Ga Dept of Agriculture


Best of Georgia’s youngest horsemen celebrate Equine Championship Day Feb. 16

Monday, February 14, 2011

Young horsemen from every corner of the state -- dressed in English, Western and show riding attire -- will convene at the Georgia State Capitol on Wednesday, February 16 for the Third Annual Youth Equine Championship Day. The occasion honors young people from around the state who have won, qualified for, or participated in regional, national or world championship horse shows or the Georgia State Championship.

“This is a big event for us every year and we are excited about it,” says John Clements of the Georgia Department of Agriculture Commodity Commission for Equine. “These kids could have been in softball, football, basketball or track but they have committed themselves to support and promote the horse industry in Georgia. They are the cream of the crop and they deserve to be honored.”

Clements says, “We believe we are the only state in the nation that has a program of this kind honoring young equestrians. These kids all enjoy their Capitol Hill experience but it is also special for them to be recognized by their peers. Every year this event grows beyond our expectation.”

The 200-plus horse show winners will be recognized by Gov. Nathan Deal, Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black, the Senate and House agriculture committees as well as senators and representatives from around the state. The noon luncheon at the Georgia Freight Depot will be a special affair for participants. They will be treated to naked-, chili-, heavy-, slaw- or cheese-hot dogs catered by the world-famous Varsity restaurant.

Clements, who is coordinating the event, says those interested in the day’s activities or wanting more information about the hobby of horse showing should call (404) 863-2173 or e-mail