The two rings

The two rings at the Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show, which leads to a more intimate atmosphere.

BLOWING ROCK — Starting July 23, the next two weeks will feature more than 500 horses in the hunter and jumper classes and their riders, farriers, stable hands, owners and trainers descend on the L.M. Tate Showgrounds at the Broyhill Equestrian Preserve as the Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show concludes its 96th year as the longest continually running horse show on the East Coast.

Hunter/Jumper I takes place July 23-28 with Hunter/Jumper II following on July 31 to Aug. 4. The jumpers are about clearing the course in the shortest amount of time. The hunters have to clear jumps, but do so quietly and eloquently, with a judge scoring each hunter. Visually, the easiest way to tell the difference is that the jumps on a jumper course are stripped and look like hurdles while the jumps on a hunter course are more rustic and made of wood with flowers arrangements.

In February, the Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show was been chosen as one of the Top 10 hunter-jumper shows in the nation by the National Show Hunter Hall of Fame. Out of the nominees, the BRCHS is the only horse show in the Southeast to be listed.

“In addition to the highlight events from the past, the Kathryn G. Clark Challenge of Champions, the Russell Hall Jumper Classic, the USHJA International Hunter Derby and the L.P. Tate Jumper Classic, we are introducing several new Classics including Pre Green Incentive Classics both weeks and classics for children, adults, ponies and juniors,” the BRCHS website states. “We’ve also increased prize money for our Jumper Division.”

A sanctioned U.S. Equestrian Federation Heritage Competition event, the Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show provides funding for a number of worthy causes, including Blowing Rock Fire and Rescue, Rotary International, Appalachian State University Equestrian Team, Horse Helpers of the High Country, the Watauga Humane Society, Danny and Ron’s Rescue and other charities.

Tickets are $10 a day, with children 12 and under entering for free. For more information, visit

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