Mark Harrell Horse Shows
Kathy Avolt - owner
3930 Old Romney Rd
Lafayette, IN 47909
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Welcome to Mark Harrell Horse Shows! 

There is no “I” in team & there is no “I” in Mark Harrell Horse Shows. When an organization or association hires Mark Harrell Horse Shows, we come in as a collective group & with each person knowing their responsibilities. We all work together to make each and every show as perfect as possible & make sure we are prepared in advance. Whether the show is a smaller two day show or a longer 4-5 day circuit, each show receives the same preparation & dedication.  The team routinely manages over 110,000 AQHA entries each year & is currently running shows throughout the United States.

We would like to take this opportunity to introduce the team members involved with Mark Harrell Horse Shows.

Mark Harrell, though his name is on the marquee, Mark will be the first to acknowledge that he has great friends & ‘co-workers’ working along side him. Mark Harrell has been involved with horses since his early childhood.  He managed his first horse show in 1982 and to this day is still managing it.  Having been a seasoned horse show exhibitor, Mark has a different perception of what it takes to run a show.  He is a multiple PHBA and IBHA World Champion trainer & exhibitor.  Mark’s position at the shows is as show manager. His duties vary but he is commonly known as the man with the raffle tickets & resulting prizes.

David Pardue
has been working the horse shows since 1998. As Director of Operations & Vice President of Mark Harrell Horse Shows, David can usually be found in the show office taking entries or tabbing exhibitors out. However, David’s forte is the hospitality end of the shows. If hospitality is part of the show contract, David can plan, organize & throw the most elaborate, fun & fan-friendly parties ever seen at a show. David, Mark’s partner, previously worked in the retail industry & knows that it is the little things that exhibitors appreciate the most. Most of the time, when you call the office, you will talk with David. David is a past multi-million dollar real estate producer. Both he & Mark have put their licenses into referral.

Michael David joined Mark Harrell Horse Shows in April of 2008. This lucky little boy was adopted by Mark & David & is named after Mark's brother & David's father. Mikey is a well-traveled little boy who loves everything - especially microphones, Star Wars, Harry Potter & anything with wheels. He will celebrate his NINTH birthday on April 24, 2017.

Julie Pardue of Cocoa Beach, FL joined MHHS in 2006 and is well-versed on the show management end of everything. If the last name looks familiar it should! Julie is David Pardue's mother! Julie has more than 25 years of management & accounting experience, working for a number of large companies. Born in England, Julie was a military brat & later married a member of the Air Force. She has resided in 8 different states and 5 different countries.  She resides with her husband and two cats! 

Peggy Gander has been with Mark Harrell Horse Shows for more than 7 years and though originally from Iowa, now calls Rockwall, TX home along with her husband Steve and their dog Lucy and cat Josey and 2 horses - Lester & Termite.  Peggy has always had horses and has shown Barrel Racing for many years and has been successful in the Team Roping as well.  In fact, she was the Rookie Of The Year for the WPRA in the Great Lakes Circuit. Peggy is an accomplished photographer and shoots many of the top rodeo and barrel racing events throughout the country.  You can see examples of her work at her website (Photo courtesy of Brittany Bevis)

Kathy Avolt of Lafayette, IN purchased the company January 1, 2017. For the new year, our exhibitors will see very little changes as all staff members will remain in place. She serves as the announcer for most of our shows. She has more than 15 years of competitive speech in her background & previously served as the editor of a state Quarter Horse association’s magazine and web site.  She understands the running of shows, having been both an exhibitor and show manager, having managed her first Quarter Horse show at the age of 16 for local 4-H club. Kathy’s position also requires a lot of pre-show details. She designs the showbills, tab sheets, handles the promotion for the shows & also follows up with the posting of results & a show review. Kathy is responsible for the daily maintenance of Mark Harrell Horse Shows' web site & Facebook page. During the show, Kathy is also responsible for figuring the circuit awards for each class. Back at home, Kathy does freelance advertising & logo design, specializing in the real estate industry. (Photo courtesy Studio 19 Photography.)

If Mark Harrell Horse Shows can assist with an upcoming show of yours, please email us for additional information. We look forward to meeting new exhibitors and associations. It is our pleasure working with you.

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