by Linda Scrivner

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The William Way Memorial Horse Show, sponsored by the Alabama Show Horse Association benefiting the Children’s Hospital Neuro-Oncology Research Fund, was held on Saturday, May 31, 2008, at Sokol Park. Robin Strain served as the judge for the 42-class event that began at 3:30 p.m.

“Thanks to a beautiful day, many generous sponsors, exhibitors and spectators, our second annual show turned out to be a huge success. The money raised goes to the Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Research Fund at Children’s Hospital and everyone agrees that you cannot help a better cause. We had 218 great entries and want to say thank you to the trainers and owners for supporting our show,” ASHA President Nan Ingle commented.

The trophies were framed pictures of horses that children at the hospital receiving cancer treatments had drawn. After examining his trophy following a class, trainer Rollie Beard stated that this was the best trophy that he had ever won.

There were six WHTA Riders’ Cup classes and these were brimming with both numbers and talent. Jack Way won the seven-entry Ferguson Farms WHTA Riders’ Cup Stake class with Steal Justice and was presented the Marion Alma and William D. Jamison Challenge Trophy by his son Alex Way, the Winston, Mary Jean and William Way Perpetual Trophy by his sons Winston and Thad Way and the floral horseshow by State Representative Gerald Allen.

The blue ribbon tally was won by Chris Zahnd of Swingin Gate Stables who won six blues. Earlier that morning Zahnd had been pawed by a horse and had to have 18 stitches in his head. When asked about his head, he simply said that he would have brought six more horses if it hadn’t been for the injury.

Jason Day Stables and 5-Way Farm each returned home with three blues while dual blues were won by Bill Cantrell Stables, Cassee Crocker, Joe Fleming Stables and Dale Watts’s Pioneer Stables. The remaining single blues were won by Evelyn Stanley, Eve Durant, Sandra Dubose, Rollie Beard Stables, Gerald Campbell, Jean Brannon, Jimmy Grant, Hugh Taylor Farms and Scott Wilhite.

Complete results follow and can be viewed by clicking here.