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2003 Year In Walking Horse Dedication: Coin Maker



As one of the winningest horses in Celebration history, Coin Maker has redefined the Show Pleasure division. In addition to showing regularly throughout the season and winning virtually every time he enters the ring, Coin Maker has won an impressive 24 Celebration blues. Showing in both Open and Amateur competition, Coin Maker has left the Celebration oval with the win each of the last 16 times he has entered that ring.

Suzanne Littell has had the pleasure of being the part of this important part of show ring
history. She and Bud Moore purchased Coin Maker in 1999 as Suzanne was still learning to ride. They began the 2001 show season with a win at the Gulf Coast Charity and they haven't looked back. Her signature red coat and the beautiful black stallion's consistent high reaching step strike fear into the hearts of fellow show pleasure entries when they enter the gate. They virtually never make a bad show, which is an impressive feat for any horse, and for any trainer.

Knox Blackburn has been the professional that made Coin Maker what he is. For Suzanne and for Paul Bryan and Laney Waltrall before her, he has trained Coin Maker to be just as competitive in the Open ranks under his direction and yet still rideable for his amateur rider to pilot, sometimes at the same show. His motor doesn't stop and it is obvious he has a heart as big as his reputation.

At the 2003 Celebration, Coin Maker won world champion titles in both open and ladies competition. He returned in the amateur division only to win the world grand championship in the Amateur Show Pleasure division. Bud and Suzanne could not have been more delighted, even though this was Suzanne's third time to wear the roses aboard Coin Maker. Bud and Suzanne have several other horses, and they know that one like Coin Maker doesn't come along every day. They have never taken his talent for granted. Suzanne's joy in the Celebration winner’s circle grows every year.

Coin Maker is by no means done, he may go on to set additional Celebration records, but we wanted to take this opportunity to honor him, his owners Bud Moore and Suzanne Littell, and his trainer Knox Blackburn for their outstanding excellence in the show ring.

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