Thursday, May 19, 2005

Local trainers ready for White Oak
  • Annual Dudley Moore Jr. horse show Saturday at Thomas Arena

Staff Writer

Two horse breeding and training stables in the Olive Branch area will participate again this year in the White Oak Classic, set for Saturday evening at Thomas Arena in Holly Springs.

Jim Sullivan with Summer Crest Farms is a regular since the Classic began 14 years ago and will bring 18 to 20 horses to the event as well as riders.

“We will participate in about every class or two,” he said. “Don Jones and George Vins are trainers of his Tennessee walking horses.”

Summer Crest keeps two stud horses, Slammer and Stormy’s Black Rain. The farm offers breaking and training of two-year-olds, works padded and flat shod and keeps horses for owners, some who live in Marshall County.

Summer Crest Farms consists of about seven acres with a 75-by-200 foot barn and an indoor and outdoor arena.

Byhalia beauties will serve as ribbon girls.

The 14th White Oak Classic Walking and Racking Horse Show, which was named in honor of Dudley R. Moore Jr. last year, is sponsored by the Byhalia Chamber of Commerce as a fundraiser for the Chamber and the Byhalia Sports Association, Marshall County Habitat for Humanity, First Baptist Church Youth Group, and Byhalia Lions.

Admission gates open at 2 p.m. Children age five and under are admitted free. Tickets for adults are $6 and $3 for children from age six through 12.

Kids Arena offers face painting, balloons and other experiences for youngsters from 4 p.m until 8 p.m. First Baptist Church Youth Group will operate Kids Arena as a fundraiser.

Opening ceremonies begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, with a Stick Horse Class for children age eight years and under. Children riding stick horses should be at the arena gate by 5:45 p.m.

Twenty-eight classes are expected to compete for prize money and ribbons.

Concessions will include state Rep. Tommy Woods’ barbecue, grilled hamburgers, hot dogs and home-made desserts.

To reserve vendor space, box seats or advertising, contact the Byhalia Chamber by phone at 662-838-8127, by fax at 662-838-8128 or by e-mail at

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