March 22, 2019
The third installment of the 2018 MegFord Hunter Jumper schooling show series was held August 24-26, 2018 at the Show Place arena in Memphis, TN. This is the third year that the MegFord horse shows have been held there.
The arena is in the process of a series of updates and improvements which, when completed, will make it a first rate facility. At present, construction has been completed in the indoor warm up arena and the show offices have been relocated to that building. The front of that building has a new look with stone and cedar columns. There are new ADA compliant, handicapped-accessible restrooms and a new HVAC system for the show office that is very welcome in the mid-south August heat. Ann Ford, the show organizer said, “The new office and warm up arena facility is absolutely fantastic! We finally have a great place for our exhibitors to be able to relax and cool off! The footing in the rings was wonderful! Jamie White and his staff have worked very hard to help our shows be successful!”
There were 80 entries in this show. The numbers have been increasing in the show series at a manageable rate. Both the indoor arena and covered arena were kept busy with classes running simultaneously. Many of the riders and some horses were entered in both hunter and jumper classes. Jumper classes were held on Friday night and Saturday morning, with hunter classes throughout all three days. Jack Nash was the course designer, as he has been for many of the past shows. The MegFord series has been running for several years and the organizers have a format that many competitors understand. They are always asking for feedback to improve the shows.
Thanks to the sponsorship of Magnolia Manor Farms, Friday night’s hospitality food was provided from the Memphis restaurant “Strano by Chef Josh” [Steiner]. Everyone agreed: it was fantastic pizza, salad, and cookies! The restaurant was recently featured in a very complimentary article in the Memphis Flyer. The food is tasty because Steiner grows his own vegetables and herbs for his restaurant in East Memphis.
This show series gives beginner horses and riders a chance to get into the horse show game without the intimidation of the big shows. It also gives riders an opportunity to move up and try “bigger” jumps. The courses are well designed and inviting.
The fourth/last show in the 2018 MegFord series is scheduled for November 2-4, again at the Show Place Arena in Memphis. For information, visit the MegFord website: www.megford.com/horse-shows
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