Betty Murfin (1922 - 2015)

Murfin, Betty Barnes (Gaines), age 92, passed away Friday, February 27, 2015. Services are pending. Betty was a wonderful mother, loving grandmother and friend to all. Betty was born June 2, 1922 to Harry and Fannie Gaines in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky. She was a lifetime resident of Wichita. Betty graduated from East High School and attended the University of Kansas. Betty was married to Bill Murfin in 1946 and they were blessed with three children. While raising her family Betty enjoyed being a member of many clubs and organizations to include; Kappa Alpha Theta, Wichita Center for the Arts, Wichita Junior League, Garden Club, The Kansas Humane Society, and she became the originating President of the Wichita Art Museum. Betty shared her knowledge and experience serving on the boards of the Wichita Center for the Arts and Underground Vaults and Storage. Betty's love of life is beautifully displayed in her art work and was evident in her generous smile, kind works, always upbeat personality, infectious curiosity and love of animals. Betty never heard a song that didn't start her to tapping and would tell you that, "music is in me, just look at my feet wiggling"! Betty is preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, William R. Murfin, her brother Harry Gaines, Jr., her sister Patricia Gaines Talbott. She is survived by daughter, Barbara Murphy (Mike), son, David Murfin (Janet), daughter, Nancy Moxley (Mark), ten grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren. Memorials have been established with the Wichita Center for the Arts, 9112 E. Central, Wichita, KS 67206 and the Kansas Humane Society, 3313 N. Hillside, Wichita, KS 67220. Tributes may be sent to the family via www.DLwichita.com



Exhibitor numbers were up at the 2015 Prairie Classic in Oklahoma City.

The American Quarter Horse Association
February 19, 2015

Prairie Classic Trail

The Prairie Classic had 750 more entries compared to the 2014 event (Journal photo).

The American Quarter Horse Association is pleased to announce that the Prairie Classic had 750 more entries compared to the 2014 event. The show’s management also reported an increase of 62 new individuals to the show this year.

“We are very excited to hear of the increase in entries and exhibitors at this year’s Prairie Classic,” said AQHA Chief Show Officer Pete Kyle. “This is a positive start to 2015, and we look forward to a great year.”

The Prairie Classic, presented by the Kansas Quarter Horse Association, was February 11-15 at Oklahoma State Fair Park in Oklahoma City. The event is a four-judge AQHA-approved show with special events in trail and western riding.

The Prairie Classic offers an alternative to competitors who prefer not to make the trek to shows on the east or west coasts. The show is touted as a great way to begin the season as it is held early in the year, offers a reasonable attendance and great awards.

The new leveling system made the show conducive to success for seasoned show-goers and beginners alike. Both the level 2 and level 3 classes received circuit awards. Level 3 champions were rewarded with monogrammed sheets while Level 2 champions received monogrammed stall bags.

OQHYA and KQHYA members conducted their own individual bake sales as fundraisers throughout the course of the show. OQHYA members also laminated numbers and raised over $500 for their organization.

Show manager Jackie Krshka was pleased with the turnout of the show and stated that the Prairie Classic isn’t just for the “big time riders,” – one of the many features that makes the show special.


Location: Amarillo National Center, Tri-State Fairgrounds, 3301 S E 10th Ave, Amarillo, TX 79104
Dates: June 18-19-20-21, 2015
Show: Region 8 (3 judges) & 3 Quarter Horse Shows (3 judges with 3 sets of AQHA points)
7:30 AM daily
Pre-entry deadline June 10
Show Manager & Secretary
Don Moore
Anna Holland
29530 County Road Y
La Junta CO 81050-9246
The Region 8 Championship Horse Show & Quarter Horse Shows is put on in conjunction with American Quarter Horse Association and Region 8 state AQHA affiliates, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.


It's Time To Renew Your Membership


All memberships expire on January 31st.


Reminder: Membership dues must be paid prior to the show that you want points to begin at. In order for points to count, both the exhibitor and owner of the horse/horses must be paid. Open
points are kept on the horses; amateur &
youth on the horse rider combination.
Youth have additional requirements to fulfill for eligibility.





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Photos courtesy of the Wright Focus(www.wrightfocus.com)