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Saddle Up for Charity

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Article Published: Feb. 28, 2013 | Modified: Feb. 28, 2013
Saddle Up for Charity

The Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show returns to the High Country this summer for its 90th year.

Photo by Jeff Eason



The Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show Foundation has trotted out the dates for this year’s competition.

Foundation chairman Burr Collier announced this week that the annual Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show will return this summer, with the American Saddlebred Division run taking place June 6 to 9, the first Hunter and Jumper run July 23 to 28, and the second Hunter and Jumper run July 30 to Aug. 4.

The equestrian competition is among the oldest continually operating horse shows in America, Collier said, and 2013, will mark its 90th consecutive year.

Started in 1923 by Pinehurst horseman Lloyd M. Tate, early events were held on Green Hill Road behind the 122-year-old Green Park Inn. In 1928, the show moved to the current site adjacent to Moses Cone’s famed Flat Top Manor Estate.

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, Collier said, adding that the horses, in particular, seem to perform at their best in the cooler summer climate of the North Carolina mountains.

A 2012 Economic Impact Study authored by Nicole Jelly of Raleigh for Appalachian State University confirmed that the competition delivers $7.7 million to the local economy during the 16 days of the show.

According to Jelly’s study, more than 600 horses competed in the three weeks of competition. For the first time, stabling capacity at the Blowing Rock Equestrian Preserve was at capacity for both the Saddlebred and Hunter and Jumper divisions.

In addition to the number of horses at the show, the study also confirmed that more than 2,000 owners, riders, trainers, attendants, officials, vendors and spectators come to Blowing Rock for these three weeks.

One of the primary attractions of the Blowing Rock Horse Show is a class 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 (cash only) and supports the charitable work of the Blowing Rock Rotary Club. Children younger than 12 are admitted free. The daily admission, including in-and-out privileges, is charged Thursday through Sunday for the Saddlebred Division, and Wednesday through Sunday for both Hunter and Jumper divisions.

For more information, contact Maurice D. Ewing at (mdewing1@windstream.net)

Additional Images

The Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show returns to the High Country this summer for its 90th year.
Photo by Jeff Eason

The American Saddlebred Division run will take place June 6 to 9, the first Hunter and Jumper run July 23 to 28, and the second Hunter and Jumper run July 30 to Aug. 4.
Photo by Jeff Eason

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