“This is going to be fun. You’ll have the Arabians with riders dressed like sheiks coming out of the desert, and all the other proper attire.”
said Mark Davis, Saturday’s ringmaster.
EDISON — No matter the bloodline, breed, discipline, style or potential, all horses will be welcome Saturday when the Georgia Walking Horse Ladies Auxiliary presents an all-breeds show here at the Lions Club Arena.
Heck, there’s even a special showing for kids on stick horses.
“Most shows are breed-specific, and most of our shows are normally for walking horses only,” Mandie McFay, president of the ladies auxiliary and clerk for the Calhoun County Commission, said. “But this show includes everybody. It will be a little more formal in that everyone will be required to show in proper attire. But we’ve got a classification for everybody.”
Indeed, fellow show organizer and Edison Mayor Reeves Lane, himself a horse enthusiast who will show his walking pony Smooth Like JFK Saturday, said riders will have an opportunity to compete in 56 classes.
“We need the support of (horse enthusiasts) in the region, and that’s why we went to an all-breed show,” Lane said. “I think things are coming together well. I think we’re going to have a good crowd and a good show.”
McFay worries that a decline in participation that has led to the cancellation of several area shows might endanger future shows at the Edison arena.
“We’re really going all-out to make this the best show possible,” she said. “This is the third show we’ve tried to have (in Edison), and we really need to see an increase in participation. Without the support of (horse owners) and the community, we can’t have these kinds of events.”
In addition to walking and racking classes, which include padded and flatshod entries, classes will be open for Paso Finos, Arabians, Quarter Horses and other breeds in hunt seat, equestrian, english, dressage and other categories. There is also a special class for disabled children.
“There’s just nowhere in this region for people to go and show their horses outside a few breed-specific shows,” Mark Davis, Saturday’s ringmaster, said. “This is going to be fun. You’ll have the Arabians with riders dressed like sheiks coming out of the desert, and all the other proper attire.”
“With the feedback we’ve been getting, I’m expecting a very good crowd and a very good show. The economy is down, and that’s hurt a lot of shows in the area. But I think everyone’s looking forward to a really fun event.”
In addition to the horses, vendors will be on hand to sell T-shirts and other souvineers, and inflatables will be available for children’s enjoyment. Concessions will benefit the Calhoun County Library System.
Students at the Pataula Charter Academy will sing the national anthem, and a local drill team will present the colors for the opening flag ceremony.
Entry to the event is $5 per vehicle, and that money will be donated to the Lions Club for work on the arena.
Registration for horses will start at noon, and the show will start at 2 p.m. For additional information, contact McFay at (229) 849-4835.
“Most of us are accustomed to horse shows featuring specific breeds, so that will make our show unique,” McFay said. “We may all be different kinds of apples and oranges, but we’re all fruit. We all love horses.”
The Lions Club Arena is home to the annual Billy Lane King Cotton Charity Horse Show, which will next be held on May 11, 2013.