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MSU Bulldog Classic


Article by Shawna Blau          
Photos courtesy of Jeff L Holman Photography

MississippiState University’s Horse Park was the venue for the 55th annual MSU Bulldog Classic American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) show Friday, March 14 - Sunday, March 16.  This year, All Around winners in Amateur, Open, Youth, Select, Novice Youth, and Novice Amateur received a free pair of Lucchese boots.  The winners had to show in halter / three AQHA categories. The Bulldog Classic is the longest running Quarter Horse show in the state of Mississippi.  Last year’s show had just over 3,000 entries while this year’s show increased to about 3,400 entries.  The preregistration fee was $175.00 which included the stall, entry fee, office fee and drug fee, allowing contestants to save $75.00 on fees the day of the show.  The show was held in Mississippi State’s indoor arena, with the outdoor arena available where riders were seen warming up horses with lunging, pleasure riding and practicing for their classes. With so many participants, there were lots of events for every spectator to enjoy. 

The MSU Bulldog Classic AQHA show featured a full range of classes events from halter and showmanship to all the categories of performance classes with riders of all ages.  Friday’s events included trail riding, horsemanship, western riding and ranch pleasure riding.  Each of Friday’s events involved showing to all four judges.  On Saturday morning, all four judges were busy judging halter mares, halter geldings, and more showmanship classes.  Saturday afternoon included more Hunt Seat Under Saddle, Hunt Seat Equitation and Western Pleasure riding before two judges.  Sunday’s show included Hunter Under Saddle, Hunt Seat Equitation showing and Western Pleasure showing, again, to two judges.

Young rider, Clay Arrington came all the way from Graceville, Florida and showed his horse Vern on Saturday afternoon.  When asked what his favorite part of riding is, he replied “I like the competition, spending time with my horse and seeing all of my friends.”  He has been competing since he was 7 years old and riding since before he could walk.  Vern, a nine-year old Chestnut gelding, was foaled and raised on the Arrington’s family farm.  Clay and Vern competed in the Junior Western Pleasure class.

Congratulations to all of the riders and horses! The All Around winners for the show were:

All Around Open Horse: RL I’m Suddenly Hot, Randy Jacobs
Reserve Open Horse: Elegant and Hot, Ranni Greer
All Around Amateur: Take The Last Luke, Tiina Volmer
Reserve Amateur: Eyed Be In a Jam, Hayley Saul
All Around Select Amateur: RV Won Good Version, Vicki Kent
Reserve Select Amateur: SRS Dream, Nancy Boatwright
All Around Novice Amateur: Mr. RV Radical Chip, Elizabeth Johnson
Reserve Novice Amateur: SRS Dream, Nancy Boatwright
All Around Youth: Formally Yours, Makayla Flowers
Reserve Youth: I’m Absolutely A Star, Madeleine Crawford
All Around Novice Youth: I’m Absolutely A Star, Madeleine Crawford
Reserve Novice Youth: A Timely Version, McAuley Ross
(Photos by Jeff L Holman Photography)

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