By David Rogers. June 12, 2018. BLOWING ROCK, NC — Whether because of good weather (until late in the afternoon) or a strengthening economy, the Saddlebred section of the 95th Annual Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show saw plenty of participation over the weekend from competitors and spectators alike.
Among some 150+ competitive classes, terms like “hackney,” “3-gaited,” “5-gaited,” “pleasure,” “roadster,” and others filled the public address announcer’s air at the L.M. Tate Showgrounds on the western outskirts of Blowing Rock.
You can’t just call one of these equine beauties “My Horse”. You MUST have a catchy name like, “Locked and Loaded,” “Sparkling Shiver,” “Man of Hour Dreams,” or “Full Regalia” — obviously something that might make those Churchill Downs ponies green with envy.
The Saddlebreds culminated with 36 Championship class competitions held on Sunday, including some 200 horses — and of course riders, owners, and trainers. All totaled, the 3-weeks of Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show, including the two larger Hunter/Jumper sections in late July and early August, are estimated to have about an $8 million economic impact on the High Country region.
SLIDESHOW By David Rogers for Blowing Rock News