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The American General Invades The Winners Circle

By: Lisa Cummings

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. - The Gwinnett County Fairgrounds played host to the Georgia Walking Horse Ladies Auxiliary Horse Show. As always the Georgia Ladies Auxiliary outdid themselves.The arena was decorated beautifully with lots of red, white and blue. Entries for the show totaled 195 and Holly Liddell from Louisville, Ky., was on hand to judge.Master of ceremonies was Thurman Walden of Manchester, Tenn.Dale Stone of Buford, Ga., played the organ and Jennifer Pack was the official photographer.

Proceeds from the GWHLA Horse Show help benefit the Good Shepherd Therapeutic Center, a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to the abused, physically and mentally challenged, elderly and inquisitive school children.They offer residential services including emergency, long term and independent living programs. Therapeutic horseback riding that benefits not only physically, but also emotionally, recreationally and motivationally. Animal assisted therapy helps with nursing home patients and with preschool aged children that are significantly developmentally delayed.The center also offers refuge to wildlife that has been harmed or orphaned, thus enabling them to offer programs like the Petting Zoo and the Farm Science Program.The Good Shepherd Therapeutic Center is dedicated to improving the quality of life for persons suffering from disabilities of all types.

Bringing the patriotic theme for the evening full circle was Walking Horse Stake Champion The American General and Larry Edwards riding for the Dan McSwain family of Atlanta, Ga. Reserve honors in the class went to Ultra's Knockout and Frank Thornton for Warr and Major of Phenix City, Ala.

The Lead Line class called four entries to the gate and awarded blue ribbons to all. Duck River Tramp and Carly Argo, Cinnamon and Will Cole, Hercules and Taylor Wheless, Bud's Silver Image and Kelsey Fuller.

Solid Pride KRS and Toni Strickland claimed the blue in the WHTA Youth Council 11 and Under class. The entry is owned by Over The Hill Farm of Edgefield, S.C. WHTA Youth Council 12-17 Champions were Bodacious Pusher and Ashley Allen riding for the Keith Allen family of Alpharetta, Ga.TWHBEA Youth Medallion 17 and Under blue ribbon winner was The Sky Dancer and Toni Strickland riding for Anne Brandsma of Augusta, Ga.Black Rain and Heather Weaver made the winning ride in the Juvenile Plantation Lite-Shod Specialty for Robert Findley of Buford, Ga.Porshea Smith and Choice Cut made the victory pass in the Park Pleasure Specialty 17 and Under. Choice Cut is owned by Seahorse Stables of Gainesville, Ga.

In the Halter division, Paper Dollar claimed victory in the Weanling class. Ronnie Arflin was the handler and the colt is owned by R&M Stables and Colt Center in Honea, S.C. Major Colors and Colonel Walker made the victory pass in the Model Plantation class. Major Colors is owned by HL Rogers of Griffin, Ga. Martha Eubanks of Albany, Ga., directed her entry She's Pure Poison Ivy to the blue ribbon in the Yearling class.

Bellagio and Buck Williams claimed top honors in the Two-Year-Old Stallion division for Bruce and Robin McDonald of Atlanta, Ga. Anthony Moore guided Miss Black Cash to the winners circle in the Two-Year-Old Mare and Gelding class for Charles Dempsey of Arnoldsville, Ga.The Two-Year-Old Amateur class called Cash and Carry Little Girl and Danny Rylee, owner/exhibitor, to the winners circle.

Making the winning ride in the 13-entry Three-Year-Old Amateur class was Hard Mountain Cash and owner/exhibitor Jane Meredith of Roswell, Ga.Buck Williams prepared just right for the Three-Year-Old Open class when he directed My Secret Recipe to the win. This entry is owned by Larry Brite of Pleasantville, N.J.

New And Improved Pride and Corey Clay claimed victory in the Four-Year-Old Open class. New And Improved Pride is owned by Joe Jordan of Bowdon, Ga.The Four-Year-Old Amateur Champions were Filibuster and Phillip Goodson riding for Phil and Wanda Goodson of Dawsonville, Ga.

The 15.2 and Under Champions were Five Star Rated and Mike Overcast. They took home the blue to Whitney Davis of Shelbyville, Tenn. Elaine Doxy of Dunellen, Fla., made the victory pass in the 15.2 and Under Amateur Specialty class aboard Prides Flashy Girl.

Barbara Newton and Gen's Master Blaster took home the blue ribbon in the GWHLA Members Specialty class. Gen's Master Blaster is owned by Ronnie and Barbara Newton of McDonough, Ga.Lonestar Judge and Sandra Austin claimed top honors in the Ladies Amateur Specialty class. Lonestar Judge is owned by Steve and Sandra Austin of Covington, Ga.

Gen's Secret Warrior and Ray Caughman were called to the winners circle in the Men's Amateur Specialty class. The entry is owned by C&C Stables of Lawrenceville, Ga.Pusher's Redemption and Jim Williams rode to the winners circle in the 50 and Over class for Jeanie Haynie of Lewisburg, Tenn.

Jo Jo Man and Jerome Cole made the victory pass in the Amateur Owned and Trained class for Thomas Holton of Murfreesboro, Tenn.Making the winning ride in the Pro Am class was Larry Edwards and Mary Touchton aboard I'm Twice The Delight. This entry is owned by Lloyd and Mary Touchton of Fairburn, Ga.

Show Pleasure Specialty Champions were Bold Rambler and Jerri Alberti. Jerri Alberti of McDonough, Ga., is the owner.Buck Williams returned to claim victory in the Mare, Stallion and Gelding Open class with Touch My Way. Touch My Way is owned by Sheila Hunter of Shelbyville, Tenn.

Gen's ET Prospector and Marlene Aspinwall claimed victory in the Park Pleasure Two and Three-Year-Olds for David Madray.Park Pleasure Amateur Specialty Champions were Generator's Destroyer and Chris Kelly riding for Ben Findley of Buford, Ga.Kyle Insell directed Hez Got Night Moves to the winners circle in the Park Pleasure Open Specialty for Equi-Tech Labs of Shelbyville, Tenn.

Hand Painted Masterpiece and HL Rogers grabbed the blue ribbon in the Spotted Horse Specialty. HL Rogers of Griffin, Ga., is the owner.Robert Findley and Edge Of Time made the winning ride in the Western Pleasure Specialty for Ben Findley of Buford, Ga. Black Rain Drops and Henry Findley received the blue ribbon in the Plantation Pleasure Lite-Shod Specialty for Robert Findley of Buford, Ga.

This highlights the winners from Georgia Walking Horse Ladies Auxiliary Horse Show. Complete results follow and may also be found by visiting our web site at

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