Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse
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