by Debbie Graham

JACKSON, Tenn. - The 20th annual Mid-South Horse Show Association Walking Horse Show was held on July 12, 2008, at Pugh Bourne Park in Jackson, Tenn. Sponsored by the association, the event was a double point show. Proceeds from the show benefited the Star Center. The Star Center is a model demonstration, resource and training center dedicated to ensuring that all individuals with disabilities or other special needs maximize their potential for independence and achieve their personal goals of employment, effective learning and independent living through assistive technology, assistive aids and support services. The center serves children and adults with disabilities in 21 counties of West Tennessee. Each year, Star provides 17,000 services not only to children and adults with disabilities but also to their educators, health care providers, caregivers and families. The support the center receives allows The Star Center to turn limitations into limitless possibilities.

Despite the typical July heat wave that sent temperatures to the mid-90s and with thunderstorms in the forecast for Saturday night, trainers, exhibitors and fans packed the show grounds to participate in the show. Several rain showers passed through the area during the evening but the show continued without any problems.

Mid-South Horse Show Association President Joe Clift presented the colors aboard 1-800 Collect. Michael Daniel traveled from Madison, Tenn., to judged the 31 classes that drew 209 entries.

Shortly after midnight, Brock Tillman received an early present on July 13, his 28th birthday. Escalade carried him to the winner’s circle in the Walking Horse Stake Riders’ Cup class, earning the Mid-South tricolor for owners O & W Moody, Ltd. Graciously receiving the red streamer was the team of Gen’s Major Event and Jimmy McConnell for John Alford.

Complete results from the Mid-South Horse Show Association show may be viewed by clicking here.