Many of the nation’s top American Saddlebred, Roadster, and Hackney horses will travel to Decatur, Ala. next month for a four-day competition that raises money for local charities. Set for October 9-12, 2013, The Alabama Charity Championship Horse Show is one of the largest Saddlebred shows in the southeastern United States attracting up to 700 horses from all over the eastern half of the United States.
Now in its 23rd year, the Alabama Charity Championship Horse Show returns to the Morgan County Celebration Arena where amateurs and professionals compete for top honors and prize money while raising money for local charities. The event is the fourth largest saddlebred show in the United States and has won UPDA Horse Show of the Year awards for Chapter 8.
Show hours are nightly at 6 p.m. Additional shows are at 10 a.m. on Thursday and Friday and at 9 a.m. on Saturday. In addition to the competition, vendors will have displays set up selling horse-related items ranging from oil paintings to clothing items. Admission is free.
The Alabama Charity Championship Horse Show offers open classes in which entries may be shown by juveniles, amateurs, and professionals, all competing for prize money, ribbons and trophies. Proceeds from the competition benefit the Junior League of Morgan County and the Children’s Hands On Museum at the Carnegie Visual Art Center.
Sponsorships are available for the 2013 show. The Morgan County Celebration Arena is located at 67 Horse Center Road (off Highway 67 East) in Decatur. For more information, contact Show Manager Janet Byron at 256.654.0429. For more information on the Saddlebred breed, visit the American Saddlebred Horse Association at www.asha.net.