About South Carolina



Admittedly, the Palmetto state’s “street cred” in the equestrian community seems underwhelming on the surface: The state ranks a modest No. 37 nationwide in number of horses with 94,773.

Yet just like a brushing a stallion brings out a beautiful shine, a closer inspection of the Palmetto state’s “horse power” shows it’s got a rather significant pedigree. Top jockeys, trainers and owners have originated from here. The Aiken area is known for its thoroughbred pastures. And South Carolina is one 10 states with an official horse, the Carolina Marsh Tacky.

The Lowcountry, too, has a long history with riding, breeding and racing. And while hardly center ring today, it remains on the periphery of the horse world.

South Carolina equestrian properties are regaining interest after being affected by the housing downturn in the past few years. Deals are available. 

In many cases, the horse farms aren’t that far from cities and suburbs.

South Carolina is located in southeast United States. Three geographic regions cover the state. The Atlantic Coastal Plain (or the South Carolina Low Country) extends west from the Atlantic Ocean. The Atlantic Coastal Plains are swampy, flat and marked by rivers near the coast. The Coastal Plains are forested and lined with sandy hills as you move inland. The higher elevations and rolling hills of the Piedmont are located northwest of the Atlantic Coastal Plain. The more low lying Blue Ridge Mountains cross northwest South Carolina with elevations reaching 3,000 ft.


South Carolina's economy is historically based on agriculture. Tobacco, poultry, cattle, dairy, soybeans and hogs are important agricultural products. Growth of the textile industry met an ill fate in the 1920s with the appearance of the boll weevil--sending many African Americans north in search of work. Textile and clothing industries are based in Piedmont and continue to be an important industry to the state, along with chemical products, paper products, machinery and tourism.


  South Carolina in Numbers :
img Horse Population : Approximately 94,773
img Total Economic Impact: over $ -- billion
img Population : 4,255,083
img Land area : 30,109 sq. miles
img Capital : Columbia
img Counties : 46
img Highest Point : Sassafras Mountain:  3,560 feet
img Lowest Point : Atlantic Coast – sea level
img 10 largest Cities :
  • Columbia: 117,088
  • Charleston: 106,712
  • North Charleston: 86,313
  • Rock Hill: 59,554
  • Mount Pleasant: 57,932
  • Greenville: 56,676
  • Sumter: 39,679
  • Spartanburg: 38,379
  • Summerville: 37,714
  • Hilton Head Island: 34,497


Charleston South Carolina Private Equestrian Estate

Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina

Agent/Owner presents Charleston Equestrian Property Offering Proximity, Privacy, Possibilities. Close to downtown, gated, high and dry, this turn key, low maintenance property is well suited for an equestrian family who want their horses at home. Because of the size, location and layout this property is also ideal for a boarding or training facility. Plush accommodations and functionality for people and ponies, the house and barns were completely renovated in 2008 with additions and improvements to all structures. The traditionally southern home boasts a well planned 4130+ sqft 5bd/3.5bath bright open floor plan with a rear wall of windows that flood the great room, dining room and home office with natural light and showcases views of the pastures and riding arena. There is a spacious gourmet country kitchen with custom cabinetry, large island and raised breakfast bar. There are two master bedroom suites, the downstairs suite hosting a 100 gallon jetted tub and double jetted shower. The home has huge walkin closets with custom built-ins, formal living room with a rustic fireplace, dining rooms, and a roomy well organized pet area and mudroom and immaculate home gym. The large 8 stall concrete barn is loaded with fans and mats and has a kitchen with laundry, full bath, wash area and detached tack room. The 4 stall barn, has a hay loft and center tack/storage area. Over a dozen lush and established paddock and pasture areas with mature oak trees for ample shade. Lunging area and riding arena appropriate for any discipline and trails on property for the evening ride or cool down. Come be a part of the Southern Living Ranked South's Best City for 2017!

MJ Roxon , LifeTree Real Estate

16.87 ACRES
4130 SQ FT
117 Acre Horse Training & Layup Farm in Holly Hill, SC near Volvo plant

Holly Hill, Orangeburg County, South Carolina

Holly Hill Training Center, Holly Hill, SC is located one hour from Charleston and Columbia and 20 miles from Volvo's new manufacturing facility in Ridgeville. Unlike other equestrian facilities, Holly Hill Training Center offers the unparalleled advantage of privacy coupled with a desirable and convenient location for owners and their horses, just minutes from 1-26 and 1-95 corriders. This beautiful 117 acre farm consists of four barns, 102 stalls, riders housing, managers housing, an office building, a quarantine horse facility, along with 68 acres of Bermuda hay fields, 4.3 miles of four board fencing, 24 grass paddocks, 5 wells, and a 3/4 mile historic Joseph King designed training track. There is extensive irrigation and drainage system. Whether your goal is to own and operate a world-class thoroughbred training and layup facility, or to have a multi-use equestrian facility that will accommodate the training and care of horses in any discipline, Holly Hill Training Center can enable either goal. In the past twenty years the farm has produced 113 equine graduates that have found sporting glory in graded stakes, stakes and allowance races on American tracks and have won three Eclipse Awards. Now the intangible mix that is the source of Holly Hill's legendary accomplishments can be yours to fulfill the dream of your own equine success with racing, sport, and show or pleasure horses. A once in a generation chance to own a legendary piece of equestrian history.

Becky Armstrong , Carolina Properties at Lake Marion

117.80 ACRES
Amazing horse farm on 48 acres with barn, paddocks and covered arena .

Huger, Berkeley County, South Carolina

First time on the market, beloved Wildflower Farm Stables is being offered for sale. Treat yourself and your horses to the tranquility, yet convenience of its location: bordered by the Francis Marion Forest yet an easy commute to Charleston, Mount Pleasant, Daniel Island, Cainhoy, Awendaw, Sullivan's Island and the Isle of Palms. The farm is being offered in two parcels, but may be favorably acquired as one property with 78 acres of pastures and woods. Comprised of 48+ lush acres, this portion of the farm offers a custom designed/built home, a caretaker's cottage, six to eight stall barn, run-in shelters, established pastures with three board fencing, miles of groomed trails, hay/tractor barn, work shed, and a 80' X 160' steel covered riding arena!

Priscilla Shumway , dunes properties

48.00 ACRES
1786 SQ FT
36 Acre Horse Custom Farm Near Clemson, Anderson and Greenville

Pendleton, Anderson County, South Carolina

This 36 acre equestrian farm house is truly unique and was developed, built and designed with detail in mind. All materials used in the creation of this home are high end and amazing quality. The floor plan is open, with high ceilings, large windows and french doors facing the rolling hills, giving an incredible view of sunrise and sunset. Buyers Agents are welcome!!!

Paula Fulghum

36.00 ACRES
4100 SQ FT
Coming spring of 2019 - amazing Easley horse farm with 5000+ sq ft home

Easley, Anderson County, South Carolina

This property will not be available until spring of 2019 or late winter 2018. It is coming soon and will remain until owners are ready to move. The house is spectacular with every high end amenity available. There is a gorgeous pool, koi pond, barn ( currently used as an art studio) it has full apartment plumbing, heating , air conditioning , bedroom etc. There is a full size dressage arena, pastures with beautiful black fencing, a comminunity lake/pond, lots of parking, and room for a business with in the basement of the home. This house will not be available for showing without a fully qualified buyer, who knows the price and knows the timeline when it can be sold. The dressage arena has cooper river sand and is large enough for jumping. Barn has apartment above for caretakers, wash room, tack room tractor storage, half bath and RV hoop up with septic tank dump out and full water and electrical.

Amy Gantt , Allen Tate Realty Cane Creek, Seneca SC

7.50 ACRES
5089 SQ FT
Perfect South Carolina Horse Farm

Orangeburg, Orangeburg County, South Carolina

Rolling countryside with stream fed stocked ponds. Many fenced pastures with well water in each.

Jim Heslep , NV Realty Group, LLC

101.00 ACRES
1728 SQ FT
Fabulous 34 acre home, barn, pasture, farm, pool, creek and pond site

Seneca, Oconee County, South Carolina

This is a beautiful setting close to town surrounded by other large farm property and homes with acreage. It sets back off the road a distance and is very private. The house is a custom built brick cape cod with hardwood floors though out the main level and carpet in the upstairs bedrooms. The kitchen has an eat in breakfast area and there is a formal dinning room and living room or office. There is a bedroom/office private room off the main foyer for guest or a parent. It has its own bathroom and closet. The winding staircase takes you up to two massive bedrooms and a large bonus room that could also be a bedroom. There is one very large bathroom with two separate vanities with a door dividing them. The laundry room is large and there is a mud room and half bath coming in from the garage The pool sits behind the house just beyond the peaceful covered back porch There is also a wonderful covered front porch and both have beautiful views. The pastures had angus cows on them for several years but have not had livestock in over 10 years. The barn has 2+ stalls and room for two more. One is the size of a birthing stall. There is a shoot for cattle and round pen and a lot of extra panels for use. There are two overhangs for tractor storage or extra stalls. The pasture are divided up and all have water from a well that produced plenty of water. There is a beautiful creek that runs in the wooded area of the property and could be damned up for a creek, or there is a lovely spot in the pastures for a pond and the well and natural spring could help keep that filled. The pool is currently chlorine but could easily be converted to salt water. It has a deep end and diving board. The small screened in pool house is being re-done, with new shake roof and new screening. The land has ample turkey and deer to enjoy daily

Amy Gantt , Allen Tate Realty Cane Creek, Seneca SC

34.00 ACRES
3400 SQ FT
Johns Island 18 acres of paradise

Johns Island, Charleston County, South Carolina

18 acres overlooking the Apaboola creek basin! Beautiful pasture with three board fencing and large run in with power and tack room. Two barns one with living space, both with septic and well. Gorgeous trees, bald eagles, directly across the street from the Mullet Hall Equestrian Park with miles of trails!

currie mccullough , Brand Name Real Estate

18.00 ACRES
2000 SQ FT
Horse Farm with Southern Living Home

Varnville, Hampton County, South Carolina

Welcome home to this spectacular 27 acre equestrian estate. This comfortable Southern living cottage home offers 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, Formal dining, great room with cozy fireplace and screened porch overlooking the courtyard gardens. The 7000 sq ft workshop is like no other with 1000 ft temperature controlled attached sitting and exercise room with a kitchenette. This horse farm has an 8 stall barn with tack, feed and bath rooms. 2 stocked fishing ponds, 4 pastures with run in sheds and over a mile of beautiful white fencing.

Beth Green , ERA Evergreen RE Co

27.00 ACRES
2728 SQ FT
Kirby Farms - A Retreat

Gaffney, Cherokee County, South Carolina

Located in the Upstate region of South Carolina, is a spacious private retreat for family and guests. Tucked away in the Saratt community and situated between Gaffney and Spartanburg, this 102-acre tract includes a generous brick residence of 5,500 sq ft., consisting of 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, an ample kitchen, spacious family room, and a bonus room over the garage. There are numerous outdoor activity areas to be enjoyed whether it be by the pool, 3-bay shop, 6-pen dog kennel, a quail fly complex, 4-stall barn, hunting stands, and numerous ATV trails. The Piedmont topography is rolling with sizable, well-maintained pastures, and woods of dense hardwoods and pine. This property has potential as a hunting lodge, corporate retreat complex, equestrian facility, or a family sanctuary from everyday worries. Travel to I-85 is a convenient 15 miles to the north. This unique property offers an ultimate opportunity for privacy, convenience, and recreation for the discerning buyer.

Heather Brown , Farms & Estates Realty, Inc.

102.00 ACRES
5091 SQ FT

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