By David Rogers. June 10, 2016. BLOWING ROCK, NC — With owners, trainers and riders coming from a far-flung array of states, including Texas, Iowa, and Illinois, among others, the Saddlebred Division of the Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show got underway on Thursday and, by Friday, was moving full steam – er, walk, trot, canter, and amble — ahead.
Photographic images by David Rogers for Blowing Rock News
“We have almost 400 stalls filled with Saddlebred horses,” Blowing Rock Horse Show Foundation President, Burr Collier, told Blowing Rock News on Friday. “And how can you complain about this beautiful weather?”
After a couple of days focusing on the horses, Saturday’s morning events turn their attention mostly to the riders in a series of “showmanship” and “equitation” events, beginning at 9:00 am at the L.M. Tate Horse Show Grounds on the western edge of Blowing Rock, within the Blowing Rock Equestrian Preserve. To get there, take Yonahlossee Rd. (U.S. 221) west from Main Street approximately 1.2 miles, to Laurel Lane and turn left. Parking for the Horse Show Grounds is just around the curve.
The Saddlebred competition runs from Thursday, June 9th, through Sunday, June 12th.
There are two Hunter-Jumper segments to the Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show, from Tuesday, July 26th through Sunday, July 31st, and from Wednesday, August 2nd through Sunday, August 7th.