The Dixie National has been a favorite among the past Congress Queens so I was super excited to go to this show! Known as the Southern Classic, it is the premier event of the Mississippi Quarter Horse Association. Held in February on the State Fairgrounds in Jackson, Mississippi, it is the largest quarter horse show held during a stock show in the nation. The Dixie National Quarter Horse Show is the largest in the South and the third largest quarter horse show in the United States.
An average audience of over 5000 come to the Free Style Reining held on Friday night --- and is such a blast! I was introduced, got to drive a tractor, and got to throw t shirts during the intermission. The Dixie National Equine Expo, the largest equine related trade show in the south, runs in conjunction with this show too. The Equine Expo features everything imaginable for the equine enthusiast along with a midnight madness shopping spree after the freestyle reining. Which I also attended and met tons of young fans. (and Entered into drawing to win a mini horse!)
Big thank you to Nikki, show manager, for having me this year!! It was an incredible weekend and I am SO honored to have been included with everything in memory of Andrew.
Another memorable SCQHA banquet and meeting is in the books... President Jeffrey Pait opened up the evening and I spoke about my time at Congress and the SCQHA Queen contest that I will now be putting on.
It was so nice to see some of my wonderful friends after being on the road for Ohio and Florida.
I can't wait to continue to grow this association!
This weekend was such a huge deal for me, since I have been long anticipating this trip long before Congress. I have wanted to look through the archives of the old Congress programs on a hunt for history. The SCQHA Queen history had been recorded very little throughout the years minus the few queens I could get a hold of myself.
Meeting Hannelore at Congress was the next huge step to my history hunt, just when I was thinking I was at a dead end, I got a little more information.
So I planned an extra day in the mix with the OQHA Year-end banquet to dig around the office. (thank you Danielle!)
Finding all the photos and info was soooo much fun, only missing a few years. The trend changes (AND color being added!!) in the photos was so fun to see.
See my about the queen page to see all the photos and past queens!!
The second part of my trip was incredible too. The OQHA Banquet was nothing less then extraordinary with all the prizes and items won. I am so blessed to be part of this huge and amazing organization.
In February 2019, Sarah Beth Felker was crowned the years SCQHA Queen, and she grew up with a love of showing Quarter Horses. Sarah Beth currently attends St. Andrews University working towards a degree in Business Administration with a focus in Equine studies, and she competes on her school’s IHSA Western and Hunt Seat teams. In her free time, Sarah Beth volunteers at the Ride Like a Knight therapeutic riding facility at her school where she assists children with developmental and physical disabilities through equine related activities and therapies.