Riders from the around the state are expected at Harmon Classics
by Kirk Gollwitzer
The Harmon Classics third Annual Summer Classic Horseshow is scheduled for June 14-16. Lewis Pack, the show’s organizer, expects 200 horses to fill the stalls at the Foothills Equestrian Center (FENCE). “We expect to see riders from as far as Charleston, Charlotte, and Asheville, among other places,” said Pack. For scheduling reasons the event will be held at FENCE rather than Harmon Field. “Regardless of the location the Harmon Classics has lived up to its name,” said Pack.
According to Pack, Harmon Classics will be dedicating much of the proceeds to the Equestrian Aid Foundation (EAF). EAF is an organization whose mission is to provide financial support to anyone in the horse world who is severely injured in a catastrophic accident or suffering from a life threatening illness.
Pack sites two of his personal friends who have been direct beneficiaries of EAF. “Ashlyn Bell suffered a tragic fall while trail riding in the first couple of days of January 2013. She cracked four vertebrae in her back, broke all but one rib, and had a collapsed lung on top of that! She underwent a couple of surgeries, and I’m very happy to say that she is still alive,” says Pack.
Pack also spoke of another friend from Baltimore, Md., who was stricken with cancer and is on the upswing. Pack said “Linda Andrisani is a well-known judge in the Hunter world. Linda is doing much better and is expected to be a judge in next year’s Harmon Classic,” said Pack.