by Jennifer Maack-Condren

MARSHFIELD, Mo. - The Midwest Walking Horse Trainers’ Association hosted the Missouri Fall Show Season Finale on Oct. 10, 2009, at the ShowMe Arena just outside of Marshfield, Mo. The show was originally scheduled to be held at an outdoor facility on Friday night and at the ShowMe Arena on Saturday night, but due to the cooler than average temperatures and the seven-plus inches of rain some areas sustained in the past week, the event was completed all on Saturday at the indoor arena. Friday night’s slate of classes was held Saturday afternoon and the weather was perfect. Temperatures fell into the 40s Saturday night, however, and had everyone scrambling for coats and gloves.

 Show Manager Carol Middleton was very pleased with the turnout for the event and with the number of entries presented for Judge Jackie Byrom of Shelbyville, Tenn., to tie.

Saturday night’s performance was capped off with the Championship class. Margaret Hickman and Jose’s Strider were crowned as the champions for owners Betty and Jerry Laughlin and the 4-J Land & Cattle Co. P.J.’s Pusher and Don Bills earned the reserve award in the class for Dean Scott.

Blue Ribbon Tally
Jerry Manes Stables-10
4-J Land & Cattle Co.-9
Don Bills Stables-7
Huffman Family Stables-4
Nichols/Campbell Stables-4

Complete results can be viewed by clicking here.