LYNCHBURG, Tenn. - Nestled in a valley among green rolling hills is the historic town of Lynchburg which is known for its Jack Daniel’s Distillery, the Walking Horse Museum, and its famous restaurants on the square. This quiet little town saw a bustle as cars, trucks, and trailers rolled in for the 16th Annual Moore County Horse Show on July 20, 2002. This show was held at the Thomas Wiseman Park. Their excellent all weather track was soon surrounded by lawn chairs several rows deep.

Once again the show had the largest crowd ever in its history, as well as the largest number of entries ever, according to Show Official Billy Thomas. He also was extremely pleased, stating, “ We appreciate everyone that participated in our show which continues to grow each year.” This year’s entries were 275, compared to last year’s 220 entries.

Mike Sims handled the judging of the record entries with many top quality equine there. Photographer Sherry Oxford snapped photos as the horses walked by. Master of Ceremonies Bobby Sands and Organist Brian Perry entertained the crowd which fully viewed the many fine horseflesh showing in Lynchburg.

At the conclusion of the show, Judge Sims called for a second running walk and the crowd waited anxiously to see who would be the 2002 Lynchburg Grand Champion. As Ex-Dividend and Allan Callaway were called to make the victory pass, their fans expressed their approval. Stepping up to the aged ranks in style, Grand Champion Ex-Dividend is owned by George and Beverly Greenup. As many viewed this class, they felt that they had just viewed another top contender that may just be the 2002 World’s Grand Champion.

Reserve went to the team of Mister Pushbutton and Jerry Reid, who also had their share of devoted fans, for Bill and Sandra Johnson. Third place also had a rousing cheer when Stride’s Touch of Pride and Bill Bobo exited the gate for Ford and Jane Gates.

Top horses from many barns carried home 2002 Lynchburg blues. At the top of the list were Allan Callaway Stables with three blues for the evening. Dual blues were won by Landrum Stables.

In addition to the Grand Championship won by Allan Callaway Stables, world champion He’s Etched In Stone and Carolyn Miller exited the ring to thunderous applause as they made the victory pass in the Four-Year-Old Amateur Specialty Stallion division with ten top entries.

Their third blue was won by Handover The Cash and John Allan Callaway in a tough class of thirteen entries in the Three-Year-Old Mare and Gelding. Sue Irby proudly claims ownership to this talented horse.

David Landrum’s Stables dual blues began with Lindsey Landrum’s winning the WHTA Equitation Medal Class Specialty title aboard The Olympic Touch. This makes four blues and four shows for this tiny rider aboard the sorrel horse that also has quite a collection of blues in Saddle Seat Equitation classes.

Their second blue of the evening came with Joe Cotten and Cheatin’ Danger winning the Four-Year-Old Stallion title, following last year’s win by Cheatin’ Danger in the Three-Year-Old Stallion class at Lynchburg. Judith Burgess proudly boasts ownership of this talented young stallion.

The first blue of the evening was awarded to Cindy Womack aboard her head-shaking Pearl Jam in the Country Pleasure of eleven entries. Kathy Potter has a new weanling sensation, Cotton’s Power Pusher, and they topped the Weanling Fillies class after winning three blues at the Christian Horseman’s Association’s All Halter Show in Shelbyville on Thursday evening in her debut performance. Son Dillon Potter owns this excellent filly. Kathy Potter also won this same class last year with Laugh Out Loud.

Jeff Givens enjoyed dual wins this weekend with Sundrop Country, first at Mt. Pleasant and then at Lynchburg in the Plantation Pleasure Lite Shod Specialty. This was a nice birthday surprise for Mary Woodall on Saturday. Sundrop Country is owned by Dr. Harry and Mary Woodall.

The Weanling Stallion class was next on the agenda. Nathan Mills led Black Gold Commander to the blue for grandfather Hoyte Eakes. In the fourteen entry Two-Year-Old Mare and Gelding, it was My First Dollar and Herbert Derickson exhibiting to the blue streamer for Dr. Harv Carlton. Dr. Carlton just purchased My First Dollar the day of the show so he was a very proud new owner.

Dillon Potter also claims ownership of a second blue ribbon winner at Lynchburg. He owns Glamorous, which was led to the blue in the Yearling Filly class by Lynn Womack. Glamorous won the Yearling class in Asheville, North Carolina last week with Dillon Potter at the lead.

Seventeen top entries made the Show Pleasure Specialty one of the best of the season. Coin’s Black Stroke and Ashley Compton made the victory pass. Cliff Wilson trains this mount for the Burl Compton Family.

Popcorn Pusher and Raegan Thompson added another blue to their resume in the Youth 11 and Under class. Tim Wheelon trains this talented roan horse owned by John and Lori Thompson.

The Amateur Four-Year-Old Mare and Gelding class had fourteen vying for the blue. It was Mr. Fitzgerald and Stephanie Rose that claimed the blue for mom Caryl Rose from Ramsey Bullington Stables.

Bobby Richards and Olympic Titan won another Yearling Stallion title for owners Roger Richards and Rhonda Martocci. The Two-Year-Old Stallion class had nineteen entries. Judge Sims selected nine of his choice to remain for a workout. Chad Williams and Jazzman’s Overture captured this title for Stone Ridge Farm.

He Keeps On Giving and Beth Young are always at the top of the WHTA Auxiliary division and once again they exited with the blue for owners James and Betty Corlew and trainer Lee Upton of Webb Stables.

The added class, the WHTA Equitation Canter class was won by Sara Womack aboard Star’s Red Twister. Monty Miller prepares this mount for the show ring.

Recent East Tennessee Classic champion, Push My Score and Ronnie Tabor claimed the Park Pleasure Specialty of sixteen entries. Elsie Tabor owns Push My Score. Fourteen top Walking Ponies were next. The team of Olympic Power and Stephanie Gordon made trainer Dude Crowder proud as they exited the ring with the blue following a stunning performance.

Frank Colombo and his Pride Of Bums have had a great 2002 season with four performances netting four blues. They topped the 15.2 and Under Amateur Specialty under the guidance of Ronnie Campbell. Nite Mare and Mark Lambert won the blue for Kristine Petty in the eleven strong Two and Three-Year-Old Park Pleasure class.

Continuing their dominance of the TWHBEA Youth Medallion Class are the team of Erica Hartlein and The Finishing Touch for Gingerbread Farm. They hail from Black Hawk Farms.

Following last week’s win at Woodbury, Bill Johnson and John FK’s Pusher claimed the Amateur Specialty title at Lynchburg with eleven entries. Owners William B. and Sandra Johnson under Dick Peebles Stables banner were justifiably proud.

Twelve Three-Year-Old Stallion contenders watched The Phantom Menace and Knox Blackburn make the victory pass for the Gilbert Miller Family. Make My Mark Black and Candy Whitehead Green earned the top spot in the twelve entry Ladies Amateur Mare and Gelding class for owner Bea Whitehead.

Jamie Etheridge directed his Rainbow Of Colors to the top of the ten horse Two-Year-Old Amateur class for trainer Tex Smith. Justin Jenne’ exited with the next blue in the Four-Year-Old Mare and Gelding aboard Battle Command for Floyd Sherman.

Following their 2001 win at Lynchburg, Current World Grand Champions I’m Willie Wonka and Janice Fostek claimed their second victory in two 2002 outings. This year they won the thirteen entry Three-Year-Old Amateur Stallion class for Joe and Janice Fostek and trainer Casey Mutter of Mickey McCormick Stables.

Ten Three-Year-Old Amateur Mare and Gelding contenders were next. Cut To The Maxx and Emily Bohannon proudly exited with the blue for Bobby and Emily Bohannon under Latham Stables guidance. Dan Rowsick was down from Pennsylvania to view The Sure Thing as he and Rodney Dick claimed the 15.2 and Under title. The Sure Thing is owned by Dan and Janice Rowsick.

Charles Wharton and Motown Legend was the Amateur champion from Lynchburg. Motown Legend is owned by Poplar Creek Farm and trained by Ben Ramirez from Ronnie Spears Stables.

As the weather heats up in middle Tennessee, the competition also gets hotter. As July and August roll around, spectators converse as to which winners will wear the roses in their perspective divisions. Many left Lynchburg with the feeling that they had viewed several 2002 world champions. This highlights the Lynchburg show.