BETHESDA, Tenn. - There is no better way to celebrate the birth of our nation and the blessed freedom that we all experience and so many of us take for granted than to have a horse show. And what a “Star Spangled” celebration they had at Bethesda on the 4th of July - a celebration of good friends and good horses!

Three-time World Champion, Pride's Winning Edge, and Dick Peebles presented the red, white, and blue. Jamie Hankins of Paris, Kentucky, had the honor of judging this prestigious horse show and the 313 quality entries that entered the gate to the delight of the large audience of spectators. Connie Dunlap added to the festivities with her musical talents. Mark Farrar was the announcer and Gary Leverette captured the star-spangled moments on film.

The Independence Day celebration at Bethesda was brought to its conclusion when Cash's All Star and Larry Edwards wore the floral horseshoe out of the ring for Herb Murrath. Cash's All Star is the 2002 National Trainers' Show Grand Champion. Brock Tillman and the beautiful Generator's Showboat were reserve for Stacy Beard Henderson. The Bill Harlin entry, The Revelation, and Joe Cotten were third in this thrilling stake class.

The stick horse class always brings the cheers and all the families to the railside. Each participant in this class received a blue ribbon and a two dollar bill. The Lead Line class saw last year's Bethesda champion back in the winner's circle. Debbie Gaidos lead I'm A Dandy Too and Mackenzie Gaidos to the blue. Shaker's Little Midnight and Jordan Dempsey walked to the red ribbon tie with Charles Gleghorn leading.

Lynn Marchetti, owner/exhibitor, was delighted when her number was called to take Peacock's Mr. Delight to center ring to receive her blue in the Country Pleasure class. Our Mr. Hollywood and Patti Pollack were reserve for Pollack's Silver Spur Ranch.

The Weanling Fillies class saw Lynn Womack lead Dangerous Diva to the blue for Roger Richards. The red ribbon went to Laura Lou's Coming Thru and Bobby Richards for Lisa Teel.

With previous 2002 wins at the National Trainers' Show, Bob Lawrence and Jose' Quervo Gold made the familiar ride down victory lane to receive the blue in the Amateur Lite Shod division for Lawrence and Hutto. Also, no stranger to the winner's circle, Clint Dixon and Starstruck By JFK, carried the red streamer back to Georgia for owners, Randall and Gloria Dixon.

Major Fling and Jerry Collier made the good ride for Mr. and Mrs. Perry Hastings in the Two-Year-Old Mares and Geldings class. The Mr. and Mrs. Charles Terry entry, Grave Danger, and John Allan Callaway were the red ribbon recipients. Blues La'day and Chris Richards were the Weanling Colts winner for Curt Denton. Robert Nelms and Black Hawk Farms entry, The Alamo, were reserve.

It's always good to see Wallace Brandon in the showring and in the winner's circle. This time it was aboard Cicero for Bob Medina in the Lite Shod Pleasure Canter class. Friday Night Mercedes and Connie Waldo were on cruise control as they walked to the second place tie.

Robert Nelms and A Wind Storm blew into the ring and received the blue in the Yearling Fillies class. A Wind Storm was the Yearling Fillies champion earlier in the year at the Trainers' Show. Grand Liza Jane and Keith Reed were reserve for the Shifman family.

The 11 and Under Mares and Geldings Specialty class saw 8 outstanding entries enter the ring. This Is It and Lindsay Landrum were "it" in the eyes of Judge Hankins. Proud grandparents, Bill and Betty Landrum own the entry. Coming off a win the previous weekend at Minor Hill, Trevor Collier and his classic horse, Generator's No U, were reserve for Collier Stables.

Fifteen quality horses entered the ring to vie for the Two-Year-Old Stallions title. Thief's Delightful Man and Dick Peebles stole out of the ring with the blue streamer on their bridle for Troy Richards. Monte Cristo and Knox Blackburn were reserve for the Gilbert Miller family.

On this "all American day", All American Ritz and Marty Warren were the judge's choice for the blue in the Yearling Colts division for Steve Smith. Storm Struck Again and Robert Nelms collected the red ribbon for Bob and Becky Nelms.

Bob Lawrence and She's Breathtaking made the familiar victory pass for the Lawrence and Hutto partnership in the Amateur Park Pleasure Specialty class. She's Breathtaking has earlier 2002 wins at the Trainers' Show and the World Cup Spring Premier. Blair Campbell riding for the Perry Lacy family directed Mark Of Buck to reserve.

In an exciting class of 11 Trainers' Wives and Children Specialty, Spring's Starmaker and Joyce Marie Green were the stars for Samantha and Corey Green. Be Bopper and Patti Gray bopped to the red ribbon tie.

Texas Salsa and Nancy Groover were hot on the 4th of July as they scalded the competition to take the blue in the Owner/Amateur Two-Year-Old Mares and Geldings division. Texas Salsa has earlier wins at Jackson and Columbia. Poison Ivy and Erica Derickson were reserve in this good class.

The Owner/Amateur Two-Year-Old Stallions followed the mares and geldings and saw Beverly Sherman take the Floyd Sherman entry, Don't Bust My Bubble, to the win. Twisted Arm and Erin Graf to the red streamer back to Kentucky.

Ten entries strove for the honors in the Juvenile 12-17 Mares and Geldings Specialty division. It was no secret that A Secret Agent and Celie Gandy were Judge Hankins' choice to receive the blue. The popular duo of Joel Johnson and I'm Cruella De Vil to the red ribbon back to Shelbyville.

Storm Threat Too was the major threat in the Show Pleasure Specialty class with Kurt Kovalick in the irons for Dr. and Mrs. Rafael Rigual. Eddie Tuck rode the Susie Harmon owned entry, Sabatier, to reserve.

Nineteen lady riders rode through the gate to compete for the title of Owner/Amateur Ladies on Mares and Geldings champion. Robin MacDonald and Spellbound Generator emerged victorious for Bruce and Robin MacDonald. Elizabeth Miller was the lucky red ribbon recipient on Cash's Luck Be A Lady for C and E Enterprises.

Strike It Rich struck for the Western Park Pleasure Specialty blue with Joe Dixon aboard for Randall and Gloria Dixon. Coin's Black Spice and Miles Irby were reserve for Sue Irby.

Coming up next were the Three-Year-Old Mares and Geldings. Winning their second blue of the evening were Dr. and Mrs. Rafael Rigual when Don Rafa and Joe Cotten made the good ride. Sanman and Link Webb were reserve for Larry Russell.

It was no miracle, just pure talent, that propelled Sandra Johnson and Miracle At The Ritz into the Owner/Amateur Four-Year-Old winner's circle for Bill and Sandra Johnson. Command's Country Beat and Florence Edwards rode to the second place tie. The Owner/Amateur Four-Year-Old Stallions saw Dumas and Renee Carlton ride out of the ring with the blue ribbon on their bridle. The red ribbon went to Lee Wall and I'm Armed And Lethal.

Keith Blackburn took Gen's Black Gin to the blue in the Three-Year-Old Stallions class for Dave and Erin Graf. Hot on their heels were Armed To Show and Larry Edwards for the Dan McSwain family.

Following their Pony championship ride at Minor Hill, Morgan LeGate and Final Keeper added another blue to their trophy collection. Second in the pony division was Ebony's Bad Bubba and Miles Irby in the irons for James and Betty Corlew.

Lit Up's Double Time lit up the competition in the Park Pleasure Four-Year-Old and Over division. Lorenzo Smith directed the Randall and Gloria Dixon entry to the win. The Lavender, Huckaby, and Wilhelm entry, Go Boy's Dark Spirit, and Jeff Green were reserve.

The 15.2 and Under Open class saw Knox Blackburn aboard Pride's Pickle walk to the blue ribbon for Abby Graves. The Duck and Kim Bennett were reserve for Dwight and Elizabeth Ottman. In their debut performance, Caresse Mills and Generator's Champion proved themselves to be formidable competitors walking away with the Open Amateur Canter class. Self Made Man and Jimmy Smith made the good ride for the red streamer.

Dick Peebles was armed to make the victory pass aboard Armed Lady in the Four-Year-Old Mares and Geldings class for Carolyn Thomas. Gen's Genevieve carried Herbert Derickson to reserve.

In their first outing this season and following in their 2001 footsteps - a Bethesda blue - last year's Two-Year-Old World Grand Champions, I'm Willie Wonka and Janice Fostek, captured the Owner/Amateur Three-Year-Old Stallions blue for Joe and Janice Fostek. Dances With Wolves and Jackie Whatley were reserve in this good class. The Owner/Amateur Three-Year-Old Mares and Geldings found the stylish combination of Lucky Collins and Liz Claiborne in the winner's circle. Judge Hankins wrote Write This Down and Mike Hicks second for the partnership of Hicks and Douglas.

Wallace Brandon found himself back in the Bethesda winner's circle aboard Millineum Sky in the Park Pleasure Two and Three-Year-Old class. Knox Blackburn made the good ride for reserve on Sweeping Around.

Philip Trimble and Doing Time With A Pusher were doing time in the winner's circle as they accepted the blue ribbon for Harvey and Debbie Solomon in the Four-Year-Old Stallions class. The Jimmy and Vivian Reddy entry, Commanding Gold and John Allan Callaway, collected the red ribbon.

The Owner/Amateur Specialty class found the popular team of Bill Johnson and JFK All Over making the victory pass. Mike Inman cashed in on the red aboard Generator's Cashin In for Mike and Karen Inman.

Show Chairman Chris Hazelwood and his staff are to be commended for the excellent job they did in putting on this outstanding horse show. Hazelwood was extremely pleased with the record breaking number of entries and with the large turn out of spectators. He states that they are already looking forward to 2003.