Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse News


Winter Issue


Spotted Mountain Horse Association

2008 Review



by Melinda Jennings


2008 is over and what a great year it was for the KMSHA and SMHA breeds and show circuit! The horseshow season started strong with the Spring Premier held in Owingsville, Kentucky. Beautiful spotted horses took to the ring with both their peers and their solid color competitors to show off their abilities. Many familiar faces as well as new ones helped get the show season started with a bang.

July brought a change of venue for the KMSHA/SMHA State Championship show. A new venue brought out a record number of horses and spectators for this championship show. Held this year for the first time in historic Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, it proved to be a good place for both breeds to again show off their talent and beauty.

In October, exhibitors and horses from all over the United States and Canada headed to the Kentucky Horse Park for the Forth Annual International Grand Championship Horse Show. Spirits were high and the weather beautiful in central Kentucky as a record number of exhibitors and horses from all over the United States and Canada competed for the title of Champion in their division.

This is the one time a year that horses and riders from the different regions get to overcome the distance barrier and compete together. It is also a wonderful chance to see old friends and make new ones and maybe find that perfect horse to take back home.

The hard work and dedication of exhibitors paid off at the Christmas Party/Awards Banquet held at the end of the show season. Congratulations to all of this year’s high point winners!