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Hobby Field

Horses and heritage

Generations of Moore County residents have fond memories of Hobby Field, a stunning 60 acre hay field off Young's Road near Southern Pines. For decades the field has been a local landmark and the site of numerous equestrian events, including the Moore County Hounds' opening meet on Thanksgiving Day.

In October 2006, following the death of its owner, SALT launched its "Save Hobby Field" campaign, concurrently, negotiating a conservation easement with the heirs that ensured that the field could never be subdivided or developed. The necessary funds have now been raised through the contributions of local residents and businesses, and SALT hopes to acquire the property in late 2008.

Equestrians aren't the only ones happy to see Hobby Field remain undeveloped. Local bird-watchers have made the field a regular stop after a pair of scissor-tailed flycatchers (Tyrannus forficatus) were found nesting at the field in 2005. A native of the great plains and desert southwest, this is one of the few breeding pairs ever recorded east of the Missisippi River. The pair has returned to nest every year through 2008. To the flycatchers, as well as to local equestrians, Hobby Field is home-sweet-home.

The Sandhills Area Land Trust continues to protect working farms and wildlife habitat in Moore County horse country. Interested in working with SALT to protect your land? Check out our landowner's page for more information.