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NRV Horse Show begins Thursday

Horse enthusiasts will pour into the area again this week as the New River Valley Horse Show gets underway Thursday evening and runs through Saturday night.
Alice Martens, manager of the 102-year-old show, said about 165 horses have been pre-registered for the event. However, she noted that many competitors don’t register until they arrive.
Last year, Martens’ first year managing the show, 264 horses competed.
“This is a nice, outdoor horse show. We have a lot of very high quality, beautiful animals and very competitive classes,” she said. Thus far, competitors have registered from at least three states, Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee.
Last year, Martens said, the show was “blessed” with beautiful weather. She is hoping the good weather will hold up again this year.
Despite a wet first quarter of the year, Martens said the Dublin show ring has “rock dust on it,” so it should be in good condition for the show.
Even if it is raining, the show will go on, she noted. They don’t like to show the horses in the midst of a storm though.
The show starts at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday nights, with horses showing in 20 classes Thursday and 22 classes Friday.
A 9 a.m. show on Saturday is Blue Ridge Horse Force sanctioned, meaning that competitors can earn points toward a high-points award that is given at the end of the year.
The Saturday morning show is geared more toward local competitors and includes 35 classes, according to Martens. The day begins with a fun “stick horse” competition in which “children of all ages” are allowed to ride their stick horses around the ring. Each participant receives a ribbon.
At 6 p.m. Saturday, the show continues with 26 classes Martens said are primarily “champion classes.” To compete in these classes, the horse must have shown in a different class earlier in the three-day event. They aren’t required to have won in the earlier event, but they must have been judged.
Last year, the show started a new “Jackpot Stake” competition that “has been very well received” and will continue this year. Half of the registration fee for the jackpot competitions goes into the jackpot and half goes to the horse show. Martens said this helps increase the cash award in these categories.
The five Jackpot Stake classes are: Open Roadster to Bike; ASB Three-gated Park; ASB Open Three-gated; Open Roadster Pony; and ASB Open Five-gated. All five competitions are spread throughout Saturday night’s show.
For those looking for some “excitement,” Martens said the Roadster Pony and Roadster Horse classes would be of interest. The horses move faster in these competitions, and pull a sulky cart.
She said the Friday evening timed events such as barrel racing and pole pending also are exciting and fast-paced.

Admission is $5 for adults. Children ages 12 and younger are admitted free with a paying adult.

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NRV Horse Show begins Thursday

Horse enthusiasts will pour into the area again this week as the New River Valley Horse Show gets underway Thursday evening and runs through Saturday night.
Alice Martens, manager of the 102-year-old show, said about 165 horses have been pre-registered for the event. However, she noted that many competitors don’t register until they arrive.
Last year, Martens’ first year managing the show, 264 horses competed.
“This is a nice, outdoor horse show. We have a lot of very high quality, beautiful animals and very competitive classes,” she said. Thus far, competitors have registered from at least three states, Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee.
Last year, Martens said, the show was “blessed” with beautiful weather. She is hoping the good weather will hold up again this year.
Despite a wet first quarter of the year, Martens said the Dublin show ring has “rock dust on it,” so it should be in good condition for the show.
Even if it is raining, the show will go on, she noted. They don’t like to show the horses in the midst of a storm though.
The show starts at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday nights, with horses showing in 20 classes Thursday and 22 classes Friday.
A 9 a.m. show on Saturday is Blue Ridge Horse Force sanctioned, meaning that competitors can earn points toward a high-points award that is given at the end of the year.
The Saturday morning show is geared more toward local competitors and includes 35 classes, according to Martens. The day begins with a fun “stick horse” competition in which “children of all ages” are allowed to ride their stick horses around the ring. Each participant receives a ribbon.
At 6 p.m. Saturday, the show continues with 26 classes Martens said are primarily “champion classes.” To compete in these classes, the horse must have shown in a different class earlier in the three-day event. They aren’t required to have won in the earlier event, but they must have been judged.
Last year, the show started a new “Jackpot Stake” competition that “has been very well received” and will continue this year. Half of the registration fee for the jackpot competitions goes into the jackpot and half goes to the horse show. Martens said this helps increase the cash award in these categories.
The five Jackpot Stake classes are: Open Roadster to Bike; ASB Three-gated Park; ASB Open Three-gated; Open Roadster Pony; and ASB Open Five-gated. All five competitions are spread throughout Saturday night’s show.
For those looking for some “excitement,” Martens said the Roadster Pony and Roadster Horse classes would be of interest. The horses move faster in these competitions, and pull a sulky cart.
She said the Friday evening timed events such as barrel racing and pole pending also are exciting and fast-paced.

Admission is $5 for adults. Children ages 12 and younger are admitted free with a paying adult.

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