Welcome spectators and participants to the 2017 Germantown Charity Horse Show.  For almost seventy years, the Horse Show has welcomed exhibitors from all over the United States to compete and exhibit the magnificent athleticism of horse and rider.  As a lifelong attendee, I can attest that every year is more exciting than the last, with the opportunity to always meet new competitors, spectators, and vendors, some of whom travel thousands of miles to come to the show.  Over the years we have seen amazing breeds in these rings, with the newest addition of the beautiful “Feathered Horses” who brought a new level of excitement to the main arena, and this year promises to be as thrilling as ever.

Since the Horse Show’s inception back in 1947, families and neighbors have met at the show to spend a fun afternoon or evening together cheering on their favorite horses and riders.  It is the families that keep this show going.  We are proud to boast third- and even fourth-generation competitors, who have made it a family tradition to come to Germantown to compete every year.  Many of today’s Horse Show Committee Members became involved through their parents’ or grandparents’ participation.  My grandfather was an original member of the Germantown Charity Horse Show Committee, my father was a past president, and to this day my mom, aunt, uncle, and siblings are all involved in making this show a success; it is truly a family affair!

All of these families of spectators, exhibitors, vendors, and our committee come together each year to make Germantown Charity Horse Show such a fun and exciting week for all—and all for a good cause.  We are proud to continue to support the Memphis Exchange Club, a remarkable organization focused on family as well.  The Exchange Club provides education, therapy, rehabilitation, and safety in the present, and they serve families of the future by breaking the cycle of abuse.

I thank you for your attendance and support, and wish everyone a fun and safe week.  To all the families in the stands, sit back, relax and enjoy the show!

Sincerely,

Virginia Walker
GCHS President