The Wilson County Fair may be over for this year, but the fun isn’t over yet at the fairgrounds. The Tennessee Saddle Clubs Association will kick off its four-day state finals Thursday at the James E. Ward Ag Center.
The annual show, which draws thousands of spectators and participants, will feature more than 50 events in both timed and judged categories.
“This is the championship for the Tennessee Saddle Clubs across the state of Tennessee, and actually some in Kentucky,” said Rodney Morgan, TSCA president.
He said 33 clubs comprise the group, and three of those clubs hail from Wilson County – the Wilson County Saddle Club, the Mt. Juliet Saddle Club and the Watertown Saddle Club.
“Wilson County’s well represented; that’s for sure,” said Morgan, who is also a Mt. Juliet resident.
He said that each club sends their five best riders in each age group and class.
Riders are awarded individually, and the club with the most points wins an all-around trophy.
“The clubs are somewhat competitive with one-another, yet it’s still a lot of good family fun,” said Morgan.
Age groups include 6 and younger, 7-12, 13-17, adults and 50 and older.
“My granddaughter’s showing, and she’s 2,” said Morgan.
The show will include quarter horses plus gaited horses, such as the Tennessee Walking Horse.
He said Thursday evening and Friday morning will feature judged categories, but after that, all the categories are speed events.
“Everything from Friday afternoon on – it’s all judged by the clock,” said Morgan.
He said the barrel race, which is due to conclude the show Sunday, is one of the most popular parts of the show.
The show starts Thursday at 5 p.m. at the James E. Ward Ag Center covered arena and continues through Sunday, with events Friday through Sunday starting at 8 a.m. Gate admission is $5 for adults, $2 for children ages 7-12 and children 6 and younger are free.