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Charity Horse Show rides into Blowing Rock

Article Published: Jun. 3, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Charity Horse Show rides into Blowing Rock

The Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show returns to the High Country June 10-13 for its 87th year. File photo

The Blowing Rock Charity Horse show trots its way to the Blowing Rock Equestrian Preserve for the 87th time next week.

"It's going to be huge," BREP's Trish Bush said.

And she's not just talking about the hundreds of horse enthusiasts expected.

"We have 400 horses come in," she said. "We close down ... just for the horse show."

The show, which supports therapeutic riding program Blazing Saddles, as well as the Appalachian State University Equestrian Team, the Watauga Humane Society and the Blowing Rock Volunteer Fire Department, is a saddlebred show, and, according to BREP's Collette McNell, that means "prepare to be dazzled."

"The saddlebred is very fancy, high stepping," she said. "They're beautiful horses."

The 20 to 30 classes a day held during the show will help horse lovers appreciate the saddlebred even more. Classes for three gaited horses (walk, trot, canter) and five gaited horses (walk, trot, canter, gallop and racking) will be offered, as will driving classes, as well as one on Friesians, the breed made famous by Zorro's black horse.

Another crowd favorite promises to be the fine harness division, where carriages and harnesses, whose cost rival some people's homes, will be displayed.

Expect to see horse lovers of all ages, and not just from North Carolina.

"We have people come to the show here from Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee, you name it, basically the whole east coast," McNell said.

The Saddlebred show happens 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 9-13 at the L. M. Tate Horse Show Grounds at the Blowing Rock Equestrian Preserve, located in Moses Cone Memorial Park. The hunter/jumper portion of the show will be held July 28-Aug. 1 and Aug. 4-8.

For more information, call the Blowing Rock Equestrian Preserve Office at (828) 295-4700.

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