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NEON MAGIC AND RAY GILMER WORK MAGIC IN COLUMBIA



By Christie Miller
Posted April 10, 2002
Columbia, Miss.- The National Association for Women in Construction held its annual Walking and Racking Horse Show on Saturday March 16, 2002 at the Columbia Multi-Purpose Building. Unpredictable weather conditions didn’t put a damper on this show, as 150 entries from Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama and Lousianna made their way. An unseasonably warm temperature of 82-degrees and partly cloudy skies previewed hot competition to come. Judging this year’s 28 classes was Dee Dee Sale. Alton Folkes complimented as ringmaster and Robert Higginbothom of Louisville, Miss. announced each class. The talented Larry Bright provided the music for the night.

Tim Holley and Son Stables led the blue ribbon tally with six wins. Falcon Ridge Farm of Toone, Tenn. followed with three blues and Five-Way Farm of Tusculoosa, Ala. won two. The first blue for Tim Holley and Son Stables came in the Open Two-Year Walking Class, after nine entries gave their all. An Edge Of Night, sired by Pride's Winning Edge, with Greg Mooningham in the irons edged out the competition for a blue, as well. Next, in the Open Walking Specialty, Beam's Regal Coin and Greg Mooningham enjoyed another victory pass. Pam Russell rode to the winner's circle aboard Sanman, by Generator's Santana, in the Three-Year-Old Amateur Walking Class. Ultimate Game and Kristin Williams won the blue in both the Amateur Park Pleasure and Youth Plantation Pleasure Specialty for Mark and Debbie Williams. In the Four-Year-Old Amateur Specialty, He's All Power and Jenny Jones made a spectacular show to capture first for Frank and Sissy Bailey.

From Falcon Ridge Farm, The Lady's Touch and Mary Elizabeth Morrison made the winning ride in the Youth 11 and Under Class for Morrison Farms of Hattiesburg, Miss. Bart Gilmer directed Falcon's Wonder to make the victory pass in the Amateur Two-Year-Old Class. Neon Magic and Ray Gilmer worked their magic for the crowd as they captured the floral horseshoe in the championship stake class.

Five-Way Farms was credited with two blues for the evening. Gen's Prime Time Spirit and Jack Way took a trip down victory lane in the Open Three-Year-Old while Vim And Vigor and Winston Way claimed top honors in the 15.2 and Under Amateur Specialty. Harlan Hatcher won the Colts Under Halter with Fire!, a beautiful sorrel stallion. Ebony's Coin Dream and Marilyn Scott continued their winning ways in the Amateur Owned and Trained Specialty division. In a field of 11, Precious Hallelujah and Judith Dial rallied to the blue ribbon circle in the Plantation Pleasure Lite Shod. Latoyia Stephens enjoyed a blue ribbon ride aboard Et's Nice Coin in the Youth 12-17 Specialty, while Pushover's Gold Standard and Betty Sue Callihan set the blue ribbon standard in the Amateur Walking Specialty. No stranger to the winner’s circle was Dumas McGuire and Laura Leigh Dorma, who took home the blue in the Country Pleasure Specialty. Spirit Of Doc and Chantel Thompson received top honors in the Amateur Show Pleasure Specialty. Eleven entries made the gait call for the Spotlight Class, Gaited Pleasure, but Sunrise Threat and Dane Callihan were selected to wear the blue for owners Hal and Sophie Martin. Mystical Fast Lightening and David Ard claimed the blue in the Favorite Gait class.

Thanks to all for making this show a success and congratulations to everyone!

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