August 2015 Newsletter


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Congratulations, Liza!

Congratulations to Liza Boyd and Brunello of Finally Farm in Camden, SC, on winning their 3rd Consecutive USHJA International Derby Championship!

Photo by Shawn McMillen Photography


In Memory of Will Tankard

The Carolinas Equestrian extends our thoughts and prayers to the friends and family of Will Tankard of Aiken, SC. Will passed away along with his dog, Chewy, and three of his horses (Teacup, Merlin and Red) on July 30. Will is shown here with Teacup.

Will was a founding member of Team USPA, 2002 & 2003 National Interscholastic Champion, 2006 National Intercollegiate Champion, 2012 & 2013 winner of the National Copper Cup, 2013 winner of the National Chairman’s Cup, winner of the 2014 Bryan Morrison USA vs. England and a member of the 2015 team that competed in the finals of the FIP World Championship.

Donations are currently be accepted to provide care for Will's remaining 7 horses that were injured in the accident. Please direct your online donations to help with the care of Will's horses to this gofundme page. Follow the horses' progress at

Checks may still be mailed to the AIPF for tax deductible donations. Checks can be made to AIPF. Proceeds will go directly to the care of the horses and other expenses. Mail checks to 12300 S. Shore Blvd. STE 218, Wellington, FL 33414.


Onward and Upward!

Good luck to all NC & SC equestrians heading off to college! Stay focused, ride hard & have fun! Read More.


USHJA Foundation Grant

Matthew Bravo of Charleston, SC, was the inaugural recipient of the USHJA Foundation Pony Finals Grant.

Designed to offer a child who has never been able to participate in Pony Finals the chance to do so, the new grant is the latest offering from the Foundation to help inspire young equestrians to continue to grow in the sport.  Read More.


$10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby -
Aiken Horse Park

The Carolinas Equestrian is pleased to be a sponsor of Equus Events Aiken Fall Festival which will be held September 3-6 and 10-13 at Bruce's Field at the Aiken Horse Park!

We are also the presenter of the $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby to be held on Friday, September 4.

Prize list available now.


Race 2 Ring

Available for adoption: Micaela's Fan - "Bella"
2008 16.1 OTTB Mare
Read More.

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Equestrian Properties for Sale

Throughout the Carolinas there are beautiful equestrian properties for sale - check out a few here!
Read more.


Equestrian Community Partner Spotlight!

Hook Tire & Service inc. is a full service auto repair facility.  Hook Tire & Service provides all brands and sizes of auto and light truck tires and is an authorized Goodyear Dealer.  Services include maintenance, repairs, NC State Inspections, Engine Diagnostics, Brakes, Batteries, Alignments, Air Conditioning Service, Tune-ups, Suspension, and much more. Check them out at


"A Night Under the Stars"

Featuring dinner, open bar, live music and silent auction at the Harmon Classics Labor Day Spectacular hosted by Tryon Riding & Hunt Club to benefit Polk Equine Emergency Rescue (PEER).

The August 29 event begins at 6:00 pm.  Tickets are $35 each or a table of six for $180.

Contact TR&HC at 828.863.0480.


Upcoming Events!

August 20 – 23 Equus Events Atlanta Summerfest III
USHJA National Hunter Derbies – USEF National Rated – Fairburn, GA

August 21 - 23 Triangle Farms Summer Indoors II C Raleigh, NC   

August 22 – Camden Equine Circuit Show at Pine Tree.
Visit for details.

August 29 - 30 PSJ Pinehurst Harness Track in Pinehurst, NC will feature a 2'6" PSJ Hunter Derby

August 29 - 30 SOLD OUT! Labor Day Spectacular @ Harmon Field in Tryon, NC
featuring BRHJA Hunter Derby

September 3 – 6 Equus Events Aiken Fall Festival I at Aiken Horse Park
USHJA National Hunter Derbies – USEF National Rated – Aiken, SC
Aiken Fall Festival Prize List

September 3 – 7 Equestrian Exchange Tack Consignment Sales
NC State Fairgrounds, Raleigh, NC.

September 4 - Five Points Horse Trial at Carolina Horse Park, Raeford, NC.

September 9-12 58th Annual N.C. Championship Horse Show – a Charity event sponsored by The Raleigh Host Lions Club. The Budweiser Clydesdales will perform nightly during the 6:00 pm session of the Saddlebred Show. Contact 919.481.4675 for details.

September 10 – 13 Equus Events Aiken Fall Festival II at Aiken Horse Park
USHJA National Hunter Derbies – USEF National Rated – Aiken, SC
Aiken Fall Festival Prize List

September 12 – South Charlotte Equine Circuit Horse Show at Carolina Country Acres.

September 13 - Summer Sizzler at The Ark, Monroe, NC.

September 15 – 20 September 15-20 Arabian & Half-Arabian Sport Horse Nationals – From dressage to hunter jumper to pleasure carriage driving, and much more, come see some of the best horse athletes in the industry. Check here for details.


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at or 704.779.6502.

The Carolinas Equestrian magazine is offered in both print and digital formats.  It is currently distributed via regional feed and tack stores, area businesses and equestrian shows/events in Aiken, Asheville, Blowing Rock, Camden, Charleston, Charlotte, Greensboro, Pinehurst, Raleigh, Southern Pines, Tryon and Waxhaw.  We welcome article and photograph submissions!