COLUMBIA, Tenn. - The Columbia Spring Jubilee has always been one of the mid-season stops on the road to the World Championship acclaim and the 2002 edition was one of the best for several years. Forty-six classes saw 404 horses working for blue ribbon honors at the 51st edition of the show. In 2001 there were approximately 350 horses competing. The judging panel consisted of Bill Young, Murchison, Tex., Steve Clark of Arab, Ala. and Spencer Benedict of Glasgow, Ky.

The sponsoring organization, the Maury County Horsemen’s Association was extremely pleased with the 2002 show. “This was the biggest crowd in 20-25 years and everything went smoothly. We appreciate our sponsors and everyone that helped with the show. Without that kind of support we could not have our Columbia Spring Jubilee. In three nights of showing, there were over 600 horses entering the ring.”

We welcome the Money Tree Classic back to Columbia. It benefits both shows and we appreciate them being here.” said Show Chairman Valton Rummage. Co-Chairman Jada Floyd added, “The horses were of really great quality. The turn out we had was definitely a good sign for the industry!”

Saturday evening’s performance began as Freda Dean on a striking bay horse made the flag presentation. Wayne Dean carried the flag on Friday evening aboard Another Stroker. The crowd was anticipating who would be seen in the Stake competition at the Spring Jubilee. When the gates were opened, seven outstanding entries made their arrival known as they entered one at a time with ovations from their fans as they walked into competition. After a second running walk, the judges made their final unanimous decision and the team of Rodney Dick and his extraordinary grey mare, Shout walked to the winner’s circle. This was Shout’s 2002 debut and her fans are still behind this mare that last year won the Columbia Spring Jubilee Four-Year-Old Mare and Gelding title. Everyone remembers the “girl” that brought out the pink in her fans that won numerous stake classes last year and culminated with the Four-Year-Old Mare World Championship and third in the World Grand Championship Stake. This was the highest tie by a mare in decades at the Celebration.

Justin Jenne’ and Cut Above All, Children’s Classic and Upper Cumberland’s Grand Champions, rode to the reserve title. This team also won the World Cup Mare and Gelding title. Ramsey Bullington and Push To Start were third. They previously have three 2002 stakes to their credit: World Cup, Manchester and Gallatin.

Landrum Stables of Franklin, Tenn. and Bobby Richards of The Colt Center, also of Franklin, topped the blue ribbon tally with a total of four blues each. The teams from Black Hawk Farm, Blue Ribbon Stables and Finish Line Farm each took home three blues.

Former World Grand Champion and reigning 50 and Over World Champion Pride’s Sundance Star carried his proud rider Kay Green to another blue in the 50 and Over Amateur Specialty class at Columbia in a unanimous win. Among their 2002 wins are the National Trainers Show and Jackson, Miss.

Joe Cotten exited with a blue for Landrum Stables aboard Miss Sweepstakes USA in the Two-Year-Old Mare and Gelding event. They also were Mississippi State Charity champions this season. Nancy Groover returned to Texas with another blue won by her Texas Salsa mare. They won the Two-Year-Old Amateur Mare and Gelding at Columbia following a blue in the same class at Jackson, Miss., as well as the Two-Year-Old Amateur Grand Championship at Jackson. This Hard Texas Cash mare was chosen unanimously to make the victory pass.

The final Landrum blue was won by Major Splish Splash and Rita Hudgens who topped the Amateur Lady Riders Mare and Gelding Specialty with a unanimous tie.

The Colt Center and the Richards Family made a clean sweep of the Halter divisions at Columbia. Bobby started by winning the first 2002 Spring Jubilee blue in the Weanling class with RPM’s Rebel Shaker. On Saturday night Chris Richards won the Yearling Fillies unanimously with Master’s Gem for owner Roger Richards. Master’s Gem also won the Yearling Fillies classes at the Gallatin Lions Club Show and the Liberty Charity Show.

Bobby Richards then returned to win the first of two blues won by Olympic Titan in the Yearling Colt class. Olympic Titan and Rhonda Martocci were next to make the victory pass in the Amateur Yearling division. Olympic Titan had three previous 2002 blues, the Yearling Colts at Upper Cumberland and Manchester Lions and the Amateur Yearling at Walking To Make A Difference Show.

The crew from Black Hawk Farm had a great show at Columbia as well, taking home three quality wins. In a unanimous decision, Sabrina Young directed Sheer Passion to the blue in the Amateur Show Pleasure division. Sheer Passion is one of Black Hawk Farm’s home raised winners. Sabrina Patton returned on Saturday to win the Novice Amateur (n0 2002 blue for the horse) with Centennial Pusher.

Reigning World Champion 11 and Under Gelding and former Amateur World Grand Champion This Is It carried his tiny rider, Lindsey Landrum, to the blue in the Youth 11 and Under. They also wore the blue from the ring in Jackson, Miss. earlier this year.

Blue Ribbon Stables of Shelbyville is well named for their plantation horses that always win blue ribbons at most shows they enter. Current World Champion Jose Quervo Gold and Bob Lawrence won their first Columbia Jubilee blue unanimously in the Amateur Lite Shod Specialty class. They also won the same class on Wednesday evening at the Moneytree Classic. Earlier this season this team won the Amateur Lite Shod Four & Under and the Amateur Lite Shod Championship at the National Trainers Show, the Amateur Lite Shod Four and Under and the Lite Shod Championship at the Gulf Coast Charity Show, and the Amateur Lite Shod Two and Three-Year-Olds at Walking To Make A Difference. On Saturday evening, Bob Lawrence also won the Western Park Pleasure Specialty aboard his new horse, Gen’s Bounty Hunter.

Threat’s Black Bum and Kenny Browning topped the Amateur Park Specialty unanimously for Blue Ribbon Stables. This team won previously this season at Starkville, Miss.

Finish Line Farms and trainers Rodney and Buddy Dick earned two other blues besides the Grand Championship win with Shout. Kaitlin Fields Byrom was extremely pleased when her three-year-old bay mare, Poncho Impact won the 12-17 Juvenile class in a top field of horses. Rodney also made an outstanding show with the flashy Armed & Waiting to wear the blue in the fourteen horse Three-Year-Old Stallions class.

Six stables carried home dual Columbia Spring Jubilee Wins.

Wallace Brandon’s first blue was won by Laura Brandon and He’s Forest Gump. This pair continue to dominate the Country Pleasure division with several 2002 blues, including the Country Pleasure at the Mississippi State Charity. Wallace Brandon and Cicero were the unanimous choice in the Lite Shod Specialty. Cicero and Brandon’s previous blues were the Lite Shod Open Specialty and the Lite Shod Specialty Championship at the Trainers’ Show, and the Lite Shod Open and the Lite Shod Specialty Championship at Jackson, Miss.

Bowtie Stables was well represented by Betty Corlew as she won dual blues. She and Highway Robbery won their third consecutive blue as they took the Amateur Two-Year-Old Stallion title unanimously. Previous 2002 wins included the Amateur Two-Year-Old Walking at the Children’s Classic and the Amateur Two-Year-Old Stallions at the Spring Fun Show. I’m All Fired Up and Betty Corlew had the good ride to top the fifteen entry Four-Year-Old Amateur Stallion division also. Ramsey Bullington’s Stables two blues came with the fine stock owned by Robert Keenan. On Friday, Bullington and Jubilee’s Bay Thunder had the winning moves to take control of the Mare and Gelding event. Current World Champion Genius Gold Spirit and Robert Keenan are almost a legend in the Amateur Fine Harness and they add another unanimous victory at Columbia. Steve Dunn traveled from Alabama to earn dual blues. Karen Inman and Generator’s Cashin In made a stellar performance to win the Novice Amateur Specialty (no blue for the rider) title. Bruce MacDonald previously won the 2002 Amateur Men’s Specialty at the Tuscaloosa, Alabama show. Toby Scarbrough had an exciting show as well in the Amateur class aboard Motown Motion and exited with the blue. Steve Dunn won the Alabama Ladies Auxiliary this season with Motown Motion and Toby Scarbrough had two previous 2002 wins. These were the Winchester Open Amateur and the Liberty Charity Amateur Stallions Specialty.

Under Mickey McCormick Stables’ banner, Joel Johnson and Command With Class made the winning ride in the Juvenile Show Pleasure Specialty division catch riding for Sherry King. Jeanine Gullett was thrilled with her Three-Year-Old Amateur Stallion win unanimously with The Golden Sovereign.

The Keith Baker Family of Columbia had another winner. Their Secretive made his debut a blue ribbon one as Joel Weaver directed him to the top of the thirteen entry Two-Year-Old Stallion class. Joel Weaver, trainer at Rising Star, also prepared Four-Year-Old Mare and Gelding Champions, Summer Passion and Pam Ingraham to take another victory pass at Columbia. Twelve top entries were in that competitive class.

Single blue ribbon winners included Ace and Tyler Bailey in the Leadline, Mistress and Billy Gray in the Four-Year-Old Mare and Gelding from Sand Creek Farm unanimously, Choice Cut’s Bandit and Meagan Batey in the Pony Specialty from Knox Blackburn Stables, Spring’s Starmaker and Joyce Marie Green in the WHT Auxiliary Class for Maple Leaf Stables, Pure Tribute and Pam Ingraham unanimously in the 15.2 and Under Amateur Specialty under Steve Aymett’s banner, Liz Claiborne and Lucky Collins unanimously in the Three-Year-Old Amateur Mare and Gelding from Allan Callaway Stables, She’s A Double Major and Larry Derryberry unanimously in the Park Pleasure Specialty from Buck Williams Stables, JFK All Over and Bill Johnson in the Amateur Stallions and Geldings Specialty from Dick Peebles Stables, A Classical Jazz and Craig Swagerty in the Two and Three-Year-Old Plantation from Enchanted Gait Stables of Utah, The Onion and Brenda Bramlett in the Amateur Mare and Gelding Specialty from Joe Martin Stables, I’m Busted and Ronnie Spears in the Aged Specialty, Coin’s Hard Copy and Brian Brewer in the Four-Year-Old Stallion, Mark’s Sonny D and Ashley Williams in the Local County Pleasure from Winner’s Circle Stables, Pusher’s American Patriot and Blake Sims in the 15.2 and Under, The Sky Patrol and Kurt Kovalick in the Three-Year-Old Mare and Gelding from Crowder Farm and Pusher’s Redemption and Rusti Sullivan in the Amateur Owned & Trained.

Those winning previous 2002 blues were JFK All Over and Bill Johnson in the Amateur Specialty at Gallatin; Pure Tribute and Pam Ingraham in the Amateur 15.2 and Under Stallions Specialty at the Trainers’ Show and the Amateur 15.2 and Under Specialty at Gallatin; Spring’s Starmaker and Joyce Marie Green in the WHT Auxiliary Class at the Liberty Charity Show; and Pusher’s Redemption and Rusti Sullivan in the 15.2 and Under Amateur Specialty at the Children’s Classic.