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Celebration Finalizes Class Additions/Changes

The Celebration is looking forward to its 78th Annual World Championship which will begin August 24th. The Celebration takes seriously the feedback it receives from exhibitors each year regarding the class schedule. This year will feature five additional or changed classes to the event.

“We monitor the trends in class participation throughout the course of the show season and the preceding Celebration.  These additions reflect some of those findings and we expect these additions to be well supported and entertaining for our spectators”, stated Celebration CEO Mike Inman.

~Classes added or changed for the 2016 Celebration~


O/A Trail Pleasure Walking Horses, Five Years and Over, Opt Tack (will qualify for O/A English & O/A Western Trail Pleasure Championships 

Two-Year-Old Trail Pleasure Walking Horses, Opt Tack (Riders Cup) (qualifies for the Riders Cup Trail Pleasure 4 & Under World Grand Championship®) 

Owner-Amateur Riders on Country Pleasure Walking Horses, 4 Years and Under, World Grand Championship®, Opt Tack (qualifying classes will be O/A 2&3 Year Old Country Pleasure Walking Horses, and O/A 4 Years & Under Country Pleasure Walking Horses) 

O/A Youth Riders 6-17 Years on Show Pleasure Walking Horses World Grand Championship® (qualifying classes will be O/A Youth 6-11 Years on Show Pleasure M/G and O/A Youth 12-17 Years on Show Pleasure M/G. 

O/A Youth Riders 6-17 Years on Country Pleasure Walking Horses World Grand Championship® Opt Tack (qualifying classes will be O/A Youth 12-17 on Western Country Pleasure, O/A Youth 6-11 on Western Country Pleasure, O/A Youth 6-17 on English Country Pleasure) 

This year's event will be held August 24-September 3, 2016. For more information contact The Celebration at 931-684-5915 or visit

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