Memphis Eventing Awards

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From Kim Clark

The facebook group Memphis Eventing held its first Fiesta and Awards Ceremony for participants in the 2021 Combined Test (CT) series. The event was held at the historic former home of Elvis Presley’s physician, Dr. George Nichopolous, now owned by Jim Walker. Mylissa Horrocks organized the fiesta, which featured a taco bar, desserts, and drinks.

The house, with its modern architecture influenced by contemporary California style, was completed in 1976, and Presley helped design and pay for it. It has a very open design, with the foyer, living room, den, and dining room all radiating from a central two-story, glass-walled, skylit atrium. The home was owned by the Nichopoulos family until June 2016, a few months after Nichopoulos passed away.

Memphis Eventing has reached over 630 facebook members since its start in October 2020. Members can participate in several CTs at midsouth barns throughout the year. A Combined Test is a truncated form of eventing in which riders compete in two of the three eventing tests, most often dressage and stadium course. The phase missing is cross country, so the CTs provide a low key show to practice Dressage tests and show jumping phases. Another option is Dressage only.

Winners for the 2021 series:
Tadpole: Adeline Langford
Intro Walk/Trot: May Webb
Intro Walk/Trot/Canter: McKinley Douglas
Starter: Elena Roberts
Beginner Novice: Lillianna Chumney
Novice: Lillianna Chumney
Training: Allison Gill

Shows are already scheduled for 2022, to be held at Southwind Stables in Olive Branch, MS (March19, April 16, August 27, October 1, November 19); North Grove Equestrian Park in Oxford, MS (January 22, April 2, September 17); and Panther Creek Stables in Nesbit, MS (June 4, October 22).
Middle Tennessee Eventing Association
Facebook is also the home of the Middle Tennessee Eventing community and the group has quite a number of events scheduled for 2022:

March 12-13: Stones River Pony Club Combined Test at the MTSU Livestock Center, Murfreesboro, TN
March 26: Open Cross Country Schooling at Percy Warner Park, Nashville, TN
March 26-27: Freedom Reigns Charity Horse Show at Walnut Trace Farm, Nashville, TN
April 2: CTDA Dressage Show at Walnut Trace Farm, Nashville, TN
April 2: Hillsboro Hounds Hunter Pace, Cornersville, TN
April 2: Open XC Schooling at Percy Warner Park
April 9: Middle TN Pony Club Mini Trials
April 22-24: River Glen Spring Horse Trials, New Market, TN
May 7: CTDA Dressage Show at Serenity Falls Equestrian Center
May 7: Open XC Schooling at Walnut Trace Farm
May 8: Walnut Trace Farm Spring Mini Trials

Find out how to join the group at Middle Tennessee Eventing Association – MTEA.

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