Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse News

2008 Fall

International Issue




by Melinda Jennings


Hard to believe itís already that time of year again! The Spotted Mountain Horses will turn out in all their finery as the culmination of another show season will come full circle during one exciting week at the 2008 International Grand Championship Horse Show at the Kentucky Horse Park.


With 135 classes of the best Mountain Horses showing in one venue, this yearís event promises to be the best yet!


Spotted Mountain Horses are eligible to show in the majority of classes at the International. Any class designated KMSHA/SMHA is open to both Kentucky Mountain and Spotted Mountain Horses. If you will review the show bill, you will see initials before each class. SMHA designated classes are for Spotted Horses only. All Country Trail Pleasure, Juvenile, Amateur, and Novice classes are open to both solid and Spotted Horses. In addition to the classes, the Western class, Mentor and Me and the Weanling/Yearling Trail Obstacle and Natural Horsemanship classes offer a different twist to showing. Although many classes will offer mixed competition, the show offers Spotted Mountain conformation and under saddle competitions and championships for the trail, classic, and park divisions. For those who want to try something different fun classes will be offered on Saturday afternoon that include bareback classes, pole bending, and barrel racing classes.

Donít forget about this years exciting futurity lineup, which includes classes for Spotted weanlings, yearlings, two-year-old conformation and under saddle divisions, three and four-year -old and over classes in the combined divisions of country trail/trail and classic/park. There is a lot of incentive money riding on these futurity classes and the competition is sure to be fierce.


I would like to encourage all of those who have shown during the year and those who thought about showing this year, but never made it, to bring their horses out to participate in this grand finale to a great show year. See you at the show!