The 35th Annual NSSHA World Grand Championship Show was held Sept. 18-20, 2014 at the Tn. Livestock Center Indoor Arena, on the Campus of Middle Tn. State University, Murfreesboro, Tn. Show time each night was 7:00 p.m.
Lots of entries, great horses, and a good spectator attendance, made for a very successful show. The quality of the entries was deemed the best in years, according to most in attendance. Officials for the event include the following: Master of Ceremonies, Mike Brandon of Wincheter, Tn; Eddie Hixson of Hixson, Tn entertained at the keyboard; Ringmasters, Sheila Manis of Mt. Juliet, Tn & Dorinda Mankin of Woodbury, Tn; Computer operator, Donna Fann of Woodbury, Tn; , and serving as Judges, Garry Mooneyham of Woodbury, Tn; Nathan Hillis of Morrison, Tn; & Ronnie Williams of Decherd, Tn. Dannette Mooneyham & Donna Fletcher manned the entry office.
The show offered a total of 83 classes, with 34 Championship classes. Each Championship winner received a Trophy Award Tray, Floral Horse Shoe, Championship ribbon, and monetary paybacks in the top three places, all courtesy of NSSHA. Each winner also received a Crystal Award, given by the Manis Families, of Mt. Juliet, & Shelbyville, Tn.
Highlights of the show included the ever popular Lead Line Division, where all exhibitors were awarded a Floral Horse Shoe, and Championship Medallion;, and the Costume Class, which delighted spectators, with the original ideas and costumes by the Youth of the association. All exhibitors in the Costume Class received "Best of" Title Awards, and a Medallion.
A total of 6 entries answered the gate call for the NSSHA Open Shod World Grand Championship Stake Class, their performance thrilled the crowd. John Cabe of Lewisburg, Tn rode Avenger's Lady Threat to claim the title of Open Shod World Grand Champion. Reserve honors went to She's A Silver Dollar, with Daniel Forman for Rick Roberson, and 3rd place honors went to Main Power Secret Affair, with Jonathan Cantrell for Frank Wilkins. The top 3 placing horses were Mares, making their mark as a first in Spotted Saddle Horse history.
NSSHA thanks every owner, exhibitor, trainer, spectator, and financial supporter of the 35th Annual NSSHA World Grand Championship Show, for their participation and support. It is with everyone's assistance, that such an event was held.
"Horses May Step Up In Class Divisions, and Back Down Again"
The Board of Directors recently approved the ruling: Horses may "Step Up" in shoe size description classes. Example: Lite Shod can step up to Open Shod, Trail Plesure to Lite Shod, etc., and Can then step back down again to their original designated division, All at the Same Show.
This ruling is to encourage entries, and was also, by requests from exhibitors. This ruling DOES NOT APPLY to stepping up in AGE, only by class description. In order to "Step Up", your horse must stay in its AGE division, as per class description
All NSSHA Show Exhibitors; Juveniles, Amateurs, & Trainers, will be required to complete & sign an additional form this year, when applying for your Exhibitor's or Trainer's card. The additional form is the NSSHA Exhibitor's Code of Ethics/Release of Liability Form. The form can be downloaded, along with your exhibitor card application, from our website. The forms will also be available at all shows. Exhibitor cards will not be issued until the form is completed & signed.
The NSSHA Board of Directors recently made the difficult decision to place the NSSHA Breeder's Incentive Program on hold, for the time being. The decision was made, due to the lack of participation in the program. With sufficient participation and entries, the Program may be reinstated, at a later date. If you have comments on this program, please feel free to contact the NSSHA office, or a Board Member.