WOODBURY, Tenn. - The heat was on once again at Woodbury - weather, competition and the overflowing crowd that caused Woodbury to be voted the Best One Night Show Of the Year in 2001. In 2002, it was better! Once again this fabulous show was the fitting culmination of the fourth of July weekend and a week long showing. And again they saved the best till last!

Saturday, July 6, 2001 was the date of the Woodbury Lions Club Show. This year’s entries, 309, bested last year’s 262 entries, making this great showcase even better!

The three judges this year were Mike Carpenter, Mike Hilley, and Hal Newman. They tied 16 of the 35 classes, or 46%, with unanimous decisions. Jack Greene recorded the champions on film while Thurman Walden kept the show lively with his announcing. Danny Boyd, Billy Morgan, Newton Parks and Jerrold Don Pedigo served as ringmasters while Brian Perry entertained everyone with his lively organ tunes.

This year seven of the classes were also Mascup classes.

The show started at 5:00 p.m. and 35 classes later, the crowd got what they had waited for - a championship stake that would be remembered for many years. This year’s champions, Pushover’s Powerstroke and Ronnie Spears were last year’s reserve champions and certainly proved their ability to make the step up in style after a grueling workout.

Woodbury Champions are always considered Celebration World Grand Champion contenders and this powerful horse is certainly headed in that direction! He is owned by Glen and Virgie Crutchfield and made a spectacular performance, perhaps his best yet. The crowd displayed their cheers for their favorites throughout their performances. The team of Allen Forman and Seve made their 2002 debut performance with flawless precision to receive the reserve position. Seve is owned by Utermark and Cole. Third position was awarded to Winky Groover and Luck Of The Doc for Hurt, Hurt, & Groover.

Many top stables brought world-class horses to compete at Woodbury and blues were spread around to 24 different barns. Three Stables topped the blue ribbon tally with four blues each: Jeff Givens Stables, David Landrum Stables, and Billy Gray of Sand Creek Farm. Winning dual blues were Steve Aymett Stables, Allan Callaway Stables, and Link Webb Stables.

Jeff Given’s first blue was won by current World Champion Movie Extra in the Two and Three-Year-Old Park Pleasure Class for Ralph and Elaine Pinner. His second blue of the evening came with Paris Rain in the Park Pleasure class for Rob Brooks and Darwin and Linda James.

In the Western Park Pleasure, Jeff Givens directed the flax maned and tailed Generator’s Power Pusher to an outstanding show for Dick and Sally Reilly which resulted in a unanimous decision. His fourth blue was won by another fine entry belonging to Ralph and Elaine Pinner, Gen’s Sundancer. Givens won the Park Pleasure on this talented horse.

Lindsey Landrum was the one to start the blue ribbon roll for Landrum Stables. She won the first 2002 Woodbury blue in the Equitation Open Specialty aboard her The Olympic Touch.

David Landrum’s Stables second blue was won by The Lottery. In one of the most competitive classes of the show, Marvin North directed the deep walking The Lottery to make the victory pass for Dr. and Mrs. Rafael Rigual. This class was a miniature stake class with the crowd wildly cheering for their favorites. Juke Walking and Knox Blackburn also made an excellent show for Autumn Crest Farm to gain reserve in this tough class.

Oh My Gosh! was the next winner from Landrum Stables and was one of the most talked about horses at the show. Joe Cotten directed this outstanding mare to the top of the Three-Year-Old Mares and Geldings class for owners Legacy Walkers, Sue and Pat Harrington. This Gen’s Armed And Dangerous mare was chosen unanimously by the judges.

Eric Lackey directed his new mount, San Juan, to another unanimous decision in the Two-Year-Old Amateur Mares and Geldings division from Landrum Stables. Mr. and Mrs. Eric Lackey proudly own this talented gelding.

Another youngster started the Sand Creek quartet of blues. Granddaughter Chelsea Cook captured the Youth 11 and Under in a unanimous decision aboard Jerry Maguire. Jerry Maguire is owned by Baylee and Chelsea Cook.

Gary Bowman expertly guided his Judge Judy to an unanimous win in the Three-Year-Old Amateur Mares and Geldings class to garner the second blue for Sand Creek Farm. Bowman and Smith proudly own this chestnut mare.

One of the largest classes of the show was the Amateur Four-Year-Old Mares and Geldings section with fifteen top entries. Making their debut performance under Sand Creek Farms was the team of Mistress and Bill Johnson. Mistress had previous 2002 wins with Billy Gray in the saddle at the Bedford County FFA Show and the Columbia Spring Jubilee in the Open Four-Year-Old divisions. She is owned by William and Sandra Johnson.

Sandra Johnson was also delighted to win unanimously in the eleven entry Amateur Four-Year-Old Stallions class for William and Sandra Johnson. This win brought Sand Creek Farms’ final tally to four Woodbury blues.

Steve Aymett’s proteges earned dual blues, both with his polished lady riders. Twelve horses answered the gate call for the Lady Amateur Riders Mares and Geldings class. Rankin County carried Kelly Sherman to the top in this talent-laden class for Floyd Sherman.

Pam Ingraham also enjoyed a unanimous blue ribbon ride. Ingraham and Pure Tribute were chosen to make the victory pass in the 15.2 and Under Amateur Specialty for Robert Ingraham Homes.

Allan Callaway Stables’ first blue was won by John Allan Callaway and I’m Causing Commotion in the Two-Year-Old Mares and Geldings Class. Sired by Pusher All Color, this recent winner at the Bedford County FFA show is owned by Jim and Debbie Myers.

Another Callaway Stables lady, Brenda Bramlett, topped a very competitive Two-Year-Old Amateur Stallions class with a unanimous win. Sky Jam, by Skywatch, is owned by Bramlett and Beaver and recently won the Moneytree Classic with Bramlett. Eleven entries were viewed by the judges in this class.

Link Webb Stables always has lots of top young horses and he demonstrated this at Woodbury with two amazing black stallions. Everyone crowded to the rail to view thirteen Two-Year-Old Stallions. By Hard Texas Cash, Texas Lotto and Link Webb were selected unanimously for a coveted 2002 Woodbury win in this division. Cheers went up for favorites throughout the class. Texas Lotto is owned by Kilgore and Hainer. Recent Germantown champions, Ted Williams and Joe Cotten were selected to receive the red streamer for Dr. and Mrs. Jim Green.

Link Webb’s second unanimous win was in the Four-Year-Old Stallion class with current Three-Year-Old World Grand Champion Chicago. Everyone had been anxiously awaiting his 2002 debut and he didn’t disappoint his fans with his performance for owners Roger and Patty Hainer.

The remaining single blues will simply be named in class order. Dangerous Diva won the Weanling title with Carlo Hurley at the lead for Allen Curtis. Roger Richards trains this weanling, which also won Bethesda on Wednesday night with Lynn Womack leading.

Red Eagle Farms of Dacula, Georgia had a great week of showing with four blues, two won by Starstruck By JFK. At Woodbury, he unanimously won the Lite Shod Open with Clint Dixon in the irons for Randall and Gloria Dixon. Lorenzo Smith trains Starstruck By JFK.

A Wind Storm also enjoyed dual Fourth of July week blues. He won the Yearling Filly class of 15 at Woodbury following a win on Thursday at Bethesda. A Wind Storm was led by Robert Nelms for Dr. Roger Richards.

Year after year, show after show, Coin Maker, is becoming a legend. This multi-world grand champion carried lovely Suzanne Littell to another victory unanimously in the nineteen entry Show Pleasure Amateur Specialty class. Knox Blackburn proudly trains this black stallion that is owned by Bud Moore and Suzanne Littell.

Another legend and World Grand Champion entered the ring a few classes later, showing the quality of horses that alway attend Woodbury. Silver Design and Thad Way added the Woodbury Walking Pony title to their lengthy resume. Silver Design is owned by J.R. Partnership and trained by 5-Way Farm.

Twelve Country Pleasure entries answered the gate call and Lynn Marchetti directed her Peacock’s Mr. Delight to his second blue of the week. They earlier won the same class at Bethesda on Thursday. Bennett Stables does the training duties for this team.

2001 World Champion I’m Cruella De Vil also continued her winning ways at Woodbury. Joel Johnson made an excellent show aboard his little black mare. Mickey McCormick does the training for Cruella.

Again everyone rushed to the rail as the Three-Year-Old Stallions entered the ring. No one was disappointed with the eleven that displayed their talents. The choice to make the victory pass was the team of current World Champion Outlaw Josey Wales and Kenny Lawrence. Larry and Carol Ann McLaughlin proudly own this mount and could be seen passing out hats and flags earlier in the evening.

A Greater Generator made his Middle Tennessee debut a blue ribbon one, which thrilled rider Mary Martin. This gorgeous son of Pride’s Generator, A Greater Generator, has won continuously in Kentucky, where he is trained by Jennifer Hankins. His unanimous win at Woodbury placed him toward the top of the list of major world champion contenders. Leo and Mary Martin own this flaxen maned and tailed beauty.

Catherine Britt traveled from Alabama to win the coveted TWHBEA Youth Medallion class with He Will Push. Brandye Mills trains He Will Push and his owners are the George Britt Family. This class is becoming increasingly popular and should encourage many more youngsters to learn to canter this winter.

Another multi-titled World Grand Champion and 2002 National Trainers’ Show champion, Gen’s Burning Rage topped the Mares and Geldings with a unanimous win. Larry Edwards was in the irons for the Dan McSwain Family.

Following her Florida win, Martha Branson was equally thrilled when she won the twelve entry Three-Year-Old Amateur Stallion class. Her mount, Diamond’s Touchdown is trained by Allen Forman and owned by Jess and Martha Branson. All three judges chose this champion. Making it three consecutive 2002 blues, the team of Frank Colombo and Pride Of Bums netted the blue in the Amateur 50 and Over Specialty class of ten entries. Pride Of Bums is owned by Mr. and Mrs. Frank Colombo and is trained by Ronnie Campbell.

There were also ten entries in the Amateur Riders, 18 & Over class. Daniel Groover, representing Groover Stables, directed Jubilee’s Star Wars down victory lane.

John FK’s Pusher and Bill Johnson were chosen to be the best in the thirteen entry Amateur Specialty. John FK’s Pusher is trained by Dick Peebles Stables and is owned by William and Sandra Johnson.