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Maury County Charity Horse Show

COLUMBIA, Tenn. - The Maury County Charity Horse Show was started seven years ago to benefit the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. The event has raised more than $20,000 over the last several years. One hundred and eleven talented horses from across the Southeast traveled to Columbia, Tenn., to perform in the 24 class show. The honorable John Fikes tied the classes, while Connie Dunlap entertained the crowd with her music. Jack Greene was on hand to preserve the memorable moments on film.

The Keith Baker family swept up five blue ribbon wins. The Baker owned mare Lady Can Do produced two blue ribbon entries, Lady Masque and Lady Made Over. Joe Cotten rode Lady Masque to the victory in the Two-Year-Old Mares and Geldings class. Half Sister, Lady Made Over, was led to the winner’s circle in the Yearling Fillies class by Alan Chumley. Secretive and Joel Weaver captured a win in the 11-entry Three-Year-Old Stallions class. Daughter Brooke Baker celebrated a win in the Ladies Amateur class aboard the talented Immortal Generator. Keith Baker became the first male rider to pilot the infamous Major Splash to a blue ribbon win in the Amateur 50 Years and Older Stallions Mares and Geldings class.

Reserve winners behind the Baker horses were Troy Richards and the Reserve Champion Yearling Filly Believe In Miracles, who is owned by Roger Richards. Our Silver Anniversary was the Reserve Champion in the Two-Year-Old Mares and Geldings class with Chad Thompson in the irons for Rick and Karen Marriott. Gin On The Rocks and George Ann Pratt made a good ride in the Ladies Amateur class and took home the reserve win with the assistance of Allan Callaway Stables. Link Webb rode Aristotle Onassis to the reserve win in the Three-Year-Old Stallions class for Ray Beech. Red Ethredge guided The Skywatch’s Beam to the reserve championship honors in the Amateur 50 and Over class with the assistance of Joe Martin Stables.

Blue ribbons on your birthday are the best! Final Keeper carried birthday girl Morgan LeGate to the winner’s circle in the Walking Ponies class. Both sets of grandparents and family and friends were on hand to congratulate the winning team that was prepared by Justin LeGate. Special Alert and Catherine Simpson were the reserve champions in the class with the help of Rising Star Ranch. Buck Williams made two blue ribbon rides at the show and took home his first win of the night aboard Blue Fire. The outstanding performance was made for Jim and Judy McCaslin. Troy Richards and Jose’s Raven took home the reserve ribbon in the class for owner Gus Richards. The Ray Beech family celebrated a win by Jackie O’s My Sister in the Three-Year-Old Amateur Mares and Geldings class with Bill Beech in the irons to make the second blue of the night for Buck Williams Stables.

There were three lovely entries in the Lead Line Class. I’m A Dandy Too and Mackenzie and Debbie Gaidos proudly carried out the blue ribbon in this class. The winning entry is owned by Don Brown. Ace and Tyler Bailey took home the reserve honors in the class. Keely Smith made a good ride on Dynomite, who is owned by Keely and Zach Smith.

Russell Keyser prepared three winning entries for the Thursday evening competition. Erin Rockhold guided Major Alibi to the winner’s circle in the Country Pleasure class for trainer Russ Keyser and owners Fred and Deloris Gibbons. Rachel Burch and Iron Glory were awarded the red ribbon in the class. Russell Keyser and Marquita By Design found themselves riding to the winner’s circle in the Lite-Shod Plantation Pleasure class. Connie Waldo and Drop The Hammer followed close behind and finished reserve in the class. Go Mister Saturday Nite Sam carried Russell Keyser to his third blue ribbon victory of the evening in the Lite-Shod Open class. Alan Taunton owns the entry. Connie Waldo rode Friday Night Mercedes to the reserve honors in the class.

Ronald Morton and Silver Performance made a gold medal show in the Yearling Colts class. The entry is trained by Rummage Stables and is owned by Clark Farms. Stacey Richards led Liberty’s Pride to the reserve win in the class for owner/trainer Bobby Richards.

AJ Belle and Another Stroker were strokin’ in the Juvenile 17 and Under class. The pair took home the blue ribbon win for owner Jerry Bell. She’s A Cash Collector and Paula Gambel collected the red ribbon in the class for the Paul Gambel family.

Tim Thompson and The Tall Cool One commanded the attention of Judge Fikes in the Three-Year-Old Mares and Geldings class. The entry is backed by Brad Sadler. Jazz Queen and Link Webb were crowed reserve champions in the exciting 10-entry class.

High Jacked and Lisa Baum took over the show-ring in the Amateur Three-Year-Old Walking class to take home the blue ribbon. This three-year-old standout was prepared by Webb Stables. The Bummin Thief and Jerry Summers stole the reserve championship honors in the class with the help of trainer Troy Richards.

Jerry Collier rode Major Cigar to the winner's circle in the Show Pleasure class for owners Janice and Robert Dabbs. Eight entries made up the class that gave King Of Camelot and Henry James the reserve ribbon to take home to owners Mr. and Mrs. Randolph Scott.

Pusher’s Last Citation and Allan Callaway captured the Four-Year-Old Stallions class for Billy Young. Ronnie Spears and Surgeon General were awarded the red ribbon in the class. Equine Ventures backs the entry.

Justin Harris and A Shot Of Gen intoxicated the judge and crowd with their talent and took home the win in the 15.2 and Under Walking class. Curtice and Bob McCloy own the talented sorrel entry. Pusher’s Pazzaz spiced up the class with Tim Smith in the irons to take the reserve honors in the class for G.L. and Beverly McNeil.

William B. Johnson rode A Big Time Pusher to the win in the Four-Year-Old Amateur Mares and Geldings class. Bud Dunn and Sons Stables prepared the entry. David Smith trained the reserve winner in the class. Bellarose and Julie Grider wore the red ribbon for the Tommy Grider family.

Silver Long Shot carried Howard Adkinson to the win in the Park Pleasure class for Albert Luty. Gen’s Widowmaker carried Martha Butler to the reserve honors in the class for owner William Butler.

Judge Fikes ruled that “The Queen of Depositions” Brenda Bramblett and Stopwatch were the Open Amateur Specialty Champions. The entry was prepared by Allan Callaway Stables.

Joe Martin rode Pusher’s Hot Cargo to the winner’s circle in the Four-Year-Old Mares and Geldings class for owner Arlene Naimon. Tim Smith made a good ride on Heatwave’s Majorette to capture the reserve win in the class for G.L. and Beverly McNeil.

In an exciting Championship class Judge Fikes listened to the crowd as they cheered on Motown Motion ridden by Steve Dunn. Toby Scarbrough owns the entry. Joe Martin rode Pusher’s Veiled Threat to the reserve champion honors in the class for the Lloyd Smith family.

Five blue ribbons to one owner, a birthday celebration and an exiting Stake made the 7th Annual Maury County Charity Horse Show a success. Devoted employees of Vanderbilt Children's Hospital were on hand to run the concession stand and a silent auction raised additional funds for the benefit of the hospital. Complete results follow and may be searched, printed, and viewed at our permanent website

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