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Shelby County boasts title of "American Saddlebred Horse Capital"

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SHELBYVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Shelby County, Ky. is the American Saddlebred Horse capital of the world.

It is the Number One economic driver in the county, with tourism returns topping $20 million a year.

Owners, trainers and investors come from all 50 states and all over the world to visit one of the county's 90 American Saddle farms.

Many, like the one we visited, Undalata, offer free tours.

Legendary owner/trainer Hoppy Bennett say horses were like the Mercedes, or Maserati of Civil War times -- and they are still bred for show today.

"These horses have to be fast and slow," said Bennett. "They have to be manicured and well-kept. They have to look like no one can ride them and yet you have to train them to where anyone can ride them."

The Shelbyville Horse Show is like the gear for the world championships.

It runs from July 31 to August 3.

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