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SUNRISE OVER CULLMAN



By Linda Scrivner

CULLMAN, Ala. - The Fairview Lions Club held their 18th annual horse show at the Cullman County Agriculture Trade Center Saturday, April 10. A total of 297 talented horses, compared to 261 last year, competed for the recognition of the judges and the spectators. The show featured 38 classes for both walking and racking horses.

Link Webb served as the judge for the walking horse classes, and Maurice Paul handled the judging duties in the racking horse division. 2002 World Grand Champion Unreal gave an exhibition during a half time break under the direction of trainer Jamie Lawrence.

Seven top entries answered the gate call for the Walking Horse Stake to culminate the exciting evening. Webb called for a second running walk for the second time of the evening to the enjoyment of the spectators. In his usual style of excellence, A Touch Of Sunrise excited the crowd and won the approval of judge Webb. Charlie Green was in the irons for Al Sanders. This totaled two big Cullman wins for Charlie Green Stables at Victory Farm. Reserve was awarded to the team of Gads-O-Cash and Philip Trimble for Jerry and Donna Cash while third went to the team of Motown Motion and Sam Perkins for the Paul Stumpee family.

Previous to the walking stake was the Racking Horse Stake, which was won by Miracle’s In Command and Ross Campbell for Beverly and Jack Kirk. The reserve tricolor was awarded to Generator’s Grand Cru and Jamie Lawrence for Howard and Tessy Bellamy. Champagne’s Power Aid and Anthony Hobbs carried out the yellow streamer for Ray and Donna Campbell.

Jamie Lawrence Stables won seven Cullman blues to lead the blue ribbon tally. Winning three blues apiece were Denny Farms, Latham Stables and Tim Smith Stables at DanLon Farm. Dual blues were won by Steve Beam, Campbell Stables, Charlie Green Stables and Chad Williams Stables.

The first class on the schedule was the Four-Year-Old Amateur Specialty division. This great class was an incentive for everyone to be on time for the 5:00 p.m. start. Sixteen fine entries answered the gate call, but Disarmed and Casee Crocker were named the winners for trainer Nevada Turner. This was the first of two blues for Campbell Stables.

The racking division got off to a great start as well with the Three and Four-Year-Old Amateur Racking class. Kelly Watts made the winning ride aboard I Am A Dollar. This was the first win of the night for Jamie Lawrence Stables.

The Walking Ponies Specialty class featured the winning team of Hytone Generator and Clay Sanderson. They were victorious after tough competition from five other teams. Philip Trimble was responsible for their preparation.

Latham Stables earned their first blue of the evening in the Two-Year-Old Racking Open class. Pocket Lined With Cash was the winning entry with Danny Latham in the irons.

No Down Payment and Tim Smith earned the first of his three blues in the 17-entry Three-Year-Old Walking Stallion class. Smith returned in the very next class to win the very competitive 15.2 and Under class. The exciting Pusher’s Pzazz carried Smith down victory lane once more to the applause of the crowd.

In the Three and Four-Year-Old Racking division, P.T.’s Triple “S” Express Jr. and Jamie Lawrence made their way to the winner’s circle. This award winning mount earned Lawrence Stables their third blue of the evening.

2002 World Champion Two-Year-Old Stallion, Ritz’s Diamond Joe, and Jamie Bradshaw took top honors in the Four-Year-Old class. Last year they also captured the Three-Year-Old Stallion class at Cullman. Webb called for a second running walk in this class to finalize his decision. Wired & Walking and Steve Beam were the number two team in this exciting class. The crowd loved every moment of this thrilling competition.

Fred Denny made a successful trip from Blountsville, Ala. He rode Leggs Benedict to the winner’s circle in the 10-entry Youth Racking class. Denny Farms own the talented entry that is trained by Lamar Denny.

Continuing the successful evening for Charlie Green Stables, Wham Bam Mountain Man and Candy Whitehead-Green earned the Show Pleasure Amateur Specialty title. Trainer/husband Charlie Green was delighted with their winning performance in the class of 14 entries.

It’s My Watch collected the second blue in two weeks for Swingin Gate Stables. Chris Zahnd took him to winner’s circle this week in the 12-entry Three-Year-Old Mares and Geldings class. They also won the same class last weekend at the Alabama Ladies’ Auxiliary Show in Decatur, Ala.

Barclay Woodward made another victory pass in the 13-entry Juvenile Walking Specialty class. He was aboard Major Cigar, a recent winner at the National Trainers’ Show. Clark Stables is responsible for training the entry.

Jamie Lawrence Stables once again celebrated a Cullman blue ribbon ride. Silver Dollar Intimidator and Aimee Barker brought home the top honors in the largest class of the evening, the 18-entry Three-Year-Old Amateur class.

Doyce Lawrence and Only The Lonely earned another blue for Jamie Lawrence Stables. They were awarded top honors in the Two-Year-Old Amateur Racking event.

Doyce Lawrence exited the show ring, remounted and won the next class also. Dream Dollar and Lawrence took home top honors in the Two-Year-Old Amateur Walking class.

Big Papa Cool handled the entries in the Amateur-Owned and Trained class. Newton Parks made the winning ride for Park Farms.

Thirteen 15.2 and Under Amateur Specialty teams were next in the ring. Live & Learn and Jay Mitchell walked away with the blue ribbon honors. Chad Williams prepared the entry.

A Powerful Choice and Becky Samford made an outstanding ride in the 11-entry Ladies Auxiliary Specialty class. This team was prepared by Latham Stables.

Chad Williams earned a coveted Cullman blue ribbon in the 14-entry Two-Year-Old Stallion class. He piloted Lined To Push down victory lane.

Star Finder and Justen Mann were the judge’s choice in the Style Racking class for Denny Farms’ second blue of the evening.

Dark Storm Warning won the 11 and Under Juvenile class last year with Bo Beam. This season Blake Beam took over the reins and once again topped this class. Trainer/father Steve Beam was responsible for the training duties.

Continuing the successful evening for Denny Farms, I’ll Be A Son Of OSD and Lamar Denny earned the Show Pleasure Racking title. The 11-entry Open Walking Specialty was won by Copy’s Touchtone. Trainer Jennifer Dunn was in the irons for the win.

Spirit Of Motown and Steve Beam impressed the judge with their talents in the Open Racking class. Joyce Myers made another impressive show aboard He’s A Rebel to win the 11-entry Amateur Specialty class.

Duck’s Jewel was named the winner in the Four-Year-Old and Under Park Pleasure Specialty class. Trainer Willie Cook from Buck Williams Stables was in the irons.

Brett Boyd and Unforgettable Pusher made the winning ride amongst a top field of entries in the Aged Mares and Geldings class. Steve Parker continued his winning ways in the 11-entry Country Pleasure Racking, Western Attire class. He and Fire Proof rode away with the blue ribbon.

Ritz Cracker and Tim Smith earned the victory pass ride in the Show Pleasure Specialty class. This was the third Cullman blue ribbon for Tim Smith Stables. Earlier this year this new team won the same class at the Spring Sensation Show in Starkville, Miss.

Mud Slide earned another blue ribbon for Jamie Lawrence Stables. Denny Russell made the winning ride in the Men’s Amateur Racking class.

In the Lite-Shod Plantation Specialty division, Wendell Kirkpatrick and The Grizzly were awarded the top prize in an outstanding field of horses. Howard Bellamy made the victory pass in the Four-Year-Old Amateur Racking class aboard Score At Halftime. Jamie Lawrence Stables assumed the training duties.

In the 10-entry Trail Pleasure Racking class Leslie Blaylock directed Coin’s Prince Charles to the blue. The Two-Year-Old Mares and Geldings victory was claimed by She’s Lined With Cash with Larry Latham riding. The crowd cheered loudly and several shook hands with Latham as he exited the ring and dismounted outside. It was two years ago at the Decatur show that Latham was involved in a truck and horse trailer accident and seriously injured. Exhibitors and spectators are pleased and proud whenever Latham enters the ring, especially when he wins.

The Rising Sun and Ray Solley made their second trip to the winner’s circle in two weeks just as he did last year. After winning in Decatur, Ala., last week, they returned in Cullman to take home the Open Park Pleasure Specialty title. Fairview Stables trained the talented entry.

This highlights the Fairview Lions Club Horse Show. Complete results follow and may also be found on our web site at www.walkinghorsereport.com.

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