Maplegate The Carolinas Equestrian 04Fran Dow and Lady's Man, Amateur Owner Hunters at Metamora in 1967Tranquility and serenity remain prevalent among the 74 acres in Weddington, North Carolina, that are located about 16 miles South of Uptown Charlotte.  Otherwise known as Maplegate Farm, the property, owned by three generations of the Dow family, currently consists of two 14 -stall barns, an all-weather riding ring, derby field, nine large pastures and trails that zig-zag it.  What ultimately presented itself as a ‘property swap’ resulted in a ‘win-win’ for all parties involved, but here’s the historical perspective to better set the stage.

Fran Dow’s, the matriarch of the family who still resides at Maplegate, love affair began with horses as a child through camp, and regular lessons ensued at the Saddle and Bridle Club in Buffalo, New York.