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Johnny Orlando came out "Singin' the Blues" in Richmond



The chilly weather kept no one away on Saturday night. The bleachers were packed and the ring was full of top quality show horses. The Madison County Fall Horse Show in Richmond, Ky was the place to be. With a total of 314 entries in 43 classes it was a huge success. The Madison Co. Fair Board has worked long and hard on building this great new indoor facility and it seemed as if everyone was enjoying it!

The honorable Gene Batton was chosen as this year's judge for the fall show. Dana Doyle could be seen in center ring snapping pictures and Shannon Perkins kept the beat with his organ music. Henry Broome was the farrier and Dr. Jim Martin from the Waco Animal Clinic provided his veterinary services for the night. The show manager was Mr. Vernon Proctor.

The first class called to the ring was the Lead Line class. Seven cute little riders answered the gate call. A blue ribbon went to all.

The Open Weanlings were next. Chris Billings directed JFK's Jackson Day to the blue. Six entries answered the next gate call for the Country Pleasure 17 and under class. Chance for Sun and Randy Stillwell rode to the blue.

The Leadman and Kendall Hollen were the champions in the Performance Pleasure Three and under class. The Plantation Pleasure Lite Shod Rider 11 and under class was next. Grace Weitkamp directed Master General to win.

Lookin' at Me and Harold Burton captured Judge Batton's eye to capture the blue in the Amateur Owned and Trained Specialty. Master General was back in the ring again, this time to win the Plantation Pleasure Gentleman's class with Curtis Sizemore aboard.

In the Four Year Old Open Specialty Donald Stamper directed Pusher's Purple Power to defeat all the tough competition. Kodachrome's Scarlet O'Hara and Larry Wood were next to make a victory pass. They won the Open Yearlings class.

Brittany Shoupes directed Cash's Pro Design to top honors in the Performance Pleasure 17 and under class. The exciting Three Year Old Amateur class brought out several top exhibitors. But Billy Ford and Mitch Miller came out on top with the win.

Master General was back, yet again to claim a blue ribbon win. This time LaDonna Weitkamp was aboard in the Plantation Pleasure Ladies class.

The Amateur Show Pleasure is always a popular, very tough class and this time was no exception. But the ever popular team of Major Player and Courtney Luttrell once again defeated the competition in an outstanding ride.

Johnny Cook and Ultra Prime Mover made a great show to capture the blue in the 15.2 and Under Open Specialty.

Another exciting class was the Two Year Old Open class with a ring full of top colts. Kid Gabbard and Mike Thomas came out with top honors. Little Austin Peters rode hard to the blue in the Plantation Pleasure 17 and under Specialty aboard Jose' Cayenne Pepper.

Copy's Colors and Linton Griffith were next to the winner's circle in the Amateur Specialty class. LaDonna Weitkamp got to make another victory pass for the night. This time she was riding Gen's Matchmaker in the Country Pleasure Specialty.

Several young riders answered the gate call for the Juvenile 17 and under class. All rode hard, but the team of Nick Reed and Third Generation came out smiling with a blue ribbon.

Next, Allen McQuerry directed Rave's Survivor to top honors in the Three Year Old Open class. The very successful new team of Alison Becknell and Generator's Patches rode to capture the Juvenile 11 and under class. Proud Daddy Keith, met them at the gate with a big smile.

Mike Anasis and Sweepstakes Jubilee were the Judge Batton's favorite in the Plantation Pleasure Lite Shod Specialty. The precious little Savannah McQuerry directed Remarkable's Brandi Sue to yet another blue ribbon in the Country Pleasure 11 and under class.

I'm the Intimidator and Alie Napier had no trouble "intimidating" all the competition in the 15.2 and under specialty. As usual, they made an outstanding show to capture the class.

The Napiers were back to the winner's circle again. This time it was Mandie Napier aboard Gen All the Way in the Walking Pony 17 and under class. Wham and Austin Gillentine "whammed" the competition in the Amateur Plantation Pleasure class to ride out with top honors.

Brandi Todd and Designer's Original made a sharp team to capture Judge Batton's eye in the tough Two Year Old Amateur division. My Lucky Colors and Tracy Stratton's lucky color was blue in the KWHA Ladies Auxiliary class.

Jose's Cayenne Pepper was back to the winner's circle once again. This time Erica Peters directed him in the Plantation Pleasure Three and Under class. The Four Year Old Amateur class brought out a ring full of top entries. But, Denise Calhoun and Label's Lucky Charm came out on top to win the class.

Kendall Hollen directed The Heat is Black to the championship in the Performance Pleasure Specialty. Generator's Mr. Frank and Mike Anasis came out all smiles after their win in the Plantation Pleasure Championship.

Terry Logan Lunsford directed Royalty's Painkiller to win the Amateur Open Championship. Motown's Good Timing and Jimmy "Boomer" Evans were a crowd favorite in the grooms class. They also proved to be Judge Batton's favorite as they made the victory pass in that class.

Shannon finally sounded that organ to call for the last class, seven top horses answered the gate call. Although it was late and everyone was cold, no one held back from telling Judge Batton who their favorite entry was. He watched each entry closely as he put them through all three gaits. There could only be one winner though and that was the ever popular Johnny Orlando and Mike Oney. The Sweet Revenge "fan club" roared as they went to get their ribbon and made an outstanding victory pass!

The Madison County Fair Board would like to thank all the exhibitors and trainers for supporting the fall show. They also want to welcome everyone back next year for another successful horse show in the new arena!

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