The Old Frontier Christian Campground is expanding its horizons. On Saturday, April 22, the camp will host a horse show in a horse arena recently added on the grounds.
"We wanted to add some events to get youth more involved, and decided to have a horse show that would involve adults together with the youth," said David Reese, camp advisory board member and show organizer. "We are going to do all different kinds of classes and just have a fun day."
Mr. Reese added that horses entered in the show don't have to be "the best, highest-priced horses. They can be for the every day rider," and beginners are welcome. Ribbons will be awarded to the top four in each class.
Classes will include English and Western classes. Mr. Reese said all English classes will be based on riding skills, but no jumping will be involved. Western classes will include the Pleasure horse being ridden at three different gates - a walk, jog (trot) and lope (cantor). Halter horses will be judged on showmanship, with no rider on the horse. The horseman will walk or jog alongside the horse, leading it by the halter.
The entry fee is $5 per class to show a horse, and $10 for championship classes. Admission to the show is free.
"We're just trying to find events that will give adults and youth a place to go and something to do in a clean, Christian atmosphere. We decided a horse show would be a good thing considering all the equestrian events we already have in this area," Mr. Reese said. "We're hoping the public will come out, everybody is invited."
The 85-acre campground also features a petting zoo with emus and goats, and is a non-profit, non-denominational Christian camp for the community. Mr. Reese said they hope to host three to four horse shows each year. The camp is located on Old Milledgeville Road off of Wrens Highway.
The gates will be open at 9 a.m. Saturday morning, and the show will begin at 11 a.m. Mr. Reese said a barbecue chicken dinner and fellowship will begin around 6 p.m. Tickets for the chicken dinner are $5 each, and will be available at the show. For more information, contact Mr. Reese at 706-595-5386.