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Spooky Dollar - Equine Obituary





On Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, World Champion and Reserve World Grand Champion Spooky Dollar passed away unexpectedly due to colic at Fleming Stables in Shelbyville, Tenn. Foaled on May 11, 2003 to Melvin Alexander of Milton, Tenn., he was by Generator’s Silver Dollar and out of Armed & Pushy. 

Spooky Dollar caught the eye of Danny Gattis and Chris Elliott as a yearling at the Sand Creek Sale.  The loudly colored stallion was purchased and put in training with Greg & Chris Pate.  Shown in the Amateur Three-Year-Old and Amateur Four-Year-Old classes by Stephanie for the first two years, it was actually his five-year-old season that Spooky Dollar and Stephanie made the step to the Amateur Show Pleasure division where they would become famous. Trainers, owners and spectators could be found at every show supporting this talented team. 

In 2010 under the Fleming Stables banner, Andy Adkins and Justin Harris would put the talented roan stallion and Stephanie in the Celebration oval to capture a Reserve World Championship title. The team continued working hard that next year striving for a World Championship title. They fell short at the 2011 Celebration but walked away with a Reserve World Grand Championship title. 2012 would be the year for Spooky Dollar and Stephanie as they walked their way out of the Novice Show Pleasure division making the ride of a lifetime to capture world championship honors. 

This past year would also be a success for this team as they would make the gate call 14 times, collecting five first and three reserve titles. Stephanie and Spooky Dollar made their final performance together at the Tunica Fall Classic this past year and put the finishing touch on a perfect partnership as they collected their first set of roses in the Amateur Show Pleasure Grand Championship. It seemed the season had ended perfect as they also captured the WHTA Amateur Show Pleasure Reserve Horse of the Year and the Amateur Show Pleasure High Point Horse of the Year titles. 

Spooky Dollar is a horse that will be remembered forever in the Amateur Show Pleasure division. The Danny Gattis, James Elliott and entire staff at Fleming Stables will sadly miss this awesome horse who touched so many lives.

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