by Debbie Graham

CORINTH, Miss. - The historic city of Corinth, Miss., hosted the 20th annual Magnolia Classic Walking Horse Show on July 18 and 19, 2008. The two-day event was held in the Crossroads Arena, a beautiful indoor facility complete with air conditioning. The typical July heat wave with hot temperatures and muggy, miserable weather prevailed once again this year. However, exhibitors and spectators were able to enjoy the show thanks to the Crossroads Arena’s air conditioning.

The Magnolia Classic was sponsored by the Corinth Rotary Club. Proceeds from the event benefit the Rotary Club’s support of the educational system in Alcorn County. The club promotes excellence in education and provides community service to the youth in the area. Once again, the Rotary Club outdid themselves in producing a successful show.

Herbert Derickson traveled from Shelbyville, Tenn., to judge the 46 classes. On Friday night, four USDA representatives were present at the show and joined the DQP in the inspection area to assist with the inspection process.
The highlight of the Saturday night session was the five-entry Dark Spirit’s Rebel Walking Horse Stake Riders’ Cup class. Busting Special and Jimmy McConnell earned the prestigious title for owners Larry and Farrah McAlexander. This popular team has stake titles to their credit at the West Tennessee Strawberry Festival and the Germantown Charity Classic.

Complete results from the Magnolia Classic Horse Show may be viewed by clicking here.