Posted August 29, 2001

by Carole Hargett

A spectacular evening for a horse show in Middle Tennessee had the Tuesday night classes off to a great start. The stands began to fill as 10,041 enthusiasts broke another Celebration attendance record. From Four-Year-Old Mares to Amateur Three-Year-Old Stallions, the crowd picked their favorites and cheered them on throughout the night.

For the record, Class 100, Four-Year-Old Mares, started the night off right. Call judge honors went to Tuck as he looked for 12 of the 16 listed to come through the gate. All around the arena, the fans were loud about how they felt when that big gray mare entered the ring. One entry asked for permission to be excused. The Cliff Lirette, Jr, Challenge trophy and The Steve Hill Memorial Challenge trophy was presented in addition to the other awards.

It was Shout and Rodney Dick in a unanimous decision for the Keith Baker family. The second place tie went to Cash Why Not Me and Brent Coburn for Paul Henderlight of Knoxville, Tenn. Close behind was Jimmy McConnell directing Grandy’s Rhythm Lady. Mary Medina owns the entry.

The crowd was already warmed up as the next class entered to Carpenter’s call. Twenty-four of 55 entries competed for the blue. Immediately upon entering the ring, a time out was called for a cast shoe. Owner-Amateur Riders on Walking Stallions, 15.2 and Under, Specialty had enough horses that a workout was necessary. Seventeen riders gave the crowd a good show and the crowd responded with shouts and cheers, urging on their favorite. One rider asked to be excused. The 15.2 stallions walked bigger than their size indicated.

Congratulations and the blue went to Waterfall’s entry, Generator’s Man of Magic and William Johnson. This pair retired the Marilyn Horenbein Memorial Challenge trophy, winning in 1999 and 2001. Jacklyn Smith and Look Who’s In Command commanded the reserve tie with their good ride. Becky May and Olympic’s Energizer rode close behind for third. May rides for Allen and Becky May.

Owner-Amateur Riders on Two-Year-Old Walking Mares or Geldings was split into two divisions. Hand called 38 riders and horses to the big oval for Division A; 61 entries had been listed. With a track full of good riders, a workout was in order. Fifteen were called in the competitive class. Two riders asked permission to be excused; all others lined up for the judges’ decision.

The judges had a hard way to go, but gave the nod to Texas entry, Sunday School and Kelly Sherman. Barbara Ann and Russell Pate own the reserve entry, Kennedy. Barbara Ann Pate was up. Stacy Blackburn showed the Union City entry of Gail McConnell. The Antidote had just the prescription for third place tie.

Thirty-one entries answered Hankins call for the B Division. Fifty-five were listed to show. It speaks well of the industry to have so many two and three-year-olds showing this year. Of the 116 entries listed for the two divisions, 69 entered the ring to be judged. Another workout was called, this time with 14 entries. One rider asked for permission to be excused.

Cameo Cash and owner/rider Rhonda Warren earned a unanimous decision of the judges. Liz Claiborne carried home reserve honors for owners Don and Lucky Collins. Lucky Collins made the good ride. They Call Me Sir and Britt Barnett took third in the good class. Barnett calls Collierville, Tenn. home.

Our youth riders again provided thrills for the audience. Park Pleasure Walking Mare and Geldings, Specialty, Riders 12-17 gave the crowd of parents and other friends something to shout about as the riders worked hard for a tie in the class. Ten riders lined up of 14 scheduled to show.

Winning was all right for Pride All Right and Natasha Shoupes. Owners Roger and Mary Shoupes are the Ohio owners. Charging to the reserve, Visa Gold Card and Joseph Walls rode for Pam Greene of Plant City, Fl. Amanda Dye and Generator’s Miss Trixie collected the third place tie for Lee Findley of Ohio.

Tuck called 34 entries of 52 for the Owner-Amateur Novice Gentlemen Riders on Novice Walking Mares or Geldings, Specialty, Class 104. The class was notified that there would be a workout. A few exciting passes later, 13 entries were called in to compete. Each rider took a strategic place on the track and gave it all they had.

Topping the good class was Curtis Williamson and The Double Trouble for Curtis and Jean Williamson of Murfreesboro, Tenn. Buford Pusher and Adam Johnson put on a good ride for reserve honors. Shelbyville resident, Suzy Johnson owns the entry. It was a third place tie for Beam’s Lucky Star and Ricky Corbello for Whiterock Stables, Lake Charles, La.

More showmanship from the riders and more beautiful and talented 15.2 horses. The crowd was ready to see the Owner-Amateur Riders on Walking Mares, 15.2 and Under, Specialty class. Twenty riders did their best to catch the judges eye and the crowd cheered them on. Ten horses listed were not shown.

The Key To My Heart and Jaclyn Smith earned their victory pass. It was a delightful ride for their red ribbon when Pusher’s Delightful Star and Meg Chiappari picked up that award. The Calif. entry is owned by Shiloh Walkers. Former World Champion, Figgy Puddin’ and Suzanne Littell were just a step behind for third.

23 entries hit the ring to judge Hand’s call in the Owner-Amateur Riders on Walking Geldings, 15.2 and Under, Specialty.

For the third year, Gen’s Color Me In was declared winner of the class. Kim Trumble rode for the Rick Trumble family of Walton, Ky. Ellen Sale rode Judge’s Verdict for McJunkin Farms, Richardson, Texas. It was a well deserved red ribbon. Owner/rider Brenda Bramlett of Shelbyville made a strong ride for third aboard The Onion.

Plantation Pleasure Walking Horses, Four Years Old, Lite Shod, Specialty welcomed eight of 12, smooth walking, and head shaking entries into the ring. Hankins put them through their paces.

Multiple World Champion, Starstruck By JFK and Clint Dixon claimed the blue. Dixon rides for Randall and Gloria Dixon of Red Eagle Farms. Howard Hamilton and Pusher’s Beaming Pride CK received a rousing cheer as they exited with the red ribbon. Jim and Debbie Nichols of New Market, Tenn. own the good entry. Murfreesboro resident, Marilyn Reed owns Sonata Gypsy Rose, third place winner with Scot MacGregor in the irons.

Martin assumed duties for calling class 108, Walking Geldings, Five Years and Over, Over 15.2. Following the passing this year of trainer Neil Robinson, The Neil Robinson Memorial Challenge trophy was presented for the first time to the winner of the class by Wink Groover and Robbie Spiller.

The crowd made their feelings known as the riders made that last pass before the judges to line up. Jimmy McConnell and Barracuda ate up the competition for the blue ribbon award for the second year in a row. Mary Medina owns the entry. Fudpucker and Joe Martin claimed reserve honors. Jeanette Baucom and Beam’s Rapid Express carried the yellow ribbon back to NC for owner Ginger Houchins.

It took a while for all 38 entries to fill the track when Tuck called the class. The Owner-Amateur Riders on Three-Year-Old Walking Stallions were immediately notified of a pending workout. No wonder...the horses were three and four deep in front of the judges. And to think, 23 additional were listed to show in Division A. Sixteen numbers were selected for the final rounds. It was show time!

The Crowley Farms, Inc. Challenge trophy and the Tom Bohl Memorial Challenge trophy were presented in addition to all other awards to John F K’s Delight and Sandra Johnson. A roar from the crowd accompanied Daniel Potter and Titan Up as they carried away the reserve tie. Danlon Farms owns the entry. I’m Splashed and Karla Landrum followed with the third tie. Hillview Productions and Lindsey Landrum are the owners.

How can you top the last class? With Division B. Carpenter called 40 entries to the gate. Sixteen riders listed did not answer the call. Riders in the workout totaled sixteen. On the reverse, one rider asked for permission to be excused. The stallions again drove the crowd to rousing shouts of encouragement.

Walking away with the awards and honors was Cash’s Blackjack and Beverly Burgess for Burgess and Harless. Reserve went to Silver Dollar Make Me Hollar and Kathy Graves for the Jerry Graves family. Generator’s Double Coin and Toby Scarborough carried away the third place tie for Scarborough and Ferguson.

The show closed at 11:45pm on Tuesday night. Look for the Retired Trainer's Class on Wednesday night. The show starts at 7:00 pm.