Some of the most regal and beautiful horses from across the nation are making their way to Cleveland for the 2012 Chattanooga-Cleveland Charity Horse Show, June 13-16 at the Tri-State Exhibition Center.
The Chattanooga/Cleveland Charity horse show is the largest Saddlebred show in Tennessee, so it is heavily attended by people from across the south. In fact, reigning world champions from Texas, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Louisiana, Georgia, Florida, and of course, Tennessee, will be gathered together for this competition.
“There is something for everyone,” said Robert DeBord, show manager. “From the beautiful athletic Saddlebred, to Speeding Roadsters or high stepping Hackney ponies. You don’t have to know anything about horses to enjoy this event. Many people just love to bring their families out here and watch the show. And, for those who have never been, this show is really a hidden part of Bradley County’s beauty you need to discover.”
The show runs Wednesday through Saturday, June 13–16, with main events starting at 7 p.m.
p.m. Admission is $5 at the gate, kids 10 and under are free. Dinner and snacks are available at the Tri-State Kitchen each evening.
The 35th Annual Chattanooga-Cleveland Charity Horse Show has decided to donate this year’s proceeds to The Therapeutic Riding Center, a center dedicated to children and adults with mental or physical impairments.
“It is amazing to see how someone who faces these challenges on a daily basis can grow so quickly when they ride a horse,” says Denise Wright, Therapeutic Riding Center director. “They might not speak much. Then they learn to say commands and direct their horse, and it really makes a difference in their lives. They smile more, move more, and develop control that they were lacking before coming here.”
Ms. Wright says the donation from the Chattanooga/Cleveland Charity Horse Show held at Tri-State Exhibition Center June 13-16 will enable the center’s program affectionately called, Reinbow Riders to offer their services to more people in need.
“We have a waiting list right now,” she said. “This financial boost, along with some much needed volunteers will help us expand our lessons, drill team participation and competitions. It also takes a great deal of financial support just to be able to care for the horses.”
And, this kind of support is just what the Chattanooga/Cleveland Charity Horse Show wants to offer.
“Of course we always want to support a good cause,” said David Peel, Charity Horse Show director. “For 34 years we have had a great time at our horse show, knowing at the end of the show, monies raised will go to someone in need. This is a great marriage of the two entities….a horse show that supports horses that help.”
For more information on the Chattanooga/Cleveland Charity Horse or The Therapeutic Riding Center, contact Denise Wright at 339-2517.