Stoneybrook Steeplechase Off and Running
A beautiful sunny day provided the prefect provided the backdrop for the 61st annual running of the Stoneybrook Steeplechase at the Carolina Horse Park.
Stoneybrook, featuring thrilling horse races, elaborate tailgating and beautiful Easter bonnets, is a rite of spring in the Sandhills.
Each year, the event attracts the best horses and jockeys from around the nation. Steeplechase racing puts thoroughbred horses over a variety of man-made fences in a test of speed, stamina and power.
Festivities began at 10 a.m. with opening ceremonies at noon and the Parade to Post at 1 p.m. The frst races went off about 1:30 p.m.
This year’s race day activities featured fun for the whole family. A designated kids area offered pony rides, climbing wall, stick horse races and a John Deere pedal tractor race. The 5K Run for the Ribbons, to benefit the FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital Cancer CARE fund, took place this morning. followed by the always popular best of show hat contests and tailgate contest.
Founded more than six decades ago, Stoneybrook moved to the Carolina Horse Park in 2001 and has seen phenomenal growth as competitors vie for top honors and tens of thousands in purse money.
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