The Oak Grove School Community Center Show Embraces 313 Entries!
by Jennifer Potts
WINCHESTER, Tenn.- The sixth annual Oak Grove School Community Center Horse Show began at 6:00PM on Saturday, November 10, 2001. The 27 class event boasted 316 entries. Donnie May, Richmond, Kentucky, took the job of judging. The job of Show Chairman was handled by Joe Partin.Thurman Walden kept the show moving as announcer, while Bryan Perry entertained the large crowd on the organ. Jim Dixon captured the night on film.

The Walking Horse Championship Stake class held six entries vying for the Oak Grove roses. Marching to the beat of the blue ribbon was American Patriot and Blake Sims for the Mike Chiappari family. Luck Of The Doc and Winky Groover rode to the reserve ribbon for proud wife, Sheila Groover. Third in the good class was Pusher’s Force and John Puckett for the Burl Compton family.

Giving the Stake class a run for its money was the Grooms’ class. Eight grooms entered the gate. After a call for a second running walk on the second way of the ring, the crowd was on their feet supporting their favorite hard working groom. Topping the eight entry class was Josh Lawell and Design’s Masterpiece riding under the Chad Way Stables banner for McJunkin. Reserve in the class went to Big Time Bum and Shad Wood riding for Kelly Harrison. Third in the Grooms’ class was Keith Boehman and Bomar’s Ultimate Reality for Nancy Cate under the Willow Springs Farm banner.

The chilly, crisp Saturday night began with the fifteen entry Two-Year-Old Mare and Gelding class. Chester Marbry rode Oh My Gosh to the blue for the Carr, Curtis, and Richards ownership. Reserve in the class went to O’Hara and Herbert Derickson for Ridgemont Farm. The Weanling class held 12 young entries. Encore’s Magic Lady and Nathan Mills made the victory pass for Hoyte Eakes. They Call Me Bo Jangles and Chris Richards were reserve for Jewel Warren.

Thirteen entries answered the call for the Youth 11 and Under class. Eb’s Final Notice and little Treeah Majors were given final notice that they were first of the youngsters for Teera Walker. Design’s Masterpiece and Keely Sale were reserve for McJunkin Farm. Nine entries answered the call of the Amateur 15.2 and Under Specialty class. He’s A Rebel and Joyce Myers rode home with the blue for M and M Enterprises. Solid Gold Decision and Judy Young were the reserve choice for Ronal and Judy Young.

The Yearling division harvested five entries and of the five babies Pride Of Vengeance and Valton Rummage made the victory pass for Mariella Fugger. MG’s Interpreter and Robert Nelms were reserve for Howard Gamble. The Country Pleasure class had twelve good entries. Soaring above the rest was Generator’s Nikon and owner/rider, Wayne Hall. Final’s Whatever and Sandy Harris rode to reserve for Larry and Sandy Harris.

The skies were gray for the sixteen Three-Year-Old Mares and Geldings competitors as Gray Sky and Chad Williams rode to blue ribbon honors for Jerry Plemons. Skywitch and Joe Martin were reserve for Martin and Marek. The first place vote in the Four-Year-Old Amateur class of seventeen entries was music to Ed Breedlove’s ears as he directed Music In The Sky to the blue for Barry Breedlove. Newly purchased, ADA2D and Dr. Jim Baum rode to reserve acclaim. The Plantation Pleasure Lite Shod Specialty held eight entries. New Millennium Generator and Bruce Lovato made the victory pass for Enchanted Gait Stables, Bruce and Nancy Lovato. Sailin’ Man and Donald Knight were reserve for Mr. and Mrs. Donald Knight.

The Two-Year-Old Stallion class was called to the ring with the crowd eager to see the young horses. Thirteen entries answered the call. Storm Bustin’ Loose and Jerry Beaty were announced to the winner’s circle for James Campbell. Reserve in the class belonged to The Phantom Menace and Herbert Derickson for the Gilbert Miller family. Another class of young riders were called to the gate, Ponies 60” and Under, Youth 17 and Under Specialty. Putting a lid on the competition, unlike the Tennessee Titans this season, Titan Up and Daniel Potter made the outstanding winning ride. Chelsea Cook and Little Bitty Love Bug made the good ride to reserve for Irene Spears. Ice Shadow and Justin Harris certainly froze the twenty horse competition in the Show Pleasure Open Specialty class for Jean Duling. Pushin’ Back At Ya and Ronnie Campbell were reserve for James Sullenger. Long time horse enthusiast, Ms. Jean Baum made her way to the Ladies Amateur Mares and Geldings Specialty blue aboard My Fair play Lady. The big, black mare is owned by Jean Baum. Connie May and Straight Cash rode to reserve for Mike and Connie May of the thirteen entries.

Hot off a Three-Year-Old Stallion World Champion title, Johnny Walker Red and Sammy Day rode to the Three-Year-Old Stallion blue of the sixteen entries for the John LeGate and Gary LeGate families. Link Webb and Silver Dollar Moment were reserve for Lisa Kapavik. Ten entries answered the call in the Park Pleasure Two and Three-Year-Old Open. She’s A Double Major and Larry Derryberry made the blue ribbon ride for Cathy Owen under the Winner’s Circle banner. Miller Time Mask and Dick Myers were reserve for the Mike Simpson family.

Marty Ledbetter and Magical Colors made the Three-Year-Old Amateur victory pass of the nineteen good teams for Sunnyside Farm. I’m Stagger Lee and Holly Waites were reserve for Ned and Holly Waites. Just in time for a Four-Year-Old Mare Specialty blue was Timeless Rebel and Hal Newman for Barbara Kerkeles. Walking In A Hurricane and Jerry Beaty were reserve for the Meadow and Touch ownership.

Push Me Bold and Judy Young pushed their way to the Open Amateur title of the twelve entries, for Ronal and Judy Young and the Robert Canon family. Reserve honors were taken home by Impressive Rising Sun and Tamara Kasser for Mr. and Mrs. Charles Gavin. The newly acquired Popcorn Pusher and Tim Wheelon made the good ride to the 15.2 and Under blue for John and Lori Thompson. Mark’s Motion Man and Link Webb made an impressive show for reserve for Dana Shirley. The Youth 12-17 class’ 11 teams made their mark on the Winchester ring. Coming out on top, ( what every girl is crazy about) a sharp dressed man, Pride’s Sharp Dressed Man and Gavin Kasser for Mr. and Mrs. Charles Gavin. Royal Imprint and Jordan Eldridge made the reserve ride for John Eldridge.

Delight’s Man Of Pride and Winky Groover rode for the Open Walking Specialty title for Melissa Wilson. Pride’s Easy Touch and Link Webb made the good ride to reserve for Jimmy and Carol Lackey. The Park Pleasure Open Specialty held twelve eligible entries. Riding away with the Winchester title was Go Boy’s Dark Spirit and Jimmy Baumgardner for Lavender, Huckaby, Wilhelm, and Green. Skyline and owner/rider Jack Morgan rode to reserve honors.

The Two-Year-Old Amateur Class harvested fifteen entries. Topping the class was the new team, Wild Eyed And Wicked and Ernie Berzette. Reserve belonged to Generator Dry Gin and Andrew Zahnd for Haynes and Zahnd. The Aged Mares and Geldings class brought four entries to the ring. Making a magical night of it for owner Jean Brock was Pushover’s Magic Lady and Bill Bilbrey to the blue. Making the good ride to reserve was Swoosh with Link Webb in the irons for Steve Mozeley. Eight teams made the gate in the Four-Year-Old Stallions and Geldings Specialty class. Marked the first choice of the judge was Pushover’s First Choice and Chad Way for owner Joe Christmas. Miami Heat and Herbert Derickson were reserve for Dr. and Mrs. John Brundige. The Amateur Specialty class found fifteen entries vying for the title. Former World Champion Pride Of Bums, under the direction of Frank Columbo, rode to the Oak Grove blue for Mr. and Mrs. Frank Columbo. Beam’s Blackhawk and Jimmy Dillingham made a good ride to reserve for Jimmy and Lois Dillingham.

The show hosted 316 entries and was a great success for the Oak Grove School Community Center.

For the complete show story, see the printed edition of Walking Horse Report dated November 19th, 2001.