The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

April 1, 2013

The Fork Farm and Stables prepares for Heritage Days

By Ian Faulkner, Staff Writer
CNHI News Service

Monday, April 1, 2013 — To kick off Heritage Days starting April 3, the Fork Farm and Stables hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday in the heart of its grass-covered, equestrian retreat. Attending the ceremony were members from The Fork, the community, Stanly County Convention and Visitors Bureau and Stanly County Chamber of Commerce.

“This is definitely Chamber weather,” said Tom Ramseur, president and CEO of the Stanly County Chamber of Commerce.

“On behalf of the Stanly County Chamber of Commerce, I want to welcome you to the Fork and what we’re calling the ribbon cutting for Heritage Days,” said Bill Lawhon, Chamber chair.

“This is a beautiful property. ... Each time I come here, I’m just blown away by the natural beauty of this area.

“I’m privileged to have the opportunity to be down here today to kick this off.”

“You can’t run this thing with one person. It takes a team of many people,” said Jim Cogdell, owner of The Fork, thanking his family and staff who work at the Fork for their efforts.

“I also wanted to thank Chris Lambert from the Stanly County Convention and Visitors Bureau.”

Bernadette Cogdell, Jim’s wife, spoke a little about the upcoming Heritage Days.

“It starts on Wednesday with Shoot for the Stars. Sixteen teams will be competing in a friendly competition,” she said.

She said the scores from the shoot would be added to the CIC scores.

The Horse Trials CIC competition will consist of three phases: dressage, cross country and show jumping.

“It’s a rotational event. There’s one event for every rider to do each day,” she said.

She said there would be 400 competitors from all around coming to Heritage Days, complete with their entourages.

“It’s a really good event for the county. It fills all the hotels and restaurants for the weekend,” she said.

The competition is free to attend and open to the public.

“People can go wherever they like on the grounds, it’s all open. We have officials in place to keep people from wandering into an event,” she said.

“Bring the family, come on out and have a picnic,” Jim Cogdell said.

Bernadette said Off the Square will handle all of the catering for Heritage Days, including the VIP Champagne Ladies Dressage Luncheon on Friday. Tickets for the VIP lunch are still available for those interested.

Heritage Days runs April 3-7.

For more information on the Fork and Horse Trials, visit

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