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July 15, 2013

Athens Summer Jubilee

HCHC presents program going into 30th year

Athens — The Henderson County Horse Committee proudly presents the Athens Summer Jubilee.

From across the U.S. contestants are converging on the Henderson County Regional Fair Park Complex in Athens for the 30th annual Athens Summer Jubilee, hosted by the Henderson County Horse Committee.

The show begins Wednesday, July 17 and runs through Sunday, July 21.

The American Quarter Horse Association Horse Show is one of the only remaining 5-day shows in the U.S., including Halter, Trail, Cow Horse, Roping, Barrel Racing and Pole Bending.

Viewing the event is free to the public, and class schedules can be obtained by going to the Mark Harrel Hose Show’s website, clicking on their calendar and opening the Athens Summer Jubilee link.

All proceeds received by the Henderson County Horse Committee from this show are rolled back into the community, funding events including, but not limited to educational clinics for the local equine enthusiasts, helping fund the Henderson County 4-H equine program, the Youth Yearling project and scholarships awarded to outstanding equine exhibitors at the Henderson County Youth Livestock Show each spring.

The show traditionally brings a much-needed economic opportunity to Athens as well.  Aside from the need for hotel rooms and restaurants, these contestants and their families attending the event will be shopping local retailers.

In addition to the class schedules, the contestants will be treated to a true “Taste of Athens, Texas” on Thursday with dinner prepared by Tilo’s and served at Eddy’s.

The meal is for exhibitors only and the band performance is open to the public. The band performance will be from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Thursday.  It is sponsored by Acme Brick, Lone Star Western Wear and Caring Companion.

The HCHC thanks restaurants that have contributed meals at a price reduction.  Whataburger, Athens Marina, Mooyah’s, Sonic, J.D. Tenders and Jack in the Box.

McAlisters and Jalapeno Tree gave gift certificates to hand out to exhibitors.

Others contributing are Athens RV, Brinson Powersports, Moonstruck Creek, Royal Wire and Precision Awards.

Class sponsors are Rockhill Ranch, Bartlett Reining Horses, LLC and the HCHC.

All this past year, the Henderson County Horse Committee sent East Texas Young Riders to the state 4-H show in Abilene for a major contribution.  They also purchased 10 new stalls for the Henderson County Regional Fair Park complex, also for a major contribution. 

The HCHC also built an outdoor trail course that’s on Fairpark Complex grounds. This is open to anyone to go back to practice their trail obstacles. 

Charlotte Allgood, who heads up the Henderson County Horseshow Committee, said the Athens Summer Jubilee is extremely important to horse enthusiasts, both adult and youth.

“Money generated in this show allows us to help youth and adults through the clinics and 4-H program,” she said. “It’s not just the East Texas Young Riders – we’re giving money to all the Henderson County 4-H Clubs for their programs.”

Allgood said there are a lot of horses in Henderson County.

“We want to get even more people involved in Henderson County,” she said. “And, we certainly welcome suggestions. We want to promote  the well-being of horses and education for their owners.”

Allgood said the East Texas Young Riders helped tremendously in getting the show set up and operational.

“They came in here and helped us welcome people who came in,” she said. “They helped put shavings in the stalls, and helped exhibitors take tact from their trailers to their stalls.  They have done this for the past two years.  They are fantastic.”

We thank the following retail merchants that have given discounts to the exhibitors.  They are Lone Star Western Wear, Moonstruck Creek, Athens General Store and Twisted Rope Boutique.

 

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