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Money Tree Classic’s Silver Anniversary Kicks Off Fourth of July Weekend



by Kasi Hensley

SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. – It was the silver anniversary for this year’s annual Money Tree Classic Horse Show. The event was held at the Bedford County Agricultural Center on July 2, 2009. Laura Brandon of Franklin, Tenn., marked the cards for the outstanding 273-entry show. Jennifer Potts pulled double duty with an excellent rendition of the national anthem as well as serving as the show’s official photographer. Dru McCormick presented the colors for the evening aboard Carolina Confederate.

Joe Fleming Stables was the most winning barn of the night with a total of three blues. Justin Harris got the blues started for Fleming Stables with Major General’s Magic Mist in the Riders’ Cup Two-Year-Old Mare & Gelding class for Hoyte Eakes of Donelson, Tenn. Later, Harris was in the winner’s circle with Deception for the Keith Baker family of Columbia, Tenn., in the Riders’ Cup Three-Year-Old Mare & Gelding class. Before the weekend ended, Deception also caught the eye of Frank and Debbie Eichler of Rising Star Ranch. In the following class, Terry Lowman and New York New York brought home the third blue of the night for Joe Fleming Stables in the Amateur Ladies Specialty class. Harris was at the top of the leader board in Riders’ Cup points.

Knox Blackburn and He’s A Weekend Warrior putting on a dazzling display to get the Fourth of July weekend started in the Riders’ Cup Walking Stake class for Jim and Kay Green of Meridian, Miss. This was the team’s third win this season as they make their march to the Celebration an undefeated trip thus far.

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