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WTQHA Summer Show Trots to Franklin, TN


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The West Tennessee Quarter Horse Association (WTQHA)  held its “June in Franklin” AQHA Horse Show at the Williamson County Ag Center in Franklin, TN, June 13-15, 2015.  This two-day show offered two judges for each class with Betsy Tuckey, Bobby Harrison judging on Saturday.  Manita Defoor and Jennifer Goss were the judges for the Sunday classes.  With a fair attendance of 54 horses, riders kept the judges plenty busy in the hot June heat.  The two days of classes varied from Pleasure Driving, Showmanship, Trail, Walk Trot, Western Pleasure, Horsemanship, Hunter Under Saddle, Equitation, Ranch Riding and Reining.

Show Manager, Rawhide Blackwell kept himself busy making sure the classes were set up and ready.  Rawhide comes to manage the WTQHA shows from Loranger, Louisiana, and he thoroughly enjoys these shows.  “Where this show is not as big as our Spring Fling, we are surrounded by our horse show family.”  Rawhide has 30 years in Western Pleasure and Ranch riding, “I grew up around horses, my Dad showed and trained horses – you could say it is in my blood.  This is all I know; when I was a teenager I had a couple jobs, but I quickly came back to horses.  I’ve been with it ever since.”

Vice Chair of WTQHA, Ricky Young, from Bethel Springs, TN, was there on his horse “A Dandy Color,” sired by Invest N Color and Dam, Dandy Chip.  Both were calm and cool as they rode out of the warm up pen.  Ricky loves attending the WTQHA shows; he has been riding his entire life and has been showing horses for 25 years.  He spoke of how he loves the facility in Franklin, TN: “They have great dirt, the staff really knows how to prepare it correctly so you can get the most out of your horse.  This tends to be a smaller show, but the competition spirit is still out there.  It’s a lot of fun to get out in the show arena and do your best in front of these judges.”

The caliber of horses was solid at this AQHA show. “A Dandy Color” was Reserve World Champion and Novice Youth Champion.  The competitive spirit was jovial and riders supported one another when the placings were called out.

You can join them for their next WTQHA show, July 24-26, 2015 at the Show Place Arena in Memphis, TN. Their last show of the season returns to the Williamson County Ag Expo in Franklin on August 29-30. Find more information on their website at:

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