By Mariel Gambino
June 3, 2013. This year marks the 90th annual Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show, which is held June 6 through 9. Clark Clouse of Versailles, Kentucky will judge 300 horses in 150 classes. The competition will include Hackneys, Roadsters, Pleasure Horses, under saddle and in harness and giant Frisians and smaller ponies.
Classes are offered for children and adults who are just starting out and competition for professionals with a cash prize.
The competition beings at 9 a.m. every morning except Saturday, when the show beings at 9:30 a.m. and admission for adults is $5 and children 12 and under are free.
Besides the horse show, many vendors are setting up shop during the four-day event. Food, gifts, and a tack truck for horse equipment fill all of the vendor spaces available at the Blowing Rock Equestrian Preserve off highway 221.
The Blowing Rock Charity Horse Foundation is proudly run by dozens of volunteers who dedicate their time to raise funds for organizations such as Blowing Rock Fire & Rescue, Blowing Rock Rotary Club, Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, Danny & Ron’s Rescue, Saddlebred Rescue, Watauga County Humane Society and Appalachian State University Equestrian Team.
For three consecutive years, the United Professional Horseman’s Association (UPHA) has awarded the Blowing Rock Horse Show Saddlebred Division with the Chapter Honor Show Award.
Citizens of the High Country are invited to watch an exciting horse show for charity. For more information regarding the show click to www.blowingrockhorses.com or mail to [email protected]