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October 4, 2003

Dougherty County- Whether walking or trotting the riders in the Autumn Classic are making sure their horses look their best.

"For the most part the classes are judging the horses on how they carry themselves, their confirmation, how they perform the gaits. There are some classes where they judge a little more on the rider as well," says show chairman, Kayanne Blackwell.

Many of those riders are children, most of whom have been riding for years.

"It takes the whole family to come to a horse show so it's a good family activity," adds Blackwell.

The Anderson family traveling all the way from Macon to be in the show. 15 year old Ginger says she loves spending time with her horse Sultan Echo.

"You just have an extra friend that doesn't yell at you and is always there, and you can brag a lot," she says.

Not only are Ginger's parents proud of Ginger's prize winning riding, but her mother says horses have taught her daughter the importance of responsibility.

"It definitely teaches them kindness for animals and love of animals. They are never cruel to the animals of any kind, we practically have a zoo. We've got about 30 horses so there's a lot of responsibility," says Holly Anderson.

Something parents are glad their children can learn while doing something they enjoy.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Albany Community Hospice and the Albany Human Society.

Posted at 6:00 PM by elaine.armstrong@walb.com