by Linda Scrivner


            WOODBURY, Tenn. - The Woodbury Lions Club Horse Show once again held true to its tradition of talented horses and an overflowing crowd. Show Chairman Bruce Steelman was extremely pleased. In the extreme heat during the afternoon session, the covered warm-up Clayton Glenn Champions Arena was truly a respite from the heat. The arena and this year’s show were in memory of the long-time Show Chairman Clayton Glenn. Everyone enjoyed the shade as they warmed up and waited to enter the big ring.

            Woodbury always seems to attract hot competition and many of its champions continue on to win at the Celebration each year. It is know for many performances made by world champions, its large and appreciative crowd with lots of extras like ice cream and home-baked goodies.

            Woodbury was fourth on the list of four Fourth of July week shows. This special event held Saturday, July 7, boasted 278 entries, down from 346 entries in 2006 and 375 in 2005. The string of shows began with Bethesda on Wednesday, July 4, with 437 entries, the Money Tree Classic on Thursday with 279 entries, Warren County Horse Show at McMinnville on Friday with 230 and ending with Woodbury, bringing the total number of horses shown during the four days to 1,224. The crowd came to Woodbury expecting to see the best and they were not disappointed.

            The afternoon session was held at 3 p.m. with Jennifer Bingham Davis of Shelbyville, Tenn., Mike Civils of Petersburg, Tenn., and Larry Martin of Bell Buckle, Tenn., marking the cards. Chris Messick of Cape Coral, Fla., Bill Bailey of Russell Springs, Ky., and Grant Holt of Woodbury, Tenn., judged the evening session. Eight of the classes were WHTA Riders’ Cup classes.

            Despite the early starting time, the show lasted until after midnight but the people stayed to see what they were waiting for – the Championship Stake. I’m Packin’ A Pistol victoriously claimed the Young Motors WHTA Riders’ Cup Grand Championship title with a unanimous decision. Jeff Hatcher enjoyed another of the many victory passes this team has made this season bringing their total to seven 2007 stake wins.. Their fans have continued to grow with each win and their cheers were evident at Woodbury. Charlene Gibson owns the powerful chestnut stallion and this win helped to pave his way toward the Celebration.

            General’s Show Stopper and Dick Peebles made a strong performance and received the reserve honors. This power stallion is owned by Herb Murrath and recently won the Stake classes at Cullman American Red Cross Show and Gallatin Lions Club Show. The third position was awarded to the team of A Formula One and Jackie McConnell for Stan Wilcoxen.

            Many top stables brought their world-class horses to compete at Woodbury and the blues were spread across 26 different barns. David Landrum Stables topped the blue ribbon tally with four blues. Kevin Marker’s protégés earned three blues and Bennett Stables, Allan Callaway Stables, Carl Edwards and Son Stables, Jeff Givens Stables, Dick Peebles Stables, Roger Richards, Southern Serenity Ranch and Whitter Stables earned two blues apiece. Tim Thompson of Montverde Academy, Nelms Training Facility, Jackie Byron, Bruce Hankins, Jared Carrier, Spoiled Rotten Colts, Dickie Scrivner of Tan View Farm, Laurie Toone, Latham Stables, Clark Farms, Norris Blackburn of Chad Way Stables, Dale Watts of Pioneer Stables, Candy Green and Triple C Stables won the remaining ribbons.

            Nancy Groover won David Landrum Stables’s first blue in the 10-entry Amateur Two-Year-Old Mares and Geldings class for Wink and Nancy Groover. Groover directed Prodigy to his fourth consecutive win.

            Marty Irby directed Gin And Juice to an outstanding performance, which resulted in the Amateur Two-Year-Old Stallion win for Rick and Marla Lovett under Landrum Stables’s banner. Joe Cotten once again directed current World Champion Gen’s Burning Rage down victory lane to win the Aged Mare and Gelding class, following a blue ribbon ride at the Columbia Spring Jubilee. The Dan McSwain family owns this talented world grand champion mare. For Landrum’s final blue, the current world grand champion team of Golden Sovereign and Keith McSwain claimed the Amateur Canter title at Woodbury, just as they did at the Gulf Coast Charity this year and at Woodbury in 2006.

            Bobby Richards won the first of the three blues for trainer Kevin Marker of the Colt Center in the Yearling Colt class, leading current reserve world champion Stars Go Blue down victory lane. Extra Agent won the other two blues at Woodbury. Terre Huebner proudly collected the blues in the 11-entry English Country Pleasure and the 14-entry Country Pleasure Western classes for Wally and Terre Huebner.

            In 2006 and 2007 Leigh Bennett of Bennett Stables earned two Woodbury blues with her equitation riders. Kaitlyn Rippy is enjoying an undefeated season with blues in the 11 and Under Equitation at the National Trainers’ Show as well as wins at the Money Tree Classic and Woodbury this week. Daughter Paige Bennett claimed the Youth 11 and Under Equitation World Championship in 2003 and 2004. In 2005 and 2006 Bennett earned the Woodbury Equitation 12-17 Canter class. This year she claimed victory in the Open Equitation Canter class at Woodbury.

            John Allan Callaway collected the first Allan Callaway Stables blue in the James Corlew Chevrolet WHTA Riders’ Cup Two-Year-Old Stallion class aboard Out All Night. Out All Night, owned by Dr. Harv and Brenda Carlon, is undefeated so far this season with wins at both Bedford 4-H and the Spring Fun Show. World champion and 2007 Spring Fun Show Champion Armed To Show carried Maisie McSwain to another victory in the Youth 12-17 Specialty class for the Dan McSwain family.

            Legend Of JFK and Gail Walling earned their fifth blue in their undefeated season in the 12-entry Amateur Four-Year-Old Mare and Gelding class to win the first blue of the show for Carl Edwards and Sons Stables. Again everyone rushed to the rail as the Amateur Four-Year-Old Stallion competitors entered the ring. No one was disappointed with the teams that displayed their talents. The choice for the victory pass was also the 2007 Twin Cities Classic Champions, Enrique Enrique and Bob Lawrence.

            International Champion Trigger Treat won his fifth 2007 blue in the 10-entry Model class at Woodbury led by Jeff Givens. Jo Ann Dowell owns this beautiful palomino gelding. Givens’s second blue of the show was won by two-time World Champion Calvin Klein’s Obsession in the Lite-Shod Specialty class for Donald Knight. This beautiful spotted stallion claimed two blues at Woodbury in 2006.

            Robin MacDonald won two blues for Dick Peebles Stables at Woodbury. Jose’s Special Edition and MacDonald are undefeated in 2007 in the Amateur Three-Year-Old Mare and Gelding class with wins at Shelbyville Central High Band Show and the Columbian Spring Jubilee. They made their third consecutive blue ribbon ride in the Woodbury Amateur Three-Year-Old Mare and Gelding class. MacDonald also has an undefeated season on her World Grand Champion John FK’s Pusher. She claimed victory in the Amateur 50 and Under class at Woodbury following blues at the Gulf Coast Charity and the Columbia Spring Jubilee. Bruce and Robin MacDonald own both of these great horses.

            Pat Head Summitt won dual blues at Woodbury for owner Roger Richard. Amanda Winters led this great filly to her seventh 2007 blue in the Yearling Filly class followed by her eighth blue in the Amateur Yearlings with Taylor Morgan.

            An All American Dollar carried Patrick Thomas to the top of the Park Pleasure class for Pat Cecil to win the first of Southern Serenity Ranch’s two Woodbury blues. This talented horse won the Gulf Coast Charity with Pat Cecil this year and Bethesda’s Amateur Park Pleasure with Lauren Hamilton. Four-time World Champion All American Ritz in the Park Performance Specialty class won the second Southern Serenity blue and his sixth season blue with Howard Hamilton. Cynthia Wright proudly owns this great horse.

            The 2007 Gulf Coast Champions Foolish Dollar and Wilsene Moody claimed the first blue for Whitter Stables as they walked to victory in the Amateur Ladies Specialty class. Current World Champion He’s Out A Sight and Kelly Sherman were thrilled with their blue-ribbon performance in the Amateur Three-Year-Old class following their Mississippi Charity Three-Year-Old Amateur Grand Championship earlier this year.          

            The remaining single blues are named below in class order. The current world grand championship team of Marty Irby and The Lady Of The Ritz were reunited at Woodbury with excellent results. They won the English Trail Pleasure Specialty title. Montverde Academy now owns this great mare trained by Tim Thompson.

            One Bodacious Stone and Robert Nelms proudly claimed the Weanling Colt title for Brian and Kathy Velasquez. Julie Byron and three-time World Champion The Lady Has Connections earned her fourth 2007 blue and the second blue of the week in the Amateur Park Pleasure Specialty class.

            Yao Ming and Nicole Kakassy added the Two and Three-Year-Old Park Pleasure title to their resume. This was the seventh 2007 blue for this current reserve world championship team that is enjoying an undefeated season under the guidance of Bruce Hankins Stables.

            The team of Jared Carrier and two-time World Champion A Style File are also enjoying an undefeated season with seven 2007 blues. The team continued their winning ways at Woodbury. Carrier made an excellent show directing A Style File in the Lite-Shod Western class.

            Carlyle Johnson led Bam Beanie to the Weanling Filly blue for Tan Oak Farm. World Champion and Reserve World Grand Champion Commanding Dakota and Kathy Owen proudly exited the ring with the blue in the Amateur Lite-Shod Specialty class at Woodbury for Double Springs Farm. Dickie Scrivner of Tan View Farm trains this excellent gelding.

            Ann Jameson made a fabulous show to claim the Trail Pleasure Western Specialty title aboard Mr. Jesse James for Dr. Kent and Ann Jameson. Laurie Toone proudly trains Mr. Jesse James.

            David Latham and Mexican Fire added the James Corlew Chevrolet WHTA Riders’ Cup Two-Year-Old Mare and Gelding class to Mexican Fire and owner Wes Samford’s win in the Amateur Two-Year-Old at Reeltown. 

            Generated By Jose and Barclay Woodward claimed the Youth 11 and Under title for the Dr. H.E. Barker family. This current reserve world champion has a resume that includes eight blues in 2007.

            World Grand Champion Ironwork’s Tin Man was directed to victory by Steve Jones in the 14-entry Amateur Show Pleasure Specialty class for the fifth blue of the season. This highly talked about gray stallion won previous 2007 blues at the National Trainers’ Show, the Gulf Coast Charity as well as this same class at Woodbury in 2006.

            The much talked about Dark Escape and Dale Watts made their Waterfall Farms WHTA Riders’ Cup Three-Year-Old Mare and Gelding performance a blue ribbon one. This was this great mare’s fifth blue of the season with dual wins at the Mississippi Charity and blues at South Jones and the National Trainers’ Show.

            The sharp team of Candy Green and 20007 BWHA Spring Fling Champion Gossip added the 15.2 and Under Amateur Specialty to their World Grand Championship title. The undefeated Spring Fun Show Champion Mission Possible and Bill Young won the coveted Waterfall Farms WHTA Riders’ Cup Three-Year-Old Stallion class for Kelly Sherman.

            The team of OMG and Jacob Baum claimed their fourth 2007 blue in the WHOA Youth Challenge Canter class under the tutelage of Jason Day Stables, following the team’s wins at Walking In The Park, Petersburg Lions Club and Murfreesboro Exchange Club.

            Last year’s World Grand Champion Santana’s El Nino continued his undefeated season by winning the Warr Development WHTA Riders’ Cup 15.2 and Under title. This crowd favorite, directed by Link Webb, also won the Columbia Spring Jubilee previously this season.

            Current World Champion Pride’s Pusher Star claimed the Open Specialty class with David Latham. Bewitching Jazz carried Charlie Green to victory in the Hartland Farm WHTA Riders’ Cup Four-Year-Old Mare and Gelding class.

            Holyfield and John Puckett won the Hartland Farm WHTA Riders’ Cup Four-Year-Old Stallion title at Woodbury. They also enjoyed victory recently at the East Tennessee Classic.

            The former reserve world champion team of Outrageous Attitude and Rhonda Cole added the Amateur Specialty title to their list of wins. Frankie Roark trains Outrageous Attitude who also won the same class at Manchester Lions Club Show.

           This concludes coverage of the 2007 Woodbury Lions Club. Complete results may be viewed, searched and printed by clicking here.