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MHJA Holiday Classic
The Mississippi Hunter Jumper Association (MHJA) once again celebrated a new year in horse showing with its “out with the old, in with the new” MHJA Holiday Classic Horse Show. It was held December 6 – 7, 2014 at the Canton Equine Center in Canton, MS. The show (which is part of the 2015 show season) features all the usual MHJA recognized divisions and concludes the 2014 show year by featuring the 2014 MHJA Horse and Pony Medal Finals. Special Hunter classes included the $350 Pony Hunter Classic, the $350 Short/Long Stirrup Classic, the $1,500 BHF Holiday Classic, and the MHJA Horse and Pony Medals. Special Jumper classes included the $500 High Ch/Ad 1.15m Jumper Classic and the $300 Hopeful Pony/Low Jumper Classic. Preceding the show on Friday, December 5, 2014 was the annual MHJA Awards Banquet.
The Friday night banquet welcomed casually dressed exhibitors and their families straight from the schooling ring. The Hospitality Hour offered delicious hors d’ouvres, lively drinks for young folk, and even livelier drinks for adults. As soon as the spaghetti supper was served, MHJA President Laurie McRee began distributing the awards which recognize 2014 successes. Each table was invited to check under their seats to see who won one of the door prizes, which ranged from a handsome copper mail box courtesy of Iron Innovations to a wool cooler to a rustic bird feeder donated by Tractor Supply.
A sampling of winners at the show include: Olivia Walt won the Pre-Green Hunter 2’9”-3’ division on Michaela Longstreet’s Winter’s Song. Owner Michaela won the Equitation 12-14 division and the Children’s Hunter division on her Winter’s Song.
Lily Rhoden won the Short & Long Stirrup division on her Quarter Horse Titan, sweeping first in every class. Lily also won the Short & Long Stirrup Equitation division and the $350 S/L Stirrup Classic on Titan.
Taylor Ray and Sharp Dressed Man were winners of both the 2014 MHJA Medal Finals and the first offering of the 2015 MHJA Horse Medal. Alice McCraney, riding Cascaval, took the blue in the BHF Holiday Classic. Unfortunately, a dearth of pony entrants resulted in no competitors for the MHJA Pony Medal Classic.
Show dates for future MHJA sponsored shows are the March Madness show, March 21 – 22, 2015 and Oktoberfest, October 17-18, 2015. All shows have “R” rated judges, a full complement of hunter, jumper and equitation divisions and a complimentary lunch on Saturday. Y’all come!
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