Roanoke Valley Horse Show moving to Lexington

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LEXINGTON, Va. Preparations are being made for the Roanoke Valley Horse Show. This year, the show will be held at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington.

Chairwoman Stacey Wright says the weather in years' past, coupled with economic hardships, forced them to move out of Salem.

"The year before last year we ran into a weather situation that brought the tens down and also flooded the civic center," said Wright. "The following year, as you know here in the Roanoke Valley we've had a lot of economic disparity, so we lost a lot of our major sponsors."

That loss caused them to cancel last year's show. Their move to the Virginia Horse Center will save them thousands of dollars and make planning a lot easier.

"It was a very difficult decision," said Wright.

Leigh Anne Claywell is Chief Operating Officer of the Virginia Horse Center.

"We're hoping we can provide a turn key environment where they can walk in and put on a horse show without having to do a whole lot of labor and that we can help them really succeed and benefit their charities," said Claywell.

She expects the show to brings thousands of people to Lexington and the surrounding areas.

"They'll be able to explore all the things to do around Lexington," said Claywell. "All the shops, all the great restaurants we have here, all the tourism activities. I think it will benefit Lexington by raising its profile in the region."

Wright adds, the horse show will continue to support charities in the Roanoke Valley and the Salem community has been supportive.

The Roanoke Valley Horse Show runs from June 20th through June 25th.