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2/18/2013 2:47:00 PM
Horseshow suspended for 2013
Committee to look into returning show to Oak Ridge
The annual Oak Ridge Horseshow is suspended for 2013 as officials look to bring it to a permanent site beginning in 2014.
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The annual Oak Ridge Horseshow is suspended for 2013 as officials look to bring it to a permanent site beginning in 2014.

The committee that oversees the Oak Ridge Horseshow suspended sponsorship for the annual event for 2013 with plans to bring it to a permanent home for 2014 and beyond.

Since 2004, the 68-year-old show was held in Summerfield. Oak Ridge Community Center Chairman Bill Newman cited the move as one of the reasons the show fell on hard times in recent years.

"Following the loss of the show site in Oak Ridge in 2004, and the subsequent relocation of the show to Summerfield, we have experienced dwindling participation, attendance and volunteer and financial support as well as higher site costs, insurance and operating expenses," Newman said in a release. "As a result, the show has been unable to produce sufficient operating profits to fund its charitable contributions. Cost cutting and financial support from our longtime supporters are no longer enough to ensure the long term survival of the show. We need to re-think the entire concept"

In the release, the Oak Ridge Community Center detailed a four-point plan recommended by the Horseshow Committee. In addition to suspending sponsorship for 2013, the committee wishes to explore the availability of a suitable site for the 2014 show in Oak Ridge and gauge volunteer support and financial sponsorships to assess the feasibility of holding a 2014 show. If it is unable to demonstrate availability of a suitable Oak Ridge site or the feasibility of holding the show in 2014, the committee will make the recommendation to wind down activities and direct funds to other charitable purposes.

"The Horseshow has served this community well over the past 68 years. It provided voluntary support of hundreds of thousands of dollars to a primarily aggressive community which did not rely upon taxes for community amenities. Today taxes provide the funding for town amenities and the community has changed into a bedroom suburb of Greensboro," said Horseshow chair Sharon Smith. "If the Community chooses not to support the horseshow and its traditions, it too will go the way of tobacco farms, horse farms and truck farms which once defined the way of life in Oak Ridge. We will make that determination this year"

Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, March 1, 2013
Article comment by: TM Cooler

Perhaps people are also getting tired of the show because 2/3 of it are NOT traditional elements (the rodeo and mutton busting) and are horrible examples of animal cruelty. I know as an OR resident I made a point to NEVER go to the show (and tell others to avoid it as well) because of these two disgusting displays.

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