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BLOWING ROCK, NC: The Broyhill Equestrian Preserve is proud to report its role in providing sanctuary for horses evacuating from Hurricane Florence. Horses located to the Preserve from as far away Wilmington, Jacksonville and the rural areas of Pitt County in North Carolina. Camden and Fort Mill in South Carolina were also represented. Some horses came from as close as Lenoir just 20 miles away. These near-by horses were escaping rising waters from local rivers and streams impacted by the locally heavy storm related rains. Horses began arriving early in the day, on Tuesday, September 11 and continued throughout the night for another 24 hours. Over 63 evacuated horses were stabled at the Preserve.

A deeply discounted stall fee was charged to help the Foundation recover a small portion of the maintenance costs. As the storm’s impact rolled on for many days, the Foundation made the decision to cap the fees at a modest level regardless of the amount of time the evacuation lasted. Many of the horses from the hardest hit areas of the Carolinas stayed in Blowing Rock for two weeks.

Lyn Boyd, Chair of the Preserve Committee said,

“What happened to the equestrian community in the areas affected by Hurricane Florence was a tragedy for many horses and their owners. It is our responsibility, and indeed our pleasure, to make the Preserve available when a need like this arises. We have been available to help in past emergencies and will be available whenever crises occur.”

Shona Pascoe of Wilmington brought 21 horses to Blowing Rock for 14 days. She said this about her experience:

“Ladonna and the staff at the Preserve were so friendly. Everyone went above and beyond to help us through a very scary time. We made two trips with over 13 hours of continuous driving to get all the horses out of danger. The stalls at Blowing Rock are a good size for us, and the entire facility was very clean. We got to ride the horses some, and being so close to town made everything very convenient. We really felt like we were home". She continued, "We actually made a little mini-vacation out of our time on the mountain which helped relieve the stress of the situation. We’ll definitely come again when we can have a more leisurely visit. We’d love to be here for your horse show.”

The Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show Foundation, managed entirely by volunteers, is a 501-c-3, not-for-profit Corporation located in Blowing Rock, NC. It also owns, operates and maintains the Blowing Rock Equestrian Preserve and the L. M. Tate Show Grounds, which contain 450 permanent horse stalls. The Foundation’s primary fundraising activities are the three horse shows it produces each summer. The Preserve also maintains short-term stabling for recreational trail riders and drivers utilizing the 25 miles of carriage roads and trails within the adjacent Moses Cone Memorial Park. The Schaefer Border Barn provides seasonal stabling for an additional 16 long-term residences.

Blowing Rock Equestrian Preserve and L. M. Tate Show Grounds

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