Visit of the prancing horse farm: “Back to business” | Characteristics
Are you ready for a wonderful Sunday experience? Join us for the 2021 Prancing Horse Farm Tour. Long considered one of the “mane” events of the season, the Horse Farm Tour is back on track.
Celebrating its 30th anniversary, this event will be held on Sunday, October 17, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., for the benefit of the Prancing Horse Center for Therapeutic Riding.
“Visitors are asked to leave their pets at home and refrain from chewing gum or smoking,” the spokesperson said.
Six farms from the region will be featured on the tour, offering an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at some of Moore County’s most prestigious equestrian properties. As you enjoy the ride to each of the farms on the tour, know that you are enabling Prancing Horse to change lives through the power of horses in its programs for people with special needs.
Here’s a look at three of the farms on the tour:
Setters’ Run Farm, owned by Annie Eldridge, spans 80 pristine acres and is used exclusively for breeding and training champion equines. The three barns on the property are unique in nature. The old yard barn was on the property when Eldridge first purchased the farm. The main barn of the farm has 12 stalls reserved for the Setters’ Run eventing champion horses.
Ariel Grald, an accomplished and internationally recognized competitor, is the main trainer of Setters’ Run and has developed a string of world class horses. The newest addition to the farm is a beautiful 14 stall barn with a center aisle used for overflow of horses in training.
All barns will be made available to visitors, including the farm’s indoor and dressage rides, eventing course and new show jumping ground. Setters’ Run has preserved its natural setting by leaving woodland borders untouched, planting native grasses, and creating a water source to support wildlife.
Nestled in the heart of Southern Pines on 20 lush acres is WindSwept Farm. This majestic property, owned by Kendyl and Eric Janis, offers stunning and unrestricted views, with access to the Walthour-Moss Foundation. Kendyl Janis designed the barn, guest house and main living quarters. Guests will have the opportunity to meet “Pumpkin Patches”, the farm’s 31-year-old Shetland pony.
Bill Long, world-class driver, trainer and trainer, seven-time national driving champion combined with a 4-in-hand (four horses pulling the cart), recipient of the US Equestrian Team of the prestigious Whitney Stone Ambassador Award, and member The Hitch Hall of Fame at Carolina Horse Park, will be at WindSwept Farm, leading Kendyl through a “cone course” demonstration. She recently started driving a car and this course is part of a combined driving test. The event will take place after noon, weather permitting.
Moore County Dogs
Hunger? Delicious lunch options will be available for purchase.
“No hot dogs will be offered out of deference to the other residents of the farm, the pack of 70 Penn-Marydel foxhounds,” a spokesperson said.
The private pack was created in 1914. Surprisingly, all of them know their names and will come on order. You may already know them because they are presented every Thanksgiving by Master Hunter Lincoln Sadler for the annual blessing of the dogs. Weather permitting, foxhound demonstrations and educational talks will take place. The original barn, kennels and dog clubhouse will all be open with historical exhibits for organization.
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.
Tickets are $ 25 (children 12 and under are free) and are available for purchase from The Bakehouse, Aberdeen Supply Company, Moore Equine Feed and Supply, A Bit Used, Cabin Branch Tack, Sandhills Winery, The Roast Office, the C-Cups Cupcakery (Pinehurst location) or online at www.prancing-horse.org.
They will also be available on tour day at 10 a.m. at K2 Solutions, 5735 US 1 North, Southern Pines, for $ 30.