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Hosanna Crowned Queen of the GWHLA Festival

by Linda Scrivner

EDISON, Ga. – The Georgia Walking Horse Ladies Auxiliary Horse Show has been plagued with rain and more rain. It was rained out on Sept. 26 at Franklin, Ga., and was rescheduled as a festival in Edison, Ga., on Oct. 31, 2009. And, of course, the forecast was 90 percent rain, but the ladies and their supporters were not to be discouraged. One hundred and thirty horses showed with intermittent showers throughout the day and evening. During the supper break, there was a dog show and a costume class, again held during the rain. Miles Irby of Murfreesboro, Tenn., did an excellent job of keeping the show moving as he judged the 37 classes.

Everyone seemed to have a wonderful Halloween, and with coats donned, the show went on. Quality, world-class horses walked through the red mud amidst applause from the crowd, many who were in cars around the arena, but exited them to cheer for friends during their classes. A cakewalk was held and barbecue chicken dinners were served and enjoyed inside the enclosed concession building.
As was fitting for a show put on by ladies that current World Champion Hosanna and Larry Edwards were crowned Grand Champions at the show. This great mare is owned by Louis Hawkersmith. Bill Cantrell made a superb show with My Kinda Luck to claim the reserve position for owner Dee Cantrell.

The blue ribbon tally was led by Carl Edwards & Sons Stables with 11 blues, followed by Bill Cantrell Stables with seven blues. Melissa Tittle returned home with four blues, while Bee McAdams-trained horses collected three. Mandie McFay and LaRue McWaters each earned dual blues.

Results can be viewed by clicking here.

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