by Stephanie Rose and Kasi Hensley

SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. - The crowed was packed for the Tony Rice Center Horse Show on Sunday night, July 5, 2009. The stands anticipated an action packed stake division all night with several top performers from last year. Three of the entries were world grand champions. Star ended up winning the battle and coming out on top with Jimmy McConnell in the irons. Ironwork’s Tin Man and Chad Way moved from the show pleasure division to the stake class and received reserve in the good class for Ray Jones Trucking. Rowdy Rev and Bill Bobo wore the yellow streamer and Gen On The Run and Link Webb rounded out the top four.

Another exciting event was the Amateur Specialty class. There were lots of cheers from the crowd. Kid Callahan and Ed Breedlove won the class. I’m P. Diddy and Sherri Pollack were reserve, and Ann Bailey and Hydrostatic were third in the competitive division.

There were 255 entries during the evening and many of the entries included world champions and world grand champions. It was a who’s who type of show. 2008 World Grand Champion The Indy 500 and Sue Ann Dowell also made a trip to the winner’s circle for the first time this year.

Edgar Abernathy of Olive Branch, Miss. judged the 33 classes of the show.

Complete results can be viewed by clicking here.