By David Rogers. July 22, 2015. BLOWING ROCK, NC — With 500 horses and 2,000 riders, trainers, owners and attendants, Blowing Rock is enjoying a stampede of equestrian visitors this week for the first Hunter Jumper event of the Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show on the historic, L.M. Tate Show Grounds.
COVER IMAGE: Photographic image by David Rogers for Blowing Rock News at the 2014 Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show
The Hunter-Jumper’s first segment runs July 21-26 and the second entirely different Hunter-Jumper show runs July 29-August 2.
At 92 years, Blowing Rock’s equestrian extravaganza is the nation’s longest continuously running horse show, begun in 1923 along a dirt road on Green Hill. It was moved to the Tate show grounds in 1925 and has been there ever since.
Kids watching are in awe.
Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show Foundation board member Maurice Ewing noted to Blowing Rock News, “Blowing Rock is a terrific summer destination for our riders because it gives them a chance to escape the blistering summer heat they find down the mountain. But this year we have even broader participation, including entries from 17 U.S. states. They hail from Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wyoming.”
While Blowing Rock’s Hunter-Jumper series is always a favorite attraction, this year the Horse Show Foundation upped the ante by building new show barns to replace two aging buildings. For spectators, Ewing noted that when not watching the competition, folks can browse through the offerings of even more vendors, “…from fine jewelry and equine art to riding gear and tacos.”
These are magnificent animals.
“Of course the real focus is on the competition,” Ewing observed, “and they will be chasing more prize money than ever before in Blowing Rock. But we also have some new competition classes featuring young horses that are just beginning their competitive careers. These beginning champions will compete in the Blowing Rock Future Hunter Stake for horses seven years old and under that have never shown over fences higher than three feet, six inches (3’6″). That event is August 1.”
The shows are held at the Blowing Rock Equestrian Preserve in Broyhill Park, off the northwest end of Laurel Lane, near U.S. 221, west of Main Street. Admission is only $10 per day, with children under 12 admitted free. All gate proceeds go to the charitable causes of The Rotary Club of Blowing Rock and the Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show Foundation.
Mr. Ewing concluded, “We are proud to be preserving the nearly century-long tradition of equestrian sports in Blowing Rock. Kids watching are in awe. The adults they bring are enthralled by the beauty and grace of these magnificent animals.”
The competition begins each morning at 8:00 am.
For the first week schedule: CLICK HERE.
For the second week schedule: CLICK HERE.
For additional information call 828-295-4700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.