Palomino Exhibitors Bring Home the Hardware


Members of H.O.P.E. (Heart of Dixie Palomino Exhibitors Association) traveled to Tulsa, Oklahoma March 7-11 and came home with a bushel full of national awards from the Palomino Horse Breeders Association national convention.

Some of the members of HOPE at the convention

Many members look forward to seeing “family” from across the country and meet new people all while attending to the business of the national association. Katie Davidson describes H.O.P.E. as “one of the most supportive APA’s (Affiliate Palomino Association) in the country! We love competing but have a good time supporting each other.”  Their upcoming Azalea Classic Show & Trail Ride will have PHBA and Open classes April 15th followed by a trail ride on Sunday in Meridian, MS at the Lauderdale County Agricenter (1022 MS Hwy 19S) show grounds. Katie encourages people to come check out the April show; “There’s something for everybody from English, Western, Halter, Speed, Ranch, and more at our shows. We’re always happy to help new people get involved.”


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Michele Kelley, Ricky and Sandy Young (from Bethel Springs Tn), and Vada Lee Thacker (from Calhoun City Ms) with their awards for Michele’s horse Daddy Prefers Blonds 
Mother and daughter team Jenna and Rebekah Schilling (Starkville MS) receiving their youth and amateur walk trot championships for their horse Star to the Max
Katie Davidson, from Eads Tenn., accepting her open awards for her horse Igotafacetoadmire
Amanda Viator Swinney from Tupelo Miss., accepting her amateur and amateur select awards for her horses Hot New Classic and Sheza Majestic Poco with the Cedar Grove Quarter Horse family 


Michele Harn

Michele is a Contributing Writer for the Horse Review. She has been involved with horses in many different areas. At 4 years old, a Welsh pony started her on the road to riding and competing. Michele is experienced in Western, Saddle Seat, Barrel Racing, Dressage, Fox Hunting and Carriage Driving. She moved to the Mid-South from Wisconsin in the summer of 2021.

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