by Jennifer Maack-Condren

COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Midwest Walking Horse Trainers’ Association 38th annual Charity Horse Show was held in Columbia, Mo., on Oct. 2-4 at a new location. The Midway Exposition Center hosts equine events every weekend of the year and multiple events at times and many exhibitors were very excited the show was moved to central Missouri. Show Manager Carol Middleton was slightly disappointed with the number of entries but was overall pleased the show went off without a hitch.

This year’s show was judged by Jim Woodburn of Sacramento, Ky., who was accompanied by his wife, Christine. Bob Reavis served as announcer while Tina Potts kept the spectators entertained with her music. Joe Cordia, Coby Coffman, Charles Hightower, Connie McCarthy, Loria Carriger, Sherry Hill, Tony and Jacquie McKnight and Scott Barker assisted with many of the other show details. The Shepherd’s Basket of Columbia was the receiving charity for year’s show.

It must also be noted that this year’s show was dedicated to all trainers “without their knowledge, dedication and determination to this industry not one of us would be here in this capacity.” Wade Hickman currently serves as president of the MWHTA with Tom Burton serving as vice president.

Saturday night’s performance was of course capped off with the Championship Stake class. Brad Huffman and PJ’s Pusher were crowned as the champions of this year’s event for Dean Scott. Magnesium and Margaret Hickman earned the reserve award in the class for Dr. Lynn and Linda Bridwell.

Complete results can be viewed by clicking here.