Tuesday, June 18, 2013

It's Roanoke Horse Show Time!

Yesterday marked the first day of the Roanoke Valley Horse Show.  It's one of my favorite shows and I am sad that I won't be showing there this year. It was the venue for Sega's very last horse show, ever, last year, and I just felt like I needed to skip it this year.

The show has an amazing staff of volunteers that put it together. It's also a multi-breed show and there aren't that many of those left anymore.  The show donates all profits to area charities specifically ones that are  equine, environmental and conservancy causes.

The Roanoke Valley Horse Show was established in 1972 by the Roanoke Valley Horsemen's Association. It has since become the longest running professional sporting event in the Roanoke Valley and one of the top horse shows in the nation. Rated the highest level of competition in horse shows (AA) by the United States Equestrian Federation, the show awards more than $250,000 in total cash and prizes. The Roanoke Valley Horse Show has been honored with the United States Equestrian Federation’s designation as a USEF Heritage Competition, the highest honor currently held by any Federation horse show.

Every year, the RVHS features Hunter, Jumper, Racking, Roadster, Saddlebred,  & Western Divisions; Barrel Races, Children's Stick Horse Classic, Jack Russell Terrier Races, and the $50,000 Grand Prix.

Looks like there was some trouble with mother nature earlier this week!

The venue for the show is the Salem Civic Center just outside of Roanoke, Virginia, and they set up tents on the parking lot. You need lots of shavings here.  The rings are small but the show is just so well run.  They have parties, lunches, dinners for the riders.  They used to have a really nice dinner at a near-by country club.  The Grand Prix is amazing. It is held indoors and the ring is so small and the jumps are so big!  

If you are in the area it's worth the trip. The Grand Prix will be Saturday night starting at 8:30 pm. Sega and I will be there in spirit.  We have our photos and our memories of her last trip around the ring.  

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