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    For those of you who know Sedgefield, you'll be interested in this. Apparently, from a very reliable source, the property has been, for the first time, listed with a realtor http://chronicleforums.com/images/cu...milies/cry.gif http://chronicleforums.com/images/cu...milies/cry.gif http://chronicleforums.com/images/cu...milies/cry.gif http://chronicleforums.com/images/cu...milies/cry.gif The asking price is $1.8mil. Apparently there is a Christian group (as in some fundamentalist Christian Church in the area) who is willing to pay the price (and of course would like a $300k "donation" back from the Hunt http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...n_rolleyes.gif) and want to put up a church, playground, library, and something else. I don't know if the Hunt will go for that or not. This all makes my quite ill to think of that happening to the grand old place! I have been there, taking lessons, showing, boarding, for almost 28 years. Some of you who know the place have been going to shows there even longer. I had hear rumours last summer that Martin and Johnny were trying to get the $$ together to buy the place and turn it into a full time show facility (for h/j and more), but haven't heard anything else about that. Doesn't SOMEONE out there want to donate $1.8mil? http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...icon_smile.gif

    [This message was edited by JB on Apr. 01, 2003 at 02:06 PM.]

    [This message was edited by JB on May. 03, 2003 at 08:07 PM.]
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    For those of you who know Sedgefield, you'll be interested in this. Apparently, from a very reliable source, the property has been, for the first time, listed with a realtor http://chronicleforums.com/images/cu...milies/cry.gif http://chronicleforums.com/images/cu...milies/cry.gif http://chronicleforums.com/images/cu...milies/cry.gif http://chronicleforums.com/images/cu...milies/cry.gif The asking price is $1.8mil. Apparently there is a Christian group (as in some fundamentalist Christian Church in the area) who is willing to pay the price (and of course would like a $300k "donation" back from the Hunt http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...n_rolleyes.gif) and want to put up a church, playground, library, and something else. I don't know if the Hunt will go for that or not. This all makes my quite ill to think of that happening to the grand old place! I have been there, taking lessons, showing, boarding, for almost 28 years. Some of you who know the place have been going to shows there even longer. I had hear rumours last summer that Martin and Johnny were trying to get the $$ together to buy the place and turn it into a full time show facility (for h/j and more), but haven't heard anything else about that. Doesn't SOMEONE out there want to donate $1.8mil? http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...icon_smile.gif

    [This message was edited by JB on Apr. 01, 2003 at 02:06 PM.]

    [This message was edited by JB on May. 03, 2003 at 08:07 PM.]
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    I guess it's better that having it go to a developer . . . but, it's always sad to see a farm be dismantled.



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    Very sad. Sedgefield was always one of my favorite places to show.

    I haven't been out that way for some time despite many trips to Greensboro for other reasons. But surely that area has been developed to the point of being non-horse friendly. I wanted to cry when my old barn where I boarded for 20 years was put on the block. But it is in an area that makes it dangerous and difficult to get a car in and out of, much less a truck and trailer. Sometimes, you just have to let go, no matter how much you don't want to.

    Should I come up for one of the spring shows or would it be better to remember the way it was 20 years ago. I did pay a last visit to White Oak and it would have been better to have stayed away.

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    For those of us who do not know Sedgefield, please describe the property. $1.8M would be pretty CHEAP for any kind of farm property hereabouts.

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    I loved showing at Sedgefield and would be sorry to see it go. I remember watching the Kentucky Derby at the exhibitor party they used to have....

    I guess a lot of us have had similar experiences. Where Nelson and I learned how to ride is now the Blue Route! (A highway from the burbs to Philadelphia) Very sad...
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    Sedgefield Stables, in the 1970s, was in what I'd consider a suburban part of Greensboro, NC. It's roughly 10-15 acres, 1 large, old fashioned barn with an enormous hayloft, and several rings. I was never sure how they organized turnout because the whole place was enclosed by a perimeter fence, that is, no paddocks nor separate pastures. At one time, the property had an outdoor course that included a long rock wall which, to this day, is still my most fondly remembered jump.

    JB, we must have met at some point since I took lessons with various members of the Thurston/Thomas family from 1972-1979.

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    For some odd reason--I've always ridden the best at sedgefield. I LOVE THE ATMOSPHERE there. While the footing isn't perfect all the time, the barns could use improvement...those things can be over looked with all of the service and hospitality they give when you show there.

    The ring the ponies go in is kinda spooky, but, its perfect to just get a strong canter and be bold to the jumps--use any spookiness to the advantage!! I really ***hope*** that it doesn't sell. I've only shown there the past few years (I went once about 10 yrs ago)...but, I'll be heart broken to see it go!!
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    ::sniff::
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    Lots of memories at Sedgefield... http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...icon_frown.gif

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    I heard the A (May) show would be C, if it existed at all anymore http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...icon_frown.gif




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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by M. O'Connor:
    For those of us who do not know Sedgefield, please describe the property.
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    Big open lot about 2 miles from an interstate. The temp-stall barns all need a bulldozer (well, you could push some of them over yourself). The main barn is is sad shape. It's at an intersection of 2 two-lane roads, both very busy commuter paths. I'd guess it's 15 acres.
    A perfect location for a couple of fast food joints or a restaurant or a mini mall. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...icon_frown.gif



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    About 100 years ago when I was a little girl Sedgefield was out in the country. There was also Little Bit Pony Farm (Claire Boyce's) near by. I don't know of the original acreage, but over the years it has gone through a major shrink - there used to be 2 big barns that I can remember, and sufficient turnout. Now....it's a postage stamp size place (maybe 6-8 acres), run down, in need of some major revamping. And urban sprawl has indeed created a non-horsey atmosphere. This was the case with a farm we used to lease on the opposite side of town. It sold for $60K an acre back in the late 80's. Sedgefield has such a history...I'm sad to see it finally go but it's just not the same since it hasn't been kept up over the years. I'd rather remember it the way it was long ago.

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    finzean, now you've pushed me into the Way Back Machine and set the timer for 1975. Lawd, lawd, do I remember Little Bit Pony Farm and its colorful owner. Or how about the ever genial Cam Bell who could stretch any one syllable word into at least 3. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...icon_smile.gif

    If indeed Sedgefield is sold, the Hunt should organize an enormous wake so those of us who rode there can pay our last respects.

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    How sad...I too seemed to ride my best there. Plus I got to see all my old barn buds that had moved onto other facilities because everyone went to thos shows.

    Wonder if they will still hold this year's shows there? My barn was planning on going to several of their shows.



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    Another one of us with fond memories...both of the show grounds and the hunt its self. It's been about 17 years since i've been there (oh my god, i'm old!), but i remember it like it was yesterday.
    i went off course in my very first medal class there (on my large pony, nonetheless!). Something about i was supposed to go over the brick wall, but we didn't realized that on the other side of the brick was a stone patten, so i had to circle the ring a few times before i finally found it, jumped it, and trotted out in shame. (walking the course back then wasn't done... clearly, it should have been!)
    http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c.../icon_razz.gifi'm glad it lasted as long as it did. i hope it stays even longer..



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    What a shame. Like many others I spent lots of hours learning to ride there. I hope that it can be somehow saved!


    I got my prize list today for the C shows in March, April, May and June. I'm quite positive that those shows are still on. I'll keep you posted as I have pretty good sources on this topic.
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    Sedgefield is still about 15 acres. There is a dirt road that runs around the inner perimeter that used to be quite nice to ride on, but not isn't http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...icon_frown.gif Captain Jackson (yes, really!) used to train his pacers and trotters around that road for many years. His horses lived on the barn that isn't there any more http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...icon_frown.gif The main barn is close to 100 years old. There are 2 all-weather show rings and one smaller schooling ring. Permanent show stalls line the back 2 sides. The rest of the place is pasture - yep, 1 pasture. Turnout groups take turns. They used to turn out a group at night, but stopped that after most of one group was struck and killed by lightning http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...icon_frown.gif

    As far as I know, the May A show is still just that - it's listed on the NCHJA site as being such. It is always fun to watch the Derby under the tent with the food http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...icon_smile.gif

    I think it's a fabulous low key place to show. Some of the original outside jumps are still there, but all grown over. I've never gotten to jump the stone wall, and keep saying I'm going to clear it out of all the grown up trees and do that before it's too late, but who knows...

    For those of you who are around, I would love for you all to come to some of the shows this year. I don't have the shock of seeing it suddenly like it is, as I've been there so long, but it's still got such character. It's hard to believe after all these years of rumours that it's being sold might actually be coming to fruition http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...icon_frown.gif

    joliemom - maybe we did! Mrs. Thurston was so awesome! I just loved her. She died looking exactly like I'd always known her, which I thought was pretty cool. Mrs. Thomas isn't in the best of health now, but she's still a strong-willed woman!

    rodeogirl - would you mind getting in touch with me? I'd love to know who your source is. I didn't list my source here for obvious reasons.
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    This is so sad...yet another farm in Greensboro gone. (Or soon to be.)
    My sister and I learned to ride at Henson's and that land is now a subdivision. Not to mention all the other farms in that area that have been sold & developed.



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    JB, Check your email.
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    Yes Ash! Very true - our first barn is now the Blue Route! I remember being very distressed when it was torn down! Boy, was that a long time ago! I feel old . . .



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