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Volunteer Pinto Horse Show


Over Easter weekend, the Volunteer State Pinto Organization hosted the Memphis Madness show at the Show Place Arena in Cordova, Tenn., April 2-4, 2021. The show offered “package deals:” Unlimited APHA/PtHA classes for $350 for one horse; Unlimited Yearling and Mini Classes for $200 (one horse); and Unlimited All Breed classes for $200 (one horse); all packages included one stall and appropriate fees. Horses were groomed to a “spit shine” and exhibitors dressed in their fitted, sequined jackets.

The 4-judge APHA/PtHA show started on Good Friday with APHA and PtHA Trail classes and Ranch Riding. Saturday morning got off to a colorful start with an array of Halter classes, starting with the Mares and moving into the Color classes with Overo, Tobiano. The stallions were the last to go, culminating with the Grand and Reserve Stallions. Moving into the riding classes, there were Western Riding classes with some All Breed Showmanship mixed in, followed by the Longe Line classes. The show did offer classes for mules, donkeys, and minis, but had only one mule shown. Sunday’s show schedule brought in the jumping, driving, and English classes. After the break came the Lead Line class and Western Pleasure classes. The show concluded with a variety of Horsemanship classes.

Show Secretary Carmen Lay said the show had a good turnout, with 75-80 horses coming to the Memphis area. The show offered an Easter morning breakfast and devotional, followed by an egg hunt for the kids. She explained how the “in-hand” classes were judged: “just like in AQHA, with the pattern done correctly with the best form possible. For the rail classes, judges are looking for correctness, a true trot and true lope. They add in the ‘difficulty’ factor, with the slower the horses go the more difficult it is.”

The mini classes are all in hand, she said. And the longe line classes are for yearlings and two-year-olds, judged on movement with the element of conformation, Lay explained.

Judges for the show were Kathy Boggetta, Kathryn Kope, Casey Orr, and Jodi Finkenbinder. Class results are posted through the APHA and Pinto Horse websites.

Carley Sheppard and A Zip N Sensation were APHA and PtHA winners of the Super Horse Saddle, donated by Randy Johnson of Natchez Ford. Gabe Brown and Touch Of Southern were Reserve High Point and APHA Novice Youth Horse.

Savannah Brus and Cherry Wine won All-Around Novice Youth 18 and Under; APHA & PtHA High Point Youth and Novice Youth winners; Zone 6 High Point Youth; and Zone 6 High Point Tennessee State Horse.

Olivia Rose Silvey and DM Kings Starbaby were All-Around Mini Champions.

Wyatt Fallstrom and Sassy Jean were Leadline winners.

Organizers plan to host another three-day show next year, April 1-3, 2022. Find more information at:

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