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2020 Dixie National


By Laura Miller

Photos by Cody Parmenter Photography

Jackson, MS. February 21, 2020 – The Dixie National is a two-week long affair with livestock show, rodeo, and Quarter Horse show that takes place at the Jackson, Miss. State Fairgrounds. The Dixie National Quarter Horse Show had their largest show to date, with 142 AQHA and 116 NSBA entries,. The show started on February 4-5, 2020 with the Equestrian With Disabilities events. This was followed by the Dixie National Rodeo, February 6-12. February 8-11 featured the livestock show, with beef judging contest, goat show, several breeds of cattle at show and sale, and swine show. The Quarter Horse Show ran February 11-16, while also during the week was the MQHA Equine Expo-Trade Mart. All of the participants had a great time, and a lot of new friends were made.

A special two-judge roping event was held on Tuesday, February 11th with 40 entries in some classes. This year the show added working cow horse and boxing to the event, allowing for six sets of points during the Dixie. The Dixie National AQHA event began on Wednesday, February 12th with more roping, cow horse and boxing continuing with large numbers, and the conclusion of roping classes.

Elite Custom Saddlery generously donated custom halters and portfolios to the winners of every roping class at the horse show. This is the third year in a row that Elite Custom Saddlery has donated the Andrew McBeath Memorial High Point Cattle Horse saddle, which was awarded to Bobby Lewis and Namgis D14, owned by Justin Ochs.

The third annual CC Dubois Memorial Tie Down Roping, sponsored by Gary Wells Performance Horses along with Carl and Pam McBeath, paid out to the fastest time in the youth and amateur tie-down roping. The reining and ranch riding numbers were large with 30 or more exhibitors in the amateur and youth classes.

The Equine Expo was held on the upper level of the Equine Center and outside in trailers, with a wide variety of vendors, all of whom were well received.

Thursday’s reining, and ranch riding classes were well attended.

Friday night, the Wendy’s Freestyle Reining was a very popular class. Jessica Keller won the Non-Pro division, and Sara Lynn Goetz won the open division. Everyone was treated to a Frosty eating contest, helping to raise money for the two Region 9 Scholarships: the Andrew McBeath Leadership Scholarship and the Swayze Woodruff Memorial Mid South Scholarship. Thanks go to the fine group of individuals who tried very hard to eat those Frostys very fast. Elite Custom Saddlery also donated a saddle for auction, which went for $4000 and was graciously donated back for the youth to sell raffle tickets on it though out the year.

On Friday was also the inaugural Mounted Shooting Invitational in which Ray Wilson of Mendenhall, MS was judged the Champion after an exciting double run off.

Friday and Saturday’s classes included trail, horsemanship, western pleasure, halter, and western riding classes. On Saturday was the inaugural Versatility Ranch Horse Event. And the grandparents’ favorite leadline class and stick horse race were also held on Saturday.

The show concluded on Sunday with speed events and hunt seat classes.

The High Point and All Around winners:
Small Fry High Point: Maycee Watt
Small Fry Reserve High Point: Kale Rae Montgomery
Level 1 Youth Walk Trot High Point: Kale Rae Montgomery
Level 1 Youth Walk Trot Reserve High Point: Hadley Ware
Level 1 Amateur Walk Trot High Point: Christine Schlecht
Level 1 Amateur Walk Trot Reserve High Point: Lindsey Stephen
Level 1 Youth High Point: Trinity Bell
Level 1 Youth Reserve High Point: Cheyenne Newton
Level 1 Amateur High Point: Melissa Chasteen
Level 1 Amateur Reserve High Point: Rebecca Miller
Youth All Around: Sidney Kay Dunham
Youth Reserve All Around: Sophie Landsdown
Amateur All Around: Hanna Hussey
Amateur Reserve All Around: Sarah Ruth Lipscomb
Select Amateur All Around: Melissa Chasteen
Select Amateur Reserve All Around: Susan Sparks

Versatility Ranch Horse
Limited Youth VRH: Emma Grace Marangos
Limited Youth VRH Reserve: Roman Moran
Youth VRH: Isabelle Gonzalez
Youth VRH Reserve: James Nixon
Limited Amateur VRH: S. Lynn Walker
Limited Amateur VRH Reserve: Christina Harris
Amateur VRH: Dianne Spurill
Open VRH: Tom McBeath
Open VRH Reserve: Tinker Turner

All Around winners were awarded a trophy saddle provided by Elite Custom Saddlery. Reserve All Around winners received a bridle rack and grooming tote. High point champions received trophy buckles.

VRH champions were awarded a custom halter provided by Elite Custom Saddlery and reserve champions received an engraved tumbler from Mickey’s Trophy Shop.

Fourteen western pleasure class winners received a certificate for a free ad in GoMag, compliments of

The Dixie National Committee thanks our 2020 Major Sponsors: Mac Haik Dealerships, Puckett Rents, MS Ag & John Deere, Southern Provisions, US 96, Outback, Elite Custom Saddles, Wendy’s, Ladd’s Canton, Farm Bureau, and Jackson Convention & Visitors Bureau; contributors, class sponsors, volunteers, and all the exhibitors who made our show a success.

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