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Showing Room Only – Numbers Soar at East Tennessee Classic



By Christy Rogers-Brown

WHITE PINE, Tenn. – Attention, attention – The DQP has requested that everyone that is not a rider, trainer or groom please leave the warm-up area so exhibitors have room to ride. There was not enough room to turn around in the warm-up area. Needless to say, riding and warming up the primed-to-show steeds was out of the question. Six hundred and thirty-five entries made their way into the arena for the 56 class show schedule of the 34th annual East Tennessee Classic. The honorable Danny Kistler judged the walking horse division and Leesa Wood captured the event on film.

Jazz Show entertained spectators during the inaugural English Lite-Shod Specialty and topped 14 other entries. Abby Henderson was in the irons for Pat Cullicut and carried out the first blue ribbon for Baucom Stables. William Tipton’s entry Gold Chains Autumn Mist was the reserve champion in the class.

Pushin The Limits and Madison Holloway captured the exciting Youth 12-17 Specialty. A Winner Either Way and Brandon Derrick were confident about their reserve win in the class. The team carried out the red ribbon for Steve Woody Stables.

Ronda Hull and Secret Threat’s Masterpiece topped the very competitive East Tennessee Ladies Auxiliary class. The pair later went on to capture the East Tennessee Members Only Specialty as well. Finding the second place call in the 10-entry class were Wings Of Silver and Cindy Hughes.

The team of Bill Lester and Cut’s Thumbs Up was the pick of the judge in the 50 and Over Amateur Specialty class. Pride’s Midnight Express and Dana Kite claimed the reserve honors in the respectable class.

Generator’s Expresso woke up the spectators in the Open Plantation Pleasure class. Teresia Gwinn made the good ride. Lynn Culbreth’s Adonis’s Lady Carbon and Abby Henderson were the reserve champions in the class.

Bill Cantrell laid down the full house in the Two-Year-Old Mares and Geldings class. Armed For Blackjack wore out the blue ribbon in the class for owner Bob Kilgore. I’m A Sweet Temptation and Steve Hankins were the reserve champions in the entertaining class. The entry is owned by the Rick Compton family.

My American Hero carried Teresia Gwinn to her second win at the show and the duo carried out the blue in the 15.2 and Under Specialty class. Jennifer May Olympic's Supergizer were the reserve champions in the 14-entry class.

The Walking Pony Specialty blue ribbon went to Cover Charge and Dalia Smith. Madison Holloway and Ebony’s Magic Motion were the reserve champions in the class.

Tony Hayes Jr. and Final’s Black Streaker were deemed champions of the Amateur Plantation Pleasure Champions. Abby Henderson and Adonis’s Lady Carbon were reserve champions in the class claiming their second reserve win of the show.

Rick Barthalomew’s Down On Main Street and Rick Gordon were the big winner’s in the 13-entry Three-Year-Old Mares and Geldings class. The team is prepared by Baucom Stables. Chad Baucom rode Gene Holtzclaw’s entry Motown’s Lady Rebel to the reserve win in the class. There were 12 talented entries in the class.

Bobby Kellett made the good ride in the Show Pleasure class for Milton Spoone. The winning steed was Pusher’s Black Silk. Pusher’s Cat Can Do and Paul Livingston rode to the reserve champion honors in the class for Tom and Cyndee Leatherwood.

Steve Hankins made another good ride for the Rick Compton family aboard Push In Command in the Four-Year-Old Open class. Second place was awarded to Second Copy and Chris Pickel.

Walking In The Rain and Crystal Letterman made the show winning performance in the Juvenile Walking Trail Pleasure class. Reserve honors in the class went to Collector’s Touch Of Class and Forrest Beam.

Double Overtime and Steve Hankins were called to the winner’s circle after the Three-Year-Old Stallions class for Mark and Sharron Thomas. The reserve ribbon in the class was claimed by The Diamond Broker and Chad Baucom for Alicia Perry.

Cash Is My Choice and Sharron Lessard carried out the prize in the Ladies Amateur Specialty class for Christian Lessard. Deborah Perry and Cut Above All made the reserve ride in the class.

Brown Sugar In The Sky and Paul Livingston added a blue ribbon to their resume for Tony and Pat Hayes. My Bright Star and Chad Baucom captured the reserve win in the class for owner Ann Callicutt.

Kenny Compton rode Gen’s Triple Pride to the blue ribbon honors in the Amateur Owned and Trained Specialty class and topped 12 other talented entries. Private Term and Dana Kyte turned in the reserve champion ride in the class.

Goodbye Joe carried Brent Coburn to his first win of the show in the Two-Year-Old Open Stallions class for Joe and Kathryn Rutherford. Momma’s Almighty Dollar and Bobby Kellett earned the reserve title in the very competitive class.

Clay Mills won the first of three classes during the show and began his winning streak aboard the talented Big Papa Cool in the Men’s Amateur Specialty class. I’m Strictly Business and Joe Manis got to work and wore out the reserve champion ribbon in the class. Clay Mills and I’m Game won the Two-Year-Old Amateur Stallions class. Making the reserve championship ride in the class was Twist The Night Away and Calvin Bennett. Mills and Big Papa Cool returned to the ring in the most watched class on Saturday night, the North Carolina Members Only class, and carried out the blue to make their count three. Reserve honors in the class went to Gen’s Triple Pride and Kenny Compton.

The Aged Stallions and Geldings class victory was awarded to Bill Cantrell and Prowler’s Night Deposit. Larry Wilcox owns the winning steed. Stargate and Mark Snodgrass were the reserve champions in the class for DMK Associates.

Medicine Woman and Ella Kline charmed the judge and carried out the blue from the Yearling Filly class. Entertainer's Sweet Emotion and Beth Rouse claimed the reserve championship in the class for Tony and Karen Smith of Church Hill, Tenn.

Obsessed With Silver and Kathy Owen went for the gold and rode out with the blue ribbon from the Amateur Trail Pleasure Specialty class. Postmarked First Class and Bob Bilbo rode out with the reserve ribbon in hand.

The Two-Year-Old Amateur Mares and Geldings title went to Wired’s Queen and Josh Vaughn for Ray Vaughn and Buckley Brown. Penny In Command and Beth Collins left with the red ribbon honors in the class for owner June Collins.

Sabina and Anke Longest were awarded with a trip to the winner’s circle in the Four-Year-Old Amateur Specialty Mares and Geldings class for owner Dr. Donald Longest. Making the trip to center ring to claim the reserve prize in the class was Ten Tucky Blue Chip and Larry McLaughlin.

Classic Rebel and Ronald Mosely earned the blue ribbon and victory pass in the Open 15.2 and Under class. Holcomb and Mosely own the entry. Stormy’s Midnight carried Mark Snodgrass to the reserve honors in the class for Whata Blessing Farm.

JFK"s Jubilation Sun and Grandy Tuck, Jr. claimed stake to the Open Plantation Pleasure Men’s Specialty class. Pamela Larrave owns the entry. The team later returned to win the Plantation Pleasure Youth Specialty class. Jay's Velvet Shadow and Michael Colbreth enjoyed the reserve champion honors in the Open Plantation Pleasure Men's Specialty class for owner Lynn Colbreth. The New Comer and Joe Lester were the reserve champions in the class for C L Kline Farms.

Haley Lane rode Pusher's Blizzard to the win in the Youth 11 and Under class claiming the win for owner Dr. Linda Jones and trainer Bill Cantrell. They Call Me Doc and Lindsey Hess were the reserve champions in the class.

Martha Neff and Frankie Blue Eyes topped another strong class of Three-Year-Old Amateur Stallions and carried out the blue. Brent Coburn prepared the winning entry. The Diamond Broker and Alicia Perry were the reserve champions in the 15-entry class.

Four-Year-Old Amateur Stallion honors were awarded to Sweepstakes Beam and Grandy Tuck, Jr. Kelly Duschel backs the talented entry. Finding the reserve ribbon in the class was Push In Command and Kenny Compton. The Rick Compton family campaigns the entry.

Kenny Smith carried a second blue back to his barn from the Three-Year Amateur Mares and Geldings class. Carrying Smith to the winner's circle was Sweep The Floor owned by Alma Hocker. Reserve honors in the class went to Motown's Lady Rebel and Jennifer May for Gene Holtzclaw.

Adonis Lady Carbon and Chad Baucom topped the Four-Year-Old and Under Plantation Pleasure Specialty for Lynn Colbreth. Receiving the reserve honors in the class was Real Walking Bubba and Mike Jobe.

Sunfire's High Tech was the second blue ribbon winner of the show for owner Kathy Owen of Double Sprigs Farm. Russ Keyser rode the flashy chestnut to the winner's circle. Jazz Show claimed another ribbon and took reserve honors in the class with Abby Henderson making the good ride.

Deborah Perry guided Cut Above All to the winner's circle and carried out the roses and ribbon from the Amateur Specialty Stake. Reserve honors in the class were awarded to Soul Source and Vickie Hughes Grindstaff.

Up Town Generator and Vickie Hughes Grindstaff were the winners in the Yearling Colts class capturing the blue ribbon. Dynamo's Ace Of Spades and Herschel Blessing walked away with the reserve champion honors in the class filled with looks and future talents.

Generator's Old Gold and Hunter Rose wore out the roses and ribbon from the Amateur Stake. The Doug Rose family support the talented entry. The Games We Play carried Brandye Todd to the winner's circle to pick up the reserve honors in the class for the Luther Fuller family.

The highlight of the show was the Amateur Show Pleasure Specialty class on Saturday night. Seventeen entries entered the arena for the class that was filled with lots of talent. Seven-year-old Lane Thomas won the huge class aboard Pusher's Spellbound. His excited mom, Hope Thomas, and family greeted him after the class to celebrate the big win. Placing reserve in the class were Cash Advance and Cindy Hughes.

Walking their way to the winner's circle honors in the Grand Championship class were Brent Coburn and Star Of Sundance. Jack and Betty Morgan back the winning entry. Pushover's My Papa and Chad Baucom were the reserve champions in the Stake. Larry and Caroline McLaughlin own the entry.

The 34th annual East Tennessee Classic was a huge success. Not only did the number of horses exceed show management's expectation, but the crowd, exhibitors and trainers were also impressed with the quality of horses that were primed for the show. This concludes the highlights of the show. Complete results follow and may also be found by visiting our web site at www.walkinghorsereport.com.

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