Charity horse show returns to Conyers for 15th year

CONYERS -- The Southeastern Charity Horse Show comes back to the Georgia International Horse Park for its 15th year to show off top-notch competition while supporting local charities through the Kiwanis Club of Conyers.

The event is an original showcase for the Horse Park. The show came to the Horse Park in 1996 and was the first event held at the equestrian center after the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Ruwoldt said it's been a great pleasure returning to Conyers.

"We appreciate being here and have enjoyed great support from the community," Ruwoldt said.

A portion of the revenue generated from the show goes toward local charities supported by the Kiwanis Club of Conyers. The club provides volunteers to help run the show. Ruwoldt said the show averages about $10,000 each year for charities.

This year, proceeds will go to support Mercy Heart Health Clinic, Rockdale County Special Olympics and the A.R. "Gus" Barksdale Boys and Girls Club.

The competition begins Wednesday and runs through Saturday with close to 350 horses expect to compete. Performances will be held at 7 p.m. each night with an added performance at 10 a.m.. Friday. Saturday will have three performances at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. to close the show with the championship performance, according to Jim Ruwoldt, show manager.

All performances are open to the public and admission is free. Ruwoldt said the show highlights hackney, saddlebred and roadster horse breeds and is an excellent opportunity for anyone to learn more about the breeds or just enjoy the horse competition.

The performances are held to show off the high trotting action to exhibit the extravagant gaits of the horses. Horses will be judged on quality and performance of both three- and five-gated class competition. Overall, there will be 127 classes ranging from juveniles riders to adults and include amateur and profession competition.

For more information, go to www.southeasterncharity.com.