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Volunteer Ranch Horse Show


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The Volunteer Ranch Horse Association (VolRHA) was back in Memphis, TN with another show at the Show Place Arena April 10-11, 2021. Show manager Tammy Bledsoe commented that the Spring Fling was a tremendous show, with about 130 horses and over 800 entries. It was one of the largest shows the association has had in a long time, she said. The show drew competitors from numerous states around the mid-south, including the Carolinas, West Virginia, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Kentucky, Arkansas, Tennessee, Georgia, and Mississippi.

Competitors are coming primarily to earn points in the NRCHA classes, Bledsoe said. The show also offers all the classes to qualify for the AQHA Versatility All Around award. As an affiliate of the National Ranch & Stock Horse Alliance, their VolRHA classes qualify competitors for the NRSHA World Show.

Jonathan Fortenberry with American National Insurance and Insure Equine sponsored the morning’s coffee and doughnuts and snack table at the show. Check out his website,  

The Lead Line class was held on Sunday after the VRH conformation class and before Cowboy Church. Bledsoe said that entries in Lead Line are increasing, as is attendance at the church service.

The Open High Point award went to Libby Clifton and Hesalittlebitcountry (22 points) and Reserve Open High Point to Barry Bolton on Lil Bear Cat (16.5 points).

Amateur High Point award went to Stephanie Stalans and ThisDudesShamokinHot (30 points) and Reserve Amateur High Point to Julie McBroom and Lil Bear Cat (20.5 points).

Youth High Point award went to Julia Whitehead and Uno Miss Hollywood (30.5 points) and Reserve Youth High Point to Libby Clifton and Hesalittlebitcountry (23 points).

Amateur Select High Point award went to Kyle Sanders and Ima Tinseltown Champ (19.5 points) and Reserve Amateur Select High Point to Suzanne Whitehead and Cutter Oak (11.5 points).

The association is planning another show in Memphis in May, the VolRHA Salute the Troops on May 22-23, 2021, again at the ShowPlace Arena.

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