Heart of the Carolinas Three-Day Event and Horse Trials Discontinued, Organizers Reflect On Beautiful Memories

After ten fabulous years celebrating the traditional eventing long-format, The Heart of the Carolinas Three-Day Event and Horse Trials is sorry to announce that the competition is cancelled for the foreseeable future. We are going out on a high note. Our entries for the 2018 event were our … [Read more...]

Horses Healing Hearts

Southern Eighths Farm teamed with Perfect Partners Equine, the All Veteran Parachute Team, and Operation Support Our Troops - America to host its Leap of Faith event on November 5th and 6th, 2018. Leap of Faith is a 3-day seminar that helps families of fallen service members (Gold … [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...]

The Story in the Scat

While I was back at Southern 8ths Farm in early June, the rains of the spring had helped nature paint the landscape in a lush green across every square inch of the farm.  The fields were rich and thick with new growth and the trees were still sending fresh new leaves to touch the sun.  The first … [Read more...]

Saturniidae At Southern 8ths

When it comes to nature, I'm easily excitable.  Of this, I am well aware.  On more than one occasion, I've been leading a nature walk and I see something that gets me so excited, the people around me either get just as excited or wonder what is wrong with me.  Nature is full of wonder and surprises … [Read more...]

Interpreted Dressage Test Comments

druh-sahzh or dre-sazh and Euphemisms By Brad Turley Dressage has always been a challenge for me. From the time I heard the “dress-something,” I wasn’t sure if it was referring to my attire, my age or even how to say it. So while the proper pronunciation might be difficult for me, the … [Read more...]

I Know I’m An Eventer When…

By Brad Turley A while back in FL at H/J Central I was coming back from the barn and stopped at the grocery store to pick up some carrots. As I was getting out of my truck an H/J type person noticed I had two saddles in the back. They asked if I was a Jumper or rode Dressage. I said, “Both, I … [Read more...]

Learning the Ropes

By Brad Turley Even with a trainer helping me learn the ropes, I found Eventing a bit confusing at first. From getting ready to compete, to packing for the competition, to arriving and warming up through each phase, it sure seemed like a lot of rules and regimen. And the clothing thing … I felt … [Read more...]

Whoa Dammit!

By Brad Turley So how did I become an Eventer? My story is pretty straightforward. I have an 18+hh, 1800 lb. draft cross named Sudden Impact a.k.a. Whoa Dammit. He’s a little strong, a bit forward, thinks pretty highly of himself and strikes his own path in life. I bought him about six years ago … [Read more...]

Southern 8ths’ Classy Combined Training Event

Southern 8ths’ classy Combined TrainingEvent Gets Rave Reviews Join us as a volunteer and you can be part of the action! May 3-5, 2013 Chesterfield, SC — February 19, 2013 – Imagine being at an Olympic-type event—right here in South Carolina!  Southern 8ths Farm in Chesterfield has a world … [Read more...]