by Janet Bullis
DALLAS, NC- Despite freezing conditions the Gaston County Horseman’s Association Show was a success this year with 243 entries in the 39 class show. It was held at Biggerstaff Arena in Dallas, North Carolina on October 27th. Scott Frye handled the duties at the microphone and Ted Hudgins was the organist for the show. Debbie Bush caught all the winning rides on film as the show photographer. Polly Stout was the judge for the show.

The show came to an end with five competitors in Walking Horse Stake class. David Polk and Generator’s Power Punch came out on top as the winning team. Chad Baucom riding for John and Jaffa Hyman on Gen’s Mizzou Man picked up the red ribbon and Ronal Mosley and Jubilee’s Bossman carried out the yellow ribbon.

Other winners from Polk Stables included Kaleigh Mesimer and Pusher’s Lucky Charm in the Youth 11 and Under class. Kaleigh did her grandparents proud as she beat out eight other good teams for the win. Kelly Peeler and Pusher’s Spring Rain won the Four-Year-Old Amateur class. The afternoon show started at four o’clock and consisted of Pleasure classes. Christy Mauney came out on top winning three blues in the afternoon show. Christy and Get’n Grander won the Plantation Lite Shod Amateur Two Gait and the Plantation Lite Shod Open Two Gait classes. She also won the Country Pleasure Youth Two Gait with Heritage Invasion. Tyler Baucom and Mr. Rolex won the Trail Pleasure Youth Western class. Owner, Pat Callicut won the Plantation Amateur Two Gait with Jazz Show. She then gave the reins over to Jason Hughes as he went on to win the Plantation Two Gait Open class. Grandy Tuck, Jr. up for Bob Medina won the Youth Lite Shod with Regal’s Lady Of Royalty. Thomas Edwards won the Trail Pleasure Western Two Gait with his horse, Walking Dixie Pride. Ken Willis up for Robey Wycoff won the Country Pleasure Adult class with Touch And Go. The Trail Pleasure English Two Gait was won by owner/rider Ward Berry on Touch’s Sir Mark. Lora Fortenberry had a win as Danny Kistler won with My My in the Plantation Western Two Gait class.

The evening show began at 6:00PM with a drill team exhibition. Baucom Stables won eleven blues for the show including the three from the afternoon show. Chad Baucom up for Bob Rollins wont the Open Two-Year-Old class with Tarheel Cash. Jazz Show showed he could win with a variety of riders as Tyler Baucom won the third blue of the show for the nice plantation mount in the Youth Plantation Pleasure class for owner Pat Callicut. Jennifer May won the North Carolina Ladies Auxiliary class with her horse Doc’s Fine Fashion for Precision Pallet and Baucom. Buddy Stasney won the Two-Year-Old Amateur with his horse Pusher’s Crimson Tide. The North Carolina Walking Horse Association Members Only was won by I’m Pushin’ and Dona Griffin. A Ritzy Rendezvous and owner, Clay Mills beat out twelve other teams to win the Three-Year-Old Amateur class. Alicia Perry won the Amateur Specialty with Cash’s Old Glory for Gunter and Perry. Eb’s Magic Motion and John Callicut picked up one of their many blues this season to win the 15.2 and Under Amateur Specialty.

Ronald Mosley Stables had three good wins. Ronald won the Three-Year-Old Open class with 24Karat Gorgeous Lady for owners’ Doc and Julie Koontz. Ronald picked up the blue for owner Madeline Griggs in the Open Specialty on Flashy’s Loose Cannon. Emily Barnett and Ebony Threat’s Ace won the Youth 12-17 class.

Kistler Stables added to their blues by winning three more in the evening show. Gail Butler won the North Carolina Ladies Auxiliary Plantation Pleasure class with Widowmaker’s Black Beauty. Gail also won the Amateur Plantation Pleasure with Pusher’s Grand Motion. Danny Kistler won another blue with My My for Lora Fortenberry in the Western Plantation Pleasure class. Trainer Grandy Tuck also added to his wins in the evening. Angela Tuck up for Bob Medina won the Plantation Lite Shod class with Regal’s Lady Of Royalty. Grandy Tuck, Jr. won the Plantation Pleasure Specialty Championship with JFK’s Jubilation for Chip Dale.

Christy Mauney won two Championship classes. She won the Lite Shod Championship with Get’n Grander and the Country Pleasure Championship with Heritage Invasion. Don Helms keeps on “strokin’” to win another Amateur Open with Strokin’ Stroller. Bobby Kellet beat out a large class of twelve to win the Show Pleasure with BC’s Remembrance for Mark Chastain. Major Monkey Business and Don Lominac were winners in the Open 15.2 and Under class. Milly Player and Ultimate Warrior continue to dominate the Amateur Owned and Trained classes as they rode for another blue ribbon. Ward Berry got his second blue with Touch’s Sir Mark as they won the Trail Pleasure Championship.