Show Builds on Walking Horse Industry’s Long Philanthropic History

Jackson, MN – Today the Performance Show Horse Association announced that using proceeds from this year's show, the Mississippi Charity Horse Show made a $45,000 donation to the Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital in Jackson, Mississippi.  The average prize at the Mississippi Charity Horse Show was $150.

“Most people don’t know that the largest benefactor of the proceeds brought in at performance horse shows are the local civic clubs and the charities to which they contribute,” said Terry Dotson, PSHA Chair.  “The performance horse industry has a long history of charitable giving to local communities throughout the country.”

Batson Children’s Hospital serves over 150,000 children in all of the state’s 82 counties, and hosts the state’s only Level I pediatric trauma center, intensive care unit, Level III newborn intensive care unit, and children’s cancer center.

The vast majority of performance shows give the bulk of the proceeds to local civic clubs.  At The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration alone, the clubs bring in more then $400,000 annually to support their charities. 

Batson Children’s Hospital is the official charity of the Mississippi Charity Horse Show’s 2013 event.  The Charity Show is one of Mississippi’s premier society events.  It has been the venue for world champions, with a history dating back to 1930.  This year’s Charity Show took place from March 28 to 30, 2013.