Celebrating its 68th year, the Germantown Charity Horse Show has evolved the way most enduring events do: from a dream, a drive, and the dedication of its members.  The dream began when a small group of friends, who has recently returned from active duty in WWII, decided that local interests in horses should be channeled into community-wide participation and an extension beyond county lines.  From that first Germantown Horse Show in 1947 to today’s Germantown Charity Horse Show, their dream lives on. 

The Germantown Charity Horse Show has sponsored the Exchange Club Center as its charity since 1999. Barbara King, executive director of the center, wrote in the 2005 horse show program, “The past six horse shows have been major fundraising events, earning a profit of $25,000 to $30,000 each year. These dollars are used to provide counseling and other services for children who have been abused or forced to witness violence in their homes. Every $50 raised can provide one hour of counseling, and thus, you can see what a major impact this partnership means for the children in our community.”  If that’s not reason enough to become involved, I don’t know what is.

This year’s Germantown Charity Horse Show runs from June 7-11, 2016 at The Germantown Charity Horse Show Grounds located on Poplar Pike.  You can view the schedule of events here.

Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children, and children 5 and under are Free.  There is also free parking. 

Come on out for five days of hunter/jumpers, carriage driving, American Saddlebreds, Paso Finos, speed rackers, and western horses. The show culminates in the $25,000 Grand Prix of Germantown, where some of the region's finest jumpers compete for the championship title.

Visit their website or contact 901.754.009 or [email protected] for more information.

 

By and photo credit: gchs.org