Entries in the second annual painted ponies fund raiser for Carolina Horse Park rolled out Friday around downtown Southern Pines.

In all, 12 horse sculptures painted by different artists will be displayed in downtown Southern Pines through the end of March. The event culminates with an art auction of the ponies on April 3 to benefit the Carolina Horse Park Foundation.

Carolina Horse Park is a 315-acre, nationally recognized equine competition venue and land preserve in Hoke County supported by the CHP Foundation. Last year’s Painted Ponies auction, in partnership with the town of Southern Pines, raised over $60,000 for the organization. These funds were used to clear 27 acres of newly acquired land and develop additional galloping lanes in addition to hosting more than 20 events.

Photos by Pilot photographer Ted Fitzgerald

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