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2001/05/15

S.A.S.C.A. Kicks Off Year With Annual Fun Show by Kevin DeBusk Exhibitors from three states and six saddle clubs gathered at the Marshall County Fairgrounds, in Holly Springs, Mississippi, April 28th for the kick-off of the 2001 S.A.S.C.A. season. Clubs participating included Munford, Rosemark, Briarwood, Crittenden, Sunset Hills and Lazy W. "We show every Saturday night with the exception of July, which we keep as our rain dates," said Vice-president Kim Peppers. "This is a family event. We don't allow cursing or alcoholic beverages and we ask that parents maintain their children in a safe manner. "Safety is the up most responsibility of every officer, parent and child that is involved here and we stress that. We are also concerned with making sure we offer fellowship for those involved." "We are hoping to grow and get more people involved in it this year. We want people to come out and see what we are all about. Hopefully they will enjoy what they see and want to get involved. "We are hoping to have three hundred to three hundred and fifty enter each show. That's what we had last year and we hope to draw a few more. We've added one more club out of Munford and hopefully that will help increase our numbers." Rosemark is sponsoring the additional show at Munford. The Rosemark Saddle Club is in the process of building a new arena. Additionally, Briarwood relocated this season from Briarwood stables, in Memphis, Tennessee, to Thomas Arena in Holly Springs, Mississippi. "It's a good thing because we can attract people from other parts of Mississippi to join us," she said. "Most of our shows are going to be in the northern part of Mississippi." Class changes are another area they worked on for this year. "We've added three or four new classes this year," she reported. "We have taken away the stakes classes and opened up 3-D barrels. We are making it more family oriented." Show schedules are governed by the S.A.S.C.A. show committed. This year's committee consists of President Mark Twisdale, Vice-President Greg Chandler, Vice-President Ted Isbell, Vice-President Kim Peppers,Treasurer Sharon Stepp, Secretary Mary Sumler and Chaplain Van Beasley. The 2001 Board of Directors are: Charlotte Howard of Briarwood; Danny Grice of Crittenden County; Mike Swatek of Lazy W; Gene Paine of Munford; Sandy Walker of Rosemark; and Billy Hopper of Sunset Hills. "Once the committee identifies which clubs going to have it which week it's the club responsibility," Kim commented. "They provide refreshments and prepare the grounds. A lot of them show on Friday nights so it's a lot of extra work for them when they have the show on Saturday night." She continued saying to qualify for year-end awards you must enter half the shows. Participates must also compete at least once at each saddle club.

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