• Pine Top working with top course designer in U.S.
By Wayne Parham

Thomson’s Pine Top Farm, known for holding equestrian eventing competitions, is now working with the top cross country designer in the country — Derek di Grazia.
Pine Top has been hosting eventing competitions since 1992 and is well known for its “exceptional natural footing and challenging cross country courses,” according to Glen Wilson, who owns Pine Top with his wife Janet.
Although based in Carmel Valley, Calif., di Grazia designs courses for the Rolex Kentucky 3-Day Event, the premier event in North America, as well as other select courses in the US and Canada.
Earlier this week, di Grazia spent two days learning the lay of the land at Pine Top, reviewing major changes already made to the water portions of the course, and starting to lay out the new courses. The first events to feature his course design at Pine Top will be in February.
“I’m looking to first of all become familiar with the property, which is the big thing initially, then bring some new lines and sort of new ways of going around the property,” said di Grazia. “When you bring somebody new in you’re hoping to get a little bit of a different look at the property. That’s what I intend to do.”
“It’s a great piece of property, especially for what we do. In our world, it’s very open and allows the horses to gallop and has good terrain. Glen has also created some terrain here so it really lends itself to being able to have a really great course here,” said di Grazia.

To read more on this story, pick up the Thursday, June 19, edition of The McDuffie Progress.





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