“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 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.
The Mississippi State Equine Association is again sponsoring the September 23 auction of Mississippi’s Safe Horse Sale in Canton at the Madison County Equine Building. Stephanie Billingsley is Chairman of the project, and “welcomes” all equestrians to attend the sale (with trailers) from 9 a.m. until on Saturday,September 23, 2017.
Mississippi State University issued a prospectus for the construction of new Animal and Dairy Science buildings on the campus at the corner of Black Jack Road and Stone Boulevard. The proposal was presented to Mississippi businesses and associations for new naming opportunities now that the first of three buildings is nearing completion. The other two buildings will be constructed in the next two years. MSU needed a commitment from the dozens of proposals that were forwarded to companies in a wide area throughout the southeast area. The “first” commitment that MSU received was the Mississippi State Equine Association and that included a signed check and a commitment letter for Mississippi State to use MSEA as an example for the MSU project.
The new three-story Animal and Dairy Sciences building will contain about 34,500 square feet of offices, conference rooms, classrooms and labs. The Meat Science and Muscle Biology building will contain 15,000 square feet, and the Poultry Science building will contain an additional 26,500 square feet of offices and laboratories.
MSEA is proud of its Mississippi State University sponsorships, and promises to do more in the future...Go Dawgs!
Why a safe horse auction and one-day open shelter? Because we believe horse owners have the right to sell horses that have been bred, raised and trained for companion and recreational purposes and not have them enter the slaughter pipeline. Too many good horses that would otherwise be nice riding companions that add economic value to the horse industry are being purchased for slaughter. Kill buyers are outbidding private individuals at auctions, trolling classifieds and Craigslist to purchase nice horses to sell through broker programs on Facebook. As a result, no horse is safe from slaughter. We want to change that by providing owners another option when selling their horses.
MSU’s “SaddleUp” scholarship was awarded in Starkville for academic year 2016/2017. Sydney McConnell of Brandon, daughter of Mark and Susan McConnell, received the $2,000 in ceremonies at the annual Animal and Dairy Science banquet on the MSU campus. Sydney is a junior pursuing a major in Veterinary Medicine and a graduate of Northwest Rankin High School. Pictures from left to right: Mr. James Rasberry, President of the Mississippi State Equine Association, Sydney McDonnell, Amanda Rasberry Crawford and her husband Terry Crawford from Kosciusko.
The Mississippi State Equine Association (MSEA) presented its annual donation to Mississippi State University's Extension Service 4-H Therapeutic Riding Program in January. The $10,000 check furthers MSEA's commitment to fund another endowed scholarship program in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Mississippi State.
The Mississippi State Equine Association is fulfilling a vision to further equine education by establishing a scholarship endowment at Mississippi State.
Since 2006, MSEA officials have worked to create the Mississippi State Equine Association Endowed Scholarship to encourage beneficial equine practices. Based in the university's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the leadership and academic recognition award will assist animal science majors who are pursuing pre-veterinary studies.
Congratulations to the SMHA members who were high point winners at last years State of MS Horse Show. Mr. James Watts from the Mississippi State Equine Association was present at our banquet. The Mississippi State Equine Association donated ALL High Point Belt buckles for the State Show. Mr. Watts spoke to us during the meal portion of the banquet. He informed our members about MSEA and what they hope to achieve.
MSEA is a non-profit organization. Their purpose is to promote the equine industry. 100% of their funds are generated by MSEA membership, the SaddleUp vehicle license plates and by donation. All of the funds raised are put back into equine related activities/events.