Pinehurst Harness TrackThe Pinehurst Harness Track is a 111-acre equestrian facility that has been a winter training center for standardbred horses since 1915. The grounds consist of three training tracks and several center aisle barns with approximately 300 stalls, as well as several paddocks.

Champion trotters and pacers train on either the 1/2 mile sand/clay track, the 5/8 mile sand/jog track, or the 1 mile clay track, all of which serve as an ideal winter training facility. If you are interested in leasing stalls or grooms quarters, please fill out the Lease Agreement Application.

The tracks are also available for rent when training is not taking place. Typical events include horse shows, car shows, dog shows, and rugby matches.

Responsibilities include:

•  Maintaining three sand-clay training tracks totaling 2.25 miles of track and 111 acres to host 25 special events annually

•  Maintaining 17 barns with 260 rentable stalls

•  Maintaining a Track Restaurant and Tack Shop

•  Maximizing the use of the facility by the equine industry, residents, and visitors

The Harness Track is located at 200 Beulah Hill Road South and can be reached at (910) 295-4446 or 1-800-644-TROT.

Carolina Polocrosse

PoloCross_w300Two Day event at the Harness Track on Hwy 5/Beulah Hill Road.

Although polocrosse resembles the American Indian game of lacrosse, its origins date back hundreds of years to Persia and its sister sport of polo. In England, polocrosse was an indoor exercise to teach people how to ride a horse. The modern game took shape in Australia in the 1930’s. Today, there are over 6,000 players in the world. After participating in the 2003 Polocrosse World Cup tournament, the United States has developed “exchange programs” with several other countries.

The polocrosse field can be grass or dirt and is 160 yards long and 60 yards wide. Teams score points by throwing the ball through their opponents goal posts. At the same time, they protect their goal from the other team. All players can catch, carry and throw the ball with their racquets. However, only the player at the number 1 position is allowed to score. The rules are designed with one primary concern, safety — for player and horse. Anything creating a dangerous situation is ruled illegal and is penalized.

See website for more information or call Deb Zito (352) 266-9326..

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