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2002/05/09

54th Germantown Charity Horse Show Opens June 4-8 by Tom Burriss "54 Years of Pride, Tradition, and Hospitality" will once again open its gates for the Germantown Charity Horse Show, June 4-8, 2002, in Germantown, Tenn. The Germantown Charity Horse Show is one of the largest all-breed horse shows in the United States. "And one of the few remaining all-breed horse shows," adds 2002 President Murray Foster. This year's show will have over $100,000 in Prize Money and Premiums to be awarded. Among the shows will be the $25,000 Lincoln Grand Prix, $10,000 Welcome Stakes Open Jumper, $5,000 Walking Horse Grand Championship, $2,500 Five Gaited Stake, $2,500 Pony Hunter Classic, $25,000 Gamblers Choice and the $5,000 Junior Amateur/Owner Jumper Classic. The show will have special honorees. Bill and Audrey Taylor will be recognized for their efforts towards the development of the Germantown Charity Horse Show. "They are a couple who has made it very much possible for the show to be what it is today," professes Foster. The Taylors did more than lend financial support. In the early stages, their work was responsible for bringing a level and prestige to the Germantown Charity Horse Show which caused it to be nationally recognized, and for it to maintain that recognition to this day. A number of special events will take place, many of them mainstays with the GCHS. On Thursday and Friday night only, a four in hand carriage exhibition will be held. The carriage, drawn by four horses, will demonstrate techniques and ability to negotiate and maneuver obstacles on the arena course. One and two horse drawn carriages will hold competitive classes at separate times. Two spectator pleasers will return as well. On Tuesday night, the costume parade will take place and Friday night children's stick-horse race will be run. "Definitely one of our most popular classes," commented Foster. Returning for their second year will be Spotted Horse Classes. The grounds have been enhanced by several improvements. Showing for the first time will be a new two-story judges box. "The new judges box gives judges and the announce a much better view," says Foster. He added that it will also provide a certain aesthetic consistency with the other buildings on the grounds. Foster believes that a great amount of the show's success is due in part to the appeal of the grounds and the natural bowl arena. Last year, 60 stalls were renovated. This year, the continuation of that project has been completed. Another 33 stalls have been completely renovated in time for this year's event. "Basically, everything but the roof was redone,"stated Foster. Support posts were replaced, the ground levelled, a new concrete aisle-way, and a curb to control water flow through the barn. The stall walls have been completely redone as well. The benefactor for this year's show will be The Exchange Club Family Center. This is the third year for this organization to be the recipient of the show's support. The Exchange Club Family Center is organized to "help stop the cycle of child abuse and domestic violence." As well, a number of other non-profit organizations, such as the Exchange Club, Lions Club, Rotary Club and the Art League, are represented by the ambassadorship of the princesses and queen. Twenty-four princess will be representing the GCHS in the form of ticket sales, spokespersons and presenters. Murray Foster, whose family, including father, aunt and uncles has been heavily involved with GCHS throughout the years, comments on his term. "It is always a challenge to bring this show about and to implement new ideas, but it is such a pleasure to work with all the volunteers." For more information on the Germantown Charity Horse Show call (901) 753-6441 or (901)754-0009. There is also a website: www.gchs.org.

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