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The 2023 Germantown Charity Horse Show kicks off with the annual mother daughter princess tea.The Germantown Charity Horse Show is one of the oldest and largest all-breed shows in the country and will be June 6 -10 in 2023.

The Germantown Charity Horse Show (GCHS), now in its 74th season, kicked off 2023 with a Mother Daughter Princess Tea at the Harvest Moon Pavilion at Bobby Lanier Farm Park on January 8. A long-standing tradition, the tea provides an opportunity for the GCHS queen, princesses, their mothers, and the board of directors to meet each other and review key information and dates in advance of a busy season of activities.

The pavilion was decorated with an array of eye-catching flower arrangements and horse themed items, and the menu included traditional cucumber and shrimp tea sandwiches, jalapeño pimento cheese in phyllo cups, petits fours and other sweet treats, and, of course, hot tea served in china teacups. More than a dozen GCHS members contributed to making this year’s Mother Daughter Princess Tea a memorable event working with the committee chairpersons, Mindy Hanisco, Anna Pallme, and Sharon Pallme.

The queen and princesses perform a variety of duties throughout the season, including volunteering at the GCHS’s principal charity, Kindred Place, participating as volunteers at one or more sponsoring organization events, serving as ambassadors for GCHS with their communities, and serving as volunteers in preparing for the show and throughout the week of the horse show itself. The queen and princesses make important contributions with their volunteer work while contributing to the Southern charm and warm hospitality that the GCHS is well known for having.

© 7681-9778-sm-2 GCHS Princesses - Queen
Front row left to right: Gracie Hendrix, Taylor Atchison, Lara Eason, Alana Wesson and Sara Stonebarger. Back row left to right: Ava Swords, Megan Wooldridge, Alison Cornelison, Queen Kayla Benson, Amanda Hickerson, Danica Ramberg, Samantha Gattas and in absentia, Sofie Herbstrith. Photo by Alex Ginsburg, Alex Ginsburg Photographics. 

Kayla Benson is this season’s GCHS Queen and attended the tea with her mother, Dottie Benson. The GCHS Princesses and their sponsoring organizations are Taylor Atchison (Nashoba Carriage Association), Alison Cornelison (Landers Ford of Collierville), Lara Eason (Saddles N’ Such), Samantha Gattas (Planters Bank), Gracie Hendrix (Oak Grove Hunt Club), Sofie Herbstrith (Midsouth IEA), Amanda Hickerson (West Tennessee Hunter Jumper Association), Danica Ramberg (Hunters Edge Stables), Sara Stonebarger (Les Passees, Inc.), Ava Swords (Spring Mill Farm), Alana Wesson (Kiwanis Club of Germantown) and Megan Wooldridge (Pegasus of Germantown). The queen and princesses will be presented at the GCHS Royal Ball at the end of February.

The Germantown Charity Horse Show is one of the oldest and largest all-breed shows in the country and will be June 6 -10 this year. For more information, go to www. GCHS.org.

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