Phone: 910-875-2074


Sandhills’ Rite of Spring expected to bring 10,000 spectators for 63rd running

Carolina Horse Park (Raeford, NC) With the thunder of hooves from the country’s fastest race horses mere feet from an estimated 10,000 spectators, the 63rd running of the annual Stoneybrook Steeplechase will be held Saturday, April 5 at the Carolina Horse Park in Raeford, NC. As the kick-off social event of the spring season in the Sandhills area, “Stoneybrook” claims a long and vibrant history that continues to thrill its audience each year.

The Stoneybrook Steeplechase is a fun-filled day in the country with activities for all ages from the five flat and steeplechase races on the card—worth tens of thousands in prize money—to a full Vendor Area and Kid Zone to the famous Hat and Tailgating Contests and the morning 5K and 1K foot races.
“Stoneybrook always promises a great day in the country for families, young people, and veteran horse racing enthusiasts alike,” shares Stoneybrook Race Committee Chairman, Marshall Glass. “As the largest sporting event in the region, there is no other event like it that offers such a thrilling mix of action, speed, history, and family activities. Whether you are enjoying a Bloody Mary in the VIP Turf Club, displaying a sky-high bedecked race hat, or cheering on your favorite mount from your truck bed in the infield tailgating, you are sure to have an experience like none other at the Stoneybrook Steeplechase!”

Events begin at 9:00 a.m. with the Run for the Ribbons 5K race benefitting the FirstHealth Cancer CARE Fund. General Admission gates open at 9:30 a.m. The Opening Ceremonies, which begin at 12 noon, will include the Fayetteville Independent Light Infantry and an appearance by Miss North Carolina, Johna Edmonds. Post time is at 1:30 p.m.

According to Race Director, Toby Edwards, about 30 horses and 10 jockeys, including recent champions, Danni Hodscon, Ross Geraghty and Paddy Young, will compete in the Steeplechase races, coming from as far away as Nashville, TN and Baltimore, MD. Hall of Fame trainers Jonathan Sheppard and Janet Elliot will also be at this year’s competition.
Tickets may be purchased at Harris Teeter for a discount with your VIC card or online at or by calling 910-875-2074. Tickets are available at the gate for $30, while admission is free for children 12 and under. Race Day Schedule is listed below.

About the Carolina Horse Park The Carolina Horse Park Foundation (CHP) is North Carolina’s premiere equestrian center for both national and international competitions and hosts a diverse calendar of equestrian and community events on over 250 acres of protected land. Founded in 1998 as a 501©(3) by a group of equestrian enthusiasts devoted to preserving open space and promoting equestrian competition, CHP encourages responsible land use and low density development. For more information, visit

Stoneybrook Steeplechase Schedule of Events: April 5, 2014

7:00 – 8:45 AM
Cancer CARE Fund Run for the Ribbons
5K and 1K Registration

9:00 AM
Run for the Ribbons 5K Run Begins

9:30 AM
Stoneybrook Information Centers Open

10:00 AM
Shops at Merchants Crossing Open
Kids Zone Opens
Run for the Ribbons 5K Awards
Botanicals Fabulous Flowers & Orchids Hat Contest
Sign up at Botanicals Fabulous Flowers & Orchids Tent
The Jefferson Inn Stick Horse Races
Sign up at Information Booth in Merchants Crossing

10:30 AM
Run for the Ribbons 1K Fun Run Begins

11:00 AM
Turf Club Opens

11:30 AM
The Wine Cellar Tailgate Contest
Botanicals Fabulous Flowers & Orchids Hat Contest
The Jefferson Inn Kids & Celebrity Stick Horse Races

12:00 PM
Welcome, Introductions
Fayetteville Independent Light Infantry
Flag Raising
Turf Club Luncheon

12:20 PM
The Wine Cellar Tailgate Contest
Botanicals Fabulous Flowers & Orchids Hat Contest
The Jefferson Inn Kids & Celebrity Stick Horse Races

1:00 PM
National Anthem performed by:
Miss North Carolina: Miss Johna Alexandria Edmonds
Call to the Paddock

1:30 PM
Post Time

6:00 PM:
Gates Close

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Telephone: 910-875-2074
Fax: 910-875-4310
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2814 Montrose Rd.
Raeford, NC 28376

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