Oak Ridge Community Center, Inc.
Proud Sponsor of the Oakridge Easter Horse Show.
It was early in 1945 when a group of Oak Ridge men were leisurely sitting around the old pot-belled stove at Linville's Store trying to come up with an idea to raise money for a new church. Charlie Oakley, a local resident, came up with the idea for a horse show, the proceeds of which could be given to the Oak Ridge United Methodist Church building fund. It didn't take long for this idea to develop steam and plans were started for the first Oak Ridge Horse Show held on Easter Monday, April 22nd, 1946, with D. Lan Donnell as the first chairman.
The shows' sponsorship was given unique backing when Dr. Lambeth, the Methodist Church Superintendent, gave the event his blessings and promptly called it the "Consecrated Horse Show". The entire proceeds from the first five horse shows were presented to the building fund of the Oak Ridge United Methodist Church.
The show was founded in an effort to provide for the spiritual well-being of the community, and the two day-long event still provides for community needs and interests. Through the years, Oak Ridge Elementary School has received in excess of $200,000, with a substantial amount of this going to build the new gymnasium. The community summer recreation program, Little League Baseball, the Oak Ridge Youth Association, local Scouting Groups and the Northwest Middle and High School programs have received a great deal of financial support from this show. A local high school senior is also the annual recipient of the Oak Ridge Horse Show Scholarship. The net proceeds of the show are shared equally between the Oak Ridge Fire Department, the Oak Ridge Ladies Fire Auxiliary and the Oak Ridge Community Center.
The Oak Ridge Horse Show has grown from an entry list of seventeen classes of draft and saddle horses, mules, ponies and goat rigs to nearly two hundred classes of hunters, quarter horses, draft horses, mules, donkeys, English, Western and driving.
This years Oak Ridge Horse Show will, as those of the past, be a manifestation of a proud communities spirit and a willingness to work and serve for the betterment of all of our residents. In addition to the untiring work of local volunteers, show officials and local firemen, many others of this and neighboring communities give invaluable aid and contribute their energy and interest to this show. This is very evident when you view the numerous sponsors who advertise in the program and at the show and from looking at the various award donors for the different show classes. Merchants, businessmen and women, professional leaders and friends throughout the state have shown their continuing support and good will towards the Oak Ridge Horse Show.
All Correspondense to PO box 483 Oak Ridge NC 27310.