The Christmas In July Show to be held June 29-July 1, at the Bedford County Agricultural Center in Shelbyville will offer additional prize money in its extravaganza classes featuring two-year-olds and two other classes ending nightly sessions. In total, four classes will be paying $1000 first place money. 

The classes offering the additional prize money are the Two-Year-Old Mares and Geldings Extravaganza class ending the Tuesday night session, the Walking Specialty Stake concluding the Wednesday evening show, and the Two-Year-Old Stallions Extravaganza and the Aged Walking Horse Stake, both on Thursday evening.  All four classes are also Riders’ Cup classes.

On top of the additional Prize money, Layne Leverette and Leatherwood Farms will offer additional incentives to the winners of the Two-Year-Old Mares & Geldings and Two-Year-Old Stallions. Leverette and Leatherwood will provide the winner an additional $500 if the winning colt was started or purchased from their farms. Eric Yokley will do the same and donate $250 if the Two-Year-Old Stallions winner was started or purchased from him. 

“We are hoping to create some excitement with these classes paying extra prize money, especially the Extravaganza classes, displaying our talented youngsters. While they are enjoying this three-day show with top competition, everyone can enjoy delicious food from Eddie Bryant’s crew, including his world-famous grilled peaches and ice cream. There are a few VIP Tables left underneath the air-conditioned tents. Come celebrate the Fourth of July Week with us,” said show manager Carol Missildine.

Jake Jacobs and Mr. True Blue, Amateur Three-Year-Old World Grand Champion contenders, will donate roses to each stick horse participant. The Youth 11 & Under Country Pleasure class had been added to Wednesday evening as class 22A. For more information, including private tables under the air-conditioned tents, contact Carol Missildine at 919-437-6597.