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Large Classes Set Tone For 37th Fun Show



            SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. – The 37th Annual Celebration Spring Fun Show opened on Thursday night at Calsonic Arena in Shelbyville with Counterfeit Dollar and Bud Seaton for the Curtice McCloy family from Norman, Oklahoma.  The Todd Smith Stabels prepared Counterfiet Dollar for tonight’s presentation.  The evening ended with a terrific number of entries over the 16-class slate.

            The night started with a class of seventeen top Owner-Amateur Riders on Walking Mares or Geldings, 15.2 and under.  Topping the class was My First Dollar and George Ann Pratt. The Prime Suspect and Candra Carroll received the reserved award.  The yellow ribbon went to Gen’s Color Me In and Shelbyville resident Lisa Baum.

No longer a secret, Jamie Bradshaw and Lined with Faith wore the blue ribbon in the Riders Cup Two-Year-Old Walking Mares or Geldings class for Randall Ferguson of Union Grove, AL.  Reserved to the winner A Lady Santana and Jackie McConnell.  The third place tie went to The Mistress of the Night and Knox Blackburn for Deerwood Manor of Brentwood, TN.

The Lineman and Spud Warr walked their way into the winner’s circle in the Owner-Amateur Riders on Two Year Old Walking Stallions.  The reserve honors went to Arm’s Deal for Real M and Patti Pollack from Saratoga, CA.  The third ribbon in this good class went Irish Mardi Gras and Margaret Thomas from Philadelphia, MS.

The Owner Amatuer County Pleasure, Gentlemen entered the ring as the fourth class.  The blue ribbon in this class went to Sweet Southern Jazz and Chris Richards from Franklin, TN.  Second place in this class went to Lion King and Marty Irby of Murfreesboro, TN.  The third place ribbon went to Princess Power and Jared Carrier.

Shock Jock and Beckie Coleman topped the Owner Amateur Riders on Walking Stallions, 15.2 and Under class.  The reserve award went to Rocky Mountain Sky and Lucky Collins.  The yellow ribbon in this top class of horses went to I’m Spiderman and Ed Breedlove.

A true treat for walking horse enthusiasts; Girls Rule and Howard Hamilton took the first place ribbon in the Plantation Pleasure Walking Horses Lite Shod. Second in this top class were Jose Quervo Gold and Becky Barnes for Gene and Sandra Means of Shelbyville, TN.  The third place horse in this class was Generator’s Sun Devil and Shelly Herman.

John Allan Callaway rode Armed to Show received the blue ribbon award for the second year in a row in the Walking Mares or Geldings, Over 15.2, Five Years and Over (Canter) class.  Reserve honors went to She’s A Jazz Thing and Jackie McConnell for Steve and Kelsey Farese of Germantown, TN.  The third place tie went to Silky’s Silhoutte and Ray Gilmer.

Sweet Southern Jazz and Stacey Richards made their way into the winners circle tonight  in the Owner-Amatuer Country Pleasure, Lady Riders. Reserve honors went to Doc’s Taking Charge Laura Brandon of Frankiln, TN.  The yellow ribbon went to Venus’ Dollar General and Bonny Carrier.



Taking home the blue ribbon was Be-Bopper and Patti Gray in the Walking Horse Trainer’s Auxiliary Members on Walking Horses class.  Reserved to the champion was The Phantom Menace and Stacy Blackburn for Deermanor of Brentwood, TN.  The third place tie went to Copy’s Touchtone and Megan Peebles of Shelbyville, TN.

The Owner-Amateur Riders on Three-Year-Old Walking Mares or Geldings is always a crowd favorite.  This year carrying a blue ribbon was Jazz Princess E.F. and Jeff Bryant of Henagar, AL.  The reserved honors went to Jose Solitaire and Janice Fostek. The third place tie and the yellow ribbon went to Ms Jose Walks and Sisler Milligan of Panama City, FL.

Riding into the winner’s circle for the Four-Year-Old Walking Stallions (Canter) was Jose’s All Pro and Bill Bobo.  The reserved honors in this talented class went to Tony Montana and Link Webb for Jim and Linda Newby of Mcminnville, TN.  The third tie was awarded to Command Again and Knox Blackburn.

Jazz’s Rhythm and Blues and rider Daniel Joesph took home the blue ribbon for the Owner-Amateur Riders on Walking Ponies, 60” and Under. Reserved honors went to Prime Poison and Brenda Carlen. The third tie in this good class went to The Texan and Nancy Groover from Longview, TX.

The Owner-Amateur Western Trail Pleasure always has some of the best horses on the show grounds. Showing in the largest class of the night was A Sure Fire and Lynn Marchetti, who  made a blue ribbon ride.  The second place ribbon went to Bluegrass Bandit and Jared Carrier for Gobblers Knob Farm of Franklin, KY.  The third place ribbon was awarded to Beam’s Best Bette and Sally Burch from College Grove, TN.

The Lady Has Connections and Javier Fernandez made the winning ride for the Owner-Amateur Riders on Park Pleasure Walking Horses.  The red ribbon was awarded to Gen’s Major Coin and Patti Pollack for Saratoga, CA.The third place tie went to North Star By Design and Kevin Helms for Helms Farm of Locust, KY.

Extra Ebony and Clay Mills won the Owner-Amateur Riders on Walking Geldings, over 15.2 division out of 18 top competitors for Lee Mills of Mt. Airey, NC.  The Second place tie went to Irrational Exuberance and Brett Jones of Sandy Hook, MS.  The yellow ribbon in the class went to High Jacked and Jim Baum of Shelbyville, TN.

The first day of the show ended with another large class.  Nineteen answered the gate call in the Owner-Amateur Riders on Four-Year-Old Walking Mares or Geldings.  Taking the final blue ribbon of the evening was I’m Stan The Man and Ben Brogdon from Tallahassee, FL.  The reserved honors went to Texas Independence and Nancy Groover.  The third place tie went to Hawk’s True Love and Patti Pollack..

In all, 212 entries competed on Thursday night.  One year earlier, the entry total for the first night was 211 in 17 classes.  This year, the total was reached in only 16 classes.  The Celebration Spring Fun Show will continue through Saturday night with performances scheduled for 7:00 p.m. each evening.  Complete results, live video stream, and a schedule of classes can be found at

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