In 1993, only 13 local programs had Equestrian. Today that number is 58, with over 500 athletes across the state. In 1990 the SONC Equestrian Development Team was established, the first in the state and one of the first in the country, serving as a model for all other SONC sports.
SONC offers 12 different events in performance and gymkhana. Performance classes showcase the ability of the athlete to control the horse and follow verbal instructions as well as learned patterns. Gymhkana, also called games events, are timed events in which an athlete or team must complete certain tasks while racing the clock! SONC also offers Unified Sports relays in two and four-person teams.
- Equitation (English & Western)
- Equitation with Pattern (English & Western)
- Western Riding
- Working Trails (English & Western)
- Showmanship at Halter/Bridle Classes (non-mounted performance class)
- Pole Bending
- Barrel Racing
- Figure 8 Stake Race
- Team Relay (2 & 4-person)
- Unified Sports Team Relay (2 & 4-person)
SONC Mecklenburg County Horse Show – July 8, 2017
Special Olympics NC – Mecklenburg County will host their annual horse show at Shining Hope Farms, at 3701 Kidd Lane in Charlotte. Registration fees vary by needs of each program; please see the event information and county registration form below. Registration is due to Sarah Allen by May 15, 2017.
- Contact: Sarah Allen email@example.com or Greg Morrill (Mecklenburg Local Coordinator) firstname.lastname@example.org
- Event information and county registration form
- Participant registration form
Special Olympics North Carolina Equestrian Tournament
The annual SONC Equestrian Tournament will be held in Raleigh on Sept. 29 – Oct. 1, 2017 at the James B. Hunt Horse Complex.
Sport Development Team
These volunteers advise SONC staff regarding sport rule modifications, competition and also train coaches in their sport! For more information on the athletics sport development team, contact one of the members below or Andrea Stamm, SONC staff liaison.
Perry Flynn, SDT Director Greensboro, NC
Hellen Bee Lexington, NC
Denise Bricker Clayton, NC
Brad Glazer Rougemont, NC
Laura Luster Spring Lake, NC
Liz Dulski Laurinburg, NC