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Gov. James B. Hunt Jr. Horse Complex

Hunt Horse Complex

The nationally acclaimed Governor James B. Hunt Jr. Horse Complex is the busiest equine facility in North Carolina and Virginia. The Hunt Horse Complex sits on 30 fenced acres of the 344-acre fairgrounds. The horse complex hosts many horse disciplines including Quarter Horses, Hunters, Jumpers, Dressage, Morgans, Saddlebreds, Hackneys, Roadsters, Ponies, Paso Finos, Arabians, and more. The cafeteria dining room in the horse complex seats 200 people and it may be reserved on a rental basis when not being used for activities within the main arena. The facility has 485 permanent stalls, 100 temporary stalls, an indoor, heated arena, outdoor covered show area, and several more show rings.

GPS Street Address for Hunt Horse Complex:
4601 Trinity Rd, Raleigh, NC 27607

Complex Amenities

  • Completed in 1983, renovations 2004
  • Facilities- Main show arena
    • Square footage: 81,000
    • Show ring: 138 feet x 248 feet
    • 4,748 permanent seats
    • Show office available
    • Wi-Fi and Live Streaming Available
    • Additional support services, such as staging, jumps, tables, chairs, electrical hookups, etc.,
      are available for an extra fee.
  • PA system
  • Covered warm up area: 120 feet x 240 feet
  • Outdoor warm up area: 120 feet x 240 feet
  • 485 permanent stalls
  • Restrooms, showers, horse wash
  • Restaurant seats 200 people
  • Rental cost: Dependent upon facilities rented.
    Indoor Arena $1,500 per day or 10% of ticket gross, whichever is greater.
    Covered Outdoor Arena $700 per day or 10% of ticket gross, whichever is greater.
    Outdoor Open Warm-Up Rings $400 per day or 10% of ticket gross, whichever is greater.
  • Dining Hall $500 all inclusive of tables, chairs, electric and catering for approved event use when no public admission fee is charged.
  • Event Stall Rental:
    1 day $33/$17 youth
    2 days $41/$20 youth
    3 days $48/$23 youth
    4 days $53/$26 youth
    5 days $58/$29 youth
    $6 per additional day thereafter
    Minimum Weekend Charge for Judged Equine Shows: $7,375
    Agricultural youth organizations may receive a 50% discount for Hunt Indoor Arena rental.
    Educational clinics and seminars may receive a 50% discount on Hunt Indoor Arena rental.
  • Contact: Horse Complex office, 919-839-4701
  • Main arena and covered warm up floor plan (PDF)
  • Hunt Horse Complex Open Public Ride Information and Open Public Ride Calendar (PDF)

At a glance - Main Arena

Square Feet 81,000
Seats 4,748
Amenities available Show office
485 permanent stalls
100 temporary stalls
Restrooms & showers
Horse wash
PA system
Indoor & Outdoor warm up areas. Wi-Fi and Live Streaming Available.
Rental rate Dependent upon facilities rented. See posted listing in left column.
Contact Horse Complex Office
(919) 839-4701


Indoors Stalls
Inside the main arena Outdoor Stalls

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Emergency Sheltering

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N.C. State Fair, G. Kent Yelverton, Manager
Mailing Address: 1010 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1010
Physical Address: 1025 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh NC 27607
Phone: (919) 821-7400; FAX: (919) 733-5079

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