About Us

With roots dating back to 1856 as the first horse show west of the Mississippi,  the St. Louis National Charity Horse Show gained national notoriety during the 1904 World’s Fair and has existed in its present form since 1977. A 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization with an all-volunteer board, our goal throughout the years has been to support and highlight St. Louis-area charities, as well as provide a venue for some of the finest equestrian competition in the nation. Once held at Queeny Park, in 1999 the show moved to the National Equestrian Center (NEC) just outside of St. Louis in the suburb of Lake Saint Louis.

The St. Louis National Charity Horse Show is governed by the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), the national governing body for Olympic equine disciplines. USEF has strict horse welfare rules and strictly enforces those rules. Additionally, SLNCHS supports the efforts and authority of the many federal and state agencies, and the breed associations, responsible for regulating equine competition to ensure the safety and welfare of the horses and riders who participate.

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We support Stray Rescue of St. Louis. Stray Rescue’s sole purpose is to rescue stray animals in need of medical attention, restore them to health, and place them in loving adoptive homes. Virtually all of the pets they save have been abused and neglected. Stray Rescue has received numerous accolades and also has received national media attention from multiple media outlets.

In addition, we support Therapeutic Horsemanship, a program of TREEHouse of Greater St. Louis. TREEHouse stands for Therapy, Recreation, Education and Exploration.  While therapeutic riding will remain the cornerstone of the their program, TREEHouse plans to expand its therapeutic and recreational opportunities for individuals and their families.

2016 St. Louis National Charity Horse Show News Release

After the 2015 show, the show was pleased to be able to share $25,000 with Stray Rescue and $15,000 with TREEHouse.

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St. Louis Charity Horse Show

St. Louis Charity Horse Show is proud to support: