Six of Moore County’s finest horse farms will open their doors on the 2021 Prancing Horse Farm Tour on Sunday, October 17, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This self-guided tour supports the Prancing Horse Center’s programs for therapeutic riding. A long tradition in the horse country of the Sandhills, the Tour offers a glimpse into life in the beautiful hills and green pastures of the equestrian community. Visitors will enjoy the Sunday walk, the beautiful barns and the elegant horses while supporting the Prancing Horse programs for people with special needs.
Three of these stops include:
Dark Water Spoon Stables
Dark Waterspoon Stables, owned by Camilla Vance Shadley and Major General Robert D. Shadley, US Army (Retired), adheres to the philosophy of “leaving the earth better than when it was found.”
In addition to a sophisticated hydrologic system that provides water for fire suppression, a network of solar panels powers each of the outbuildings to include lighting, ventilation systems and smart technologies. The team is known for its star equines, including “Dark Waterspoon”, a 15 year old European Arabo Friesian (EAFS) and the first imported to the United States. The breeding and training of the offspring of this wonderful stallion is at the center of the farm. Her wonderful conformation and friendly temperament are evident in her offspring which will be on display to guests.
Completed this year alone, a large, beautifully designed indoor arena with plenty of safety features and a magnificent footing will be of particular interest to visitors. All of the farm features reflect the careful thought and design of Camilla Shadley.
Blue Ridge Farm
Blue Ridge Farm, owned by Larry and Peggy Wohlford, sits on top of a hill in one of the most beautiful areas of Southern Pines. The barn is unique in its construction: Built in 1966 of brick and concrete, it is one of the few hunting box-style barns in North Carolina designed by John Foster Faulk. The building materials, combined with a geothermal HVAC system, provide the perfect climate to house his horses.
The barn includes a large loft for the owners as well as 12 stalls, feeding and saddlery rooms and an office. A second barn with birthing stalls overlooks the hills, gardens, a round pen, a hot walker and a jumping ground.
Warmblood equine residents include “Christoph”, a Mecklenberg; “Coltrane”, a Westphalian; “Cape of thought”, an Oldenberg; as well as “Tricks” and “Pure Luck”, two thoroughbred cross breeds. Customers can buy a dessert and enjoy it in this beautiful setting.
Equine clinic of the Foundation
The Foundation Equine Clinic, established in 2013 by Dr. Lisa Kivett, opens its doors and welcomes the public to its new state-of-the-art clinic in Moore County. A recognized name for horse owners in the region, Foundation Equine offers primary care and referral / specialty services including preventative care, lameness, internal medicine, surgery, reproduction, dentistry. , acupuncture and chiropractic. Exhibits of equipment commonly used in equine medicine as well as three horses belonging to the clinic will be available for viewing.
“Please note that sick / hospitalized equine patients will not be available for public interaction,” said a spokesperson.
Tickets are $ 25 in advance (children 12 and under are admitted free of charge). Tickets available for purchase at: The Bakehouse, Aberdeen Supply Company, Moore Equine Feed and Supply, A Bit Used, Cabin Branch Tack, Sandhills Winery, The Roast Office and C-Cups Cupcakery (Pinehurst location) or online at www.cheval-cabrant.org
Tickets can be purchased on the day of the tour for $ 30 starting at 10 a.m. at K2 Solutions, 5735 US 1, (corner of US 1 North and Youngs Road), Southern Pines.
“Please don’t bring any pets,” the spokesperson said. “It is forbidden to smoke or to exfoliate.”
Proceeds from the 2021 Horse Farm Tour benefit the Prancing Horse Center for Therapeutic Riding, which helps children and adults in the Sandhills region with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities find strength and independence through horse power.