Skip to content

Momentum Continues At Fun Show On Friday Night



            SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. – Riding the crest of a strong opening night, the 37th Annual Celebration Spring Fun Show picked up where it left off on Friday night. A total of 185 entries answered the call on Friday night for a two-day total of an even 400 entries.

Thirteen young riders answered the gate call in the Owner-Amateur Youth Riders 12-17 Years on Walking Mares or Geldings.   Receiving the first blue ribbon of the night was The American General and Maisie McSwain of Alpharetta, GA.  The reserve honors in the class went to Prism Sky and Mary Beth Blessing.   The third award went to I'm John Bull and Olivia Boyle from Shelbyville, TN.

The team of Generator's Top Dollar and Keith Johnson captured the second blue ribbon of the night in the Owner-Amateur Show Pleasure Walking Horses. This combination out-dueled four other entries in a five-horse workout for the top award in the class.   The reserve honors in the talented class went to Ironworks Tin Man and Steve Jones.  The third tie in the class went to I'm Armed and Lethal and Carolyn Rutner from Northport, AL.

 Gray Line and Clay Mills unanimously won the blue in the Owner-Amateur Riders on Walking Stallions, Over 15.2.  Reserve in the top class of horses and riders went to Abel and George Ann Pratt from Shawnee Mission, KS.  The third place honor was awarded to On The Line and Suzanne Littell for Moore and Littell of Catherine, AL.

Topping the Owner-Amateur Park Performance division was, The Concealed Weapon and Patti Pollack for the second year in a row.  The reserve award went to All American Ritz and Cynthia Wrigth of Jackson, TN.  The third award was given to Parole Officer and Hailey Douglas for the Moody Family of Readyville, TN.

Following the Amateur Park Pleasure Division was the Owner-Amateur Youth Country Pleasure.  Receiving the blue ribbon in this class was Mr. Jesse James and Mackenzie Morgan.  The reserve ribbon went to Sweet Southern Jazz and Bradley Richards.   The third tie in the class went to Hallelujah In The Sky and Logan Hawkins of Paris, KY.

Seventeen of the industry's top Three-Year-Old Walking Mares or Geldings answered the gate call for class number-22.   Riding out of this class and into the blue ribbon circle was Jose's Sure Thing and Sam Martin.  Reserve to only the champion was Just Another Command and Winky Groover.   The third tie in this talented group of young horses was Jazz Princess and Steve Beam.

The amateurs returned to the ring for the Owner-Amateur Riders on Walking Mares, Over 15.2.   Taking the top honors in this talented group of mares was, the unanimous choice of our judges, JFK's Irish Dream and Sue Harrington for the second time.  The red ribbon and reserve honors went to Foolish Dollar and Wilcox Moody.   The third place tie went to Prideful Intentions and Jenny Funk of Middletown, OH.

A large class of Owner-Amateur English Trail Pleasure took the ring next.  Riding into the winner's circle was, A Sure Fire and Paige Bennett. The reserve honors and ribbon went to Bluegrass Bandit and Jared Carrier.   The third tie in the class went to Beams Best Bette and Amber Porter of Lewisburg, TN.

Jazz King and Charlie Green made the blue ribbon ride in the Walking Stallions, 15.2 and Under, Five Years and Over, (Canter) division.   The reserve honors and red ribbon went to The Dance Hall Doctor and Joel Weaver.  The third award went to, a crowd favorite, Will-E-Walk and Knox Blackburn.

The Western Park Pleasure class was the last pleasure class of the evening.  Making the ride down victory lane in this class was, a crowd favorite, Armed Red Baron and Howard Hamilton.   Second in the good class went to Go Boy's Dark Spirit and Jennifer Pendleton.  The third tie in the class went to Generator's Power and Becky Barnes for Sandra Means of Shelbyville, TN.

              Twelve entries answered the gate call in the Owner-Amateur Riders on Three-Year-Old Walking Stallions.   Receiving the blue ribbon tonight was First Parole and Rhonda Warren.  The reserved award went to Lots of Luck and Sherry Dietz Ward.   The third tie in the class went to Jose Up and Patti Pollack of Saratoga, CA.  

The trainers re-entered the ring for class 28.   A total of 11 horses answered the gate call in the Two-Year-Old Walking Stallions class.   Riding into the winner's circle in this elite class of young horses was the electric team of Out All Night and John Allan Callaway. The blue ribbon was not won without a fight.   This class was full of competition.  The reserve honors went to A Major Talent and Joel Weaver.  The third place award was given to Lined Walkin' and Herbert Derickson.

Justin Taylor and Hondo Texas topped the Walking Mares or Geldings, 15.2 and Under, Five Years and Over (Canter) class.   The second place award went to Brigand and Bill Bobo.  The third tie and yellow ribbon went to Gen's Major Motion and Blake Sims for the Mike Chiappari Family of Santa Rosa, CA.

Class number 30 was the Owner-Amateur Riders 50 Years and Over on Walking Horses.  Eight top horses came to complete for the blue ribbon and receiving that honor wasCommand and Control and Sheryl Crawford of Carrollton, GA.   The reserve honor and the red ribbon went to Kid Callahan and Ed Breedlove. The third tie in the class went to A Dollar General and Steve Hawkersmith of Tullahoma, TN.   

The Owner Amateur Riders on Two-Year-Old Mares or Geldings was the last class of the night. Eleven young mares and geldings entered the ring.   Riding out of the line up and into the winners' circle was Watch This Heartbeat and Marrianne Sharpe. The reserve honors went to I'm a Lucky Lady and Ben Brogdon of Tallahassee, FL. The third place ribbon and honor went to Encore's Kryptonite and Olivia Boyle of Shelbyville, TN.

The 37th Annual Spring Fun Show will come to a close on Saturday night with a 17-class schedule.   Classes in the halter, pleasure, and performance divisions are on the docket.  Tickets are available at The Celebration ticket office.  Live streaming video is available on The Celebrationsm  website.

More Stories

  • **Updated Horse Show Schedule

    The Walking Horse Report will provide daily updates to the list of canceled and postponed horse shows... Read More
  • Latest Issue 11 2 20

    Read More
  • Incentives added to Fall Classic’s Debut Two-Year-Old class

    The Celebration Fall Classic had added incentives to the winner of the $1000 Debut Two-Year-Old Walking Horses class on the Saturday night show schedule. The new class is for any two-year-old that has not previously shown in 2020. Read More
  • Notice WHTA Members

    The 2020 WHTA Nominating Committee is composed of Brad Beard (Chairman), Jessica Hlebak and Russ Thompson. Anyone wishing his or her name be added as a candidate will need to notify the WHTA office or a member of the Nominating Committee no later than November 9, 2019 his or her intent to run for an officer or directorship... Read More
  • Updated venue for Saturday meeting

    The Walking Horse Trainers' Association's open meeting Saturday at 1:00PM has been moved to the main area of Calsonic Arena. The move is to allow for social distancing and the WHTA strongly encourages everyone to wear a mask at the meeting. Read More
  • Equine Obituary – Gen's Lady Topaz

    Gen’s Lady Topaz was humanely laid to rest on October 24th, 2020, just one week shy of her 27th birthday. She was one of only a handful of direct Pride’s Generator mares left. Gen's Lady Topaz was the matriarch of Rushing Creek Walker’s breeding program for many years and the ambassador to any visitors. Read More
  • Walking For The Angels revises class schedule

    The Walking For The Angels Horse Show, scheduled for Saturday, November 14, has added several classes to their original schedule... Read More
  • FAST Showcase revises class schedule

    The FAST Showcase, scheduled for Friday, November 13, has added three classes to their original schedule... Read More
  • WHTA to host open meeting October 31st

    The Walking Horse Trainers’ Association will host an open meeting on Saturday October 31st at 1:00PM at the Hall of Fame in Calsonic Arena. The meeting will be to present details on the proposed legislative amendments and have questions from industry participants answered.  Read More
  • Obituary – John Peels

    Mr. John Luther Peels, age 84, of Shelbyville, passed away Sunday, October 25, 2020, at his home under the loving care and comfort of his family and Willow Brook Hospice... Read More