The Shelbyville Horse Show, named “Best Horse Show in the Country” opens Wednesday, July 30 and runs through Saturday, August 2.
The show begins at 7 p.m. each night and is held at the Shelby County Fairgrounds on U.S. Highway 60 in Shelbyville, Kentucky. Admission is $5.00. The show is composed of 57 classes for American Saddlebreds, Hackney Ponies and is an important stepping-stone to the World’s Championship Horse Show, held at the Kentucky State Fair in mid-August. So why is a medium-sized show consistently named the “favorite” by horse owners in stiff competition with larger, more prestigious shows at Madison Square Gardens in New York, the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville and the American Royal in Kansas City?
[view:ad_embedded] “We like to think that it’s because of the way the community comes together to support the show,” says Shelbyville Horse Show founder and manager, R.H. Bennett. “At most shows, the majority of attendees are horse people: here most of the people in the audience are people for the community, here to catch the excitement and learn more about the beautiful and fascinating world of gaited horses.” “It has been a pleasure to watch community participation grow during the last decade. We have added a kick-off breakfast, a jazz concert and art show and other activities.In most places, organizers would be happy with one companion event; here, we’ve managed to create a festive, week-long package known as the Shelbyville Horse Show Jubilee.” “We’ve always valued the family style of the show,” adds Shelby County Fair Board Member Don Baker. “Following the County Fair by three weeks, it firmly implants Shelby County in the minds and hearts of the thousands who attend.”