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Thousands come out for the World's Championship Horse Show

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Nick Maupin Nick Maupin
Mallory Hartigan Mallory Hartigan
Grace Riefe Grace Riefe

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Most people go to the Kentucky State Fair for the food, the rides, and the animals, but the horses are what thousands come out for. The 2013 World's Championship Horse Show is going on at Freedom Hall at the state fairgrounds and the event is also drawing in some celebrities. 

They come from all over the country for what they call the "big dance."

"I'm from Wisconsin," said rider Nick Maupin. "We get a lot of people from coast to coast."

"We road tripped it down and my mom booked a hotel and it was very impromptu," said Illinois resident Mallory Hartigan.  "There is like a big aura about the World's Championship and I haven't been in three years and I missed it and everybody goes and always texting me like why aren't you here."

Hartigan rides horses and brought her friend Grace Riefe from Chicago.

"I love it so far it's really nice and good to see people you don't usually see," said Riefe.

The horses are competing for the most coveted title, the world's grand champion. They strut along, showing off their skills.

"With horses it's like any other sport you are actually dealing with a living breathing animal that you are having to get along with and have a team with partnership with," said Maupin.

Besides everyone's eyes being on the horses, some are also looking out for the celebrities that come with them.

"William Shatner and Carson Kressley," said Maupin. "Carson Kressley talks about the saddlebreds a lot on all of his shows."

"Carson Kressley is here we saw him earlier," said Hartigan.

"He's really nice and a normal person who rides," said Riefe.

There is talk that media mogul Ted Turner and Michael Dell, founder and CEO of Dell Inc., will also be here to watch their daughters compete.

The World's Championships Horse Show runs through Saturday.

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