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2011 Southern Regional 4-H Horse Championships

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The 2011 Southern Regional 4-H Horse Championship was hosted by the Mississippi 4-H Horse Clubs and the Mississippi State University Extension Service at the Tunica Arena and Exposition Center from July 26th to 31st.  This show rotates among the 13-states in the southern region, which include Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. 

The championship week included six educational contests held at the nearby Tunica Recreation Center on Wednesday, July 27th and Thursday, 28th.  These educational contests included hippology, a multiphase knowledge contest that included written and identification exams, horse judging and team problems; horse bowl, an “all things equine” quiz bowl; horse judging, where contestants ranked their placing of horses based on industry standards and oral reasons skills; horse public speaking; and horse individual and horse team presentations, which were illustrated talks given by contestants on an equine-related topic.  Over 240 4-H youth competed in the horse educational contests.  The horse show, which consisted of 35 classes and six divisions (Western, Hunt Seat, Saddle Seat, Non-Trotting, Speed and Roping) started on Thursday, July 28th and concluded on Sunday, July 31st.  During the show, 340 youth competed with their horses (approximately 380) in a variety of classes. 

During the week, exhibitors and their families were treated to Mississippi hospitality as our horse show districts provided watermelons, cupcakes, cookies and ice cream for them.  Overall, attendees enjoyed their time in Tunica and were very respectful of their fellow competitors inside and outside the show ring.  Thank you to the many show sponsors we had at the show – your support is greatly appreciated.

It is multi-state events such as this that help 4-H youth learn how to network with young people from other states while continuing with the lessons and responsibilities learned from working with their horses.  Best of luck to Georgia as they begin preparations to host the 2012 Southern Regional 4-H Horse Championship in Perry!

Dr. Dean Jousan, Extension 4-H Livestock Specialist at Mississippi State University, was the show manager for the 2011Southern Regional 4-H Horse Championships.  You may contact Dean via email at djousan@ads.msstate.edu.