The Carolina Horse Park Foundation is pleased to announce the 2019 Anniversary Challenge, an online fundraising challenge. The Challenge focuses on the wonderful community who support the Park and make it what it is. CHP is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of open space for equestrian and recreational purposes.
What sets the Anniversary Challenge apart from your average fundraising campaign is the competitive component. This challenge features 11 ambassadors who are competing to raise the most money for the Park. Each ambassador has a personal connection to the Park and has committed to not only raise funds but also awareness of the importance of venues like the Carolina Horse Park for equestrian sports and local communities. Our ambassadors for the challenge are Jayna Biggs, Dana Cooke, Lisa Gubenia (2018 Challenge winner!), Aaron Stuckey Hill, Jasmine Hobart, Colette Leber, Alex Martini, Andrew McConnon, Heidi Grimm Powell, Lei Cluff-Ryan, and Lindsay Staiano Williams.
In addition to receiving prizes for reaching their goal of $5,000, the ambassador who raises the most money receives an impressive “Grand Prize Package” which includes an entry and stall to all 2020 CHP sponsored events and schooling days. A bonus for the donors . . . anyone that gives a gift of $100 or more to any ambassador is automatically entered in a raffle for an entry and stall to one of the events of the 2020 Adequan War Horse Event Series presented by Southern Pines Equine Associates.
The Anniversary Challenge starts Monday, October 21, at 12:00 p.m. and concludes Saturday, November 9, at midnight, giving ambassadors just 20 days to reach their goal. This is not only a competition against each other, but also against the clock. As Jane Murray, Executive Director of the Park says, “The CHP Ambassador program, now in its second year, is a critically important part of the Park's overall development and fundraising strategy. We are so fortunate to have such a dedicated and charitably inclined group of ambassadors again this year. The financial support that these individuals generate goes a long way to maintaining and preserving the Carolina Horse Park and for that, we are most appreciative."
Each ambassador has their own unique online giving page where gifts to the Park can be made on their behalf via credit card or PayPal. Checks are also accepted through the Park office. All Ambassador progress can be tracked on the main landing page of the challenge at www.carolinahorsepark.com/challenge. Keep an eye on our ambassador’s social media channels to help share their cause!
Our challenge winner will receive their award at the Competitor Luncheon on Sunday, November 10, where all the ambassadors and donors will be recognized.
To get more information about the celebratory Anniversary Challenge and other events happening at the Carolina Horse Park visit www.carolinahorsepark.com. Contact Shannon Habenicht at [email protected] or 704.779.6502 for more information!
Weren’t able to spend your morning glued to the livestream of the 2021 Maryland 5 Star cross-country? Couldn’t be there in person to trek up the hills? We have you covered with a play-by-play of what happened on Ian Stark’s cross-country course which gave both the designer and the riders many sleepless nights, but ended up riding quite well for the majority of the field.
The forecasted downpours held off until the last horse and rider crossed the finish flags during the CCI5*-L cross-country at the Maryland 5 Star today, confirming the event’s decision to move up the start. The majority of riders had sunny skies and a cool breeze as backdrop to tackle Ian Stark’s five-star course across the sprawling grounds at Fair Hill in Elkton, Md. Before cross-country there was much chatter about the testing terrain, but 11 pairs managed to make the time despite the hills. At the end of the day, the top three riders held onto their podium positions going into show jumping tomorrow with overnight leader Oliver Townend and Cooley Master Class (Ramiro B x The Swallow) impressing all who watched at each and every question.
It's the day we have all been waiting for, cross-country day at the inaugural Maryland 5 Star! Both the CCI5*-L and CCI3*-L field will contest Ian Stark's terrain-filled track across the historic grounds at Fair Hill today and there is lots of chatter about how the questions, terrain, and time allowed might impact the current placings.
Chris Talley came into the Dutta Corp USEA YEH East Coast 5-year-old Championships knowing that the Corwin Sport Horse LLC’s owned 5-year-old Hanoverian mare Gina (Gentleman x Ballerina) possessed a lot of quality, but to emerge victorious out of the 42 horse field was an absolute treat for the pair.