(SALEM) – The Smedley Scholarship Trust Fund committee announced that the annual open horse show will be held May 5 at the newly rebuilt Washington County Fairgrounds Horse Arena beginning at 11 a.m.
The show features a variety of classes for adults and youth, including halter, showmanship, equitation, walk-trot, trail, country pleasure, western pleasure, as well as reining and freestyle reining. There are three added money classes.
This year, there will again be three schooling classes: showmanship, horsemanship, and trail. Schooling classes are not judged but offer competitors the opportunity to practice the event in the show pen prior to exhibiting to the judge. Showmanship schooling will begin at 9 a.m., prior to the show.
Food will be available as well as ice cream.
The 33rd annual show is the only fundraiser for the scholarship fund, which benefits Washington County college students who are pursuing a career in equine-related studies. This includes veterinary studies, equine business, horse training, horseshoeing and others.
A Smedley scholarship is renewable for the entire time the student is enrolled in equine studies. Many Washington County youth have benefited from the program.
The fund also provides grants to younger horsemen who are attending horse clinics or horsemanship camps.
For a full show bill or information about sponsoring a class at the show, call 812-883-6760 or 812-883-6442. Sponsors receive recognition at the show, on the show bill, on social media, and in the newspaper following the show.
Typically, the show lasts from 11-4 and attracts horsemen from all over southern Indiana and northern Kentucky.
Students wishing to apply for a Smedley scholarship should call 812-883-6760 for an application.