World Grand Champion to appear at horse show

Jul 17, 2013
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The reigning 2012 Racking Horse World Grand Champion, Papa's Final Choice, will make an appearance at the 61st annual Waynesville Lions Club Horse Show.

The horse show will be held starting at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Haywood County Fairgrounds.

Papa's Final Choice is the first 3-year-old horse to over receive the World Grand Champion title. His owner Riley Fenn of Louisville, Alabama, bought him in 2011 and he trained under Larris Missildine. He will be on exhibit during the horse show.

Lions Club member Wallace Messer, who has helped organize the annual show for more than 25 years, said the show will probably carry on until about 11 p.m.

The show will have about 130 horse entries from people from five states, including Alabama, South Carolina, Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. The show is sanctioned by the Kentucky Walking Horse Association, Racking Horse Breeders Association of America, North Carolina Walking Horse Association and the East Tennessee Walking Horse Association.

Tickets for the show cost $6 for adults and $3 for children under 12 at the gate. Messer said the money raised during the show goes toward helping the blind, the hearing impaired, underprivileged children and other projects the Lions Club is involved with in the community.

He said the attendance is usually 1,000 to 1,500 people and the event has typically raised about $7,000 to $8,000 a year for its cause.

For more information on the Waynesville Lions Club Horse Show, an official show of the United Racking Horse Owners and Exhibitors Association, call 456-6530.