Join us for the Inaugural
$25,000 Grand Prix
Benefit Calcutta

Supporting the
Celebrating the Grand Opening of the Equestrian Center at Little Pine

Saturday, October 7 at 12:00 pm

Marshall, North Carolina

Food Prepared By
Executive Chef Brian Sonoskus
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Beverage Partners
Troy & Sons Distillery
Mad Co Brewing
All Proceeds Will Benefit the
MANNA FoodBank
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An event like no other —

at a venue like no other

The Preserve at Little Pine offers spectacular mountain vistas with crystal clear freshwater creeks, old-growth forests, rolling pastures and sophisticated amenities. Right in the heart of North Carolina’s horse country, the Equestrian Center is a perfect blend of traditional beauty and state-of-the-art technology.

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The main event:

Grand Prix Benefit Calcutta

To christen the new Equestrian Center in true southern fashion, we will be throwing an exclusive celebration that features a $25,000 Grand Prix Benefit Calcutta with proceeds being donated to the MANNA FoodBank. The Grand Prix will showcase world-class horses and riders in an exciting competition that features speed, precision, and technique. Best of all, it’s for a great cause.

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Don't know what a Calcutta is?


Form of bidding on horse-and-rider teams in a live-auction environment.

Live Auction

The auctioneer sells each team to the highest bidder. Bidders can be individuals, tables (8) or a group of friends.

Grand Prix

Horses and riders attempt to navigate a fault-free first course, with no rails down, within the time allowed. The fastest horse with no rails down wins.

The Prize

All auction proceeds are donated to MANNA. The "owner" of the winning horse-and-rider team will receive a prize donated by THIRDHOME.

The Grand Prize

Win a one-week stay at The Residence Club at PGA West

Generously donated by THIRDHOME Luxury Property & Travel Club
THIRDHOME Luxury Property & Travel Club

The winning bidder will receive a one-week vacation at The Residence Club at PGA West the week of May 4-11, 2018. This is a grand prize offer that includes accommodations and airfare, all provided by THIRDHOME.

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Individual Ticket

$75 Each
  • Grandstand seating
  • Mountain to Table Meal by Executive Chef Brian Sonoskus
  • Open Bar and Moonshine Tasting by Troy & Sons Distillery
  • Option to bid on favorite horse and rider team


$1,500 Each
  • In addition to the perks included with an individual ticket, your seating will be upgraded to a reserved table for 8 under a covered tent
Dress Code: Smart Casual Attire

Temperatures vary in October, please dress comfortably for this outdoor event.

Get your tickets!

Don't miss this exciting Grand Opening, at one of Western North Carolina's premier mountain communities. It promises to be a day of fun and festive equestrian competition.

Equestrian Center Launch Party Tickets
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Tickets & Tables
$75 each
$1,500 (for 8 guests)
Preserve Communities

Create life's best memories

Set upon thousands of acres of preserved land held in conservation, Preserve Communities offer something more authentic than a typical lake, golf, or mountain community. The land here is our greatest amenity—a vast, awe-inspiring playground for adventure and exploration. Inside the gates at The Preserve at Little Pine and French Broad Crossing, you'll discover a life of exquisite natural beauty, rustic elegance, and cross-amenitized privileges. These communities are centered on friends, family, and a true sense of place. Communities that serve as a vital launching point to create life's best memories.

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Concierge Service

Make it a weekend!

October is the perfect month to visit this pristine mountain sanctuary. The Preserve at Little Pine is within minutes of unlimited outdoor recreation, quaint mountain towns and is only 30 minutes from Asheville. Our on-site concierge will be happy to help coordinate lodging and activities, simply email us at

Exhibitor Questions?

Contact us at 828-649-9424 or email us at

Grand Prix Information & Entry Form 

Event Partners & Sponsors

MANNA FoodBank Troy & Sons Mad Co Brewing THIRDHOME Luxury Property & Travel