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It's Gettin' HOT In Here!

By Ashlea Wheelon SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. - And hot it was, what a great show! Two hundred and thirty-four entries made for a late Thursday night at the Bedford County FFA Horse Show. Judge Dan Waddell of Union City, Tenn., had the hard job judging the competitive classes. Jennifer Pack was the photographer for the evening.

The anticipation of stake horses throughout the summer is always high, and on this Thursday night in Shelbyville their was a new contender on the charts. I’m All Fired Up and Link Webb ended the night on a hot note as they made their first ride of the season to capture the Walking Horse Stake Championship. James and Betty Corlew from Adams, Tenn., own the champion.

Two barns took dual blues at the Bedford County show. Allan Callaway Stables and Knox Blackburn Stables tied for the top spot on the ribbon tally.

Allan Callaway Stables’ two blues started at the first of the show with Wild And Wooly and Heidi McWilliams. But their real victory of the night was getting to see Jim McWilliams at his first show following his recent illness. The entry is owned by McWilliams Reality. The second win for the Callaway Stables crew came in with Cash Mark and John Allan Callaway. This team took home the blue for Mary Louise LaBlanc in the Two-Year-Old Stallion class.

Knox Blackburn Stables’ first blue came from Kevlar and Kathy Zeis in a very talented Three-Year-Old Stallion class. The second blue came from the crowd favorite The Phantom Menace and Thom Meek. This talented team took the win in the Amateur Four-Year-Old class.

Single blues were won by several barns at this year’s Bedford County show in lots of competitive classes. Who ever told you that the Lead Line class wasn’t competitive was wrong! Ace and Tyler Bailey took home the very deserved blue ribbon in this tough class.

Four Way Stop and Christy Kirkpatrick were champions of the Country Pleasure class. Immediately following was the Youth Country Pleasure class where Scott Sudberry and Mislabeled were crowned champions. Sudberry also owns the entry.

There were two very large halter classes starting with the Open Weanling class where Keith Reed and The Grand Jury owned by Shuster and Waylin. Open Yearling champions were Black Magic Blues and Ronald Morton for Diane Gueck.

Scotty Brooks took a blue home to Kentucky with his win on Ultra Copy’s Mama for Graft and Brooks in the Two-Year-Old Mare and Gelding class.

The 11 and under class is always an exciting one. The very pretty and talented Amelia Patterson directed Grace In Command to the victory circle for the Michael Patterson family. Tim Thompson was the trainer of this team.

The Walking Seat Equitation is always a class I enjoy watching. These girls have dedicated a lot of time to this class. Several entries entered the gate and Alex Bumpus was named champion. Tan View Stables prepared her entry.

Bobby Hugh’s Amateur rider returned to capture her second win this month. Charlee Underwood and Gen’s Vin Diesel won the Park Pleasure Two and Three--Year-Old Open Specialty.

What's My Line and Chad Way received the blue in a big class of Three-Year-Old Mares and Geldings. Crowlry Farms owns the entry.

The very competitive Beth Carol Thomas and her well-known juvenile horse Heart Attack's Fast Beat were named champions in the Youth Council 12-17 Youth class. Todd Smith prepared the entry.

The Open Show Pleasure class is always a large class. John Puckett and Fashion’s Midnight Threat received another blue ribbon in this division. Scot and Kathy Potter own this talented entry.

Maybe one of the most watched classes of the night was the Three-Year-Old Stallions class. Dick Peebles and Santana’s Black Threat made the victory pass for owner Kathy Graves.

WC Cut The Smoke and sweet Brenda Carlon made impressive ride that resulted in a blue in the 15.2 and Under Amateur Specialty class. Derickson Training Facility prepared this team.

Final Keeper and Morgan LeGate are a great young team. They took yet another blue to add to their Walking Pony Collection. Justin LeGate readied this team for competition.

Bill Bobo, always a crowd favorite, made an impressive ride aboard The Reverend for a very happy Cottonwood farms.

Push Me Bold and Donald Stephens were the winners of the Amateur Stallion class. This team is prepared by Joe Fleming Stables.

Flashy Sky and Jerry Woodlee made a flashy ride to take home the blue for Linda Brown in the Four-Year-Old Stallions and Geldings class.

Freak Design and David Olsen made an outstanding ride to capture the blue in a very strong class. Mickey McCormick proudly trained this entry.

Oh what a win, for Oh What A Sky and Lee Upton in the Four-Year-Old Mares and Geldings class. This teamed is owned by James and Betty Corlew of Bowtie Stables.

Doug Barnes and Armani Gold made the good ride for Bob Lawrence to take home the blue in the Park Pleasure Specialty class.

This was a great show for the Bedford County FFA . This concludes the highlights of the Bedford County FFA Horse Show. Complete results follow and may also be found by visiting our web site at

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