Mark Your Calendars for the Alabama Horse Fair!
by Molly McGraw
The Alabama Horse Council is holding its Annual Horse Fair in Montgomery’s Garrett Coliseum March 5 and 6, 2016. This year’s event brings top international and national equine professionals – Dan James, Lynn Palm, Steve Edwards (muleman), Lisa Wysocky (PATH leader), Franklin Levinson, Larry Whitesell and Jennifer Bauer (gaited horse trainers) and Alabama’s own Taylor McIntosh.
This year’s schedule covers two full days (8-8:30 Saturday and 8:00-6:30 Sunday) of equine-related activities in three buildings:
There will be Hunter/Jumper and Dressage exhibitions, Drill Teams, and the always popular Parade of Breeds. We are excited to welcome back the all-day Drill Team Competition in the Crawford Arena Saturday; the Alabama Obstacle Challenge Series’ second annual trail competition in the Crawford Arena on Sunday; and a two-day Model Horse Competition in the Garrett Kiwanis Room, expanding from one day last year! And certainly not least, we have several outside food vendors with their specialties. Parking is free and the whole-day gate fee is $15 each day, with children 6 and under free.
The “Show Me Barn” clinics are both days in the Exhibition Hall. Subjects for these clinics will be sure to appeal to everyone on an “up close and personal” level. It’s a great time to ask questions and learn more about horse issues. Thanks to our supporting vets, farriers and others, Ask the Vet and Ask the Farrier booths will return, a Silent Auction, Photo Contest and, oh, so much more! Details are available on our website, and the tentative schedule should be posted by mid-February.
There will be something for everyone – young, old, horse lover, etc. Vendors from across the Southeast will be there with items for the horse owner and NON horse owner!
See our website, www.alabamahorsecouncil.org, for contacts for the various events and information on sponsorships, program ads, vendor space, etc.
The Alabama Horse Council (AHC) is a non-profit organization that impartially represents all of Alabama’s horse industry. Whether you are a weekend pleasure rider, horse breeder, trainer, farrier, veterinarian or feed dealer, you have common interests in horses, their promotion and welfare. We work to enact fair and effective regulation affecting horse use, improve state equestrian facilities, sponsor eq-
uine-related educational opportunities, increase public understanding of horses and horse use, and enhance the contribution of horses to the quality of life in Alabama. Together, the many segments of the horse industry have an estimated $800 million direct effect and an almost $2.4 billion indirect effect on Alabama’s economy. An estimated 1-in-5 households has a connection to the horse industry.