Blue Sky Welcomes Opening Night Of 39th Annual Spring Fun Show

SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. – The 39th Annual Celebration Spring Fun Show opened on Thursday night in a familiar setting to horse enthusiasts – the Outdoor Stadium on the Historic Celebration Grounds.  The annual festival returned to the place of its birth after nearly twenty years inside Calsonic Arena.  Blue skies welcomed those fans and exhibitors in attendance as Counterfeit Dollar and Bud Seaton opened the show with the presentation of our national colors.

The first blue ribbon of the evening was presented to Lisa Baum aboard Tony Montana in the Owner-Amateur Riders on Walking Mares or Geldings, 15.2 and Under.  Reserve in the class went to Shelley Lewis and Pushin For Parole.

Charlie Green and We’re Ebony and Ivory captured the blue in the Two-Year-Old Walking Mares and Gelding Riders Cup Class for Ben and Dr. Lynda Brogden.  Reserve honors went to Cashs Baby Girl with Jonathan Watts in the irons.
For the Owner-Amateur Riders on Two-Year-Old Walking Stallions Class, I’m Bellagio and Clay Mills were given the blue ribbon.  The reserve honors went to Willie Do and Patti Pollack.  Joses Dark-N-Stormy and Tricia Timmons received the third ribbon.

The Owner-Amateur County Pleasure, Gentlemen entered the ring as the fourth class.  Princess Power and Jared Carrier made their way to the Winner’s Circle for this class. Second place went to Prides General Delivery and Tim Brooks for Montverde Academy. The yellow ribbon was given to Xtreme Command and Mike Bell.

Don Julio and Alie Napier topped the Owner Amateur Riders on Walking Stallions, 15.2 and Under class.  The reserve award went to Rocky Mountain Sky and Lucky Collins.

The sixth class of the night was for the Plantation Pleasure Walking Horses, Lite Shod. Castastrophic and Laurie Toone of Bell Buckle were given the honors for this class. The red ribbon was given to Major Orders and Patrick Thomas.

Jeff Green rode Showboats Showgirl and received the blue ribbon in the Walking Mares or Geldings, Over 15.2, Five Years and Over (Canter) class. 

For the Owner-Amateur Country Pleasure, Lady Riders, Maggie Moore aboard Cowboy on Parole took the winner’s circle. Reserve honors went to Sheeza Reba and Denis Underwood.  The yellow ribbon went to Coppertops Miss Penny and Paige Montgomery.

Taking home the blue ribbon was Loose N Busty and Jacquelyn Brantley in the Walking Horse Trainer’s Auxiliary Members on Walking Horses class.  This was the entry of Jack Heffington of Murfreesboro and Shelbyville.
The Owner-Amateur Riders on Three-Year-Old Walking Mares or Geldings is always a crowd favorite.  This year carrying a blue ribbon was Paroled in Texas and Holly Coggin.  The reserved honors went to Crush and Whitney Breedlove. The third place tie and the yellow ribbon went to Dangerous Dollar and Jimmy Grant.

Riding into the winner’s circle for the Four-Year-Old Walking Stallions (Canter) was Scratch Player and Winky Groover of Shelbyville.  This is the entry of Crawford Colts out of Georgia.

The top of the class for Owner-Amateur Riders on Walking Ponies, 60” and Under was I’m Street Legal and Laura Lester. Reserved honors went to Carman Generator and Charles Craddock.

 The Owner-Amateur Western Trail Pleasure class is always a treat. Taking the blue ribbon circle was Santa Emelia and Jared Carrier. The second place ribbon went to Sioza and Allison Thorson.  The third place ribbon was awarded to Loot and Ashley Wadsworth.

The Silver Bandit and Kim Leonard made the winning ride for the Owner-Amateur Riders on Park Pleasure Walking Horses.  The red ribbon was awarded to Overpass and Patti Pollack for Pollack’s Silver Spur Ranch.

General Kennedy and Debbie McCaskill won the Owner-Amateur Riders on Walking Geldings, over 15.2 division.

The first day of the show ended with the Owner-Amateur Riders on Four-Year-Old Walking Mares or Geldings.  Taking the final blue ribbon of the evening was I’m Dangerous With Cash and Jimmy Grant.  The reserved honors went to Amnesty and Betty Warren.  The third place tie went to Getting Out On Parole and Gail Walling of Shelbyville.

The Celebration Spring Fun Show will continue through Saturday night with performances scheduled for 6:00 p.m. each evening.  Complete results, live video stream, and a schedule of classes can be found at