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GCHS Queen’s Ball


Photos by Tommy and Nancy Brannon

The 71st annual Germantown Charity Horse Show (GCHS) season got underway Saturday night March 2, 2019 with the Queen’s Ball at the Ridgeway Hilton in Memphis, Tenn. The 2019 Queen is Miss Sarah Lynn Foster, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Foster and granddaughter of the late “Sonny “and Mary Liz Foster, founding members of the Germantown Charity Horse Show. Sarah continues the legacy of her grandfather’s love of carriage driving and will not only reign as the Queen at this year’s show, but will also show in the Carriage Driving division. Sarah is a freshman at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga majoring in environmental policy and planning.

Germantown, Tenn. Mayor Mike Palazzolo was on hand to present the official proclamation from the City of Germantown honoring the 2019 Queen, as well as present her with the Queen’s Gift, courtesy of King Furs and Fine Jewelry.

Alex Ginsburg was the official photographer of the evening, snapping candid and official posed photographs to document the occasion. See his photos from the evening’s festivities at:

Presentation of the Royal Court and Coronation of the Queen was followed by dinner and dancing to the music of Thump Daddy.

This year’s Royal Court includes the following princesses:
Kayla Michelle Benson, representing Oak View Stables
Anna Josephine Butler, representing the Junior League of Memphis
Isabel Grace Dlabach, representing Ashley Fant Show Stables
Yates Louise Drake, representing the Germantown Women’s Club
Allison Jane Evans, representing Pegasus of Germantown, Inc. (she was not able to attend the ball)
Erica Grace Ferrante, representing Oak Grove Hunt Club
Kaycee Elizabeth Long, representing the Germantown Garden Club
Mary Francis Mangum, representing Longreen Foxhounds
Annie Laurie McPherson, representing The Founding Members of Pegasus of Germantown, Inc.
Sarah Jane Mednikow, representing the Suburban Garden Club (she was not able to attend the ball)
Sarah Grace Moran, representing WarHorses for Heroes
Katherine Bren Patterson, representing Hunters Edge Stables
Haley Nicole Pruitt, representing the ECHO Foundation
Rachel Joy Ricketts, representing the Heritage Woman’s Club
Allison Rey Rudisill, representing Nashoba Carriage Association
Ellye Kimbrell Sanders, representing Hahs-Gilchrist Shelter Insurance
Natalie June Shart, representing West Tennessee Hunter Jumper Association
Caroline Jameson Whitley, representing Les Passees

The 2019 Germantown Charity Horse Show benefits Kindred Place, formerly The Exchange Club Family Center. The 71st anniversary show runs June 4-8, 2019 at the arena at 7745 Poplar Pike in Germantown, Tenn. For more information about the show, visit

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