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91st Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show dates announced

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Article Published: Nov. 7, 2013 | Modified: Nov. 7, 2013
91st Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show dates announced

The 91st Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show will leap into the High Country in June 2014.

Photo by Jeff Eason



The 2014 dates have been announced for the High Country’s most historic equestrian competition — the Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show.

According to Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show Foundation chairman Burr Collier, the American Saddlebred Division will run from June 5 to 8, 2014. The first of two Hunter & Jumper weeks will run from July 22 to 27, 2014. The second Hunter & Jumper week will be from July 29 through Aug. 3, 2014.

Now entering its 91st year, the Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show is among the oldest continually operating horse shows in America. Started in 1923 by Lloyd M. Tate, a seasonal livery stable operator and show horse trainer from Pinehurst, the Blowing Rock show moved to its current Mayview Park location in 1928.

Known throughout the horse show world for its charm and hospitality, Blowing Rock has become a favorite stop on the summer circuit for both professional and amateur riders. Organizers attest that the horses, in particular, seem to perform at their best in the cooler summer climate of the North Carolina mountains.

Considered the highlight of Blowing Rock’s summer season, the three weeks of horse shows will bring to the High Country 600 horses, 2,000 visitors and an economic impact in excess of $7.7 million, according to a 2012 Appalachian State University study.

In addition to its long tradition of supporting local charities, one of the primary attractions of the horse show is a daily schedule that limits competition to daylight hours, leaving ample time in the evenings and between sessions for visitors to enjoy the town and surrounding High Country attractions.

Spectator admission is $5 and supports the charitable work of the Blowing Rock Rotary Club. Children younger than 12 are admitted free. The daily admission charge, with in-and-out privileges, is Thursday through Sunday for the Saddlebred Division, and Wednesday through Sunday for both Hunter & Jumper divisions. Exhibitors and spectators alike may also visit Vendors Row along the backstretch, which offers a unique High Country shopping experience.

According to Maurice Ewing, one of the show’s organizers, “The 91st Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show will prove, as so many have in the past, another celebrated year for the town of Blowing Rock and this historic highland attraction.”

For more information, visit http://www.blowingrockhorses.com.

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