Decatur, Ala. -- The largest Racking Horse Show in the United States is set for September 22 through 29 at the Celebration Arena located on Highway 67 East in Decatur. Horses compete in more than 140 classes for children and adults, amateur and professional categories. The celebration ends with the announcement of the new World Grand Champion.
"The attendance at the 2006 Show was just overwhelming," said Barbara Johnston, show committee chairperson. "We are working hard to provide an even bigger and better Show in 2007 that will showcase the horse that we have all grown to love and appreciate."
Shows are held nightly at 6:30 p.m. "We extend an invitation to everyone to come and share some of the excitement that we all enjoy and appreciate so much," added Johnston. The World Celebration is also full of other activities, which include a fish fry, horse sales, a barn decorating contest, fishing tournament, golf tournament, and activities for young riders such as skating parties and scavenger hunts. There is an admission charge for each night of the competition.
With the formation of the Racking Horse Breeders Association of America (RHBAA) in 1971, the Racking Horse has grown in popularity. Today, there are over 80,000 racking horses registered with the RHBAA, a not-for-profit organization headquartered in Decatur, Alabama. The Alabama Legislature proclaimed the racking horse as the "Official State Horse for the State of Alabama" on October 5, 1975.
The purpose of RHBAA is to collect, record and preserve the pedigrees of Racking Horses, to publish a register or studbook, and other such matters pertaining to the breeding, exhibiting and sales of Racking Horses. For additional information on the racking horse breed and current show schedules, contact the RHBAA at 256.353.7225 or visit its website at www.rackinghorse.com.