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TN Saddle Club trots into Ag Center

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Keri Street brings "Tony" out of his stall at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center as participants in the Tennessee Saddle Club State Meet get ready for the annual event this weekend. Street, a resident of Cheatham County, competes in the pole and barrel

The Tennessee Saddle Club Association is riding into Lebanon this Labor Day weekend.

For the last 25 years, the TSCA has gathered at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center for four days of friendly competition in age classes ranging from small children to an adult division.

Vice President Rodney Morgan said classes vary from age 6 and under; 7-12; 13-17; and the adult classes. Their oldest rider this year is over 80.

"My grandchildren who are ages 2 and 4 will be riding," Morgan said.

This year marks the TSCA's 51st annual show. Morgan said it is widely known across the nation.

"This is a well-known show. The competition is pretty tight. We have judges come in from all over the country - and they want to be here," he added.

More than 1,000 participants will venture to Lebanon representing Saddle Clubs from Tennessee and some parts of Kentucky, according to Morgan.

"Each club sends their five highest qualifiers to the state show," he explained.

The TSCA state horse show has always had a good economic impact on our city, as well.

"They camp at the Ag Center or stay in hotels. They go eat, go to the market. It is a financial boost for the city," Morgan said.

The event begins on Thursday.

The TSCA was established in 1965. It is a non-profit organization that is the home organization for more than 35 member clubs in Tennessee and Kentucky. The TSCA oversees the rules, regulations and bylaws for member clubs to ensure consistent and fair competition.

For more information visit www.tennesseesaddleclubs.com.

Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett may be contacted at sgarrett@wilsonpost.com.

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