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The Snow Came Down At The Alabama Jubilee!



DECATUR, Ala. - The 36th annual Alabama Jubilee was held at the Racking Horse Celebration arena Oct. 23-25. The judges for the event were Don Milligan of Shelbyville, Tenn., John Fikes of Hamilton, Ala., and Newton Parks of Murfreesboro, Tenn. During the three-day event 60 classes entered the ring. Horses were great in numbers and quality, but the number of spectators was lower than usual. Proceeds from the show were to benefit Camp Smile-A-Mile.

The first class to enter the ring Thursday was the Two-Year-Old Amateur Stallions class. With 17 entries making the gate call, one entry was excused by the judge for a total of 16 entries left in the class. Emerging from the line up to accept blue ribbon honors were Peyton Manning and Pam Inghram. The entry is owned by Jerold Pedigo, Allen Curtis and Dr. Roger Richards. Reserve in the class was Halter Ego and Mike Inman for Mike and Karen Inman of Hoover, Ala.

In the 15.2 & Under Open class 10 top entries made their way to the ring. The entry that received the honor of being crowned champion was that of Dr. Perfect and Bill Bobo. The entry is owned by Sandra Hodgson of Washington. Coming in as a strong reserve was the well-known team of Pushover's Infiniti and Jimmy McConnell for Bob Medina of Skillman, N.J.

Rainsong and Jeff Givens made their way to the winner's circle in the Lite-Shod Open Specialty class. The entry is owned by Mike and Pam Ericson of Modjeska Canyon, Calif. Reserve in the class was awarded to Drop The Hammer and Connie Waldo. Waldo is the owner/rider of Shelbyville, Tenn. The Three-Year-Old Amateur Mares and Geldings class entered the ring next with 18 entries. Topping the charts was the current world champion I'm Causin' Commotion and owner/rider Debbie Myers of Flat Creek, Tenn. Reserve in this strong class was the team of Orient Express and owner/rider Bob Medina of Skillman, N.J.

In the WHAA Three-Year-Old Walking Open class 12 entries made the gate call. Rainbow Of Colors and Tim Smith found blues at the end of their rainbow. Red and Donna Etheridge own the entry. Reserve in the class went to Absolutely Armed and John Allan Callaway for Dr. Barbara Moersh.

The Open Amateur class was next to grace the ring. Live N Learn taught the competition a lesson on how to win the blue. The entry is owned by Consolidated Freight out of Albertville, Ala.

The team of Larry Derryberry and Mr. Rody captured the blue in the Park Pleasure Two and Three-Year-Olds class. Coming in as reserve was the team of Pusher's Secret Tiger and Jeff Givens.

The WHAA Two-Year-Old Open welcomed 15 entries to the ring. Emerging from the line up to accept the blue ribbon honors were Santana's Pusher Man and Jamie Bradshaw for the Ferguson Farm of Union Grove, Ala. Reserve in the large class was Boss Man Dumas with Bill Callaway up for Larve McWaters of Ashford, Ala.

Matching the number of entries in the previous class, the Open Show Pleasure class also had 15 entries. Making headlines was the well-known team of Editorial Page and Rollie Beard for June Hawkins of Lewisburg, Tenn. Reserve in this talented class of horses was Rebel's Glitter Of Gold with Joel Weaver aboard for Mandy Dawn of Nashville, Tenn. Bound And Determined and Ed Breedlove were determined to win the blue in the Amateur Aged Geldings Specialty class. Melissa Breedlove of Buford, Ga., owns the entry. Also making an excellent show for the reserve ribbon was the team of Generator's Cashin' In and owner/rider Mike Inman of Hoover, Ala.

Returning to the Pleasure division once again in the Park Pleasure Specialty class, Gen's Sundancer and Jeff Givens danced all the way to the winner's circle. The entry is owned by Shane and Sarah Hastings of Murfreesboro, Tenn. Reserve in the class was the team of Mystery Woman and Jimmy McConnell for Bob and Mary Medina of Skillman, N.J.

Figgy Puddin' and Suzanne Littell had the winning recipe in the Amateur Aged Mares Specialty class. Returning to receive a top reserve ribbon was Mary Medina with Grandy's Rhythm Lady.

With more than half of Thursday's performances over, the WHAA Four-Year-Old Amateur class graced the ring with 12 entries. Walking away with the win was The Total Score with Shane McDonald in the irons. The entry is owned by Cathy McDonald of Rockford, Ala. Reserve in the class was Doc's Cutting Edge with owner/rider Wes Sauford of Birmingham, Ala.

Walking all over the competition in the Men's Amateur Specialty class was the team of Walkin' All Over and Bob Medina. Coming in as a strong reserve was the duo of Bruce McDonald and Mistress.

Becoming more and more popular at today's walking horse shows are the MASCUP classes. The first MASCUP class held at the Alabama Jubilee was the MASCUP Four-Year-Old Mares and Geldings class. The world champion team of Sanman and Link Webb were crowned the champions. The entry is owned by Larry Russell of Ponotoc, Miss. Reserve in the class was awarded to Pusher's Last Citation and John Allan Callaway. Billy Young of Boaz, Ala., owns the entry.

Yet another MASCUP class geared up to thrill the spectators. This time it was MASCUP Two-Year-Old Mares and Geldings class. Making a flawless performance was the classic team of Absolutely Flawless and John Allan Callaway. Reserve in the class went to Sweeping and Jerry Collier.

The Alabama Jubilee welcomed 14 lovely ladies to the ring in competition for the Alabama Ladies Auxiliary Open Specialty class. John F K's Pusher and Robin McDonald, a familiar duo, were cheered on to the winner's circle. McDonald is the owner/rider of Birmingham, Ala., and Shelbyville, Tenn. Reserve in the class was received by A Powerful Choice and owner/rider Becky Samford of Birmingham, Ala.

Jailbreak and Tim Holley broke out some moves that were worthy of a blue ribbon in the Four-Year-Old Amateur Stallions Specialty class. Ron Nichols of Oxford, Miss.,owns the entry. Coming in as a strong reserve was the team of Dumas Dandy Dan and David Warner of Prentiss, Miss. Warner also is the owner.

The Three-Year-Old Amateur Mares and Geldings class captivated the crowd. Eleven entries made the gate call, but only one could be crowned champion. And that champion was the team of Boomer In Command and Andy Adkins. The entry is owned by John Sharp of Etheridge, Tenn. Not to be slighted in the least was the reserve champion in the class I'm General Electric with Justin Harney up. Breedlove and Harney of Buford, Ga., and Murfreesboro, Tenn., own the entry.

The Aged Walking Stallions was the last class on Thursday evening. Eight challenging entries made their presence known. Claiming the top honors in the class was I'm a Five Star General with Jimmy McConnell. The entry is owned by Longview Farm of Union City, Tenn. Reserve in this talented class of competitors was Rain At Midnight and rider Joel Weaver. Kevin Parton of Alexandria, Va., owns the entry.

The first class to begin Friday night's festivities was the Ladies Amateur Walking Specialty class. And beginning the night in champion form was the duo of JFK's Rare Form and Andrea Zahnd. The entry is owned by Wilson and Zahnd of Athens, Ala., and Trinity, Ala. Reserve in the class was A Powerful Choice and owner/rider Becky Samford of Birmingham, Ala.

In the Aged Walking Specialty class a masterful performance was played out by Gen's Master Pusher and Joel Weaver. Proud owner Joe Christmas resides in Mason, Tenn. Downtown Pusher and Jennifer Dunn claimed the reserve title in the class. Downtown Pusher is owned by Autumn Crest Farm in Franklin, Tenn.

The WHAA Three-Year-Old Amateur class was the next class to grace the ring. Ten entries made the gate call. Emerging from the line up victoriously were Moments Of Jazz and Carolyn Rutner for Doyce Lawrence of Cullman, Ala. Reserve in this competitive class was awarded to Gen's Pushover and owner Bruce McDonald of Birmingham, Ala., and Shelbyville, Tenn.

The show returned to the pleasure division for the first time Friday evening with the Youth 17 & Under Park Pleasure Specialty class. Walking away with the blue ribbon honors were Casee Crocker and General Trend. Joan Kemp and Dr. Michael Brown of Dora, Ala., and Arab, Ala., own the entry. Reserve in the class was The Sky Pirate and Steven Nichols for the Ted Nelms family of Cornersville, Tenn.

The Two-Year-Old Amateur Mares and Geldings class is always a crowd pleaser, and the Decatur, Ala., show was no different. Ten young mares and geldings made the call. When the class was tied the team of Taboo and Robin McDonald made their way to the winner's circle. Reserve in the class was A Private Benjamin and James Sigmon. Bob Medina and Bon Vivant claimed the title of lite-shod amateur specialty champions. Reserve in the class went to Drop The Hammer and Connie Waldo.

The Alabama Jubilee welcomed 13 juvenile riders to the ring to compete for the title of the 11 & Under Champion. Emerging from the line up to claim her prize was tiny Alex Blackburn aboard Eb's Cloud Nine. Clayton and Blackburn of Bremen, Ga., and Franklin, Tenn., own the entry. Reserve in this challenging class was given to Slam's Grand Tour and Samantha Bell for Jerry Bell of Parsons, Tenn.

Bruce McDonald and Your In Command were named the top entry in the Four-Year-Old Mares and Geldings Specialty class for Bruce and Robin McDonald of Birmingham, Ala. Reserve in this good class was JFK's Gold Lining with owner/rider Carolyn Rutner of Northport, Ala.

Robin McDonald returned to the winner's circle once again in the WHAA Amateur Riders 50 Years and Over class, but this time she was aboard Copy's Touchtone. Reserve in the talented class of nine entries was awarded to Design's Lady Di and owner/rider Hugh Johnson of Gadsden, Ala.

In the Aged Walking Stallions Amateur Specialty class the crowd was "all shook up" for Elvis Pusher and Jennifer Dunn. The entry is owned by Meadowbrook Farm LLC. of Florence Ala. Reserve in the class was the team of Double Copper Coin and owner/rider Marjorie Watson of Lewisburg, Tenn.

The 15.2 & Under Amateur Specialty class is always a challenging class full of top horses and riders. Claiming the top honors in the class was Pure Tribute with Pam Inghram. The entry is owned by Inghram Management LLC. of Brentwood, Tenn. Making his presence known for the reserve ribbon was Dang My Time with K.C. Hensley aboard for Adam and K.C. Hensley of Shelbyville, Tenn. In the WHAA Four-Year-Old Walking Mares, Stallions and Geldings class Dark Express and Jerry Collier were all aboard to claim the top honors in the class. David Ridgeway of Fivepoints, Tenn., is the proud owner of the entry. Reserve in the class went to Hard Coladeral and Chris Zahnd for Mr. and Mrs. Larry Roy of Hartselle, Ala.

The Youth Riders 17 & Under Specialty was next up. Ten top competitors made the gate call. A blue ribbon was prescribed for Dr. Dangerous and owner/rider Jacob Baum of Shelbyville, Tenn. Reserve in the class was awarded to Make It Real and Daniel Warner. Proud owners Keith and David Warner of Prentiss, Miss., were on hand to celebrate.

The pleasure division graced the ring with its presence once again with the Western Park Pleasure Open Specialty class. First in the class was the legendary Wallace Brandon with his mount Millenium Sky. Reserve in the class was the team of Pusher's Minor Man and Leslie Moore. Ray Solley of Decatur, Ala. owns the entry.

One of those favored MASCUP class returned to the ring with the Three-Year-Old Mares and Geldings class. An amazing 14 entries made the gate call. Emerging from the line up victoriously was Orient Express and Dan Waddell. Bob and Mary Medina of Skillman, NJ are the proud owners. Reserve in this great class of horses was well-known My First Dollar with Allan Callaway up. The entry is owned by Don Pratt of Kansas City, Mo.

Rebel's Glitter Of Gold was on hand to claim another top ribbon, but this time with owner Mandy Dawn in the Amateur Show Pleasure Specialty class. Rebel's Glitter Of Gold claimed a reserve title in the Open Show Pleasure class Thursday night with trainer Joel Weaver riding. Reserve in the amateur ranks was received by Who's Keeping Score and Regina Daniel of Cartersville, Ga. Daniel is also the proud owner. The Amateur Show Pleasure Specialty class was also one of the largest classes of the night with 17 entries!

Tennessee Gen and John Allan Callaway toasted to another victory for the dynamic duo in the Aged Walking Mares and Geldings class. Brenda Bramlett of Shelbyville, Tenn., is the owner of the entry. Reserve in the class of 12 was Swoosh with Link Webb up for Steve Mozeley of Charlotte, N.C.

The Novice Amateur Riders Specialty class was the next class to grace the ring. The rules for the novice class state that entries that have not won a blue ribbon in 2002 are permitted to compete. Bruce McDonald returned to the winner's circle this time with Mistress to break out of the novice division. Reserve in the class was Silver Gray Doll with Whitney Davis riding. Kim and Scott Leonard of Greendale, Wis., own the entry. The novice class broke the previous class' record of entries with 19 entries!

Becoming more popular in the show ring is the TWHBEA. Youth Medallion class. This class requires riders 17 years and under to canter their horses. A well-known face in the horse world emerged from the line up to claim the blue. Kathryn Ramsbottom riding Beam's Eclipse accepted the honors. The entry is owned by her father Bob Ramsbottom. Reserve in the class went to My Major Heartache and Clay Sanderson. Don Barnett of Altoona, N.C., owns the entry.

Without Question and Allan Callaway claimed the top honors. This duo also claimed the MASCUP title at the International just two weeks prior. Ron and Carolyn Lawrence of Lenoir City, Tenn., are the proud owners of the entry. Reserve in the class went to Steal Justice and Jerry Collier for Mr. and Mrs. Perry Hastings of Greenwood, S.C. The MASCUP Two-Year-Old Stallions and Geldings class wrapped of the events for Friday night.

Saturday night's performance began with the Open Halter Weanlings class. The future World Grand Champion Tennessee Walking Horse could be in this class. Nine adorable entries made the gate call. Mucha Cha Grande and Bobby Richards were called out to receive the first place honors. Dr. Roger Richards of Hendersonville, Tenn., is the proud owner. Reserve in the class was awarded to The Grand Jury and Keith Reed for Wehling and Shuster of Augustam Ky., and Shelbyville, Tenn.

One of the most appealing classes for the spectators is the Lead Line class for riders six years of age and under only. Making their way to the winner's circle were Dynamite with Keely Smith in the irons. The entry is owned by Zack and Keely Smith of Shelbyville, Tenn. Reserve in the class went to Clutch's Tumbleweed with owner/rider Brant Collier of Rogersville, Ala. Each tiny rider received a ribbon and a bag of candy.

The Country Pleasure class exhibits the versatility of the Tennessee Walking Horse for the trail or for show. Twelve entries made their way to ring. Claiming top honors in the class was the team of Lucky's Dynamo and owner/rider Connie Waldo of Shelbyville, Tenn. Reserve in the class was Power Of Your Love with B.J. Richards up for Bobby Richard of Franklin, Tenn.

Becky Samford won her first blue ribbon with Powerful Choice in the WHAA Amateur Specialty class. Samford of Birmingham, Ala., is also the owner. Reserve in the class went to Busting With A Bang and Tommy Hale. Hale was the owner/rider of Hillsboro, Ala.

The Four-Year-Old Stallions MASCUP class featured eight entries. The well- known Julio' Julio' and LInk Webb were on hand to claim the top honors. Donnie and Charlotte Taylor of Rock Island, Tenn., own the entry. Reserve in the class was received by Armorall and John Allan Callaway for Charles and Florence Terry of Morristown, Tenn.

Major League and Carolyn Rutner are no strangers to the winner's circle. The duo captured the blue once again in the Amateur Specialty Riders 50 Years and Over class. Rutner of Northport, Ala., also owns the entry. Coming in as a strong reserve was Pushover's Infiniti and owner/rider Bob Medina of Skillman, N.J.

The halter division welcomed five entries in the Open Halter Yearlings class. Striding away with blue ribbon honors was the team of She's Pure Poison Ivy and Ronald Morton for Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Eubank. Reserve in the class went to Yippee-Yi-O-Ki-Yay and Stacey Richards for Dr. Roger Richards of Hendersonville, Tenn.

The Pro/Am class is always at the top of the charts for the crowd. Nine talented entries made their way to the ring with amateur riders aboard and trainers on foot. The trio that walked away with the victory was Nathan Clark and Jamie Bradshaw with Generator's Double Coin. The entry is owned by Ferguson Farm of Union City, Ala. Reserve in the class went to the father-daughter duo of Stacey Blackburn and Jimmy McConnell with Twisted Dollar. The entry is owned by Formac Stables of Union City, Tenn.

The Amateur Owned and Trained class was next to grace the ring featuring nine entries. Queen's Magic Lady and Dwayne Robinson of Belfast, Tenn., claimed top honors. Reserve in the class went to Beam's Blackhawk and Tex Dillingham of McMinnville, Tenn.

In the Walking Ponies Specialty Riders 17 Years & Under class 12 entries made their way to the ring. Jazzing it up all the way to the winner's circle was Late Night Jazz and owner/rider Jacob Baum of Shelbyville, Tenn. Reserve in the class went to Dumas and Andy Adkins for Carlton and Adkins of Corinth, Miss., and Etheridge, Tenn.

The MASCUP Three-Year-Old Stallions and Geldings class wowed the crowd with 15 entries. Double Overtime and Knox Blackburn were crowned champions. The entry is owned by Sharon Thomas of Columbus, N.C. Reserve in this fierce class went to Texas Lotto and John Allan Callaway for Don Pratt of Kansas City, Mo.

In the Park Pleasure Amateur Specialty English class, The Rising Sun and owner/rider Ray Solley of Decatur, Ala., were on hand to claim the top honors. Reserve in the class went to Mystery Woman and owner Bob Medina of Skillman, N.J.

The WHAA Two-Year-Old Amateur class was next to grace the ring with its 14 entries. Emerging from the line up to capture the blue was Halter Ego and owner Mike Inman of Hoover, Ala. Reserve in the class was awarded to Santana's Pusher Man and Ginger Young for Ferguson Farm of Union City, Ala.

After claiming a reserve title in earlier competition Pusher's Minor Man and Leslie Moore returned to claim top honors in the Western Park Pleasure Amateur Specialty class. The entry is owned by Ray Solley of Decatur, Ala. Reserve in the class went to Coin's Flip Side and owner/rider Suzanne Keplinger of Warrior, Ala.

Only two entries made their way to the ring for the Open Fine Harness class, but the competition was still deep. Pulling his way to the winner's circle was former world champion Hal's Six Shooter driven by Rollie Beard. Reserve in the class went to Showboatin' and Pat Dunaway.

The first championship class of the show was the Youth 17 & Under Specialty Championship with 10 entries. Claiming his first floral horseshoe was young Bo Beam aboard Dark Storm Warning. The entry is owned by Bo and Blake Beam of Arab, Ala. Reserve in the class went to Almost Indecent and owner/rider Jamie Waddell of Verhena, Ala.

The second floral horseshoe to be given would come from the Amateur Walking Stake. Four entries made the gate call to battle for the glory. Paycheck By MG and Nathan Clark were crowned champions in the class. The proud owner is Sheila Clark of Arab, Ala. Reserve in the class went to Live And Learn with Jay Mitchell aboard. The entry is owned by Consolidates Farms of Albertsville, Ala.

The third floral horseshoe to be awarded came in the Amateur Specialty Stake. Five entries made the gate call. Cashin' in all the goods was none other than Generator's Cashin' In and owner/rider Mike Inman of Hoover, Ala. Reserve in the class went to Barracuda and owner/rider Mary Medina of the entry of Skillman, N.J.

The Groom's class with its nine entries really got the crowd to its feet. Claiming the top honors in the class to the crowd's approval was Eye In The Sky with Chico Booker of Dunn Stables in the irons. The entry is owned by the Ed Stuckey family of East Markner, Ga. Reserve in this class went to Five Star Rating and Gus Vargus of the Rising Star Ranch. The entry is owned by Whitney Davis of Shelbyville, Tenn.

Finally it was time to crown the champion of the Alabama Jubilee and give away the final floral horseshoe in the MASCUP Walking Horse Stake. Six fine entries made their way to the ring to perform the three gaits of the Tennessee Walking Horse. Stepping out of the line up to claim all the glory of champion was The Snowatch with Dick Peebles in the irons. The entry is proudly owned by the Anthony Joseph family of Columbiana, Ala. Reserve in this challenging class went to I'm A Five Star General and Jimmy McConnell. The entry is owed by Longview Farms of Union City, Tenn. The third place award was given to Tennessee Gen and John Allan Callaway for Brenda Bramlett of Shelbyville, Tenn.

This concludes the coverage of the 36th annual Alabama Jubilee. Complete results follow and may be viewed at www.walkinghorsereport.com.

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