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Asheville Alive 2014 - The Piedmont Classic
June 19th ­22nd

The Piedmont region’s largest show of the year is quickly approaching.
Plans have been underway to make our 32nd year of showing
in Asheville exciting for everyone!

Judges for Thursday and Friday are Robbyn Young and Robin Ratliff.
Judges for Saturday and Sunday are Carmen Cepero and Jose Colon.
Our steward will be Paulette Denault­Bryce.
Our announcers are Hannah Reid and Nicho Meredith.

NEW Sponsorship Packages available!
If you have any questions, or would like a customized sponsorship package
to fit your business needs, please contact Jill Graff for more information.

Ribbon presenters are always needed!
If you have some time to volunteer, you will see the show
from the best seat in the arena! 
Please contact Katy Nichoalds, 803­673­2251 or email: ariespf1234@gmail.com.

Please continue to visit www.ashevillealive2014.com/
for all current updates concerning the show!

May 2014 News Update
Asheville Alive June 19-22, 2014

Show plans for the Asheville Alive 2014 Piedmont Classic are all being finalized at this time. We are planning a very exciting and fun event for everyone. Our Exhibitor’s BBQ on thursday even will jump start our show. This year we will serve from 7-9pm under the tents in front of Barns A and B. Anyone wanting to help sponsor the BBQ will have the opportunity to showcase their horses or to promote their business during this time. Please refer to the Sponsorship Packages to see how you can be part of this.

You can have the opportunity Friday evening to enjoy a catered meal ringside from Frankie Bones and be part of the Stallion Exhibitions and entertainment planned. New this year, you can purchase a boxed meal and enjoy from the stands as well. Please keep in mind that there will be a limited number of ringside seats available.

It is very exciting to know that 3 of our National Judges will be officiating the show. This is an excellent opportunity to show your horse in order to qualify for the National Championship Show. Even if you are not showing, you can still support our event! Become a Class Sponsor! All Sponsorship Packages are available on the website and these packages can be customized to fit your business needs.

All Committee Chairs, please note that if you need to incorporate activities or presentations into the Asheville show schedule, you must obtain Show Committee approval by June 1st. No activities or presentations will be added at the show. Thank you for your cooperation to keep the showing running smoothly and ontime!

Anyone wanting to view the show from the best seat in the house, please contact Katy Nichoalds in order to be a Ribbon Presenter. We really appreciate our volunteers who dedicate their time present Ribbons and Awards! Katy can be contacted by email: ariespf1234@gmail.com or byphone 8036712251.

Please visit www.ashevillealive2014.com for all the current show information!

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
PDF file format. You will need Acrobat Reader to open file.
PFHA Show Entry PFHA Membership
USEF Membership Form PFHA Amateur Owner

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. Spring Show date is: April 19-20, 2014. 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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