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NC State Championship to Host Regional Championship

Lexington, Kentucky - The North Carolina State Championship Horse Show, scheduled for Wednesday, September 15 through Saturday, September 18, is set to host the American Saddlebred Horse Association’s (ASHA) Region 9 Atlantic Coast Regional Championship for the first time in 2010.

Region 9 consists of the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Regional Championships are a part of ASHA's ongoing effort to improve public education about the breed as well as to increase competitive opportunities for all levels throughout the nation.

All horses placing 1st through 8th at three or more competitions within a region are automatically qualified to contend for Regional Championship honors. Horses may qualify in more than one region, but can earn only one Regional Championship title each year. If a horse competes in a Regional Championship class and does not win the Regional Championship title, it may compete for a Regional Championship title at other Regional Championship competitions for which it is eligible. Neither residency nor declaration of region is required.

The North Carolina State Championship Horse Show wants exhibitors to know that even more Regional Championship classes are being offered than those listed in the prize list. The complete list of Regional Championship classes is as follows:

Five-Gaited Open Championship
Ladies Five-Gaited Championship
Five-Gaited Amateur Championship
Five-Gaited Jr. Exhibitor Championship
Three-Gaited Open Championship
Three-Gaited Amateur Championship
Three-Gaited Jr. Exhibitor Championship
Fine Harness Championship
Three-Gaited Park Championship
Three-Gaited Park Amateur Championship
Three-Gaited Park Jr. Exhibitor Championship
Park Pleasure Championship
Five-Gaited Show Pleasure Adult Championship
Five-Gaited Show Pleasure Jr. Exhibitor Championship
Three-Gaited Show Pleasure Adult 18-38 Championship
Three-Gaited Show Pleasure Adult 39 & Over Championship
Three-Gaited Show Pleasure Jr. Exhibitor 14-17 Championship
Three-Gaited Show Pleasure Jr. Exhibitor 13 & Under Championship
Show Pleasure Driving Championship
Country English Pleasure Adult Championship
Country English Pleasure Jr. Exhibitor 14-17 Championship
Country English Pleasure Jr. Exhibitor 13 & Under Championship
Country Western Pleasure Championship
Country Hunter Pleasure Championship
Country Pleasure Driving Championship
Saddle Seat Equitation Championship
The Grand National program is once again partnering with the Regional Championships by offering a $5,000 Grand National Special Stake in the Five-Gaited Open Championship. Additionally, $1,800 Grand National classes are Three-Gaited Park Junior Horse and Three-Gaited Show Pleasure Adult 39 & Over Championship. For information on the Grand National program, visit the ASHA website.
For more information about the North Carolina State Championship Horse Show, contact show manager William G. Whitley at (919) 481.4675 or by email at

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