The show, sponsored by iCleveland Noon-Day Lions Club, is a five-day event.
The NRHA show will have approximately 250 competing horses of three different breeds: Tennessee Walking, American Saddle Bred and National Bred.
Only members of the association can compete but spectators are welcome to join in the fun at the grounds. This is a economical family-friendly event with food, craft and jewelry vendors.
There will be fun activities in addition to the horse show and drawings with the proceeds going to charity. Children 12 and under are admitted to the NRHA event for free and adults are admitted for just $5.
This event is the Lions Club’s largest fundraiser of the year, enabling the civic organization to provide eyeglasses for children.
In the fall the Lions Club tests every fourth-grade student in Bradley County, Cleveland City, Tennessee Christian Prep School and Cleveland Christian School for vision problems.
Those individuals who need to have corrective lenses or eye surgery but cannot afford to do so can find financial relief from the Lion’s Club.
Some 75 percent of the money raised for glasses and surgery is used for children. If there are any funds remaining, they go to the elderly.
Money is also donated at Christmas time to the Boy’s Girls Club of Cleveland.
The Lions Club International is the world’s largest secular service organization with over 44,500 clubs and more than 1.4 million members in 201 countries. Lions clubs focus on programming related to sight conservation, hearing and speech conservation, diabetes awareness, youth outreach, international relations and environmental issues.
The National Racking Horse Association is a nonprofit association chartered in 1972. It was designed to promote and distinguish the Racking Horse as a show horse.
They have local chapters in Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee. Their program consists of Saddle Bred, National Bred and Walking Bred horses. They offer classes for Rookie Rider, Show Pleasure, Country Pleasure, Flat shod Horse and Children Classes (i.e. Lead Line, Tots to Ride and Juvenile), along with a regular line up of classes for all three breeds of horses.
Show season runs from April thru September consisting of a state championship show in each of the three states, and the five- day world show to crown the World Champions.