What exactly is the Germantown Charity Horse Show?
The Germantown Charity Horse Show is an all-breed show for locals and out-of-towners, young and old, new to horses and old timers. Expect to be amazed at the beautiful horses, skillful riders and fun crowds. From hunter jumpers (yes, jumping over fences) to carriage driving and Gypsy Vanner horses, and from American Saddlebred to Paso Fino classes, you will see a variety of horses and riding styles. The show benefits the Exchange Club Family Center of Memphis and has contributed to local education programs. The Germantown Charity Horse Show is a U.S. Equestrian Federation Heritage Competition, giving it national recognition for its contribution to the community and to the sport. You can read more about the show here.
What should I wear?
The weather can be a bit warm, even at night. Shorts, sun dresses, short sleeve shirts are all recommended. Hats, sunglasses and sunscreen are also a must, especially if you’ll be at the show during the day.
Is this a kid-friendly event?
Absolutely. The children will love the outdoors along with the beautiful horses. If any little ones are shy or maybe afraid of the horses you can sit a comfortable distance or get up close and personal if desired. Face painting is a popular spot for kids in the vendor area, and on Saturday night our Stick Horse Races are a longstanding tradition the kids love. For $5 they can ride their stick horse to victory in the main arena and receive a ribbon. Ice cream, crushed ice and other treats are available in the vendor area. In addition, our mascot Charity has a General Store with items such as coloring books, stuffed animals, stick horses, and toy horses for sale.
A special treat for our 70th Anniversary is the Wells Fargo Stagecoach performance nightly at approximately 7:30 p.m. During the show, from 10-6 daily the Stagecoach will be set up for family photos with your own device (camera phone or personal camera). Mark your calendar for this fun family outing and sign up for the drawing for a door prize at the Wells Fargo tent.
Where can I get tickets?
Tickets can be purchased at the gate on the south end of the Arena and at the eastern gate by the pavilion. Advance tickets may be purchased at several Germantown locations. For more information, click here.
Morning and afternoon performances are free of charge, and you are welcome to attend and watch the hunter/jumper competition in the North and South Rings and the Sonny Foster Arena. Tickets are required for entry to the evening performances in the Sonny Foster Arena.
What time should I arrive?
Generally the public attends the evening performances which start between 5:00- 6:30. Complete schedules can be found here. Days start as early at 7:30 for those who wish to make a full day of the fun.
Where should I park?
Parking is available in the grass in front of the arena, at Germantown High School and the surrounding streets. There will be a shuttle from the high school. Local police officers will on site and help to direct you to open available parking. Parking is free.
Where can I sit at the show?
Your general admission tickets allow open seating anywhere on the bleacher type seats or grassy knolls (great for kids). Box seats are reserved for box owners and are designated by the name of the box owner. You are welcome to purchase a box seat (subject to availability), and this gives you a designated location for the entire week of the show. More information about box seats can be found here.
Is there a map of the show grounds?
Yes, click here for the map.
What kind of food is available for purchase?
The Germantown Commissary supplies a variety of barbecue and chicken menu items in two separate pavilions surrounding the Sonny Foster Arena. Bella Cafe serves coffee, tea and refreshing smoothies all day. In the evening, be prepared for a variety of fair food such as funnel cakes, corn dogs, cotton candy, and shaved ice. Sheridan’s Frozen Custard is open every evening for delicious sundaes. Other food vendors also will be on site with salads, wraps, hot dogs, and other delicious fare.
What can I bring?
Coolers and outside food are allowed. Our bleacher seating is modern and comfortable, but if you would like to bring your own stadium chair there are some places in the grass where you can sit. Also please support our vendors for great food and desserts! We have a wide variety of food and cold treats available at the show.
Can I bring my dog?
Yes! But be advised that Germantown has a strict “Leash Law,” and unleashed dogs are subject to impounding and their owners may be fined. Loose dogs that are a problem, especially if caught in any arena, will result in a fine to exhibitors of $100.00. Please use your judgment on bringing your dog if you believe they will be afraid of running horses, crowds, or other dogs.
What can’t I bring?
Fireworks, portable speakers, radios (without headphones), open flames, and slingshots are not allowed. Also the arena and park area is a gun-free zone. Please refrain from bringing any devices that make loud noises or that could potentially spook horses while they are performing.
What if it rains?
Depending on the amount of rain the show may go on without stopping. If the rain is heavy, or lightning is seen in the area, the arena will be cleared of exhibitors and competition will resume once it is safe to do so.