South Carolina Forestry Commission
News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 27, 2002

MAJOR DONATIONS BOOST FIELD TRIAL CENTER

(COLUMBIA, SC) - Sand Hills State Forestís field trial center is getting a big boost from several private donors. Forestry Commission officials say more than $15,000 in donations were recorded on June 22 as user groups gathered for their annual planning meeting.

The largest donation, $10,000 from the Palmetto Retriever Club, will be used to develop a 70-acre grassland for sporting dog competition. The Boykin Spaniel Society pledged $5,000 for a project yet to be announced, and the Sandhills Stampede Endurance Ride donated $100.

As a set-aside special use area of Sand Hills State Forest, the H. Cooper Black Field Trial Center provides an organized venue for horseback riding and sporting dog events. The center hosts about 30 events per year, including many national and regional competitions.

Opened in 1995, the 6,500-acre property includes a clubhouse, a 24-stall horse barn, a 500-dog kennel, RV areas and primitive campsites, ponds, horse trails, and field trial courses. The property is located in Chesterfield County between Patrick and Society Hill.

Agencies cooperating with the Forestry Commission on the project are the Department of Natural Resources; the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism, and the SC Commission on Sporting Dogs and Field Trials.

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