Keswick, Va. May 2, 2017 — The 113th Annual Keswick Horse Show presented by The Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund, will be held at the historic Keswick showgrounds from Tuesday, May 16th through Sunday, May 21st, 2017.
This year The Keswick Horse Show is brought to us by the Keswick Hunter Jumper Foundation to benefit UVA Children’s Hospital. The Keswick Horse Show was selected as the 2015 VHSA Horse Show of the Year in addition to being designated a USEF Heritage Competition, maintaining its distinction as an AA-rated World Champion Hunter Rider event.
“UVA Children’s Hospital is proud and grateful to be the beneficiary of the Keswick Horse Show for the third year running,” said UVA Children’s Hospital Associate Director of Development, Kate Rullman. “Proceeds from the show will help us continue to provide compassionate care to every child who comes through our doors. UVA Children’s Hospital is committed to excellence and we are proud to be recognized as national leaders in pediatric healthcare and research.”
The Keswick Horse Show began in 1904 and has been running every year at the historic showgrounds of The Keswick Hunt Club. It is the second oldest horse show in the country. Since its inception, The Keswick Horse Show has helped different charities including Habitat for Humanity, Charlottesville Senior Center, The Boys and Girls Club, SPCA and UVA Children’s Hospital. Over the past 20 years, the horse show has raised close to $500,000 for its different charities and has attracted some of the most famous horses, trophies, exhibitors and trainers to walk the showgrounds.
“We are thrilled to host our 113th Keswick Horse Show. This competition has become such an integral component of our community. It’s a must attend event for both community members and top-level equestrians,” said Co-chairman of The Keswick Horse Show, Doug Wheeler. “Thanks to organizations like The Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund charity horse shows can continue to grow, thrive, and help the charities that they serve. It’s people like Lindsay whose mission is to dedicate themselves to the sport by providing opportunities and memories to children that make this world better.”
The week features an action-packed and lively schedule of events. Highlights include the Eastminster Dog Show & Exhibitor party, which is held under the tent on Wednesday night. On Thursday night, “Karats and Cocktails” will take place to benefit the UVA Children’s Hospital. The weekend kicks off on Friday with the USHJA National Hunter Derby followed by dinner and dancing as well as the Jumper Classic on Saturday with a beautiful evening afterwards. This event has become a tradition in Keswick. To conclude the week’s events, on Sunday, a relaxing Down Home Fish Fry on the porch will be a perfect way to wrap up this unforgettable week.
“It is an honor to be working with The Keswick Horse Show. Being both a competitive equestrian and someone who understands the need to give back, I felt it was important to get involved with charity horse shows. They combine my two passions,” said Founder of The Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund, Lindsay Maxwell. “The horse show will help to improve the lives of so many children in the area. The proceeds go to the UVA Children’s Hospital and that is why we chose to become involved with such a wonderful charity horse show.”
About The Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund: The Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund is a private, charitable fund. It accepts grant proposals for the benefit of charitable, educational, or scientific purposes, exclusively from tax-exempt, charitable organizations. The issues where the Fund focuses its resources reflect Lindsay’s personal priorities and values: improving the lives of children with special needs; enabling access opportunities to education; and providing care, compassion, and protection to animals.
Jessica Greene, Sirota Public Relations