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2002 Year In Walking Horses Dedication: Gen's Sundance Lady

She’s big and beautiful, a three time World Grand Champion and a multi-titled World Champion. She is also the only horse in history to store the World Grand Championship titles from all three youth divisions under her belt. Gen’s Sundance Lady has been named as the performance horse dedication for the 2002 edition of the Year in Walking Horses.

Her most recent success was under the ownership of the Dan McSwain family, when Gen’s Sundance Lady topped the 2002 Juvenile 11 and Under World Grand Championship with Maisie McSwain in the irons. Carl Edwards and Sons Stables also guided Maisie and Sundance Lady to the 2002 Juvenile 11 and Under Riders on Mares World Championship.

Jack Frazee of Tallahassee, Fl., saw the mare’s talents early. Beginning her show ring career in 1994 under the guidance of Carl Edwards and Sons Stables, Gen’s Sundance Lady quickly showed her willingness to work.

She placed third at the Celebration in the Two-Year-Old Mare division and claimed blue ribbons at McMinnville, Tenn., and the King Cotton Charity Show. As a three-year-old, Gen’s Sundance Lady claimed her first World Championship at the 1995 Celebration in the Three-Year-Old Mare class, as well as an Amateur and Open ThreeYear-Old Mare win at the Southern Championships.

Scoring two World Championships at the 1996 edition of the Celebration in the Four-Year-Old Mare and Four-Year-Old Amateur Mares and Geldings classes, showed Gen’s Sundance Lady had the stamina to have a stellar career. Again she captured another Southern Championship title in 1996 under the ownership of Jack Frazee.

In January of 1997, this flashy mare caught the attention of Marie and Karen Jeffcoat of Cordova, Tenn. The mare was purchased and exhibited by Carl Edwards and Sons Stables at the Fun Show in the 15.2 & Under, Aged Mares and Geldings class to take the blue. Shortly after, the decision was made for a young Jennifer Vining to take the reins of Sundance Lady under the direction of Steve Hawkersmith at Jeffcoat Stables.

Jennifer Vining carried away the roses twice aboard Gen’s Sundance Lady. Vining made the spotlight ride in the 1998 Walking Pony World Grand Championship.

The pair returned to the big oval in 1999 to become the Juvenile 12-17 World Grand Champions.
“Sundance  Lady was one of the most special horses I have ever ridden, not only did she have spectacular, natural talent, but she gave 100% of her effort every time she stepped into the ring.” said Vining.

The Dan McSwain family purchased the champion in April of 2000. Paige Edwards took the reins and directed the mare to the Walking Horse Trainers’ Auxiliary World Championship under the leadership of Carl Edwards and Sons Stables the same year. 2001 also held success for Maisie and Sundance Lady as they scored a reserve World Championship in the Youth 11 and Under Mare class at the Celebration. Trainer Larry Edwards topped the Walking Mares, 15.2 and Under division aboard Sundance Lady, adding yet another win to her lengthy resume’.

Now 11 years old, the mare continues to bring success to little Maisie McSwain and the Dan McSwain family, as well as the Carl Edwards and Sons Stables banner.

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