Skip to content

Miss Sharon Stone Leaves Springfield with the Blues



by Jennifer Maack-Condren

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - The Ozark Empire Fairgrounds was the setting for the Heart of America Walking Horse Fall Championship on Sept. 24-26. A total of 220 entries were presented for Judge Tim Wheelon of Shelbyville, Tenn., to tie during the 54-class show. This show marks the beginning of several three-day shows held in the fall on the HAWHA circuit.

The final gate call of the show was for the Manna-Pro Walking Horse Championship, and five fine entries were brought into the ring one at a time, each with their own cheering section. Judge Wheelon put the class through the normal gaits and then called for a second running walk. When his decision was made and the card turned in, Eddie Barclay and Miss Sharon Stone were called to the winner’s circle for owners Noel and Robin Botsch. Reserve in the class went to Jose’s Strider with Margaret Hickman in the irons for the 4-J Land & Cattle Co.

Saturday night was full of stake classes. In the Amateur Stake class, The Pusher’s Generator and Kyndra Myers came out on top for Roberts and Heiney under the direction of Anne Hardin Stables. The Lite-Shod Stake found Gen’s Million Dollar Baby in the winner’s circle with Jimmy Laughlin in the irons for 4-J Land & Cattle Co. 4-J also claimed the Park Pleasure Stake when Jordan Laughlin directed JFK’s Fancy Lady Leslie to the blue ribbon for Laughlin’s first stake title.

Don Bills and California Dreamin’ were designated as the Two-Year-Old Champions for Jon Trimble. Hayley Miller and Magic Impression have been a winning combination all season long and this Saturday night was no different when they claimed the Juvenile Stake title for Dr. and Mrs. Glenn DeGraffenreid under the Jim Huffman banner. Don Bills returned a few classes later to make the victory pass in the Three-Year-Old Stake class with Drop In For Vic for Alice Rowden.

The Costume class is always well received and in an effort to gain more entries this year, HAWHA opened it up to any horse and rider. And the results of that decision paid off when five very creative entries made the gate call. Jesse Laughlin reverted back to infancy when he donned pajamas, bonnet and pacifier to claim the blue in the class aboard Legend Of Stan The Man.  

Show officials, trainers, exhibitors and spectators were certainly pleased with the caliber of entries presented at this show and felt is was a success. Heart of America will now begin work on its awards banquet scheduled in early February.

Complete results can be viewed by clicking here.

Blue Ribbon Tally:

4-J Land & Cattle-15
Jim Huffman Stables-6
Don Bills Stables-6
White Oak Farms-5
Eddie Barclay Stables-4
Brad Huffman Stables-4
Jerry Manes Stables-4
Anne Hardin Stables-3
Campbell-Nichols -3

More Stories

  • Latest Issue 8 19 19

    Read More
  • Celebration prayer meeting scheduled

    This year marks the third annual Celebration for Christ get together! One week from today starts the first evening performance of “the greatest show on earth”. Come join together on Thursday, Aug. 23 at 6:00 pm at the Champions Arena bleachers... Read More
  • Celebration Reels now available on ReporTV

    Get ready for this year's Celebration by enjoying the final three nights of the 2018 Celebration with Celebration Reels now available on ReporTV! Brought to you by The Walking Horse Report and Dean Johnson Video.  Read More
  • WHTA Board and General Membership Meeting coming up!

    The WHTA Board of Directors will meet Tuesday, August 20, at 4:30 pm. The General Membership meeting will follow at 6:00 pm. Lobbyist, Jeff Speaks, will attend and discuss all legal issues. All interested parties are invited to attend.  Read More
  • HSUS files lawsuit aiming to reinstate rule tabled by Trump

    The Humane Society of the United States filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday, Aug. 14 against the United States Department of Agriculture in what the HSUS called an attempt to reinstate a final rule that was set aside by the Trump administration back in 2017 that would have banned action devices, pads and eliminated the Horse Industry Organization structure.  Read More
  • Equine Obituary – WGC Repeats Color Me In

    Raised by Kasey Kesselring, "Whitey" was a once in a lifetime mare that took many children to the Winners Circle safely, including Kailin Kesselring's first set of roses at the Spotted Championships. From a broodmare, to lesson horse at Montverde Academy in Florida, to a safe show ring mount for any level rider... Read More
  • Walking Horse Report’s daily papers and office hours

    The Celebration is the busiest time of year for Walking Horse Report. We strive to provide the best possible coverage of the industry’s world championship horse show. We will continue to post live results and judges’ cards. Read More
  • Obituary – Carl Johnson

    Mr. Carl M. Johnson, age 89, a resident of Columbia, passed away Saturday, August 10, 2019 at NHC-Maury Regional Transitional Care Center. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Heritage Funeral Home with Pastor Steve Swango officiating. Read More
  • Neck ribbons to be presented to all winners

    In something new to the Celebration this year, beautiful neck ribbons will be presented to winners of each preliminary in 2019. In addition to these, each winner will also receive a bridle blue ribbon. The 81st annual Celebration kicks off Aug. 21 and goes through the end of the month.   Read More
  • Celebration Live Stream available throughout show

    Do you want to be at the 81st annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration but can’t make it? Have no fear, because live stream internet is available to anyone not wanting to miss any of the action.

    Single night purchases for live stream video fee is $19.99, or a package deal that includes the entire show is available for $89.99. To make your purchase anytime leading up to the show visit the watchtheshowlive.com. 

    Read More