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St. Louis National Charity Horse Show offers free family entertainment

Posted on Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 10:01 am

Featuring an exciting $50,000 Grand Prix and several prestigious national championships, the St. Louis National Charity Horse Show takes place Sept. 13 through 17 and Sept. 27 through 30 at the National Equestrian Center, 6880 Lake Saint Louis Blvd, in Lake Saint Louis, Mo.

Similar to some of the equestrian events at the Olympics, this show brings exciting equine action to spectators in St. Louis with exhibitors competing for multiple national titles. The family-friendly event is free of charge and refreshments are available on site.

Always a crowd pleaser, the $50,000 Grand Prix takes place on Sunday, Sept. 17 at 2:00 p.m. in the outdoor arena. For an up-close view of the jumping action, the Grand Prix offers ringside tailgate parking for $75 per car. Activities will begin at the outdoor ring at noon with face painting, live music and food trucks including Destination Desserts, Kona Ice and Yo!Salsa.

The Saddlebred show kicks off on Sept. 27 and runs through Sept. 30 with exciting performances beginning nightly at 7 p.m. in an indoor arena. The show features the American Saddlebred horse, which is known as the “peacock of the show ring.” This powerfully muscled horse features high-stepping, high-energy action.

As the oldest and largest multi-breed horse show in the area, the St. Louis National Charity Horse Show attracts several hundred horses and riders from throughout the country. The show attracts competitors from more than 29 states, and attracts upwards of 1,000 horses from two different equine disciplines. The combined economic impact of our Show on St Charles and St. Louis Counties exceeds $4,200,000.

The horse show supports Stray Rescue of St. Louis and Therapeutic Horsemanship, a program of TREEHouse of Greater St. Louis. Since the late 1970s, charitable contributions from the show have exceeded $1 million. Dogs from Stray Rescue will be available for adoption at the show and riders from Therapeutic Horsemanship will provide a riding demonstration.

In addition, spectators and exhibitors alike can shop at a variety of on-site boutiques, featuring range of jewelry, clothing, high-end saddlery and tack, pottery, and home décor.

About the St. Louis National Charity Horse Show:

With roots dating back to 1856 as the first horse show west of the Mississippi, the St. Louis National Charity Horse Show gained national notoriety during the 1904 World’s Fair and has existed in its present form since 1977. A 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization with an all-volunteer board, our goal throughout the years has been to support and highlight St. Louis-area charities, as well as provide a venue for some of the finest equestrian competition in the nation. For more information, visit the St. Louis National Charity Horse Show website at