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One Trip – Two Shows in Asheville

Ray Cloninger announces the schedule of two horse shows in
Asheville, NC for May 2006. Plans are underway and a prize list has been mailed to exhibitors for the first show on May 12 and 13 at the Western NC Agriculture Center located at 1301 Fanning Bridge Road in Fletcher, NC. This show is the 1st Annual Asheville Spring Classic and features classes for the American Saddlebred, Roadster Horses and Ponies, Saddle Seat Equitation and a full Academy division. Judging all classes is Robert Gardiner of Chicago, Illinois. This show will be a fun show and will be one to get a horse in the show ring to get experience and practice for the big event the following week. Horses showing in this show can stay over for the show the following week in the same stable location.

The 23rd Annual Asheville Lions Club Horse Show will be held May 17-20 and will include a large schedule of classes including the American Saddlebred, roadster horses and ponies, saddle seat equitation, Hackney ponies and academy divisions. A panel of Renee Lavery, James Nichols and James Taylor will mark the cards in the performance classes. An academy judge will be announced at a later date. The show will also feature a couple of classes for Friesian horses. The prize list for this show was mailed in March.

Both shows will be held indoors and the facility also provides a covered warm-up ring. Also there are two large outside rings for schooling and one lunging ring available. Over 600 permanent stalls are available in a total of six different barns. Added for 2006 is a road from the lower barns to the covered warm-up ring.

Cloninger stated that having both shows is a good concept for the exhibitor in that they each provide good competition for all levels. Everyone has a choice to show in one or both shows and will get to stay in the same stables. Transportation costs will be reduced and the work will be less because of one trip. For a prize list contact or

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