The summer heat will still be with us, but the competition will be even hotter when the 23rd annual Alabama Open Horseman’s Association State Championship Horse Show comes to Montgomery and Garrett Coliseum/Crawford Arena on September 3, 4 and 5.
Reflecting our extensive Southeastern regional draw, exhibitors will be coming from all over Alabama and portions of Georgia, Florida, Tennessee and Mississippi to enter into competition for championship, reserve and top ten titles in the 62 classes. Exhibitors compete for coveted trophy saddles, belt buckles, plaques and trophies, but all leave with the satisfaction of representing themselves and their home clubs in the big show. Spectators share in satisfaction as they watch the excitement, amazement and drama taking place at the second largest horse show east of the Mississippi River. Events and classes will range from all manner of timed events; Western and English pleasure; gaited and halter classes with all breeds of horse and pony going through the gate. In each class, the exhibitors and horses show off their conformation, agility, athleticism and ability for the judges and hundreds of spectators. Entries in 2009 numbered a staggering 2,100 and the number of exhibitors and visitors on the grounds over the three days was near 15,000 persons. There is no reason to doubt another spectacular show will take place over the Labor Day weekend of 2010. Entrants compete all year in their local AOHA affiliated shows to earn the right to enter and compete at the AOHA State Championship Show. Only the top 15 horses of each event from the local associations may enter the competition and thus our declaration that "at the AOHA State Show we feature only the best of the best." A special sight and crowd-pleasing favorite is the children’s costume leadline class where the children, parents and horses are decorated and disguised in spectacular and outlandish costumes in their attempt to impress and influence the judges’ decision and spectators’ favor. At our Show, you will find the timed events are fast, the pleasure events disciplined, the halter horses stunning, the gaited classes spectacular and the children’s classes heartwarming and special.
The exhibitors and spectators alike always enjoy shopping and eyeing the abundance of vendor merchandise and services. Always present are a wide range of goods like horse trailers, clothing, food, general equine supplies, jewelry, and interesting novelties and services. Each year we welcome new and exciting vendors, merchandise and/or services joining those who have been with us for many years. Our vendors continue to tell us it is always a very profitable three days and well worth the effort. Vendors interested in becoming part of our Show should call (205) 221-2802 and ask for Susan.
Designated by the Legislature as the only official horse show of Alabama, the AOHA State Championship Show will walk, lope, gallop or gait into non-stop heart racing action and suspense at Garrett Coliseum on Friday at 4 p.m. and then resume at 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Parking is abundant and free, and admission is still a bargain at only $5 and free for children under the age of six.
We pride ourselves in the fact there is something for everyone to enjoy at the AOHA State Championship Horse Show. Whether you love to show horses or just love horses, you will find beauty, suspense, fun and excitement Garrett Coliseum is found in Montgomery on Coliseum Boulevard, just off the Northern Bypass and Federal Drive.
For further information you may call (256) 234-2925, (205) 221-2802 or visit our website of www.showaoha.org.