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!
US Equestrian is pleased to announce the dates and location for the 2022 USEF Young Rider Eventing Championship. This championship will take place at the Tryon International Three-Day Event November 10-13 in Mill Spring, N.C.
Sidnee Milner and My Valentine did not become partners out of sheer coincidence. The pony and rider combination that took home the 2021 SmartPak USEA Pony of the Year award were a product of the thoughtfulness and generosity of family friend and trainer Tawn Edwards. Milner was, at the time, a young and inexperienced child rider looking for a partner to teach her the ropes of eventing; My Valentine was a well-seasoned eventing pony who knew the job of advancing young riders well and was looking for her next partner. Over their three-year relationship, the duo have accumulated various ribbons and accolades together with 2021 being the most impressive of their seasons thus far.
Updated January 18, 2022: The 2023 Eventing Calendar webinar, originally scheduled to be held on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. EST, has been postponed and will be rescheduled with an additional commmunication in the coming weeks.