Crenshaw riders compete in state horse show

Published 8:53 am Tuesday, September 12, 2023

By Haley Mitchell-Godwin

Five local students competed in the 36th Annual Alabama State Championship Horse Show (AOHA) held in Montgomery on Sept. 1-3.  

Anna Kate Foster and Devine Magic,a Tennessee Walking horse registered as a racking horse and owned by Jamalyn Lowe, secured second reserve champion Youth Trail Pleasure Racking Keg shod. Foster, who is the daughter of Mitchell and Jenny Foster, also placed eighth in Youth Racking 17 and under.

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The association, composed of 13 independent horse show associations located throughout Alabama and select locations of Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee, continues to be the largest and most successful horse show east of the Mississippi River, according to their website. 

During the show, Temply Jones and her horse Thea won Grand Champion in Pony Showmanship. Temply, daughter of David and TeLenna Jones, also placed ninth in Pony Halter and eighth in Pony Walk Trot. She is a member of the Crenshaw County 4-H Trailblazers Club. 

The goal of AOHA is the promotion and sponsorship of the State Championship Horse Show, held each Labor Day weekend, and development and support of the youth who show and compete within the AOHA. 

Bringing home a sixth place win in the Walk Trot category open to children between the ages of 13 and 17, was Crenshaw County 4-H Trailblazers club member Trilby Jones who along with her horse A Version of Krymsun also secured ninth place in Youth Western Pleasure 17 and under. Trilby is the daughter of David and TeLenna Jones.

Contestants wishing to compete in the show must qualify by successful participation throughout the year in the shows of the local associations, and only the top horses from those associations may register to enter the State Championship Show.

Georgia-Lynn Lowe, daughter of Justin and Jamalyn Lowe, was the Youth Racking Champion, Youth Trail Champion, fifth place winner in West Gaited Lite Shod, and came in sixth in Youth Flat Shod. Lowe, who also represented the Crenshaw County 4-H Trailblazers club, had three different equine team members throughout the events including Meda Cash, A Major Occasion and Papa’s First Tease.

Wyatt Lowe placed ninth in both Youth Racking and Youth Trail Pleasure. Wyatt is the son of Justin and Jamalyn Lowe and competed with his horse Mr. Blue.

Congratulations to the riders who competed and were recognized for their accomplishments!