Friends of Panthertown is hosting a horse exhibition and silent auction at the Bald Rock equestrian community in Sapphire, NC on Saturday, June 28, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. to benefit conservation and maintenance projects in Panthertown Valley.
Admission is free and everyone is invited to this fun and exciting event! Parking is $10 donation per vehicle and carpooling is encouraged. Lawn chairs and picnic blankets are welcome, but please leave dogs at home for the safety of all the animals.
See The Horses, Meet The Horses
More than a dozen different breeds of horses will participate in an exhibition at the Bald Rock equestrian arena at high noon on Saturday, June 28. Horses will include a majestic Gypsy Vanner, a Friesian, Paso Fino, Trote Gallope, and many others. Bring your children to meet and greet the horses before and after the show.
Bid Generously, Bid To Win
Silent auction items will be available to bid on starting at 10:30 a.m. in the barn with tables closing bids by 12:30. Bidders must be present to win, or have an agent designated to pay and retrieve their items prior to 2:30 p.m.
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Hike A Waterfall
A guided waterfall hike to beautiful Maidenhair Falls within Bald Rock will start at 10 a.m. Group size is limited to 15. Those wishing to hike should arrive early to check-in.
A light lunch consisting of a hot off the grill hamburger, hot dog, or black bean burger, chips, home baked cookies for dessert, and a drink will be available for $7 beginning at 11 a.m. You are also welcome bring your own food and drinks and have a picnic.
Enjoy Mountain Music
Musical entertainment will be on tap with old timey mountain roots music performed by a duo of talented local musicians. Adam Bigelow on bass and vocals, and Ian Moore on fiddle and vocals.
Family Friendly Activities
There will be various demonstrations and children’s activities going on throughout the event. Macon Faces Face Painting will be on hand from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. for the kids.
All For A Good Cause
All proceeds will benefit Friends of Panthertown, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Friends of Panthertown volunteers protect and maintain 30 miles of public trails in Panthertown Valley, a 6,300 acre backcountry recreation area in Nantahala National Forest. Donations and memberships are tax deductible.
Bald Rock is located at the top of Trays Island Road off US Highway 64 in Sapphire, North Carolina, about five miles east of Cashiers. Turn at the Sapphire National Golf Course and follow the signs to the top of the mountain for the horse show.
Schedule of activities:
9:30 a.m. Gates Open
10 a.m. Guided Hike to Maidenhair Falls
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Music, Demonstrations, Children’s Activities
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Silent Auction open in the barn
11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Horse Meet & Greet
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Lunch will be available
12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Horse Exhibition
1:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. Horse Meet & Greet
A special thank you to the residents of Bald Rock, to our generous silent auction donors, and to our event sponsors for helping to make this horse exhibition possible: The Divide at Bald Rock, McKee Properties, Natural Retreats, Cruise Planners Travel Agency, The 1945 Old House, The Corner Store, and WhiteWater Equestrian Center.