Charlie Green Stables Leaves Cullman With Four Big Blues!

By Elizabeth Miller

CULLMAN, Ala. - The WHAA Charity Horse Show and the seventh annual Alabama Walking Horse Regional Futurity were held in conjunction with each other on Saturday, August 12. The Cullman County Agricultural Center hosted the event which consisted of 23 regular classes and 10 futurity classes.

The honorable Mike Sims of Chattanooga, Tenn., served as the judge. Amy Trimble was on hand to continue her apprentice training in order to earn a judge’s license.

Opening the evening was the presentation of our nation’s flag. Suzanne Keplinger and Coin’s Flip Side were honored with the privilege of entering the ring and posting our colors for the playing of the national anthem.

Charlie Green Stables had an extremely fruitful evening in Cullman. Horses under Green’s direction accounted for four blue ribbon wins including the Walking Horse Stake. That honor was bestowed on A Touch Of Sunrise and Green. The handsome black stallion is proudly owned by Al Sanders.

Music In The Sky and Charlie Green were the Open Specialty class winners. Barry Breedlove is the delighted owner. Green’s third blue ribbon ride of the evening was in the Three-Year-Old Stallion class aboard General’s Showstopper. The sorrel stallion is the property of Herb Murrath. Sunny Shoffner accounted for the fourth blue ribbon with her win in the Amateur Specialty class with Freedom Fighter. The champion is the entry of Dennis, Rustee and Sunny Shoffner.

Horses owned by the Clark Farms of Arab, Ala., were in the winner’s circle spotlight on three separate occasions in Cullman. Ronald Morton led Sister Shout to victory in the Futurity Yearling Mares and Geldings class. Valton Rummage Stables prepares the filly. Nathan Clark directed Ebony Threat’s Black Ice to the blue ribbon award in the Two-Year-Old Mares and Geldings division. The third blue was earned by All Night and Katlyn Stricklend in the Open Lite-Shod Specialty class. Ebony Threat’s Black Ice and All Night are expertly prepared by Clark Farms.

Campbell Stables earned three hometown blue ribbons in Futurity action. General Trend and Nevada Turner were the champions in the Futurity Three-Year-Old Park Pleasure division. Joan Kemp and Dr. J. Michael Brown own the talented young performer. Disarmed and Ross Campbell rode away with top honors in the Futurity Three-Year-Old Mares and Geldings class. The champion is the entry of Joan Kemp, Dr. George Shaw and Dr. Beatrice Hahn. Nevada Turner returned to the winner’s circle aboard The Skywish in the Futurity Three-Year-Old Stallion class. The Skywish is the property of Doss Farms.

Daniel Joseph and Lola’s Magic Man captured blue ribbon honors in the Two-Year-Old Amateur class. S and D Farms owns the young stallion and Dick Peebles Stables prepares him for competition. Peebles made a winning ride in the Three-Year-Old Mares and Geldings division with Silver’s Sassy Sally. The fine filly is the property of George Smith and Frank Mosley.

The mother/daughter team of Andrea and Emily Zahnd were responsible for two Cullman blues. Emily guided The Skylite to the winner’s circle following the Youth Riders 11 and Under class. Emily and Andrea Zahnd own the flashy mare. The Ritz Blitz and Andrea Zahnd were the Alabama Ladies Auxiliary Champions. Lanier Sibley and Roger Pierce share ownership of the talented competitor. Both entries are prepared by Swinging Gate Stables and trainer Chris Zahnd.

Tim Smith and Pusher’s Pzazz continued their quest for world championship honors by earning the 15.2 and Under title in Cullman. Smith returned to the winner’s circle aboard Let’s Rev It Up in the Futurity Two-Year-Old Stallion division. G. L. and Beverly McNeill proudly own both of the champions.

Latham Stables earned dual blues with Red’s Big Sun and Make My Day Jubilee. The Latham Stables owned entry, Red’s Big Sun was the Aged Mares and Geldings Champion with David Latham in the irons. Larry Latham and Make My Day Jubilee earned top honor is the Open Show Pleasure division. The bay star is owned by Troy and Elise Tidwell.

In an exceptional show ring debut, Steal Justice and Jerry Collier were the champions in the exciting Two-Year-Old Stallion division. This outstanding newcomer was proudly bred and raised by owners Perry and Jimmie Hastings. Collier’s second blue ribbon of the evening was awarded to Busting With A Bang under the direction of Tommy Hale. The Four-Year-Old champion is owned by Tommy and Vicki Hale.

Fairview Stables also claimed dual Cullman blues. A consistent winner throughout the year, The Rising Sun and owner Ray Solley added another Park Pleasure Specialty title to their lengthy resume. Trainer Glen Crowe directed Clouds Of Joy to the Four-Year-Old Open title for J. D. and Ginger Evans.

Poisonous Lady and Lisa Teel claimed top honors in the Futurity Weanling Mares and Geldings division. The lovely black filly is prepared by Bobby Richards and is owned by Lisa Teel and Mitzi Butler. In the Futurity Weanling Stallion division A Poker Face and Billy Thomas walked away with the blue for owner John Fikes.

Moments Of Jazz and Kelly Peevy earned the Three-Year-Old Amateur title. The young stallion is owned by Doyce Lawrence and trained by Five Way Farms. Kim Baldwin led Pride’s Sizzling Hot to victory in the Futurity Yearling Stallion division. The gorgeous sorrel stallion is owned by William and Jean Lane and is prepared by Ray Baldwin Stables.

Pusher’s Silver Dollar and Hugh Taylor stole the show in the Futurity Two-Year-Old Mares and Geldings championship. The flashy young mare is product of the breeding program of David and Sunny Roberson. In other futurity action, Andrew Jackson and John Keplinger were the Two-Year-Old Park Pleasure Champions. The young star is the entry of the Triple K Stables.

In the Youth Riders 17 and Under class, The King Midas Touch and Benjamin Gray were crowned the champions. The entry is prepared by David Rogers and is owned by the Benny Gray family. Generator’s Dry Gin and Bo Beam rode away with top honors in the division for Youth Riders on Walking Ponies. The Dan Haynes family owns the champion. Steve Beam prepares him for competition.

David Huckeba directed to the blue ribbon honors in the Country Pleasure class. David and Dee Huckeba proudly own the entry. Rocky Christian and Mack’s Gold Streaker earned top honors in the Amateur Owned and Trained class for owner Knate Christian. Incognito and Shane McDonald were the Amateur Show Pleasure Champions. Mike Overcast of Steppin High Farms trains the gelding for owner Gina McDonald.

This highlights the WHAA Charity Horse Show and seventh annual Alabama Walking Horse Regional Futurity. Complete results follow and may also be found on our website