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The Enfield Lions Club will hold its eighth annual Enfield Horse Show at the Halifax County 4-H Horse and Livestock Complex September 7. 

This year’s proceeds from the Enfield Lions Club Horse Show will be directed toward sponsoring free eye exams for middle and high school students in the Halifax area. 

Lenne Ward, president of the Enfield Lions, said, “This is our eighth year and we have enjoyed all the beautiful horses and riders that have come to our show. This year we are changing things up a bit and instead of regular trophies we have a beautiful glass vase for first-prize winners. A nice surprise from the Enfield Lions.” 

Enfield was once the home of the largest one-day horse show in the nation. 

Beginning in 1951 the show ran annually for more than 20 years. The Enfield Lions Club revived the tradition in 2012. The event has a reputation for being a fun, all-breed, multi-discipline horse show. 

Admission is free to the general public. There will be plenty of food, entertainment and horses. The show starts at 9:30 a.m. and will end at about 5 p.m. 

There are two special entertainment additions this year: Abigail Hale, noted horse trainer and whisperer will bring her Mustang, Pippa. 

Pippa is a BLM Mustang from the Triple B Nevada Herd Management Area, who was completely wild less than six months ago. 

Abigail was assigned Pippa for the 2019 Extreme Mustang Makeover in Lexington, Kentucky, where they competed this past June. 

Together this team demonstrates the bond that can develop between a wild horse and human in a short amount of time. 

This is the first wild Mustang Abigail has trained, after more than 25 years experience working with and training predominantly Tennessee Walking Horses. 

Abigail and Pippa will perform during the lunch break, showing how positive training concepts result in great horse relationships. 

Additionally Miss Freckles, a therapy miniature horse, owned and cared for by Kim Jones, will be available for pets and hugs. Miss Freckles has been a therapy service animal for three years. 

Back by popular demand, the Lions will have an arts and crafts activity for the children. 

There will be stick horses for children to paint, followed by a special Stick Horse Class after lunch. Children can turn out their own personalized stick horses and compete for ribbons and prizes. 

The Lions Club members organized the event this year and Casey Armstrong, a board member of the North Carolina Horse Council and resident of Enfield, is an adviser for this Lions event and will oversee registration. 

The Enfield Lions Club Horse Show is part of the Tri-County Horse Show circuit. 

Riders can sign up the day of the event. Registration will be on site beginning at 8:30 a.m. and competition classes are $7 for all ages. 

Last year, there were 57 classes, including Saddle, Hunt, English seats as well as Cavaletti, Western, Working, Ranch, Trail, Barrel and Pole classes, with 200 riders participating. 

Ad sponsorship for classes is still available, from $15 to $200. 

The concession stand, sponsored by the Enfield STEAM Academy, will be open from 9 a.m. through 4 p.m. and will be serving a variety of foods. 

The Enfield Lions Club strives to support the programs of Lions International: health, vision, diabetes, youth/children, the environment and international relations but emphasizes how to make a difference in the community.