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Fayetteville Crown Snapped Up by Barracuda and McConnell!



FAYETTEVILLE, Tenn. - The 21st Annual Fayetteville Blue Ribbon Horse Show was held Thursday, August 1, 2002 at the Lincoln County Horseman’s and 4-H Horse Show Grounds. This annual event sponsored by the Lincoln County 4-H Honor Club invests its proceed in the youth of the Lincoln County 4-H Clubs.

Show Manager Charles Gleghorn stated, “It was a great one night show again. We’ve had quite a few great horses here tonight. We appreciate the trainers bringing their horses and the great crowd. We’ve served over 450 barbecued dinners!” This year’s event had 256 entries, compared to last season’s record breaker of 286 horses. What this year’s event lacked in quantity, it certainly made up in quality because everyone was thrilled with the excellent show.

The show was affiliated with the National Horse Show Commission with DQP’s Andy Messick and Charles Thomas officiating along with USDA veterinarians Dr. Miava Binkley and Dr. Lisa MacElderry.

Judge Greg Pate, Boaz Alabama marked the cards for the 31 class event. Announcer Mark Farrar kept the show lively, while photographer Jack Greene caught the show on film.

The show started promptly at 6:30 with the presentation of Old Glory by the 2001 World Grand Championship team of Cash In My Stock and Brett Boyd, owned by Charles and Joy Gleghorn of Fayetteville.

Five entries answered the gate call for the Walking Horse Stake. Those that had waited anxiously all evening for this moment were not disappointed. Following the second running walk, Judge Pate selected the team of Barracuda and Jimmy McConnell to wear the roses in the victory pass. Barracuda’s reins are shared by owner Mary Medina and trainer Jimmy McConnell this season. Jimmy’s previous 2002 blues included the Mississippi State Charity’s Gelding win followed by the Pro-Am class victory there; the Gallatin Grand Championship, the Money Tree Classic Mare and Gelding Specialty, the Ripley Grand Championship, the Cotton Classic Grand Championship, and the Dickson MASCUP Stallion and Gelding. Mary Medina’s blues included the National Trainers’ Show Amateur Gelding Specialty, the Spring fun Show Amateur Geldings Specialty, and Germantown Amateur Specialty Mares and Geldings. This long list shows the greatness of this gelding.

Reserve in the class was awarded to the team of A Winning Candidate and Jeff Willis for Gowan and Everett, 2002 Mid-American Spring Charity Show 15.2 and Under Champions at Jackson, Missouri. The third position was awarded to Generator’s Nat King Cole and Greg Bryant for Doug and Denia Graham from California.

Many barns were represented with top stock and the ribbons were distributed to 22 different stables. Jimmy McConnell and Formac Stables also topped the blue ribbon talley with four blues; followed by Robert Nelms winning three blues for from Nelms Training Facilities. Dual blues were won by Steve Dunn Stables, Dick Peebles Stables and David Smith Stables.

In addition to the championship win, Jimmy McConnell’s first blue began with Mystery Woman and Jimmy McConnell topping the ten entry Park Pleasure Specialty class. Mystery Woman’s 2002 record includes blues from Purchase Area Amateur Park Pleasure with Scooter Jones, Mississippi State Charity Amateur Park Pleasure Specialty with Bob Medina and the Park Pleasure Championship with Jimmy McConnell, and the Faith Haven Park Pleasure Specialty and the Fulton, Kentucky Park Pleasure with Jimmy McConnell. Reserve in this class was awarded to the team of Steve Clark and Gen Gold Coin Lady from Arab, Alabama.

The Three-Year-Old Stallions Class was won by Zorba and Jimmy McConnell after an exciting class. A Proper Touch and Steve Beam of Arab, Alabama were selected for reserve.

Stacy Blackburn’s win was next on the Formac list with I’m A Five Star General in the 11 entry Four-Year-Old Amateur Specialty event. Stacy Blackburn’s previous wins with I’m A Five Star General included the National Trainers’ WHT Auxiliary and the Jackson, Tennessee Amateur Four-Year-Old Stallion titles. Jimmy McConnell directed him to blues in the Purchased Area Walking Horse Championship, the Strawberry Festival Four-Year-Old, the Ripley Walking Horse Classic Four-Year-Old, and the Somerville Four-Year-Old. The reserve team in this exciting class were Generator In The Sky and La-Rue Waters from Ashford, Alabama.

Nelms Training Facility’s first blue was won in the 11 entry Pleasure Ponies class with the head-shaking spotted pony, Billy The Bandit, ridden by Luke Washburn for owners Roger and Laura Mauney of Gastonia, North Carolina. This team also won the Juvenile Country Pleasure at McMinnville this season. The Reserve went to Mud’s Slim Jim and Raleigh Haun.

Robert Nelms always has top halter contenders and at Fayetteville he won the Yearling Fillies title with Lady Lolita. Reserve were Xtreme Command and Stan Thomas.

Fellowship Of Christian Horse Lovers Halter Show’s Weanling Stud champions, High Altitude and Robert Nelms captured the Weanling Colt title at Belfast also. Micheal Couey and WTC picked up the red streamer.

The first of Steve Dunn’s blues were won by the team of Justin Harney and Inside Track in the 13 entry Amateur Specialty Class following their Lexington, Alabama Amateur Specialty win. New York, New York and Terry Mann were selected for the reserve position after another good show from Finish Line Farm.

After Karen Inman’s win with Generator’s Cashin In in the Alabama Ladies Auxiliary at the Alabama Summer Classic, Mike Inman took the reins to win the second blue for Dunn Stables at Fayetteville in the competitive 15.2 and Under Amateur Specialty. Swoosh and Steve Mozeley of Charlotte, North Carolina won reserve from Webb Stables.

Dick Peebles had a class all to himself in the 15.2 and Under. Eb’s Night Owl and Dick Peebles made a great show for George and Carol Smith of Wiggins, Mississippi.

Ten entries answered the gate call for the Four-Year-Old Mares and Geldings class. Armed Lady and Dick Peebles picked up his second blue of the evening. This team had previous 2002 wins in the same division at the National Trainers’ Show and Bethesda. Lock & Load and Jimmy McConnell collected the red streamer in the class.

David Smith’s first blue was won by the team of Bellarose and Julie Grider in the Three-Year-Old Amateur Mares and Geldings. Last week they also collected the blue in the same class at Dickson, Tennessee for the Tommy Grider Family of Columbia, Kentucky. Reserve were Driving Miss Dumas and Mike Inman of Birmingham, Alabama.

David Smith also directed Flash The Money to the top of the 12 entry Show Pleasure Specialty class from Alvaton, Kentucky. Flash The Money’s earlier wins included the Show Pleasure Specialty at the Kentucky Ladies Auxiliary with Smith up and the Grooms Class at the Derby Classic with Kenny Quinn. Reserve were The Secret Senator and Steve Clark from Arab, Alabama.

The Lead Line class began the show with ten entries. In their debut performance, Smokey Joe and Ashlyn Avent wore out the blue ribbon, led by Alicia Avent. Picking up reserve were I’m A Dandy, Too and MacKenzie Gaidos, led by Debbie Gaidos.

The Two and Three-Year-Old Park Pleasure class had eleven entries and saw the team of That Gal’s Busting Loose and Flip Statham wear out the blue from Florence, Alabama. Reserve was Nite Mare and Mark Lambert, all the way from Utah.

Bill Beech won his second blue this season with colts out of their World Grand Champion mare, My Jackie O. I’m Priceless is by RPM and looks just like her dam. They topped the Weanling Fillies at Fayetteville in their debut performance. Claiming the reserve position were Arm’s Candy Kisses and Keith Reed.

The Two-Year-Old Mares and Geldings class had everyone on the edge of their seats as sixteen top entries answered the gate call. A Little Too Commanding and Bill Callaway made their debut performance a blue ribbon one for owner/mom Karen Callaway. Reserve was Major Heart Throb and Jackie McConnell for Floyd Sherman of Dallas, Texas.

Trashadeous topped the next class, the Plantation Lite Shod, with Barbara Civils riding for Jimmy Civils from Frisco, Texas. Jon Perry trains this winning high headed horse. Previous 2002 wins include the Louisiana Jubilee’s Lite Shod; Pin Oak’s Western Pleasure Lite Shod Specialty, and Lite Shod Specialty Stake; Big D’s Lite Shod Open, Model Horse, and Amateur Lite Shod Championship; and Spring Fun Show’s Amateur Lite Shod blues with Barbara Civils. With Jimmy Civils in the irons, Trashadeous has won the Pin Oak Youth Plantation Specialty, and the Amateur Lite Shod Specialty Championship; and the Big D Lite Shod Juvenile Specialty classes. John Legate directed Copper Design to reserve for Legate and Etheredge of Collinsville, Alabama.

Popcorn Pusher and Reagan Thompson repeated last week’s victory at Lynchburg in the Juvenile 11 and Under at Fayetteville. Tim Wheelon proudly trains this team for John and Lori Thompson. Earlier this season they also won at the Upper Cumberland Walking Horse Show. Generator’s No-U and hard-riding Trevor Collier won reserve for Collier and Hale of Rogersville and Hillsboro, Alabama.

Fourteen top teams entered the gate when they called for the Two-Year-Old Amateur class. When the class was over, Judge Pate had selected the blaze faced, head-shaking Frankie Blue Eyes. Frankie Blue Eyes is ridden by Martha Neff for Steve and Martha Neff and trained by Brent Colburn of Larry Wheelon Stables. At the North Carolina State Show Martha Neff also won the Two-Year-Old Amateur while Brent Coburn earned the Two-Year-Old Open Victory there. Reserve in this top class were Beverly Sherman and Don’t Bust My Bubble for Floyd Sherman of Dallas, Texas. This team is prepared by Backward S Ranch.

The Two-Year-Old Stallions class is one that everyone waits for and at Fayetteville they were not disappointed. One by one they entered until 15 colts were in the ring and what a class they had. Judge Pate selected one of the most talked about horses at the show to make the victory pass. Ritz’s Diamond Joe and Jamie Bradshaw have entered the show ring four times and four times they exited with the blue. Their earlier wins included the same class at the Alabama Ladies Auxiliary, the Winchester Rotary, and the Spring Fun Show. Ritz’s Diamond Joe is owned by Ferguson Farms of Union Grove, Alabama. Also making an excellent show for reserve were Ritz’s Legacy and Jackie McConnell for D & W Moody, Ltd. of Batesville, Arkansas.

The next team to win had almost as impressive a record this season. Current World Champion I’m Cruella De Vil added the ten entry Junior Riders 12-17 Years Specialty blue to her resume for trainer Casey Mutter of Mickey McCormick Stables. This team’s earlier wins include the 12-17 blues at the World Cup, the Children’s Classic, the Walking To Make A Difference Show, the East Tennessee Classic, and the Woodbury Lions Club. They also won the Juvenile 17 & Under at Mt. Pleasant. Poncho Impact and Kaitlin Fields earned the reserve spot for Billy Fields and show under Finish Line Farm’s banner.

Another very successful team came next in the Yearling Colt class. The team of Olympic Titan and Bobby Richards added the Fayetteville blue to their list, making it ten blues this season. Olympic Titan is proudly owned by Richards and Martocci. Earlier blues include the Yearling Class at the Upper Cumberland and the Manchester with Chris Richards; the Amateur Yearling at Walking To Make A Difference with Stacey Richards; the Columbia Spring Jubilee Yearling, and the Nolensville Yearling Colts and Lynchburg with Bobby Richards; the Columbia Spring Jubilee Amateur Yearling, the Lawrenceburg Amateur Yearling and Yearling Colts with Rhonda Martocci. Robert Nelms led Mr. Jose’ Again to reserve for Buddy Bain of Arab, Alabama.

Silverado and Beverly Sherman topped the Ladies Amateur Specialty Mares and Geldings at Fayetteville for Floyd Sherman and Backward S Ranch. They also have won blues this year at the Trainers’ Show, the Louisiana Jubilee Charity, and the Mississippi State Charity. Meg Duchaine catch rode The Onion to reserve for owner Brenda Bramlett and trainer Joe Martin.

The Three-Year-Old Amateur Stallion title was won by Generator’s E-Bay and Ron Lawrence for Mr. and Mrs. Ron Lawrence and trainer Charlie Vaden. Reserve was Incredible and Sue Ann Schott riding for Jo Ann Dowell of Stanton, Ohio and Shelbyville. Sand Creek trains this team.

Silver Design and Thad Way returned home to Five Way Farm at Tuscaloosa, Alabama with the Walking Pony blue. Silver Design’s earlier season blues included the Pony titles at the Mississippi State Charity Show, the Hershell Talley Memorial Show, and the Woodbury Lions Club Show. Jack Way took the reins at Tuscaloosa, Alabama and won the Walking Horse Championship there. The reserve spot was awarded to Gold Coin Cash and Ashley Davis and trainer Brent Thompson for owners, Joel Davis Family of Graham, North Carolina.

Jackie McConnell and Santini’s Rave Review made the victory pass in the 10 entry Three-Year-Old Mare and Gelding class for White Rock Stables of Lake Charles, Louisiana. Carrying out the red stream were Unthinkable and John Allan Callaway for Carol Mullins.

Nathan Clark and Paycheck By MG continued their blue ribbon path as they won the Amateur for Sheila Clark of Arab, Alabama. This team has enjoyed 2002 wins at the Gulf Coast Charity, the Hershel Talley Memorial Show, and the Alabama Summer Classic. Winning reserve were Rhonda Stewart aboard Mr. Gen’s Cash & Carry for Stewart’s Farm and Nursery from Mickey McCormick Stables.

Steven Beam directed Times Two to the blue in the Four-Year-Old Stallions class for Harold Bentley of Arab, Alabama. Steven Brown trains this fine stallions. Rebel’s Black Star and Allan Callaway claimed reserve for Frank and Shirley Neal.

Ronnie Spears and current World Champion Magic Sweet Victory, Manchester’s Mare and Gelding champions, added this same class to their list of victories at Fayetteville. Poplar Creek Farms proudly owns this great mare. Reserve was awarded to Say My Name and Link Webb for Phyllis Mozeley of Charlotte, North Carolina.

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