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MG Above The Rest Takes South Carolina By Storm

CLEMSON, S.C. - The South Carolina Ladies Auxiliary annual show was held April 11-12 at the Ed Garrison Center in Clemson, S.C. Mike McCormick, Howard Roberts, and Scotty Brooks judged the 391 entries. The team of Gene and Jane Frye expertly handled the duties of announcer and organist. John Hyman was the ringmaster and Bob Brunette kept everything going on time as the show manager. Sandra Hall captured the winning rides on film.

Saturday night members of the South Carolina Ladies Auxiliary met in center ring. The group announced that they were able to give two scholarships last year and that they were also able to award $8,500 to the American Cancer Society as well. The Auxiliary is to be commended for their show and their ability to put the proceeds to a good use.

Baucom Stables won 16 classes during the two night show. Clay Mills carried home four of those blue ribbons. The first came with a win on Jubilees Rising Star in the Amateur Exhibitor on Friday night. Another win came when the team won the Amateur Championship on Saturday night. Mills and Baucom shared the ride to win the Pro-Am class with Big Papa Cool. Baucom won the Two-Year-Old for Clay with I’m Game.

Jennifer May won two classes on Saturday night. She won the South Carolina Ladies Auxiliary with Olympic’s Iceman and the Three-Year-Old Amateur Stallions with Olympic’s Supergizer for parents Allen and Becky May. Down On Main Street showed his winning style in the open and amateur competitions. Rick Gordon won the 18 entry Three-Year-Old Mares & Geldings on Friday night. Joseph Bartholomew took the Amateur Three-Year-Old Mares & Geldings class on Saturday night for his Dad, Rick Bartholomew. Deborah Perry and her horse Cut Above All certainly lived up to the name in two splendid performances. They won the Amateur Ladies Specialty and the Amateur Specialty Championship. Madison Holloway and Pushin The Limits showed there is no limit to their winning as they took the Youth 12-17 on Friday night and the Youth Championship on Saturday night. The duo made a pretty picture as they took their victory lap with the floral horse show. Overcash and Kincaid are the proud owners of this fine entry. Another win for these owners was Tom Kincaid in the Four-Year-Old Amateur Stallions on Grim Reaper.

Lisa Howard won the North Carolina Members Only class with Jazz Cash. Mike McBrayer and his horse Design’s Checkmate wowed the judges and the crowd with their performance to win the 15.2 & Under Amateur class. Chad Baucom won the Four-Year-Old Open class with Olympic Pusher for owner Chuck Williamson.

Sam McLaughlin made the trip from Tennessee back to his home state of South Carolina for the show. The first of the five wins for Wildwood Farms came with It’s In The Stars with Stephanie Rollinson in the Two-Year-Old Amateur Stallions. Star Of The Future made his way back into the show ring proving he is a star with a win in the Novice Specialty class. The Pony class was won by Ashley Davis on her family’s entry Gold Coin’s Cash. McLaughlin made a clean sweep of the Show Pleasure division winning on Friday night and the Championship on Saturday with I Beg Your Pardon.

Martin Training Center made their way home with four wins. Larry Brown made the winning ride for owner Sonya Shealey on Coin’s Satin Doll in the Aged Mares class. Owner-rider Larry Brown had two wins. He took the Amateur Men’s specialty on Dynamic Legend and the Amateur Specialty 50 & Over class with Pusher’s Ranger. Tricia Timmons took first in a large class of Four-Year-Old Mares & Geldings with Santana’s Renaissance Man.

Ken Moore Stables carried three blues back to Georgia. Cristy Cain riding for C/C Stables won the Ladies Amateur Mares & Geldings on Gen’s Secret Warrior. The Three-Year-Old Amateur class was won by owner-rider Danny Rylee on Kennedy Mountain Star. Rylee also won the Two-Year-Old Amateur Mares & Geldings with Cash & Carry’s Little Girl.

Stan Tindal Won the Two-Year-Old Mares & Geldings for Mr. & Mrs. Larry McLaughlin with Caroline’s Dollar. Debbie Wells won the Pickens County Members Only with Flamingo Bay. Don Lominac on A Ritzy Rendezvous won the Open Specialty. Malaya Jester won the NC Ladies Auxiliary Members Only with Commanding Gold for Jimmy Adams. The Juvenile 11 & Under was won by Erica Duckworth on Pride’s Big Sky from Bonner Stables. Bobby Kellet made the winning ride for Larry Cooper in the 15.2 & Under with My Applejack. Tom Kakassy had everyone looking as he won the Amateur Owned & Trained Specialty with Armed With Looks out of a group of fourteen entries.

Trainer Chris Kelley won the Plantation Pleasure Championship with Generator’s Destroyer for Marlene Findley. Henry Findley won the Plantation Pleasure English class. Findley’s son Mark took the Plantation English Specialty with Ziplock for John Grainger. Debbie Wells also won the South Carolina Auxiliary Plantation Pleasure class with Ziplock. Megan Mozeley won the Juvenile 17 & Under class with Ultra’s Executive. Jackie Fisher won the Western Specialty Plantation Pleasure class with He’s Pushin Time. Amy Abee up for Greg McMillan won the NC Ladies Auxiliary Plantation Pleasure class with Rain’s Big Threat.

Another big winner from trainer Chris Kelley was Black Raindrops in the Lite-Shod division. Henry Findley won the Lite-Shod English Specialty. Ben Findley won the Lite-Shod Western Specialty and Henry Findley took the Lite-Shod Specialty Championship.

Milly Player was happy with her four wins in the Lite-Shod division with No Sin To Win. This duo won the Amateur Owned & Trained, the Lite-Shod English, the Lite-Shod Western, and finally the Lite-Shod Championship. Ellen Lewis won the Lite-Shod Four-Year-Old & Under on Walkin Off The Edge.

The Model Plantation class is always a treat and this year was no different. Walking In The Dark took the class with Regina Corradina as the handler for Lynn Corradina. Ronnie Raffling was a double winner with JFK’S Caroline in the Weanling Under Halter and Northstar’s Image in the Yearling Under Halter classes.

The show ended on a high note as five worthy entries vied for the Championship class on Saturday night. After a crowd-pleasing performance, MG Above The Rest and rider Shawn Abee were awarded a three-way tie as the winner of the class. This exciting duo won the Stallions and Gelding class on Friday night as well. Rick Abee Stables prepares this winning horse for owners Tom and Sissy Weese. Chad Baucom up for Carolina Equine Inc., was awarded the reserve title on Pusher’s Clown. Matador and Rae Martin carried out the yellow banner for Renaissance Farms.

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