Jump for the children duke charity event

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The annual Duke Jump for the children charity event is coming to the Gov. James B. Hunt Jr. Horse Complex in North Carolina. It is an enormous horse competition held to raise money for Duke’s Children Hospital. This years show split into two sections with ‘Jump for the Children’ being nov 7-11 and ‘Jump for the Children II’ taking place through on the 14-18.

This USEF ‘AA’ rated show sponsored by Triangle Farms attracts over 700 horses shown ridden by professional and amateur riders.  The ‘Jump for the Children’ Horse Show has raised over $1.8 million since the show’s beginning in 1984. It is the longest, continuously-held annual fundraiser for Duke Children’s Hospital.

Show highlights include the $10,000 Welcome Jumper Stake, the $10,000 United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) International Hunter Derby and the $50,000 Duke Children’s Hospital Grand Prix. Other than the equine events there are also other small vendors and a silent auction.

The Hunt Horse Complex sits on 30 fenced acres of the 344-acre North Carolina fairgrounds. The facility has 485 permanent stalls, 100 tempJump for the children duke charity event

orary stalls, an indoor, heated arena, outdoor covered show area, and several more show rings. The main arena has where both grand prix will be held has 81,000 square feet and 4,748 seats.

“The hunt horse complex is massive and by far one of my favorite venues, it has everything you could  ever need, from extra warm up rings to outdoor and indoor wash docks. I love competing and visiting there,”  said Lauren Stauffer, freshman and former computer at the complex.

In 2014 the ‘Jump for the Children’ Horse Show earned the ‘Heritage Competition designation’ from the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF).  The USEF is the National Governing Body for Equestrian Sports. The Heritage designation is reserved for competitions that have been around for a long period of time and have made contributions toward the development and promotion of the sport.  Only 19 other horse shows nationwide have been awarded this honor.

While Jump for the Children has always supported research and patient treatment at Duke Children’s, 10% of show proceeds in 2018 will go to therapy dogs used reduce anxiety and the need for sedation in child patients.

“I am super excited to compete this year with so many professional riders and it’s all going to a good cause,” said Kyle Timm, competitor.  


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