The Rock Candids and Report from Circle G Classic
ArQHA’s Circle G Classic presented significant numbers to six judges in Tunica, Mississippi on March 31 – April 2. This was the 10th year the show was held in Tunica. Awards given included arena bags and gift certificates to circuit champions and a buckle to the High-Point Select Amateur.
The weekend started off on Friday with perfect spring weather and sunshine. Friday’s numbers were high with 20 in the Amateur Ranch Riding, 16 in the Level 1 Amateur and Open Ranch Riding, 15 in the Open Trail, and 10 in the Youth and Amateur Reining. Saturday and Sunday’s numbers stayed strong with 17 in the Level 1 Amateur Western Pleasure, 15 in the Amateur Western Pleasure, 12 in the Senior Western Pleasure and Youth Barrels, 11 in the Youth Western Pleasure, and 10 in the Select and Level 1 Western Pleasure, Open Barrels and Poles, and Walk Trot (11 and Over).
Some would say that the highlight of the show was the Dog Race held Saturday evening. There were 17 total dogs who raced and many other dogs and people who watched and videoed. The small dogs raced first. Moe, a one year old mini Aussie 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 four-year-old black lab 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 were held the previous weekend in Bryant, Arkansas. The largest classes were the Open Sorting with 20 teams, the Amateur Sorting with 16, and the 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!