CCFA horse show celebrates 27th year

Photos by Allen Earl | Claiborne Progress The Walking Horse Stake Champion is crowned.

This happy young fellow rode his horse to a blue ribbon.

The future was on display during the 2015 CCFA Horse Show.

The show opened with a display of the nation’s colors.

The 27th Annual Claiborne County Fair Association’s (CCFA) Walking and Racking Horse Show was held June 6 at the Claiborne County Fair Grounds. The show is sponsored annually by the fair association and is affiliated with the KY-HIO and the East Tennessee Walking Horse Association.

There was once again a great turnout of competitors and spectators alike when the gates were opened. The weather was beautiful with mostly blue skies and comfortable temperatures. The Show Manager was Mary Trent with the Honorable Zachary Bunch serving as Ringmaster. The honorable Mike Conley was the show judge and Scott Helton was the announcer. The official event photographer was Photos by Nat.

Over 120 entered the show area beginning with the Stick Horse class and finishing with the Walking Horse Stake class, covering 26 total classes. 54 local businesses helped with sponsoring each class and provided the trophies and ribbons. Special awards were also given out in the memory of lost members of the fair association.

When asked about the show’s turnout and success, CCFA president Ron Seals said, “It’s a beautiful evening and we have a great turnout. This show has always been a success for us and not only does it help us with funding our improvement and maintenance projects but it helps with our Christmas/Holiday Food Basket program.”

The overall success of this annual show is due to the people who continuously bring their magnificent animals, the riders, the show staff, the fans and the numerous sponsors, he added. Without them, the show would have never made it to 27 straight years.

“Thank you to all involved from the Claiborne County Fair Association,” said Seals.

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