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Party, show your horse for a good cause

Western Pleasure is just one of many classes one can view or participate in during the Autumn Classic charity horse show.

Western Pleasure is just one of many classes one can view or participate in during the Autumn Classic charity horse show.

ALBANY, Ga. — The Autumn Classic committee is kicking off its 2012 charity horse show with a party Friday night that includes a $5,000 reverse raffle.

The Boot Scootin’ Bar-B-Q party will be held downtown at the Nelson-Tift building located on Broad Avenue in Albany. The party begins at 6:30 p.m., and dinner will be served by Riverfront Bar-B-Q at 7 p.m. along with live entertainment, line dancing and both silent and live auctions.

Tickets are $50 in advance and include dinner for one and a chance at the $5,000 reverse raffle. Tickets can be purchased at the Albany Humane Society, 1705 W. Oakridge Drive, and at both Riverfront Bar-B-Q locations or online at www.theautumnclassic.com.

The following weekend, Nov. 17 and 18, the Classic committee will host the Autumn Classic 2012, an open horse show that is AQHA- and AHA-sanctioned. The show will take place at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry. During the two-day show, horses of all breeds and disciplines will compete in events such as halter, performance and pleasures classes.

The hunter/jumper portion of the show will take place on Sunday. Marshall and Sterling points will be awarded, and a $1,000 mini grand prix will take place that day also.

This event is for the family. Spectators are invited and may attend for free.

Proceeds from the show will benefit the Albany Humane Society. More than 6,000 homeless pets each year are provided shelter, food and love at the Albany Humane Society while they wait for a family to call their own.

For more information on the show, including class sheets and registration information, visit www.theautumnclassic.com.

The Autumn Classic is a charity even that is hosted by the Dougherty County Saddle Club, a charitable organization established to encourage and stimulate love for horses.