by Sarah Smith and Stephanie Rose


            DECATUR, Ala. – The 40th annual Alabama Jubilee Charity Horse Show was held at the Racking Horse Celebration Arena October 25-27, 2007. The show management put on an impressive show that brought competitors, trainers and owners from all over Alabama and surrounding states. Jeff Willis, Rodney Dick and Ray Gilmer marked the cards for the prestigious showcase.

            Although U.S.D.A VMOs were present during the Friday evening performance, the entries stayed high and the crowd enjoyed talent and number filled classes each night of the show.

            The Alabama Ladies Auxiliary held their annual bake sale along with a 50/50 drawing and a raffle for a Vera Bradley bag. During the Saturday evening performance the children dressed in their Halloween costumes and enjoyed trick-or-treating in the box seat area.

            Knox Blackburn Stables led the blue ribbon tally for the three-day show carrying six blues back to Franklin, Tenn. Claiming the first blue was Knox Blackburn aboard Quattro in the WHTA Riders’ Cup 15.2 and Under class for the Paul Bryan family. Reserve in the class went to The Family Jewels and Buck Williams. Crackerjack Edge and Carolyn Joseph were the next team to ride to the winners’ circle from Blackburn Stables. The team won the Amateur Specialty class. Bo’s Shania Rose and Brenda Carlon walked away with the red award in the top class. Carolyn Joseph also rode Ritzey Zone to the blue in the WHAA Amateur 50 and Over Specialty. I’m All Fired Up and Betty Corlew claimed the reserve honors. The Who and Knox Blackburn walked their way to the winners’ circle in the WHTA Riders’ Cup Four-Year-Old Stallion class. Making the reserve performance was Smoke N Cash and Tim Smith. Silverado Spirit carried Knox Blackburn to yet another Open Specialty blue ribbon for David and Erin Graf. Bebopper and Tim Gray walked away with the red ribbon in the class. Also earning top honors for the Anthony Joseph family was Knox Blackburn and Bella Sera At The Ritz in the WHTA Riders’ Cup Three-Year-Old Mares and Geldings class. Scotty Brooks and High Society Woman earned the reserve ribbon in the class.

            Clark Farms, Tim Smith Stables and Mickey McCormick Stables all earned four Alabama Jubilee blue ribbons. The River King earned two blues for Clark Farms and owner Kelly Arrington. Nathan Clark rode The River King to his first blue in the WHAA Two-Year-Old Open class. Tim Smith and Last Dollar claimed reserve for G.L. and Beverly McNeill. Kelly Arrington took over the reins of The River King to earn the judges’ approval in the WHAA Two-Year-Old Amateur class. Hytone On Line and Harold Malone carried out the reserve honors. The popular team of My Silver Bullet and Barclay Woodward made the winning ride in the WHAA Youth class. Reserve in the class went to Motown Good Timing and Shelby Beam. Another successful juvenile team prepared by Clark Farms earned blue ribbon honors. Trey Blackburn rode Generated By Jose’ to another title in their lengthy list of accomplishments.

            Horses owned by G.L. and Beverly McNeill earned two Jubilee blues. The first was She’s One Hot Tamale and trainer Tim Smith in the Open Show Pleasure class. A few classes later, Pzazz Marks and Tim Smith rode to the winners’ circle in the Open Park Performance class. Firey Generator and Ross Campbell were second in the Show Pleasure class and in the Park Performance class it was Central Command and Bill Callaway claiming the reserve honors. Amy Nesius and Kennedy’s Carlina claimed their second blue of the season in the Two-Year-Old Amateur Mare and Gelding class. Amy Nesius also rode her mount, FDR to the blue in the Youth Specialty Stake. Lock And Load and Whitney Morris were reserve in the good class.

            Riding under the direction of Mickey McCormick Stables, Suzy Johnson and her World Champion mount Mr. Kamikaze claimed the blue ribbon in the Ladies Amateur Specialty. Also World Champions, Secret Sky and Kelly Moore were reserve in the top class. Generator’s Top Dollar and Diana Bowers continued their winning habits, earning the judges’ approval in the Adult Walking Ponies class. Really earned the blue in the Pro-Am class with Dru McCormick and Brock Tillman sharing the reins. Bo’s Shania Rose and Brenda Carlon claimed their second reserve of the week. Herbert Derickson joined the pair in the highly competitive class. Claiming McCormick Stables fourth blue and closing out the show was Shock Jock and Mickey McCormick. The team made and electrifying performance to claim the Alabama Jubilee Grand Championship and the Riders’ Cup points that goes along with the honor. Dr. Michael and Becky Coleman own the champion. I’m Packin’ A Pistol and Jeff Hatcher were named reserve champions.

            Allan Callaway Stables carried three blue ribbons back to Tennessee. Debbie Myers and Simply Jose’ walked their way to blue ribbon honors in the Amateur Four-Year-Old Stallions class. The Big Red One and Jacqueline Brantley were second. Meg Young rode Absolute Proof to earn the victory ride in the Amateur Three-Year-Old class. On Star and Darrell Oliver claimed the second place award. Olivia Boyle and I’m John Bull let their walking ways earn them top honors in the Youth 12-17 Specialty. Ritz’s Diamond Joe and Alexandria Holland claimed the red ribbon in the class.

            David Landrum Stables, Chad Williams Stables, Rollie Beard Stables, Derickson Training Facility, Triple C Stables, Bruce Hankins Stables, Link Webb Stables and Peebles Stables all earned top honors in two classes.

            The team of Rudy Rudiger and Alexandria Holland rode their way to the winner’s circle in the Youth Walking Ponies class for the Children of Neal and Sherry Holland. Riding to the red award was Score Card and Samantha Green. The Coach and Joe Cotten claimed the WHTA Riders’ Cup Three-Year-Old Stallion class for the Holland and Kilgore Partnership. Jose’s Whole Shebang and Charlie Green won the red award. Rudy Rudiger and The Coach are prepared for competition by David Landrum Stables.

            Riding to blue ribbon honors from Chad Williams Stables was Rocky Mountain Sky and Lucky Collins in the 15.2 and Under Amateur class. Chad Williams rode The Warr Family’s entry, The Lineman to the winner’s circle in the talent packed WHTA Riders’ Cup Two-Year-Old Stallions class. USS Showboat and Jack Way earned the reserve honors in the class.

            June Hawkins and her beloved Editorial Page made the winning ride in the Ladies Amateur Show Pleasure class. Master Of Pride and Meg Young were second. General’s Main lady and Rollie Beard earned the blue in the Aged Mares and Geldings class. Mrs. June Hawkins also owns this winning talent. Carrying home the blue for Derickson Training Facility was Jose’s Emblem and Herbert Derickson in the WHTA Riders’ Cup 15.2 and Under Stallions class. Bayou Bay and Chad Williams earned reserve honors for Jack Mitchell. Also under the direction of Derickson Stables is the winning team of Jazz Man’s Echo and Kelly Lokey. The team won the WHAA Amateur Specialty title. Ultra Bumin’ Around and Nan Ingle claimed second place honors.

            From Triple C Stables, Worth A Buck and Todd Claborn rode to the blue in the WHTA Riders’ Cup Four-Year-Old Mares and Geldings class for Beverly Sherman. I’m A Burst Of Pride and Knox Blackburn was reserve. Jan Anderson and Senator’s Silver earned the blue in the Novice Amateur Specialty. Bayou Bay earned his second reserve with Jay Mitchell riding. Yao Ming and Nicole Coffey continued to claim blues in the Two and Three-Year-Old Park Pleasure. B.B. King’s Jazz and Jeff Hatcher earned the red award. Also claiming a blue from Hankins Stables was A Rock Star and Chris Coffey in the Country Pleasure class for David and Kathy Ragland. Splashed and Casee Crocker made the reserve ride in the class.

            Link Webb directed Dumas Dandy to the top award in the WHAA Three-Year-Old Open class for Rolling Hills Farm. Earning the second place honors was A Bold Generator and Jason Day. Also winning a blue under the Webb Stables banner was I’m Infamous and Jack Heffington in the Amateur Specialty Stallions class. Debbie Eichler rode Hocus Pocus Jazz to the second place tie.

Robin MacDonald made two blue ribbon rides from Peebles Stables. The first was aboard Jose’s Special Edition in the Amateur Three-Year-Old Mares and Geldings class. Gold Label Lady and Brenda Carlon claimed second. John FK’s Pusher carried Robin MacDonald to the blue in the Amateur 50 and Over class. A High Dollar Charge and Beverly Sherman earned the second place award.

            High Rock and owner Ronnie Clearly earned blue ribbon honors in the Amateur Two-Year-Old Stallions class. Outta Line and Kelly Peevy earned the red award in the top class. Reigning World Champions, Elegance Of Design and Nancy Lavato continued their winning ways in the Plantation Pleasure Lite-Shod Open Specialty. The red award went to Skywalking For Cash and Kristy Whittenburg.

            Wired And Walking and Jeff Bryant won the Open Amateur Canter class. The second place ribbon went to Jazz N Ebony and Norma Beal. Jamie Lawrence directed The Rising Sun to the blue in the Park Pleasure Specialty. Disarmed and Casee Crocker were second. Riding to the blue in the Alabama Ladies Auxiliary class was Diana Christian aboard Color’s Stagger Lee. Copy’s Touchtone and Megan Peebles rode to the red ribbon. Claiming the WHTA Riders’ Cup Two-Year-Old Stallions class was Tequila Cash and Dale Watts.

            Cashlotto carried Tommy Hale to the winner’s circle in the WHAA Three-Year-Old Amateur class. Ace’s Major Threat and Allison Cornelius were reserve. The Amateur Four-Year-Old Mares and Geldings class was won by Nancy Groover and Texas Independence. Reserve in the top class went to Gunboat and Greg Cass. The MVP and Woody Woodruff were the winning duo in the Amateur Gentlemen’s Show Pleasure class. Daniel Latham and Santana’s Stormy Dream claimed second.

            Laura Brandon rode A Flashy Gangster to the blue in the Amateur Trail Pleasure class. Cha Cha Cha and Jordan Howell were second. Tattoo and Brody Bradshaw rode to the winners’ circle in the Lead Line class. A Major Shot and Megan Freeman won the WHAA Four-Year-Old Amateur class. Gypsy Dollar carried Sudie Reed to the second place tie. Gen’s Thundermaker and Newton Parks claimed the blue in the Amateur Owned and Trained class.

            The Silver Bandit and Kim Leonard earned another blue in the Amateur Park Pleasure class. Don’t Put Me Down and Jennifer Davis made the reserve ride in the class. Taking home the blue in the Young Trainers 35 and Under was Texas Joe Black and Justin Harris. Ginger Simpson rode Jewel’s Scatman to the blur in the Amateur Park Performance class. Poor Boys Pusher and Jennifer Pendleton were second.

            Paula Sensing and Firey Generator made the victory ride in the Amateur Show Pleasure Stake. The Lieutenant Colonel and Lou Anne Jennings made the reserve ride in the good class. In their first outing of the season, The Gatekeeper and Justin Harney claimed the Amateur Specialty Stake. Hondo Texas was reserve with Nancy Groover aboard. The always-popular Groom’s class brought several talented and excited entries to the ring. Enrique Compos made the winning ride aboard Express’s Frosty Girl for Barrow and Carla Brown. Senator’s Silver and Chris Kelly were second.

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