Arbor One Farm Credit Signs on as HOTC Volunteer Appreciation Sponsor

The Heart of the Carolinas (HOTC) Three-Day Event and Horse Trials is pleased to announce Arbor One Farm Credit as the Volunteer Appreciation Sponsor for the May 3-7, 2017 event at Southern 8ths Farm in Chesterfield, SC. Arbor One Farm Credit, of Florence, SC, is a branch of the nationwide Farm … [Read more...]

Heart of the Carolinas Announces New Design and Build Team for Cross Country and Show Jumping

The Heart of the Carolinas (HOTC) Three-Day Event and Horse Trials is pleased to welcome a new design and build team for the May 4-7, 2017 competition at Southern 8ths Farm in Chesterfield, SC. We welcome Chris Barnard as the show jumping course designer, John Michael Durr as the cross-country … [Read more...]

Young Horse Divisions Added to 2017 HOTC

We are absolutely thrilled to announce the addition of USEA Young Event Horse and Future Event Horse divisions to the 2017 Heart of the Carolinas Three-Day Event at Southern 8ths Farm May 3-7. The FEH/YEH competition will take place on Thursday, May 4 before the three-day's first horse … [Read more...]

Carolina Eventing Challenge Series Returns to 2017 Heart of the Carolinas Three-Day at Southern 8ths

The Carolina Horse Park and Southern 8ths Farm event organizers are pleased to announce that the Carolina Eventing Challenge (CEC) will return for the 2017 spring competition season. The CEC was introduced in 2016 and created to provide a unique series format for competitors at the Preliminary level … [Read more...]

October 22-23, 2016 Fundraiser Combined Test, Hunter Pace and XC Schooling Day

RIDE TIMES FOR 10/22 COMBINED TEST Heart of the Carolinas is pleased to host a fall Combined Test and Hunter Pace at Southern 8ths Farm in Chesterfield, SC on October 22, 2016 and a cross country schooling day and open trail ride on October 23. The proceeds of these events will support the … [Read more...]

Heart of the Carolinas 2016: Education, Horsemanship and Big Dreams Made This the Best Year Yet

The sixth annual Heart of the Carolinas (HOTC) Three-Day Event and Horse Trials featured new divisions, exceptional clinicians and revealed long-term plans for the Southern 8ths Farm property in Chesterfield, SC where the event takes place. Farm owner Brad Turley proclaimed 2016 to be the event’s … [Read more...]

Introducing the Coaching Allowed Division at Southern 8ths

The Heart of the Carolinas Three-Day Event and Horse Trials at Southern 8ths Farm in Chesterfield, S.C. was the first horse trials in the country to offer the newly developed Coaching Allowed Division (CAT) at its May horse trials. Though the division was small, the riders’ efforts were mighty, and … [Read more...]

Watch the Heart of the Carolinas Three-Day Event and Horse Trials LIVE This Weekend

The Heart of the Carolinas (HOTC) Three-Day Event and Horse Trials at Southern 8ths Farm in Chesterfield, S.C. is live streaming all three phases of the 2016 long-format competition with color commentary from clinician Sally O'Connor and announcer Charles Pinnell. Friends and family of … [Read more...]

Heart of the Carolinas Celebrates Amateur Riders and the Classic Eventing Format

The sixth annual Heart of the Carolinas (HOTC) Three-Day Event and Horse Trials is coming to Southern 8ths Farm in Chesterfield, S.C. May 4-6, 2016. With the goal of providing an unparalleled educational opportunity for riders and carrying the classic long-format forward, Southern 8ths is unveiling … [Read more...]

“Coping” With the Heat, Treefrog Style

In the hill country of Texas where I live, it has been a pleasantly cool summer, thus far.  It has only recently begun to get hot and temperatures have only crept to the 100 degree mark in the last couple of weeks.  The rivers here are still quite high and most of the native Texans I speak … [Read more...]