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Students create history exhibit on Blowing Rock Horse Show at BRAHM

BOONE—The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum (BRAHM) features an exhibit on the Blowing Rock Horse Show this summer thanks to the work of Appalachian State University students.

View larger imagePictured left to right are Maurice Ewing of the Blowing Rock Horse Show, public history graduate student Carson Sailor, and undergraduate students Josae Neptune and Josh Vaughan. The students created an exhibit called “History of the Horse Show” at Blowing Rock Art and History Museum. Visitors to Appalachian’s Turchin Center for the Visual Arts can access a van shuttle to BRAHM to see the exhibit during the evening of July 1.

Titled “History of the Horse Show,” the exhibit is on display through July 24 in the museum’s Stevens Gallery. The museum is located at 159 Chestnut St. in Blowing Rock.

The Blowing Rock Horse Show was founded by Lloyd M. Tate in 1923. It is now a nationally recognized event and one of the oldest in the business. Today, the show brings thousands of visitors to Blowing Rock and raises funds for a variety of nonprofit organizations in the region.

Carson Sailor, a graduate student in Appalachian’s public history program, interned at BRAHM during spring semester and is the exhibit’s curator. He helped with several exhibits before taking the lead on the horse show exhibit, which includes artifacts such as saddles, ribbons, riding coats and a jumping gate, according to Dianna Cameron, BRAHM’s exhibitions and collections director. The exhibit also includes a seven-minute documentary produced by undergraduates Josae Neptune and Josh Vaughan for an interdisciplinary course titled Exploring the Documentary Form.

“Carson presented a lot of talent and enthusiasm for the museum. He did a lot of preliminary research for the exhibit, contacted lenders about pieces and worked with the Blowing Rock Horse Show. Josae and Josh’s video is a brief history that plays in a loop and offers even more content,” Cameron said.

“BRAHM has been wanting to create more opportunities for Appalachian students, either through exhibits, volunteering or internships,” Cameron added. This spring, a four-student team conducted a fund-raising campaign for BRAHM as part of a Principles of Fund Raising class.

Interested in seeing the exhibit?

During the July 1 First Friday Art Crawl, van shuttle service will be offered between Appalachian’s Turchin Center for the Visual Arts and BRAHM every 30 minutes. BRAHM’s exhibits will be free that night. The van at the Turchin Center runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

For more information about the exhibit, visit http://blowingrockmuseum.org/history-of-the-horse-show.

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