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By Alan Hodge

Melanie Bennett (left) and her sister Bailey, from Heads Up Academy in Apex, choose a bridle for the show (photo by Alan Hodge)

The 19th Annual Charlotte Charity Horse Show at Latta Plantation Equestrian Center, in Huntersville, brought out nearly 200 horses, as well as 200 spectators who enjoyed the spirit of competition and camaraderie.  

Erin Shelley, from Scotland Saddlebreds in Laurinburg, tries out the show ring.


Funds from the event, a fundraiser for Cook’s Memorial Presbyterian Church, will help build a new family life center on the church grounds. 

Volunteers from Cook’s Memorial worked closely with members of the American Saddlebred Association of the Carolinas to make the event happen. Volunteers also operated a concession stand and hospitality tent.

 “The horse people love the church people,” said Betsy Boone of Boone’s Farm, who organized the event. “And the church people love the horse people. This is a big event and also gives a boost to the local economy.”

Riders and horses representing farms and equine enthusiasts from North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia and Tennessee competed for trophies, ribbons and other recognitions in nearly 100 different divisions. 

Other activities held during the three days included a stick horse race, dog show, and quilt raffle.

Richard White, from the Shuffletown community, and his grandson Jacob White, set up flags for the show.

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