Dana Diemer from the Carolina Horse Park was gracious enough to chat with me for a few moments this week, and she enthusiastically updated me on the new developments that the eventing scene is undergoing. Carolina Horse Park has recently come under new management, and Dana has been working closely with renowned show jumping course designer Marc Donovan to improve and expand upon the current schedule. Dana and Marc must be running IVs filled with Red Bull as they are prepping for what promises to be an enormous weekend at Five Points Horse Trials.
Five Points is CHP’s final recognized event of the season, and entries this year are up 50 percent from last year, so the weekend is sure to be a busy one. The event runs divisions from Beginner Novice through Advanced, and Dana has thrown a wine and cheese competitor’s party each night and an on-site massage therapist into the mix to make this event even more special. Sign me up for the massage therapist, please! Sponsors such as Cabin Branch Tack, Hamilton BioVet, Cavalor and Aberdeen Feed and Supply will be providing decorations and prizes for competitors in each division, so the winning goody bags are sure to be filled with some great items.
In addition to increased entries and massage therapists (I am currently weighing the pros and cons of flying to North Carolina just for the free massage, can you tell?), Dana and Marc have been working on a new smartphone app tailored for the Carolina Horse Park. Set to release by spring of 2014, the app will provide wonderfully convenient options such as course maps, stabling layouts, ride times and hotel and restaurant recommendations for the out of towners. The app, called Event Day, is sure to be a big hit and should be available just in time for the return of
life spring eventing.
Speaking of spring eventing, Dana informed me that the Southern Pines II event next year is expected to host CIC* through CIC*** divisions, so stay tuned for more information on that as it becomes available.
All in all, Five Points HT promises to be a great weekend. Competition begins tomorrow, so if you’re in the area be sure to stop by and show them some love. We can’t wait to see what else Dana and Marc have up their sleeves for the events to come, and best of luck to all participants this weekend! And as always, a big thank you to Dana for taking the time to talk with me.