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Report On White Pine...Voltage Strikes Again



The judges were Mike Conley, Gene Batton, Bruce Long and Jeff Willis. Of the 59 classes, 44 were walking classes with 327 entries.The show was sponsored by the Morristown, Tenn., Cherokee Lions Club. There are five Lions Clubs in Morristown, Tenn., and each one does its share to support the community. The Club sponsors the Boys Club, Girls Club, Habitat for Humanity, Senior Citizens Program, the Rose Center and many other programs of Hamblem County.

Baucom Stables of Monroe, N.C., walked away at the top of the blue ribbon tally this week with eight victories. Four of their eight wins were accredited to Yvonna Matthis Sky Command. Sky Command won two blues with Matthis aboard, one with trainer Jason Hughes and the final blue came with Tyler Baucom in the irons. The Baucom crew also captured titles with world champion Pushin The Limits, The Diamond Broker, Power To Charm and Powder River.

Mickey McCormick Stables of Shelbyville, Tenn., also made the worthwhile long haul to White Pine to claim the reserve place in the blue ribbon talley ladder. McCormick was at the top of his game earning seven blues with seven horses. JFK Again and Jeannine Gullett received top honors in the Amateur 50 & Over class, and then they returned to the winners circle in the Amateur Specialty Stake, which was the largest class of the night with 15 entries.

Kari Tismas American Idol also claimed two victories, one with Mickey McCormick in the irons and the other with Tisma. Insomnia and Keith Johnson were claimed top honors in the Amateur Show Pleasure Specialty. This winning duo most recently received the top honors at the Money Tree Classic in Columbia, Tenn., only two weeks ago. Michael and Becky Colemans Mamas Almighty Dollar earned another blue to her already impressive resume in the Pro-Am class with Mickey and Dru McCormick up. The McCormick team earned their final championship in the Walking Stake with world grand champion Pushers High Voltage for Beckie Hicks of Christiana, Tenn.

Steve Hankins Stables located in Tazewell, Va., were next in line with four blues to their credit. Kurt Wilkerson and The Raffle made their way to the winners circle in the Amateur 15.2 and Under Specialty class. Hunter Rouse earned two blues and a set of roses this weekend with Generators Old Gold. Kenny Comptons UNC also earned his second blue of the season in the Two-Year-Old Amateur Stallion class. His first outing was at the Gulf Coast Charity Horse Show.

Wheelon Stables of Maryville, Tenn., claimed three victories at the East Tennessee Classic. Their first blue came in the Three-Year-Old Mare and Gelding class with Pushers Lite Score. Then there was Sweeping Up The Cash and Stacey Gunters win in the Three-Year-Old Stallion class. This duo most recently captured the Three-Year-Old Stallion title at the Smoky Mountain Classic in Harriman, Tenn. And the final victory received under the Wheelon banner was earned by Vickie Hughes-Grindstaff aboard The Final Score in the Ladies Amateur Specialty class.

Tim Wheelon of Willow Springs Farm located in Manchester, Tenn., took home two blues with the same entry! Collectors Mr. Twister made his first trip to the winners circle with Tim Wheelon up for Pat Sandlin of Cordova, Tenn., in the Open Stallion and Gelding class. Then the next night Ashlea Wheelon earned her second blue of the season with Collectors Mr. Twister in the ETWHA Members Only Specialty class. The duos first outing was at the Smoky Mountain Classic where their debut turned into a blue.

Jessica Holmes took home two blues with her Judges Golden Generator. Their first victory came in the first class on Friday night, which was the Amateur English Lite-Shod Specialty class. Then on Saturday evening the duo returned to the winners circle in the Western Lite-Shod Specialty class. Speaking of the western division, this outstanding duo ranks in the third position of the High Point Report standings.

Steve Woody Stables of Kodak, Tenn., also received a couple of blues. Sensational Premier earned his fifth blue of the season, this time with Latithia Oran up, in the ETWHA Ladies Auxiliary class. Cindy Hughes Cash Advance earned their Woody Stables second victory in the Open Show Pleasure class with Steve Woody in the irons.

Kevin Garner took home two blues from East Tennessee Classic. The first victory was with JFKs Gray Misty in the Two-Year-Old Mares and Geldings class for Steve and Lisa Howard of Denver, Colo. Then later Garner returned to the winners circle in the Two-Year-Old Stallion class aboard Pushover On Q for Gerald Henley of Maiden, N.C.

Thunder Valley Farm located in Athens, Tenn., where trainers Chris Pickel and Gwain Wilson reside earned a duo of blues also. Haleigh Anderson earned his first blue at her first show aboard Gen On Broadway in the Youth 11 and Under class. Gabe Garren earned the second and final blue under the Thunder Valley banner with Dumas Push N Perfection in the Four-Year-Old Amateur Stallion class for Tracy Presley.

The remaining 12 blues from the East Tennessee Classic were received by singles. Beth Collins and Saucy Touch received the top honors in the North Carolina Specialty Members Only class. Jessica Miller claimed top honors aboard Coppertops Miss Rachel in the Youth Walking Trail Pleasure class for Tracie Fuller of Kingsport, Tenn.

Clay Mills earned his eighth title in the Amateur Owned and Trained division with Extra Ebony. This outstanding duo remains undefeated this season and is currently in the No. 3 position in the High Point Report. That standing is sure to change if they continue in their winning ways.

Tommy Allen and Scatmans Grey Trixie took the top honors in the Yearling Fillies class. Dalia Smith and Cover Charge walked their way to the winners circle in the Youth Walking Ponies class. This top team have won three out of the four times they entered the ring. Their first show ring performance this season earned them a prestigious reserve tie in the Youth Walking Pony class at the Fun Show.

Paul Livingston took the victory in the Open 15.2 and Under class with Front Page Generator for Paul Henderlight of Knoxville, Tenn. Spookie Spook and K.C. Barron made their way to the winners circle in the Three-Year-Old Amateur Stallions class for Richard Lindsey.

Doug Brown received the top honors aboard Sky Babe in the English Open Lite-Shod Specialty class. This duo also took home another blue in the lite-shod division the previous week at the White Pine Charity show. The amateur owned and trained Miss Silver Satin with Brandon Helms in the irons received the top honors in the Four-Year-Old and Under Plantation Pleasure Specialty class for the Helms family.

Kenny Compton and Im A Sweet Temptation are now on a winning streak! They earned the top honors in the Three-Year-Old Amateur Mares and Geldings class at the Smoky Mountain Classic. Now this week the winning duo did a repeat. This was Comptons second time to the winners circle. His first win was with UNC in the Two-Year-Old Amateur Stallion class under the Steve Hankins Stables banner.

Vickie Hughes-Grindstaff still remains undefeated with Gen Desires Rewards in the Amateur Trail Pleasure Specialty class after three victories this season. The final single blue of the show was received by Lets Get Ready To Rumble and Hershel Blessing of What A Blessing Farms in Bristol, Tenn., in the Yearling Stallion class. This was this teams first outing of the season and they opened it in winning style after a successful 2003 season.

This concludes our coverage of the East Tennessee Classic. Complete walking results follow and can be viewed and printed at www.walkinghorsereport.com. The current standings of the High Point Report are also available at our web site.

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