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Racking Horse Spring Celebration starts Wednesday

By Paul Huggins
phuggins@decaturdaily.com ∑ 340-2395

PRICEVILLE — The official state horse of Alabama begins its 2007 show season Wednesday with the 36th annual Racking Horse Spring Celebration.

More than $20,000 in prize money is available for the 70 judged classes.

Attendees also will get their first glimpse at who will contend for world grand champion honors in September.

The four-day event is the breedís second largest competition of the show season.

Only the nine-day World Celebration draws more horses and competitors.

Attendees

The show features youth, amateur and professional classes.

Shows run each night through Saturday, beginning at 6:30.

The show will name its champion at the end of Saturdayís competition.

The champion receives $500, with second place getting $400 and third $250.

Admission each night is $5, and children 6 and under get in free. Parking is $3.

In addition to the horse competitions, there will be a tack sale Friday beginning at 10 a.m. in the sales pavilion.

An open horse sale will be Saturday at 11 a.m. in the arena.

The RHBAA headquarters are at Celebration Arena, off Alabama 67 south of Interstate 65.

It has been home to the horse registry since 1973.

In 1975, the Legislature designated the breed as the state horse of Alabama.

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