Pinehurst is surely known for its rich golfing culture – but there is also an abundant population of horse owners and equestrian events in the Pinehurst/Southern Pines Area.
Pinehurst has a harness track that is used for training harness race horses in the winter and is also used for a variety of equestrian events such as hunter-jumper shows and dressage shows. There are also a few horse farms in Pinehurst off of Linden Rd just a few minutes from the Village.
Around Pinehurst in other communities there are many horse farms. Southern Pines has a well known area called Horse Country and it is partly due to the Walthour Moss foundation which is a charitable trust that holds many acres of land to preserve the environment and provide a place for equestrian activities. It is currently over 4,000 acres with many trails and has the potential to grow in the future. Some of the equestrian activities in Southern Pines include trail riding on the foundation and fox hunts in the winter (to my knowledge no fox is usually caught!).
In other areas around Pinehurst there are some communities specifically developed for horse farms. These include the gated community of McLendon Hills, Grande Pines, Reynwood and Morganwood. These communities have available horse farms and lots that are available to build your own custom farm. Click here to see some of the available equestrian properties in Pinehurst/Southern Pines and the surrounding area.
I decided to write this blog after a colleague of mine asked me why I mention horses in some of my blogs and tweets. I didn’t get a chance to explain to him that Pinehurst isn’t just for golfers and that we have a rich equestrian community in the area.