What a fun day. Saturday, February 12, 2022, was a great day for a parade. The sun was shining, the temperature was perfect, and the horses were ready to shine. Volunteers have worked tirelessly to get riders and horses ready, and all the work paid off. Mississippi Horses won the honor of being recognized as the best overall group of the parade. We are so thankful and proud of all our participants, human and animals.
The Friday before the parade, volunteers loaded up the horses and drove to the fairgrounds to get the equines used to the surroundings. It was a great day to desensitize the horses to all the different elements they might see along the way. Noises, vehicles, and even cows were introduced to the group and by the end of the day, they were ready for their parade debut.
Weeks before, other volunteers made the glitzy, glam blankets to go on all the horses. The colors were spectacular out on the parade route. They shimmered and shined and showed the horses that were available for adoption and those already adopted. The horses and riders could not have been better. They all really showed that Mississippi Horses are ready for anything that heads their way. These horses really can have another life and be a happy addition to anyone’s family.
Mississippi Horses could not exist without all the volunteers that made this day possible. It was so great to show off all the hard work that gets put into each individual horse to get them ready for adoption. Your love and devotion to these horses shows, and they have an awesome future ahead of them because of the volunteers’ time and passion for their job. Thank you to all volunteers for all you do to make these horses ready for riding, a loving home, and a wonderful experience at the Dixie National Parade.
Also, Mississippi Horse Rescue would like to thank Mississippi Agriculture Commissioner Andy Gipson for his determination to make the Dixie National Rodeo and all events associated with it the best anywhere! Thank you to all the people who work behind to scenes to make this one of the best Rodeo experiences. We appreciate your dedication to the state’s number one industry, agriculture. As part of the agriculutral community, Mississippi Horses is grateful for all the efforts to showcase our state and our resources.
The Dixie National Parade is now in the books. It’s one of the goals we have to showcase our volunteers and our horses. We are so proud of everyone and look forward to next year’s parade. Until then . . . on to the next event and the next train a rescue program.