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Dixie National Quarter Horse Show

Find out why you won't want to miss the 2014 Dixie National Quarter Horse Show, February 4, 12-18 in Jackson, Mississippi.

By Tommy Andrus
Mississippi Quarter Horse Association
December 9, 2013

Dixie National Quarter Horse Show

For more information and details about the Dixie National Quarter Horse Show, visit www.mqha.org.

The 2014 Dixie National Quarter Horse Show kicks off on February 4 in Jackson, Mississippi, with the Equestrians With Disabilities Show to be held in the Kirk Fordice Equine Center beginning at 9 a.m. The 2013 show was a huge success with more than 50 AQHA entries and 100 open entries! There is still time to enter to participate. Call Liz Turner at 228-669-4517 or Mary Hopkins at 601-638-1322 for more entry and volunteer info.

The rest of the events will begin on Wednesday, February 12,with two arenas running simultaneously with four judges in each arena. That’s four sets of AQHA points! We welcome the top horses and trainers in the country to our show. In the Watson Quality Ford Roping Challenge Shootout, some of the tie-down ropers and team ropers in the world will compete for $10,500 in added money. This challenge has allowed the Dixie National Quarter Horse Show to become one of the premier AQHA roping events in the country.

With more 65,000 square feet of shopping, the Dixie National Equine Expo is a shoppers delight, boasting vendors from across the United States with the latest fashions, accessories, saddles, tack and trailers in the nation. The Equine Expo opens Wednesday thru Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday at 9 a.m to 3 p.m.  Harris Leather, UlcerGard, Nutrena and Watson Ford are a few of the many booths to nose around in. To complement your shopping experience, Chimneyville Food Court will be open for down-home cooking, and up-and-coming country music star Brent Harrison will play daily on the Equine Expo stage.

Visit the AQHA booth for transfers, registrations and other onsite services! As always, we appreciate AQHA being there serving our customers and promoting our industry.

Sidepassing over a log asks horse and rider to work together as a team, and AQHA Professional Horseman Bill Bormes shows you how to accomplish that in the December American Quarter Horse Journal

The $10,000-added Freestyle Reining is a crowd favorite at the Dixie National Quarter Horse Show. The show starts Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at the Coliseum with the gates opening at 6 p.m. In an arena that holds over 6,200 cheering fans, equine athletes perform precise maneuvers such as spins, fast circles and sliding stops to the sound of heart-pumping music. Performances intensify as applause from the audience amplifies! It’s an electrifying experience for everyone to enjoy. Tickets for the Freestyle Reining are $5 (kids ages 5 and under are free) and can be bought at the door, as well as in the Equine Expo starting on Wednesday, February12. And don’t miss Moonlight Madness on Friday night! Immediately following the excitement of the Freestyle Reining, shoppers can find steals and deals, door prizes and shopping sprees until 11 p.m. in the Dixie National Equine Expo.

On Saturday, February 15, Wayne Boyd of West Kentucky Horse Sales will put on the Southern Classic Horse Sale, where you can find your next show horse or trail companion. The live auction begins at 10 a.m. in the Equine Expo. Come early, as a full house is expected. Also on Saturday, catch the latest western fashions as Giddy Up presents the Equine Expo Fashion Show on the stage in the Chimneyville Food Court!

On Sunday, in the Fordice Equine Center starting at 8 a.m, we welcome the top barrel racers and pole benders to run for not only points and prizes, but for $6,500 in added money! Barrels will be 4-D format.

Come see for yourself what nearly 50 years of tradition has to offer! Bring the family and enjoy great horses, horsemen, competition and shopping.

For more information and details, visit www.mqha.org.