June 3, 2011 (Raeford, NC) It is with deepest sorrow over the tragedy at True Prospect Farm that Carolina Horse Park announces a portion of all proceeds from the upcoming Lumber River Starter Horse Trials will be donated to the fire recovery funds. CHP both commends and is inspired by the heroism portrayed and the strength of the rallying eventing community. Our most heartfelt sympathies go out to all of those at Phillip and Evie Dutton’s True Prospect Farm, including: Boyd and Silva Martin, Ryan Wood, Lillian Heard, Caitlin Silliman and the owners of the six horses lost.
As long time supporters of the Park, Boyd Martin, Phillip Dutton and their entire True Prospect Team have continuously supported CHP, inspiring both fellow professionals and those new to the sport. Their dedication to their horses, each other, and the growth and betterment of the sport is unparalleled. This year, Boyd and Phillip partnered closely with CHP in ways well beyond riding including community and media relations as well as strong leadership of Southern Pines Horse Trials partnership with the Professional Riders Organization. It is without hesitation that CHP joins in the support effort after this tragedy.
In addition to a direct portion of the Lumber River Starter Horse Trials proceeds going to the fire recovery funds, the Carolina Horse Park will also be collecting any additional donations at the June 11-12 event for the relief effort. Links to donate are also posted on the CHP website for those wishing to participate. The closing date for the Lumber River Starter Horse Trials has been postponed until Sunday, June 5.
About the Carolina Horse Park
The Carolina Horse Park Foundation (CHP) is North Carolina’s premiere equestrian center for both national and international competitions and hosts a diverse calendar of equestrian and community events on over 250 acres of protected land. Founded in 1998 as a 501(c)(3) by a group of equestrian enthusiasts devoted to preserving open space and promoting equestrian competition, CHP encourages responsible land use and low density development. For more information visit www.carolinahorsepark.com.