By David Rogers. June 10, 2017. BLOWING ROCK, NC — Few parts of the Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show each year are as heartwarming as when the small fry equestrians saddle up and enter the performance ring. Most of the money and attention is lavished on the older professional riders, but in this week’s Saddlebred segment of the horse show, Saturday morning’s “Academy” events were all the rage.
Keep in mind that some of these riders are younger than six years old, competing in both showmanship and equitation classes. Academy classes go up to age 17.
SLIDESHOW By David Rogers for Blowing Rock News