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State Fairgrounds Facilities

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.

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
  • 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
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, Wesley Wyatt, Manager
Mailing Address: 1010 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1010
Physical Address: 1025 Blue Ridge Blvd, Raleigh NC 27607
Phone: (919) 821-7400; FAX: (919) 733-5079

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