Painted Pony in downtown Southern Pines NC

Event to Benefit Programs Associated with the Carolina Horse Park Foundation

PINEHURST, NC (October 27, 2020) – The Carolina Horse Park’s Painted Ponies Art Walk returns to Southern Pines in 2021 and will run from January 27 through March 30. In its second year as a fundraising event for the park, the Painted Ponies Art Walk has grown for next year to feature 12 sculptures (10 ponies and 2 smaller foals) painted by local artists. The sculptures will again line Broad Street in downtown Southern Pines for visitors and residents to enjoy. Designed to captivate locals and visitors as they shop, dine and stroll, the Painted Ponies Art Walk is anticipated to increase foot traffic in the downtown area throughout the event.

There are 18 local businesses sponsoring the Painted Ponies, including the Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB). Other sponsors for the 2021 Art Walk and Auction include Artistic Kitchen & Baths, Audrey Wiggins Real Estate, BB&T now Truist, Better Homes and Gardens Lifestyle Property Partners, Cabin Branch Tack Shop, Chef Warren’s Market and Bistro, English Riding Supply, Everything Pines Real Estate, Opulence of Southern Pines, Mabus Farm and General Contracting, River Jack Outdoor Trading Co., Southern Pines Equine Associates, Spay Neuter Veterinary Clinic of the Sandhills, Southern Whey, The Pilot, Twin Gates Farm and WhitLauter by Leann Parker Estate Jewelry.

“We are thrilled to bring the ponies back to Southern Pines,” said Bryan Rosenberg, Carolina Horse Park board member. “Our sponsors were a huge part of that success. We are excited by the sponsors that will join us for the 2021 event. Their enthusiasm will help ensure another positive event for the community.”

“Our Painted Pony will embody our vision of what the ‘Home of American Golf’ means to us as an organization,” said Phil Werz, president and CEO of the Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen Area CVB. “We really enjoyed promoting the inaugural event and auction last year and pleased we could expand our involvement this year with our own Destination Storyteller, Dan Dreyer, painting our pony.”

Sponsors, artists, equestrians and visitors to the Painted Ponies Art Walk are all invited to use the hashtag #PaintedPoniesCHP when posting to social media. The event culminates in an auction of the ponies on April 3, with all proceeds benefiting the Carolina Horse Park Foundation.

The Carolina Horse Park (CHP) Foundation is a 315-acre, nationally recognized premier equine competition venue and preserve located in Hoke County, NC. Founded in 1998 as a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization by equestrian enthusiasts, CHP is dedicated to the preservation of open space for equestrian events, as well as educational and recreational purposes.

For more information about the Painted Ponies Art Walk and Auction, visit www.CarolinaHorsePark.com.

The Pinehurst Southern Pines Aberdeen Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is the economic development agency responsible for travel and tourism promotion, product development, and visitor services for Moore County, NC. The CVB devises strategies to enhance the County’s tourism brand value and product to accommodate the next generation of visitors, thereby stimulating the local economy and enhancing the quality of life for residents and visitors alike. In 2019, Moore County ranked as the eleventh largest tourism economy in North Carolina, generating $563 million annually in visitor spending, which supports the second largest employment sector in the county.

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