It’s just 200 words and an entry fee away!
Did you miss out on last year’s opportunities to wordsmith your way to ownership of Rock Spring Farm or Big South Fork Lodge? Don’t worry, because there’s another chance to write a farm-winning essay, this time to acquire Newstead on the James of Cartersville, Virginia:
Newstead’s current owner, Carol Carper, is today a certified wedding and event planner who coordinates weddings on the beautifully-restored farm. She’s also a retired Morgan Horse breeder and an American Driving Society judge. While her herd of Morgans is reduced to just four at the moment, Carper has added a flock of Katahdin sheep.
All you need to do is a submit a 200-word essay telling Carper and a three-person panel of judges why you would like to own Newstead. There’s also an entry fee of $233, which allows Carper to recoup the estimated $1.5 million market value of the property, and award the winner $100,000 directly to help ease takeover as long as the predicted 7,000 entry level is met. While a $200-plus entry fee sounds steep, it’s pocket change compared to the cost of purchasing Newstead directly. A winner will be chosen on September 21, 2016.
Still not sure if Newstead is worth an entry fee and an essay? Take a look around and see for yourself.
Carper’s four Morgan horses still on the property (as well as the sheep and dogs) are not included as contest prizes, but are available for purchase if the winner so desires. Here is Carper’s Morgan stallion Zoey, “D-J Zoba”:
If your curiosity is piqued, head over to Newstead on the James’ website to download the official rules and entry form, as well as browse the farm’s history and FAQ page for more information. You can also “like” Newstead on the James on Facebook for updates.
We’re adding our own unofficial rule that if an HN reader happens to win, we all get to come visit. Go riding!