Over the weekend of March 30-31 Shining Hope Farms hosted the first ever Equine Trail Sports event in North Carolina at the Conover farm. The event went off without a hitch and we are incredibly grateful for such an amazing event where we had the opportunity to meet some incredible individuals, beautiful and talented horses, and top notch volunteers.

Saturday morning started off with an In-Hand course that proved to be both challenging and fun for everyone who participated. Our judges, all new to the task, were phenomenal in judging fairly and praising all participants for their ground work skills. Saturday afternoon the participants covered 3 miles of trails in our trail system. Everyone was complementary of the beauty of the trails and the creeks and lake that run through and around them.

Sunday morning brought with it, quite a number of walk-in participants whom we were thrilled to have as a part of our 2-mile Obstacle Trail event.

We had beautiful weather for the weekend and by the end of it, everyone felt a sense of camaraderie and friendship that no doubt, all Equine Trail Sports events must bring.

We cannot wait for our next event weekend which will take place June 29-30. We hope to see many familiar faces of those who participated in this first event and can’t wait to welcome new faces as well. We want to give a big thank you to Beth Moran of Equine Trail Sports for coming out and helping us every step of the way. We also would like to thank every volunteer and judge who made this weekend possible. Last but not least, we want to thank all of the individuals who participated in our event! We truly enjoyed meeting all of you. You all did an incredible job and we could not ask for better people to have on our team. Thank you so much. Shining Hope Farms is looking forward to many more events like these in the years to come.