Caroline MacNair Carl Recognized with 2017 Equine Land Conservation Achievement Award
Lexington, KY (November 15,
2017) - The United States Dressage Federation (USDF), along with the Equine
Land Conservation Resource (ELCR), is pleased to announce that Caroline MacNair
Carl will be posthumously presented with the 2017 Equine Land Conservation
Achievement Award. This award recognizes leaders and advocates who actively
engage in land conservation, stewardship, and access to land, for equine
activities; those who work to raise awareness of equine land loss issues; and
those who can provide successful, model solutions to their equine land related
issues. This year's award presentation, by the Equine Land Conservation
Resource, will be held at the conclusion of the USDF Board of Governors General
Assembly, held during the Adequan®/USDF Annual Convention, in Lexington, KY.
Caroline (Nov. 21, 1953 - July
24, 2012) was a Raleigh, NC, native, horse enthusiast, and owner of MacNair's
Country Acres, a horseback riding stable that has served the Raleigh community
and beyond for almost 50 years. In 2007, the Triangle
Business Journal honored Caroline for her equestrian school and
farm accomplishments, citing MacNair's Country Acres as one of the very few
agricultural businesses to receive a Women in Business Award. Additionally, in
2008, the City of Raleigh awarder her its Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Tree and
Landscape Preservation and, in 2012, the Environmental Preservation Award, in
recognition of her manifold accomplishments in open space and watershed
Established as a riding camp
and public stable by Caroline's mother in 1965, MacNair's Country Acres
currently offers a full range of riding instruction, as well as access to show
competition, nationally acclaimed clinics, and one of the largest equestrian 4H
Club chapters in the state. MacNair's is now located about a mile south of its
original site, on some 200 acres, located on the western flank of North
Carolina State University's 1,100-acre experimental farm. This land is vital to
the agricultural education mission of the land-grant university, and its
mission is greatly enhanced by a partnership with the non-profit Yates Mill
Associates, who have restored the 250-year-old Yates Mill on Steep Hill Creek,
at the southeastern point of the research farm.
In order to protect her and her
husband Bill's equestrian arts and environmental legacy, Caroline installed
conservation easements on the acreage adjoining Steep Hill Creek, and along the
streams and ponds on the remainder of the farm. This act of environmental
stewardship will help to ensure that MacNair's Country
Acres' natural equestrian lands, just south of the Raleigh city limits,
continue to vividly recall the Wake County agricultural landscape of the 19th
and early 20th centuries.
“The exemplary protections
placed by Caroline McNair Carl are representative of actions that can be taken
in equine communities nationwide to retain and enhance access to horses, as
advocated by ELCR's equine land conservation mission," says ELCR's
Executive Director Holley Groshek. For more information about the ELCR award,
or the Adequan®/USDF Annual Convention, please visit the USDF website at www.usdf.org.
About the Equine Land Conservation Resource (ELCR): ELCR builds awareness about the loss of lands available for horse-related activities and facilitates the protection and preservation of those lands. We provide education and information to assist equine advocates and communities in protecting horse lands and equine access. America's equine heritage embodies the emotional, physical, environmental and economic benefits that evolve from the horse-human relationship. Ultimately, ELCR works to ensure that these benefits are safeguarded. For more information about the ELCR visit www.elcr.org or call (859) 455-8383.
Founded in 1973, the United States Dressage Federation is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to education, recognition of achievement, and promotion of dressage. For more information about USDF membership or programs, visit www.usdf.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (859) 971-2277.