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Racking Horse Breeders World Championship Event September 17-25 in Decatur

Decatur, Ala.  – A new World Grand Champion will be named next month when the Racking Horse Breeders Association hosts the annual World Celebration. Now in its 50th year, World Celebration is considered the largest Racking Horse show in the United States with nine days of exciting horsemanship and competition.

Set for September 17-25, 2021, the World Celebration offers over 180 classes for children, adults, amateurs and professionals during the nine-day competition. The public is invited to come out each night to witness some of the top equestrians from across the United States in action and experience the excitement of crowning a new grand champion.

The Racking Horse Breeders Association of America will follow all CDC and State of Alabama guidelines for Covid -19. Those attending are asked to practice social distancing and maintain a distance of six feet from anyone not in immediate family or social group. Masks are requested and everyone is encouraged to wash hands often, using the sanitizer provided at the different stations within the Arena.

Billed as a family fun event, the World Celebration offers a variety of activities in addition to the horse competition. Activities include a barn decorating contest and nightly consignment sales. On Saturday night prior to announcing the World Grand Champion, children are invited to participate in the stick horse class. This event allows children to bring their own stick horse for friendly competition in the arena. The world championship culminates with the announcement of the new World Grand Champion. 

Shows are held nightly at 6 p.m. at the Morgan County Celebration Arena located at 67 Horse Center Road (off Highway 67 East) in Decatur. Nightly admission is $5 per person.

For more information including a schedule of events, visit or call 256.353.7225.

About Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association (AMLA)
AMLA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion and development of the travel industry within the 16 northernmost counties of the state. It is supported by 500-plus members consisting of chambers of commerce, Convention & Visitors Bureaus, attractions, campgrounds, festivals, communities, counties, golf courses, restaurants, tour operators, accommodations, vendors, financial institutions and individuals. Counties included within the AMLA region are Blount, Cherokee, Colbert, Cullman, DeKalb, Etowah, Franklin, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Morgan and Winston. Additional information on North Alabama destinations, accommodations and special events is available by calling 800.648.5381 or by visiting