Our Signature Annual Event

James Fisher International Grand Prix

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Grand Prix was cancelled. We could not move forward with the event knowing that your health could be compromised. However, the work for the Hunger and Health Coalition does not stop and they continue to need your help. The Foundation held a matching campaign for the Coalition this past August and raised over $50,000!

Matching Donation Campaign Ended August 17, 2020


Get Your Tickets

Two experiences available. Gates open at 11:00 am. Last year was a sellout event, so be sure to get your tickets early. A portion of all ticket sales will be donated to charity. Dress code is smart casual.

General Admission

Covered grandstand seating
Free parking
Access to food and beer trucks
Opportunity to bid in Calcutta auction



Craft cocktails, beer and wine
Farm-to-table meal
Valet parking
Reserved seating in covered boxes
Opportunity to bid in Calcutta auction


What is a Calcutta?



Form of bidding on horse-and-rider teams in a live-auction environment.

Live Auction

Live Auction

The auctioneer sells each team to the highest bidder. Bidders can be individuals, table (8) or a group of friends.

Grand Prix

Grand Prix

Horses and riders attempt to navigate a fault free first course with no rails down within the time allowed. Horses who jump clean will return for a “jump off.” The fastest horse with no rails down wins.


The Prize

All auction proceeds are donated to charitable partners. The “owners” of the top placing horse-and-ride teams will receive a prize.

“My wife and I attended the Grand Prix on Saturday and were so impressed with how well organized and fun the event was. Many thanks to the James Fisher Memorial Foundation for bringing this wonderful event to Blowing Rock. We hope you have found a permanent home here in the High Country.”

Charlie Sellers, Mayor of Blowing Rock


Hunger & Health Coalition:

Provides basic needs such as food assistance and prescription services to over 17,000 individuals in Western North Carolina.