The first weekend in June is the traditional date for the Columbia Spring Jubilee and this show is known for its outstanding and exciting horses, trainers and riders. The 53rd annual Columbia Spring Jubilee was held June 4 and 5, 2004. It was preceded on Wednesday evening with the Money Tree Classic which was also held at the Maury County Park in Columbia, Tenn. Don Milligan, John Fikes and Scott Benham were the judges during the successful two-night event. Eight top entries competed in the Championship Stake on Saturday evening. After a second running walk was called, the talented team of Billy Gray and Outlaw Josey Wales carried out the roses for Mr. and Mrs. Larry McLaughlin and walked their way one step closer in their quest for World Grand Championship honors. The win was a unanimous decision by the judges. This team was also successful and won the Stake class at the Derby Day Classic earlier this season. Spirit’s Midnight Rider and Ramsey Bullington were the reserve champions in the very exciting championship. Third went to another magnificent team, Sharp Cutlery and Buddy Dick from Finish Line Farms. KBS, Inc. or Knox Blackburn Stables had a two-day winning streak with five blues to top the blue ribbon tally. Barnes Training Facility, Finish Line Farm and 5-Way Farm each won three blues. Dual blues were won by Brett Boyd Stables, Tim and Billy Gray of Southern Comfort, Keith Blackburn of Highland Stables and Robert Nelms of Nelms Training Center. The KBS, Inc. trained team of Aaron Bertrand and Gen’s Thundermaker captured the Juvenile 12-17 Specialty win to start the blues on Friday night. In the very next class, Knox Blackburn and On Star Jazz were in top form to claim victory in the Four-Year-Old Mare and Gelding class. Last weekend they claimed this same class at the Walking To Make A Difference Show in Shelbyville, Tenn. Wife Stacy Blackburn was not to be outdone, so she won a very competitive WHT Auxiliary class of ten entries with Double Overtime. On Saturday evening, the exciting new team of Amelia Patterson and Grace In Command were the unanimous choice in the Juvenile Show Pleasure Specialty class. The fifth and final blue won by KSB, Inc. was also a unanimous victory. Knox Blackburn and I Could Command walked into the winner’s circle in the Three-Year-Old Mare and Gelding MASCUP class. Doug Barnes’ three blues started off with another victory with Chill. Chill and Barnes won the Park Pleasure Specialty on Friday, following a victory the night before at the Money Tree Classic. Ed Foust and Commanding Dakota were the Plantation Lite-Shod Amateur Specialty champions. Doug Barnes made his first ride in the Western Park Pleasure Specialty class a blue ribbon one aboard the striking Generator’s Power Pusher. This was Generator’s Power Pusher’s first ride since his tour on the West Coast. Finish Line Farms also had a great weekend with three blues. Gen’s Color Me In and Kim Trumble did a repeat blue ribbon performance in the Amateur 15.2 and Under Specialty class just as they did in 2003. Ten outstanding entries made the gate call in this remarkable class. Lucky Collins and her excellent string of show horses are really on a roll. Following their recent Manchester victory, Liz Claborne and Collins claimed the Amateur Mare and Gelding Specialty class at Columbia on Friday evening. On Saturday evening, she returned on another Finish Line Farms protege’, Color-N-Book, to win the Four-Year-Old Amateur Stallion Specialty class following their blue ribbon ride at the Walking To Make A Difference Show last weekend. Rodney Dick laughingly exclaimed, “Now, Lucky, it’s not always going to be like this everytime!” Five-Way Farms traveled from Tuscaloosa, Ala., and returned home with three blues won with their awesome horses. The show Friday night ended with two super classes, the 12-entry Aged Specialty class and the Four-Year-Old Stallions class. Jack Way directed world grand champion Chicago down victory lane in the Open Specialty class wearing the blue. On Saturday evening Alex Way followed in his father’s footsteps. Alex Way was in the irons of The Summit to claim the blue ribbon in the Youth 11 and Under class. World Grand Champion Silver Design and Jack Way were thrilled to take command over the 15.2 and Under class competition. Two tiny teams won the two blues won by Brett Boyd Stables. First, Check Into Cash and Christen Lovvorn won the first Columbia blue of the year in the Weanling class. Check Into Cash is by owners Charles and Joy Gleghorn’s World Grand Champion Cash In My Stock. Then, two classes later, Jordon Dempsey and Shaker’s Little Midnight won the Leadline Ponies class. Grandpa Charles Gleghorn proudly led the two. He also proudly announced the birth of two more tiny foals sired by his walking pony stallion at Brook Haven Farm. These two may also be lead line stars someday. The father/son team of Billy and Tim Gray certainly kept the Columbia crowd astir with their horses’ thrilling performances. In addition to the stake class, the team claimed victory in the Four-Year-Old Stallion class. Tim Gray and NYPD made their 2004 debut following their 2003 Three-Year-Old World Grand Championship. The crowd went wild with their applause and approval of the judges’ unanimous decision, ending the Friday night show with much ado. Highland Stables traveled from Bowling Green, Ky., and returned home with dual blues. Three-year-old amateur stallion Highly Addictive and Vicki Watkins head the winner’s circle calling their name. Their ride called for a unanimous tie over 15 talented entries. Last year, Keith Blackburn and Olympic Blackstar won the 15.2 and Under class and this year the stallion made a unanimous performance in the 13-entry Novice Amateur (no blue ribbon for horse in 2004) Specialty class with Glenn Spivey riding. Nelms Training Facility won both the Yearling Filly and the Yearling Colt classes at the Columbia Spring Jubilee and the Money Tree Classic Thursday night. Robert Nelms led Grand’s Summer Love to victory in the Filly section and Enrique Enrique in the Colt section. Joel Weaver’s amateur riders claimed two back to back classes on Friday night. First Rebel’s Glitter Of Gold and Mandy Dawn claimed the blue in the Show Pleasure Amateur Specialty class. They continue undefeated this season. Debbie Eichler directed her Simply Dangerous to an unanimous blue in the Amateur 50 and Over Specialty class. This team made their blue ribbon debut this season at the Jackson, Miss., Show. The remaining blues were won by 19 other barns or individuals. Connie Waldo directed Hotline to the win in the 11-entry Country Pleasure class. The team of Strike It Gold and Larry Derryberry were at their best to win the Plantation Lite-Shod Specialty at Columbia, continuing to amass 2004 blues. In 2003, Pam Russell claimed the Amateur Four-Year-Old Mare and Gelding Specialty class at Columbia with Sanman. In 2004, Link Webb won the Aged Mare and Gelding title unanimously with him. Morgan LeGate topped the Juvenile Pony class with world champion Final Keeper carrying her to the winner’s circle unanimously. Justin LeGate readies this pair for showring competition. Stephanie Gordon proudly made a unanimous victory lap in the Amateur Three-Year-Old Mare and Gelding class aboard current world champion FDR. FDR is trained by Dude Crowder and won the Two-Year-Old Mare and Gelding title at the Columbia Spring Jubilee last year with Marty Irby directing. Trainer and husband Chester Marbry were pleased with Debbie Marbry’s win with A Sky Girl in the Amateur Two-Year-Old Mare and Gelding class. Ed Breedlove rode the Amateur Stallion and Gelding entry Jazz King to the winner’s circle. Charlie Green proudly trains this head-shaking stallion. Steve Jones can no longer show in the Amateur Novice class this season. Under trainer Chad Way’s guidance Jones and Jordan won this class which stated that the rider was not to have won a blue in 2004. Jeff Givens rode A Mystery Man to the winner’s circle in the gifted Two and Three-Year-Old Park Pleasure class for a unanimous win. Mickey McCormick Stables prepared the Amateur Two-Year-Old Stallion class winner. Becky Coleman rode Shock Jock to the winner’s circle. The Saturday evening performance began with the popular stick horse class followed by the Local Country Pleasure class. Trista Hopkins and I’m Pushing For Command captured the win in this class. Metro Grand and Wayne Hall made the victory pass in the Amateur Park Pleasure Specialty just as he did Thursday night at the Money Tree Classic with Connie Waldo. Chris Messick proudly trains this sorrel sensation. Grandy’s Summer Love was a big winner in the Yearling Fillies class following a Money Tree Classic blue Thursday evening also. Robert Nelms led the lovely lady on both occasions. Joe Martin and Hocus Pocus Jazz made a winning ride in the Two-Year-Old Stallion MASCUP class. This thrilling colt is by Jazz Man and is out of a Skywatch mare. His coloring and motion were magnificient. Robert Nelms returned to the Yearling Colt class to take home another Columbia Spring Jubilee blue. This time he led Enrique Enrique to make the victory lap. Ritzey Zone carried Carolyn Joseph to the blue in the 15-entry Amateur Four-Year-Old Mares and Geldings class. Sammy Day Stables prepared the champions in the class. Thirteen hard-riding amateurs rode into the ring trying to eliminate their horses from the Novice Amateur Specialty, No blue ribbon for horse in 2004 class. The judges unanimously selected Olympic Black Star and Glenn Spivey to wear the blue from the ring. Highland Stables prepared this talented entry. A Hulon Humphrey trained entry captured the Amateur Ladies Mare and Gelding Specialty class. Margaret Anne Beech was in the direction of Jackie O All Over during the class. This mare is only three-years-old but was selected unanimously in this aged division. The Amateur Yearling championship ribbon was awarded to I’m Shania Twain and Stacy Richards. Roger Richards prepared the entry that won unanimously. Newton Parks and Beam’s Star Trek made the victory pass in the Amateur Owned and Trained Specialty for the second year in a row. And once again it was a unanimous win. Genius Gold Spirit is very much like the energizer bunny. He just keeps winning and winning and winning in the Fine Harness division. Ramsey Bullington drove the multi-world champion to win at Columbia again at the Jubilee just as he has done many times before, including last season. Another very talked about entry at the show was Jamie Bradshaw and Jose’s Intimidator. The judges selected this outstanding team unanimously in the Three-Year-Old Stallion MASCUP division. Prime’s High Tribute is always at the top of her class wherever she shows. With pretty Kelly Weaver in the saddle they wore the blue from the Amateur Canter class. The 2004 Columbia Spring Jubilee was another highly successful show. Thanks to the dedication of exhibitors, spectators, trainers and horses this show was definitely worth watching. The quality of the horses there were unbelievable. Several made this outstanding show their debut for the season. This completes the highlights of the show. 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