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Equine Obituary – Sunrise At Midnight



Sunrise At Midnight, a great mare with an illustrious show ring career of 12 years, passed away at 26-years-old at Fantasy Farms in Bell Buckle, Tennessee, where she had resided since winning a world championship in 2008. This talented mare was owned and loved by Debra Coleman of Clemmons, North Carolina. Several of her owners and trainers enjoyed many special rides aboard Sunrise At Midnight. She was by Pride’s Sun Rise and out of Hacksaw’s Doll by Ebony’s Hacksaw. 

She was born at Tucaho Farm in Columbia, Tennessee to owner Roy Harmon. She was purchased as a yearling by Tony Yokley and later sold to Robert Brindley, Jr., of Pulaski in March of 1995. She was purchased by John and Susie Harmon in June, 1996. Her first blue was at Lynville, Tennessee in 1996 in the Three-Year-Old Amateur class and she ended her ’96 season with another blue at the North Carolina Championship in the Amateur Three-Year-Old Mares & Geldings class.

Sunrise At Midnight won dual blues in 1997 with Susie Harmon at the East Tennessee Walking Horse Classic in Knoxville, Tennessee and the North Carolina Championship. In 1998, the duo won three blues including the O/A Ladies on Mares Reserve World Championship. In 1999, she won the O/A Mares 15.2 & Under Reserve World Championship. In 2000, she won the O/A Mares 15.2 & Under World Championship in her single outing that season. During this period, she was trained and shown also by Rob Claxton and Ramsey Bullington.

 Sunrise At Midnight was only shown once in 2001, winning reserve in the National Trainers’ Show in the Amateur Ladies Specialty Championship. Her next shows were in 2003 and she won four blues that season. H.L. Coleman, Inc. and Debra Coleman purchased her in May of 2004 and she continued her winning resume with Coleman. The duo won six blues in 2005 and four in 2006. They won at Petersburg Lions Club in 2007 and in 2008, under the direction of Charlie Green Stables, they won at the Manchester Lions Club show and the 2008 O/A Classics Horse World Championship. 

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