The Walthour-Moss Foundation – Imagine a woodland where time has stood still and where nature is protected and will never fall victim to bulldozers and concrete. Imagine a place where the environment is preserved and exists as a sanctuary for wildlife and enjoyment for mankind. Such a paradise exists today.
The Walthour-Moss Foundation was established upon the death of William O. “Pappy” Moss to ensure the preservation of the open land that he and Virginia Walthour Moss so treasured. The Foundation is located in the Sandhills of North Carolina, one mile from the town of Southern Pines. It occupies over 4000 acres, virtually unspoiled by progress and development.
The Foundation was originally known for its equestrian use, which continues to attract world-class riders and drivers to its sandy lanes and trails. However, the implementation of proper silva culture and ecological practices have made the Walthour-Moss Foundation a true environmental preserve. The almost extinct red-cockaded woodpecker is making a strong comeback on these protected lands. Their habitats are tagged for study and monitoring by naturalists. The land is also home to many other varieties of birds, deer, raccoons, opossums, red and grey foxes, and rare fox squirrels.
The importance of The Walthour-Moss Foundation cannot be overstated and every year its existence becomes more critical. As acre after acre of unspoiled land becomes covered with homes, shopping centers, factories, and roads, there is less and less land which is so desperately needed for natural purposes. As an example, in the spring of 2005, the North Carolina Department of Transportation transferred 180 acres of environmentally-sensitive land north of Aiken Road to the care of The Walthour-Moss Foundation. In transferring this land to the Foundation’s care, the NC DOT found the Foundation to be “good stewards of the environment and the appropriate entity to care for this special piece of property.”
The 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.
- 111 acre training facility with a 1 mile clay track
- 1/2 mile sand/clay training track
- 5/8 mile sand jog track
- 300 stalls
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Carolina Horse Park, a permanent site for national and international equestrian competitions, with Steeplechase, Eventing, and Dressage, is the only one of its kind in North Carolina. It is located on what was 250 acres of beautiful farm land, approximately 12 miles south of Southern Pines, North Carolina.
Carolina Horse Park features 192 permanent stalls, 3 show jumping rings, a dressage area with space for up to seven rings, six championship level cross country courses, driving obstacles and a 7/8 mile steeplechase track, all with ideal footing. There is ample space for lunging, hacking and warm-up. There is also some “wide open” space for school and youth activities.
2022 NCHJA Annual Horse Show
Celebrating its 40th anniversary, the Annual Horse Show will run June 29th-July 3rd at the Carolina Horse Park. Join us as the NCHJA makes its debut at the CHP. Events include the USHJA World Championship Hunter Rider Member Event and the Platinum Performance/USHJA Green Incentive South Regional Championships, among others.
Learn more about the event!
Explore the quaint Village of Pinehurst via horse-drawn carriage while learning the history of days gone by. Tours depart from the Carolina Hotel. Tuesday-Sunday, day and evening tours, all approximately 30 minutes. $35/person up to 4 people. Minimum of $100.