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Palomino World Show


By Nancy Brannon

The Palomino Horse Breeders of America (PHBA) World Show once again came to the Tunica Expo Center in Tunica, Miss. July 12-22, 2017 to show in air-conditioned comfort.

Howard Rea of Shelbyville, Kentucky, one of the three chairmen of the show, was pleased to be back in Tunica for the fifth year. “We’ll be back next year [2018], too,” he said. “Some of our favorite people, Terry Bradshaw and his wife, were here again this year.”

He said several of their classes are growing. The Amateur Showmanship, for example, had ten entries this year, which may not sound like many, but marks a big leap from past years’ entries. The Showmanship division – Amateur, Select Amateur, Novice, and Walk-Trot – is becoming one of the biggest divisions at the show, as are the Horsemanship classes.

“Another popular class is Hunter Under Saddle and Hunter In Hand,” he said. “We had 14 in the Open and 22 in the Amateur.

“Other popular classes are the longe line, Palomino bred, both Open and Amateur,” he said. “There are usually lots of people in the stands for these classes.”

What qualities are judges looking for in these Palomino horses? “It depends on the class,” Rea explained. “In halter, you look at conformation and balance. In pleasure, you look at rhythm and movement. In showmanship, you look for poise and ability to handle the horse well.”

He talked about the Lead Line class, ages 5 to 9 division. “These kids may be in cutthroat competition in the ring, but they are all friends and they play well with one another. Adults could take home lessons from them. When we were picking up the trail obstacles after the trail classes, they even helped pick up the obstacles.

“We start each day of the show with a prayer and the National Anthem. When the National Anthem is played, these kids are the first to take off their hats and put their hands over their hearts.”

Rea continued: “Ranch Riding is one of the fastest growing classes in the horse world.” Rea also judges at AQHA, American Ranch Horse, PHBA, Pinto, and Buckskin classes and finds Ranch Riding is popular at these shows, too.

Rea is on the road a lot judging shows. “I love it. I enjoy judging and I meet a lot of great people.” But, don’t tell anyone, judging mules is one of his favorite jobs. “Judging mules is a lot of fun,” he said. “You’ve got to have a sense of humor to ride a mule. [Mule owners] are good people.”

He said people came from all over the U.S. and even from Canada to this show. One Canadian owner showed in the Open Palomino Bred and Amateur Palomino Bred divisions, he said. “People are here from all over the U.S. – from the west coast like Oregon and Washington, from the east coast, and, of course from Oklahoma and Texas. These are some of the top horses in the nation, and many will compete in the Quarter Horse World show.

Saturday July 15 was Youth Day at the World Show. “We had a tremendous Youth Show on last Saturday,” Rea bragged. The Youth riders had their show Saturday morning, then their annual meeting in the afternoon, and the Youth banquet Saturday night.

Sunday July 16 was a special show day, featuring the Challenged Horseman classes. The goal of these classes is “to provide equality through equine activity.” The classes provide show ring experience on a world show level to riders with disabilities. The classes are open to challenged riders of any age and to all breeds of horses. Challenged horsemen have any number of medical conditions, from autism to muscular dystrophy to post polio syndrome, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, or several other conditions that are listed on the Special Diagnosis Form. But what is amazing about these riders is their willingness and ability to ride and show horses despite their conditions.

There are Challenged Horsemanship classes in Showmanship, Equitation, Horsemanship, Hunter, Trail, and more. Riders can be Unassisted or Assisted, and there are Golden Horseman awards for each category. The Challenged Horseman unassisted classes started in 2013 and are NSBA approved at the PHBA World Show.

Clay Gant, owner of Cowboy Bronze, was on hand at the show again, providing the award statuettes for Champions and Reserve Champions. Cowboy Bronze has a new project this year: a limited edition of 25 pieces of “Summer Breeze,” which will be used for a PHBA fund raiser. Also part of the fundraiser are 25 limited edition prints from Joni’s Ponies.

Don Coats, President of PHBA, was also pleased with this year’s show. “Our Palomino Bred classes are on the increase, as are our Pleasure Driving classes. We have had phenomenal participation, especially with people like Terry and Tammy Bradshaw, who brought some very good horses and did well. They like the atmosphere here and we’re glad to have them involved. This show is like a family reunion for a lot of people.

“We have top class horses here; the quality of the horses is very high and you have to have a good horse to win.

“In our Yellow Rose Futurity – a World Conformation Horse Association event – the entries have increased significantly and the quality of the horse is phenomenal.

“On Youth day, a lady from Seattle, Washington won a lot of classes and had a fantastic time.”

Coats prides the show on hospitality, too. “We try to start each morning with coffee and donuts for the exhibitors. This show is run very smoothly,” he summarized.

The 2017 Golden Horse Awards went to the following;

Golden Horse – Skye Blue Magic – Kayla Buechner; Aliso Viejo, CA
Reserve Golden Horse – Fortune Of Jules – Patria Maulden; Lynn Haven, FL

Golden Horse – Champagne Assets – Kelsey Guthrie Rudy; Vassar, MI
Reserve Golden Horse – All Nite Invite – Brady Robbins; Paragould, AR

Amateur Select
Golden Horse – To Nights Hot Date – Debbie Wall; Tallasee, AL
Reserve Golden Horse – And Hes Gold – Sharon Ohler; Versailles, KY

Novice Amateur
Golden Horse – Zippinstraitforreno – Pamela McMillian; Winston Salem, NC
Reserve Golden Horse – Kara Karwowski-Gauarascio; Union Grove, WI

Amateur Walk Trot
Golden Horse – Izzy The Son – Leigh Ann Nosser; Vicksburg, MS
Reserve Golden Horse – Deckatena Gold – Jake Poche; St Amant, LA

Palomino Bred Open All Around
High Point – Lottos Winning Touch – Richard/Pat Brown; Hope Hull, AL
Reserve High Point – Mystic Lee Terrific – Glenn/Kathy Lee; Conroe, TX

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