A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words

By Sara Engel

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The 14th Annual Walking for the Children Horse Show was held at the Tennessee Miller Coliseum on Saturday, Oct.16. The proceeds go to benefit The Children’s Christmas Fund and also the Children’s Indigent Fund. Ray Gilmer judged the 287 entries. Once again, Bob Parks Realty hosted the show and a silent auction was held with many great items for everyone to bid on including a brand-new Harley Davidson donated by Bumpus Harley Davidson of Murfreesboro, Tenn.

"This year, the show raised approximately $30,000 for the cause, with an increase of 22 percent in the silent auction," said show chairman, Newton Parks.

This evening's Walking Horse Stake belonged to Gold Picture and Bill Bobo. With just a small workout for the class, Gilmer brought the three entries to the south end for the lineup. Once the winner was announced, Bill Bobo guided Gold Picture to his victory lap for Drs. Cliff and Linda Garrard of Shelbyville, Tenn. Pusher’s Veiled Threat and Joe Martin took the reserve honor for the Lloyd Smith Family of Lake Charles, La. Finishing out the class was the pair of Strictly A Mystery and Mark West for Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Williams.

Starting off the evening was the dynamic duo of Insomnia and Keith Johnson showcasing the nation’s colors. Following the evening prayer, Keith exhibited Insomnia to the delight of the crowd.

The first class of the evening was the Two-Year-Old Mares and Geldings class. Kurt Kovalick and The Family Jewels took the blue ribbon for Richard and Linda Garnes of Winfield, W. Va. The second place went to Miss Sharon Stone and Joel Weaver for Graham Holt of Lexington, Ky.

In the Novice Amateur Rider class Poncho Impact and Lisa Fields Byron won over the class of 14 entries. Lisa made the winning ride for Billy Fields of Mount Juliet, Tenn. Poncho Impact is trained by Rodney Dick in Unionville,Tenn. Riding in second were G-Major and Dr. Ralph Simonton III for Simonton Farms of Portland, Tenn.

Fifteen entries made the gate call for the Country Pleasure class. Walking away with the blue ribbon were Iced Sundrop and Lynn Marchetti of Cottontown, Tenn. Iced Sundrop is trained by Kim and Leigh Bennett of Alvaton, Ky. Prides Final Mark and Charlie Howard took reserve.

Generator’s Collect Call and Sydney Shortridge received the top honor in the Youth 11 and Under class. Generator’s Collect Call is owned by Scott and Donna Shortridge of Shelbyville, Tenn., and is trained by Justin Harris. Taking the red ribbon in the class was the pair of Sky High Pusher and Jaime Morgan Dean for Billy and Sue Dean of Bell Buckle, Tenn.

A Delight of Jose’ and Erica Derickson were crowned the winners in an outstanding field of 22 entries in the Two-Year-Old Amateur class. The pair took the blue-ribbon ride for MJC Partnership of Shelbyville, Tenn. Riding to the reserve honor were A High Dollar Charge and Fancee Spence for the Mark Taylor Family of Shelbyville, Tenn.

Sky Cash and Ronal Young wowed the crowd for the Three-Year-Old Mares and Gelding victory blue. A few of the owners of the C.P.R. Group were on hand to view the outstanding win. Stop Pushin Me and Robby Black took the red for Ford and Janes Gates of Decatur, Ala. and Shelbyville, Tenn.

Putting a spin on the outcome of the International Championships, the blue ribbon in the Limited Performance Class went to Blast and Jeff Givens for Mr. and Mrs. Dan Rowsick of Eighty-Four, Pa. Reserve in the class went to The Concealed Weapon and Aaron Self for S & P LLC. of Saratoga, Calif., and Shelbyville, Tenn.

In the Trainer’s Auxiliary, C Me Pushin and Jaclyn Tillman rode their way to the top of the field. C Me Pushin is owned by Poplar Creek Farm of Winchester, Tenn., and is trained by Junior Smith of Shelbyville, Tenn. Be-Bopper and Patti Gray took second for Tim and Patti Gray of Shelbyville, Tenn.

With 16 entries making the gate call, the ever winning pair of Pushin Backatcha and Ronnie Campbell received the honor of making the victory pass for the second year in a row in the Show Pleasure class. Pushin Backatcha is owned by Frances Bivens of Lewisburg, Tenn. Second place went to The Skywatch’s Beam and Ernest Upton for Red Etheredge of Collinsville, Ala.

In the Ladies Amateur Mares and Geldings class, an overjoyed Linda Brown received the blue ribbon riding The Sky Patrol. The Sky Patrol is trained by Kurt Kovalik. Pushin For A Heart Attack and Sue Ann Dowell received the red ribbon for Jo Ann Dowell of Canton, Ohio.

Texas Joe Black and Tommy Loid made their way to victory lane in the Two-Year-Old Stallions and Geldings class. Texas Joe Black is owned by Bud and Sandra Thomerson of Cottontown, Tenn. A Major Miracle and Wayne Dean captured the reserve title for Sharon Sanders of Lewisburg, Tenn.

Doctor Liz and Jessica Adcock walked their way to the blue in the Youth 12-17 class for The Mickey Adcock Family of McMinnville, Tenn. Doctor Liz is trained by Derickson Training Facility of Shelbyville, Tenn. Second went to This Generator’s A Lady and Jacob Baum for Dr. Jim Baum of Shelbyville, Tenn.

The next class of the evening was the Lite Shod Plantation class with Jose Quervo Gold and Doug Barnes making the winning ride for Jeff Ray and Nancy Yonko of Murfreesboro, Tenn. Taking the red ribbon was Calvin Klein’s Obsession and owner Donald Knight of Murfreesboro, Tenn.

The Three-Year-Old Stallions and Geldings blue ribbon went to the duo of Busting All Limits and Justin Harris. Busting All Limits is owned by Evan and Cecelia Alison of Brownsbow, Ala. Richie Rich and Stephen Aymett accepted the red ribbon for Todd and Neal Jackson of Monroe, Ga.

The top honor in the Amateur Specialty class went to Simply Dangerous and Debbie Eichler. Simply Dangerous is owned by Rising Star Ranch LLC. of Shelbyville, Tenn., and is trained by Joel Weaver. Black Cash and Gail Walling took second for Judy McDonald of Tullahoma, Tenn.

The pair of Pushover And Lookout and Caitlin Salheny walked their way to victory lane in the Walking Pony class. Pushover And Lookout is trained by Buddy Dick of Unionville, Tenn. Score Card and Samantha Green accepted the red ribbon for Huckaby & Sasler of Columbia Tenn., and Nashville, Tenn.

Peyton Manning and Gail Walling made an outstanding ride for Judy McDonald of Tullahoma, Tenn. in the Three-Year-Old Amateur class. Peyton Manning is trained by Bobo Farms. Glamorous and Sarah Hastings rode to second place honors for Shane Hastings of Shelbyville, Tenn.

In one of the largest classes of the evening, She’s Barb Wire and Roses with Beth Lawwell up got the sweet smell of victory in the Novice Horse, Amateur Rider class. She’s Barb Wire and Roses is owned by Beth and Josh Lawwell of Wheel, Tenn., and is trained by Kurt Kovalick for Womack Stables of Murfreesboro, Tenn. Walking away with the red ribbon was I'm Medusa and Lynn Womack.

Owner Dr. Jim Baum and Pusher’s Ultra Secret took the blue ribbon in the Four-Year-Old Amateur class. Pusher’s Ultra Secret is trained by Finish Line Farms of Unionville, Tenn. Second place went to Generator’s Golden Nugget and Liz Gassaway for Charlene Anderton and Liz Gassaway of Wartrace and Shelbyville, Tenn.

In the Park Pleasure Two and Three-Year-Old class it was no “mystery” who the winners were. Rina Daniel led A Mystery Man to his victory pass for Joe and Rina Daniel of Nixa, Mo. A Mystery Man is trained by Jeff Givens Stables. Sequences and Jeremy Ardner received the red ribbon for Glen and Lou Nave of Woodbury, Tenn.

The dynamic pair of Gen’s Color Me In and Kim Sisk accepted the blue ribbon in the 15.2 and Under Amateur class for the G.R. Trumble family of Walton, Ky. Gen’s Color Me In is proudly trained by Finish Line Farms of Unionville, Tenn. Pure Tribute and Pam Ingraham took second for Crosscreek Farm of Brentwood, Tenn.

Jazzman’s Echo and Ernest Upton dazzled the crowd in the Four-Year-Old class. Jazzman’s Echo is owned by Dr. James Hixon of Anniston, Ala., and is trained by Joe Martin Stables. Jeff Green and Jazz’s Bossman rode to the red ribbon for Harold and Sherry Roberts of Van Buren, Mo.

An added class of the evening was the Amateur 50 and Over class. Gen’s Master Pusher and Larry Bright walked away with the blue for Rising Star Ranch, LLC. of Shelbyville, Tenn. Riding in to take the red ribbon was the pair of Big Guy Design and Patty Manck of Wartrace, Tenn.

In the Park Pleasure class, Santana’s Coin and Aaron Self made the victory pass for the Ed Anderton Family of Franklin, Tenn. Santana's Coin is trained at David Landrum Stables, in Franklin, Tenn. Movie Extra and Jeff Givens took second place for James and Judy Leek of Bastrop, Texas.

Mr. M.D. and Steve Aymett walked their way to a blue victory for Floyd Sherman of Dallas, Texas. Lizzie Borden and Scotty Brooks received the red ribbon for the Jim Ed Stuart Family of Bowling Green, Ky.

The Open Specialty class had 11 entries make the gate call. Making back-to-back wins for the evening was Steve Aymett for owner Floyd Sherman, this time up on Rankin County. Finals Escapade and Charlie Green took the second place honor for Joe Christmas Jr.