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Equine Obituary – Mr. Country Gentleman




On August 23, 2021, multi World Grand Champion Mr. Country Gentleman, a 10-year-old stallion owned by Allyson Armstrong of Hickory, North Carolina, passed away unexpectedly due to complications with colic. 

Sired by The Sky Command and out of General Glory Girl, Mr. Country Gentleman was foaled on April 15, 2011, to Courtney Grider of Columbia, Kentucky. In 2013, Robert Deutsch of Greensboro, North Carolina, purchased the chestnut stallion. 

Affectionately known as “Peppy,” Mr. Country Gentleman made a winning show ring debut as a two-year-old with trainer Tyler Baucom at the Rowland McLaughlin Benefit show. 

Mr. Country Gentleman proved to be a strong competitor for many years across the Tennessee and North Carolina show circuit with Baucom and Deutsch sharing saddle time. In 2013, he earned the Two-Year-Old Sec. A World Championship and the Owner-Amateur Two-Year-Old Sec. A World Championship.

Deutsch enjoyed three consecutive spotlight rides aboard Mr. Country Gentleman; winning the Owner-Amateur Three-Year-Old, Four-Year-Old and Five-Year-Old World Grand Championships, along with their qualifying classes. 

At the 2017 Celebration, Mr. Country Gentleman added three additional titles to his name. He and Deutsch earned top honors in the Elite Owner-Amateur Gentleman Riders on Stallions class. Baucom directed him to the 15.2 & Under Stallions World Championship and the Open Specialty World Grand Championship. 

`In 2019, Mr. Country Gentleman and Deutsch enjoyed wins at the Southeastern North Carolina Walking and Racking Show, Spring Fun Show and Woodbury Lions Club. The dynamic duo added another title to their impressive resume, earning a reserve world grand championship in the Owner-Amateur 15.2 & Under.

Mr. Country Gentleman and Deutsch continued their winning ways in 2020 with wins at the Arab Summer Classic, Liz’s Kids Show and Wartrace. The pair made their final appearance in the big oval, earning a reserve world championship in the Owner-Amateur Ponies Stallions class. 

Armstrong acquired Mr. Country Gentleman in May 2021. The stallion made his final show ring appearance at the Waynesville Charity Horse Show in July with Kayla Baucom. 

Mr. Country Gentleman will be remembered for his eye-catching presence, upbeat personality and powerful gait.

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