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TNSHA Region II Championship Clinic and Show and Candy Corn Classic


By Andrea Rego; Photos by Dawn Nieman

On November 20-22, 2020 the Tennessee Stock Horse Association (TNSHA) hosted a series of clinics and shows at the Miller Coliseum in Murfreesboro, Tenn. In previous years, the MTSU Stock Horse Team has hosted the Region II American Stock Horse Association (ASHA) Clinic and Show, and the Candy Corn Classic Open show. Due to COVID-19 placing limitations on the team’s ability to host, TNSHA graciously accepted the large task of hosting the shows this year. The weekend boasted over 300 horse/rider combinations, making it the largest TNSHA event of the year.

November 20th:
The weekend started with an all-day clinic with world champion clinicians, Ben Baldus and Savannah Eaves. Ben Baldus, from Bowie, Texas, shared his cow-work techniques with each clinic group. Savannah Eaves, from Springfield, Tennessee, focused on reining maneuvers. Groups rotated between Savannah and Ben, gaining skills in both the reining and cow horse events.

TNSHA also hosted the first-ever Youth Skillathon on Friday evening. This event was free-of-charge and invited youth from middle Tennessee area to show off their horse knowledge and hands-on skills. Sponsors included Need a Hand Horse Training and the MTSU Stock Horse Team. Winners of the Youth Skillathon were Jordan Martin (High School), Gracen Fletcher (Middle School), and Grace Spooner (Elementary). Friday evening’s activities concluded with a jackpot herdwork class, won by Lisa McCarthy-Harrison.

November 21st:
TNSHA hosted the 2020 Region II Championship on Saturday, covering reining, cowhorse, trail, and pleasure events. Buckle prizes, sponsored by the American Stock Horse Association, were awarded to high point winners of each division. Reserve high point winners were awarded a quality DC Cowhorse headstall. Class prizes were given to each class winner, and were sponsored by the MTSU Stock Horse Team. Congratulations to the following High Point Champions and Reserve Champions:
Open Champion: Andrea Rego & Twentyeleventwister
Open Reserve Champion: William Bradford & Biffs Heavy Duty
Non Pro Champion: Lisa McCarthy-Harrison & Siouxs Lady Blue
Non Pro Reserve Champion: Lucas Brock & Can Jessie Dance
LTD Non Pro Champion: Jennifer Richards & Shiney Ms Metallic
LTD Non Pro Reserve Champion: Taylor Meek & Dunnits Smokin
Green Horse Champion: Jennifer Richards & Shiney Ms. Metallic
Green Horse Reserve Champion: Alicia Landman & Zippen Little Acre
Novice Champion: Rachel Petree & Hay Now Sunshine
Novice Reserve Champion: Kylie Small & Twentyeleventwister
Select Novice Champion: JoAnn Smith & Got Style Points
Select Novice Reserve Champion: Lesli Gilber & Ima Pepperokie
Youth 14-18 Champion: JoBeth Scarlett & Hay Now Sunshine
Youth 14-18 Reserve Champion: Jordan Martin & Miss Catnic
Youth 8-13 Champion: Rowdy Mullens & Gunador
Youth 8-13 Reserve Champion: Anna Rose Timm & NT Neros Playboy
Introductory Champion: Kayla Hipp & Citas QT Sweetheart
Introductory Reserve Champion: Antonia Gaines & Titan
November 22nd:
The annual Candy Corn Classic open show attracted over 200 horse/rider combinations. The largest class was the Open Jackpot Ranch Riding, which included over 38 entries and was divided into three heats. The Candy Corn Classic provided multiple disciplines an opportunity to show their horses affordably in a world-class facility. Disciplines ranged from ranch classes, to halter and showmanship, to western pleasure and hunter under saddle events. Placings 1-6 were awarded a ribbon. Judges for the Open Show were two Congress Champion MTSU Students: Kailey VandeKamp and Rachel Petree.

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