The Henderson County Horseman's Association is hosting the 37th Annual Athens Summer Jubilee at the Henderson County Fair Park. The event runs July 10 to July 14.
The five day event brings hundreds of entries into the area and over 200 individual classes. Each day begins at 8 a.m. and finishes when all the events are clear around 5 or 6 p.m. There are both eastern and western events, and the points accumulated at the jubilee can be credited towards certain national AQHA events.
Tuesday special guest, Ben Baldus, 3x American Quarter Horse Association World Champion coaching Versatility and Reining coached participants and critiqued. Baldus explained that the morning class includes Reining and the afternoon session included practicing their new skills for use in competition.
Shelly Logan, chairman of the HCHA for 5 years, said she enjoys “meeting so many people from all over the U.S. and getting to watch the amazing horses and riders.”
Logan also commented on how there are many variables to the success and attendance of an event like this such as the economy, price of diesel and drought, but this year has had an excellent turnout.
Charlotte Allgood, the event director and estimated 15 year veteran of the show, starts working on the event almost immediately after the current years is over. In spite of having a career , she still finds time to work on this event and make the magic happen. Contestants range in age from 6 to seniors.
The local 4-H club comes out and helps unload trailers, set up stalls and with other various tasks to help out guests. Summer jubilee brings many people into Athens and to local businesses. This years event sold out of stalls. For pricing and participation information please contact Kathy Avolt prior to the show 765-714-4324, and Scott Neuman during the show at 406-671-6179. www.anequineproduction.com