MSU Bulldog Classic Boasts 3,114 Entries

Take a look at the all-around and high-point results from the booming AQHA show March 12-15 at the Mississippi Horse Park.

Special to The American Quarter Horse Journal

Ali Fratessa, Alittlebitofthebest, Scott Jones of Showstring and Merry Sharp at the 2015 MSU Bulldog Classic (Credit: courtesy of Ali Fratessa)

The name may say split/combined, but with 16 states represented March 12-15 at the Mississippi State University Bulldog Classic AQHA Show in Starkville, it is definitely a regional experience. Although the southeastern region, including Alabama, Tennessee, Florida and Mississippi, were represented with the the largest numbers, we had contestants drive as far as California, Illinois and Pennsylvania to participate in this show.
For two years in a row, the MSU Bulldog Classic has sold out and drawn the most elite competitors and Quarter Horses to the facility. We welcomed back many loyal contestants but also saw a lot new faces come through our gates, which was very exciting.
The treacherous weather we have had the last two weeks did not keep people from coming to the show. The same number of horses were shown as in 2014 and we had a total of 3,114 entries. The show kicked off with 31 entered in Level 1 (Green) trail and the large-number trend followed all weekend. There were a total of 40 classes that had 10 or more contestants, which made for a great show. The popular ranch riding (formerly ranch horse pleasure) category tripled from last year and saw the largest increase in class participation.

MSU Bulldog Classic open hunter under saddle class (Credit: Ali Fratessa)
Open hunter under saddle class (Credit: Ali Fratessa)

The contestants were excited to receive the Lucchese Boot All-Around Award, Yeti High-Point Award and grand and reserve halter awards. They also delighted in some true southern hospitality with meals provided Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
A special thank-you goes out to our sponsors Lucchese Boots, Oktibbeha County Co-Op, Tuscaloosa Med Center’s and Hoover Med Center for the Level 1 All-Around and Arrington Performance Horses and RV Quarter Horses for Amateur All-Around. We appreciate your continuous support.
It takes so many to help make this show a success and I couldn’t do it without our show secretaries, judges, ring stewards and staff. This show would not be the same without the high caliber of riders and Quarter Horses that travel to our show each year. I truly appreciate you choosing the MSU Bulldog Classic and we hope to see you again next year.
High-Point English Horse
HL Radical, a 2011 ay gelding (Just Me Only-Radical Kisses by Radical Rodder), owned by Helmut F. Lekschas of Reddick, Florida

High-Point Western Horse and All-Around Open Performance
Im Talkn Big, a 2004 sorrel gelding (Sweet Talkin Chip-Leaguers Lacy by Speedy Leaguer), owned and bred by Pamela J. Hall of Tyler, Texas

All-Around Amateur
Tall Dark N Choclate, a 2001 black gelding (Chips Hot Chocolate-Miss Wild Fire (TB) by Water Bank (TB)), owned and shown by Dawn Haas Myers of Sellersburg, Indiana

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All-Around Select Amateur
Won Lopin RV Machine, a 2008 chestnut gelding (A Good Machine-Ill Be Dun Won It by Zips Poco Pine), owned, shown and bred by Vickie Kent of Graceville, Florida

All-Around Level 1 Amateur
Only A Natural, a 2005 black gelding (Natural Iron-Zip A Duty by Zippo Jack Bar), shown by Rachel Trebesh of Navarre, Florida

All-Around Youth
HL Radical, shown by Sabrina Searles of Winter Gard, Florida

All-Around Level 1 Youth
A Timely Version, a 2001 bay gelding (Good Version-Docs Lil Misty Time by Scotch Bar Time), owned and shown by McAuley K. Ross of Madison, Mississippi

2015 Mississippi State University Bulldog Classic (Credit: Jeff Homan)
Credit: Jeff Homan
2015 MSU Bulldog Classic showmanship (Credit: Jeff Homan)
Credit: Jeff Homan
2015 MSU Bulldog Classic trail (Credit: Jeff Homan)
Credit: Jeff Homan