even more unique is that it is the only Three-Day Event that offers a Beginner-Novice division.
Southern Eighths is located in the middle of USEA Areas II and III on the North and South Carolina border. The Farm is specially designed to accommodate and maximize the Long Format experience, from its centrally located “holds” and “starts,” two steeplechase tracks and groomed “roads and tracks” to the special derby course used for show jumping. The site also includes a cross-country course that was created by well-known course designer Tremaine Cooper.
Southern Eighths also has a recently added 38-stall guest barn with RV hookups and has made special arrangements with the local community for those needing accommodations and other necessities.
“Creating your competition support team is your job,” commented Foy Barksdale, Organizer of HOTC. “Ours is to make your team’s stay at Southern Eighths enjoyable, exciting and educational.”
Adult amateur rider Briana Timmerman can speak firsthand about the facility. After riding at a past Southern Eighths event, Briana commented, “The Southern Eighths event exceeded all possible expectations in terms of organization, educational benefit, and …fun.”
Classic Eventing overseas all the programs at this state-of-the-art Eventing facility. For more information about “Heart of the Carolinas Three-Day Event,” contact Barksdale, 203-605-5303 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and to become a Facebook fan go to: http://facebook.dj/fans_southern_eighths_farm/.
All photos taken at Southern Eighths Farm by © Diana De Rosa Photos