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Arkansas Quarter Horse Association Memorial Day Circuit


By Shelby Louwerens

The Arkansas Quarter Horse Association held their Memorial Day circuit on May 24-27 at the Paul Battle Arena in Tunica, Miss. Over the four-day event, the show included Showmanship, Horsemanship, Pleasure, Trail and Hunter classes. There were several Small Fry classes as well as speed events – barrel  racing and poles. The judges were Terry Cross and Jessica Gilliam for May 24-25 and Dean Bogart and Ronald Stratton for May 26-27.

Stanford Happening classes, a memorial for the late Jerry Stanford, featured the $500 added Non-Pro All Age Pleasure class, $500 added Open Green Pleasure class, and the Walk-Trot class for ages 11 and over. A work saddle was awarded on May 25 to the composite winner of these events. Medallions were also awarded to Small Fry winners on May 25. A drawing for a speed saddle, taken from all speed event participants, was held on May 26.

The event lured participants with a new all-inclusive fee of $180 per horse that included entry fees and office/drug fees. Over the weekend, 328 stalls were rented and 66 trailers were parked for the Memorial Day circuit.

The circuit included classes for every age range, even young children. Rani Greer, a 10-year-old from Pontotoc, Miss. came to the Tunica show with her mother, Reena Greer, and trainer Shawn Hayes. Greer competed in Horsemanship and won Small Fry Hunt Seat on her 19-year-old mount, “Mojo.”

“I’ve known Mojo since he was four days old. He’s like my kid,” Reena Greer said. “He takes care of her, he knows what to do. He sometimes tests her, to see if she knows what he’s supposed to do.”

Rani Greer was also pleased with Mojo’s knowledge. “He’s really old, so he knows a lot of stuff,” Rani Greer said.

The show also drew non-ArQHA members. Kevin McDavitt of McDavitt stables in Crockett, Miss rode in the show. Though not an ArQHA member, he found the location of the event an opportunity to bring seven of his horses to participate. “We’re not ArQHA members,” McDavitt said. “But the show was close, so it was easy for us to come.”

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