Hugh Causey Trail Ride


The North Carolina Quarter Horse Association has held a long-standing Trail Ride every year in the mountains of western North Carolina.  In 2011 the Trail Ride was renamed the “Hugh Causey Memorial Trail Ride” in honor and memory of a long-time supporter of the ride.  Hugh was a fine gentleman in the truest sense of the word.  He made a lasting impression on all who knew him as an honorable and “gentle” man.  Hugh served as a coordinator of the ride on multiple occasions and was a member of the NCQHA Board of Directors for many years.  Hugh, and his wife Betty, attended the trail ride every year to meet up with friends for fun and fellowship.  Betty still participates on the annual ride.   

The Hugh Causey Memorial Trail Ride is held every year on the Saturday following Labor Day in beautiful Blowing Rock, NC.  Horses and mules of all breeds are invited to participate.  Blowing Rock is a lovely mountain community nestled along the Blue Ridge Parkway with many local artists, great shopping, excellent dining and quaint hotels.  The Tweetsie Railroad and Grandfather Mountain are located nearby, providing additional opportunities for family fun. 

 The trail ride takes place in Moses H. Cone Memorial Park.  The US Parks Service preserves the country estate of Moses Cone, a prosperous textile entrepreneur, conservationist, and philanthropist of the Gilded Age.  Its centerpiece is Flat Top Manor, a gleaming white 20-room, 13,000 square foot mansion built in 1901 in the grand Colonial Revival style. Twenty-five miles of carriage trails wind through the fields and forests of the 3,500-acre estate.  The trails are available to horse drawn carriages, horseback riding and hiking.  

 The annual Trail Ride provides many activities for both riders and non-riders:   

  • Continental Breakfast the morning of the ride 

  • Lunch served out on the trails  

  • Live Blue Grass Entertainment 

  • Catered Barbecue Dinner following the ride 

  • Goody Bags  

  • Great Door Prizes 

 Please join us in Blowing Rock for a fun filled, family-friendly weekend!!