Four-star events may have been hogging the limelight of late, but we’d be remiss not to send out some love for another very special three-day event that just wrapped up. The Heart of the Carolinas Three-Day Event offers traditional long-format eventing competition for lower level divisions, including the only Beginner Novice level three-day event in the country. Novice and Training level three-day events are also offered, with Modified and Prelim Three-Days in the works for next year, as well as horse trials and Future Event Horse/Young Event Horse divisions.
This week’s event, held May 3-7 at Southern 8ths Farm in Chesterfield, South Carolina, was a success by all accounts. Beautiful weather, happy horses and riders, and educational opportunities for all — you can still rewatch this live stream from last year of Heart of the Carolinas Three-Day Ground Jury members Wayne Quarles and Peter Gray discussing what the judges are looking for during a dressage test.
Big congrats to Beginner Novice Three-Day winners Holly Breaux and Wapz Hot Dan (31.1), Novice Three-Day winners Lawlor Brown and Ulysses (24.7) and Training Three-Day winners Huxley Greer and Marked Ruler (30.9). For more information on the event, visit the Southern 8ths website here, and see full results here.
We had fun following the event via Instagram (hotc3day) — here are a few highlights!