The 66th annual Germantown Charity Horse Show concluded with an exciting, but at times soggy, grand prix and championship show on Saturday, June 7, in Germantown, Tenn. Despite rains moving into the area at times, crowds still cheered on the horses and riders at the event. Saturday’s schedule included the $25,000 Grand Prix of Germantown, the CARR Opportunity Pleasure Driving Junior Exhibitor Championship, the CARR Opportunity Best Carriage Dog, the Paso Fino Performance Championship, the Speed Racking Horse Finals, and the Country Pleasure Walking Horse Championship. Olympic Gold Medalist, TV broadcaster and author Melanie Smith Taylor attended the event and announced parts of Saturday’s show.
The Germantown Charity Horse Show has sponsored the Exchange Club Center as its charity since 1999. Barbara King, executive director of the center, wrote in the 2005 horse show program, “The past six horse shows have been major fundraising events, earning a profit of $25,000 to $30,000 each year. These dollars are used to provide counseling and other services for children who have been abused or forced to witness violence in their homes. Every $50 raised can provide one hour of counseling, and thus, you can see what a major impact this partnership means for the children in our community.”