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ARAB, Alabama - The annual Alabama Summer Classic was held this past weekend in Arab, Alabama on June 15. The show hosted 200 entries and many spectators, exhibitors, and trainers. Ronal Young, Shelbyville, Tenn., served as the judge for the twenty-seven class event.

This show is totally supported by the Alabama Walking Horse Association. They continue to give proceeds from their shows to Camp Bluebird and Camp Smile-A-Mile, which benefits children and adults battling cancer. Before the show got underway a check for $6,189.46 was presented to Miss Tweety for the camp. Show officials were thrilled with this year's turnout and support for such a worthy cause.

The Stake class wound up the successful show. Doing Time With A Pusher and Philip Trimble did their time in the Alabama winner’s circle as Walking Horse Stake Champions for Harvey and Debbie Soloman. Pusher’s Feel Of Thunder and Hugh Taylor were reserve for Bobby and Sandra Ellison.

The night began with the Weanlings and Yearlings class. Jazz’s Favorite Gen and Linda McCarley walked their way to the winner’s circle for McCarley Farms and Hollywood Farms. Genius Buddy Boy and Tony Price were reserve for Prince Farms. Clutch’s Tumbleweed and Brent Collier blew into victory lane in the Lead Line class for Brent and Trevor Collier. Sonny and Libby McCardy were reserve.

Darkest Sunrise and Glen Crowe rose above the Open Walking Specialty competition for Ray Solley. The reserve ribbon went to Elle and Steve Dunn for Jim Flack. All Night and Nicholas Clark topped the Park Pleasure Open Specialty for Clark Farms. May Sunrise and Leslie Moore were reserve for Barbara Crowe.

Pusher’s Clementine and Steve Dunn claimed the Aged Mares and Geldings Specialty for Jim Flack. Inside Edition and Wayne Dean made the reserve ride for Barry Breedlove. Absolute Ritz and Wayne Dotson took home the Country Pleasure title for Jennifer Ledlow. Rocky Top Rainbow and Jean Shannon, owner/exhibitor, were reserve.

Pusher’s Redemption and Rusti Sullivan made their way to the blue ribbon circle in the Amateur Owned and Trained Specialty division. Spirit’s Black Coin and Nicholas Clark were reserve for Clark Farms. Off of a Lexington, Alabama blue last weekend, The Finishing Touch and Erica Hartlein put on another blue ribbon performance for the TWHBEA Youth Medallion 17 and Under class for Gingerbread Farm. Pushin’ Midnite and Catherine Britt were reserve for George Britt.

Dollar’s Crimson Delight and Chris Zahnd cashed in on the Two-Year-Old Mares and Geldings blue for John Furline. Buster’s Loose Lady and Jerry Beaty were reserve for Chatterton and Morgan. Coin’s Silver Knight and Jodie Powell made the winning ride in the Juvenile 11 and Under for Jerry and Bonnie Powell. Generator’s No U made the ride to the red ribbon for Collier and Hale.

He Walks On Water and Larry Latham walked down victory lane to the Show Pleasure Open Specialty blue for Jim Keenum. Wire Me Up and Jamie Bradshaw were armed with reserve for Randall and Martha Ferguson. Coin’s Flip Side and Suzanne Keplinger, owner/exhibitor, made the winning ride in the Lite Shod Open Specialty division. Jean Brannon made the reserve ride aboard Rocky Top Rainbow.

Generator’s Cashin’ In and Karen Inman made the winning ride in the Alabama Ladies Auxiliary Specialty class. The Golden Clutch and Vickie Hale were reserve for Tommy and Vickie Hale. The Hot Line, hot off a blue in Lexington, returned to the blue ribbon circle for David Latham with Larry Latham in the irons. Wired To Walk and Stephen Brown were reserve for Harold and Rita Bentley.

Ultra Copy’s Dark Shadow and Toby Scarbrough stepped above the competition for Paulette Cheek to claim the Four-Year-Old Amateur title. Johnny Orlando and Jack Littrell were reserve for Sweet Revenge Stables. You’re The Man and Sharon Sanders were quite the team to claim the Amateur Specialty blue. Reserve in the class went to Stormy Command and Ray Warren for Ray and Betty Warren.

The Sky Pusher and Joe Martin pushed their way to the 15.2 and Under Stallions, Mares, and Geldings blue for Ed Smith. Stroker’s Allen and Rob Cornelius were reserve for Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Cornelius. It Takes A Thief and Erica Derickson took the blue in the Ponies, Riders 17 and Under Specialty for Porter, Pierce, Sibley, and Derickson. Pride’s Beamer and Whitney Thomas were reserve for Russ and Linda Thomas.

Dumas Walker’s Spotlight and Roger Latham made the victory pass in the Amateur Two-Year-Old division for Roger and Sylvia Latham. Pusher’s Anna and Nathan Clark were reserve for Clark Farms. Delight Of Dumas and Steve Dunn were the delight of the Three-Year-Old Mares and Geldings class for proud owner Jim Flack. Woman Of The Times and Wayne Dean were reserve for Morris and Mattye Anderson.

Decisions Decisions and Debbie Flack were the blue ribbon decision for the Ladies Amateur Specialty title for Jim Flack. Reserve in the class went to Pusher’s Delightful Star and Meg Chiappari, owner/exhibitor. Pusher’s Phantom and Joe Martin were no secret as they walked to the blue for Steve Baum in the Four-Year-Old Open class. Casper’s Mickey Mouse and Jay Cornelius were reserve for Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Cornelius.

The Amateur Three-Year-Old division held a blue for Dumas Dandy Dan and Nathan Clark for Stewart and Clark. Bustin’ With A Bang and Tommy Hale were reserve for Tommy and Vickie Hale. Walking away armed with the Youth Council 17 and Under blue was She’s Armed and Maria Derickson for Mr. and Mrs. Jamie Etheredge. Gen’s My Magic Marker and Andy Adkins were reserve for John Sharp.

Hard Collateral and Chris Zahnd gave it their all to claim the Three-Year-Old Stallions blue for Mr. and Mrs. Larry Roy. Dumas Star Walker and Jerry Collier were reserve for Clark Farms. In the Open Amateur Walking class, it was Paycheck By MG and Nathan Clark making the blue ribbon performance for Clark Farms. Reserve honors went to owner/exhibitor Ray Solley and The Rising Sun.

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