Posted November 13, 2000

by Tanya Hopper

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Hot! Hot! Hot! In more ways than one! That’s what everyone who attended the Dixie Jubilee Horse Show had to say about the 54th annual event, held Nov. 1-4, 2000. In addition to an increase in walking horse entries and great quality horses, the temperatures in Baton Rouge were reminiscent of August.

“I think it was the best walking horse show they’ve [Dixie Jubilee] ever had,” said noted trainer David Landrum. Landrum had plenty to be happy about -- his crew took a total of seven titles including the North American Walking Grand Championship.

Landrum directed Generator’s Champion to the North American title as well as the Over 15.2 Walking Stallion preliminary win. These two wins marked the pair’s second and third victory since their debut at the Kentucky Celebration, where they also claimed that title. “He was really exciting both nights,” said Landrum. “I felt like he really had a flare that excited the crowd. I think he’s really a legitimate contender for the 2001 World Grand Championship,” he finished, indicating that he will campaign the handsome sorrel stallion for next year’s title.

Landrum’s additional wins were all in the amateur ranks, all with Karla Landrum in the irons. Karla directed the multi-titled Show Pleasure veteran Heir’s Rolling Stone to the Show Pleasure title and the Show Pleasure Grand Championship. Next, Karla and Brother Splash claimed the Ladies Auxiliary title in an exciting class. And finally, it was the “other brother’s” turn. Karla and I’m Splashed turned in two of the Dixie Jubilee’s most exciting performances. First, the pair claimed the Two-Year-Old Amateur Specialty Stallion division, then returned in the Two-Year-Old Amateur Championship to wow the judges again. These wins were both unanimous.

David and Karla had some additional excitement besides Team Landrum’s seven wins. Daughter Lindsey earned her first wins in Saddlebred competition by capturing the Six and Under Walk Trot title aboard Epcot’s Taurus and the Academy Equitation Walk/Trot 6 and Under Championship aboard Oh So Elegant. David and Karla felt Saddlebred lessons would be a good experience for Lindsey to learn the basics. They say she will begin showing walking horses soon, as she has already mastered Hunter Jumper lessons.

Jimmy McConnell’s Formac Stables boasted the most wins, taking home eight blues. The Formac crew swept the first night of competition by winning five blues, the first three consecutively. McConnell and Cut The Smoke claimed the Junior Stallion title while Barbara Pate directed Cut The Smoke to the Four-Year-Old Amateur Stallion win, making this talented mount a two-time champion and bringing his season wins to a total of 12. Next up, McConnell directed current World Champion Barracuda to the winners’ circle in the Over 15.2 Senior Walking Gelding class before returning in the very next class to claim the Two-Year-Old Stallion title aboard The Black Nightshade.

Two classes later, McConnell returned, this time aboard Pusher’s Rodeo Queen and walked away with the Four-Year-Old Mare and Gelding win. Next up was Dan Waddell, who directed the multi-titled Bionic’s Superstar to the winner’s circle in the Plantation Pleasure, Stallions, Mares, and Geldings division. Superstar returned in the Plantation Pleasure Grand Championship with Bob Medina in the irons to walk away with another title. This championship performance marked Superstar’s last appearance as he is now being retired to stud. Medina was in the irons for the final blue under the Formac banner, this time aboard Pushover’s Infiniti.

Floyd and Beverly Sherman’s Backward S Ranch went back to Murchison, Texas, with five wins under their belt. Bill Young and the always exciting Irrational Exuberance captured the Three-Year-Old Walking Stallion title, but to many fans’ disappointment were unable to show back in the championship due to I.E. having a high fever. The leg-waving young stallion had the industry abuzz all this year. His Dixie Jubilee win came on the heels of his Three-Year-Old Walking Stallion World Championship.

Beverly Sherman enjoyed two outstanding rides aboard her mare, Silverado Spirit. The duo was named Three-Year-Old Amateur Specialty Mares and Geldings champions and returned in the Three-Year-Old Championship to earn that title as well. Kelly Sherman Garrett also enjoyed two winning rides. Kelly and That Lady’s In Command rode to the title in the 15.2 and Under Amateur Mares and Geldings class while Kelly directed Pusher’s Solid Design to the Four-Year-Old Amateur Specialty Mares and Geldings blue. This rounded out the Backward S-trained wins.

Jackie McConnell’s Whitter Stables claimed a total of four blues. Among them was Beverly Sherman and Generator’s Flirtin’ bringing the Sherman family wins to seven. Lee Wall Rikard was in the irons for two of Whitter’s wins. First, Lee and Rare Cash captured the Two-Year-Old Amateur Mares and Geldings win, while Lee directed The Summitt to the Three-Year-Old Amateur Specialty title. One of Whitter’s most exciting wins was in the Youth 11 and Under division, which was one of the most exciting classes of the show. Lindsey Wall and Flashy Cash gave a flawless performance to claim the title. The pair returned to finish reserve in the championship. Combined with Aunt Lee’s two wins, Lindsey accounted for the third win for the excited Wall family.

Benny Johnson Stables made the long trip from Bluemont, Va., and went home with four blues to their credit, three with Penny Matthews in the irons. Penny’s first victory pass was aboard Eb’s Bold Silver in the Plantation Pleasure Three-Year-Old division. Next, Penny rode Inside Trader to the blue in the Juvenile Plantation Pleasure Specialty division. Finally, Penny and Regal’s Lady of Royalty were named Lite-Shod Plantation Pleasure Juvenile Specialty Champions. Bob Medina and the striking gray colt Iron Eyes Cody, sired by the renowned Ironworks, claimed the Plantation Pleasure Two-Year-Old, rounding out Johnson’s wins.

Wink Groover and crew claimed three wins for Wink Groover Stables. Dr. Harry Woodall and Sundrop Country were chosen as the best of the Lite-Shod Plantation Pleasure Amateur Specialty contenders while Wink Groover and “Sunny” claimed the Lite-Shod Plantation Pleasure Specialty Championship. Dr. Woodall was unable to show Sundrop Country in the championship as Woodall suffered a heart attack shortly following his earlier mentioned win. As of press time he was still hospitalized, but was expected to make a full recovery.

Groover’s final win was in the Four-Year-Old Championship where he rode Billy White Shoes to the title. The team had only been paired since the Celebration.

As usual, Wayne Westbrook’s stock was in top form. Wayne and Royal Limelight were honored with the title of Plantation Pleasure Open champions, while Wayne and Cash Storm earned the Plantation Pleasure Ladies Specialty win. Wayne and Cash Storm returned in the Plantation Pleasure Amateur Specialty Championship to earn the bouquet and the tricolor.

Steve Aymett Stables went home with two titles. Jerri Arrighi and Cracker Barrel Girl were named Amateur Fine Harness Champions while Catherine Simpson and Priceless Reward captured the 11 and Under Equitation title.

Brett Boyd Stables had an exciting show. Boyd directed Cash In My Stock to the 15.2 and Under Senior Stallions, Mares and Geldings on the first night of competition. Friday evening’s performance found owner Charles Gleghorn himself surprising the Dixie Jubilee crowd by appearing in the Amateur 15.2 and Under Amateur Stallion Specialty aboard Cash to claim this title as well, among a field of 10 strong competitors. Charles showed spectators he can still ride with the best of them.These performances marked Cash In My Stock’s first appearances under the direction of Boyd, who had the stallion in top form to claim these two unanimous wins.

Ramsey Bullington Stables claimed two titles, also by the same horse. Holly Liddell and Backfield In Motion came to Baton Rouge ready to get down to business. First, the pair claimed the Over 15.2 Amateur Mares and Geldings and returned to win the North American Amateur Grand Championship and retired the Black Southern Heir Challenge Trophy.

Jaclyn Harney was a dual winner as well. She and Good Evening topped the thrilling Five-Year-Old and Over Amateur Specialty Mares and Geldings division, which had 12 talented entries. Jaclyn also claimed the Equitation Grand Championship aboard “oldie but goodie” Collector’s Hickory. Both these champions are prepared by the Harney’s own Stonewall Farm.

Mickey McCormick Stables was another barn taking home two wins, both by the same horse. Joel Johnson and I’m Cruella De Vil claimed the Senior Juvenile Walking title and returned to win the Juvenile Grand Championship as well. These wins brought Joel and Cruella’s season total to 12, attesting to their great season.

Dick Peebles Stables also captured two wins, both with Peebles in the irons. First, Peebles rode Pusher’s Black Jewel to the Three-Year-Old Mare and Gelding title, then Peebles directed Main Majorette to the Two-Year-Old Mare and Gelding blue in an exciting class.

White Oak Stables also earned two blues and may have been the most excited group to win at the show. Lisa Marbry and Silver Express were named Five-Year-Old and Over Amateur Stallion Champions and returned to capture the Amateur Specialty Grand Championship. These wins come on the heels of the pair’s recent World Championship and were among some of the most sensational of the show. Lisa and Silver were met by their entourage following their Grand Championship win. Husband Robert led the pack shouting, “Who let the dogs out?” to which the group responded with barks like the current popular song by the same name.

Single winners were numerous. Link Webb directed Pusher’s Special Design to the Over 15.2 Senior Mare title while Jeff Givens led Armed Son Of a Gun to the Plantation Model win. Jane Sandlin and Recall’s Dust claimed the Heart O’ Dixie Members Only title, under the direction of Tim Holley Stables.

Theresa Carpinito captured the Adult Equitation preliminary title while Joseph Manos rode The Prince of Darkness to the Plantation Pleasure Amateur Specialty blue. Texas Pay Day captured the Weanling title with Jerry Williams at the lead. Pay Day is sired by World Champion Hard Texas Cash and appears to have inherited his sire’s good looks and talent.

Joyce Cordroch led Puff’s Playboy to the Yearling title and Lisa Wolgamott and Label’s Indiana Gold captured the Western Plantation Pleasure Specialty blue. Jessica Davis earned the Senior Equitation 12-18 win.

Many said this year’s edition of the Dixie Jubilee was one of the best ever. As usual, show secretary Mrs. Faye Mary made sure everything was organized and running smoothly. David Landrum stated, “Mrs. Mary’s presence makes the horse show special. I have never seen anybody who cares about their horse show more than she does. She lives and breathes it.”