Heart of the Carolinas 2017: Long Live the Long Format!

Holly Breaux, DVM and Wapz Hot Dan. Photo by Eileen Dimond Photography.

Thank you to everyone who competed, volunteered, assisted riders or came to watch the seventh annual Heart of the Carolinas Three-Day Event and Horse Trials at Southern 8ths Farm in Chesterfield, SC. It was an incredible year with fit and well-performing horses and riders, perfect weather and an overflow of prizes from our fabulous sponsors.

This event is the country’s only venue where Beginner Novice, Novice and Training riders can negotiate their ultimate test in a USEA recognized traditional long-format competition. This year, we added the brand new USEA Modified level horse trials and a Preliminary/Training level horse trials. For 2018 we are excited to add a Preliminary Horse Trials and Preliminary Three-Day, and we are working with the USEA Classics Committee to approve a Modified Three-Day.

We welcomed Chris Barnard as our new show jumping course designer, John Michael Durr as our new cross-country course designer, and Dylan Barry as our course builder. Megan Murfey also joined us as course decorator, and as a team they constructed stunning tracks for all levels.

Carol Kozlowski was once again our lead clinician and not only helped riders prepare for each phase of the long format, she helped out all day in the vet box, putting our riders at ease and helping tend to the horses.

Our technical delegate Sue Smithson and ground jury Janis Linnan and Lisa Anderson were also there to help riders every step of the way and make sure the competition ran smoothly. We pride ourselves in securing some of the best officials in the country every year!

Of course our volunteers are the ones who make it all happen. They are the backbone of the success of the competition. Many of our volunteers stay and help all week and we even have some sponsors dedicate their valuable time to jump judging, stewarding and scribing. We were also thrilled to have the All Veterans Group once again parachute in to volunteer on endurance day.

We are already looking ahead to next year and aim to continue providing the most fun and educational experience possible for all horses and riders. We hope you will join us at #HOTC2018!


Congratulations to our three-day winners and special award recipients!


USEA Classic Series Division Winners
Beginner Novice Three-Day: Holly Breaux, DVM and Wapz Hot Dan
Novice Three-Day:
Lawlor Brown and Ulysses
Training Three-Day: Huxley Greer and Marked Ruler

Best Conditioned
Wapz Hot Dan, owned and ridden by Holly Breaux, DVM
Low Score Adult Rider
Holly Breaux, DVM riding Wapz Hot Dan
Best Turned Out
Beginner Novice Three-Day: Francesca Toms with Top Secret
Novice Three-Day: Sarah Wildasin with Totally Awesome Bosco
Training Three-Day: Brooke Kahl with Pabst Blue Ribbon
Caroline Eventing Challenge Winners
Beginner Novice: Georgia Ranson and Brambleridge Capability Brown
Novice: Sarah Wildasin and Totally Awesome Bosco
Training: Brooke Kahl and Pabst Blue Ribbon
Preliminary: Lisa Borgia and Laurelin

Jim Baker Horsemanship Award – Cindy Phillips

Cindy Phillips withdrew Third Times the Charm from the Training Three-Day after dressage due to the horse having a sore foot. She could have packed up and gone home. Instead she decided to stay and cheer on her friends and help out where ever she could. She was an absolute hero in the vet box on endurance day. She also ran scores back to the barn when the score runner was held up. On Sunday, the organizers needed to be sure she would be at show show jumping to receive her award, so we told her we needed a volunteer to scribe in the judges box. She agreed, and then she helped us haul armfuls of prizes into the arena for the ceremony. Cindy went above and beyond not only for her horse but for her fellow competitors and as a volunteer for the event. It was our honor and pleasure to present her with the inaugural Jim Baker Horsemanship Award and we were thrilled to have Jim’s daughter Sarah at the event to present the award.

Thoroughbred Incentive Award
Prelim CT
TIP: Lisa Borgia and Laurelin
Training Three-Day
TIP: Huxley Greer and Marked Ruler
TIP Reserve: Mellissa Warden and Deadpool
Novice Three-Day
TIP: Lawlor Brown and Ulysses
TIP Reserve: Huxley Greer and Vesuvian
Novice Horse Trials
TIP: Lisa Borgia and Thorondor
TIP Reserve: Danielle Dinberg and Chubba
Beginner Novice Three-Day
TIP: Kathleen Neuhoff and Logan
Beginner Novice Horse Trials
TIP: Susan Thomas and Fleaux Easy
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