Horses Strut their Stuff in Weekend Show

There's a parade of beauties--beautiful horses, that is, at the Harrison County Fairgrounds.

The 21 Riders Gulf Coast Classic Quarter Horse Show kicked off Friday and will continue through Sunday.

Sleek physiques and ravishing manes abound at the 21 Riders Gulf Coast Classic Quarter Horse Show.

"It's kind of like a beauty contest. It's pretty. If you're not pretty, you can't win," said event organizer Gil Switzer.

Winning isn't just about earning bragging rights, though. It's to rack up points.

"You have to accumulate a certain number of points in each class to be invited to participate in the world championship show that goes on in Oklahoma City in November," Switzer said.

Judges checked the bridles on horses competing in the English quarter horse division Saturday morning, but that's not all the judge's discerning eyes were observing.

"The judge walks around them, and evaluates their confirmation, their bone structure and that sort of thing," Switzer said.

This event's been held in Harrison County for the past 44 years, and the event's organizers say it's grown ever since."

"It is the oldest, continuous growing quarter horse show in the state of Mississippi," Switzer said.

But the contest rounds up competitors from near and far.

"We have a lot of people from Louisiana, Northwest Florida, Alabama, and throughout the state of Mississippi," Switzer said.

Not all of the horses will walk away winners, but they all share a proud heritage and know how to strut their stuff and carry their heads high.

The public is invited to attend.

There is no admission charge.