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Blue Ridge Classic Adds Several Classes

The upcoming Blue Ridge Classic Horse Show, scheduled for July 24-27 at the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center in Asheville, N.C., will have several more classes as part of the weekend’s itinerary. Show manager Elizabeth Holmes has already implemented several changes for this year’s show including Howard Schatzberg as official photographer and a three-judge panel for the Saddlebred, roadster, Hackney and equitation divisions. Michael Craghead, Ricky Harris, and Robert Wilson will serve on the panel. Wilson will also judge the Morgan division and Craghead will serve as the academy judge.

Nearly 700 horses converged on the agricultural center last year, making Blue Ridge one of the biggest shows of the year and one of the final tests before Louisville.

The first added class is 6 A; ASB Open Western Pleasure. The class is open to any rider whether they are a professional, amateur or junior exhibitor. The class will be part of the first session of the show on Wednesday morning. Class 20 A, Ladies Morgan Hunter Pleasure, was also added and will be the first class of Wednesday evening. The Three-Year-Old Fine Harness class will be class 71A and will be part of the Thursday evening schedule. The final added class, 143 A, will be a lead line class for eight and under riders. It will be held as the first class on Saturday evening.

Hospitality is always a large part of what draws exhibitors in huge numbers each year and will again include coffee and donuts each morning, a welcome party on Tuesday evening, a progressive barn party on Thursday after the show, exhibitor’s party featuring the UPHA Chapter 12 “Casino Night” fund raiser on Friday evening, and a wrap up party after the Saturday evening final session.

For more information contact show manager Elizabeth Holmes at 919-563-5992.

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