By David Rogers. July 29, 2014. BLOWING ROCK, NC — With 33% of entries hailing from North Carolina, 13% from Florida, 13% from South Carolina, 10% from Tennessee, and 9% each from Georgia and Virginia, the Southeast U.S. will be well represented in the second week of the 91st Annual Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show, opening Wednesday at the Blowing Rock Equestrain Preserve and Tate Showgrounds.
Photographic images from Week 1 by David Rogers for Blowing Rock News
During Week I, "Queen Lattifa" of Keswick, Virginia (ridden and trained by Hunt Tosh and owned by Douglas and Kenneth Wheeler, Jr. captured the big money prize ($4,500) in winning the Kathryn G. Clark Memorial Challenge of Champions, while Durham County, NC-based "Sailor Man" (ridden by Christina Webb, trained by MaryAnn Charles, owned by Fox View Farm) won top honors in the $10,000 Russell Hall Memorial Jumper Classic.
For Week II, starting Wednesday and running through Sunday, most of the money classes don't appear on the schedule until Saturday, with the 16-entry Blowing Rock Jr. A-O Jumper Classic and the 10-entry, $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Classic in the spotlight.
The 91st running of the Blowng Rock Charity Horse Show extends the Blowing Rock event's record as the longest, continuous running equestrian event in the U.S., surviving several wars, recessions and depressions. Admission is $10, payable at the gate, which is manned by volunteers from the Rotary Club of Blowing Rock. All net proceeds go to support High Country charitable causes supported by Blowing Rock Rotary, as well as by Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show Foundation.