Circle G Classic Celebrates 10 Years in Tunica

ArQHA’s Circle G Classic presented great numbers March 31 - April 2 to six judges.

For the Arkansas Quarter Horse Association

The Circle G Classic was enjoyable for horse and rider alike. (Photos courtesy of Shelby Layne Photography)

Another successful show is in the books for Arkansas Quarter Horse Association! Awards given at the 2017 Circle G Classic included arena bags and gift certificates to circuit champions and a buckle to the high-point Select amateur.

The weekend started Friday with perfect spring weather and sunshine. Friday’s numbers were great with 20 in amateur ranch riding, 16 in Level 1 amateur and open ranch riding, 15 in open trail, and 10 in youth and amateur reining. Saturday and Sunday’s numbers stayed strong with 17 in Level 1 amateur western pleasure, 15 in amateur western pleasure, 12 in senior western pleasure and youth barrel racing, 11 in youth western pleasure, and 10 in Select and Level 1 western pleasure, open barrel racing and pole bending, and walk-trot (11-&-over).

Some would say that the highlight of the show was the dog race held Saturday evening. There were 17 total dogs that raced and many other dogs and people who watched and videoed. The small dogs raced first. "Moe," a 1-year-old miniature Australian Shepherd owned by Clayton Jerrell, had a late start out of the gate, but he pushed forward and finished strong, beating out eight other dogs. The large dog race came down to a photo finish. "Abby," a 4-year-old black Labrador Retriever owned by Cory Everhart, inched out another dog by a nose. Both Moe and Abby will receive custom leather collars sponsored by Blasingame Performance Horses.

The team penning and ranch sorting for the show was held the previous weekend in Bryant, Arkansas. The largest classes were open sorting with 20 teams, amateur sorting with 16, and amateur penning with 12 teams.

We would like to thank our association and Circle G Classic show sponsors: Equine Omega Complete, Ferguson Tack, Shelby Layne Photography, the Dobbs Family, Matthews Quarter Horses, and Williams Quarter Horses.

ArQHA’s next show will be the Memorial Day Circuit on May 26-29 in Tunica with an all-inclusive fee of $250. The 15th annual Stanford Happening will be held in conjunction with the show and will feature added money, award buckles and fun classes! Go to our website, www.arkansasquarterhorse.com, or our Facebook page for updates and the showbill. Contact arqha@att.net for more information about the association and upcoming events.

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