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The Coach Claims the 39th Annual Fun Show

The last class of the night was the one of the most came to see on this Saturday before Memorial Day.  Only three answered the gate call but they were three very strong competitors. Winning the blue ribbon by a unanimous decision, was The Coach and John Allan Callaway for Holland, Kilgore & Barnes of Decatur, AL, Tuscaloosa, AL and Pigeon Forge, TN.  Blue Blooded Bandit and Knox Blackburn the reserve award. The yellow ribbon was awarded to Gold Sky MC and Randy Young for Mike Chandler of Sparta, TN.

The young riders in the Owner-Amateur Youth Riders 6-11 Years on Walking Mares or Geldings class is always the most adorable class and it proved to be the same again this year. The blue ribbon was awarded to Lake Weaver and Moonstruck Dollar.  The reserve award went to The Carolina Confederate and Isaac Magee. The third award went to She’s Armed With Poison and Thomas Derickson.

The future performance and pleasure horses also competed Saturday night.  In the Yearling Fillies and Geldings class She’s Full of Fire was led by Nathan Mills as they made their way to the blue ribbon circle.   The reserve honors went to Raw Silk and Robert Nelms. The yellow ribbon went to Carola and Keith Reed.

The Owner-Amateur Lady Riders On Walking Horses class was a very talented class.   Making the blue ribbon ride was Go Jojo and Sarah Moersch.  The second place tie went to Grand Sweepstakes and Lori Riddley. The third place ribbon was given to Ritz Rattle and Roll and Lynda Brogdon.

Jeff Hatcher guided Godfather By Ultra Copy into the winner's circle in the Show Pleasure Walking Horses division.   Free To Score was given the red ribbon with Edgar Abernathy aboard. The third place tie in the class went to Civitas and Michael Daniel.

Saturday Night Specialist and Corey Reece won the blue ribbon in the Owner-Amateur Yearlings Class. The reserve honors went to This Skys The Over The Limit and Jerry Cowan.

Laurie Toone rode Catasprophic into the winner’s circle for the Western Plantation Pleasure Walking Horses, Lite Shod class. The reserved award was given to Prime Fashion and Ginger Simpson. The yellow ribbon went to Smart N Wicked and Jennie Jackson.

The Yearling Colts class was another young class of horses that showed tonight. Five Star Gunn and Robert Nelms were given the blue ribbon this year. The reserve honors went to  Carla Hurley who led Connie Mack. The third place ribbon was given to Key To The Ritz and Karen McGee for Jus’ Fine Stables of Alberta, Canada.  

Watch For Glory and Erica Derickson took top honors in the Owners-Amateur Riders on Walking Horses, over 15.2, Five Years and Over (canter) class.   The second place honor and red ribbon went to The Family Jewels and Kim Leonard. The Blue Diamond and Larry Davis received the yellow ribbon.
The Three-Year-Old Walking Stallions class was a very competitive class.  The owners of the blue ribbon was Folsom Prison Blues and Jonathan Watts for Luckey Easterling of Mize, MS. Reserve was Stepping Around Town and Charlie Green. The third place tie went to Swing Batter Batter Swing and Scotty Brooks.

Miss Ashley Pollack made the blue ribbon ride in the Owner Amateur Youth Riders 17 and Under on Walking Ponies, 60" and Under aboard He’s Extraordinary owned by The Robert Pollack Family of Saratoga, CA and Shelbyville, TN.  The red ribbon was given to Meghan Davis and American Keepsake.

Double The Money and Brandon Stout won the Park Performance division. The red ribbon in this class went to San Juan and David Landrum for Mr. & Mrs. Eric Lackey of High Point, NC. The yellow ribbon was given to Tee Off At Eight and Jeff Green.

Taking the top honors and blue ribbon, by unanimous choice of the judging panel, in the Owner-Amateur Riders on Plantation Pleasure Walking Horses, Lite Shod was Jose Quervo Gold and Joanne Davis.  The reserve award in the class went to Prime Fashion and Ginger Simpson.  The third award and yellow ribbon went to Samurai Sky and Julia Cole.

BrandonStout directed Barbados to the blue ribbon circle in the Riders Cup Four-Year-Old Wlaking Mares or Geldings (canter).

Owner-Amateur Riders on Four-Year-Old Walking Stallions entered the ring next.  Taking top honors in this talented group of horse and riders was Outta Line and Kelly Peery. The reserve honors and ribbon went to Ozones Full Throttle and Lynda Brogdon of Tallahassee, FL.. The third place tie in the class went to Like A Rolling Stone and Sarah Moersch.

The next big event on the schedule at The Celebration Grounds will be The Great Celebration Mule and Donkey Show July 9th – 11th followed by the 71st Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration® in August.

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