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Tri-Lakes Area Horses And Riders Are Best In State

By Steve Cummings

The State of Mississippi Championship Horse Show was moved to last weekend due to Hurricane Gustav back in September.  One thing for sure is that there will be no complaints from the Coffeeville Saddle Club or any of the Tri-Lakes Western Horse Show Association members.  

The Coffeeville Saddle Club along with saddle clubs from Batesville and Oxford make up the Tri-Lakes Western Horse Show Association.  Every one of Tri-Lakes horse shows were held at the Yalobusha County Multipurpose Building.  You may  have seen some of my past columns that I wrote before each horse show inviting you to come out and see some of the best horses and riders it the state.  After the results of the State Championship Horse Show this past weekend, I can say that I was right, you were watching the best horses in the state.  

The Tri-Lakes Western Horse Show Association was probably the high-point association at the state show as its members dominated the gaited classes and the western judged classes. They also did better in the timed event classes than in the past few years.  Also, as for saddle clubs across the state, the Coffeeville Saddle Club very well could have been the high point club.  This may never be determined, as members enter by association membership.  

Many of the classes are qualifying classes with the top seven from each association qualifying.  Some of the classes are open classes and can be entered by any association members.  In the qualifying classes, if each association entered their maximum number, the qualifying classes could have 84 entries, since the state has 12 associations.  In the open classes, entries often exceed 100.  I mention this so that everyone can understand the magnitude of these wins.  Each class places the top ten.

First off, before I talk about placings, there were so many so if I miss some, please contact our office and I’ll make any inclusions or corrections.  I was not able to attend and it may be a couple of weeks before I receive the official placings, so thank you to all that kept me informed on the show.  Here are the unofficial results that I received:

Kim Moss, Coffeeville Saddle Club member, placed in all six of her classes to be named the High Point Adult Western Exhibitor.  Her daughter, Casey Moss, placed in all nine of the classes she rode in as well.  Other multiple placing winners from the Coffeeville Saddle Club include Casey Byford, Breanna Scroggins, J.W. Pipkin, Kailee Hall, Marty Brown, Chuck Browning, Melissa Browning, David Rhodes, and Candy Tutor.  Also placing were Ed Stevens, Julie Stevens, Carley Little, Savannah Rhodes, Lisa Byford, Swaze Browning, Hunter Browning, Gary Campbell, Kim Ford, Hannah Stepp, Dillon Holloway, Mary Gracen Reed, Abbi Roark, Liz Roark, and Chandler Bowman.  Congratulations to all of these winners!   

Horticulture Tip:  

 Rose Growing Tips

As cold weather sets in, reduce water, but do not allow roses, especially those that have recently been planted, to dry out completely.  Plants need water during dry spells, even during the winter months. Roses should be grown in a well-drained location.  These plants will not tolerate “wet feet,” especially during the winter months.

Rose plants should go into the winter in a vigorous state for best survival–in particular, those roses that were planted this past spring. Plants that have been stressed by drought or lack of fertility, or those defoliated by pests, are more inclined to succumb to cold than robust plants are.

Own-rooted roses are varieties grown from cuttings.  Old garden roses are typically grown on their own roots, as are some modern roses.  Own-rooted roses offer an advantage in the areas where winters are very cold.  If the top is lost to winter cold, but the rootstock survives, the variety won’t be lost.  New growth will arise from the roots.  When you lose the top of a grafted rose, what’s left is a rootstock that is durable but not particularly beautiful.

There is still time to move and plant roses.  Water them thoroughly and mulch to keep them from freezing.  Roses that form hips (fruit) are signaling the onset of dormancy.  Some rose shrubs do not form fruit.

It’s not necessary to prune back roses to make them attractive in winter. If you do this before a freeze, you may awaken dormant buds, which will produce new growth that will only be killed by freezing temperatures.  Even gardeners along the warmer coast should wait until January (at the earliest) to begin pruning roses.  If a rose’s height will put it in peril of being damaged by strong winter winds, prune back only after a freeze.

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