A few years ago, I wondered how to get more involved in promoting the Horse Industry in the state of Alabama. I wanted to be a part of an organization that had the means to do that. At that time I had never heard of The Alabama Horse Council and didn’t even know it existed. (It has been in existence for 25+- years). In 2013, the first I had ever heard of the Horse Council, I was contacted to be a clinician and also to hold a three hour clinic in the Crawford Arena just outside Garrett Coliseum, at the event in Montgomery, AL. It was a great experience and I met some wonderful people. Some horse owners and some that are not.
Again in 2014 I was asked to join the great people and become a member of the Board of Directors, which I did accept. At the 2015 Fair I was a clinician one more time and had another great experience.
I was the Chairman for the 2016 Fair which was a new experience all together.
Why am I telling you all of this? I want to tell you my involvement in the organization and to let you know ‘we need you’ also. I want you to understand, this is a great organization looking for good people. It is a voluntary organization and a 501c3. We are a group of people wanting to help the horse and the people that own them by having these educational and entertaining events.
At a typical fair, usually held at the end of February or first of March and is a two day event, Saturday and Sunday, we have many activities and events. We have international clinicians to entertain you and teach you. Inside Garrett Coliseum you will be entertained by the many different clinicians, the Horse Drill Teams from many parts of the state, the Parade of Breeds where you can see and learn about many of the different horse breeds. Then there is the Breed spotlight, where one particular breed is spotlighted and you get a little more in-depth of what the breed is for and the history of its breeding.
We also have The Show Me Barn which is a close up classroom setting where you are up close and personal with a learning experience with a farrier, Veterinarians, massage therapist, and much more.
The Fair is one of many things we do as an organization.
The Horse Council is an organization working toward the betterment for the equine industry.
The Alabama Horse Council is an organization that impartially represents Alabama’s horse industry. Whether you are a weekend pleasure rider, horse breeder, trainer, farrier, veterinarian or feed dealer, you have common interests in horses, their promotion and welfare. We have joined together to enact fair and effective regulation affecting horse use, improve state equestrian facilities, increase public understanding of horses and horse use, and enhance the contribution of horses to the quality of life in Alabama. Regardless of the breed, riding discipline, or segment of the horse industry with which we identify, we have united to protect our horses and our industry.
If you would like to become a Alabama Horse Council Representative in your area, get in touch with me Jim@JimSwanner.com or go to our website www.alabamahorsecouncil.org to get more information and contact the office through the site. We would Love to have your participation. Join us, won’t you?