Cowboy churches bring horse show to fairgrounds

Friday, May 23, 2014
A line of female riders from Missouri wait their turn to ride their events.

BERRYVILLE -- Last Saturday, horsemen and horsewomen from across the area gathered at the Carroll County Fairgrounds for an American Stock Horse Association-sanctioned competition, the Northwest Arkansas Stock Horse Show.

The show was sponsored by two area cowboy churches, the Green Forest Cowboy Church and the Harrison-based Crooked Creek Cowboy Church.

The ASHA Working Cow Horse Show and Contest featured ranch pleasure, ranch trail, ranch cutting, reining and working cow horse events.

Don Crawford of Eureka Springs puts Shiny Chic through her paces.

Contestants came from across Arkansas and Missouri to compete in the sanctioned event. Members of the sponsoring Cowboy Churches lived up to their names as members competed in the event.

Billy Williams, pastor of the Green Forest Cowboy Church, said this is the first ASHA event the two churches have produced an they plan to have at least two more this year, with three per year in the future.

"It went really well," Williams said. "We had a total of 18 contestants, from Harrison, Berryville, Green Forest, Eureka Springs and Ava, Joplin and Springfield, in Missouri."

Theron McCammond, left, talks to Jerry Adams, both members of the Crooked Creek Cowboy Church and event participants.

The judge for the competition was Scott Hall of Alabama. He was assisted by Green Forest church member Rhonda Worrall.

The Green Forest Cowboy Church sponsors numerous events throughout the year.

"We've got something happening every month," Worrall said. "On Sunday, June 8 we will have a team roping. Our regular service will be held at our church on Arkansas Highway 103 North in Green Forest, and the entry fee will be waived for teams who attend the morning service."

The books are open from 10 to 11 a.m.

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