The summer months are prime for holding horse shows, and one area stable is offering its open horse show for a second year.
"Shenandoah Stables is one of many local barns offering schooling and open shows to local equestrians and horse enthusiasts," said Maria Bagley, a coordinator of the event. "This is the second year our manager, Kristie Heath, has offered open horse shows at Shenandoah Stables."
The show, scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at the stables on Evans-to-Locks Road, is being billed as a "friendly competition and family atmosphere." Show organizers say they hope to reach equestrians, beginning riders and people who have beginner-level horses.
"This is a great way to get additional training for young and inexperienced horses who need extra exposure to activities," Bagley said. "This is also a great learning and development opportunity for riders of all disciplines."
Bagley said spectators will be able to watch halter classes and "feel the action as owners show their horse's beauty and confirmation." Additional classes include those for western riders, lead line classes for pre-beginner riders, bareback equitation to open hunter championship classes, as well as those catered for Arabian and quarter horse breeds.
"Riders will have the chance to choose how their horse performs best and will compete against each other in 'go as you please' classes," Bagley said. "Here the judge will actually give riders the chance to go as you please, showing the horse at its absolute best gait."
To enter the show, horse owners must bring proof of negative Coggins test and cash or check to pay for class entries. Each class costs $8, or owners can participate in as many classes as they want throughout the day for $60, plus a one-time ground fee of $5. For additional information about classes, call (706) 651-1966.
Spectators are urged to bring chairs.
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