by Sarah Smith and Stephanie Rose


            COLUMBIA, Tenn. – The Maury County Horseman’s Association sponsored the 56th annual Columbia Spring Jubilee at the Maury County Park. The Horseman’s Association did a wonderful job putting on a first class horse show that will be remembered as one of the major showcases in the walking horse industry.

            Jamie Bradshaw, Chris Messick and Brandye Mills served as the judging panel for the 51-class event that catered to amateur and open exhibitors as well as speed racking mules and classes for younger children such as stick horse and lead line.

            During the two-day event, 508 top entries, including some of the industries major contenders, showed off their talents to the judges and the spectators. PGA and John Allan Callaway put on an impressive performance to be named the Columbia Spring Jubilee Walking Horse Stake Champions and netting the WHTA Riders’ Cup points. Private Charter and Knox Blackburn were called to the second place honors in the good class of top competitors.

            Callaway Stables also claimed several other top awards at the Spring Jubilee. The first of those was He’s Hot As Fire and John Allan Callaway in the Open Show Pleasure class. Reserve to this team went to Bravo Bravo and Herbert Derickson. John Allan Callaway returned to the winner’s circle aboard One Bad Witch in the WHTA Riders’ Cup Three-Year-Old Mares and Geldings class. Abel and George Ann Pratt continued their winning ways under the Callaway banner, earning top honors in the Amateur Specialty Stallions and Geldings class. Prime Poison and Brenda Carlon made the winning ride in the Amateur Adult Ponies class. Reserve in the large class went to the new team of The Indy 500 and Sue Ann Dowell.

            David Landrum Stables also claimed several blue ribbon honors over the weekend. Santana’s Coin and John McNeely claimed the first blue in the Amateur Park Pleasure Specialty. Reserve honors went to The Lady Has Connections and Heidi McWilliams. Gen’s Burning Rage and Joe Cotten were the judges pick in the Aged Mares and Geldings Canter class. Papa’s Smoking Pusher and Todd Claborn were called to the red award in the class. The new team of Nancy Groover and Prodigy made their debut performance a blue ribbon one by catching the judges’ attention in the Two-Year-Old Amateur Mares and Geldings class. She’s Major Cash and Roger Latham made the trip from Alabama to claim the reserve title in the class.

            Lorraine Rosbury and her mount Don Diego let their walking ways net them a blue in the Novice Amateur Specialty class. Just off the heels of a Fun Show win, The Concealed Weapon and trainer Joe Cotten claimed the Open Park Performance class. Joe Cotten also directed Gin & Juice to the blue in the WHTA Riders’ Cup Two-Year-Old Stallion class. The River King and Nathan Clark earned the reserve award. Cheatin’ Danger and Trish Harrison walked their way to the winner’s circle in the Amateur Ladies Specialty class. More Of The Major and Kay Green won the blue in the Amateur Open Canter class.

            Robin MacDonald claimed three Columbia Spring Jubilee blue ribbons under the Dick Peebles Stables banner. The first was aboard Jose’s Special Edition in the Amateur Three-Year-Old Mares and Geldings class. Her second blue was with It’s Taboo in the Amateur Mares and Geldings Specialty class. John FK’s Pusher carried MacDonald on her third victory pass in the Amateur 50 and Over Specialty class.

            Jusin Jenne’ claimed two impressive blue ribbons on Saturday night. The first was with Joy Of Jose’ in the WHTA Riders’ Cup Two-Year-Old Mares and Geldings class for Mr. Gene Carbine. Jenne’ rode Cashlotto to the blue in the WHTA Riders’ Cup Three-Year-Old Stallion class for Tommy and Vickie Hale.

            Drop The Hammer and Judy Leek claimed their second blue ribbon in the Amateur Lite-Shod Specialty. Jose’ Quervo Gold and Gene Means were second in the good class. Gangster’s Boy Dillinger and Chris Richards claimed the Yearling Colts class for Don and Jill Caperoon. Extra Motion and Kevin Marker earned the blue in the Open Park Pleasure Specialty. Man Of The Town and Katie Warr made a good ride to win the Youth 12 to 17 class. My Silver Bullet and Barclay Woodward earned the second place award. Barbados and Lucky Collins earned the judges’ approval in the Amateur Two-Year-Old Stallion class.   

            Nelms Training Facility claimed two blue ribbons. Jazzalicious and Robert Nelms claimed the Weanling Fillies class for the Brian Velasquez family. Robert Nelms led Sweeping The Cash to the blue in the Weanling Colts class for Lisa Washburn.

            Southern Comfort Training Facility also earned two blue ribbon awards. Patti Gray rode Bebopper to the blue in the WHTA Ladies Auxiliary class. This team also claimed the same class at the Spring Fun Show. Texas Joe Black and Kathy Zeis won the 15.2 and Under Amateur class.

            Shake’s Little Midnight with Makena Dempsey riding and Charles Gleghorn at the lead claimed the blue ribbon in the most competitive Lead Line class. Reserve went to Rascal Flatts and Chandler Byrom. Charlie Green rode Jose’s Sweet Pepper to the top honors in the WHTA Riders’ Cup Four-Year-Old Mares and Geldings class. My Favorite Pusher and John Allan Callaway were second. JFK’s Top Aid carried proud owner Sally Reilly to the blue in the Amateur Park Performance win and her first blue in Middle Tennessee.

            Becky Barnes and The Storm Pusher won the Open Lite-Shod Plantation Specialty. I’m NRA and David Sisk added another blue to their resume by claiming the blue in the Amateur Three-Year-Old Stallions class. Zulu and Suzanne Littell made their 2007 debut a winning one in the Ladies Amateur Show Pleasure class. Editorial Page and June Hawkins made the reserve ride in the class. UPS and Knox Blackburn were the winners in the WHTA Riders’ Cup Four-Year-Old Stallion class.

            Score Card and Samantha Green were the unanimous choice of the judges in the Youth Walking Ponies class. Dumas and Miller Carlton rode to the second place tie. Tex’s Dinero and trainer Steve Aymett claimed the Aged Open Specialty for Floyd Sherman. MG’s Screamin’ Machine and Shirley Federer also claimed a unanimous victory in their debut in the Amateur Fine Harness division. Jennifer Hankins and A Greater Generator earned the blue in the Model class. Logan Hankins followed in mom’s footsteps by claiming a Columbia blue in the Youth Country Pleasure with Hallelujah In The Sky.

            Whoopin’ It In Command and Nathan Mills continued their winning ways claiming the Yearling Fillies class. Generated By Jose and Trey Blackburn earned the judge’s approval in the Youth 11 and Under class. Ironwork’s Tin Man and Steve Jones made the winning ride in the Gentleman’s Show Pleasure class. Armed And Trigger Happy and Patrick Thomas made their Middle Tennessee debut to win the Western Park Pleasure Specialty class. Go Boy’s Dark Spirit and Jennifer Pendleton earned the red ribbon in the class.

            Witch Revival and Julie Grider made their 2007 debut a successful one, winning the Four-Year-Old Amateur Mares and Geldings class. Contendo and Kathryn Ramsbottom were second on the class. Winning the Amateur Yearlings class was Andrea Nelson and Maybe I’m Maybelline for Roger Richards. The 2006 15.2 and Under World Grand Champions Santana’s El Nino and Link Webb made a unanimous ride to with the WHTA Riders’ Cup 15.2 and Under class for Michael and Ann Jones. Hal’s Major Shooter and Rollie Beard claimed the Open Fine Harness class. Mike Floyd owns the winning entry. Justin Harris and Good Time Freddie claimed the second place award in the class. Earning top honors in the Amateur Four-Year-Old Stallions class were All In and Mike Inman.

            Complete results and judges’ cards follow and can be viewed at here for a complete list of show results and judges cards

Walking Stake Champion PGA and John Allan Callaway

A very proud Robby Lanier displays PGA's floral horseshoe.

Man Of The Town and Katie Warr claimed the youth 12-17 Championship.

Ironworks Tin Man and Steve Jones won the Amateur Show Pleasure.

Texas Joe Black and Kathy Zeis received top honor in the 15.2 & Under

Trudy York, Brenda Carlon, Lucky Collins, Debbie Myers, Barbara Kenehan and Anita George were all smiles during the show.

More Of The Major and Kay Green were greeted by family and friends following their win in the Amateur Canter class. 

Link Webb and WGC Santana's El Nino claimed the Open 15.2 and Under class. 

WC Shakes Little Midnight, Mekena Dempsey and Charles Gleghorn pose for a photo after their Lead Line Pony win.