by Maggi Painter

FT. MOJAVE, Ariz. – The Western States Celebration relocated from its previous home in Reno, Nev., to the Mojave Events Center in Ft. Mojave, Ariz. The event center is located on the Mojave Indian Reservation, which is a sovereign nation under Indian law. The Mojave Indians own over 31,000 acres along the Colorado River adjacent to California, Nevada and Arizona.

In addition to showing horses, exhibitors could enjoy the fun of white sand beaches, golfing, jet skiing or boating on the Colorado River and game playing at the Avi Casino. The Avi Hotel and Casino offers over 450 beautifully decorated rooms, four magnificent restaurants and childcare that provides entertainment, a movie theatre and over 35,000 square feet of a Nevada style casino.

The Tennessee Walking Horse Association of California put on a fabulous exhibitors’ party Saturday night that featured a silent auction. The silent auction included stud fees, gift baskets, a set of golf clubs and a Dell computer. The auction raised over $4,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network. The Avi Hotel catered the event with a variety of wonderful food. Everyone had a great time eating, drinking, socializing and trying to win their favorite item at the silent auction.

Chris Messick of Cape Coral, Fla., made the trip to judge the three-day event. Magnifico and Greg Bryant made the winning ride in the Championship Stake for owners Roger and Rebecca Emerick.

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