TQHA Spring Celebration

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Photos by Miranda Taylor Photography

Tennessee Quarter Horse Association (TQHA) began its 2022 show season with the Spring Celebration opener March 11-13, 2022 at Roane State Expo Center in Harriman, Tenn. But Mother Nature had a different way of celebrating spring: by ushering in a winter storm, dumping several inches of snow on the area early Saturday morning. Sunday’s start time was delayed until 9 a.m. because of the extremely cold temperatures (in the teens) and classes that went until midnight on Saturday, plus losing an hour because of the time change to daylight savings time. The main classes affected were the hunter classes on Sunday, with people unwilling to travel with their horses in the snow. Despite the weather, many classes had 10, 15, and 20 exhibitors, according to first-time show manager Tina Freeland Buffkin.

Four judges – Manita DeFoor, Glenn Wells, Jerrfey Pait, and Shane Young – gave exhibitors four times the opportunities to earn points over the three-day show. The show secretary Korry Cole reported over 3,000 class entries with over 200 horses stalled at the show.

There were High Point Awards for L1 Youth and L1 Amateur, plus All-Around Awards for Youth 13 & Under, Youth 14-18, Amateur, Select, and Open. And a Jackpot of 50% payback of the entry fee for all Ranch Rail classes with 5 or more entries was an additional incentive to show in Ranch. In fact, Ranch Horse classes were very popular at this show, with large classes. The all around, high point and class circuit winners, circuit champions and reserves are posted on the TQHA website, along with the judges’ score cards: https://www.tqha.org/events

There were some humorous moments at the show. For example, Kyle Pears was videoed by Jeff Gant jumping over the hunter course in the wee hours of Sunday morning. Photographer Miranda Taylor got photos of show staff trying to “wrangle” an errant calf in the arena. Cowhorse classes were understatedly described as “an entertaining event.” But our favorite of Miranda’s photos is a halter horse “kicking up her heels.” Looks like the weather didn’t stifle folks having fun at the show.

Miranda Taylor Photography was the official photographer for the show, so be sure to visit her website and purchase your show photos: https://www.mirandatphotography.com/

For more information about TQHA and future shows, visit: https://www.tqha.org/

Find posts about this show at: https://www.facebook.com/TQHA Spring Celebration

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