by Sherry Clarneau
DECATUR, Al.- The 34th annual Alabama Jubilee Charity Horse Show was held on Thursday, October 25, 2001 and stretched through the chilly fall weekend. The proceeds from the Jubilee were donated to Camp Smile-A-Mile, a camp for cancer stricken children that helps to bring these children together for fellowship, fun, and the camp also brings a sense of normality to their lives. Leigh Bennett, Mt. Lebanon, Kentucky, Wayne Dean, Lewisburg, Tennessee, and Ray Gilmer, Toone, Tennessee were on hand to judge the 66 class event. Joe Dan Carter marked the cards for the Racking classes. Nancy Hawkins served as show chairman. Thurman Walden kept the show rolling with announcing duties, while John McDonald entertained on the organ. Sandra Hall captured the event on film.

The number of entries, which was 523, was down just a little from last year. DQPs on hand to inspect the horses were: Lonnie Messick, Andy Messick, Ricky Statham and Ronnie Campbell. USDA VMOs also checking the entries were: Dr. Lynn Bouyeois and Dr. Clem Dussault. Lonnie Messick stated that for the number inspected that there were few problems, mostly a variety of minor technical violations.

As with every show, the most anticipated class of the Jubilee was the Stake class. Stride’s Touch Of Pride wore the Alabama Jubilee roses with rider Bill Bobo for proud owner Ford Gates. Making an outstanding ride to reserve was Cash’s All Star and Larry Edwards for Herb Murrath. Bill Cantrell and Pusher’s Blizzard rode to the yellow ribbon for Frank Shelton.


The crisp fall night began with the Two-Year-Old Amateur Stallion class. It was time to call the blue ribbon winner in the twelve entry class. Immortal Time and Barbara Moerch, owner/rider, were called to the blue ribbon circle. Generator Dry Gin and Andrea Zahnd rode to reserve for Haynes and Zahnd. In the 15.2 and Under Open class, Mr. M.D. and Steve Aymett had the right prescription for the blue for Floyd Sherman. Reserve in the class went to Spellbound Generator and Dick Peebles for Ginger Houchins. The Men’s Amateur Specialty found Walkin’ All Over and Bob Medina walking to the blue. Sundrops Make History and Eddie Hale were reserve.

Fifteen entries answered the call for the Three-Year-Old Amateur Mare and Gelding class. Leading the way in competition were Main Majorette and owner/rider, Carolyn Thomas. Pusher’s Lady Delight and Laura Brandon were reserve. The Amateur Walking Open held an interesting outcome. A father-son, or as it should be said son-father were first and second. Live-N-Learn and Jay Mitchell made the ride to the winner’s circle, as Jay’s father Jack Mitchell rode A Formal Affair to the reserve. Both entries are owned by Sunny Side Farm.

The Walking Horse Association of Alabama hosted several classes. The first being the WHAA Amateur 50 and Over Specialty. Eleven entries answered the call. Magic By Motown and Larue McWaters made it a magical night for Koston McWaters. Generator’s Blaze Of Gold and Dr. Tom Morgan were reserve. Almost Indecent and Hugh Taylor were quite decent for the Aged Mare blue for Charles Mims. Lady’s Ebony Ace and Jimmy McConnell rode to reserve for Ronald and Donna Beltz. Nine entries answered the call for the Four-Year-Old Mares, Stallions, and Geldings class. Charting their course to the blue was Private Charter and Larry Edwards for Bud Moore. Dr. Perfect and Bill Bobo were reserve for Sandra Hodgson. Silver Swing and Vickie Penick made the winning ride in the Aged Stallion Amateur Specialty.

Twelve entries answered the call in the Aged Mare Amateur Specialty class. Debbie Flack and Pusher’s Clementine rode to the blue for Jim Flack. Reserve was Grandy’s Rhythm Lady and Mary Medina. Of the eight entries in the Four-Year-Old Amateur class, A Major Masterpiece and Robbie Warley-Person made a picture perfect performance for the blue. Paycheck By M.G. and Nathan Clark rode to the red ribbon for Shelia Clark. Another large class of the night was the Aged Gelding Amateur Specialty. With 14 entries vying for the Alabama Jubilee title, Threatability and Kathy Zeis made the winning ride. My Midnight Caller and Woody Woodruff were reserve for the Cecil Fielder family.

Always good competition, the Two-Year-Old Mare and Gelding class held twelve entries. Driving Miss Dumas and Karen Inman drove straight to the blue for Mike and Karen Inman. The Antidote and Gail McConnell were reserve. But, Karen Inman didn’t stop there. The Alabama Ladies Auxiliary Open Specialty found Karen Inman and Generator’s Cashin’ In cashing in on another blue!

Stroker’s Vanilla Ice and Alison Weeks were reserve for Mr. and Mrs. Mike Cornelius.

The Three-Year-Old Amateur Stallion class harvested fourteen entries. Dumas and Rene Carlton were declared the winners for the Keith Carlton Family. Gen’s Master Push and Joe Christmas, owner/rider, were reserve. In the last class of the evening, Solar Generated and Herbert Derickson took home blue ribbon honors for Mr. and Mrs. John Brundige in the Aged Stallion class. Extra High Dollar and Hugh Taylor rode to reserve for Bobby and Sandra Ellison.

The Thursday night session of the Alabama Jubilee ended with smiles and congratulations and the spirit ready for another two nights of competition.


How else would you start out your Friday night? With Figgy Puddin’ and Suzanne Littell riding to the blue in the Ladies Amateur Specialty Open for Moore and Littell. Reserve in the class went to Beam’s Rapid Express and Gennifer Houchins for Ginger Houchins. Fourteen entries answered the call for the Aged Specialty Open. Taking home top honors in the class was Doc’s High Honor and Joel Weaver for Robert Ingraham Homes. Delight’s Man Of Pride and Winky Groover rode to red ribbon honors for Melissa Wilson.

The third class of the night, the W.H.A.A. Three-Year-Old Amateur class, held nine entries. Walking to the blue was Generator’s Double Coin and Toby Scarbrough for Ferguson and Scarbrough. Doing Time With A Pusher and Debbie Soleman rode to reserve. The Country Pleasure Specialty Open had nine entries. Red Santana and Bo Marsalis made the winning ride. Reserve in the class went to Governor Stride and Melissa Tittle for Kathy Mixon. Eighteen entries answered the call for the Two-Year-Old Mare and Gelding division. Tenderoni and Jimmy McConnell made the winning ride for Gail McConnell. Beamin’ Dollar and Dick Peebles were reserve for Susie Lavender.

The Lite Shod Plantation Pleasure Amateur Specialty found Bob Medina and Silver Sundance Lady in the winner's circle. Jose Quervo Gold and Bob Lawrence were reserve for Lawrence and Hutto. Eleven entries walked through the gate in the Youth 11 and Under Specialty class. Having it all under control was Total Control and Jordan Kidd for the blue for Ron Kidd. Making a magical ride to second was Gen’s My Magic Marker and Andy Adkins for Adkins and Sharp. Paycheck By M.G. and Nathan Clark cashed in on the WHAA Four-Year-Old Amateur blue for Shelia Clark. PG-13 and Robin McDonald rode to reserve for Bruce McDonald.

Wired 440 and Nicholas Clark made the victory pass in the Park Pleasure English Amateur Specialty for Clark Farms. Captive Heart and Katelyn Strickland were reserve for Ricky, Kay and Katelyn Strickland. In the Park Pleasure Specialty class, Push My Score and Ronnie Tabor pushed their way to the blue for Stuart and Pam Gibbs. Red Alert and Jeff Byrom were reserve for Karen Inman. Eleven entries entered the 15.2 and Under Amateur Specialty competition. Heart Failure and Joe Christmas soared to the winner’s circle. Gen’s Blaze Of Gold and Dr. Tom Morgan were reserve for Mary Ann Morgan. The Lite Shod Plantation Pleasure Open Specialty found New Millennium Generator and Wendell Kirkpatrick on top of the competition for Kirkpatrick and Griffith. Coin’s Flip Side and Suzanne Keplinger were reserve for John Keplinger.

The youth are indeed our future. Twelve entries vied for the Youth 12-17 Specialty title. Final’s Escapade and Mac Benham made the journey to the winner’s circle for Joe Christmas. Threatability and Zack Zeis were reserve for Steve, Kathy, and Zach Zeis. The Western Park Pleasure division found that there was no shame in choosing Mo Shame On Me and Carl Bledsoe to ride for the blue for Becky Teal. Coin’s Flip Side and Suzanne Keplinger returned to the ring for reserve for John Keplinger. It was no secret that The Secret Senator and Nathan Clark were the judges’ choice of the twelve entries in the Show Pleasure Amateur Specialty class for Clark Farms. Editorial Page and June Hawkins, owner/rider, were reserve.

Barracuda and Jimmy McConnell were on the prowl to the blue in the Aged Gelding class for Mary Medina. Stroker’s Hukster and Jamie Lawrence were reserve for Joe Christmas. The Illusionist and Joel Weaver were no illusions as they made their way to the Two and Three-Year-Old Park Pleasure blue for Toby Scarbrough. She’s A Double Major and Larry Derryberry were reserve for Cathy Owens. In the TWHBEA Youth 17 and Under Canter Medallion division, Our First Impression and Justin Harney made a lasting impression for the blue for the John Harney family. My Midnight Caller and Joel Johnson were reserve for the Cecil Fielder family.

The last class of the evening, the Two-Year-Old Stallions and Geldings, is always a highly anticipated class. Totaling out the competition was The Total Score and Winky Groover for Cathy McDonald. Big Time Pusher and Larry Edwards rode to reserve honors for Bill and Sandra Johnson.

With only one night of the Jubilee left, the anticipation and the competition grew hotter as the autumn Alabama nights grew colder.


The frigid night began with the Halter Weanling class. Warming up to the blue ribbon circle was Tangueray’s Ebony Spirit and Bobby Richards for Teresa Denham. Dark Spirit’s Sherman and Robert Nelms walked to reserve for Billy and Sue Dean. The little exhibitors showed their riding abilities in the Lead Line competition. Taking home the blue was Dixie Chick and Cannon Cornelius for Caid and Cannon Cornelius. Go Power and Christia Devers were reserve for Pry Creek Stables.

The Yearling Halter division was next with Whispers And Rumors and Robert Nelms making it no secret they were the winners for J.T. and Martha Nelms. The Sky Wish and Joan Camp walked to the red ribbon for Audry Smith.

The WHAA Amateur Specialty Open class clutched eight entries. Southern Nite Hawk and William Mitchell soared to blue ribbon acclaim for Mitchell and Mitchell. Generator’s Cashin’ In and Karen Inman rode to reserve for Michael and Karen Inman. Of the eight entries in the Show Pleasure Open class, High Profile Generator and David Landrum rode to top honors for L.E. Walton. Major Player and Dick Peebles made the good ride for reserve for Keith Alshie. The Amateur Specialty 50 and Over found Pushover’s Homegrown and Barbara Corbett in the winner’s circle for Ridgemont Farms. Lady’s Ebony Ace and Ronald Beltz were reserve for Ronald and Donna Beltz.

The Pro-Am Specialty class has become quite a popular division where amateur riders show their talent the first way of the ring and then the trainers come in to kick the competition into high gear. Taking total control of the Pro Am class was Total Control and Becky Kidd Miller the first way of the ring, and trainer Herbert Derickson finishing the class with a blue ribbon for Ron Kidd. Reserve honors went to Pushover’s Infiniti and Bob Medina the first way, with Jimmy McConnell finishing the good ride for Bob Medina. The Amateur Owned and Trained class is another highly competitive class. Jubilee’s Image and Newton Parks left a blue ribbon image on the judges’ for the Bob Parks family. Gen’s Gold Coin Lady and Nathan Clark were reserve for Sheila Clark.

Only two entries answered the call for the Walking Pony 60” and Under, 17 and Under Specialty. Favorite’s Stone Cold and Lee Lunsford took home the blue to the Gary Lunsford family. Pride’s Beamer and Whitney Thomas for Russ and Linda Thomas.

In a spectacular class of nineteen entries, John F. K.’s Pusher and Larry Edwards pushed their way through the competition to bring home the Three-Year-Old Stallion and Gelding blue to Bill and Sandra Johnson. Reserve in the class was Pusher’s Black Jewel and Dick Peebles for Joseph Shoemaker. Mo Shame On Me earned his second Alabama Jubilee blue with Dawn Bledsoe in the Western Park Pleasure Amateur Specialty division for Becky Teal. Coin’s Flip Side and Suzanne Keplinger were reserve for John Keplinger. The Four-Year-Old Mares, Geldings, and Stallions Specialty blue was taken by A Major Masterpiece and Herbert Derickson for Black Gold Farm. Armed Lady and Dick Peebles were reserve for Carolyn Thomas.

Driving Miss Dumas topped the WHAA Two-Year-Old Amateur class with Mike Inman up. This was her second win of the weekend. "Miss Dumas" is owned by Mike and Karen Inman. Taking reserve honors in the class were Andrea Zahnd and Hard Coladeral.

The Three-Year-Old Mares & Geldings was next on the agenda. Riding out with the blue was Armed Lady and Dick Peebles for Twin Willow Farms. The red ribbon was awarded to Command's Country Beat with Larry Edwards in the irons.

Our First Impression and Justin Harney made a blue ribbon impression on the judges to claim the blue in the Youth 17 & Under Specialty for the John Harney Family. The reserve placing went to Pencil Pusher and Maria Derickson.

Carry home his first set of roses was Woody Woodruff aboard My Midnight Caller in the Amateur Stake. My Midnight Caller is owned by Cecil Fielder. Reserve honors went to Jay Mitchell and Live N Learn.

Claiming their second blue of the show, in the Amateur Specialty Stake, were Bob Medina and Walkin' All Over. Bob Medina also owns the entry. Major Splish Splash and Rita Hudgens took home the red ribbon.

This highlights the 34th Annual Alabama Jubilee. Results follow and may be viewed, searched and printed at

For the complete show story see the printed edition of Walking Horse Report dated November 5th, 2001.