Participants are coming from all across the United States: Florida, Kentucky, Texas, Oklahoma and beyond. They are meeting here to compete in the largest Saddlebred Horse Show in Tennessee, the 36th Annual Chattanooga-Cleveland Charity Horse Show, held at Tri-State Exhibition Center, June 12-15.
“These are some of the most beautiful horses you will ever see,” said Mack Hess, facility manager at Tri-State. “And, part of the fun of this horse show is walking around the barns and looking at how they decorate their stalls for the week. By the end of the competition, there are usually a lot of ribbons being displayed as well.”
Horses for Heroes, an equestrian therapy program for local veterans, and the Therapeutic Riding Center, for adults and children with mental or physical impairments, are the beneficiaries of this year’s show, which begins Wednesday.
This is the second year all monies raised will stay in Cleveland.
With days full of activities, it is difficult to know which time is the best time to make your way out to Tri-State.
Keep in mind, that morning activities on Friday and Saturday at 10 a.m. are free, but draw smaller crowds and have fewer participants.
The Main Events are in the evenings, beginning at 7. Friday evening, the first Horses for Heroes class will present the colors during the Opening Ceremonies. During the break, the Reinbow Riders Area Four Special Olympic Drill Team will be performing. And, Saturday evening brings the championships.
Tickets can be purchased at the gate.
For more information, contact Tri-State Exhibition Center at 476-9310.