It didn’t take long to see that the 2013 National Trainers’ Show was going to be successful.  With over 200 entries on Thursday night the show got off to a record start that continued through the weekend proving to be one of the best shows in recent memory.

In total, 546 entries were made at this year’s show.  This represents a 55% increase over entries in 2012 (301) as well as the highest number of entries at the show in five years.  “We are extremely pleased with this year’s show and can’t thank our members enough for coming and presenting their horses,” said Trainers’ Show Co-Chairman Benny Johnson.  He added, “This show and its success is indicative of our industry coming together to ensure the sustainability of this great animal.”

The Trainers’ Show also included the new division for 2013, Five-Year-Old Amateur, and had classes for Mares & Geldings, Stallions and a Championship.  In total, 29 entries participated in this division at the 2013 Trainers’ Show.  “We appreciate The Celebration providing the medallions to present our inaugural year winners in this new division and we encourage all other horse shows to include this division in their schedules,” said Johnson.

The 2013 Gulf Coast Charity Trainers’ Show will include the division in its class schedule.  2013 will mark the first year the Walking Horse Trainers’ Association will manage the Gulf Coast horse show.