MSEA News & Events

2019 Breakaway Roping Rookie

Maelee Wade

My Name is Maelee Wade, I’m 14 years old and in the 9th grade. This is my first year as a regular member of the Southeastern Professional Cowboy association. The rodeo season runs March to October and in that time I won or placed at multiple rodeos that secured my spot to the finals that were held January 31 & February 1st at the Neshoba County Coliseum in Philadelphia MS. The first go of the finals I split 1st place, the second go I won 3rd and ended up 2nd in the average. I also ended the year as the Breakaway Roping Rookie of the year. Thank you so much for your support for the Breakaway Roping and the SPRA! Buckle was sponsored by MSEA.

Vic Schaffer is welcomed to the Mississippi Therapeutic Riding center "fund raiser" sale

Vic Shafer

A great personality and an outstanding SEC champion coach, Vic Schaffer is welcomed to the Mississippi Therapeutic Riding center "fund raiser" sale. MSEA president James Rasberry and Executive Director James Watts were on hand to welcome the coach and wish him and his team well in 2020.


High Point Winner In Men's Division at the Mississippi State Horse Show

Adam Alexander

This is Adam Alexander who won a saddle by exhibiting in western pleasure judged classes; Jr. Western Pleasure, Sr. Western Pleasure, 2 &3 Year Old Western Pleasure, Walk Trot 18 &Over. A combination of his placing awarded him High Point winner in Men's Division at the Mississippi State Horse Show in September, 2019. He is from Kosciusko, MS


Mississippi State Equine Association room at the brand new Animal and Science building on the campus at MSU

Mississippi State Equine Association room at the brand new Animal and Science building on the campus at MSU

Infinite Impact Campaign Donation Letter

Infinite Impact Campaign

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MSEA Presents Donation to MSU Equestrian Riding Team

James Rasberry and Clay Cavender

James Rasberry, President of MSEA, presented a donation to Professor Clay Cavender of the Equestrian Riding team at Mississippi State University in the amount of $1,000. This donation helps with the expenses for traveling and related fees. Our goal is to support equine events everywhere we can help. All of the proceeds of the sales of the SaddleUp car tags are returned to the equine industry.


Fundraiser for the Therapeutic Riding Program

Fundraiser for the Therapeutic Riding Program

MSEA donated license plates 2 and 7 for the fundraiser for the Therapeutic Riding Program at Mississippi State University. Pictured are Thomas and Terri Nusz, along with MSEA President, James Rasberry and MSEA Executive Director, James Watts. Proceeds went directly to the program. The tags sold for a combined $2,050. MSEA thanks them very much for their support.

Also at the fundraiser, President of MSEA, James Rasberry is with Carter Clark, a student at Mississippi State University who volunteers with the program and also the granddaughter of James Rasberry, and Cassie Brunson, Director of the riding program.


Hope Rides Here Event

Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 6:30 PM – 10:00 PM CDT
The Mill at MSU - The Mill Conference Center

Hosted by MSU Equine Assisted Therapy Programs

Hope Rides Here

The core focus of the Therapeutic Riding program as well as the Veteran's Horsemanship program is to create an environment for positive healing and empowerment.


MSEA President, James Rasberry, World Finals Reserve Champions Article in Mississippi Farm Country Magazine

State Board Member James Rasberry of Kosciusko has competed in team penning events for many years. Imagine his pride when his team was named Reserve Champions (second place) in the 2017 U.S. Team Penning Association's (USTPA) world finals in Texas this fall.


MSEA Sponsors SAFE Horse Auction in Jackson

SAFE Horse Auction in Jackson

The Mississippi State Equine Association is again sponsoring the auction of Mississippi’s Safe Horse Sale in at the Kirk Fordice Equine Center in Jackson, MS. . Stephanie Billingsley is Chairman of the project, and “welcomes” all equestrians to attend the sale (with trailers) from 9am - 4pm on Saturday, May 19th, 2018.

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Reserve World Champions At USTPA 2017 National World Championship Show

Reserve World Champions At USTPA 2017 National World Championship Show at Fort Worth, Texas

James Rasberry (from left), Katie McGuffin, and Dustin Johnson.

Reserve World Champions At USTPA 2017 National World Championship Show at Fort Worth, Texas


James Rasberry Is MSEA President

“Rooster” Rasberry always got up too early. That’s what his mother said, and that’s why she nicknamed him when he was about two or three years old.

Maybe that’s why James S. Rasberry is an accomplished builder… and builder of many things. James is the President of the Mississippi State Equine Association and for lots of reasons.

He was on his father’s framing crew when he was l5 years old, and was trimming homes in his native Attala County when he was 20. Three years later, James was still getting up early, feeding the horses and starting his own construction company. By 1985 “Rooster” Rasberry was the youngest President ever elected from the 2,000-member Home Builders Association of Mississippi.

During that time two of his three daughters started riding competitively. It was a weekend ritual to load horses “early” and travel anywhere in Mississippi for a horse show, and get back home at 2 or 3 a.m. While the girls were barrel racing and riding western pleasure, Rasberry introduced himself to a sport that was new to the State of Mississippi in the early 1990’s. Team penning was a new craze that had just reached Mississippi, and he said, “it spread like wildfire.”


James Watts Is MSEA's 2018 Executive Director

James Watts says he was “probably promoting an economic development program” when asked what did you do prior to the creation of the Mississippi State Equine Association.

James calls himself a public relations guru and insists he was trained by some of Mississippi’s greatest. “I’m not saying I was one of them, but I worked for num-erous public relations giants in Mississippi,” he said.

As one of the founders of the MSEA, James started his career as a copy boy for the STATE TIMES, a competitive daily for Mississippi news in 1959. It was part time and he worked for owner and publisher Dumas Milner, editor Paul Tiblett and sports editor Jimmie McDowell. After a full summer at the corner of South State and Lamar Streets in Jackson, “I decided I had some experience” so maybe the CLARION-LEDGER might be interested in me.

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