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St. Patrick's Day will be the opening day of the 1956 hunt racing and steeple chase season. The season will open in North Carolina with the Stoneybrook Hunt Race Meeting at Southern Pines, North Carolina. Sanctioned since 1953, the Stoneybrook race attracts well known horses, riders, owners and trainers from all over the United States.
Although initially the turnout was sparse, the annual Stoneybrook Steeplechase, held each spring in Southern Pines, now attracts upwards of 30,000 people. The day-long festivities are held for charity.
The Stoneybrook Steeplechase is a Sandhills tradition attracting thousands of spectators, the world’s best horses, jockeys and trainers. The cross-country steeplechasing race became popular in Stoneybrook when horseback rider Michael G. Walsh established the Carolina Horse Park currently used for equestrian events. The 53rd annual steeplechase is set for April 3, 2004.
The Stoneybrook Steeplechase will begin on April 14 in Southern Pines, North Carolina. Once an event mainly for interested equestrians, it has become a mania that draws thousands of people the area. Tradition manifests itself in various and sometimes bizarre ways, such as outrageous hats and outfits.