JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Thousands of horse lovers are in the capital city this weekend for the largest quarter horse show in the south.
The Dixie National Quarter Horse Show kicked off Wednesday and runs through Sunday. It's going on at the Mississippi State Fairgrounds. The show includes trail, youth, and jumping competitions, as well as an equine expo.
Most of the events are free and open to the public.
The five-day event is organized by volunteers from the Mississippi Quarter Horse Association.
"Everyone who volunteers has been in the horse business for years. Once it gets in your blood, there's no way you can get rid of it," said Tommy Andrus, Chairman of the Dixie National Committee for the Mississippi Quarter Horse Association.
The show draws about 2,000 exhibitors from across the U.S. and has an estimated 10 million dollar impact on the local economy.
"It draws people from all over the U.S., which brings a tremendous influx to the Jackson area. I mean, it's really important," said Andrus.
The only event that has an entrance fee is the free-style reining, which kicks off Friday night at 6:30 in the Coliseum. It costs $5 and typically draws about 5,000 people.
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