Equestrian activities are a major focus at The Fork, and the facilities are remarkable. The farm welcomes all riding disciplines but specializes in three-day eventing. For many years the farm was the site of the Fork Horse Trials, one of the most prestigious competitions on the North American Eventing calendar. The equestrian program is organized around the centrally located barn, which is surrounded by paddocks and riding arenas.
The cross-country course winds through the center of the farm and is a standout feature – and not just for equestrians. Stands of warm-season grasses, legumes, and annual crops form the borders of the course, which doubles as excellent upland wildlife habitat. In the winter months paths and shooting lanes are cut within the stands, and when horses aren’t running, hunters and bird dogs take their place.
Finally, the extensive trail system benefits riders as much as anyone and creates endless opportunities for trail riding. The remarkable design and diversity of The Fork make it an outstanding home for all equestrians, from novices all the way up to top professionals competing on the international circuit.
Hunting & Wildlife
he hunting program is a top priority at The Fork and runs throughout the farm. Quail are a big part of this, and quail courses cover large portions of the property. This includes a 200± acres block of managed pines, developed through years of selective harvests and habitat management. From here, the courses extend outward weaving around the impoundments, annual crop fields, and through the cross-country course.
Adjacent to the rivers, the rich soils of the 200± acres of bottomland are a cornerstone of The Fork’s wildlife management. Fields are planted in annual crops and contain hedgerows and established borders of perennial forage, warm-season grasses, and early succession. Within this acreage are two shallow water impoundments (30 acres and 15 acres). The impoundments are planted annually in sorghum, and the edges are carefully managed to create transition zones and cover for waterfowl and hunters alike. Multiple blinds are situated through the impoundments.
Thousands of trees have been planted in the floodplain over the past 20 years and have matured with excellent success into hardwood stands. These buffer zones greatly enhance wildlife habitat while also stabilizing the riverbank and floodplain. The remarkable scale of this conservation effort is indicative of the practices and improvement projects regularly undertaken at The Fork.
A large dove field is planted annually near the river, and as the season progresses, it’s transitioned into additional upland habitat. The deer hunting on the farm is also topnotch and the population is actively managed. Tree stands and tower blinds are carefully sited around the farm and take advantage of the expansive trail network and variety of habitat and terrain.
Sporting Clays & Shooting
As mentioned previously, The Fork features two 14-station sporting clay courses, a covered five-stand, and a 65-foot tower/flurry. Many of the stations have been interspersed throughout portions of wildlife habitat and hunting areas, providing excellent simulations of live quarry targets.
The miles and miles of trails are one of the most impressive recreational assets at The Fork. They access all corners of the farm and benefit all users. The opportunities for riding, hiking, mountain biking, and ATV’s are endless, and users could go all day without retracing their footsteps.
Fishing and Kayaking
There are several ponds on the farm, and the main pond between the house and barn is regularly stocked. In addition, there are multiple put-ins at the rivers, offering excellent kayaking, canoeing, and fishing.