#state_name# Property for Sale Suitable for the Horse
North Carolina has 100 counties and horse activities (shows, trail rides and events) take place in every county of the state. Not only that, but any such event is within driving distance no matter where you are located. Shows are close by, and so are the horse farms. The numbers of horses in North Carolina are many, and the quality is high with many national and international champions in residence, along with quality breeding stock. Quality horses are actually sought and exported to other countries from North Carolina. Yes, it’s horse country, and has been since the 1500’s. The Carolinas and Virginia were known for fine horses before Kentucky built its reputation!
Horse racing was once the most popular sport and the Wilmington Jockey Club was established in 1774. Also in the 1700’s the Quarter Horse Janus was kept in North Carolina, and on a plantation near Jackson in the early 1800’s, lived the horse called the foundation sire for a the Thoroughbreds in American. His name was Sir Archie. North Carolinia was in the forefront of Thoroughbred racing until laws were passed on both local and state level against gambling on racing, which pretty much ended the sport by the mid 1900’s. But North Carolinians still love their horses, racing them for charity,riding them for fun, and showing. There are over 500 horses shows in the state each year!
Actual horse ownership in the state, is often a family affair, with the one family having been horse-people for three generation, or longer.. Most horse properties or operations are devoted to a private home and horses for personal use.
The largest group of horses in North Carolina is the various breeds of light horses, with warmbloods being second. The most popular breed is the Quarter Horse, then the Thoroughbred and American Paints, then Arabians, the American Saddlebred and the Tennessee Walking Horse, followed by the Morgan and the Miniature horses. However North Carolina has horse associations for a very broad ranges of breeds and the same for horse show classes. The shows and other events are well attended, be the horse activity a large or small event. Not only do residents attend but so do show horses (and their owners) from many, many others states! There are some important horse events taking place in N. C.
North Carolina also has a state horse – The Spanish Colonial Mustang. Not only that, but Banker horses really still exist and live there as a now ‘protected’ herd of wild horses, a remnant left from the time of Columbus, and still roaming freely on the northernmost Currituck Outer Banks. The Outer Banks of North Carolina were for ages considered some of the most isolated and under-developed areas in the country. The banks consist of a string of sand dunes that serve to protect the mainland of North Carolina from the Atlantic Ocean. The North Carolina Corolla Wild Horse Fund was formed to protect, conserve, and responsibly manage the wild herd. The Colonial Spanish Mustang is on the Critically Endangered Breed list of the American Livestock Conservancy and on the Nearly Extinct list of the Equus Survival Trust. Tourists are welcome and many events are organized yearly and seasonally. But no matter where you find yourself on the Outter Banks, the wild horses are there also, perhaps just behind a nearby sand dune , or running freely along the beaches just like you!
Specific Horse Activities and Public Horse Property in North Carolina:
-- The North Carolina State Fair Horse Show is one the the country’s largest all-breed shows
. --The Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show, the oldest continuous outdoor horse show in America.
-- The Duke’s Children’s Classic Horse Show , which benefits the Children’s Hospital at Duke University
. -- World class jumpers compete every year during the Grand Prix Classic
. --The Carolina Horse Park , is suitable for the higest level championship competitions, such as hunter/jumper, polocrosse, dressage, and driving events. It is the host for the Stoneybrook Steeplechase, which draws over 10,000 fan. from all over the US.
--The Gov. James B. Hunt Jr. Horse Complex is in use 49 out of 52 weeks of the year, with at least one show about every single week.
--The Sen. Bob Martin Eastern Agricultural Center, 168 acres, hosts 43 or so horse events, rodeos and a trade show.
. --The Western North Carolina Agricultural Center at the Mountain State Fairgrounds in Fletcher, operates years round, offering horse shows, rodeos, horse sales and trade shows.
--Other venues are the Foothills Equestrian Nature Center, Pinehurst Harness Track, and the Charlotte Jumper Classic, to name only a few.
-- There is much trail riding, and many therapeutic riding programs
. --Equine education is high in the state with programs and degrees from: N.C. State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Veterinary Equine Research Center (Southern Pines), Martin Community College, St. Andrews Presbyterian Collebe, and, N.C. A&T State University.
As for Horse Property – the over 200 hundered sunny days a year and year round mild temperatures, paired with the rich greenness of the land is just about perfect. Equestrian residential developments have and are developing, like Black Horse Run near Raleigh, the Traces near Tryon, and McLendon Hills near Pinehurst.. Of course you must choose your favorite area of the state because all horse property is within driving distance of all horse activities in the state.
Be sure to check HSC’s calendar of shows for this state.