Thursday, June 2, 2005

White Oak Classic sees more success

By BARRY BURLESON
Editor

The Dudley R. Moore Jr. Memorial White Oak Classic is still going strong.

The 14th annual horse show, sponsored by the Byhalia Area Chamber of Commerce, was held May 21 at Thomas Arena, with 220 horses on hand and approximately 1,800 spectators.

“I think this year was one of the best organized ever,” said Sarah Sawyer, executive director of the Chamber. “We start planning the show in September.”

Sawyer said the backbone of the show’s success is the volunteer effort.

“I can’t think of anything except praise for the volunteers,” she said. “They come through and work hard.

“We appreciate our sponsors and advertisers – this is the main thing that makes the show profitable.”

Show manager Terry Rodgers echoed the focus on volunteerism.

“The volunteer spirit is alive and well in Byhalia,” Rodgers said. “After 14 years, our volunteers continue to contribute time, talent, products and support to the show.

“We thank the volunteers who work with the concessions, make desserts, help with the parking and admission gate, the list goes on and on.”

Rodgers also thanked the owners, riders, trainers and spectators.

“Your support makes the White Oak Classic known for the great show that it is,” Rodgers said.

The White Oak Classic Horse Show benefits several non-profit organizations, such as the Marshall County Habitat for Humanity, Byhalia Sports Association, local youth groups, the fire departments, church groups, Cub Scouts, Byhalia Lions Club and the Byhalia Area Chamber of Commerce.

The show is named in memory of Dudley R. Moore Jr. He was inducted into the 2003 Mississippi Walking Horse Association’s Hall of Fame.

“His determination and encouragement led us to begin the White Oak Classic,” Rodgers said. “He loved the show and proudly welcomed our visitors.”


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