By Christy Rogers Brown

MT. PLEASANT, Tenn. – Government officials rolled in and put a damper on what looked to have been one fantastic horse show. Numerous horse trailers made u-turns after discovering government officials were on the show grounds. Dr. Kurt Hemmel and Dr. Jamie Niemann were the veterinarians responsible for checking horses. A USDA videographer chose to remain anonymous.

Despite the visit from government agents the show went on and many talented horses remained to be judged by the honorable Jamie Bradshaw.

Allen Callaway Stables stayed until the championship class was over. Only four entries made the gate call. John Allan Callaway guided I’m Mr. Threat to the win in the class. Bruce Vaughn owns the talented stallion. The reserve tie in the class went to Friday Night Rebel and owner, trainer and rider Frank McMan.

Kicking off the show was the Weanling Colts class. Susan Shemwell led My Major Promise to the win in the class for owner/trainer Bobby Richards. Sunny’s Time Around and Shirley Ensey were the reserve winners in the class.

Brian Kiddy of Snap Gate Farms piloted Foolish Dollar to the winner’s circle in the Two-Year-Old Mares and Geldings class for owners Linda and Alan Houpt. The winning ride was dedicated to the memory of Kiddy’s late wife, Meredith Cato Kiddy. The reserve ribbon in the class went to RPM’s Proud Image and Tony Mercer. Mercer was riding for Greg Faucette.

Myst and Dr. Alan Bell captured another win in the Park Pleasure Specialty class. Wayne Dean Stables trains the entry for owner Jerry Bell. The Rising Sun and Mr. Ray Solley made the reserve win in the competitive class. Solley’s entry is trained by Fairview Stables where Glen Crowe is the trainer.

Flash Of Blue has a fitting name. Valton Rummage led the champion Yearling Filly to the winner’s circle for himself and co-owner Brandy Rummage. Mask Kentucky Girl and Bobby Richards were the reserve winners in the class. Chris and Tammi Proctor own the entry.

Fred Astaire walked his way to the winner’s circle in the Two-Year-Old Stallions class with Joe Fleming in the irons. Donald and Gladys Stephens own the entry. Jose’s Spirit was the reserve champion in the class for trainer Larry Latham.

Push Me Bold found top billing in the Amateur Specialty class with Donald Stephens in the pilot’s seat. This was the second win of the evening for a Stephens backed entry and one of three wins for Joe Fleming Stables. Double Copper Coin and Marjorie Watson carried out the reserve ribbon in the class for Wayne Dean Stables.

Generator’s Collect Call and Slayden Fleming walked their way to the winner’s circle in the Four-Year-Old Amateur Specialty class for Joe Fleming and Dr. Robert Canon. The Rising Star Ranch entry Rumble At The Ritz and Debbie Eichler took the reserve ribbon in the class for trainer Joel Weaver.

Pride Of The Moment wore out the Open Amateur Yearling championship ribbon with Stacy Richards at the lead. The winning owners were Chris and Tammi Proctor, and the trainer was Bobby Richards. Armed Has It and Bobby Berry walked away with the reserve ribbon in the class.

I’m Cruella Deville and Joel Johnson were named Juvenile 12-17 Champions for Mickey McCormick Stables. The reserve ribbon in the five-entry class went to Scandal and Jacob Baum. Finish Line prepared the entry for competition.

Back to back victories went to the Johnson family. Their second win came in the Three-Year-Old Mares and Geldings class with Miss Lipstick and Mickey McCormick in the irons. Reserve honors in the class were awarded to A Screaming Eagle and Rodney Dick. Keith Baker backs the entry.

Robert Nelms Stables went home with the blue ribbon from the Yearling Colts class. Jose’s Copy was the winner in the five-entry class. Buddy Bain owns the entry. The reserve winners were Dr. Roger Richards and Black Diamond Ritz. Bobby and Freda Jones own the entry.

I’m A Majorette and Stratton Weaver were the winners in the Juvenile 11 and Under Walking Specialty class. Weaver guided her entry to the win for McComb, Aymette and Haygood and trainer/proud grandfather Steve Aymette. Evening To Remember and Amy Coley were the reserve winners in the class for trainer Dennis Mosteller and owners Ray and Janet Coley.

My Bobby McGee and Rick Trumble were the winners in the Two-Year-Old Amateur class. Finish Line Farms primed the entry for the GR Trumble family. Reserve honors in the class went to The Midnight Jazz and Kaye Bauchman.

Gen’s Major Motion and Beth Sims added another blue ribbon to their resume, making their winning streak tally jump to three in a row. Blake Sims trains the entry that is owned by the Mike Chiappari family. The reserve tie in the talent-filled class went to Southpaw and Chantel Wakefield. Wayne Dean prepared the duo for owner Carol Wakefield.

Editorial Page and June Hawkins had another exciting performance in the Show Pleasure Amateur Specialty class to merit blue ribbon honors. Rollie Beard readied the entry. Insomnia and Keith Johnson carried out the reserve honors. The Johnson entry was prepared by Mickey McCormick Stables.

Ramsey Bullington made a good ride aboard Adrenaline to take home the blue ribbon honors in the 15.2 and Under Walking Horse Canter class for the Silver Spur Ranch. Armani Gold and Jerry Woodlee carried out the reserve honors in the class for Carol Canerday.

The Lite-Shod Amateur Specialty class went to Gen’s Knight Threat and Dr. Judy Moore. Moore and Foust Farm prepared the entry. The reserve tie in the class was awarded to Drop The Hammer and Connie Waldo.

Newton Parks and Beam’s Star Trek were awarded the blue ribbon honors from the Amateur Owned and Trained class. Queen’s Magic Lady and Dwayne Robinson carried out the reserve honors in the class.

The Four-Year-Old Stallions class blue ribbon was handed to Ramsey Bullington and Spirits Ramblin Man. The Robert Kennan family owns the winning entry.

Seven entries made the gate call in the Three-Year-Old Amateur Walking Specialty class, one of the largest classes of the evening.. Jennifer Pack piloted Commando’s All Wound Up to the win. Carl Johnson owns and trains the entry. Nagano and Debbie Myers rode to the reserve honors in the class for trainer Josh Johnson.

Twelve entries entered the ring for the Country Pleasure class. Cindy Womack and Pearl Jam made the victory pass in the big class. Red Bay Star and Lauren Roberson were the reserve winners in the class.

Dru McCormick made the winning ride in the WHAT Auxiliary class aboard Designed 2BA Playboy. The entry is prepared at Mickey McCormick Stables for owner Sherry King. You’re The Man and Freda Dean were the reserve champions in the class for owner Sharon Sanders and trainer Wayne Dean.

The Western Park Pleasure class winner was May Sunrise and Leslie Moore. Ray Solley owns the entry that is trained by Fairview Stables and Glen Crowe.

The Show Pleasure Specialty class blue ribbon was awarded to Ironworks Tinman and Phillip Trimble. Trimble prepared the entry that is owned by Ray Jones Trucking, Inc. Major Affair and John Allan Callaway were the reserve winners in the class for Sammy Hastings.

Leaving the Novice Amateur division after winning a blue were Poncho Impact and Lisa Fields Byrom. Finish Line Farms prepared the entry. Billy Fields owns the talented steed. Rebel’s Spotlight and M.L. Pugh were the reserve winners in the class. Ramsey Bullington prepared the entry.

Despite the initial fears of exhibitors who did stay to show and those who turned around before they got there, the mood was very calm and the show remained competitive throughout the evening. These are the highlights from the 35th annual Mt. Pleasant Lions Club Horse Show. Complete results follow and maybe also be found by visiting our web site at