STATE OPEN HORSE SHOW TO MARK 20TH YEAR
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Exhibitors from throughout Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee and Mississippi will be competing Aug. 31-Sept. 2 as the Alabama Open Horseman's Association presents its 20th annual State Championship Horse Show at Montgomery's Garrett Coliseum and W.O. Crawford Arena.
The AOHA State Championship, designated by the Alabama Legislature as the only official horse show of Alabama, will feature riders of all disciplines competing for championship, reserve and Top 10 titles in 59 classes. Equestrians will be competing in halter classes, barrel racing, pole bending, pony classes, racking, hunt seat, pleasure events and more.
"This is the third-largest horse show in the United States," said AOHA Board Member Donna Witt Preskitt of Ohatchee. "We're an all-breeds, all-discipline open horse show, but there are some of the top horses in the nation that show in the Alabama Open Horseman's Association show."
Preskitt said seeing the show reach its 20th year is "really special" to her since it was founded by her late father, Don Witt. She notes that last year's show drew roughly 3,000 horses and 2,631in 2005.
"It's fun for all ages, and everyone that comes to the show will find something going on in two arenas," she said, adding that the show also includes a Sunday, 7 a.m., church service in the coliseum.
The opening ceremony and parade of colors is at 5 p.m. Friday, with the first event, youth halter, beginning at 6 p.m. Admission is $2 adults and $1 for children under 12.
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