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Summer Sizzler Horse Shows


Jordon Sokoloff on Annie Oak Lee. Photo by Pam Anderson

Mary Francis Mangum on Kaboodle. Photo by Pam Anderson

Arianna Futerfas on Oak Hills Dan. Photo by Pam Anderson
August in the mid-south is a tough time for horse shows since the weather is usually super hot and sunny. For the early part of summer 2014, temperatures were out-of-character cooler than usual, but by mid-August, it was back-to-normal, unbearably hot with temperatures in the upper 90s and heat indexes well over 100º F. Still, the shows did go on!

The Longreen Fox Hounds semi-annual hunter/jumper Schooling Show was held at Oak View Stables, Olive Branch, MS on August 2, 2014 , a Saturday with slightly cooler temperatures. In July, Oak View Stables and Longreen riders made a trip to Oak Hill Stables in Oxford, MS for trail riding with Laura Sales and her riders. In turn, the Oak Hill Gang turned out in good numbers for the show, taking home over 50 ribbons.

MegFord Horse Shows third hunter/jumper schooling show of the season was August 22-23 at the Germantown Charity Horse Show grounds in Germantown, TN. The swelter of summer had returned, with this weekend being one of the hottest of the summer. Still, about 70 horses showed up to compete. To beat the heat, the jumper classes, and the Rusty Stirrup division, were held on Friday night and Saturday’s classes started at 7:00 a.m., with the show finishing by around 2:00 p.m.

Meredith Tipton’s Piano Blues, ridden by Cassidy Doss, won the Jumpers 2’3” and the Jumpers 2’6” classes. Allison Stewart rode Emma Miller’s Happy Feet to sweep the Beginner Trot Cavaletti classes. Riley Zinn and Marmelade were first in the Mini Stirrup Hunter classes. Audrey Lowes and Sweet Dreams won top honors in Short Stirrup Hunter. Rachel Semos won the Pony Medal on Audrey Muscari’s Champlain Jane. Juliana Newman won the Mini Medal II 2’6” on Hidden Asset. Full results of the show are posted at

New T-shirts and water bottles from MegFord designs were show prizes, along with the usual ribbons. In addition to their horses, folks brought their appetites to Friday night’s show and delight they did with BrerFox Farm’s hospitality offerings.

The next Longreen Fox Hounds schooling show will be September 13, with Oak View Stables fall show October 18. The MegFord IV show, October 31-November 1, will feature a costume class on Friday, Halloween night.

On August 23, riders were schooling at Brownland Farm in Franklin, TN at the No Frills III show. This was an MTHJA Double Point show, so entries were good despite the heat. Allison Grace and It’s All About Me took top honors in Equitation 12-14. Emma Smith and Riverman were Children’s/Adult Hunter division champions. Laura Kissell and Texas Pete were Short Stirrup division champions. Full results are available at

The Summer Sizzler Dressage Show is on August 30 at Mid-South Dressage Academy (MDA). Judge is USDF “L” Judge Nina Warren. Nina won her USDF Silver Medal in 2004 and USDF Gold Medal in 2011. Nina’s own dressage scores are consistently above 60% for Grand Prix, Intermediare 1 and 2, and Prix St. Georges. The weather’s a big cooler this Saturday with a slight chance of rain. No problem, the indoor arena at MDA is always nice!
Photo cutlines: (Photos at Oak View Stables show by Pam Anderson)
212: Mary Francis Mangum on Kaboodle. Photo by Pam Anderson
209: Jordon Sokoloff on Annie Oak Lee. Photo by Pam Anderson
216: Arianna Futerfas on Oak Hills Dan. Photo by Pam Anderson

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