The Alabama Horse Fair will again bring nationally known trainers and a wide variety of educational opportunities to horse lovers in Alabama. according to Dr. Cindy McCall, an equine specialist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. Sponsored by the Alabama Horse Council, the annual event will be March 1 and 2 at Garrett Coliseum in Montgomery. Saturday hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. with gates opening at 8 a.m. both days.
“The Alabama Horse Fair is one of the best educational values in the state,” says McCall. “For a daily entrance fee of $10, participants can see all of the events and activities at the fair and attend one of the largest equine trade shows in the Southeast.”
Nationally known trainers, Richard Winters (previous Road to the Horse winner) and Julie Goodnight, will present horse training demonstrations in the main arena on Saturday. Other Saturday activities are presentations by Donna Maye West and Larry Whitesell, drill team competitions, a sanctioned Model Horse Competition, Parade of Breeds, Kid’s Corner, Silent Auction and Show Me Educational Demonstrations.
Sunday begins with Cowboy Church. Other big events for the day include clinics for horses and riders hosted by Richard Winters and Larry Whitesell and the Trail Horse Competition, a challenging test of horse and rider team work.
Both days, participants will be able to visit with veterinarians and farriers and visit one the trade show.
“This year’s activities include horses that have national reputations in the show ring, which gives Alabamians a chance to see some of the top horses in the country,” she says.
For more information on attendance or becoming a vendor of sponsor, contact the Alabama Horse Council at www.alabamahorsecouncil.org or 205-678-2882 or Dr. Cindy McCall, 334-750-2724.
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