On May 2-5, 2013, Southern 8ths Farm will host the third annual So8ths/Nikon Three-Day Event in the “Heart of the Carolinas,” Chesterfield, SC. This Long Format three-day event is where Beginner Novice, Novice and Training level riders can negotiate their ultimate Long Format test in a USEA recognized T3D, N3D and BN3D event.
It was only in February 2012 that BN and N became recognized three-day events by the U.S. Eventing Association. This historic ruling now allows those riders that represent the majority of the sport’s participants to earn USEA National Year-end Points and Eventing Championship Qualifications.
It was at the 1912 Stockholm Olympic Games that the Long Format was first introduced. The “Short Format” was introduced at the 2004 Olympic Games (eliminating the longer Roads & Tracks and the Steeplechase) thereby reducing the amount of area required to host the sport.
Amateur Eventer Brad Turley, fulfilled a dream when he built his Southern 8ths Farm. That dream was to create a premier horse park for Amateur Eventers. Southern 8ths Farm offers hands-on practice facilities that help to produce confident, safe and educated competitors who are better prepared to compete. While Amateur riders are the nucleus, Professionals have also discovered this as the perfect place to train their up-and-coming horses at a facility that matches those they compete in at the upper levels. And Young Riders, as the future of the sport, are always welcome.
What makes So8ths so special is that this 300-acre paradise is like a mini-Rolex in that it has some of the best facilities in the nation, which are often only reserved for the upper lever riders. Here you have regulation size arenas, a Steeplechase track, over three miles of manicured Roads & Tracks, Dressage rings, Cross-Country courses, Derby field and large airy covered arena, 38-stall guest barn, RV hookups and has made special arrangements with the local community for those needing accommodations and other necessities.
Volunteers are a huge part of any event and Southern 8ths welcomes anyone willing to contribute their time, talent and energy to help build and support this event and all it will bring to the local community. In order to entice more people to volunteer, for the 2013 So8ths/Nikon Three-Day Event a “Volunteer to Win” program will be implemented for groups. In addition, all volunteers have the opportunity to vie for prizes and awards. Anyone can volunteer. No horse experience needed. Simply go to www.So8ths.com and fill out the volunteer form. Volunteers also receive something to keep the memory alive such as a hat, t-shirt, coupons, free schooling, and facility use for clubs and associations (for volunteer groups).
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
About Southern 8ths Farm and its activities, email diana@So8ths.com
For information about the So8ths/Nikon Three-Day Event check out the following links.
Web Site: www.so8ths.com
YouTube Videos: http://www.youtube.com/user/So8ths
Photos 2012: http://tinyurl.com/presslink-so8ths-2012
Press Kit 2012: http://issuu.com/APerfectPressKit/docs/press_kit-so8ths/1
Clips Book 2012: http://issuu.com/APerfectPressKit/docs/all_clips/1