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Racking Horses always welcome in Priceville

Celebration Arena at Priceville has many events during a year's time but none that equals the Racking Horse World Celebration that's taking place this week.

More than 2,000 of the finest horses anywhere in the country are on display at the arena as the highlight of The Racking Horse Breeders Association of America's activities.

Competition started Friday and will continue through Saturday night when a field of expert judges select a new world champion.

Local hotel operators say not as many out-of-town people are making reservations this year as a result of high gasoline prices. That's understandable because a quick survey of the truck and trailer tags in the parking lots in past years showed drivers arrive from about every state and Canada.

But that downturn won't dampen the competition in which prize money totals $109,000.

Actually, the sky-high prices might be good for the celebration. Just as many people don't want to spend the money it takes to come from faraway places, local residents who normally don't attend might decide to stay in town and save gas money, too, and see a show or two.

This is the 34th annual celebration and, once more, show organizers have built it around quality competition and family entertainment.

That's an unbeatable combination. So, take the family out one evening and see riders of all ages guide their horses through the competition. It's a thing of beauty.

Welcome, horse owners, breeders, trainers and riders.

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