Frequently Asked Questions
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- Who owns and operates the South Carolina Equine Park?
- What is the South Carolina Equine Promotion Foundation?
- Why do we need a facility like the South Carolina Equine Park?
- What are some of the features of the facility?
- How were the purchase and improvements funded?
- How do I get information about the SC Equine Park and upcoming events?
- What is the long range potential for economic impact and success?
- What do you see for the future of the South Carolina Equine Park?
Who owns and operates the South Carolina Equine Park?
The park was purchased by Kershaw County through grants and leased for operation to The SC Equine Promotion Foundation (SCEPF) which is a 501 C-3 organization.
What is the South Carolina Equine Promotion Foundation?
The SCEPF was formed in late 2007 to promote equine related sports and education and to provide sustainable economic growth in the State of SC through the rich heritage and tradition of our equine industry.
Why do we need a facility like the South Carolina Equine Park?
The 2004 SC equine census valued the equine industry at $3 billion dollars. A first class facility will service and bolster this industry and attract non-resident competitors who create economic impact through spending.
What are some of the features of the facility?
Three fenced show rings with new, state-of-the-art footing, covered ring with all purpose footing, newly completed second covered arena, cattle areas, warm-up areas, 288 refurbished and matted stalls, vendor area, covered picnic/seating area, restaurant/courtyard and RV sites.
How were the purchase and improvements funded?
Significant support of $250,000 for improvements has come from state residents and local businesses. Planning and land purchased were funded by grants and financial support from Camden City Council, Kershaw County Council, SC Department of Parks Recreation and Tourism and SC Electrical Cooperatives.
How do I get information about the SC Equine Park and upcoming events?
Most of the information about our Park can be found on our website (scequinepark.com.) The Park updates the site regularly and keeps the event calendar current. You can also visit us on Facebook.
What is the long range potential for economic impact and success?
The 2008 Economic Impact Study indicates that the SC Equine Park can generate $22 million annually in direct and indirect spending while acting as a catalyst for economic development. It is patterned after successful parks in other states including Florida, Virginia, Kentucky, and Oklahoma. When fully built out, there will be amenities to attract year round multiple events.
What do you see for the future of the South Carolina Equine Park?
As funding permits, there are plans to expand this first phase by acquiring additional land, expanding the stabling and building an enclosed, all weather show pavilion. The pavilion could host world class equine events as well as a variety of non-equine events.