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MG Above The Rest In South Carolina



by Linda Scrivner

CLEMSON, S.C. - The 2005 South Carolina Championship Show hosted 449 entries that were viewed by the walking horse enthusiasts that made their way to the T. Ed Garrison Arena Sept. 16 and 17. Funds from this show benefit the Ronald McDonald House. Last year, $10.000 was donated to the worthy cause. Bill Bobo of Shelbyville, Tenn., Mike Carter of Kingsport, Tenn., and Newton Parks of Christiana, Tenn., made up the judging panel that selected the winners from 62 classes.

The conclusion of the show was an exciting stake class with five talented entries riding for top honors. Following their championship victory at the Land O Sky in Asheville, N.C., Allen Abee and MG Above The Rest were crowned champions in the class for Tom and Sissy Weese. Reserve went to London Rain and Chad Baucom for Charles Clark. The third award went to UC I'm Ultra Gold and Bill Cantrell for Cantrell and Warr.

Baucom Stables won the blue ribbon tally with 10 blues to their credit. Rae Martin was second with five blues. Four blues returned home with Bill Cantrell Stables and Grandy Tuck Stables. Horses trained by Madison Holloway, Danny Kistler and David Polk Stables won three blues. Bonner Stables, Amanda Dickerson, Kathy Jamison, Robert Kellett Stables, Laura Mauney, Clay Mills, Alvin Strickland and Tricia Williams earned dual blues.

The Tots' Lead In entries were the first exhibitors to impress the judges. The judges unanimously decided that each tiny rider should receive a blue ribbon.

In the Open Weanlings class it was Lady Super Sport with Mary Ann Arflin at the lead that took the blue. Favorite's Lucky Lady and Ronnie D. Arflin took the reserve honors.

Lindsay Hess was pleased with her blue ribbon ride aboard Miss Dumas Ebony in the Juvenile 11 and Under class under the guidance of Baucom Stables. Royal Generator and Luke Robbins came in as a strong reserve for trainer and owner David Robbins.

Grandy Garcia and Kathy Jamison put on a stellar performance to claim the top honors in the PCWHA members Only Flat Shod Specialty class just as they did in 2004. Reserve in the class went to Trip Of A Lifetime and Sam McLaughlin.

In the Two-Year-Old Stallions class the striking presence of Chick's Dig It and Robby Hewitt were known as they claimed the top honors in the class. American Redneck and Alvin Strickland received reserve honors.

In the Lite-Shod Amateur Owned and Trained class Charger's Turbo and Devyn Lambert made their way to the winner's circle much to the approval of the audience. This was a repeat performance from 2004. Reserve went to Judge's Golden Generator and Jessica Holmes.

A unanimous decision put Matador and Dr. David Brown in the winner's circle, like last year, for the Men's Amateur Specialty blue under Rae Martin's direction. Design's Midnight with Brandon Simmons in the irons claimed the reserve honors in the class from David Polk Stables.

One of the most competitive classes of the night was the Three-Year-Old Mares and Geldings. Rae Martin made the winning ride aboard Beg Borrow Steal. Reserve in the class was awarded to Alvin Strickland with Twice Broken.

Grandy Tuck walked away with the blue in the Park Pleasure English class aboard the newly acquired world grand champion Fully Armed. He's Pushing Time and Kathy Jamison came in as a strong reserve in the class.

The 15.2 and Under Amateur Specialty class was full with 15 talented entries vying for top honors. Sensational Premier and Latitha Oran walked away victoriously under the guidance of trainer Steve Woody. Reserve in the class was awarded to Loose 'N Busty with John Callicutt in the irons from Baucom Stables.

In the Open Amateur class Clay Mills made his way to the winner's circle aboard Another Push Button with a unanimous tie. Baucom Stables prepared this excellent team for the ring. Beverly McLeod and Pride's Lady Di took home the reserve ribbon from Blackwell Stables.

Laura Mauney made the winning ride aboard her A Sure Fire in the Lite-Shod Western class. Reserve was awarded to Judge's Golden Generator with Jessica Holmes in the irons.

David Polk entered the ring with a talented entry, Chance Of Cash to claim the top honors in the Four-Year-Old class. Blues Que and Bill Cantrell made a stellar performance for the reserve honors in the class.

In the South Carolina Members Only class 10 talented entries made the gate call. Yvonna Matthis made the winning ride aboard I'm Game from Baucom Stables. Reserve in the class was awarded to Olympic Star and Robert Kellett.

In the Country Pleasure class Acapulco and Amanda Dickerson made the winning ride. Walkin' Off The Edge with Roger Williams in the irons also made a great ride for the reserve honors in the class.

Loreal and Jesse Goecker topped the PCWHA Members Only Ladies Specialty class with a unanimous tie. Randy Lollis proudly prepares this team. Gray Line with Ann Callicutt in the irons claimed the reserve honors from Baucom Stables.

I'm An Evil Rebel and Madison Holloway once again claimed top honors in the 13-entry Juvenile 12-17 Specialty class. This team, trained by Baucom Stables, won unanimously. Reserve in the class went to A JFK Masterpiece and Brittnie Cox. Randy Lollis prepared them.

In the Park Pleasure Western Specialty class Grandy Garcia and Jackie Fisher scored the blue. Outrageous Design and John Toney received the reserve honors in the class.

Bill Cantrell claimed the blue in the Two-Year-Old Mares and Geldings class with Falcon's Marie Leveau. Reserve in the class was awarded to Dumas On The Prowl with Robert Kellett in the irons.

Current world champion Extra Ebony once again claimed top honors in the Amateur Owned and Trained division to carry on in their winning way. They were also 2004 world champions and claimed this same class at Clemson in 2004. Mills had an extremely successful show at Clemson, which concluded with him winning two sets of roses on Saturday night. Dark Storm Warning and Milly Player received the reserve honors in the class.

Wired For Sound won the first of two blues for the evening in the Show Pleasure Specialty with Danny Kistler in the irons. He Dances With Wolves with David Polk in the irons received the reserve ribbon.

Danny Kistler returned in the very next class, the Park Performance Specialty, and picked up the blue aboard Sweet Hard Cash. Pride Of Charger and Grandy Tuck teamed up for a strong reserve.

Santana's Renaissance Man and Suzy Matthews brought home another unanimous blue for Rae Martin Stables in the 11-entry Ladies Amateur Specialty class. Reserve in the class was awarded to Cobra Commander and Debbie Wells.

Bill Cantrell and Impressive Motion took the 11-entry Three-Year-Old Stallions class by storm to win the blue. Border Patrol and Chad Baucom received the reserve honors.

A Sure Fire and Laura Mauney earned the judges' nod in the Lite-Shod Western Specialty class. Tricia Williams took the reserve ribbon in the class aboard Shoeless Joe Jackson.

So Unforgettable and Toni Strickland made the winning ride in the Ladies Amateur Mares and Geldings class under father Alvin Strickland's guidance.

Ten entries made the gate call to vie for top honors in the Amateur 50 Years and Older Specialty class, which was in honor of Mary Hinson. In another unanimous decision, Wade Huntley rode Double Overtime, from Bonner Stables, to the win while and Gen's Dark Silver and Dr. David Brown received the reserve honors from Rae Martin Stables.

In the 15-entry Show Pleasure Amateur Specialty class Debbie Wells made the good ride aboard Wired For Sound for trainer Danny Kistler. Chief's Southern Pride and Ronnie Cully rode to the reserve honors in the class under the tutelage of Rae Martin.

Dangerous TNT and Alvin Strickland took home the blue in the Aged Stallions and Geldings class. Flashy's Loose Cannon and Ronald Mosley came in as a strong reserve in the class.

The final class of the evening was one of the best. Ten young riders entered the ring riding hard on their walking ponies and the crowd cheered loudly for its favorites. For the second consecutive year, Sure Threat's Masterpiece captured the blue in this class. Kayla Baucom directed him to the blue amidst many cheers as she walked down the rail during the class and as she made her victory pass. Reserve in the class was awarded to I'm Uncle Kracker and Haley Lane from Bill Cantrell Stables. They also made an excellent show and received many cheers from their fans.

As the exhibitors and spectators alike left, there was a lot of excitement and conversation about who would wear the roses on Saturday evening.

The Model Park Pleasure class began the festivities Saturday evening. The Razz Man and Madison Holloway won the first of their three Clemson blues in this class. Leathel Armed Blonde and Sam McLauglin took home the reserve ribbon.

Haley Lane discovered that she could also win blues in halter classes as well as under saddle. In her first venture in this division, Lane led multi-titled Monica Power to the blue in the Yearlings class. Dr. Roger Richards owns and trains this talented black mare. DJ's Favorite Shaker with Ronnie D. Arflin at the lead received the reserve ribbon.

Blues Que and Bill Cantrell were ready to perform in the Aged Mares and Geldings Specialty class. They received the top honors unanimously. Reserve in this class was awarded to Gold Mamma and Sam McLaughlin.

Design's Midnight and David Polk emerged from the lineup in the PCWHA Members Only Men's Specialty class to receive the top honors unanimously. Reserve in the class went to Low On Cash and Randy Lollis.

Shoeless Joe Jackson and Tricia Williams put on their game face for the win in the Lite-Shod English class. Reserve in the class was awarded to The Razz Man and Madison Holloway.

In the NCWHA Members Only Amateur Specialty class, Classic Rebel and Ronald Mosley walked to the winner's circle. Reserve in the class was awarded to Dark Storm Warning and Milly Player.

In the Three-Year-Old Amateur Mares and Geldings competition, Texas Keelu and Keith Champion made the winning ride under the direction of Bonner Stables. This was yet another unanimous decision! Reserve in the class went to Gen's Orange Lady and Keshia Ashe from Ronald Mosley Stables.

Ozone's Delight with David Polk in the irons won the 15.2 and Under title. Star Of The Future and Sam McLaughlin did a nice job for reserve.

Popular entry Trip Of A Lifetime and Sam McLaughlin rode to top honors in the Park Pleasure English Specialty class. Grandy Garcia and Jackie Fisher rode to the reserve honors in the class.

The well-known Dumas On The Prowl made his way to the winner's circle in the Two-Year-Old Amateur Mares and Geldings class with Dr. Jim Gore in the irons from Robert Kellett Stables. Pusher's Hidden Treasure and Emily Bohannon took home the reserve ribbon from Cantrell Stables.

In the South Carolina Ladies Auxiliary Members Only Specialty class Watch Me Generate and Sherrin Pittman made the winning ride unanimously from Baucom Stables. Pride's Easy Touch and Melissa Burnette claimed the reserve ribbon under Robert Kellett Stables' banner.

The Razz Man and Madison Holloway returned to the winner's circle once again in the 11-entry Lite-Shod English Specialty class. Reserve in this competitive class went to In The Heat Of The Night and Angela Tuck.

The Pro-Am Specialty lived up to everyone's expectation once again by keeping the level of excitement high. The number one trio this time was the unanimous team of Santana's Renaissance Man with Sarah Sheffield as the amateur and Rae Martin as the professional. This horse and trainer also won in 2004. Reserve in the class went to Miss Dumas Ebony, with Lindsay Hess and Chad Baucom directing.

Current world champion Mighty Brew and Dr. Linda Jones claimed the blue in the Pony Amateur 18 Years and Older Specialty class from Bill Cantrell Stables. Loose 'N Busty came in as a strong reserve in the class from Baucom Stables. This class has been extremely welcomed by exhibitors and trainers alike.

Border Patrol and Clay Mills made their way to another victory pass much to the approval of the audience and with a unanimous tie in the 14-entry Three-Year-Old Amateur Stallions class. Baucom Stables proudly prepared this team. Reserve in the class was awarded to Gem O Toole and Andrew Allen from Rae Martin Stables. Next was Stock In The Ritz and Kathy Hollin claiming the top honors in the 11-entry Park Performance Amateur Specialty class. Reserve in the talented class went to Pride Of Charger with Angela Tuck in the irons.

Twelve entries made the gate call for the Open Specialty class. Rae Martin made the winning ride aboard Olympian Wired. A Screaming Eagle and Ken Moore also had a strong ride for the reserve ribbon in the class.

The ladies performed at their best in the North Carolina Ladies Auxiliary class! Cobra Commander and Debbie Wells walked away with top honors. Reserve in the class went to Extra Special Touch and Amanda Dickerson from Abee Stables.

In the 14-entry Four-Year-Old Amateur class I'm Game and Yvonna Matthis brought spectators in the crowd to their feet as they made their way down the east rail with the unanimous blue. They hail from Baucom Stables. Reserve in the class was awarded to Get A Grip and Cliff Rivers. Sam McLaughlin directs this team.

The winner's circle welcomed Scream Walking in the Park Pleasure Juvenile Specialty class with Jerri Anne Williams in the irons. The unanimous winners hail from Grandy Tuck Stables. Reserve in the class was awarded to Generator's Flash Point and Keshia Ashe for trainer Wayne Conley.

The 10-entry Two-Year-Old Amateur Stallions class was next with several top teams vying for the top honors. Urban Cowboy and Clay Mills made the unanimous winning ride from Baucom Stables. Reserve was awarded to Ritz On The Corner and Dr. David Brown, under the direction of Rae Martin.

The Cash Collector and Amanda Dickerson walked their way right into the winner's circle in the North Carolina Ladies Auxiliary Park Pleasure Specialty for the second year in a row.

Next, the first championship entries made their way to the arena for the Juvenile Specialty Championship. Last year Madison Holloway claimed top honors with her mare Pushin' The Limits. This year she directed her new mount I'm A Evil Rebel unanimously down victory lane from Baucom Stables. Reserve went to current world champions Olympic Pusher and Lindsay Henry from Ronald Mosley Stables.

Shoeless Joe Jackson and Tricia Williams made the winning ride and wore the roses in the Lite-Shod Championship. Reserve in the talented class went to A Sure Fire and Laura Mauney.

Ice Cold Cash and Judy Poindexter claimed the next floral horse show in the 11-entry Show Pleasure Specialty Championship. Pat Digh Baker trains them. Quarterback Starman and Ken Moore came in as a popular reserve in the class.

Clay Mills carried out the first of two sets of roses at the South Carolina Championships when he claimed the Amateur Specialty tricolor with Extra Ebony. Matador and Dr. David Brown from Rae Martin Stables received reserve.

Grandy Tuck made another outstanding ride aboard Fully Armed in the Park Pleasure Championship to claim the top honors. Reserve in the class went to He's Pushin Time and Kathy Jamison.

Clay Mills made another trip to the winner's circle in the Amateur Championship aboard Another Push Button from Baucom Stables. Pride's Lady Di and Beverly McLeod rode to the reserve honors under the guidance of Ondra B. Hull.

In the Lite-Shod Specialty Championship Angela Tuck returned to the winner's circle aboard In The Heat Of The Night. Reserve in the class went to The Razz Man and Madison Holloway.

The hard-working grooms came into the arena next for the Grooms' class. Rick Greene of Baucom Stables made the winning ride aboard Sure Threat's Masterpiece. The harder the grooms rode, the louder the roar from the crowd became and the farther back on the walking pony Sure Threat's Masterpiece Greene sat. Greene was last year's reserve winner in this class. Pride's Prime Star and Rusty Carlton of Wayne Conley Stables was chosen for the reserve ribbon amidst cheers for the big bay horse. Each groom proudly carried his ribbon from the ring and the crowd displayed their pleasure at seeing them all show so well.

This concludes our coverage of the 2005 South Carolina Championship Show. Complete results follow and may be viewed, searched and printed on our Web site, www.walkinghorsereport.com.

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