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Mid-South Quarter Horse Association Show


Article & photos by Nancy Brannon

Early spring weather is a gamble in the mid-south – it could be warm and spring-like or cold and wintery. The first of March proved to be a sure bet for Quarter Horse folks in Tunica, Mississippi, as sunny/partly cloudy skies and mild temperatures in the 60s on Saturday ushered in the beginning of Quarter Horse Show season. Folks who stayed away in fear of winter precipitation missed out on a jackpot of awards and prizes – and gift certificates from Lanny Ferguson’s traveling Tack Store.

The Mid-South Quarter Horse Association (MSQHA) opener at the Paul Battle Arena, February 28-March 2, was a full three days of showing under four judges, so competitors could rack up a multitude of points. Winners from the 2013 show season were recognized at the annual awards banquet on Friday night. A complete list of the 2013 awards winners is available on the MSQHA website:

 The show highlighted the versatility of the American Quarter Horse. Halter classes showed off that fine conformation and potential breeding partners, with classes for stallions, mares, and youngster offspring. There were multiple categories of Western pleasure; Trail; Ranch Horse; Hunter and Hunt Seat Equitation; and Driving. Judges Sherrye Johnson-Trafton, Jeri Lemay, Michael and Robbin Jung had tough decisions in some classes, but an easier job in classes with only a few riders.

Just as the show ended Sunday afternoon, a rain shower turned into thunderstorms, then temperatures dropped and trees iced. Winter weather was back in full force, as rain, sleet, snow, and ice fell overnight across the mid-south and all bets were off for an early spring. Mississippi was not hit as hard as were areas north of I-40. Many people found they had no power on Monday morning and it was Thursday before all the power outages were finally repaired. Aren’t our six weeks of winter weather about over, Phil?

Secretary Pat Kress said she was ahead of the storm driving home and arrived safely in Knoxville before it hit. As far as she knows, all competitors made it home safely, too.

Here are some snapshots from the March show. MSQHA’s next show will be on the 4th of July weekend: July 4-6, 2014, again in Tunica, MS. We’re not predicting winter weather for that show, but some ice might feel good in the summer swelter.

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