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Turkey Trot Dressage Show


By Nancy Brannon, with contributions from Elizabeth Clifton

The Mid-South Dressage Academy (MDA), Hernando, MS, hosted the annual USDF/USEF rated Turkey Trot Dressage Show on November 21-22, 2015. The show offered a full array of classes from Intro to FEI level and everything in between. The Judge was Janet “Dolly” Hannon from Colorado, and the Technical Delegate was Joyce Hardesty from Kansas City.  You can always count on MDA Director Elizabeth Clifton to have delicious, nutritious food for lunch break at her shows. This show featured some delicious winter squash soup, just perfect for the winter weather cold front that blew through, meat balls, salad, and yummy desserts.

A group from riders from River City Stables in Little Rock, AR included Alex Du Celliee Muller (trainer), Joanna Homeyer, Jennifer Landers, and Anne Tursky, who won High Point Adult Amateur.

A group from Louisiana included Kalie Beckers, who won high score in Jr/YR, and got her gold medal this weekend at only 20 yrs old!  That group also included Mary Alice Edwards and Elaine Harmon.

From Massar Stables and ALR Dressage came Nicole Ardito-Ng (assistant trainer), Jennifer Van De Loo, and Sheridan Cross.

Karen Raber performed a fantastic Grand Prix Freestyle with Silvester, scoring 66.875%!

From Southwind Stables came Daniel and Megan Patterson.

Jayne Ryan, Amanda Bailey, who won the High Score Open, and Hayley Baker came from Jonesboro, Arkansas.

Other local competitors, with West TN Pony Club affiliations, included Mary Burrows, Vonna Read  and Barbara Wowk.

From Mid-South Dressage Academy were Jamie Lawrence and Kinley Scott. Even Director Elizabeth Clifton got to ride!

The MDA facility is the perfect place for a dressage show, with a bright indoor arena large enough for warm-up and a full size ring. The viewing area is perfect for photos, and the lounge is the most comfortable place to be between classes. Plus, one can snack on all that delicious food while waiting.

Full scores are available on the MSHR website.

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