RSVP: Germantown Charity Horse Show Ball

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Article & photos by Nancy Brannon

The Germantown Charity Horse Show (GCHS) is all about horses - and service and giving, especially to its designated charity, The Exchange Club Family Center. The Family Center addresses issues of family violence and child abuse, offering counseling, parenting education, anger management, and a wide range of programs to help ensure that children live in homes free of violence, abuse, and neglect. Find out more at:

Every spring, horse folks, show supporters, friends and family of the Queen and Princesses attend the GCHS Royal Ball, presenting the Horse Show Queen and her Court. The 2015 Charity Horse Show Ball was held at Woodland Hills Event Center in Cordova, TN on March 6. This year marks the 67th year for the “Charity Show,” which will be June 2-6 in Germantown, TN. For Rose Marie and Wes Lawson, the ball is their annual wedding anniversary celebration, as 39 years ago the couple got engaged at the Charity Horse Show Ball.

Formal presentation of the 2015 Horse Show Queen and the Princesses is the focus of the ball, followed by dinner and dancing. A chamber orchestra of musicians from the Germantown Symphony Orchestra provided background music for the presentations. This year’s Cinderella theme was utilized throughout, with glass slippers holding a single rose and table decorations of flowers in a silver pumpkin. Revelers danced until “half past eleven o’clock” to the music of The King Beez, so that all the young ladies could get home before midnight.

The 2015 GCHS Queen is Elizabeth Bennett Stagich, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Stagich.

Princesses are: Miss Particia Clay Alder represents Megford Horse Shows. Miss Susannah Hunter Bailey represents the Junior League of Memphis. Miss Virginia Elizabeth Barron represents Nashoba Carriage Association. Miss Kaylee Renée Bartozzi represents Nashoba Carriage Classic. Miss Lauren Elizabeth Bettendorf represents the Suburban Garden Club. Miss Shanna Lynn Beyer represents the ECHO Foundation. Miss Ellianna Anise Blair Carruthers represents Longreen Foxhounds. Miss Elizabeth Rhymes Chancellor represents the Dogwood Road Association. Miss Bailey Catherine Clark represents West Tennessee Hunter Jumper Association. Miss Katherine Rose Duke represents Hunters Edge Stables. Miss Elizabeth Grace Ferrell represents Oak View Stables. Miss Sarah Katherine Hanks represents the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Miss Hassen Kennedy Hawkins represents the Germantown Women’s Club. Miss Denise Post Horner represents the Germantown Kiwanis Club. Miss Madelyn Tait Malone represents Autumn Chase Farm. Miss Meredith Clunan Matthews represents Pegasus of Germantown. Miss Mary Carter Mullins represents the Germantown Garden Club. Miss Audrey Towers Muscari represents Oak Crest Farm. Miss Hanna Marie Sampietro represents Kimbrough Woods Garden Club. Miss Courtney Dianne Tipton represents the Germantown Arts Alliance. Miss Caroline Belle Yobak represents Les Passées. Miss Sarah Rachel Zuckerman represents the Heritage Woman’s Club.

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