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Continuing To Walk ABOVE THE REST



by Linda Scrivner

WHITE PINE, Tenn. - The annual East Tennessee Walking Horse Association Fall Classic was held Oct. 20-22, 2004. Judges for the 55 class event were Larry Edwards, Bill Bobo and Dan Waddell. This year was the second year that this show was affiliated with the National Horse Show Commission. The results were outstanding again with high quality and quantity of entries. There were 648 entries compared to 710 in 2004 and 255 in 2003.

The quality of the horses was awesome. Anticipation mounted on Saturday as the Grand Championship drew near. The audience was treated to a thrill that continued until the judges called for the lineup in the final class of the show.

MG Above The Rest and Allen Abee carried the roses from the showring following an exciting performance winning the class three consecutive years. The big flashy flax maned and tailed stallion was chosen once again unanimously and once again owners Tom and Sissy Weese were extremely proud of this team. Gene Davis’s talented Backstreet Boy, directed by Chad Baucom, took the reserve position. The Games We Play and Knox Blackburn carried out the third place award for Mr. and Mrs. Luther Fuller.

Two special exhibitions were held. Grant Jones and 2005 World Grand Champion Amateur Show Pleasure Ironworks Tin Man were magnificent on Friday night. On Saturday the world championship team of Bold Stroke’s Attraction and Hailey Puckett performed flawlessly to the cheers of all. This petite rider, dressed in top hat and formal attire, had graced this arena several times and won blues at this show last year prior to winning her world championship in 2005.

The third annual ETWHA Fall Classic Dog Show was held on Saturday. This event continues to grow in numbers. Those in attendance, both exhibitors and spectators, had a special treat with great fun.

Scott Beaty Stables led the blue ribbon tally with seven blues. Chad Baucom Stables earned six blues while Knox Blackburn Stables carried home four blues. Kenny Compton, Amanda Dickerson of Sunset Stables and Chad Williams Stables earned three blues apiece while Bonner Stables, Dick Peebles Stables, John Puckett Stables, Grandy Tuck Stables, Larry Tudor, Jeff Willis Stables and Chad Way Stables earned two. Receiving the single blues were horses trained by Tommy Halmontaller, Donna Coleman, Allen Forman, Dr. Roger Richards, Clay Mills, Jeff Givens, Scott Thomas, Tommy Howell, Steve Hankins Stables, Larry Wheelon Stables, Richard Wall of Misty Meadow Farm, Todd Mackie, Mike Carter Stables and Abee Stables.

Thursday Night

The 10-entry Weanling class began the show and Tommy Halmontaller accepted the first blue for Sam Kite. Push For Rain and Carla Hurley received the reserve placing for Don Robinson.

Command Again and Knox Blackburn claimed the blue in the 14-entry Two-Year-Old Stallion class unanimously for Mike and Annette Weber. Steve Hankins exited with the red streamer directing Bad Man for Dr. Gerald W. Buckland.

Ten entries made the Plantation Lite-Shod Amateur Specialty very interesting. The judges’ choice was the team of Delightful Annie and Donna Coleman. Magic Illusionist and Amanda Dickerson earned the reserve position under Jeff Givens’ guidance for Cheryl Reidy.

Winning the blue unanimously in the 11-entry Amateur 50 and Over Specialty was the team of Diamond’s Touchdown and Jack Pirkle for Jess and Martha Branson under Allen Forman Stables’ banner. Razzle Dazzle and Bob Lawrence earned the reserve position for Lawrence and Hutto. Chad Williams prepares this team for the showring.

Amanda Dickerson claimed an East Tennessee Classic blue unanimously directing Acapulco for Sunset Farms in the 11-entry Trail Pleasure Western Specialty class. Claiming reserve was the team of A Fantastic Choice and Simone Klemenz.

Dick Peebles claimed an East Tennessee Fall Classic blue aboard Major Ms. Push for Joyce and Wayne Meadows. Thirteen entries answered the gate call for the Three-Year-Old Mare and Gelding class. Steve Hankins directed Nickelbuster to the reserve position for Mike Lynch.

WHR High Point Yearling leader Monica Power unanimously claimed the blue in the Yearling Filly class. Dr. Roger Richards owns this talented filly who was led to the blue by Carla Hurley. Vickie Hughes led Romans 10 to the reserve position for Farrell and Anna Hughes.

Clay Mills won the NCWHA Members Only Specialty class on current world champion Extra Ebony, just as he did last year. The Final Score and Vickie Hughes made an excellent show to win the reserve spot for the Farrell Hughes family under Larry Wheelon Stables’ banner.

Dick Peebles claimed his second show of the evening aboard Jazz Master in the 11-entry 15.2 and Under class for Megan Peebles. Peebles returned to Shelbyville, Tenn., the following morning due to chest pains. Peebles had a stint put in on Monday at St. Thomas hospital in Nashville and is recovering nicely. Scott Beaty directed He’s Puttin On The Cash to the reserve position for the Fred Allred Family.

Pusher’s Regal Heir and Grandy Tuck were selected unanimously to wear the blue from the ring in the Park Pleasure Four and Under class for Rufus Dale. Pride’s Mr. Cash and Jerry Highsmith claimed the reserve award for Lonnie Strunk.

Another Pushbutton and Clay Mills topped the Men’s Amateur Specialty class unanimously for Lee Mills from Baucom Stables. Second was awarded to the team of Stormy Walks and Kenny Compton under the guidance of Steve Hankins.

Jeff Givens and He’s Armed With Attitude unanimously claimed the blue in the Yearling Stallion and Gelding division for Shadow Hawk Farm. Second was awarded to frequent winners Papa’s Hey Joe and Don Robinson.

John Puckett and current world champion Coin Blackstroke topped the 17-entry Show Pleasure class next for Ashley Compton. Chris Pickel and Patty Rogers’ This Spirits In Command claimed the reserve.

The judges chose Chad Williams and Bright Sky to wear the blue from the ring in the 12-entry Two-Year-Old Mare and Gelding class unanimously for the estate of Ed Broughton. Link Webb rode hard on On The Level to earn the red streamer for Steve Mozely.

The Games We Play and Tracy Fuller were next on the list to win the blue in the 17-entry Ladies Amateur Specialty for Mr. and Mrs. Luther Fuller. Knox Blackburn trains this talented mount. Denise Calhoun rode her Label’s Lucky Charm to reserve from Stamper Stables.

The team of The Cash Collector and Amanda Dickerson captured the blue in the Park Pleasure Specialty for Sunset Farms. Jeff Givens and Gen’s Sundancer scored the reserve spot for Ken and Charlene Petty and the Jeff Givens family.

Finally, the last class of the evening arrived and it was worth the wait. Twelve hard riding teams hit the show ring for the Open Stallions, Mares and Geldings class and didn’t let up until the lineup. London Rain and Chad Baucom were the number one choice for Charles Clark. Generator’s Old Gold and Steve Hankins picked up the reserve position for Doug Rouse. Friday Night

Fourteen was the number for the first class Friday evening, the 14-entry Trail Pleasure English Specialty class. Ruth Tudor earned the blue aboard I’m Just Jesse. This striking horse is owned by Larry and Ruth Tudor. Fancy’s majorette and Sterling Phillips won the red ribbon.

Next, 13 hard-riding teams entered the ring for the Youth 11 and Under class. Hunter Hensley directed Heart Attack’s Fast Beat down victory lane for Hal, Mary Anne and Hunter Hensley and trainer Scott Thomas. Miss Dumas Ebony carried Lindsay Hess to reserve honors from Baucom Stables.

In a class of 21, the Novice Amateur Specialty Rider title was won by General Lee and Forrest Lee unanimously for Mr. and Mrs. Charles Garner. Tommy Howell prepares this team for the show ring. Ashley Duncan and Sweeping Up The Cash proudly carried the red streamer from the ring for Brock, Duncan and Wheelon from Wheelon Stables.

Heidi McWilliams picked up the first of three East Tennessee Fall Classic blues aboard Wild And Woolly in the 11-entry Four-Year-Old Mare and Gelding Amateur class. This team was selected unanimously and is trained by Beaty Stables. In the reserve spot was the talented Addition’s Power Pusher with B.H. Hodge in the irons under the guidance of Joe Berrier.

Word grand champion Fully Armed and Jerri Anne Williams added another Park Pleasure Amateur Specialty title unanimously to their lengthy list under the direction of Grandy Tuck Stables. Gail Conley and Ultra’s Executive took reserve for trainer Wayne Conley.

Thirteen teams entered the ring for the Walking Pony Adult Amateur Specialty class. Orient Express and Donald Robinson scored the blue for Sandra Robinson from Beaty Stables. Claiming reserve was the team of Ritzy and Julia Livingston for trainer Paul Livingston.

Caleb Kilburn and Main Majorette picked up the White Pine blue in the Youth 12-14 Specialty class for Salt Lick Farms and trainer Jeff Willis. Barclay Woodward and Ronnie and Jennifer Woodward's’ My Silver Bullet earned reserve representing Clark Farms.

The Prime Suspect and Candra Shular made their usual great show to win the 15-entry 15.2 and Under Amateur Specialty class under Chad Williams Stables’ banner. This was a repeat victory from 2004. The Raffle and Amanda Wilkerson were also flawless as they won the reserve position for Jim Wilkerson. Steve Hankins Stables handle the training duties for this powerhouse.

Keisha Ashe and Generator’s Flashpoint won the Youth Park Pleasure Specialty title under Wayne Conley’s banner. Gen’s Sundancer and Jerri Anne Williams scored reserve for Ken and Charlene Petty and the Jeff Givens family and trainer Jeff Givens.

UNC carried Kenny Compton to another blue topping a class of 17 in the Three-Year-Old Stallion Amateur class under Steve Hankins Stables guidance. Man Of The Town and Spur Warr claimed reserve for the Spur Warr family under Chad Williams Stables’ banner.

Fantazmic Cash and Vickie Hughes won the ETWHA Ladies Auxiliary blue for the Farrrell Hughes family and trainer Larry Wheelon. The reserve champions were Curtain Call Go Girl and Patty Rogers for trainer Chris Pickel.

Generator’s Big Ticket and Kenny Compton added another Amateur Owned and Trained Specialty unanimous title to their lengthy list. The team of Freedom Is and Bobby Watson claimed reserve.

Clay Mills was thrilled after the 19-entry Amateur Specialty class. He and Lee Mill’s Another Pushbutton claimed the victory under Baucom Stables’ banner. Stormin Through Dixie and Kim Butler won reserve for Kermit Tyree under the guidance of Beaty Stables.

Current world grand champions Prism Sky and MaryBeth Blessing earned their first blue of the show when they claimed the 15-entry Youth 15-17 Specialty class with an unanimous win for What A Blessing Farm under the guidance of Knox Blackburn Stables. Reserve went to Madison Holloway and her I’m An Evil Rebel for trainer Chad Baucom.

Show Me Something and Heidi McWilliams won the 14-entry Four-Year-Old Stallion Amateur Specialty title for McWilliams Realty. Beaty Stables proudly trained this black horse who won unanimously. Abby Fox and Midnight Dollar won reserve for the Quentin Fox family for Beaty Stables.

I’m Just Jesse and Janie Stokes added another blue to their list when they exited the ring in the 13-entry Trail Pleasure Youth Specialty class. I’m Just Jesse is owned by Larry and Ruth Tudor and trained by Larry Tudor. Tyler Baucom directed I’m Cash Walker to reserve.

Claiming the final blue of the night was Stretch Armstrong. Richard Wall directed this talented horse for Mr. and Mrs. Wendell Blankenship. They topped the Open Specialty class which hosted 19 top entries. Wired And Walking and Link Webb won the reserve position for the Jeff Bryant family. Saturday Night

Eleven three-year-old stallions open us Saturday night’s performance and the show got better and better as the night went on. Keeper’s Prince added this title to his lengthy resume with Chad Baucom in the irons for John Weihl and Yvonna Matthis. Jeff Willis laid claim to the reserve with Shak for J. and Susan Moser.

Cut-A-Rug and Kaitlyn Beaty claimed the blue unanimously in the TWHBEA Youth Medallion Canter class for owners Fred Allred family under Beaty Stables’ banner. Raegan Thompson claimed the red ribbon with Popcorn Pusher for owners John Thompson family and trainer Brandon Stout.

Following their recent North Carolina Championship’s victory, Muddy Buddy and Alicia Perry McDaniel unanimously won the 16-entry Two-Year-Old Amateur Stallion class. Muddy Buddy is owned by the David Perry family and trained by Bonner Stables. Yvonna Matthis and Nightfall At The Ritz claimed reserve for John Weilh and Yvonna Matthis under Baucom Stables’ banner.

Pride’s Dark Fury and Todd Mackie claimed the blue in the 13-entry Country Pleasure class. Matthew Lail claimed the red ribbon with his Papa’s Ebony Amos.

The crowd roared their approval of the 18-entry Pro-Am Specialty class. Night Doctor, Caleb Kilburn and Jeff Willis were better than ever. This trio put on a winning show for owners Salt Lick Farms. Millennium Masquerade, Newton Parks and Knox Blackburn laid claim to the reserve for the Bob Parks family

Kenny Compton and Push In Command claimed the blue unanimously in the 22-entry ETWHA Member Only class. Compton owns and trains Push In Command. Claiming reserve was the team of Extra Ebony and Clay Mills.

The ETWHA Fall Classic always divides the youth classes as much as possible to encourage the young riders to show with the hopes of earning top ribbons. They also provide most of the youth classes with garlands. The judges chose London Rain and Tyler Baucom to wear the blue from the ring in the division A of the Walking Pony Youth Specialty class unanimously. Charles Clark owns London Rain and he is trained by Baucom Stables. The reserve went to the team of world grand champion Silver Design and Barclay Woodward under the guidance of Clark Farms and trainer Nathan Clark.

Kaitlyn Beaty and Ritz Jr., another new team, added the B division of the Youth Walking Pony Specialty class, to their resume for the Lewis Kenney family under the guidance of Beaty Stables. Claiming reserve were Megan Mozely and Pusher’s General for Phyllis Mozely and trainer Link Webb.

Gail Justice will never forget her blue ribbon ride aboard Momma Kay at White Pine. Always smiling, Justice exited the 10-entry Three-Year-Old Amateur Mare and Gelding class following a victory pass under the guidance of James Abernathy for owners Circle W Farms. Heidi McWilliams and Jose Magical Lady were reserve for McWilliams Realty under the guidance of Beaty Stables.

Wired 440 and Mike Conley exited the ring after making the victory pass in the Plantation Lite-Shod Specialty for Larkin Turner. The reserve team was Magic Illusionist and Jeff Givens for Cheryl Reidy.

Our American Sensation claimed the blue with Theresia Gwinn in the Two-Year-Old Mare and Gelding Amateur class for Stoney Brook Farm. Reserve went to On The Level and Megan Mozely for Steve Mozely and trainer Link Webb.

Wild And Woolly claimed his second blue of the show unanimously in the Four-Year-Old class with Scott Beaty in the irons for McWilliam Realty. Reserve went to Nathan Clark and Jose Rojo.

The color was blue once again for Alicia Perry McDaniel aboard Cash’s Living Dream in the 13-entry Amateur Show Pleasure, Division B. Bonner Stables proudly claimed training duties for owners, the David Perry family. Reserve went to This Spirits In Command and Patty Rogers under the direction of trainer Chris Pickel.

It was another blue for Coin’s Blackstroke, ridden this time by Kathy Potter, when they won the 11-entry Division B title for Ashley Compton unanimously. Puckett Stables proudly trains this current world champion. Claiming the red ribbon was the team of Fame’s Royal Rascal and Jennifer Brown under Steve Hankins Stables’ banner.

Chad Williams directed Carol Ann Gavin’s Dollars-N-Sense to the blue in the 17-entry Park Performance Specialty class. Pride Of Charger and Grandy Tuck cashed in on the reserve for owner Angela Tuck.

Generator’s Big Ticket and Kenny Compton won the 13-entry Amateur Canter class. I’m A Five Star General and Kim Butler nabbed reserve. JoAnn Tyree owns the entry, who is trained by Beaty Stables.

The Juvenile 11 and Under Championship was a tremendous class. Winning this class was the team of Miss Dumas Ebony and Miss Dumas Ebony unanimously under the guidance of Baucom Stables. Pusher’s Clown and Kelsy Jenkins claimed reserve for the Randy Jenkins family and Misty Meadows Farms’ banner.

It was victory for Kim Butler aboard Stormin Through Dixie in the 16-entry Amateur Specialty Championship for Kermit Tyree under Beaty Stables’ tutelage. Diamond’s Touchdown and Martha Branson were reserve for Jess and Martha Branson from Allen Forman Stables.

Wearing the roses seems to be a habit for the beautiful gray current world grand champion Prism Sky. A smiling MaryBeth Blessing proudly wore the roses from the ring for What A Blessing Farm and trainer Knox Blackburn in the 10-entry Juvenile 12-17 Championship class with an unanimous decision. Push Too’s Ranger and Megan Hatfield walked their way through the large class for the red streamer. Ronald Hatfield owns and trains this reserve winner.

The Park Pleasure Championship teams were next to enter the ring. The Cash Collector and Amanda Dickerson proudly wore the floral horseshoe from the ring to the delight of owners Sunset Farms. Picking up the reserve tricolor were Gen’s Sundancer and Jeff Givens for Ken and Charlene Pete and the Jeff Givens family.

Complete results follow and can be viewed, searched and printed at www.walkinghorsereport.com.

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