NC State Fair: Horse Show Challenges | UNC-TV

NC State Fair:  Horse Show Challenges | UNC-TV


THE HORSE SHOWS AT THE NORTH
CAROLINA STATE FAIR ARE FACING SOME BIG CHALLENGES.>>FOR THE LAST THREE OR FOUR
YEARS, THE HUNT HORSE COMPLEX, THE HORSES HAVE BEEN ABSENT. THE BREEDS ARE JUST NOT SHOWING
UP.>>STATE FAIR WEEK PLACES THE
FAIR’S HORSE SHOWS AGAINST NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL WORLD
CONFERENCES IN THE HORSE WORLD. THAT MEANS MANY TRAINERS HEAD
OUT OF STATE, BUT THE NORTH CAROLINA HORSE COUNCIL STAYS AT
HOME. IT’S THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX ON
WAYS TO REINVIGORATE THE HORSE SHOWS.>>WHAT WE’RE GOING TO DO IS GET
THE LOCAL PEOPLE, THE KIDS, TO COME OUT AND OWN THAT BACKYARD
HORSE, COME OUT AND SHARE WITH US. COME OUT TO THE HORSE SHOW.>>THE HORSE COUNCIL IS OFFERING
FREE FIVE-MINUTE HORSE RIDING LESSONS AT THE HUNT HORSE
COMPLEX DURING PARTS OF THE STATE FAIR. IT’S A HIDDEN GEM.>>THE KIDS REALLY LOOK FORWARD
TO IT. THEY’VE ENJOYED IT. THEY’VE BEEN SMILING. THEY HAVE JUST BEEN SKIPPING
AWAY.>>THE RIDING LESSONS ARE ONE
RIDE THAT DOESN’T COST ANY TICKETS. JUST A BRIEF WALK ACROSS THE
STREET FROM THE FAIRGROUNDS AND A WILLINGNESS TO LEARN ABOUT
HORSES FROM THE VERY PEOPLE WHO LOVE THEM BEST.>>THE KIDS — SOME HAVE JUST
WANTED TO PET. WE’VE EVEN HAD ADULTS THAT HAVE
RIDDEN AND ADULTS THAT JUST WANT TO HAVE — TALKED ABOUT MAYBE
THEY’D JUST LIKE TO HAVE ONE IN THEIR BACKYARD TO TAKE CARE OF.>>THE HORSE SHOWS ARE FREE OF
CHARGE AS ARE THE RIDING LESSONS WHEN YOU CAN CATCH THEM BEING
OFFERED. THESE ARE ALL VOLUNTEERS JUST
HOPING TO KEEP THE HUNT HORSE COMPLEX THRIVING DURING THE
NORTH CAROLINA STATE FAIR.

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