Palomino World Show

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By Nancy Brannon

The Palomino Horse Breeders of America (PHBA) once again brought their World Championship Show to the Expo Center in Tunica, Mississippi for the sixth year. There was plenty of handsome horse flesh to see for nearly two weeks. The first week of the show, June 11-14, was for the young exhibitors – the Palomino Youth World Show, with the Amateur and Open World Show the following week, July 16-July 21. New to the Youth Show this year were Novice Ranch Riding and Ranch Rail Pleasure Stakes.
Judges for the show were Darrell Bilke, Lita Hottel, Jim Isley and Carmen Mayabb. President Vicki Parker said, “These judges are very professional; they are highly qualified and come highly recommended.”

PHBA General Manager and World Show manager Terri Green said the Youth World Show got off to a good start. The Youth show included games “designed to allow the kids to break into teams, have fun, and get to know each other,”  Green said. The games included a stick horse barrel race, dress the trainer competition, a scavenger hunt, and others.  “It’s just a nice way for them to get together and have fun before the competition starts,” she added.

President Parker said, “Youth week starts with the Youth Bash. We had a great Youth Bash last week! Some trainers got a delicious cream pie in the face! It’s all in good fun. At the end of their week, the youth had their convention and awards banquet.” See some photos of those trainers with pie in their faces on the PHBA Youth facebook page.

President Parker had plenty of good things to say about the show and the staff at the Paul Battle Arena in Tunica.  “People here are very welcoming and it’s a family atmosphere. The staff are phenomenal. They all have their specific jobs to do and they work very hard. They are a good group to work with.

“Hospitality is outstanding. Every morning we drive down the aisles with coffee and donut holes, and everyone comes out to say hello. One fellow decided to ‘enhance’ the hospitality by adding juice boxes and big watermelon slices to the cart.   He’s done that all week! Then in the afternoon, he was passing out popsicles. Not to be outdone, another lady brought a snow cone machine and gave free snow cones to the kids. That was really great in this hot weather!”

On Wednesday, the amateurs held an ice cream social. Parker said that PHBA hosted a catfish dinner on Friday, free to anyone who wants to attend.

President Parker said, “People come from all over the U.S., and we had an exhibitor from Australia this year. Everyone has a good time at this show.”

This year In Stride magazine, the official publication of PHBA, had a special centerfold section on the World Show and had a booth at the show.

Tammy Bradshaw was back at the show again this year. She showed FG Singully Coolintru to second in the Amateur Yearling Mares. She was first with FG Myohmy Shes Cool in the Amateur Two-Year-Old Mares and in the Amateur Premier Halter Mares divisions.

Saturday July 14 closed out the 2018 PBHA Youth World Show with Hat, Tie, & Shades Day, with the trail competition finishing the classes. At 5 p.m. on Saturday, the PBHA Youth held their National Youth Meeting, followed by the Awards Banquet and Benefit Auction on Saturday might.

Following are the Youth Golden Horse Award winners by division:

Walk-Trot 5-9: BCQH Diamond Lass, CJ Kirkland, Buckner, MO
Walk-Trot 10-18: Heza Izzy Roper, Stephanie Gail Brown, Sanger, TX
Novice Youth: Invite This Blonde – Margaret Worley, Lawrence, KS
Youth 13 & Under: Juan Its Sudden Done – Taylor Anderson, Hugo, MN
Youth 14-18: Timer Hid My Fancy – McAuley Ross, Madison, MS
Palomino-Bred High Point: PS Zip By Kat, Shelby Ann Banks, Hillsboro, OH
Max Eisenberg Memorial Sportsmanship Award: Kyrah Bowker, Moriarty, NM
Youth Scholarship Award Winners ($500 ea)
Margaret Worley, Lawrence, KS
Dawson Chaney, Quitman, TX

Full results of all the Youth Classes are available at:

Sunday July 15, 2018 was a special day featuring “Challenged Horseman” classes all day – both unassisted and assisted. There were showmanship, hunt seat, hunter under saddle, lead in, trail, western riding, and western horsemanship classes. Winners of these and the Open and Amateur classes are posted at:

The Amateur and Open World Show started on Monday July 16 with the Yellow Rose Futurity horses, which was, again, a feature of this year’s show, with 2017 yearlings and 2016 two-year-olds sired by WCHA Futurity enrolled stallions. followed by the PHBA/NSBA 3-year-old Western Pleasure Derby. Various halter classes followed, with trail classes in the afternoon.

This year’s winner of the NSBA/PHBA 3-yr-old Derby was A Cool Berry Blazin, owned by LLC Sundander Horses of Glendale, AZ and shown by Robert Smith.

Tuesday July 17 started again with the halter classes, moving into the Hunt Seat and Hunter classes in the afternoon.
Wednesday morning July 18 started with pleasure driving classes, then moved into the halter classes, followed by more Hunter and Hunt Seat classes in the afternoon. Finishing the day was the Western Parade Horse class.

Thursday July 19 began with yearlings on the longe line, followed by more halter classes. Then came the Showmanship and Horsemanship classes, with Western Pleasure and Western Riding in the mix.

On Friday July 20, the show began with the PHBA/NSBA Non-Pro Western Pleasure Stakes. Friday was stallion day with the handsome dudes shown in halter. Ranch Riding took the stage after the stallions, with a variety of classes, followed by more Western Riding, and then the Reining classes late in the day.

Saturday July 21 once again began with the stallions, followed by some Western Pleasure classes, then it was on to the speed classes: Pole Bending, Stake Race, Flag Race, and finishing with Barrel Racing.

Find more information about the Palomino Horse Breeders of America and the World Show at:  The PHBA World Show will return to Tunica, Mississippi again next July.

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