by Sarah Smith


            ALEXANDER CITY, Ala. – The Alex City Horse Riding Club – Allen Ingle Memorial Horse Show was held for the second year at Alex City’s Charles Bailey Sportsplex. Owners, trainers and spectators enjoyed the nice facility. Judge Tommy Howell marked the cards for the 42-class event that began at four o’clock.

            Several exhibitors carried multiple blue ribbons from Alexander City. Casee Crocker rode to four blues in the walking classes. The first was with Vengeance With Pride in the Trail Pleasure class. Casee won the Country Pleasure class with Splashed, the Park Pleasure Specialty with Disarmed and the Open Amateur Canter with Excalibur’s Jazz.

            Bentley-Beam Stables won four blues in the walking division. The first came in the Park Pleasure Western Specialty with Friday Night Threat. Alexandra Gutherie rode Pinot Noir to the blue in the Amateur Three-Year-Old Stallion class under the direction of Steve Beam. Two Jeff Bryant owned entries claimed blue ribbons. Jazz Princess EF and Bo Beam won top honors in the Three-Year-Old Amateur Mares and Geldings class. Wired And Walking put on a blue ribbon performance in the Walking Horse Stake with Steve Beam up.

            Cantrell Stables made the drive from Phenix City, Ala., to claim four blues. Dr. Linda Jones won the 15.2 and Under Amateur Specialty with Mighty Brew. Dr. Jones returned to the winner’s circle in the Amateur Ladies Specialty with The Mexican. Haley Lane rode The Skyy to the blue in the WHOA Youth Challenge class. Vengeance and Rick Wilson claimed the Amateur Specialty class.

            Latham Stables won three blues. Bo Beam directed A Dangerous Man to the first award in the Youth Ponies class. Shelby Beam and Motown’s Good Timing were the judge’s choice in the Youth 11 and Under and Diane Hasty rode Senator’s Grand Finale to the blue in the Lite-Shod Specialty.

            Swingin’ Gate Stables also earned three blues. Jerome Zahnd and Dangerous Encore claimed the Riders’ Cup Three-Year-Old class. Andrea Zahnd rode The Down Home Blues to the win in the Alabama Ladies Auxiliary class, and Jerry Carter and Phantom Of The Ritz added another blue to their list of credits in the Amateur Four-Year-Old class.

            Tim Smith Stables earned six blues. Smith rode Kennedy’s Carlina to top honors in the Riders’ Cup Two-Year-Old class, I’m Casanova to the blue in the 15.2 and Under Riders’ Cup class and then FDR to the top award in the Open Specialty. Smith and Smoke N Cash added to their Riders’ Cup lead with their blue ribbon performance in the Four-Year-Old class. She’s One Hot Tamale claimed the Open Show Pleasure class with Smith riding. The sixth blue was won by LaRue McWaters and Gen’s Diablo in the Amateur Show Pleasure class.           

            Benjamin Gray directed The King Midas Touch to the blue in the Youth 12-17 class. Tony Bradshaw and Impression’s Ritzy Lady earned top honors in the Park Performance class. They were prepared by Campbell Stables. Jimmy Grant had his stock in top form to claim the Amateur Owned and Trained class with The Watchmaker. The River King and owner Kelly Arrington, under the direction of Clark Farms, won the Two-Year-Old Amateur class.