Continues to Build to Championship Caliber
The American Ranch Horse Association World Show Committee recently met and approved more developments for the show coming to Murfreesboro June 23rd through the 28th of 2008. "One word keeps coming in mind for this show- ‘wow’." reported show chairman Brandon Sutton. "We are making every effort to ‘wow’ those that come to the show, whether they are exhibitors, spectators or vendors."
The first step in accomplishing this was to move the show to the Tennessee Miller Coliseum. This facility has everything needed for a top class show. The large, main arena is climate controlled and provides a comfortable setting for world class performances. The spacious mezzanine provides ample space for vendors to bring a wide range of equine related products and services, and patrons can explore them in comfort as well.
The Tennessee Miller Coliseum also is designed for maximum efficiency for exhibitors. The high number of camper hookups and stalls means all entrants can have a safe, comfortable place to reside during the show. For those not wishing to use camper hook ups, the town of Murfreesboro has plenty of quality hotels that are very reasonably priced.
Besides offering the wide range of classes that shows the versatility of the ranch horse, many ARHA charters from across America are pitching in and sponsoring social events. The Volunteer Ranch Horse Association is sponsoring Al’s Chuck wagon a true chuck wagon that can provide authentic cowboy cuisine. The South Kentucky Ranch Horse Association is sponsoring a pancake breakfast for exhibitors, as well as a corn hole tournament. The Missouri Ranch Horse Association will be sponsoring an ice cream social to give attendees a chance to enjoy a refreshing treat with fellow exhibitors. The Kentucky-Tennessee Ranch Horse Association will also host an exhibitor get together.
The Versatility Award is always a close competition. This year the exhibitors will show in conformation, trail, ranch riding, ranch cutting and working ranch horse to eligible for the Versatility Award. Champions will be named in the Youth, Amateur and Open Divisions. Also new for this year is $500 added money to the Open Versatility Champion, proudly sponsored by the Kentucky-Tennessee Ranch Horse Association.
2007 saw the debut of the Three Year Old Ranch Horse Challenge Stallions Stakes. This popular event is back in 2008 with even more horses eligible. These talented three year olds by nominated stallions will show in conformation, (after being ridden in ranch riding,), ranch riding, ranch cutting, and working ranch horse.
Corporate sponsors are joining in too. "The show draws equine enthusiasts from such a large area, and brings in such a large number of people; it is a wonderful opportunity for them to promote their products and services. It is a win-win situation for all. We have sponsorship levels to fit any size business, and we are very appreciative there are so many that want to be involved." relates Chairman Sutton. "These businesses are not just sponsors, we consider them partners." One example is the Tennessee Farmers Cooperative. ‘We are very proud to have them on board and are looking forward to a great relationship."
There is a raffle for a yearling filly at this year’s show, with proceeds going to the ARHA Youth Scholarship Fund. The beautiful roan filly has been donated by Ronnie Dale Rotroff and Lost Creek Cattle Co. She will be on display during the show, as well as make several "guest appearances" in the pen during the show. The winning ticket will be drawn towards the end of the show.
"This show has so much going for it. A tremendous amount of support from members, sponsors and the Mufreesboro community is adding up to make this the best ARHA World Championship Show to date. We are all very excited about it.", sums up Sutton.
Nancy, KY, February 27, 2008
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