King Cotton Horse Show set for Saturday

EDISON, Ga. -- The 44th annual King Cotton Horse Show will be held here Saturday. Organizers expect it to attract nearly 300 horses and riders from throughout the Deep South.

The National Walking Horse Association sanctioned, single-day event will begin at 3:30 p.m. and will feature 44 classes and $10,000 in prize money.

"Last year we were voted by the Georgia Walking Horse Association as the top one-day horse show in Georgia," said Dan Hammack, of Edison's Hammack Farms. "It is always a good show and fine day for our little community."

With more than 450 seats and bleachers, Lion's Club members expected 800 people to watch the show horses through the day.

The King Cotton Horse Show dates to 1939. It was so successful that the Edison Lion's Club joined with the Lion's Club in Albany to move it to Albany.

World War II interrupted the show and it was revived back in Edison in 1967.

"It's really a good show," Hammack said. "We have a first-class facility and people will be coming and going all day. If you like horses, Edison, Georgia will be the place you want to be Saturday."

Hammack said that the pleasure horse competition will be held that afternoon, with the racking and walking horses competing that night.

Another feature of the show that he said was a favorite of spectators are the Hackney Ponies. These ponies are smaller versions of the horses that pull sulkies in harness racing.

The jockeys who drive the horses in their smaller sulkies wear racing silks like their counterparts in horse and harness racing.