Horse & Rider News April 2014

above picture (L-R)Sarah Ekola, Shaw Castleman, Kelsey Troutman, Carson Odle, Avery Morgan, and Audrey Kate Smith and Coach Chelsea Dressler

April 2014

Carolina Country Acres’ IEA @ Waxhaw middle school is headed to Nationals

shaw_individual_championCongratulations to our Middle School IEA Team for qualifying for Nationals! They were Champion the weekend of April 12th at at Zone Finals in Garrison Forest in Baltimore,  Maryland. Shaw Castleman also qualified individually for Future Novice Flat for Nationals. Our high school team narrowly missed qualifying for Nationals  finishing 4th.  All they needed was one more point to qualify.  Carolina Country Acres would like to say a  big thank you to our Coach Chelsea Dressler for her leadership and talent and to all the parents who have supported your children this year. We are so proud to have all of you on our team.

Nationals will be May 15-18, 2014 in Springfield, Massachusetts.  We are so excited and look forward to going.

IEA was formed and organized to promote and improve the quality of equestrian competition and instruction available to middle and secondary school students.

SCEC South Charlotte Equine Circuit Horseshow held at CCA May 10th

SCEC_logoWe will be hosting the SCEC horseshow at CCA on May 10th. SCEC is a circuit geared towards the introduction of showing to local equestrians in a fun and safe manner.  Judging is equitation based with simple changes accepted in all divisions.  All classes are open and formal attire is not required (polo shirts and half-chaps accepted).  There are twelve shows per year hosted by three farms.  Members accumulate points towards yearend prizes and awards.  Whether your focus is hunters, jumpers, or equitation the South Charlotte Equine Circuit will provide an environment where you can test and improve your equestrian skills!!

Divisions offered: walk/tot, walk/trot poles, walk/trot/canter, trot-in x-rails, canter in x-rails, 2′, 2’3, 2’6, and low level jumper classes.

See  the prizelist here.

Summer Horse Camps

25% off your first month of lessons when you sign up for Summer Horse Camp! We accept ages 5 & up, and have levels for beginners to advanced.  Have fun riding with friends and learning new skills.  Safety is our number one priority at CCA.  Spots going fast, sign up here.

June 16-20
June 23-27
July 7-11
July 14-18
July 21-25
July 28-Aug 1
Aug 4-8
Aug 11-15

Memorial Day Camping Trip


We are going to Cane Creek Park for Memorial Day Weekend.  This event is open to all our riders.  They need to be comfortable riding for about 6 hours a day and sleeping in a tent alone.  You can sign up in the barn or contact us here. 


  new!Pony Pals 

Pony Pals is for CCA students from Kindergarten to 5th grade. This group meet one Sunday a month for 1.5-2 hours as a way to give our young riders more time around horses, but also give them an opportunity to build great barn buddy friendships, which goes ‘hoof and hoof’ with riding horses!

Pony Pals does not include horse back riding, but some activities include lungeing demos, learning how to braid horses for shows, relay races, riding demos, grooming time, treasure hunts around the barn, and more. As the group continues to grow and bond, there are lots of exciting things ahead. There is no monthly fee to attend, though sometimes $2 may be required for snack. Riders are asked to wear boots and come prepared to have a fun time! There are two adult Pony Pal coordinators at every event – Shannon Habenicht (her daughter, Finley, rides at CCA) and Kelli Lyons (her daughter, Grace, also rides at CCA).

For more information, please contact Shannon Habenicht at [email protected].

Sales/ Leases

We are currently working on a few horses for sale and lease.  If you are interested in something that fits you perfectly, contact us.   And visit our Sale and Lease page.


Congrats to our friend Shannon Habenicht for naming our filly! Her name is Stella! Thanks Shannon and enjoy your free lesson on us. 

Thank you everyone who submitted your entries for our contest!