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Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show runs June 6-9

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Article Published: Jun. 6, 2013 | Modified: Jun. 10, 2013
Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show runs June 6-9

The Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show returns for its 90th consecutive year June 6 to 9.
Photo courtesy of John Fann and Sandra Hall Photography

When the first class of flashy, high-stepping five-gaited pleasure horses is called to the historic arena at the Blowing Rock Equestrian Preserve June 6, it will mark the beginning of the 90th consecutive year of horse showing in Blowing Rock.

Hackneys, roadsters, pleasure horses, under saddle and in harness, along with the giant Frisians and much smaller ponies, will join the gaited horses for four days of competition June 6 to 9.

There will be classes for children and adults who are just learning to ride, as well as intense competition among professionals.

During the four days, Clark Clouse of Versailles, Ky., will judge more than 300 horses in more than 150 classes.

The show is a production of the Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show Foundation, which is served by dozens of volunteers who devote their time to helping fulfill the foundation’s mission: “supporting worthy charities by encouraging and preserving the traditions of horse sports in Blowing Rock.”

The annual horse show is the foundation’s primary fundraiser.

The Blowing Rock Horse Show is among the oldest continuously operating horse shows in America. Started in 1923 by Pinehurst horseman Lloyd M. Tate, early events were held on Green Hill Road behind the 122-year-old Green Park Hotel. In 1928, the show moved to the current site adjacent to Moses Cone’s Flat Top Manor Estate on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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

In 2012, the United Professional Horseman’s Association presented the saddlebred division with the Chapter Honor Show Award. UPHA members select the honor shows, and only one show is chosen in each region every year. This was the third consecutive year the Blowing Rock Horse Show Saddlebred Division has earned the award.

Spectator admission is $5 and supports the charitable work of the Blowing Rock Rotary Club.
Children younger than 12 are admitted free. Competition begins at 9:30 a.m. each day, except for a start time of 9 a.m. on Saturday. The show normally ends by 6 p.m. each day.

The Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show will return July 23 to 28 and July 31 to Aug. 4 for the hunter-jumper portion of the event.

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