By Linda Fox

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - People have come to expect an exciting show with great horses, great food and wonderful people when they head to the lush bluegrass of central Kentucky, to the state of the art facility at Highland Stables. Hosted by the Mosley family and trainer Keith Blackburn and with the help of good friends, the 2003 edition of the Highland Stables Fall Show certainly didn’t disappoint.

Sammy Day of Shelbyville, Tenn., evaluated of the 31 classes and 180 entries competing at the show. Abby Fox of Cookeville, Tenn., was the apprentice judge. Proceeds from this event benefited the Greenwood FFA.

Trainer Tommy Loid and Superior Generator’s Threat brought the evening to a close as they were directed to the championship winner’s circle. L.E. Walton of Woodburn, Ky., owns this fine property. Touch Pushes On and trainer Joel Woosley picked up the reserve for Mr. and Mrs. James Smith of Bowling Green, Ky. Extra Expense and Joel Weaver rounded out the third place slot for Alecia Cooper of Mt. Juliet, Tenn.

Horses from Tommy Loid Stables accounted for five other championship rides. Loid and Lady With Class made the victory pass in the Aged Mare and Gelding competition for the John Sanderson family of Pulaski, Tenn. Ritz’s First Lady and Tommy Loid III took the blue in the Trainer’s Immediate Family Members class. Juvenile 11 & under rider Rae Ellen Thompson accounted for two blues as she directed Pusher’s Sharon to the victory ride for the David Thompson family and later returned aboard Bust-A-Move to claim the amateur three-year-old title. Joe Estes directed his Cash’s Delightful Heir to the win in the Amateur Walking Specialty division.

Entries under the guidance of Jeff Givens Stables claimed four blues for the evening. Givens started the blue ribbon roll by claiming the Two and Three-Year-Old Plantation Pleasure class aboard Pusher’s Secret Tiger for Mr. and Mrs. Bob Bass. Next, Givens and Rainsong took the Lite-Shod Specialty blue for Mike and Pam Ericson. Gen’s Sundancer and Givens would then claim the Plantation Pleasure Open Specialty for Shane and Sarah Hastings. The blue ribbon roll would end with Givens directing All Colors Dazzle to the Western Plantation Pleasure title for Ann Darmody.

Spencer Benedict Stables took home three Highland Stables blues. The first came when Benedict directed Spirit’s Gem to the performance pleasure division for the Tapocik family. Next, Benedict and She’s High Falutin walked to the winner’s circle for Lyon Hutcherson. Carrie Benedict and her Northern Exposure made the good ride to the blue in the open amateur competition.

Joel Woosley Stables accounted for two of the evening’s blues. The first came as Courtney Harper directed her Genera’s Glory Girl to the Two-Year-Old Amateur title. Next, Jamie Woosley and Generator’s Miss Joy rode to victory in the 15.2 & Under Open Specialty for Donald Hendrick. Contenders trained by Joel Weaver also claimed dual blues. I’m In Like Flynn and Kelly Weaver claimed the 11 deep Show Pleasure Open title for Steve Choatham. Next, Joel Weaver and Armed And Proud made a good show to take the Three-Year-Old Walking Stallion blue for Rising Star Ranch.

The Jose Cordatovar-trained Just American Magic and Jarred Carrier made the victory pass in the Juvenile 17 and Under class for Gobblers Knobb Farm. Cordatovar also directed Generator’s Flashpoint and Barrett Jones to the Amateur Plantation Pleasure Specialty honors.

Trainer Todd Smith directed the talented Pushin A Jazz to the Open Two-Year-Old Mare and Gelding winner’s circle for the Perry Lacy family.

Scotty Brooks and The Extra Coin were called to make the victory pass after their performance in the Open Four-Year-Old class for Jimmy and Sally Brown.