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by Michelle Steffen
The West Tennessee Quarter Horse Association held a points show on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at the UT Martin AG Expo Center in Martin, TN.  The weather cooperated beautifully and the day proved to be any horse lovers’ idea of a great time!  All of the participants were very friendly and supportive of one another. 

Many of the participants were women who had not ridden since childhood and were now enjoying the horse world again, or who had recently taken up riding. The love of horse ownership and showing horses crosses the generations. There is at least one family spanning three generations whose members regularly show at these events!

One of the WTQHA’s long-time participants is Ellen Deming, DVM, owner of Deming Veterinary Service in Jackson, TN.  Her horse, Thou Art, aka “James,” a beautiful dark bay with loads of talent, is just being started and placed well in his classes. Dr. Deming has been showing horses with the WTQHA since she was 14 years old and still enjoys showing with her “extended family,” as she refers to the other WTQHA participants. Aside from her veterinary practice, Dr. Deming is also the Chair of the Futurity Committee for the WTQHA, which offers yearly scholarships and sends a Youth Team to the annual Congress for the Team Tournament. 

Ms. Vickie Garland of Cordova, TNand her horse Show Nuff Good were coached by her trainerMike Gregory.  Ms. Garland is a self-professed “ex-show mom” who is now enjoying the show world herself!

Ms. Kat Drawghon, Ph.D. from Evansville, IN showed her horse Absolutely I’m Sure.  Kat is a “DIY” trainer who placed 6th in Western Riding at the Novice Championship AQHA in 2012.  Kat rode as a child and then stopped riding when she “went off to college.” She worked a short time as an exercise rider at the racetrack during her college days, but only began riding seriously just five short years ago.

Ms. Vicki Higgs from Martin, TN showed her horse Mo Reda Mo Hotta in both the English and Western classes. Ms. Higgs rode as a child into her 20’s, quit for a while, and has begun showing again since 2003.  She placed well in several of their classes. 

The well-being of the participants was watched over by Chaplain Chris Clarke with Happy Trails Ministry from KY.  The chaplain offered “Cowboy Church” on Sunday morning and served as the “gate keeper” during the show.

Ms. Cameron Thorne rode Vested Chic.  This was her third year participating in these shows and the pair placed first in the Western Riding Youth Division.

Who can resist the little ones?  The Lead Line class was thoroughly enjoyed by Miss Larrah Chambers, daughter of Micah and Justin Chambers of Jonesboro, AR who was the Lead Line Champ of the day!  Larrah, just 2 ½ years old, rode Lopin’ Too Slow (a.k.a Fat Sally) to the collective “Awwww” from the audience.

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