by Rhonda Cato

SAMANTHA, Ala. -- The 35th chapter of the Northside Lions Club Horse Show was held June 25, 2005. The weather held out, despite the threat of rain from the North, but it was rather hot and humid. Jennifer Bingham-Davis of Shelbyville, Tenn., officiated over the 163 entries that came to ride for her final approval.

The show kicked off with the ever-popular Stick Horse class and all of the participants received blue ribbons.

The Weanlings Under Halter was won by the feisty Las Vegas Slots with owner Linda McCarley, Samantha, Ala., handling. The Country Pleasure class saw Papa’s Golden Girl carry owner/exhibitor Len Wilson of Hamilton, Ala., to the winner's circle.

Sister Maria and Chris Zahnd took home the blue in the Two-Year-Old Mare and Gelding Class for James and Peggy Vernon of Booneville, Miss. Hunter Fikes led Bold Generator to the blue for owners Fikes and Renegar of Hamilton, Ala., and Shelbyville, Tenn., in the Open Yearlings Under Halter class.

A very excited Hanna McCurdy and Pride’s Overdrive took home the blue in the Juvenile Riders 11 and Under class for proud mom Dr. Amy McCurdy of Piedmont, Ala.The Three-Year-Old Stallion class was claimed by the popular team of Dream Dollar and Aimee Barker for the Dr. H.E. Barker family of Arab, Ala.

A Powerful Choice and owner/exhibitor Wilson Blaylock of Cullman, Ala., won the Open Amateur Walking Specialty class. The Juvenile Riders 12-17 Specialty class followed and Motown Miracle and Laura Birmingham were on top of their game for owners DuBose and Birmingham of Vernon, Ala.

Streakin’ At The Ritz and Betty Warren walked all the way to the winner’s circle in the Ladies Amateur Specialty class for owners James and Peggy Vernon of Booneville, Miss. The James Corlew Chevrolet Two-Year-Old Stallion Riders' Cup class saw Strike Zone and Jack Way ride to the blue for the Strike Zone Group, Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Jackson, Miss.

Roger Latham directed his consistent winner, Symbol Of Ritz, to another blue in the Amateur Owned and Trained class while Senator's Grand Finale and Dwight Hasty won the Western Park Pleasure class for Diane and Dwight Hasty of Huntsville, Ala. The Two-Year-Old Amateur Stallion class was taken by A Silver Rebel and Wilson Blaylock for Wilson and Grover Blaylock of Cullman, Ala. Allison Cornelius had a winning yet emotional ride on Busted By Motown in the Three-Year-Old Amateur Walking Mares and Geldings for Jimmy and Denise Nash of Athens, Ala. She was also riding in memory of stablemate Charlie’s Mr. Delight, who sustained a fatal leg injury a few classes earlier.

Chris Pate rode Generator’s Mountain to the Open Specialty blue for Woody and Carolyn Spinks of Gardendale, Ala., while Command’s Rainbow Star carried owner/exhibitor Nancy Emerson of Tuscaloosa, Ala., straight to the winner’s circle in the Park Performance class.

World Champion Gen’s Blazing King carried Jody Sherwood on an exciting blue ribbon ride in the Amateur Show Pleasure class for Andrea Zahnd of Trinity, Ala. The Waterfall Farms Three-Year-Old Stallions Riders' Cup class was won by Chris Zhand and Pushin’ Tunica for Ken Wilson of Athens, Ala.

The Dance Hall Doctor danced his way to the blue in the Four-Year-Old Amateur Stallions class for DHD, LLC. of Decatur, Ala. Chris Zahnd had the winning connection in the Tape and Technical Solutions Four-Year-Old Stallions Riders' Cup class with Cash Connection winning the blue for James and Peggy Vernon, Booneville, Miss.

Stone Washed and Elizabeth Tew rode to the winner’s circle in the Two-Year-Old Amateur Mare and Geldings class for Kimble and Madeline Tew of Waynesboro, Miss. The 15.2 and Under Amateur class was won by Kim Wilkens of Birmingham, Ala., and her beautiful mount, Wallace In The Sky.

Rhonda Cato catch-rode the first of two entries for the evening in the Park Pleasure Specialty class. This time, Cato made a victory pass aboard The Rising Sun for owner Ray Solley of Decatur Ala. Cato returned to the ring in the next class, switching from pleasure to performance, and executed all three gaits with ease to claim the Open Amateur title on Clutch’ Pushover for Ray Solley of Decatur, Ala.

The final class of the evening was the Bumpus Harley Davidson/Buell Walking Horse Stake class. The popular pair of OMG and Larry Latham teamed up for the victory for owners Latham and Latham of Hulaco, Ala. Second only to this fine champion was Aristotle Onasis and Jack Way for Ray Beech of Belfast, Tenn. Complete class results can be viewed at