April 18 (Thursday)

The Alabama State Championship
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Horse lovers will appreciate Alabama’s official state horse show, the Alabama State Championship Horse Show, held in Montgomery each October.


The first horse show was held in W. O. Crawford Arena in Montgomery in 1988. The Alabama State Championship Horse Show was designated a state symbol that same year, thanks to the efforts of a Military Hall-of-Fame Biochemist named Don Witt. Sponsored by the Alabama Open Horseman Association, the show is now usually held at Garrett Coliseum in Montgomery over Labor Day weekend. It is the second largest horse show east of the Mississippi River. (Don’t forget to read about Alabama’s state horse, the Racking Horse and official state sport, the Stockton Fall Horseshoe Tournament.)