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Palomino World Show


Invite This Blonde, ridden by Mackenzie Kerr of Grafton, WI (Youth Road Hack 14-18)

CRF Flash Forward, Addyson Coomer (Youth Road Hack 13 & Under)

Pistolpackin Playboy, Clay Banter (Youth Flag Race 14-18)

Famous N Fancy, Bobby Culwell (Youth Flag Race 13 & Under)

Famous N Fancy, Bobby Culwell (Youth Flag Race 13 & Under)

Frecklesfrosty Spark, Joy Nabors (winner Youth Barrel Racing 14-18)

Clay Gant, Cowboy Bronze

Clay Gant’s latest design for the NSBA Horses for Heroes program
Article & photos by Nancy Brannon

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The Palomino Horse Breeders Association (PHBA) World Championship Show was back in Tunica, Mississippi on July 11-19, 2019. The first three days of the show (July 11-13) were devoted to Youth riders, with the 2018 Youth Awards Banquet on July 10 kicking off the 2019 Youth World Show. Each day of the show had a theme: Thursday July 11 was “Home State Day;” Friday July 12 was “Beach Day;” and Saturday July 13 was “Favorite Sports Team Day.” The Youth show finished with the Youth Team Tournament and presentation of the Golden Horse awards, along with the Max Eisenberg Sportsmanship award.

The 2019 Youth Golden Horse winners were:

Golden Horse – Sonrise and Old Lace; Ellie Schley, Souix Center, IA
Res. Golden Horse – Invite This Blonde; Margaret Worley, Lawrence, KS

13 & U
Golden Horse – Zippo Gold Dandy; Mazie Bowen, Walton, AL
Res. Golden Horse – Strait To Paris; Lanie Phelps, Rich Hill, MO

Novice Youth 18 & U
Golden Horse – Never Outa Style; Hanna Hussey, Memphis, TN
Res. Golden Horse – Hoos The Boss; Kathryn Roehrs, Mead, CO

Walk Trot 10-18
Golden Horse – Seek The Deck; Elliana Roehrs, Mead, CO
Res. Golden Horse – BCQH Diamond Lass; CJ Kirland, Buckner, MO

Youth High Point Palomino Bred
High Point – Exquisite Courtney; Reagan Boswell, Dayton, TX
Res. High Point – Emeralds Envy; Kimber Bauer, Winnie, TX

Youth Scholarship Recipients receiving $500 each:
Hanna Hussey of Memphis, TN
Rylee King of Corpus Christi, TX

Max Eisenberg Memorial Sportsmanship Award: Brady Horn, Pevely, MO
A special feature of the Palomino World Show is the Challenged Horsemen division, which is open to challenged riders of any age and all breeds of horses. There are no entry fees for the class. The Challenged Horseman classes started on the afternoon of the first day of the Open/Amateur part of the show, July 14, with Unassisted Hunt Seat and Showmanship classes. On Monday afternoon, July 15, were the Assisted Challenged Horseman Lead In and Trail, and the Unassisted Challenged Horseman Western Trail, Western riding, and Horsemanship classes.
The Open and Amateur show started on Sunday July 14 and finished on Friday July 19.

Golden Horse Awards for this show:

Golden Horse – Zip Thru Stars; Barbara Osborne, Americus, GA
Res. Golden Horse – Skye Blue Magic; Kayla McQuaig, Newport Beach, CA

Golden Horse – Cowboysainteasytoluv; Kelsey Guthrie Rudy, Vassar, MI
Res. Golden Horse – Sky Blue Magic, Nina Christensen, Newport Beach, CA

Amateur Select
Golden Horse – To Nights Hot Date; Debbie Wall
Res. Golden Horse – Reinvest In The Best; Julie Schley, Souix Center, IA

Novice Amateur
Golden Horse – Im Applelicious; Laura Gunnell, Trenton, MI
Res. Golden Horse – All Nite Invite; Cynthia Olsen, Chicago, IL

Amateur Walk Trot
Golden Horse – Deliberately Dirty; Melissa Bachman, Lebanon, TN

Res. Golden Horse – The Slow Ride; Lauren Fehrenbach, Florence KY

Show Manager Terri Green said that entries were up this year from last year. This was their seventh year in Tunica and it was the Youth Association’s 30th anniversary. She said that entries came from all over the lower 48 states, from New York to California, with most states represented. This year’s show was shortened by two days – one off the front of the week and one off the end, with the show wrapping up on Friday instead of Saturday. But they also added some classes and offered nearly 200 classes this year.

The Yellow Rose Futurity (YRF) is a WCHA event hosted by the PHBA World Show in Tunica, MS for 2019. This event featured yearlings and two-year-olds sired by WCHA Futurity enrolled stallions. The YRF classes were held on Tuesday. The Yellow Rose Futurity Champion of Champion Yearlings was Terry Bradshaw’s FG Speechless, shown by Jarrel Jackson. His TB Redcarpetready placed second, also shown by Jackson. Bradshaw’s FG Very Classy won the YRF Champion of Champion Two Year Old, shown by Chris Srentsen.

Clay Gant with Cowboy Bronze was, again, set up at the show. He provides all the statue awards for the class winners and he was working on a new design at this show. His latest is for the NSBA Horses for Heroes program.

Clay incorporates a bit of humor in his work and this year he touted “Grandpas’s Sayings.” “Grandpa used to say,” Clay began, “If you can’t say anything nice about somebody, don’t say anything. I spent two years not talking!”

More of Grandpa’s sayings: “Deaf ears and a forked tongue come out of the same person.

“Life is like surfing: you go out to a certain spot to surf and the waves take you somewhere else; you’d better go with it.

“I’m not a real artist. If I were, I’d have my nose so high in the air that I’d fall down all the time. I’m an artist in training.”

“You’ve heard of ‘made in America?’” Clay says his sculptures are “Made in Rural America. You can’t get more rural than Cross Timbers, Missouri, population 200. The town was established in 1837 and had the first Post Office west of the Mississippi, after St. Louis. Our Post Office is so small – How small is it? You walk in the door and there are maybe 30 to 40 boxes – that’s all.” Clay says his box numbers are 2 and 3. Yet, he ships all over the world from that small Post Office, and the packages all get to where they’re going.

Lakeland Leatherworks were on hand with a wide variety of leather crafted goods for sale.

Brinks Hattery was back, too, shaping folks’ hats into the “perfect” cowboy and cowgirl hat. Ruckus, their French Bulldog, held down his chair in front of the hat booth.

Back in the stable office was a huge grate of jalapeño peppers. The staff said that the guy who brings shavings brought them to share with the horse show crowd.

Vicki Parker was in the arena after every class with her small round table of awards to give out.

And there was plenty of hospitality at the show, with coffee and donuts provided every morning, an ice cream social, and the event everyone looks forward to – the catfish dinner on Thursday night.

The Palomino World Show will not be returning to Tunica next year, but will move to the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Illinois in 2020 and 2021. Find full information about the show at:

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