July 14, 2015–Final preparations are underway for the arrival of 500 horses and 2,000 riders, trainers, owners and attendants at the 92nd Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show. The action begins at 8AM on July 21 with the first of two shows held from July 21 to 26 and the second from July 29 to August 2. Begun in 1923 along a dirt road on Green Hill in Blowing Rock, this iconic horse show has been held each summer since without missing a single year. It has been located at the same historic L. M. Tate Show Grounds since 1925.
Escaping the blistering summer heat off the mountain, the Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show has become a prime summer destination for the finest competitive hunters and jumpers in the country. This year horses and riders from 17 states (Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Wyoming are entered for this year’s 92nd consecutive show.
Exhibitors will find new show barns which replace two aging buildings, and for spectators, along with the spirited competition, there will be over a dozen vendors offering a unique shopping opportunity for items from fine jewelry and original equine art to riding gear and tacos.
Also new this year, the show will feature an innovative class for young horses just beginning their competitive careers. These beginning champions will compete in the Blowing Rock Future Hunter Stake for horses 7 years old and under that have never shown over fences higher than 3 feet six inches. Riders will be chasing the winner’s share of $10,000 in prize money. The Future Hunter Stake will run on Saturday afternoon August 1. Spectators will want to stay for the big guys as seasoned hunter champions chase a coveted victory in the $15,000 Blowing Rock Hunter Derby. The Derby follows the Future Hunter Stake on Saturday afternoon. Thrilling Jumper classes are scheduled for both weekends so check the Time Schedule at:
A comprehensive Spectator Guide can be found at: http://blowingrockhorses.com/blowing-rock-charity-horse-show/spectator-guide/.
The shows are held at The Blowing Rock Equestrian Preserve in Broyhill Park on Laurel Lane. Admission is only $10 a day with children under 12 free. All gate proceeds go to Blowing Rock Rotary Club charitable projects and the Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show Foundation which contributes generously to many charitable organizations and is responsible for preserving the century-long tradition of horse sports in Blowing Rock.