The Carolina International Organizing Committee has been hard at work to ensure the cross country at the Carolina Horse Park is only the best quality. Since last year, they’ve opened new galloping lanes by clearing trees, and even more impressively, the FEI tracks have been roped off since last fall so that they can be best maintained for competition. Knowlbrook Farms deserves many thanks for their management of the “sacred ground.” Check out this video they shared from a few weeks ago:
The cross country tracks are in unprecedented condition in preparation for the Carolina International and the Southern Pines Horse Trials with new and improved galloping lanes, extensive tree removal and ongoing seeding & fertilization. Most importantly, the FEI tracks have been roped off since last fall with no access as required to preserve and improve the ground for March 2019. Thank you to Knowlbrook Farms for taking on all management of our sacred ground. Enjoy this video shot on Feb 25, 2019!
Posted by Carolina International CCI and Horse Trial on Tuesday, March 5, 2019
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Without the luxury of Florida to escape to, our friends in the UK had to patiently wait for better weather to kick off their season. In the last few weeks, top horses have had their first runs across Tweseldown and Oasby. [Three British gold medallists, a Badminton winner and 14 other superstars starting their eventing season]
Santa Anita Park may reopen as soon as March 22. It closed “indefinitely” on March 5 following a spate of deaths, and the surface has since been analyzed and “worked on.” The track will also implement new safety protocols including required permission application to train a horse, the requirement of transparent veterinary records and the appointment of a new Director of Equine Welfare. [Santa Anita Main Track Could Re-Open for Racing March 22]
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