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Germantown Charity Horse Show


June 5-9                
By Wanda Chancellor, Publicity Chair

The 2012 Germantown Charity Horse Show is 64 years old and full of tradition. This year’s show, June 5-9, offers some new and exciting events for everyone in the family, no matter how old or young. You don’t have to be an equestrian to enjoy the show.

Evenings at the Germantown Charity Horse Show consist of approximately 20 classes, with Tennessee Walking Horses, hunter/jumpers, Saddlebreds, Hackneys, and Roadsters – all competing for ribbons, trophies, and championship money.  Competitors and horses will be putting their best foot/hoof forward! Extra fun entertainment is furnished by special exhibitions for the spectators.

 On Tuesday night, arrive early for the Costume Class, as local barns and individuals pick a theme and dress up their favorite horses and young riders. Judges look for originality, authenticity, and humor when awarding ribbons for this class.

Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday nights feature the Nashoba Carriage Club members in judged exhibition classes. The group competes in the southeast, driving ponies, single horses, and pairs put to a variety of carriages, from antiques to modern marathon European built carriages. New  this year is the Carriage Dog class, in which the driver is accompanied by his dog, who is judged on behavior and cuteness. A Gambler’s Choice Class for carriages will highlight speed and accuracy in a cones course.

On Wednesday night don’t miss the $15,000 Welcome Stakes Jumping Competition and the Lead Line Class. Lead Line gives a preview of future riders as parents lead tiny riders dressed in English or western attire on their favorite ponies.

Also on Wednesday, a demonstration by Delta Dressage presents horses performing their classical dressage best.
The kids will love seeing “Charity,” the Germantown Charity Horse Show Mascot, around the show every night. On Thursday night, Charity has invited all of his mascot friends to join him for Mascot Night!

Friday night, enjoy Eli, the jumping Clydesdale, as he thunders into the arena. Eli, owned by Sherri Flax, was bought from the Anheuser-Busch stables. It seems Eli didn’t want to pull a big heavy carriage with all those other Clydesdales, but wanted to be a jumper! So hold onto your seats as one-ton Eli jumps the course as light as a feather.
Friday night is racing night with the exciting Speed Racking class, the equivalent of horse NASCAR.

Saturday at noon the racing continues as Hollywood Feed presents the GCHS Terrier Races. Dogs of all sizes and breeds can register at 11:30 a.m. to test their speed for prizes. Registration is just $5/race, for charity of course.

Saturday is the grand finale with the $25,000 Grand Prix jumping competition sponsored by Conway Services. This is the evening’s first event, so arrive early (by 5:00 p.m.) to get a seat for all the action. Last year’s winner, Michael Tokaruk, is back to defend his title. He won first, second and fifth places last year, so watch out!

Where else can you have such a variety of entertainment, food, competition, and fun for such a low price? Tickets are $5 for adults; $2 for children, so bring the whole family and enjoy a Germantown tradition with a flair for modern day excitement!

7745 Poplar Pike, Germantown, TN.  901-754-0009.

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