by Debbie Graham


MARTIN, Tenn. - The 23rd annual Martin Racking and Walking Horse Classic was held on Oct. 20, 2007, at the Agricultural Pavilion located on the University of Tennessee at Martin in Martin, Tenn. Walking horse enthusiasts enjoy the Martin weekend each year when two shows are held at one location. The Purchase Area Charity Horse Show was held on Friday night and enjoyed success with 176 entries. The Martin show, held on Saturday night drew 157 entries and produced a successful event as well.

The Weakley County Rescue Squad sponsored the Martin Racking and Walking Horse Classic. The Weakley County Rescue Squad is a volunteer non-profit organization which provides many forms of emergency and rescue services free of charge in Weakley County and other locations as requested. The unit is 33 years old and constantly strives to upgrade both training and equipment. Proceeds from the horse show enable the squad to train volunteers in many rescue disciplines resulting in quicker, safer responses to the citizens of Weakley County.

The show featured 28 walking and racking classes. Link Webb of Lewisburg, Tenn., judged the walking classes. Steve Eli was master of ceremonies. Marilyn Meisenheimer entertained the crowd with her talents on the keyboard. Leon Forrester and Brian Hays provided farrier services.

In the final class of the evening, the Walking Horse Stake class, Jimmy McConnell was in the winner’s circle for the second night in a row. Jazz Time claimed the Martin tricolor for owner Molly Walters.

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