SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. - The Annual Tony Rice Center Horse Show was held on Wednesday, July 3rd at the Bedford County Agriculture Center in Shelbyville. The show benefits the Tony Rice Center, Inc.

This year’s event was one of the best yet boasting 231 entries and lots of spectators. Marking the cards for the 26 class event was Judy Martin of Shelbyville. Keeping the show rolling right along was announcer Mark Farrar. Entertaining on the organ was Connie Dunlap. Jack Greene captured the action on film. Mark Walling was the Farrier.

To wind up the pre-fourth of July show, six good entries made the gate call for the Walking Horse Championship class. When the exciting class ended it was Blake Sims and Gen’s Major Motion making the victory pass for the Mike Chiappari family. Reserve honors were awarded to Ex Dividend and Allan Callaway for George and Beverly Greenup. Third place went to the team of Larry Edwards and I’m Twice The Delight for Lloyd and Mary Touchton.

Kicking off the show were the Weanling Colts and Fillies class. True Spirit Of RPM and Bobby Richards made the walk to the winner’s circle for Ronnie and Angela Rushing. Cashing in on the red ribbon were Perfect Dollar and Nathan Mills.

The always competitive Amateur Show Pleasure Specialty was next on the list. Making the good ride to claim the blue was Laura Brandon aboard Primed Time. Brandon owns the entry. Mr. Jose’ Again and Robert Nelms claimed another Open Yearling title for Buddy Bain. Mr. Jose’ Again is hot off of his win last weekend at the Liberty Lions Club show. Claiming the reserve in the class was Santana’s Choice and Nathan Mills for Hoyte Eakes.

In a very exciting Walking Pony Specialty 17 and Under, Skywalk and Seth Stanfill walked their way down victory lane for Billy Stanfill. Taking home the red ribbon was Miles Irby riding Gen’s Atta Boy for George and Carol Smith. The Country Pleasure class came in the ring next. With a recent win at the Bedford County FFA show, Solitudes Sugar Babe and Cathy Potter took home the blue once again for Daniel Potter. Our Mr. Hollywood and Patti Pollack were reserve for Pollack’s Silver Spur Ranch.

Gen’s Dixie Crystals and Larry Edwards were victorious in the Mascup Two-Year-Old Mares and Geldings class for Carl Edwards and Son Stables. They recently claimed the blue at the East Hall Dugout show. Making the good ride for the reserve place were Herbert Derickson and Miss Glitzy Ritz. In one of the most thrilling classes of the night, the Amateur Three-Year-Old Stallions title went to Main Power and Kay Green for Jim and Kay Green. Sue Ann Schott made a good ride to take home the red ribbon in the class aboard Incredible for Jo Ann Dowell.

The polished team of The Beaming Skywatch and Stuart Gibbs claimed top honors in the Amateur Park Pleasure Specialty for Stuart and Pam Gibbs. This brings The Beaming Skywatch’s blue ribbon total to five so far this year. Fully Armed and Clint Dixon made another nice show to take home the red ribbon for Randall and Gloria Dixon.

The Open Amateur Specialty title went to LaRue McWaters and The Great Satchmo. McWaters owns and trains the champion. Pusher’s Solid Design and Kelly Garrett took the reserve spot for Floyd Sherman. In a class full of good stock in the Two-Year-Old Amateur Stallions, it was Jeff Mitchell and Uncle Kracker making the blue ribbon ride. Mitchell owns the entry. Rainbow Of Colors and Jamie “Red” Etheredge carried out the red ribbon in the class. Etheredge owns the winner.

Lauren Clayton was in the clouds after claiming the Juvenile 17 and Under Specialty blue aboard Eb’s Cloud Nine for Mark Clayton. Clayton recently won this class at the Money Tree Classic. The successful team of Slick Willie and Bradley East were reserve for Bobby and Rhonda East. Lite-Shod Pleasure Open Specialty honors went to WC Starstruck By JFK and Lorenzo Smith for Randall and Gloria Dixon. Gen’s Gold Investment and John Feltner were reserve for Jim Fuller.

Claiming top honors in the Four-Year-Old Amateur Mares and Geldings Specialty was WC Summer Passion and Pam Ingraham owner/rider. Reserve in the good class went to Gen All Color and Carol Smith for George and Carol Smith. Capone and Mitzi Hooper shot down the competition in the 15.2 and Under Amateur Specialty class. Capone is owned by Mike Hooper. The red ribbon went to Sherri Pollack and Final’s Eb Tide for Pollack’s Silver Spur Ranch.

Two-Year-Old Amateur Mares and Geldings honors went to Miss Sweepstakes USA with Iris Schumann in the irons for Wayne and Iris Schumann. Owner/exhibitor, James Sigmon and Major Desire took home the red ribbon. Topping a field of 14 good Mascup Two-Year-Old Stallions were Herbert Derickson and Prime Poison for the Brundige, Carlon and Kidd partnership. You Better Watch Out came in to receive the reserve tie in the class for Whitney Davis.

A very happy Debbie Myers riding Beam’s Star Trek were victors in the Novice Rider Amateur Specialty class for Jim and Debbie Myers. The red ribbon in the class was awarded to Pride’s Easy Touch and Jimmy Lackey for Jimmy and Carol Lackey. With their recent win at the Spring Fun Show, the team of I’m Mr. Threat and John Allan Callaway took home top honors in the Three-Year-Old Stallion class for Hoyte and Jane Eakes. The reserve tie in the class went to Bustin’ With A Bang and Jerry Collier for Tommy and Vickie Hale.

Rare Cash and Jackie McConnell were in the money as they rode to the blue in the Aged Mares and Geldings class for the Wall and McConnell partnership. The Black Hawk Farm entry, The Key To My Heart, and Brock Tillman carried out the red ribbon. The winning combination of Karla Landrum and I’m Splashed made their way to the winner’s circle in the Four-Year-Old Amateur Stallion Specialty class for Hillview Promotions. Prism Sky and Ellen Sale finished in the reserve spot for McJunkin Farm.

WC Mozambique and Jeanine Gullett made another outstanding performance as they rode to the blue in the Ladies Amateur Mares and Geldings class for Jim Gullett. Rita Hudgens and Major Splish Splash walked their way to the reserve tie for Frank and Rita Hudgens. Brock Tillman riding the Black Hawk Farm entry, She’s Classy, claimed the Three-Year-Old Mares and Geldings title. Riding to the red ribbon was Santana’s Rave Review with Jackie McConnell in the irons for Lloyd Smith.

Driving Miss Dumas claimed her fourth blue of the year as Mike Inman made the victory pass in the Three-Year-Old Amateur Mares and Geldings. Inman owns the champion. Handover The Cash and Miles Irby made a strong showing for the reserve spot for Sue Irby. WC The American General and Larry Edwards commanded the blue in the Four-Year-Old Open class for the Dan McSwain family. Bustin’ With Terror and Knox Blackburn won the red ribbon in the class for Mr. and Mrs. Pete Hammond.

With a picture perfect performance in the Open Amateur Class, owner/exhibitor Sandra Hodgson and Dr. Perfect claimed the top spot. Frank Moseley took home the reserve ribbon aboard General George S. Patton for George and Carol Smith.

The Tony Rice show was the perfect way to set the excitement in motion for this busy fourth of July weekend. This is just a glimpse of what we have to look forward to as we draw nearer to the Celebration.