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Equine Obituary – She's Push In Command




She’s Push in Command was humanly euthanized in the early hours of Saturday, October 6, 2019, due to a chronic stifle injury. Known as Harley (or Big Momma) to those who loved her, she was bred and raised by Johnnie and Harriet Abrams of Waco, Kentucky. Harley was purchased as a yearling in 2003 by CM, Connie, and Lindsay Hess of Harrisonburg, Virginia. 

Started by Steve Hankins Stables, Harley was moved to Baucom Stables in the Fall of 2004. Under the direction of Chad Baucom and Colin Ramsey, Harley ‘s talent became evident in the Spring of 2005. Entering the ring as a Three-Year-Old, Harley and Chad claimed blues at the East Tennessee Walking Horse Classic and the Tazewell County Classic, as well as claiming fourth in the Open Division at the 2005 Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration. The following Wednesday night, in the Amateur Three-Year-Old Mare and Gelding Class, Harley and Connie would claim their first World Championship, in the B division, out of large class of 27 horses.  

The following year, Connie and Harley won the National Trainers Show – Four-Year-Old Mare and Gelding class, in another large class of 20 horses. Lindsay stepped into the irons for the 2006 Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration where she claimed her first World Championship title with Harley in the Youth 6-11 on Walking Mares. They would go on to win another World Championship at the 2008 Celebration in the Youth 12-17 Mares and Gelding Specialty class, claiming Reserve World Championship in both 2009 and 2010 and the Reserve World Grand Championship in 2010. Connie and Harley claimed another World Championship title at the 2007 Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration in the Amateur Ladies Mares and Geldings class. Harley’s show career includes multiple wins at many top shows including, National Trainers Show, Spring Fun Show, North Carolina Championship, Red Carpet Show of the South, South Carolina Championship, and the Mississippi Charity Horse Show.  

Retired in 2012, Harley returned to Zenda Hill Farm, where her greatest work began, as a broodmare.  She raised two fillies, She Walks the Line, by Lined with Cash, and I am Bold and Spicy Jose, by I am Jose. Her final foal, born in May, was the coveted stud colt The Hess Family had anxiously awaited. Bred to The Dixie Lineman, Harley’s last foal was named in her honor, He’s Push in Dixie.  

Harley will be deeply missed by those who loved her. She was a special, a once in a lifetime horse.  Her talent, ability and grit truly reflect the Walking Horse breed. Her legacy lives on in her offspring and in the hearts of those who cherish her memory.  

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