I love setting up shop at The Saint Louis National Charity Horse Show. Each September, the National Equestrian Center in Lake St. Louis hosts this event consisting of one week of hunters-jumpers and one week of saddlebreds. The show has a long tradition, tracing its roots back to 1856 as the first horse show west of the Mississippi and gaining its national notoriety at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair.
There are nearly as many dogs as horses here, too, which is why I always have a bowl of dog treats on my table in additional to horse treat and chocolates for the people. Yesssss, this is a bit of a ploy to draw people over–and their dogs–and gives me a chance to chat with them about my books, but we also talk about their horses and their own stories.
Friday of saddlebred week, I had an extra special visitor: Toby from Full Moon Farms & Petting Zoo. What a treat to pet a baby wallaby! Toby was riding in his very own sling and enjoyed one of the horse treats.
This horse show is a not-for-profit that supports Stray Rescue of St. Louis and TREE House of Greater St. Louis (Therapeutic Horsemanship)–as do I (it’s true, most authors are not-for-profits — 🙂 — but not by design!). All my book sale profits from the show get donated to these two worthy charities.
The Saint Louis National Charity Horse Show is an annual event. If you’re in the area, try to stop by. Come for the horses…AND the dogs, and who knows, maybe you’ll see a wallaby, too!