The Dixie National Quarter Horse Show, the Southern Classic, is the premier event of the Mississippi Quarter Horse Association. Held in February on the State Fairgrounds in Jackson, Mississippi, it is the largest quarter horse show held during a stock show in the nation. The Dixie National Quarter Horse Show is the largest in the South and the third largest quarter horse show in the United States.


The national exposure the show receives makes it a gathering place for the top horses in the country and a field day for spectators.


With an average audience of over 4500, Free Style Reining, held on Friday night, is the most crowd pleasing class

 and demonstrates the great physical ability of the American Quarter Horse.


The Dixie National Equine Expo, the largest equine related trade show in the south, runs in conjunction with the quarter horse show. The Equine Expo features everything imaginable for the equine enthusiast. For information on booth space at the Equine Expo, please e-mail Diane at






Casey Devitt

2017 Dixie National Quarter Horse Show Manager

Casey has judged the most prestigious American Quarter Horse shows in the county including the AQHA Open and Amateur World Championship Show 4 times, the AQHA Select World Championship, and the NSBA World Show. Casey was born and raised in Southern California and has trained 'horses for more than 30 years. Early in his career he apprenticed under industry legends Greg Whalen, Barney Hinds, and Tim Whitney. Casey has coached many Youth and Amateur riders to top ten placings as well as All-Around Champions at the All American Quarter Horse Congress. He has also shown multiple horses to top ten wins at the AQHA World Show. Casey has been managing the Arizona Sun Circuit for the past 4years. He is an AQHA Steward at the World Shows and an AQHA Professional Horseman. Casey has been married for 31 years to his wife, fellow trainer, and Judge April Devitt. We are happy to have him back again this year as Show Manager.


Vanessa Lay

The Dixie National Quarter Horse Show is happy to have Vanessa Lay return as our Show Secretary.  Vanessa is no stranger to the horse show industry; as she has been involved in this industry since 1985. Vanessa has worked with several breed associations and is a certified show secretary for both AQHA and NRHA. Vanessa began her horse industry career in 2001 and since that time has worked with West Virginia Quarter Horse Association, Quebec Quarter Horse Association, and last but certainly not least Ohio Quarter Horse Association; where she has worked as an announcers assistant at the All American Quarter Horse Congress. Please join us in welcoming Vanessa Lay back to our Dixie National Quarter Horse team!