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Report On Eagleville...Freedom Fighter crowned at the oldest one-night show.

EAGLEVILLE, Tenn. Freedom Fighter and Charlie Green took the championship stake blue at the 69th Annual Eagleville Lions Club Horse Show, the world’s oldest one-night show.

The show had a new and improved look with a new graveled track instead of its traditional grass track, as well as shady spacious areas to park in. This year’s site was the Eagleville Tractor Club Show Grounds.

“This was the largest show we’ve ever had and we’re thrilled. We appreciate all the participation and help from the trainers,” Don Davis, show chairman and Lions Club president, said.

“With the community involvement that we have, we’ll have even more at the new showgrounds next year. The Lions of Eagleville appreciate it greatly,” Davis continued.

The Eagleville Lions Club Show has been held since 1935. It was held on Saturday, June 19, and was larger in number than ever before. Judge Justin Jenne’ marked the cards for the 26 classes. Connie Dunlap played organ music while Jennifer Pack was the official show photographer. Bobby Sands was the announcer and kept the show lively throughout the evening.

The reserve stake class tie went to Cheatin Danger and Joe Cotten, while Dr. Perfect and Bill Bobo claimed the yellow ribbon in a large, competitive stake class.

The blue-ribbon tally was led by Charlie Green Stables with three blues. Dual blues were won by Allan Callaway Stables, Ronnie Campbell Stables, Sammy Day Stables, Winky Groover Stables, David Landrum Stables, Nathan Mills and Chad Williams Stables.

Charlie Green Stables’ first blue was in the Two-Year-Old Mares and Geldings class. Green directed J. Low Jazz down victory lane. Jazz King and Ed Breedlove made their way to the winner’s circle in the Amateur Specialty under Green’s banner. In addition to these two wins, Freedom Fighter and Green claimed the Grand Championship Stake for owner Dennis Shofner of Russiaville, Ind.

Bill Callaway walked his way to the winner’s circle with Cash Mark in the Three-Year-Old Stallions division for the first Callaway blue. Karen Callaway entered the show ring a few classes later in one of the most-talked about classes of the show. Callaway and Ample Cash were chosen as the winners of the Trainers Auxiliary class.

One of the competitive classes was the Show Pleasure Specialty class. Ronnie Campbell and Pushin Backatcha were chosen once again as the winners. Susan Swanner was in the irons to claim the Limited Performance title on Perfect Cut Rose to win the second blue of the show.

The first of Sammy Day Stables’ two blues was won by Pusher’s Midnight Delight and Raegan Thompson in the Youth Walking Pony class. The blue ribbon in the Three-Year-Old Mares and Geldings class went to Sammy Day on Edition’s Power Pusher.

Winky Groover Stables’ first blue came in the Youth 11 and Under division with Jessica Popp directing I’m Crankin Frank down victory lane. Brittney Wilson directed world champion Delight’s Man Of Pride to claim the Youth 12-17 title.

Laura Brandon won two blues for Landrum Stables. At Eagleville, Brandon and Blue Diamond topped an outstanding class of four-year-old amateur horses. Later in the evening she won the Ladies on Mares and Geldings aboard her Pushin That Jazz. This was a repeat win from the St. Louis Walking Horse Classic where she won dual blues, including the Amateur Specialty Grand Championship.

Nathan Mills won dual blues at Eagleville for Hoyte Eakes. Mills made a clean sweep of the yearling classes. Last year Rock Of Ages won the Weanling title. This year the team won the Yearling Studs title. A few classes earlier Mills had led My Irish Rose to another win in the Yearling Fillies show

The two-year-olds of Chad Williams Stables won dual blues. First Mr. Stockett and Chad Williams won the Two-Year-Old Stallions class. In the Two-Year-Old Amateur class, Spud Warr and Hand Command won this title.

Judge Jenne’ marked Willie’s Maggie Mac and Robert Nelms first in the Weanling class. Miles Irby claimed the victory in the 22-entry Country Pleasure class with Touch Twice under Barnes Training Facility banner.

Repeating their victory from Thursday night at the Bedford County FFA Show in the Lead Line class were Ace and Tyler Bailey. Jeff Givens had another great Park Pleasure Two and Three-Year-Old champion at Eagleville. Givens rode Armed The American Way to win this class once more.

Knox Blackburn and Crackerjack Edge made a much talked about performance at Eagleville. They exited the ring with the blue in the very competitive Open Specialty class.

Jaclyn Harney entered the Amateur Three-Year-Old Mares and Geldings class riding hard with a determination to win that blue. After an excellent performance she and American Dollar did just that.

Drop The Hammer won his second blue of the weekend with Connie Waldo in the Lite-Shod class on Saturday night. He picked up a blue previously at the Bedford County FFA Show. Rhonda Martocci owned horses won three blues in three nights. On Saturday at Eagleville it was the team of Kevin Marker aboard Pride’s Commander Jake that claimed victory in the Park Pleasure class under the guidance of Bobby Richards at The Colt Center.

Bobo made a stunning show in the 15.2 and Under class with another flax-maned and tail horse, Skywatcher. They executed three gaits flawlessly.

Jim Williams had a very fine Mare and Gelding 15.2 and Under class winner, Pusher’s Redemption. They were prepared for the show ring by Buck Williams Stables.

Quattro continued his winning ways in the Four-Year-Old class. Knox Blackburn was in the irons.

Complete results follow and may be found at www,

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