Horse show kicks off Dixie National - - Jackson, MS

Horse show kicks off Dixie National

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Some of the quickest horses in the south were judged Saturday at the Mississippi State Fairgrounds.

Nearly 80 contestants packed the Kirk Fordice Equine Center to compete in the Dixie National Cutting Horse Show. For the last 48 years horse and rider have come to the fairgrounds to show off their skills of separating a cow from the herd and keeping the animal from rejoining the group.

According to cutting horse show organizers, the horses do most of the work; however, the rider has to know how to take control.

"The rider, well they better be very proficient at riding or they can't stay up there. This is one of the quickest horses in the world at moving and stopping and they have to be very good to stay on that horse," said producer Mark Hawkins of the NCHA Cutting Show.

This event kicks off the Dixie National Live Stock Show that will run through the next few weeks. The Cutting Horse Show continues Sunday starting at 8 a.m. admission is free.

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