New River Valley Horse Show will celebrate its 106th year Thursday, May 23, when the 2013 show gets underway at 7 p.m. at the New River Valley Fairgrounds off Route 100, north of Dublin.
Competitors from near and far travel to the fairgrounds each year to take part in the event, which is believed to be the longest running horse show in the Commonwealth. The show runs three days, with competitions resuming at 6:30 p.m. Friday and at 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday. There will be a 30-minute lunch break during Saturday morning’s competitions, which include many youth events.
Admission is $5 for adults, with the exception of Friday night, Spectator Appreciation Night, when adults are admitted for $2. Children under age 12 are admitted free with an adult throughout the event.
The show is affiliated with the American Saddlebred Association of Virginia and the Carolinas, Appalachian Horse Show Association, East Tennessee Saddlebred Association, ASHB Futurity of West Virginia, Blue Ridge Horse Force, Paint Alternative Competition, and it is a qualifying competition for the Kentucky State Fair and ASHA High Point Awards.
Thursday night competitions are sponsored by Farm Credit in Abingdon and Wytheville; Friday’s are sponsored by Beam Brothers Hay in Mt. Crawford.