Join Us the 1st Weekend of May!

The Heart of the Carolinas keeps getting better! In 2016 we added a derby-style Preliminary Combined Test and the newly developed Beginner Novice-Coaching Allowed Test (CAT) for those riders new to eventing. We also partnered with the Carolina Horse Park to offer a unique series called the Carolina Eventing Challenge. For 2017 we will also host the new USEA recognized Modified level horse trials as well as the Preliminary/Training level horse trials.

Join us on the first weekend of May and test you and your horse on a championship level course centrally located in the heart of Area II and III. The 2017 3-Day begins Thursday, May 4th and ends Sunday, May 7th. The Horse Trials runs Saturday, May 6th and Sunday May 7th, 2017.

Thanks to All for Our 2016 Event

A special thanks to all the Riders & their Teams, Professionals, Volunteers, Officials and the Organizing Committee for making the 2016 Heart of the Carolina 3-Day Event a big success. The horses and riders performed brilliantly, and we were pleased to welcome many special guest clinicians to make the experience as fun and educational as possible. Southern 8ths is committed to the long format and appreciates all those who helped keep the sport alive at the 2016 HOTC 3-Day.

The Spirit of the Classic Three-Day Event

Southern 8ths was honored to once again welcome the All Veteran Parachute Team at the 2016 Heart of the Carolinas Three-Day. They jumped out of an airplane and onto our practice steeplechase field on the morning of endurance day and kindly volunteered their time fence judging, timing, traffic control and other important volunteer duties. The group’s videographer Timothy Wood captured many wonderful images that reflect the spirit of the sport and the bond between horse and rider and collected them in the below video.

The Paratrooper Jump onto XC field May 2, 2015!

Several members of the All Veterans Group “dropped in” to volunteer on endurance day at the 2015 event, and this is the video of the team parachuting onto the steeplechase practice field. The All Veterans Group is a group of active and retired military and patriotic Americans who honor and pay tribute to veterans through community outreach and demonstrations and we are honored to have them join us at Heart of the Carolinas.

Event Testimonials

Listen to what riders and trainers say about Southern 8ths Farm and the 2014 Heart of the Carolinas Three-Day Event.

Eventing Videos

Here at Southern 8ths we are dedicated to helping the amateur equestrian bring their skills up to new levels. See the highlights of what to expect at a T3D event.

If you’re a volunteer, please click here to watch volunteer training videos.

 Education, Entertainment and Exhilaration

 Long Format: What’s It All About?

Helmet Cams


Riding The Ride On Endurance Day (Training Level – Long Format)

Riding The Ride On Endurance Day (Novice Level – Long Format)

Riding The Ride On Endurance Day (Beginer Novice Level – Long Format)