The Dixie National Rodeo and Live Stock Show are underway at the Mississippi Fairgrounds.
In some of this weekend's activities riders were competing for paint and palomino horse show top honors.
Sunday afternoon riders worked to impress the judges during the Palomino Horse Show competition.
The event has participants from across the metro area and central Mississippi.
For many the family is involved in training, riding and performing.
"It's just fun out there," said nine year old Rose Warren of Puckett.
Rose rode Biff in the Western Riding Competition.
"This is actually her first show with this horse. So it's been a great show. She's got three circuit champions this time," said Rose's mother Melanie Warren.
"I got a horse for my third birthday and I started riding it at my house, and then I started jumping," added Rose.
The competitions teach the riders responsibility, horse safety and independence.
Lessons passed on from generation to generation.
Eleven year old Georgia Wasson of Madison is riding Tuck.
"I'm hoping this year that I'll do much better than I did last year... I love animals. I've loved animals since I was a baby. My grandfather got me my first horse when I was first born," said Wasson.
For 12-year-old Mcauley Ross and her mother Mary Beth of Madison competitions are truly a family affair.
"I like it and my mom she got me into it when I was little. I saw all of her trophies, and I just got back into it. When I saw her doing it when she did good too. She won all these achievements," said Mcauley.
Mcauley and her palomino won world show last year in Tulsa Oklahoma.
Her mother is competing in reigning.
"We just got back from Fort Worth last weekend and this is our Dixie National that we're doing then we'll go to Houston in March and we'll compete. So we do it together as a mother and daughter," said the elder Ross.
The Dixie Nationals are a major event for riders trying to attain high points in the quest for a world championship.
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