Just what is a racking horse? Decatur event celebrates unique breed April 24-27on April 16, 2013 at 3:02 pm
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DECATUR, Alabama – The second-largest annual Racking Horse Show in the country will be April 24-27 at the Morgan County Celebration Arena.
The 42nd annual Spring Celebration, which showcases a variety of classes and divisions of racking horses, is expected to attract entries from more 25 states competing for honors and more than $30,000 in prize money.
The competition begins each night at 6 p.m. at the arena at 67 Horse Center Road in Decatur. The Grand Champion to be announced Saturday night.
On Friday, children are invited to participate in the “stick horse” class. This event allows children to bring their stick horses for friendly competition in the arena. Every participant receives a ribbon. On Saturday, a horse sale begins at 10 a.m. in the sale barn at the arena.
General admission is $6 Wednesday through Friday and $10 Saturday. Events are free for children 6 years old and under.
For more information, contact the Racking Horse Breeders Association of America at 256-353-7225 or visit its website at www.rackinghorse.com.
What is a racking horse?
Racking horses are a breed derived from the Tennessee walking horse that was first recognized by the USDA in 1978. The breed is listed in the USDA Horse Protection Act.
The Alabama Legislature proclaimed the racking horse as the Official State Horse for the State of Alabama on October 5, 1975.
The “rack” of the racking horse refers to its gait, a bi-lateral four-beat gait that is not a pace or a trot. Because only one of the horse’s hooves strikes the ground at a time, it is often called a “single-foot” gait.
The horses are known for their beauty and calm dispositions.
The Racking Horse Breeders Association of America, RHBAA, was founded in Decatur in 1971, is a not-for-profit organization for registering the breed. There are currently more than 80,000 racking horses registered with the RHBAA.
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