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MSQHA Break the Bank Show


2013/04/03


The Certified Detail, owned and ridden by Cynthia Reschak, in the Amateur Select Hunt Seat Equitation class.

Hot Rageous Rodder, owned and ridden by Emily Mastroleo, completes the pattern in the Small Fry Horsemanship class.

Exhibitors in the NOV Amateur Horsemanship class await the judges' decisions.

Coosas Precious Memory, owned and ridden by Mary Gracen Reed, competes in the Youth Horsemanship class.

Justa Cruzin Carter, owned and ridden by Linda Smiley, leads the rail in the Amateur Horsemanship class.
Article and Photos by Tootie Trouy    
 
Arguably one of the most versatile horse breeds in the world, the American Quarter Horse excels in a variety of equine disciplines. Providing a competition setting for the breed, the Mid-South Quarter Horse Association prides itself on being an organization focused on promoting the American Quarter Horse for people who live in Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi. On March 2 and 3, 2013the MSQHA hosted its Spring Break the Bank Show in Tunica, MS.
Friday evening before the show, March 1, MSQHA held their 2012 Awards Banquet. Some of the 2012 All Around winners were:

-Amateur All Around:  Eyed Be In A Jam - Hayley Saul (454)
-Nov. Amateur All Around:  Mo Reda Mo Hotta  - Vickie Higgs (266)
-Amateur Select All Around:  Shifty Lynx  - Sandy Slocum (352)
-Open All Around: Eyed Be In A Jam - Hayley Saul (102)
-Nov. Youth All Around: Touch Of Sheik - Cole Borek (209)
-Youth All Around: Coosaspreciousmemory - Mary Gracen Reed (184)

The Break the Bank show marked the first time the MSQHA had offered a flat showing fee that encompassed all entry fees plus stall fees for one horse.  According to director Christi Free, the flat rate was very well received. This was reflected in the 30 percent increase in entries from last year, demonstrating that participants did not have to “break the bank” in order to show. In fact, Free stated the MSQHA “rented 40 more stalls than previous year, and would have been much better if we had not had the threat of weather Friday causing a lot of cancellations.” Another addition to this year's show was the Ranch Horse Pleasure class which had significant entries and will also be added to the other upcoming MSQHA shows.

Beginning early Saturday morning, and continuing until late Sunday evening, exhibitors showed their horses in over one hundred various classes covering Halter, Reigning, Driving, Hunter under Saddle and Western Pleasure, just to name a few. Disciplines such as Halter classes, were then divided by horse ages and genders, while other performance disciplines had competitors categorized by their experience level.

Donning their tail extensions and beautiful saddles covered in silver, the horses were perfectly groomed, while the exhibitors shone in their matching show shirts covered in rhinestones and crystals. The ability and experience of the horse was demonstrated individually, as well as together in groups along the rail, all under the scrutinizing eyes of the judges. A total of four judges placed the show, with some classes showing to all four judges and others showing to just two judges. The judges for Saturday and Sunday were Cheryl Sarsi, Pam Scott, Charles Crowe and John Tabb.
The Mid-South Quarter Horse Association plans to host two additional circuit shows this year, both to be held in Tunica, MS. Ultimately, riders are competing for points, going toward high point awards at the end of the year. In order to qualify for year-end awards, riders must have shown in Halter, as well as to at least half the judges. Further information regarding the Mid-South Quarter Horse Association can be found at www.midsouthqha.net.
 
Photo Captions:
Photo 1: The Certified Detail, owned and ridden by Cynthia Reschak, in the Amateur Select Hunt Seat Equitation class.
Photo 2: Hot Rageous Rodder, owned and ridden by Emily Mastroleo, completes the pattern in the Small Fry Horsemanship class.
Photo 3: Exhibitors in the NOV Amateur Horsemanship class await the judges' decisions.
Photo 4: Coosas Precious Memory, owned and ridden by Mary Gracen Reed, competes in the Youth Horsemanship class.
Photo 5:  Justa Cruzin Carter, owned and ridden by Linda Smiley, leads the rail in the Amateur Horsemanship class.
 

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