July 22, 2018
West Tennessee Quarter Horse Association (WTQHA) presented their Summer Circuit show on July 27-29, 2018 at the Memphis, TN show Place Arena. Even though construction still continues at the facility, the new office and hospitality space, next to the warm up arena, is a welcome improvement to show Secretary Pat Kress, the judges, and other show staff. Judges for the show were Mike Perkins, LG Heier, Dolly Chayer, Glenn Wells, Jess Herd, and Cyndi Brown. This dual-point show offered points for Mid-South Quarter Horse Association (MSQHA) members as well as WTQHA members. WTQHA had teamed up with MSQHA for dual points at the MSQHA Liberty Circuit show in Tunica, Miss. on June 30-July 1.
This show offered points toward circuit awards, all-around high point awards and $2500 cash prizes on “Luck of the Draw.” There must be at least five entries under all six judges for payback: $100 for first place; $100 for second place; and $50 for a random draw third through ninth place. The Luck of the Draw was offered in ten classes, one class from each category: Over Fences, Hunter Under Saddle, Hunt Seat Equitation, Halter, Showmanship, Western Pleasure, Western Horsemanship, Ranch Riding, Reining, and Trail.
A new feature of this year’s shows is L1 Ranch Riding, as well as L1 Youth Working Hunter, L1 Youth Equitation Over Fences, L1 Youth Hunter Hack, and L1 Amateur Select Over Fences, plus more Small Fry classes.
Weather for the show was quite pleasant with mild temperatures. WTQHA wrote: “We could not ask for any better horse showing weather than if we had placed a special order, so thankful!”
Photographer Michael Patton was on hand taking action shots at the show. You can view his photos at his website: www.michaeljpatton.com. He also has photos from the May Volunteer Ranch Horse Show and the Lonestar Rodeo in Dickson, Tenn. from mid-July.
Full results from the show were not available at press time, but for more information about the show, visit www.wtqha.org and facebook: West Tennessee Quarter Horse Association “WTQHA.” WTQHA offers one more show to finish the 2018 season: the Hot to Trot Circuit, August 11-12 in Martin, Tenn.
WTQHA members can also earn points at the Tennessee Quarter Horse Association (TQHA) September Circuit at the Miller Coliseum in Murfreesboro, Tenn. on September 14-16. WTQHA and TQHA teamed up for their first dual points show at the mid-April Spring Fling in Murfreesboro.
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