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Volunteer Ranch Horse Show


Photos by Gary Cox

The Volunteer Ranch Horse Association (VolRHA) was back in Cordova, Tenn. at the Show Place Arena for its second show, Spring Fling, on April 9-10, 2022. With 175 classes to choose from, both the indoor arena and the outdoor arena were kept busy. Plus, spring time weather held out for the most part, albeit with cooler temperatures and a frost warning on Friday, warming to temperatures in the upper 70s with sunshine on Saturday and Sunday.

Photographer Gary Cox was at the show both Saturday and Sunday, trying “to get something of everyone and split time from outdoors and indoors” arenas, he said. Gary freely shares his photos and would greatly appreciate folks contributing financially to his photographic endeavors and travel expenses. If you would like to give a few dollars for photos, you can do so though PayPal at:

Friday night was the Volunteer Ranch Awards Banquet, which included a silent “baked goodies” auction that raised over $800 for the Youth Scholarship Account. Carlee Sarna was the recipient of a $500 2022 VolRHA Youth Scholarship.

The show offered a Special Competition for Amateur and Amateur Select competitors. Entrants were required compete in all three of these VolRHA classes: Trail, Ranch Riding and Ranch Reining. The Amateur or Amateur Select competitor with the highest composite score in the three classes won their choice of Iconoclast or Professional Choice 2XCool boots from Britnie Mickle and The Horse Outfitter.

Secretary Tammy Bledsoe was thankful to everyone who came out to the show. “We had approximately 466 entries with a large portion of them being cattle runs. We ran some long hours with lots of exciting competition. Thank you to Mark Russell and Lee Deacon for being our judges. Thank you as well to our fabulous scribes, show secretary, and cattle help. It takes a village and we have a wonderful one. I would also like to give a big thank you to Gary Cox for all his pictures. See you all back in May.”

VolRHA also thanks Stevie and Lynna Lynn for supplying breakfast snacks. And special thanks, again, to Jonathan Fortenberry and American National Insurance for sponsoring the morning coffee to go with the donuts and breakfast snacks.

Selected top performers:

High Point Awards:
VolRHA Open All Around: Heza MG Kinda Guy, exhibited by Kyle Sanders
VolRHA Amateur All Around: Tinselsnapn, Richard Landes; reserve – A Little Peppy Rhythm, Richard Landes
VolRHA Amateur Select All Around: Royal Peppinic Whiz, exhibited by Angela Newton
VolRHA Youth All Around: Hezalittlebitcountry, Libby Clifton
APHA Ranch: Ellen Deming-Jumper with White Lies and Alibis
AQHA Ranch: Kelsey Ward on A Lil Ruff N Spooky; Angela Newton on Royal Peppinic Whiz; Ben Bowman on Playtyme
NRCHA: Ben Bowman on Playtime; Hes A Stylish Oak and Blu Boon Shining, Jed Lawrence
VolRHA Amateur Herd Work: Checks By Ashado, Denise Frey

Complete Spring Fling results are posted on Google Drive:

VolRHA returns to the Show Place Arena May 21-22 for a pre-Memorial Day “Salute the Troops” show.

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