The Roanoke Valley Horse Show runs through Saturday at the Salem Civic Center. One of the stables hoping for a solid showing comes from down I-81 in Wytheville.
Gary Altizer has competed at the Horse Show since he was a teenager. 35 years later he is still coming back, now with his wife as the folks in charge of Gary Altizer Stables.
When we were growing up your goal was to show in the Roanoke Horse show," Altizer said. "That was the biggest show around and towards the end of the week the stands will be full. That's really neat to show in front of people, and people that love the horses."
The Altizers travel to about 15 events a year, including the World Championships in Louisville, Kentucky.
But there is something special each year about the show at the Civic Center."People are out walking around here all day long just to get a glimpse of the horse. You get the little guys, you get the big guys, you get the jumpers, you get the Grand Prix. You get the whole nine yards."
The action continues all week as the Horse Show builds up to the $50,000 Grand Prix finale.