ASHEVILLE, NC - The 2002 North Carolina State Racking Horse Championship and Walking Horse Show was held May 24-25 at the Western North Carolina Ag Center in Asheville. The two day show had 59 classes for Racking, Spotted, and Walking Horses. Benny Johnson was the judge for the 21 Walking classes. The team of Gene Frye as the announcer and wife, Jane, as the organist did their usual exceptional work for a smoothly run show. Leeza Wood was the official photographer.

The Walking Grand Championship Stake class had four strong entries. It was an exciting class that the spectators really got into cheering for their favorite team. Ronald Mosley and Jubilee’s Bossman made one of their many trips to the winner’s circle to collect the blue ribbon and floral horseshoe. Stephen Hankins and Generator’s Big Ticket were the reserve team. Another winner from Mosley Stables was Blake Hull up for Mosley and Holcomb to win the Pony class with Classic Rebel.

Steve Hankins Stables carried home the most blue ribbons from the show. Ashley Adcock picked up the first win in the Show Pleasure Amateur class with her horse, Guaranteed Delight. Kenny Compton and I’m Out Of Cash won the first place in the NCWHA Members Only class. Hunter Rouse and Generator’s Old Gold showed that they could canter quite well to win the Owner/Amateur Open class on Friday night. This great team then went into the Amateur Stake class on Saturday night ready to win and that is exactly what they did. Another double winning team was Janice Carter and Beam’s Daybreak. They won the Amateur 50 and Over class on Friday night. Then in the largest class of the show with nine entries, they won the Amateur Specialty Stake class. It was a happy crowd to greet her at the gate, which included co-owners, Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Potts.

Larry Wheelon and Brent Coburn also had their stock ready to win. Owner, Martha Neff won the Two-Year-Old Amateur with Frankie Blue Eyes. Brent then showed him in the Two-Year-Old Open to win another blue for Steve and Martha Neff. Martha got to carry home three blues as she also won the ETWHA Members Only with Back In Style. Crystal Letterman riding for her family, the Farrell Hughes family, won the Youth 17 and Under with Final’s Pusher. After being in Shelbyville on Friday night, Jack Morgan came home to Asheville to win the Four-Year-Old Amateur with Skywatch’s Superstar.

Rae Martin made the trip from South Carolina to win two classes. Andrew Allen made the winning ride aboard Santana’s Renaissance for Renaissance Farms, Gordon and Tricia Timmons, in the Three-Year-Old Amateur class. Rae then rode this nice young horse on Saturday night to win the Three-Year-Old Open.

Robert Kellet won the Four-Year-Old Open with Olympic’s Masked Man for Marrow and Leatherwood. Kenny Compton and Awesome Generator won the Amateur Owned and Trained class. Brandon Helms won the Plantation Pleasure Open with One Armed Bandit. The Plantation Pleasure Lite Shod Specialty was won by owner/rider, Doug Brown on Extra Beauty. The Racking, Walking, Spotted North Carolina Owned and Trained Flat Shod Pleasure Stake honors went to Barry Baggerly and Papa’s Poncho. Who Am I? and Cindy Bryant won the Country Pleasure for Kathy Huffman.