Building on a Tradition

Recently, the Foundation Board boldly determined to embark upon its first major capital campaign called, “Building on a Tradition.” This campaign will allow the organization to expand its philanthropic outreach and broaden its annual operations while continuing its rich equestrian traditions. A campaign goal of $2.75 million dollars has been set, which began in 2005.

One of the campaign initiatives is to strengthen the partnership with Blazing Saddles, expanding their programs of therapeutic horseback riding for the handicapped by providing this organization with a permanent and adequate home. Another goal is to develop and offer new educational and recreational programs for children and adults, including some opportunities for the growing senior citizen population and the disabled. Working closely with regional school systems to introduce and promote equestrian activities is also an objective.

The current facilities must be improved; thus a new “master plan” has been developed. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire adjacent land has presented itself. This purchase would help assure a long-term future for the growth and expansion of both current and new programs. Additionally, the board intends to continue its commitment to the growing needs of local non-profit emergency healthcare services as well as maintaining its roles as an important economic force in the North Carolina “High Country.”

As the Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show celebrates its 90th anniversary in 2013, the Foundation Board of Directors is excited about the future and is ready to face these new challenges and opportunities. As we move forward with these ambitious and exciting dreams, we invite you to join us and consider a three-year commitment. Your participation will continue our effort “Building On a Tradition.”