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Autumn Classic to raise bar for local charity

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Karen Henderson of Albany shows in a halter class at the Albany Autumn Classic Open Horse Show in 2009.

Special photo Karen Henderson of Albany shows in a halter class at the Albany Autumn Classic Open Horse Show in 2009.

— The annual Autumn Classic Charity Open Horse Show will take place in Perry this year after 35 years at Potter Community Center. The show, which has outgrown its home in Albany, will be conducted at the Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter for the first time on Saturday beginning at 9 a.m.

“Potter’s has space for around 60 horses. Last year, we had 250 at the Classic,” Kilena Underwood, Autumn Classic committee chair, said.

To better accommodate all the participants, the committee is moving the show to the Georgia National Fair Grounds. The Open Horse Show will still benefit the local Albany Humane Society, along with the Georgia Department of Agriculture Equine Impound Program.

On Friday, there will be a riders’ reception party from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. with live entertainment where one can purchase an all-you-can-eat chicken or barbecue plate for $15 at the barn. This gives guests time to meet, relax and enjoy the company of fellow riders and enthusiasts.

The show will remain an all-breed show with the traditional ribbons, trophies and cash. But this year the Arabian Horse Club and the AQHA has agreed to make the Classic a pointed show. Visit theautumnclassic.com for details.

The show will take place in three arenas for the one day event which will encompass Hunter/Jumper, Pleasure and Gaited classes.

Contact (229) 883-0059, (229) 869-7210 or contact@theautumnclassic.com.