Another super weekend in Grande Pines, another enjoyable event in the Pinehurst area. The Stoneybrook Steeplechase races have been an annual tradition in the area since 1949. Originally run at the Stoneybrook facility owned by the late Mr. and Mrs. Mickey Walsh, they now take place at the Carolina Horse Park -- just a short drive from Grand Pines.
This was our first time at the Stoneybrook races. The event showcases the versatility of the 25 acre Carolina Horse Park. Stoneybrook turns the park into a giant party! Tailgating at its very best. A large, festive, friendly crowd -- exactly what we expected.
For those wanting to go a little upscale, the Turf Club offered a prime spot at the finish line, good food and liquid refreshments. A beer garden and entertainment in the center of the track added to the fun.
The racing was serious and entertaining. Five races, four over jumps, were on the program. Organized by the National Steeplechase Association, all of the color and beauty of horse racing at its best was on offer. Beautiful thoroughbreds, with jockeys in colorful racing silks, putting their skills on show. The organization was superb and the friendliness of the people ensured a pleasurable day at the races. We'll definitely be back next year.
All round, a great day -- feeling good about living in Grande Pines!