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A rider in a helmet and uniform is jumping a horse over a colorful obstacle during the Germantown Charity Horse Show's 75th Anniversary event, with an audience seated in the background.

Germantown Charity Horse Show – Historic 75th Anniversary!

The Germantown Charity Horse Show (GCHS) celebrates its 75th anniversary Tuesday, June 4 through Saturday, June 8.  Join us for a spectacular family-friendly event designed to delight all ages!

Each year between 600-700 horses participate in the show, and GCHS is one of the largest all- breed shows in the nation with an impressive array of breeds including Jumpers, Hunters, American Saddlebreds, Paso Finos, Gypsy Vanners and flat-shod/light-shod Tennessee Walkers.  Also featured are a variety of carriage driving classes with carriage-trained breeds.   Whether or not you ride, you’ll enjoy the variety of events offered throughout the show.  Expand your knowledge and appreciation for all kinds of horses while being captivated by the beauty, skill and magnificence of these equine athletes and their riders and handlers as they compete and show throughout the week.

Bring your family and friends every night of the show to enjoy the amazing competitions and overall ambiance of the show that will create a truly unforgettable experience.  There are approximately 20 classes each evening with ribbons, trophies, and championship money awarded, and competitors and horses always put their best foot/hoof forward to look great!   Enjoy GCHS’s Southern Hospitality with Queen Natalie and her court of accomplished Princesses presenting trophies and ribbons for each class, and afternoon ice cream at 2:00 pm.

The show runs Tuesday, June 4 through Saturday, June 8, at the Germantown Charity Show Grounds on Melanie Smith Lane at 7745 Old Poplar Pike in Germantown, TN.  Daily, shows begin at 7:30 a.m. and end around 10:00 p.m.  Daytime admission is free, and admission for evening performances is only $5.  Children three and under are free.  Tuesday night, June 4, is free for everyone attending.  For more information and show schedules, visit   Tickets may be ordered on in advance or purchased at the door.

Highlights of the Show Week

Tuesday evening’s performance kicks-off about 4:30 pm with the $5,000 Hunter/Jumper Versatility Challenge.  Next is a new challenging class added this year – Hunter Pairs Under Saddle – where paired exhibitors walk, trot, and canter and are judged on performance, soundness, and matching qualities.  This is more than just an amazing competition; it’s a journey into GCHS’s history paying homage to the 1948 show.  You’ll smile as you watch the Costume Class with kids, ponies and horses dressed up in creative and imaginative costumes as they parade around the ring.  Later, step back in time to watch ladies ride in the Sidesaddle classes.  Gypsy Vanners and Pleasure Walking Horses will also show.

Wednesday evening begins at 5:00 pm with the $15,000 Welcome Stakes jumper competition.  Watch the Lead Line Class that features young riders dressed in their finest English or Western attire on immaculately groomed and braided ponies and the Carriage driving classes – juniors, horses and ponies driving in fine style.  And, get ready for the “tap dancing” Paso Finos who will be showing off during the evening.

Thursday evening ramps up around 4:00 pm with the $5,000 Amateur Jumper Classic followed by the $5,000 Gambler’s Choice jumping competition.  Thursday night is also when the fast-paced Racking horses make their debut, along with other splendid classes.

Friday evening’s show begins around 4:30 pm with the second round of the Pony Hunter Classic and the Germantown Hunter Classic, both hunter-style jumping competitions. Then things speed up with the fast-paced Carriage Scurry Races as drivers maneuver through a set of obstacles. There is also a full schedule for competitors with Tennessee Walking Horses, Paso Finos, and Gypsy Vanners. Stick around for the Speed Racking Racing, a crowd favorite, as racers speed around the track to win.  The Box Seat Decorating contest is also Friday evening, so take a stroll around the arena to see all the creative designs on display.

Late Saturday afternoon is the electrifying $25,000 Grand Prix, an equestrian jumping competition for expert riders, sponsored by the City of Germantown.  Arrive early (by around 4:00 p.m.) to get a seat and see all the action.   Consider competing in the Big Hats and Bow Ties contest, which will be judged during the Grand Prix with prizes being awarded in multiple categories.  Next up is the kids’ stick horse race as these youngsters pretend to be their favorite racehorse.  Sign-up at the Princess tent (there is a $5 entry fee, cash preferred).  Bring your own stick horse or purchase one from the GCHS Charity Store.  The fun continues as the Carriages compete in their own form of Barrel Racing, and then later in the evening compete for the Best Carriage Dog.  Enjoy the magical Gypsy Vanner horses with their long flowing manes, tails, and feathered feet and the Paso Finos are back on “stage.”   Plan to stay the whole evening to see the championship performances and trophy presentations with the “best of the best.”

The event is finished.


Jun 04 - 08 2024


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Daytime admission is free and admission for evening performances is only $5.  Children three and under are free.   

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Germantown Charity Horse Show Arena
Germantown Charity Horse Show Arena
7745 Poplar Pike, Germantown


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