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Push To Start Made The Winning Play At Dunlap

By Christy Rogers-Brown

DUNLAP, Tenn. - Three baseball diamonds surrounded the show grounds that were home to the 40th annual O.K. Hege Memorial Horse Show. Rain threatened to dampen the mood of the show, but visited only long enough to quiet the dust stirred up by the 174 entries that made their way to the small town’s one night horse show. The honorable Joe Cotton made the calls for the 26 class event. Sherry Oxford captured the event on film.

Trainer Rob Claxton and Push To Start made a home run performance and carried out the blue from the final class of the evening. Suzy and John Harmon own the Grand Champion entry. Reserve honors in the class went to Touch Of Sunrise and Charlie Green for owner Al Sanders.

Eb’s Final Notice and Treeah Majors gave fair warning in the Juvenile 11 and Under class. The former world champion carried out the blue ribbon for the Twin Willow Equine center and owners Mr. and Mrs. James Walker, Jr. Beam’s Black Hawk and Shawna Floyd nabbed the reserve honors in the seven-entry class.

Sky Dazed and Forrest Lee of Thunder Valley Farm tantalized the judge and spectators and carried out a much deserved blue ribbon from the Two-Year-Old Walking Mares and Geldings class. Doug and Jean Brown own the entry. Santana’s Dream and Aaron Self walked to the reserve title in the class for owner Ed Broughton. Commanding Sunrise and Kevin Pickett commanded blue ribbon honors in the Open Yearling class. The entry is owned by Kevin, Lori and Blake Pickett.

Eleven entries were entered in the Trail Pleasure class. Lacy Cash and Kathy Owen carried out the championship ribbon. The entry is owned by Double Springs Farm. Reserve honors in the class went to Push It Sister and Dr. Tom Willis.

Light Switch and Kaitlyn Beaty made and electrifying performance in the Walking Ponies 17 and Under class. Jacklyn Ball owns the talented entry that was prepared by Scott Beaty Stables. Size Me Up and Shawna Floyd followed closely in talent to take home the reserve honors in the class.

Jorge’ and Kurt Kovalick made a graceful recovery after a stumble sent them to the ground in the Two-Year-Old Stallions class. The talented team recovered quickly and claimed the blue ribbon for OPS, Inc . Jubilee’s Awesome Dream and Josh Taylor claimed the reserve ribbon in the class for Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Sapp.

The Juvenile 17 and Under class blue ribbon was awarded to Big Al and Janie Stokes. Mark’s Sweet Dream and Kayla Berg made a good ride in the class to earn the reserve ribbon honors in the class for owners Dr. and Mrs. David Berg.

Sharing the blue ribbon honors in the Pro-Am class were Ed Breedlove, Charlie Green and Music In The Sky. I’m Cruella Deville, Keith Johnson and Mickey McCormick boasted the reserve honors in the entertaining class.

Shesa Coin Thief and Ken Moore stole the show in the Three-Year-Old Mares and Geldings class. Brown and Cooper own the entry that is trained by A.K. Moore. Jiki and Dale Rowland claimed the reserve win in the class. The entry is backed by Sanman Farm.

Pusher’s Strike Force and Bo Adams were heard loud and clear in the Open Spotted Horse class. The loud colored entry is owned by Winning Gate Farms. Addicted To The Dollar and Russell Keyser were the reserve champions in the class for owner Rita Colbert.

Chris Pickel and Texas Cash Exchange made the second winning ride for Thunder Valley Farm of Athens, Tenn. The Three-Year-Old Walking Stallions class title was claimed for owner Judy Allison. The reserve ribbon in the class was awarded to Pushers Imperial Dream and Dale Rowland. The entry is owned by Wendy Belaney.

Stop’s April Fool and Russell Keyser made a ride that merited a blue ribbon in the Two and Three-Year-Old Spotted Horse class. Ford Gates owns the talented and chrome splashed entry. Glimpse Of A Lady and Ray Angel were the reserve champions in the class for owner Nancy Anderton.

It was a "Good Evening" for Jacklyn Harney and her mount as they topped the Ladies Amateur Walking class. The winnings were claimed for the John Harney family. Irrational and Heidi McWilliams made the reserve championship ride in the highly competitive class. Her entry is trained by Randy Choate and owned by McWilliams Realty.

The Open Walking Horse Stallion, Mares and Geldings class blue ribbon was awarded to Quarter Back’s Rising Star and Fred Moates for LSA, Inc. Eb’s Timeless Pride carried Tim Smith to the reserve honors in the class for Tim and Melanie Smith. Ron Lawrence and Affirmative made a bold statement in the Amateur Show Pleasure class. The winning team was prepared by Carlton House. Push Don’t Pull and Gabe Garren made the reserve ride in the class for owner Linda Ball.

Cash And Carry Little Girl was guided to the winner’s circle by Danny Rylee in the Two-Year-Old Amateur class. A.K. Moore primed the winning team. High Energy and Mike Hicks made their way out the gate with the reserve ribbon in the class. Mickey McCormick trained the entry.

Pretty little Kayla Motes rode Miss Black Betty to the winner’s circle in the Spotted Juvenile class. Mack Motes owns the entry.

Extreme Danger and Aaron Self made the good ride in the Four-Year-Old Walking class for Donald Judge. MG’s Country Guy and Dale Rowland rode out with the reserve ribbon in the class for Nina Montgomery.

Design Of 2000 and Jack McCormick made a great ride for the Spotted Horse Amateur class win. Generator’s Calvin Klein and Nancy Anderton were the reserve champions in the class. Jeremiah Angel primed the entry.

Jamie Viller’s and A Dangerous Flashback made an outstanding performance in the Amateur Riders on Three-Year-Olds class. The entry is trained by Twin Willow Equine Center. Santana’s Hard Harted and Mike Hooper staked claim to the reserve ribbon in the class.

She’s A Double Major and Kathy Owen rode to the Park Pleasure class victory. This ride made the second victory of the show for Double Springs Farm. Finding the reserve spot in the 11-entry class were Johnny Yumo and Craig Baggerly. Wayne Hall backs the entry.

Sundust With Attitude won the Amateur Four-Year-Old class coming off their win in Hohenwald on Friday night. Sheryl Taylor was in the irons making the good ride. Josh Taylor prepped the entry that is owned by Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Sapp. Extra Hard Copy and Freda Bullock captured the reserve ribbon in the class for Freda Bullock and Mack Motes.

Majestic Royal Cream and Randy Grant earned the blue in the Two and Three-Year-Old Spotted class for owner Jeff Brown. Touch Down Tornado and Jeremiah Angel were the reserve champions in the class for Donnie Hill.

President Push made a very in congruent ride in the Amateur Walking class carrying out the blue in the class for Mickey McCormick Stables. Katie Russell owns the talented entry. Jeopardy’s Class Act and Curtis Williamson were the reserve winners in the class. Dickie Scrivner of Tan View Farms primed the entry.

Rainbow’s Good Time and Russell Keyser made another good ride to top the Four-Year-Old Spotted class. Ultra Misty Morn and Ray Angel were the clear reserve champions in the class for owner Nancy Anderton.

The 40th annual O.K. Hege Memorial Horse Show was a big hitter and brought to the walking horse industry another exciting one night horse show. This concludes the highlights of the show. Complete results follow and may also be searched, printed or viewed from our web site at

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