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Appaloosas return to Jackson for 62nd National Appaloosa Show

JACKSON, Miss.–The weather is warmer and days are longer—summer is just around the corner! Summer means the world’s most colorful equine is coming to Jackson, Miss.! The 62nd National Appaloosa Show & 2009 World Championship Appaloosa Youth Show will be held at the Mississippi State Fairgrounds in Jackson, June 22-July 4. The Appaloosa Horse Club (ApHC) would like to invite Appaloosa fans and general equine enthusiasts to join us and watch hundreds of Appaloosa horses from throughout the nation display their talent, versatility and color.

The National Appaloosa Show is the longest-running, single-breed horse show in the United States. Now spread around the world, the Appaloosa breed was rescued from obscurity by a handful of pioneer breeders whose first National Show, held two years after the end of World War II, drew 50 horses to a small fairgrounds in Lewiston, Idaho. The colorfully spotted Appaloosa is now consistently one of the top-10 favorite horse breeds in the country.

The first week of the 13-day event will focus on open and adult non-pro competition, followed by youth competitors showing off their skills in the second week. Spectators can expect to see Appaloosas performing in classes ranging from cutting and jumping to horse-against-horse races and halter.

Appaloosas will be competing for charity on Friday, June 26. The ApHC will be collecting cash and/or new, unwrapped toys as admittance for the Appaloosa Evening Performance on behalf of the Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children. This is a wonderful opportunity to support Mississippi’s only hospital devoted to the care and treatment of ailing children, regardless of their family’s ability to pay.

The 62nd National Appaloosa Show & 2009 World Championship Appaloosa Youth Show isn’t just about competition—take a break from the show ring and go shopping at the 2009 Cowboy Way Trading Post in the Mississippi Trade Mart on the fairgrounds! The gift expo will feature thousands of items, including tack, fine jewelry, furniture, home décor, apparel, trucks, horse trailers and more. The Cowboy Way Trading Post will be open each day of the event from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. For amazing deals, make a date to shop during the Moonlight Madness Sale, Friday, June 26, from 10 p.m. to midnight.

For more information about the National Appaloosa Show or any of these exciting events, visit http://www.appaloosa.com or call (208) 882-5578.

The Appaloosa Horse Club was established in 1938, with a mission of preserving, promoting and enhancing the Appaloosa breed. The ApHC has since registered more than 670,000 Appaloosas, which are known for their distinctive color, intelligence and even temperament. True to their reputation as an extremely versatile breed, Appaloosas can be found in nearly every discipline, including racing, endurance riding or serving as reliable family horses. The international breed registry is headquartered in Moscow, Idaho, the heart of the Palouse region, the Appaloosa breed’s namesake and point of origin.


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