The mission of the Blowing Rock Horse Show Foundation is to “Support education and worthy charities through encouraging and preserving the traditions of horse sports in Blowing Rock.”
The Foundation was begun to provide a vehicle for long-term growth, as well as umbrella for the support of the primary mission: “To support education and worthy charities by encouraging and preserving the traditions of horse sports in Blowing Rock.” The annual Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show serves as the primary fundraiser for these activities. In 1999, the Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show Foundation, Inc. received a 501(c)3 not-for-profit designation from the Internal Revenue Service.
The Foundation owns and operates The Broyhill Equestrian Preserve, which is the site of the Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show. The Preserve provides long-term and short-term horse boarding, overnight camper space rental, horse trailer parking, and a convenient horse and carriage friendly access to the 27 miles of roads and trails in the Moses Cone Memorial Park. The Cone Park is a 3,600-acre fixture of the National Park system located along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Throughout the warmer months hundreds of riders and drivers bring their horses to Blowing Rock to enjoy Mr. Cone’s beautiful trails and carriage roads. This has put ever increasing pressures on the maintenance budget for the historic facilities at the Preserve. Protecting the show grounds with a permanent summer population of long-term boarders along with the many visits of short-term horse enthusiasts is a primary responsibility of the Foundation. In 2012, Bonnie and Jamie Schaefer provide most of the funds for a new barn to house long-term boarders. Operation and maintenance of this wonderful new building is also the responsibility of the Foundation.
Over its nearly 100 years of consistent operation, the Foundation and its predecessor organizations have provided financial support for many local organizations, including the Blowing Rock Fire Department, the Blowing Rock Rescue Squad, the Watauga County Humane Society, and the Blowing Rock Rotary Club whose history of generous philanthropic giving dates to 1946. The Foundation also encourages and supports many other not-for-profit organizations by making the Preserve’s facilities available at little or no cost for youth activities like Girls on The Run.
As a result of the decades-long partnership with the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Foundation continues its commitment to the preservation and maintenance of the Cone Park carriage roads.
Over the years, the horse show has become a significant annual generator of economic activity for both Blowing Rock and Watauga County. An economic impact study conducted by Nicole Jelley at Appalachian State University in 2012 concluded that during the 21 days the horse show generates over $7.7 million dollars of economic impact to the area.
Completed Projects and Future Growth
In 2007, a master plan was developed for the 25 acres the Foundation currently owns. Twelve aged barns have been recently replaced, and construction of the new Schaefer Boarder Barn was completed in 2012. A new schooling ring was completed in 2010.
The Foundation is currently working to acquire an additional eight acres that adjoins the existhing Preserve property. When completed, this acquisition will assure the land requirements needed to continue its mission for many years to come. It is the goal of the Foundation to complete the entire master plan by our 100th Anniversary in 2023.
Additional questions about the work of the Foundation can be directed to:
The Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show Foundation
PO Box 650
Blowing Rock, NC 28605