by Jennifer Potts

Posted May 15, 2002

MANCHESTER, Tenn. - In its 47th year, the Manchester Lions Club Horse Show hosted 221 entries at the Coffee County Fair Grounds in Manchester, Tennessee. The show was underway at 6:30p.m. with Bob Burris marking the judge’s cards for the 24 class event. Thurman Walden held announcing responsibilities. Connie Dunlap provided the music as the flag horse carried in our red, white, and blue.

The rain subsided through the night and let the show carry on. A deep fog settled on the ring and its surroundings by the time the Stake class rolled around. Cutting through the fog and to the tricolor honor was Push To Start and Ramsey Bullington for Bill and Sandra Johnson. The Hurt, Hurt, and Groover entry, Luck Of The Doc, proved his ability as he was announced as reserve with Winky Groover in the irons.

The overcast evening began with the eleven entry Yearling Colts and Fillies Colts class. Walking to the blue in a grand way was Grand Liza Jane and Keith Richards for the Shiffman family. Miss Main Brooklyn and Karen McGee were reserve for Paul and Louise Nelms. Friday Night Mercedes and Connie Waldo, owner/exhibitor, scored a Saturday night Amateur Lite Shod Plantation Specialty blue. Pearl Jam, hot off of a Winchester Country Pleasure win, and Cindy Womack rocked their way to reserve. Womack owns the entry.

Jazzing up the Two-Year-Old Mares and Geldings competition of fifteen entries in a royal way was Jazz Queen and Charlie Green for WhitLei Green. Carmen Generator and Michael Daniel were reserve for R.L. Henley. Tightening up the competition in the Open Yearling Colts division was Olympic Titan and Chris Richards for Roger Richards. Santana’s Choice and Nathan Mills were the reserve choice for Hoyte Eakes.

The Two-Year-Old Stallions division was up next. Scoring an exclusive blue of the eleven teams was Exclusive Score and Joel Weaver for Meadowbrook Farm. Skywatch Magic Marker and Ronnie Spears made the reserve ride for W.O. Pointer. JFK’s My Genuine Pappy and Tony Miller topped the Plantation Pleasure Lite Shod Specialty for Kay Miller. In the Youth Riders 11 and Under on Mares and Geldings division, Chelsea Cook and Jerry Maguire rode to the money for Chelsea and Baylee Cook. Eleven entries answered the call for the Amateur Specialty Mares, Stallions, and Geldings. Making a hometown victory pass was Joyce Myers aboard He’s A Rebel for M & M Enterprises. Insomnia and Keith Johnson made the reserve ride for Suzy Johnson.

Thirteen entries vied for the Three-Year-Old Mares and Geldings title. Bo’s Shenia Rose and Billy Gray made the victory pass for Mr. and Mrs. Bill Barger. Rumble At The Ritz and Joel Weaver rode to reserve for Frank Eichler. Jubilee’s Jesse James and Robert Nelms captured the Park Pleasure Two and Three-Year-Old Open blue for Linda Mason. Fearless and Joanne Davis, owner/exhibitor, scored reserve. Parlez vous Français?? Neither could the competition in the Two-Year-Old Amateur division. Mam’zelle Canard (Madame Duck) and Mo Nisbett splashed into first for Harry Nisbett. Dangerous Medusa and Lynn Womack were armed with reserve for Womack Stables.

Doing Time With A Pusher and Phillip Trimble did their time in the winner’s circle for Harney and Debbie Soloman in the Four-Year-Old Stallion class. The Storm Watch and Bobby Fann blew into reserve for Nestor Stewart. Collecting the Youth Riders 12-17 on Mares and Geldings Specialty blue was Collector’s Mr. Twister and Lindsey Cate for Nancy Cate. Redmans Uprising and Megan Batey rode to the red ribbon for Batey and Hayes. Eighteen duos journeyed through the gate for the Show Pleasure Specialty class. Pushin’ Backatcha and Ronnie Campbell pushed through the talented teams to claim the blue for Frances Bivins. Sabatier and Eddie Tuck made the reserve ride for Susie Harmon.

Making a classy show to the Four-Year-Old Mares and Geldings title was She’s All Class and Chad Williams for the John Harney family. Magic Merlin and Michael Daniel claimed the interest of the red ribbon for Samantha Smallwood. The ladies were next. That’s right, fifteen teams answered the Lady Amateur Mares and Geldings Specialty class. Mozambique and Jeanine Gullett were a cut above the competition to take the blue for Jim Gullett. Sweet Brown Sugar and Pam Ingraham earned the sweet red ribbon for Robert Ingraham Homes. Booming into Park Pleasure Four-Year-Old and Over Mares and Geldings Specialty winner’s circle was Wham! with Jeff Givens in the irons for Waterfall Farm. Go Boy’s Dark Spirit and Jeff Green made the reserve ride for Lavender, Huckaby, and Wilhelm.

One Touch and Joel Weaver put a blue ribbon touch on a winning performance for Keith Baker of the thirteen Three-Year-Old Stallion entries. King Of The Jungle and Bobby Fann made the reserve ride for Nestor Stewart family. Eleven entries in the Novice Horse Specialty class made for a good class. The Prime Suspect and Bill Callaway were primed for the blue for Terry, Terry, and Conners. Twist’s Major Contender and Suzanne Dineen were reserve for Schanfner and Gambill.

Taking command of the 15.2 and Under blue was General In Command and Bill Bobo for Ford and Jane Gates. Pusher’s Good Fortune and Bill Callaway cashed in on reserve for Gean East. Jeanine Gullett returned to the show ring to claim another blue aboard The Golden Sovereign in the twelve-entry Three-Year-Old Amateur class for Jim Gullett. Incredible and Sue Ann Schott rode to the red for Jo Ann Dowell. The sweet smell of success came to Magic’s Sweet Victory and Ronnie Spears as they made the victory pass in the Aged Mares and Geldings class for Poplar Creek Farm. Cash’s Luck Be A Lady and Allan Callaway made a red ribbon performance for C & E Farms.

The Four-Year-Old Amateur Mares, Stallions, and Geldings class harvested eighteen entries. John F K’s Delight and Sandra Johnson made their way to the winner’s circle for Waterfall Farms. Generator’s Master Pusher and Joe Christmas, owner/exhibitor, pushed their way to reserve.