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Private Charter and Edwards Make Southern Championship Title Their Final Stop This Season



601 entries pass through the fairground gates
by Jennifer Potts
PERRY, Geor. - The forty-fourth annual Southern Championship Charity Horse Show and Southeastern Regional Futurity occurred the weekend of November 15 through 17,2001 at the Georgia State Fairgrounds in Perry, Georgia. The beautiful fairground served as the perfect background for the 66 class event. Judges for the Championship show included: Willie “Flip” Cook, Jr., Dacula, Georgia, Billy Morgan, Christiana, Tennessee, and Ronal Young, Lewisburg, Tennessee. Thurman Walden held the announcing duties, while Sandra Hall captured the night on film.

Plotting their course back to Dawson, Georgia with the Southern Championship Walking Horse Stake title, was Private Charter and Larry Edwards. The beautiful black stallion is owned by Bud Moore. Reserve in the Championship class belonged to Pusher’s Blizzard and Bill Cantrell riding for Frank Shelton.

Blue Ribbon Breakdown
Carl Edwards & Son Stables 9
Allan Callaway Stables 4
Knox Blackburn Stables 4
Jeff Givens Stables 4
Mickey McCormick Stables 4
Souvenir Farms 4
Chad Way Stables 4
Webb Stables 4
Crowder Farms 3
Scott Beaty 3
Bill Cantrell Stables 2
Black Hawk Farm 2
C.L. Kline Farms 2
Charlene Cook 2
Grandy Tuck 2
Anne Kennedy 1
Bill Broom 1
Bowtie Stables 1
Charlton House 1
Chris Kelley, Jr. 1
Ernest Broovat 1
Fancy Free Farms 1
J.D. Gardner 1
John Paul Jones 1
Keith Hosch 1
Mapleleaf Stables 1
Ronald Green 1
Rummage Stables 1
Sand Creek Farm 1
Stagecoach Farms 1
Steve Beam 1
Susan Paul 1
The Colt Center 1
Top Knotch Farm 1

THURSDAY NIGHT

The sun set on a perfect night for a horse show in southern Georgia.

The show began at 6:00PM with Carl Bledsoe and E.T.’s MacKenzie presenting the colors. With the exit of the talented team, the Southern Championship began. The first class of the evening was the Model class, containing six entries. Walking away with the Model blue was Generator Rockin’ and Bobby Richards for Joan Hudson Brown. Reserve honors went to Generator’s Power Pusher and Jeff Givens for Dick and Sally Reiley. Little Morgan House enjoyed a Lead Line blue ribbon aboard Molly. Morgan is the owner and the team was led by Charlton House. The Amateur 50 Years and Over Specialty contained eleven entries and taking home the blue to Cookeville, Tennessee was Heidi McWilliams and Irrational for McWilliams Realty. Reserve honors were bestowed upon Heart Failure and Joe Christmas, owner/rider.

The Trail Pleasure Specialty class held nine entries. Shooting past the competition was Lodsdon’s Rocketman and Sabra Smith for Diana Spalding for the blue. Reserve in the good class was She’s Legal Tender and Dr. Charlene Cook for Central Georgia Equine Services. The Two-Year-Old Mare and Gelding class took to the rail with seventeen entries. Making the blue ribbon ride was Bo’s Shenia Rose and Tim Gray for Bill Barger. Reserve was Dancing To The Command and Allan Callaway for the Farrell Poley family. The Amateur Lite Shod Specialty harvested twelve entries. Of the twelve, Black Rain Drops and Guy Findley rode to the blue for Robert Frost. Silver Sundance Lady and Bob Medina were reserve.

The Fine Harness class held three entries. In the money was On The Money and Scott Beaty for Double Springs Farm. He Keeps On Giving and B.A. Dorsey were reserve for Bowtie Stables. Eleven entries answered the call in the Aged Mare and Gelding Specialty. Pushing their way to the blue was Pusher’s Special Design and Link Webb for James and Peggy Vernon.

Magic’s Sweet Victory and Ronnie Spears rode to reserve for Poplar Creek Farm, LLC. The Southeastern Regional Futurity was mixed in with the Southern Championship classes. The first class of the Futurity competition was the Futurity Weanling Filly class. Four entries answered the call. Cutting their pattern to the blue was Pattern’s Hope and Anne Kennedy for Anne and Mark Kennedy. Five entries lined the rail, vying for the Amateur 15.2 and Under Stallion Specialty class. Papa Joe Dimaggio and Rhea Ellen Webb rode to the top honors. Reserve in the class belonged to Ebony’s Bad Bubba and Betty Corlew for Bowtie Stables. Five entries answered the call for the Park Pleasure Specialty class. Go Boy’s Dark Spirit and Joyce Marie Green made the blue ribbon ride for Lavender, Huckaby, and Wilhelm. All Color’s Dazzle and Jeff Givens rode to reserve for Ann Darmody.

Skywatch’s Motown Magic and Sandra Reid made a magical performance for blue ribbon acclaim of the eleven teams in the Amateur Three-Year-Old Stallion division. Gen’s Master Pusher and Joe Christmas were reserve.The highly competitive Walking Horse Trainers Association Auxiliary Specialty class held seven entries. A Bonus From The Ritz and Paige Edwards made the blue ribbon ride for the Dan McSwain family. Pride's Easy Touch and Rhea Ellen Webb were reserve for Jimmy and Carol Lackey. Five entries answered the call in the Park Pleasure Western Specialty class. Pushin' their way to the blue ribbon was Generator's Power Pusher and Jeff Givens for Dick and Sally Reiley. Mo Shame On Me and Carl Bledsoe were no shame as reserve winners for Dr. Rebecca Teal.

Thirteen entries answered the call in the Three-Year-Old Mare and Gelding division. It was a sweet ride to success and the Southern Championship title for Sweetie Sky and Link Webb for James and Peggy Vernon. Rising Rhythm and John Allan Callaway were reserve for Joe Christmas. The Show Pleasure Specialty Open was called to the ring. Ten entries answered the call. On the money for the blue was Coin Maker and Knox Blackburn for Moore and Littell. Cash Advance and Steve Woody advanced to reserve honors for Ray and Cindy Hughes. The Amateur Two-Year-Old class is always an exciting one to watch and this one was no exception with thirteen teams on the rail. The Golden Sovereign and Jeanine Gullet made their golden performance turn blue for Tim Gullet. Newly acquired Diamond's Touchdown and Martha Branson made their debut performance a reserve honor for Jess and Martha Branson.

Ten talented duos answered the call in the Plantation Pleasure Lite Shod Western Specialty class. Regal's Lady Of Royalty and Grandy Tuck made the blue ribbon ride with the Bob Medina entry. Black Rain Drops and Rhonda Cato were reserve for Robert Frost. Thirteen entries answered the call in the Four-Year-Old Mare and Gelding class. Mozambique and Mickey McCormick rode to the Southern Championship title for Jim Gullet. Figgy Puddin' and Larry Edwards were reserve for the Moore and Littell ownership.

The Futurity Yearling class held four entries. Generator's Dateline and Kathy Cummings walked their way to top honors for Central Georgia Equine Services. Reserve in the good class belonged to Dr. Ruth and Ella Kline for C.L. Kline Farm.

The Amateur Owned and Trained nine entry class took to the rail. Making a five star performance to blue ribbon acclaim was Five Star Rising and Bill Broom, owner/exhibitor. Reserve in the class went to Jimmy Jack and Jerome Cole for Thomas Holton. Eight entries rode for the Aged Stallion Specialty title. Walking away with the blue was Twice The Delight and Larry Edwards for proud owners, Lloyd and Mary Touchton. Prowler's Night Deposit and Bill Cantrell cashed in on reserve for Mr. and Mrs. Larry Wilcox. The Futurity Two-Year-Old Park Pleasure class contained only one entry. Shooting to the blue was Silver Bullet and Jeff Givens for Laura Brandon. Rounding out the first night of Southern Championship competition was the Amateur 15.2 and Under Mare and Gelding Specialty. Eight entries took to the rail. The judges' choice was Judge's Verdict and Ellen Sale riding for the blue for McJunkin Farm. Pride's Flashy Girl and Elaine Doxey rode to red ribbon honors for Flying Sun Acres.

Spirits were high and smiles were wild of all trainers, exhibitors, and owners. The first night of the Southern Championships proved the show would end a success.

FRIDAY NIGHT

The night began with Larry Edwards presenting the colors aboard Generator's Heart Of Ice. The show began at 6:00PM, with an exhibitors party following the show right outside of the show arena. The Georgia State Fairgrounds was also the setting for the movie Something To Talk About, starring Julia Roberts and Dennis Quaid. This arena made for an even better setting for the Southern Championship.

The Friday night session began with the Walking Horse Trainers Association Youth Council Park Pleasure Specialty 17 and Under. Of the the two entries, Generator's Darkside and Chris Kelley, Jr. made the winning ride for Kathy and Pat Malone. Riding to reserve honors was Lit Up Tax Collection and Jenna Morris for Joy Geske. Eleven entries made their way through the gate in the Amateur Mare Specialty division. Designing their way into blue ribbon circle was Pusher's Special Design and James Vernon for James and Peggy Vernon. The Key To My Heart and Jaclyn Smith had the key to red ribbon honors. The Futurity Yearling colts class held five youngsters. Pride Of Vengeance and Valton Rummage was the blue ribbon winner and the pride of owner, Mariella Fugger. Hooked On Jazz and Laura Berringer hooked the reserve tie for Judi Berringer.

The fourth class of the evening harvested eight entries. The 15.2 and Under Open Specialty title rolled away with Final's Eb Tide and Larry Edwards for Silver Spur Ranch. Mark's Motion Man and Link Webb made their way to reserve honors for James and Peggy Vernon. The Lite Shod Amateur Specialty Owned and Trained class reeled in seven entries. Of the seven teams, Ebony's Dreamworks and Ernest Groover made the winning ride to the winner's circle. Reserve in the class, minus the caviar dreams, was Champagne Riches and Jerry Dickerson for Anita Letchworth. Four young and talented teams took the rail in the Ponies 60" and Under class. Making the crowd hollar was Silver Dollar Make Me Hollar and Abby Graves, owner/rider. Reserve in the good class went to Popcorn Pusher and Raegan Thompson for John and Lori Thompson.

The Southeastern Regional Futurity Two-Year-Old Performance division called for eight entries. Armed for the blue was Armed To Show and Larry Edwards riding for the Dan McSwain family. Taking command of the reserve tie was Dude Crowder aboard You're In Command for Crawford Colts, LLC. Regal's Lady Of Royalty and Bob Medina made a royal performance for the Plantation Pleasure Lite Shod Specialty blue. Ebony's Dreamaker and Ernest Groover returned to the ring for a reserve ribbon. The Walking Horse Trainers Association Youth Council 11 and Under Specialty gave the call for seven entries. Making a great ride for the blue was little Maisie McSwain and Gen's Sundance Lady for the Dan McSwain family. The newly acquired My Midnight Caller and Morgan LeGate made the reserve ride for the Cecil Fielder family.

The Futurity Weanling class held only three entries. Doc Otis made the winning pass with handler, Ella Kline for C.L. Kline Farms. Kennedy's JFK, Jr. and Angie Payne were reserve for Anne and Mark Kennedy. The Amateur classes were strong in Perry, and this class was no exception. Making a flashy show to the Amateur Gelding Specialty class blue was Lisa Patton and Flashy's Mister Threat for Sweet Revenge Stables. Magic By Motown and LaRue McWaters made a magical ride to reserve for Koston McWaters. Six of the seven entries scheduled for the Park Pleasure Owned and Trained Specialty answered the call. Husband Johnny Paul may have been a little jealous of wife Susan Paul's blue in the class aboard Messenger's Last Chance, Johnny received reserve aboard Olympic Legend. Both entries are owned by Johnny and Susan Paul.

The Walking Horse Youth Council 12-17 reaped six entries. Making no secret of their blue ribbon performance was A Secret Agent and Celie Gandy for Don Gandy. Reserve belonged to A Flashy Looker and Christen Altman for the Billy Altman family. Ten entries replied to the Lite Shod Amateur Western Specialty title. Classic Impressions and Colby Bray made a classy show to the blue. Champagne Riches and Anita Letchworth were reserve. Taking command of the nine entry Amateur Four-Year-Old Stallion class was In Command Again and Sheryl Crawford for Crawford Colts, LLC. Watchtower and Robby Biggs rode to reserve for the Robby Biggs and Bob Culbreath family. Nine teams made the gate in the Amateur Stallions Specialty class. Magic Man's Mark and Jerry Cole made a magical mark on the judges as they rode to the winner's circle for Jerry and Vicki Cole. Gen's Master Pusher and Joe Christmas pushed their way to reserve honors. The Futurity Two-Year-Old Plantation Pleasure Lite Shod held a blue for Silver Bullet and Jeff Givens for Laura Brandon.

The Futurity Three-Year-Old Performance division clutched only two entries. Making his presence known was Caesar Ritz and John Allan Callaway riding for Mr. and Mrs. Charles Terry. Another Pushbutton and Knox Blackburn were reserve for William and Sandra Johnson. The Novice Specialty gripped six entries. Centennial Pusher and Sabrina Young made the winning ride for Sweet Revenge Stables. Beam's Star Of Midnight and Tina Graves soared to reserve honors for Mike Graves. The Georgia Walking Horse Exhibitors Association Ladies Auxiliary Specialty held four pretty southern belles. Blasting their way to the top of the competition was Gen's Master Blaster and Barbara Newton riding for Barbara and Ronnie Newton. Exactly Like Pepper and Angela House were reserve for the Bill Ball family. Edge Of Time and Guy Findley were just in time to claim the Amateur Park Pleasure Specialty blue for Robert Frost. All Color Dazzle and Ann Darmody were reserve.

Adding a twist to the pony competition was the Amateur Ponies, Riders 18 and Over. The "youngsters" rode their coats off for the title. Making the blue ribbon ride was the newly crowned World Grand Champion Pony, Pushover's Citation with the young (at heart, anyway) Jack Litrell. Bowtie Stables own the entry. Little Bitty Love Bug and Irene Spears made their way to reserve. The Park Pleasure Two and Three-Year-Old class found Classic Country and Bobby Mixon in the winner's circle for Linda Mixon. Adonis's Lady Carbon and Dale Sipes rode to reserve for Michael Hartley. The last class of the evening was the Georgia Walking Horse Exhibitors Association Members Only Specialty, calling for six entries. Cashing in on the blue was Prowler's Night Threat and Lisa McMahon riding for Mr. and Mrs. Larry Wilcox. Reserve honors were taken home by Guy Findley, owner/rider, and A Rare JFK.

The show ended with much anticipation of the Saturday night session with championships and roses up for grabs. To ease the minds and spirits, the Exhibitor's Party began right outside of the show ring. The Sessions, a band from Woodstock, Georgia, entertained the crowd with their country and rock tunes. The line was long for all of the excellent food waiting to be sampled by anxious crowd. The party ended with everyone making it safely back to their hotels in time to get another rest before the next night's events and ready for the next day of work.

SATURDAY NIGHT

Anticipation peaked with the beginning of the show, starting at 6:00PM. Joseph Walls presented the colors aboard Mo Shame On Me. The Walking Horse industry pulled together to donate money to the Ken Moore Barn Fund. The night began with the little ones enjoying the Stick Horse class where they were all blue ribbon winners! The first Walking Horse class of the night ws the Walking Weanling class. Thirteen entries vyed for the Southern Championship title. Doc Otis and Ella Kline claimed their second blue of the show for C.L. Kline Farms. Queen Of The Silver Dollar and Mary Ann Arflin were reserve. Competition for the Two-Year-Old Stallion title is always steep. Of the thirteen young, talented stallions, The Golden Sovereign returned to the ring with Mickey McCormick in the irons this ride for Tim Gullet; This was The Golden Sovereign's second Southern Championship title. The talented Julio, Julio and Link Webb made the good ride to reserve for Donnie and Charlotte Taylor. One horses entered and walked away with the Futurity Three-Year-Old Plantation Pleasure Lite Shod division blue and that was Ought To Be Doing Time and Char Carlat riding for Alece Ellis.

The Amateur Three-Year-Old Mares and Geldings division made way for twelve dynamic duos. The sweet smell of the blue belonged to The Paper Rose and Susie Harmon riding the John and Susie Harmon entry. Touch My Way and Jack Litrell were reserve for Shelia Hunter. The Futurity Three-Year-Old Park Pleasure contained no entries.

The Walking Horse Trainers Association Youth Council 11 and Under Championship, Specialty entered with five entries. Making her second dance around the Perry arena for the blue was Gen's Sundance Lady and little Maisie McSwain for the Dan McSwain family. My Midnight Caller and Morgan LeGate were reserve for the Cecil Fielder family.

Seventeen teams took to the rail in the Amateur Show Pleasure Specialty class. Cashin' in on the Southern Champion blue was multi-titled Coin Maker with Suzanne Littell up for the Moore and Littell ownership. Elegance Pride and Kathy Owen made the good show to reserve for McWilliams Realty. Twelve yearlings and handlers made their way around the ring in the Walking Yearling class. Threatening the competition and walking their way to the blue was Dangerous Gold Threat and Rhonda Cato for Guy Findley. Dr. Ruth and Ella Kline were reserve for C.L. Kline Farms. Only five entries answered the call for the Walking Horse Trainers Association Youth Council 12-17 Championship Specialty. Cashing in on the blues and all the smiles was Kari Tisma and Pride's Hard Cash for Jim Gullet. A Flashy Looker and Christen Altman rode to reserve for the Billy Altman family.

Eighteen entries prepared for the Amateur Two-Year-Old Mares and Geldings class. The class was split into A and B divisions. Division A Amateur Two-Year-Old Mares and Geldings Champion made their silver turn blue. Silver At The Ritz and Linda Crowley, owner/rider, made the winning ride. Reserve in the large class belonged to Completely In Command and Sheryl Crawford riding for Crawford Colts, LLC. Division B of the Amateur class strolled in with just as much talent and competition. Going To The Ritz and James Vernon found themselves going to the winner's circle for James and Peggy Vernon. San Man and Pam Russell were reserve for Larry and Pam Russell. Next up, the Amateur 15.2 and Under Championship Specialty with ten teams vying for the Championship title. Judge's Verdict and Ellen Sale claimed the preliminary and now laid claim to the Championship title and the roses for McJunkin Farms. Look Who's In Command and Jaclyn Smith took command of the reserve ribbon for Carl E. Smith, Inc.

With a short fifteen minute break, the track was prepared for the last half of the show. The second half began with the sixteen entry Three-Year-Old Stallion division. Making a performance worth a general's stripe was The American General and Larry Edwards up for the Dan McSwain family. Icing down the red ribbon was Snowatch and Dick Peebles for the Anthony Joseph family. Another championship class got underway. The Lite Shod Specialty Championship held five entries. Silver Sundance Lady and Jeff Givens made their way to the winner's circle for Bob Medina. Regal's Lady Of Royalty and Bob Medina, owner/rider, rode to reserve.

A new class that has become quite popular among horse show enthusiasts is the Pro/Am class. The amateurs ride the first way of the ring, while the trainers are "parked in". When asked to reverse, the trainers take the reins and turn the horse on to full potential. Sixteen duets entered the ring as the trainers all shuffled out behind them. On the reverse, the trainers replaced the excited amateurs, who watched and supported their horse and trainer from center ring. Pusher's Special Design and James Vernon, oh, and don't forget, Link Webb, took home the Pro/Am Southern Championship blue. Patti Gray and husband Tim shared Bebopper for the reserve ribbon.

Class 65 found the youngsters entering the ring again in the Walking Pony Specialty Championship, Riders 12-17. Making the victory pass of the four entries, and adding another Southern Championship blue to their collection, was Silver Dollar Make Me Hollar and Abby Graves riding for Mike and Kathy Graves. Popcorn Pusher and Raegan Thompson made the good ride to reserve honors for John and Lori Thompson. The Amateur Four-Year-Old Mares and Geldings Specialty class yielded seventeen entries. Proving again the proof is in the puddin' was Suzanne Littell and Figgy Puddin'. An extra special treat for Suzanne because of Figgy's birthday being the same day as her Southern Championship blue!

The Amateur Park Pleasure Championship Specialty Championship held five entries. Edge Of Time and Guy Findley were just in time to ride away with the roses and tricolor. All Colors Dazzle and Ann Darmody were reserve. Thirteen entries made their way through the gates for the Amateur Specialty Championship. Walking away with the Southern Championship roses was Bound And Determined and Ed Breedlove. Taking reserve honors in the championship class was Irrational and Heidi McWilliams for McWilliams Realty. Five entries answered the call for the Park Pleasure Championship Specialty. I've Been Skyjacked and Steve Beam rode to victory lane for the tricolor and roses for Joel Johnson. Generator's Power Pusher and Jeff Givens were reserve for Dick and Sally Reiley.

Eleven Four-Year-Old Stallion teams answered the call. And taking command of the Four-Year-Old competition was In Command Again and Kurt Kovalick riding the Crawford Colts, LLC entry. Cash's All Star and Larry Edwards were reserve for Herb Murrath. The Amateur Championship harvested six entries. Hot off the track of their Amateur 15.2 and Under blue, Papa Joe Dimaggio and Rhea Ellen Webb rode to tricolor honors. Jubilee's Tramp and Jermoe Cole were reserve for Thomas Holton.

Always an exciting event, the Groom's Class Specialty took to the rail with six entries. Timothy Fitzgerald of Fancy Free Farms made his way aboard Prime's High Tribute, the Barnes and Milligan owned entry, to the blue. Magic Man's Mark and Clarence McGahee made the good ride to reserve for Jerry and Vicki Cole.

The show ended with big smiles and positive attitudes with everyone ready to head back home. The 2001 Southern Championship show was another great success, ending the season with a bang!

For the complete show story, see the printed edition of Walking Horse Report dated Dec. 03, 2001.

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