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WTHJA Springtime in Dixie


Article & photos by Nancy Brannon

West Tennessee Hunter Jumper Association held the first of its two USEF A-rated spring shows on April 8-11, 2021 at the GCHS arena in Germantown, Tenn. Springtime in Dixie featured the WTHJA Hunter Derby, the Jr/AO Hunter Classic and the $1500 WIHS/NAL Child/Adult Jumper Classic. Show manager Barnie Mallace commented on the “great weather and great exhibitors” at the show, although he said the turnout was “light,” with approximately 107 exhibitors and 715 classes entered.

Special class winners at the show included:

WTHJA Hunter Derby: Sea Glass, owned by Carita Palmer and ridden by Jason Schnelle;

Junior/Amateur Owner Hunter Classic: Calena, owned/ridden by Kristen Schnelle;

WIHS/NAL Childrens/Adult Jumper Classic: Gustav 303, ridden by Meg Selvidge;

WIHS/NAL Childrens Hunter Classic: On My Honor, Lara Eason;

WIHS/NAL Adult Hunter Classic: Captivate, Mary Grayson Fauser. Fauser and Captivate also won the USHJA Handy Challenge.

Giselle Grench and Casino won the USEF Medal and the ASPCA/Maclay Medal, and were Junior Hunter Champions.
Kiki Finneran was “popular and fashionable” as Pony Hunter Champion with En Vogue; owner Rachel Sutton.

Chara Short and her USA D’Horset were Champions in the Low Jr/AO Jumper division, with two firsts and a second, as well as first in the 1.10m/1.15m Jumper.

Beanie Cone commented that his riders “Had a great first week in the ring at WTHJA’s Springtime in Dixie.” Maggie Dixon and Brighton Whimsical were Champions in 11&Under Equitation and finished second in the Pony Hunter Handy.  Samantha Bisignano and Runway had a great first rated show, finishing Champion in Pre-Child/Adult Equitation. Lisa Ballo and Activated were Champions in the Low Open Hunter O/F, placing first in every class. The pair were second in the WIHS/NAL Child/Adult Jumper Classic.

The second of the two A-rated shows is the Springtime Encore, April 15-18, featuring the USHJA Zone 4 Handy Hunter Challenge. Mallace expects it to be an even bigger show than this one.

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