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West Tennessee Quarter Horse Association Summer Circuit


Photos by Gary Cox

West Tennessee Quarter Horse Association riders (WTQHA) were back in the saddle at the Show Place Arena in Cordova, TN, July 24-26, 2020. It was a hot July weekend in the mid-south, but temperatures were cool and comfortable in the air-conditioned indoor arena. With so many classes to choose from, both the covered outdoor arena and the indoor arena were in use both days.

With six judges, competitors had ample opportunity to earn points toward year end awards. Judges were Merle Arbo, Manita Defoor, Tom McBeath, Mike Hoeppner, Chele McGauly, and Michelle Tidwell. Circuit and All-Around High Point Awards were given in Small Fry, L1 Youth, Youth, L1 Amateur, Amateur, Amateur Select, and All-Age. Neisler Performance Horses and WTQHA sponsored the $250 Most Classes award. WTQHA also offered a “deal,” an All Inclusive package for $375. Dennis and Trena Moffett were managers for this show, as well as the MSQHA show earlier in July. Find more information about the show and show bill at:

Photographer Gary Cox said of the show: “It was a fun show. It was interesting to me to see the little kids riding huge horses. They can do something I can’t! I’m lucky if I can get a horse to go forward and left and right. Then when the horse figures out that they are smarter than I am, it goes downhill from there! I would love to ride a ‘good horse’ like one of theirs sometime just to feel the difference. Love the air conditioning; best I have seen in any arena!” 

As with other shows at the arena, COVID-19 restrictions/rules set forth by the Shelby County Health Department were in place. All the spectators inside were wearing masks and even the judges wore masks, too.

The Mid-South Horse Review is very grateful to Gary for providing such great photos for us to use.

On September17-20, 2020, WTQHA teams up with MSQHA for a dual-point show with five judges in Murfreesboro, TN.

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