I was born in Ohio and it's forboding winters, when my family and I moved down here to NC it was a horse owners dream
I love it in Johnston county, every other person around here owns a horse, or boards or is employed with them to some degree, farmers are pleasant and generally do not mind riders using their land as long as we are clean about it, and the weather is generally nice. Summers get hot, but other than that the weather is mid-range. In my 5 years living here, we've never had snow for longer than 2 weeks
Sure, it was cold, but the actual snow just never stuck around. Autumn is the best season for riding, the weather is crisp but not frigid, and the sun offers just enough warmth to keep a T-shirt and jeans super comfortable.
So yup, I love North Carolina and it's weather patterns for the most part, and really enjoy the horse community here as well :)