PHENIX CITY, Alabama - The 13th Annual Twin Cities Classic was held on June 29 in Phenix City, Alabama. A few rain clouds rolled in and delayed the show’s original start time of 4:00p.m. until 4:15p.m. Marking the judges cards for the 23 Walking classes was John Fikes, Hamilton, Alabama. James Morriston, Fayette, Alabama judged the remaining 23 Racking Horse classes. With the rain subsiding the show was underway. Thurman Walden kept the show rolling as Master of Ceremonies. entertained the crowd on the organ. Show chairman J.W. Brannen was pleased with this year’s show and the turnout of entries.

The hot and humid southern Alabama night ended with the Walking Horse Championship. Making the winning ride under the Alabama sky was Skywatch’s Masterpiece and Bill Cantrell. Bill Hill owns the black stallion. Pusher’s Feel Of Thunder and Hugh Taylor made the ride to the red for Bobby and Sandra Edison. ET’s Secret and Ronald Green were no secret as they came in third for Ronnie and Barbara Newton.

The deep southern humidity sank in as the first class began. In the Trail Pleasure division, Firewalker’s Dove and Jan Mims, owner/rider, claimed the blue. Mulberry’s Rubber Band Man and Randy Siniard were reserve. Siniard owns the entry. Always a joy to see, the WHTA Youth Council Performance 11 and Under class entered the ring. Coin’s Silver Knight and Jodi Powell cashed in a blue ribbon performance for Jerry and Bonnie Powell. Pride’s Pure Carbon and Haley Lane were reserve. Lane also owns the entry.

A Major Flash and Gary Hollin made the good ride to the Two-Year-Old Open title for Barbara Creely. Ode To Generator and Hugh Taylor sang their own song of success as they claimed reserve for Robert Emfinger. Making a flashy showing to the Amateur 15.2 and Under Mares and Geldings Specialty blue was Pride’s Flashy Girl and Elaine Doxey under the Bill Cantrell Stables banner for Richard and Elaine Doxey. I See U Watchin’ and Mandie McFaye, owner/rider, walked their way to reserve.

Busting through the Three-Year-Old competition was Bill Cantrell aboard Wired Inc for Debra Perkins. Claiming the reserve tie in the good class was Royal’s Master Print and Gary Hollin for Jack and Mary Hall. JFK’s Carolina Lady and Chase Mullinax were the judge’s choice for the Plantation Pleasure Youth Council Specialty 17 and Under class. Bobby Mullinax owns the chrome-splashed mare. Coin’s Thunderbolt and Jenna Morris stormed into reserve for Joy Geske.

Cutting a perfect pattern to the Amateur Three-Year-Old blue was Doc’s Cutting Edge and Wes Samford. Samford owns the entry. I’m A Mud Slinger and Palmer Scherf were reserve for Palmer and Ellen Scherf. Zack Hendrixson entered the ring aboard Busted Dot Com for Dee Cantrell, only to depart with the Walking Pony Specialty blue. JFK’s Carolina Lady returned to the Twin Cities winner’s circle this time with owner Bobby Mullinax in the irons to claim the Amateur Plantation Pleasure Specialty blue. Coin’s Thunderbolt and owner Joy Geske were reserve in the good class.

The Four-Year-Old class held only one entry. Walking away with the blue was Pusher's Time To Bust and Bill Cantrell for Eddy Williams. Almost Indecent and Jamie Waddell topped the Youth Council Juvenile 12-17 Specialty for Jamie Waddell and Charles Mims. Spirit's Jim Beam and Zack Hendrixson were reserve for the Jimmy Henderson family.

Skipped Coin cashed in on the Four-Year-Old Amateur Specialty class with Jimmy Hamilton in the irons for Billy Cannon. The Plantation Pleasure Lite Shod Specialty held six entries. Secret Lady and Bobby Mullinax were no secret as they strolled to the blue ribbon circle. Mullinax owns the entry. Go Mr. Walk-A-Way JOe and Bryan Flora were reserve for Sabrina Flora.

U C I'm Ultra Gold and Bill Cantrell walked to the blue in the 15.2 and Under Amateur Specialty class for Warr and Cantrell. The General Takes Command and Larry Edwards were reserve for Clark Spencer. Three entries tried for the Ladies Amateur Specialty blue. Shade's Gambling Man and Janet Herringdine rode to reserve.

Premier's Pretty Woman was sure a pretty site in the Plantation Pleasure Two and Three-Year-Old winner's circle with Nan Ingle in the irons for Allen and Nan Ingle. Prowler's Robolette and Elaine Barker were reserve for Earline and Bill Barker. Gen's Master Blaster and Barbara Newton were the only entry and blue ribbon winners in the Ladies Auxiliary Members Specialty for Ronnie and Barbara Newton. Four entries vied for the Men's Amateur Specialty title. Close Call and Reeves Lane heard their call into the winner's circle. Rich And Wicked and J.W. Eubanks were reserve for Martha Eubanks.

Spontaneous Choice and Gary Hollin rode to the Aged Mares, Stallions, and Geldings Specialty for Mary Mack Hall. Motown Flash Of Gold and Ronald Green made the reserve ride for Ronnie and Barbara Newton. In the Park Pleasure Open division, Hesa Buddy and Lauren McDaniel topped the class for the Christopher Williams family. Mark In Time and Christine Williams were reserve for the Christopher Williams family.

Enchanter's Crowd Pleaser and Richard Wood were certainly crowd pleasers and blue ribbon winners in the Amateur Show Pleasure Specialty division. Touch Of Jewel and Jamie Waddell were reserve for Grace Waddell. Prowler's Night Deposit and Lisa McMahon rode the Mr. and Mrs. Larry Wilcox entry to the 15.2 and Under Amateur Stallions Specialty blue. After All The Cash and Robert Curry cashed in on reserve for Lane and Israel Edison.