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Piedmont PFHA Horse Shows and Sport Horse Program

Piedmont Paso Fino Horse Association

Piedmont PFHA Horse Show Locations -- Official Website Links
Western Agricultural Center
Asheville, NC (Fletcher)
T. E. Garrison Arena Clemson, SC
James B. Hunt Horse Complex N.C. State Fairgrounds, Raleigh, NC
Davidson County Horseman's Association Lexington, NC
Johnston County Open Horse Show Series Smithfield, NC
Pure Puerto Rican Federation Shows Lexington, SC
Spartanburg SC Horse Association Camp Croft State Park, Spartanburg, SC
Lincoln County Horseman’s Association Ponderosa Show Grounds, Lincolnton, NC
East Coast Open Horse Show Circuit Eastern NC Agricultural Center,Williamston, NC
Gaston Farm Equest. Ctr Open Horse Shows 2717 Gaston Farm Road Chester, SC
PFHA Grand National PFHA Show Lexington, KY
Lincoln County Horsemans Association Lincolnton, NC
PFHA Show Forms
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PFHA Show Entry PFHA Membership
USEF Membership Form PFHA Amateur Owner

Clemson Show for 2015

Show Info: The Carolina Classic at Clemson, SC

February 2015 News:
The Clemson show will be Apr 24-26, 2015, at T Ed Garrison Arena. Friday will be one long show day with judges Jesica Hurni and Alice Page. Saturday and Sunday will be a split show with judges Keith Dane and Rick Shaffer. We will have about 2/3 of the show on Saturday with the remainder on Sunday so exhibitors can get home from the show at a decent hour.

We will have a full class schedule plus some non point pleasure classes for new exhibitors, as well as a class for color horses. These are offered at a reduced rate.
We will have an exhibitors' dinner and our normal Piedmont PFHA membership meeting on Saturday evening. We will be contacting members about class sponsorships and volunteer positions, so please help if you can.

If you have any questions please contact show chair John Towery.

Submitted by Milda Minter

January 2015 News:
The annual Carolina Classic show will be held on April 24-26, 2015, at the T. Ed Garrison Arena in Clemson, SC. At the November membership meeting we voted to keep the show as a 3-day event, with the longer day being on Friday, a full show with 2 judges. Saturday and Sunday will have a show split over the two days, with 2 more judges. This format will allow exhibitors to get home earlier on Sunday since the day will be shorter.

The exact schedule is not finalized yet but we will have the same classes as last year with the addition of the 5-6 year old classes that have been added in the last rule change cycle. We will have to combine classes or run them concurrently whenever possible, but we want to make sure each exhibitor feels welcome. We will continue to offer non-point classes for the pleasure division, which are inexpensive classes to give new exhibitors quality time in the ring. Our judges for Clemson have always done a good job of giving information to exhibitors to help them improve for their next shows.

Remember that the amateur classes are now open to any amateur riders, who do not have to own the horses. This should allow for more entries into the amateur classes. Please refer to the current PFHA rule book, which took effect after the 2014 national show, if you have any questions about this or any other rule changes. We also have been holding the Carolina Classic as a USEF local show, which still awards double points for PFHA purposes but does not require exhibitors to be USEF members. This also keeps the costs down for all exhibitors. We keep our stall fees and entry fees as low as possible while still making sure our association makes some profit.

We are awaiting the results of the piedmont membership survey for judge selection. If you have not already submitted your judge preferences to Julie Aldred, please do so by December 15. We will use the results to pick the judges for Clemson.

John Towery is the show manager. Please contact John if you would like to give your input or if you can volunteer in any way. We anticipate having a membership trail ride on the local trails and a progressive dinner barn party again for 2015, which were well-received by exhibitors in 2014.

Please plan to attend this show. It is a great way to start off the show season in a convenient and relaxed atmosphere. Watch upcoming issues of the newsletter for the officials, class schedules, sponsorship packages, and other special events as they become finalized.

Submitted by Milda Minter

Asheville Show for 2015

Preparations are underway for Asheville Alive 2015! The show will be June 18­21, 2015 at the WNC Agricultural Center. Mark your calendars to attend and support one of the largest Paso Fino shows. Our show committee remains in place with Jill Graff, Julie Aldred and Jeanne Griggs. Jill will serve as the Show Chairperson. Please feel free to reach out to these committee members about the show. All updates and pertinent information on the show can be viewed at www.ashevillealive.net.

Submitted by Jill Graff


Piedmont's Sport Horse Program NEW

At the membership meeting in November 2014, the members voted to replace our open show program with the new Sport Horse program as adopted by the PFHA Board of Directors in October. The sport horse program is much more comprehensive and allows members to compete in any judged or timed events and gain points towards awards in PFHA. We will basically duplicate that in Piedmont PFHA, allowing you to copy and submit to Piedmont PFHA the same form you use for the national association.

Look for more information and the nomination and event forms on the national PFHA web site. This program will reward our members for showing the talents of our breed in all those other events that we know they can do so well. In future newsletters and on the Piedmont PFHA web site we will list some of the events that are acceptable for the sport horse program.

If you have any questions, please contact Milda Minter.

NOTE: the Piedmont Open HorseShow Program is being replaced
by the NEW Piedmont Paso Fino Sport Horse Program

2014 Open Horse Show News

Piedmont Paso Fino Horse Show Awards

Piedmont's Open Horse Show Program

Piedmont PFHA has reinstated its open show high point awards (starting in 2013). This program encourages and rewards members for showing your horses in any open or fun show (that is not a PFHA sanctioned and pointed show). Members are responsible for turning in your placements for each show you attend by filling out the tally sheet and having the show secretary or manager or other official sign the form. You should also send in a class sheet for each show you attend.


Any show will count as long as the points are tallied and turned in as noted above. Some open and fun shows are listed on our Piedmont PFHA web site and more will be added as we are notified of them. Shows do not have to be pre-approved by Piedmont PFHA, which allows members the freedom to find shows in each part of our region.

Time schedule for turning in points:

  • March open shows turn in by April 10
  • April open shows turn in by May 10
  • May open shows turn in by June 10
  • June open shows turn in by July 10
  • July open shows turn in by August 10
  • August open shows turn in by September 10
  • September open shows turn in by October 10

You may turn in points by scanning your tally sheets and other info and sending them by email to pasofinotrainer@gmail.com, or send them by postal mail to Milda Minter, 1833 Perryman Road, Lexington, NC 27295.

High Point Awards will be given to the top 6 riders in the pro, amateur, and youth divisions. We are working on awards and hope to have them displayed this summer and on the web site so our members can see what they are competing for.

Please see the Piedmont web site for complete rules and tally sheet, or contact Milda Minter, coordinator, at pasofinotrainer@gmail.com or 336-764-4785.

These all-breed open horse shows are a good way to promote the breed and sell horses, and can help increase membership in PPFHA. The program will provide shows for beginners who do not feel qualified for Asheville or Clemson. Points will be awarded to the rider rather than horse. Horses must be registered and riders must be members of PPFHA. Points will be given for any class a horse competes in for the top six winners in adult classes and to the top six winners in youth classes.

Paso Fino Rider Testimonial on Open Horse Shows

I want to encourage everybody in Piedmont to participate at the fun shows this coming new year. Wayne and I go to about 20 shows from February through November. I quess we are fun show junkies, usually at the shows we are the minority but people always approach us and ask all kinds of questions and truly fascinated by our Pasos. It's a good marketing tool and don't you know I just love competing with other gaited breeds and usually placing in the top 3. This past August, there was a 4H Fun Show in Gaston County, I made it into the championship class; there were 10 walking horses and me on my 23yr. old gelding, I placed 2nd, I was really surprised because I felt so out numbered, but he did a great job. So for all the novices out there and folks who want their horse to get ring experience or just to have some fun with their Paso. Please, please come to the fun shows.

Karen Washburn

Wolfpack Western Equestrian Club & North Central Distric 4-H Horse Show

Come show with us! Our Open Horse Show series has multiple discipline divisions, including Non-Totting (Gaited) classes. The show location is the Jim B. Hunt Horse Club, Raleigh, NC. Class entry fees is $9. Contact: Richard Isley, 336-908-3302. Website: http://holidayclassicopenhorseshow.webs.com

Davidson County Horseman's Association

Open/Fun Horse Show series is at: Lori Smith's Farm, 1797 Wright Rd., Lexington, NC 27292. Website: http://www.dchaweb.com

The East Coast Open Horse Show Circuit

The ECOHSC offers Non-Trotting Classes just for Paso Finos and Peruvian Pasos. The other gaited breeds would enter in the Racking classes. Check out their web site for more info... East Coast Open Horse Show Circuit is held at the Bob Martin Eastern North Carolina Agricultural Center and offers year end awards. Contact info is Trish Andrews at 252-799-0334 or email sitrish123@earthlink.net.

Etowah Riding Club Horse Shows

Etowah Riding Club Turnpike Road, Etowah, NC. Contact: Tracie Mitchell, (828) 692-0096

Gaston Farm Road Equestrian Center

Gaston Farm Rd Equestrian Center Open Horse Show offers family fun. Our Open Horse Shows are the first Saturday of each month April through November, excluding July and August. Click for the 2014 Show Event Flyer.

Attendance is free and there's always good food and vendors. Gates open at 9:30am – Show starts at 11:00am. Contact: Beth Gaston: 803-374-6255; gastonfarmeqctr@gmail.com or Horses@GastonFarmEquestrianCenter.com. Website: gastonfarmequestriancenter.com

Johnston County Horse Show Series

Welcome to the Johnston County Horse Show Series. We are an open horse show in Johnston County, North Carolina that is dedicated to offering a fun and exciting horse show while still maintaining a down home atmosphere that encourages family participation. All riding disciplines and equine breeds are welcome at our show! Please join us! Our Horse Show Series offers a friendly and competitive atmosphere to riders of all ages and experience.

The show is held at the Johnston County Livestock Arena in Smithfield, North Carolina starting at 8:30 am. A negative Coggins test is required and will be checked. Concessions are available at the show grounds. Rain dates for all shows are the following day on Sunday. Membership is available for those who are interested in competing for year end awards. Contact Michele McLaughlin for more information 919-934-1344 or email johnston.county.horse.show@gmail.com. The show website is: www.blaine-mclaughlin-stables.com.

Show Dates:
March 1, 2014
April 5, 2014
May 10, 2014
June 28, 2014
August 9 & 10, 2014 (Hunt Horse Complex)
September 20, 2014
October 25, 2014
November 22, 2014

Directions from Raleigh: Take I-40 east to exit 319 McGees Xroads and turn left on to Highway 210. Go approx. 9 miles and turn left at sign that says Livestock Arena. About ¼ mile the show arena will be on right.

Directions from Fayetteville: Take I-95 North to Highway 40 West going towards Raleigh. Take exit 319 McGees Xroads and turn right on to Highway 210. Go approx. 9 miles and turn left at sign that says Livestock Arena. About ¼ mile the show arena will be on right.

Lincoln County Horsemen’s Association

Ponderosa Show Grounds, 1222 Ponderosa Rd. Lincolnton NC 28092. Contacts: Kevin Pittman 828-234-5398, Karen Fulbright 828-612-5662, Mark Gregg 704-308-1719 or email lchashows@yahoo.com. lchashows.org

The Pure Puerto Rican Paso Fino Federation of America, Inc.

The PPRPFFA hosts an all-breed fun show of the in the show season in the spring and one in the fall. The show schedule can be viewed on our website at puertoricanpasofino.org or on our facebook page. The Federation will be awarding a trophy to high point horse and rider combination of the show season (October through October) at our final show in November.

Southern Horse Festival N.C. Championship Open Horse Show

This an Open Horse Show in December; location to be announced. There are classes offered for gaited horses.

Spartanburg Horsemen’s Association All-Breed Horse Shows

The Spartanburg Horsemen’s Assoc is a non-profit all-breed organization that is having shows at Croft Park in Spartanburg, SC, shows. Paso Finos are welcome in EVERY class and each person is instructed to dress appropriate for their breed. More detailed information and class sheets can be found at www.shahorseshows.com

Union County Saddle Club Open Horse Shows

East Sandy Ridge Rd, Off Highway 207, Monroe, NC. Contact: Chad Baucom 704-574-0020 and/or Dan Kaplan at 704-309-0943. unioncountysaddleclub.net

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