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Busting Special and Jimmy McConnell Bust Out at Germantown

by Lauren Abernathy

GERMANTOWN, Miss. - It is the first week in June and everyone knows that means Germantown. The Germantown Charity Horse Show brings a variety of equine entertainment from hunter/jumpers to Saddlebreds, Arabians, Hackney Ponies, roadsters to, of course our favorite, the Tennessee Walking Horse.
This year the Germantown Horse Show wasn’t what many expected but it was eventful. The weather ranged from hot and humid all the way to spectators wearing coats and blankets on Thursday. Tuesday brought low turnout with the largest class being four. After the USDA arrived on Thursday, the field practically went to one or even none with many classes being cancelled when trainers decided not to show their horses. The largest class of the week brought only five exhibitors.

One of the few trainers who stayed through the show was Jimmy McConnell. McConnell of Formac Stables walked away with the blue ribbon tally victory with 10 trips to the winner’s circle. It was the partnership of McConnell and Busting Special who topped the Riders’ Cup Grand Championship Saturday night for proud owners Larry and Farrah McAlexander.

Second place in the blue ribbon tally was Abernathy Stables finishing with five blue ribbons followed by Falcon Ridge Farm and Wright Stables with three each. Stan Wilcoxen earned the title of top amateur with three blue ribbons added to his resume. These wins included the Amateur Two and Three-Year-Old Grand Championships with An American Threat and Star In The Making.

At the end of the week, the horse show was for charity and the Tennessee Walking Horse owners are always there not only to show support, but also contribute significant dollars to aid such important causes.

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