Major new festival kicks off as official infield event

The inaugural Frontstretch Fest will debut as the official infield affair of the 64th Annual Stoneybrook Steeplechase at Carolina Horse Park in Raeford, N.C. on Saturday, April 4, 2015 from 9 a.m. – 4p.m.

Since its first running in 1949, the Stoneybrook Steeplechase has continued to be a time honored tradition at the 250 acre Carolina Horse Park. As the infield’s brand new festival, Frontstretch Fest will be a Southern celebration of horse racing, quality bourbon and craft beer and will feature artisanal food, handrolled cigars, live music, interactive entertainment and art and much more. “Bourbon Bend” and “Craft Beer Boulevard” will offer tastings and classes from local and national distilleries and breweries alongside “Cuisine Corner,” which will feature the best of local chefs and food trucks.

“We are very excited about the 2015 Stoneybrook Steeplechase – with Frontstretch Fest, it is going to be bigger and better than any year before,” said Maureen Grippa, Executive Director at Carolina Horse Park.

“We see an opportunity to create something truly unique,” said Brian Bauer, Agency Director at Rockhouse Partners, the company that founded Frontstretch Fest. “Horse racing, quality bourbon, craft beer and artisanal food all have a natural home in our region, and we’re thrilled to present an exceptional combination of these experiences for fans.”

Ticket Information

Tickets will go on sale Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 10 a.m. E.T. and will be available at / 1-800-514-3849. A limited presale will begin on Saturday, January 10. Presale registration is available now at General admission tickets are $39 in advance or $49 at the door. VIP tickets, which grant access to exclusive tastings, catering, private brewing and distillery classes, private restrooms and more, are available for $89 in advance or $99 at the door. Designated Driver tickets are available for $20.

General admission packages, including admission to both Frontstretch Fest and Stoneybrook Steeplechase, are available for $49 until February 1 or $59 after February 1. VIP packages for admission to both events are $99 until February 1 or $109 after February 1.

Patrons must present a ticket for both Frontstretch Fest and Stoneybrook Steeplechase for festival admission. All prices subject to taxes and fees. Shuttle bus packages between downtown Raleigh and Carolina Horse Park will also be available. For more information, visit

Tailgate spots for Stoneybrook Steeplechase are on sale now, while general admission tickets are $25 and will be available starting January 1, 2015 at 10 a.m. E.T. For more information, visit

Key Partners

Rockhouse Partners is a technologybased marketing agency that will spearhead the way Frontstretch Fest engages and activates fans. Rockhouse is proud to have worked with a select group of worldclass entertainment properties, such as NASCAR and Formula 1 tracks, Churchill Downs, X Games, Minnesota State Fair, Ryman Auditorium, Summer Camp Music Festival, Nashville Predators, Jam Productions and Music City Bowl. For more information, visit

Etix is the world’s leading independent ticketing provider. Based in Raleigh, N.C., the company sells 50 million tickets annually for more than 4,100 clients in 40 countries. Etix will be leveraging its ticketing expertise and services for Frontstretch Fest. For more information, visit

Rhizome Productions is a beer and bourbon festival producer based in Nashville, Tenn., experienced in dozens of events including East Nashville Beer Festival, as well as the Tupelo and Greenville Craft Beer Festivals. Rhizome Productions will manage production for Frontstretch Fest. For more information, visit