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Bedford County FFA Walking Horse Show...They saw the Revelation



Jennifer Pack was the photographer. The anticipation of stake horses throughout the summer is always high, and on this night the crowd was treated to Revelation and Bill Bobo making the victory pass in the Walking Horse State Championship. Reserve was captured by the team of Swoosh and Link Webb while Jason Day and Touch Of Sunrise claimed the third place.

Two barns took four blues at the Bedford County show. Derickson Training Facility and Regan Mercer tied for the top spot on the ribbon tally. Bobo Stables proudly returned home with a trio of blues. Finish Line Farms and Chad Williams Stables were next winning dual blues.

Derickson Training Facility won three of their four blues in back to back classes. The blue ribbon roll began with Mike Hilley and The Last Of My Cash in the Three-Year-Old Stallions class. The second blue for the Derickson crew was sported by Big Guy Design and Patty Marek in the 15.2 and Under Amateur Specialty class. Erica Derickson took home the blue in the next class, the Walking Ponies. Derickson directed The Skywish down victory lane once again. Their final blue was won by Jazz Time and Hilley in the Four-Year-Old Mares and Geldings class.

Bobo Farm Inc.’s first blue came from Dr. Dangerous and Jacob Baum in the WHTA Youth Council 12-17 Specialty class. The second blue came from the crowd favorite The Ultra Doc and Dr. Jim Baum. This team took the win in the Amateur Specialty Stallions class after Baum spent the spring show season on crutches. The third and final Bobo blue was the aforementioned Championship Stake with Revelation.

Mercer and her students made a clean sweep of the four academy classes. Burden Of Proof and Meredith Knight were the big winners in the Academy 11 and Under Flat Shod class and in the Academy 12-17 flat shod. Next on the agenda was the Academy 12-17 Performance class. Generator’s Triple Crown carried Chelsea Dial down victory land and then returned to earn another blue for Luke Hammers in the Academy 11 and Under Performance division.

Ebony’s Diamond Cutter and Susan Coleman were the champions of the Four-Year-Old Amateur Specialty class under the guidance of Finish Line Farms. Anita Blue and Anita George, fresh off their Gallatin, Tenn., win, earned the second blue for the Finish Line Farms crew in the Amateur Specialty Mares and Geldings class.

Chad Williams took command of the two-year-old divisions. First he won the Two-Year-Old Mares and Geldings class aboard Jazz On The Rocks and, later in the evening, he was victorious in the Two-Year-Old Stallions class with It’s All About Cash.

Single blues were won by several barns at this year’s show in lots of competitive classes. Last year’s Lead Line champions, Ace and Tyler Bailey, returned to defend their title and did so in a tough class. James “Beetle” Bailey prepares this pair for the show ring. Immediately following was the Two-Year-Old Amateur class where Andrew Zahnd and The Willhamina were crowned champions. Chris Zhand trains this outstanding youngster.

The largest class of the evening was the 16-entry Country Pleasure. Bethany Martocci rode to the forefront aboard Doc’s Takin Charge. They are under Bobby Richards’ guidance. Immediately following was the Weanling class where Kristie Bell and Edition’s She Daisy were crowned champions.

There were two divisions of the yearlings starting with the Yearling Filly class where Stacey Richards and I’m Shania Twain walked away with the blue. Yearling Colt class champions were Enrigue Enrique and Robert Nelms.

Hailey Puckett took a blue home with her win on Bold Stroke’s Attraction in the WHTA Youth Council 11 and Under class. She shows under Puckett Stables banner.

The Youth Walking Seat Equitation class is always an exciting one. The 2003 world grand championship team of Alex Bumpus and Settle The Score received the judges’ nod to make the victory pass. This team also won the same class at this show last year. Dickie Scrivner of Tan View Farm was the trainer.

Brenda Bramlett directed Jazzed Up to the victory circle in the Three-Year-Old Amateur class. Allan Callaway was the trainer of this team. Jeff Givens captured another Park Pleasure Two & Three-Year-Old class with A Mystery Man.

I’m Du and Winky Groover received the blue in a talented class of Three-Year-Old Mares and Geldings. The very competitive Connie Waldo and her well-known Drop The Hammer were champions in the Lite-Shod Specialty class.

The Open Show Pleasure Specialty class is always a large class. Brandon Stout and I’m Jr. Walker received the blue ribbon in this division. Link Webb and Watchtower made the victory pass in the 15.2 and Under class. Buster’s Rebel Rouser and Blake Sims made an impressive ride that resulted in a blue in the Four-Year-Old Stallions class.

The Silver Bandit and Kim Leonard, following their recent Gallatin, Tenn., victory, are a great team. They took yet another blue to add to their Park Pleasure Specialty class collection. Joel Weaver readied this team for competition.

Complete results follow and may also be found at www.walkinghorsereport.com.

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