Skip to content

The Sunrise Was Beautiful in Tuscaloosa




By Christy Rogers-Brown

TUSCALOOSA, Ala.- The 14th annual West Alabama Walking and Racking Horse Show drew 176 talented walking and spotted saddle horse entries to the Ray C. Jenkins Arena in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Saturday, May 10, 2003. The 38 class competition was host to walking, racking and spotted saddle horses. Honorable Jeff Givens and apprentice judge Amy Trimble were on hand to judge the walking and spotted horse entries, while Maurice Paul marked the cards for the racking horse classes. Spectators enjoyed refreshing Hawaiian ice drinks to wash down the aromatic Alabama Barbecue provided by the Brookwood Band Booster Club, and children danced to the music of Sherry Alexander. WC Silver Design carried Thad Way during the opening ceremony and flag presentation.

What-A-Sunrise painted a beautiful scene carrying Jack Way to the winner’s circle in the Championship Stake. The picturesque chestnut stallion is owned by Suzie Debutzkoy. The reserve honor in the class went to the Taylor Farms and Bobby Ellison entry Pushers Feel Of Thunder. Five Way Farms had two more blue ribbon winners during the show, and Taylor Farms took home one blue ribbon and a slew of reserve wins. Carolyn Rutner claimed the first of three blue ribbons of the night for Five Way Farms. JFK’s Gold Lining and Rutner captured the win in the Four-Year-Old Walking Amateur Specialty Mares and Geldings class. Pusher’s Cleopatra and J.D. Hayes took home the red ribbon for trainer Jamie Bradshaw and owners Randall and Martha Ferguson. Color’s Stagger Lee carried Rutner to her second win of the evening in the Four-Year-Old Walking Amateur Specialty Stallions class.

The horses from Campbell’s Stables had much success at the show, earning four blue ribbons. Pushover’s First was led to a blue ribbon win by Gerald Campbell in the Yearling Halter class. The entry was owned by Jerry Thacker. David Rogers led Bridge Night to the reserve honors in the class for owner Scott Jackson and trainer Rollie Beard. Joan Kemp and Disarmed were picked out of the line up and awarded a blue in the Three-Year-Old Walking Amateur Specialty class. The entry is backed by Dr. Joan Kemp and Dr. George Shaw. Gen’s Push-N-Proud and Jacquie Wright were awarded the red ribbon in the class for trainer Charlie Spencer. Ross Campbell made the good ride on Forever Silver to earn a third blue for Campbell Stables. The Show Pleasure Walking Specialty blue ribbon was accepted for Mohor Manor Farms. The Secret Senator and Steve Clark took home the reserve honors in the class for Clark Farms. The Skywish was guided to the win in the Three-Year-Old Walking Open class to make the fourth blue ribbon of the night. Nevada Turner made the winning ride for Campbell Stables and Doss Farm. Dumas Walker's Spotlight was the winner of the reserve ribbon in the class. Larry Latham made the good ride for Roger and Sylvia Latham. Rollie Beard entries captured three blue ribbons on Saturday night. Editorial Page and June Hawkins took home the top prize in the Show Pleasure Walking Amateur Specialty class. My Major Cash and Ray Finder found the red ribbon in the class. Five Way Farm trains the team and the reserve champion horse is owned by Ray and Nancy Finder. New Orleans Jazz carried Thomas Beard to the winner's circle in the Two-Year-Old Walking Amateur class. The entry is owned by Rollie Beard and Cathy Baird. General's Top Brass was the reserve champion in the class with Brett Jones in the irons. The entry is trained by Dale Watts and owned by Lisa and Brett Jones. Hal's Six Shooter was the smoking gun in the Walking Specialty class. Rollie Beard rode the winning entry for owners Floyd and Floyd. My Cash's Clay and Chris Zahnd rode to the red ribbon win in the class for Swinging Gate Stables and owner Ken Wilson.

Dale Watts prepared two blue ribbon winners. The Ladies Amateur Walking Specialty Champion was Margaret Thomas and Strong Armed. The entry is owned by Margaret and Robert Thomas. Becky Samford and A Powerful Choice captured the reserve title in the class. Dr. Wes and Becky Samford own the entry that is trained by Taylor Farm. Midnight At The Ritz carried Brett Jones to the win in the Men's Amateur Walking Specialty class. Dale Watts prepared Brett and Lisa Jones' entry. Watts also primed the reserve winner in the class. Pushers Blue Moon was ridden by Robert Thomas an entry of Margaret Thomas. Pepper's Hot Spice and Krystal Jones were smokin' in the Youth 17 and Under Spotted class when they captured the blue for trainer Randall Keeton and owner Tommy Jones. Playboy's Ricasso and Diana Christian were reserve champions in the colorful class. Rockie Christian trained the entry owned by Diana Christian.

Bo Beam captured the blue aboard Dark Storm Warning in the much talked about Juvenile 11 and Under Walking Specialty class. The entry is trained by Steven Brown and owned by Bo and Blake Beam. Delight N Pushin and Jodi Powell took home a well deserved red ribbon. The entry is trained by Taylor Farm and proudly owned by Jerry and Bonnie Powell.

Almost Indecent and Jamie Waddell made a striking performance in the Juvenile 12-17 Walking Specialty class. The team is prepared by Taylor Farm. Bonanza's Dixie and Meg Young captured the reserve title in the class. Diana Pate owns and trains the talented entry.

The Amateur Plantation Pleasure Lite-Shod Specialty class blue ribbon winner was All Night and Nicholas Clark. The winning steed is owned by Steve Clark and trained by Clark Farms. Allison Haun rode The Ultimate Game to the red ribbon win in the class for Charles Haun and training facility Five Way Farm. Charity Latham rode Sensational Medicine Man to the victory in the Spotted 18 and Over Amateur class. The entry is owned and trained by Latham Stables. Dawn Smith rode Colors Threat to the reserve win in the class for owner Mike Smith.

Nathan Clark was awarded his blue ribbon honor aboard Paycheck By MG in the Open Amateur Walking Canter class. The entry is trained by Steve Clark and owned by Clark Farms. Ray Solley shifted Clutch's Pushover to the reserve award in the class. Fairview Stables trains the entry.

Rockie Christian rode Mack's Gold Streaker to a victory lap after the 11 entry Amateur Owned and Trained Walking Specialty class had been placed. Generator's Gunsmoke and Roy Wester were the reserve champions in the class. The horse is owned by Sawyer and Wester.

Jamie Bradshaw guided Santana's Pusher Man to the blue ribbon win in the Two-Year-Old Walking Open class. The talented entry is owned by Randall and Martha Ferguson. Pushers Silver Dollar and Hugh Taylor were handed the red ribbon in the class. The reserve winner is owned by Sunny and David Robertson.

The Rising Sun and Ray Soller rode to the victory in the Park Pleasure Walking Amateur Specialty class. The winning mount is trained at Fairview Stables. Finding themselves reserve in the 14 entry class were General Bradley and Sherrie Beam. The reserve champions are trained by Latham Stables.

The Spotted Saddle Open class blue ribbon was awarded too Bridge's Bumble Bee and Becky Farmer. Dippin Dots and Sandy Taylor were a good match in the Alabama sun. They took home the reserve ribbon in the class. Joey and Sandy Taylor own the entry.

The 14th annual West Alabama Horse Show was a success. The more than 200 entries that converged on the Ray C. Jenkins arena entertained spectators until the "Sunrise" came out in the Stake class. What a "Way" to end a fabulous show at a fantastic facility. Complete results follow and may be seen, searched, or printed from our permanent database at www.walkinghorsereport.com.

More Stories

  • Year In Walking Horses Dedication: Honey Badger

    Do you know what a honey badger is? If not, don’t worry about it … the honey badger really doesn’t care what you think because they know how awesome they are. A small, fierce mammal also known as a ratel, the honey badger was made famous after a video about it, narrated by Chuck Norris, went viral. Read More
  • Year In Walking Horses Dedication: Howard Hamilton

    Howard Hamilton has spent his entire life devoting himself to his family and the horse and he does it all for one very simple reason — love. He and his family literally love the horse with all of their hearts; Howard certainly plays his part in doing what he can to ensure the horse, the industry and the industry’s youth thrive. Read More
  • The Money Tree Classic selects Beard

    Walking Horse Trainers’ Auxiliary is proud to announce that Rollie Beard will judge the 36th Annual Money Tree Classic on July 5, 2019. The show will be held in Champions Arena.  Read More
  • Bedford Cancer Foundation announces plans for spring show

    The Bedford Cancer Foundation has announced it will again be sponsoring its annual horse show, scheduled to take place Saturday, April 27 at the Champions Arena on the grounds of the Celebration in Shelbyville, Tennessee. The show will feature 30 exciting classes including both flat shod and padded performance classes.  Read More
  • Obituary – Keith Champion

    Walking Horse owner and exhibitor, Keith Champion, passed away April 11, 2019. Keith was known for his humble attitude and great personality. Keith owned and exhibited Go Boy on Parade, Collectors Director, and most notably The Real Deal, and Be Cool. Read More
  • Obituary – Frank Eichler

    Frank Martin Eichler "Fritz" 88, of Cincinnati, Ohio, father of popular Walking Horse owner, Frank Eichler, who owns Rising Star Ranch and whose wife Debbie is popular exhibitor, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Thursday, April 11, 2019. Read More
  • Latest Issue 4 15 19

    Read More
  • Bennett Stables Relocates

    Kim Bennett Stables has relocated to the beautiful Grand Oaks farm located at  825 Great House Road, Bowling Green, Kentucky. Kim has been training professionally since the mid-seventies and is well known for his success with Amateur and Youth riders as well as in open divisions. Read More
  • A Thank You from Frankie Jo Bradley

    I would just like to say Thank You to everyone who has been so good and thoughtful to me during this time. I appreciate everything and anything that all of you have done!  Read More
  • Lynchburg Horse Show returns

    The Lynchburg Walking Horse Show will return this year on Saturday, July 20 in the Moore County Arena. This show will benefit Liz Gassaway’s Kids, meaning all the children that have benefited from her guidance in equine events. Read More