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Saturday Nov. 13, the Oak Grove School Community Center held their 9th annual walking horse show at the Southern Middle Tennessee Agricultural Pavillion. Dick Myers of Shelbyville, Tenn., had the duty of judging the amazing 339 entries in the 31 classes. Jerry Stephens of Middleton, Tenn., was the ring master for the night while Brian Perry of Hampshire, Tenn., provided the music.

The first class of the evening was the Country Pleasure class, kicking the night off to a terrific start with 22 entries making the gate call. Making their mark at the top of the list was the pair of Pride’s Final Mark and Charlie Howard. Taylor Morgan of Shelbyville, Tenn., owns the fine entry. Taking the reserve honor was Ring The Man and Rachel Burch of College Grove, Tenn.

He’s John Henry and Nathan Mills strided their way to the blue ribbon in the Walking Weanlings class. He’s John Henry is owned by Hoyte Eakes of Nashville, Tenn., and is trained by Hidden Acres Farm, also of Nashville, Tenn. Coming in a strong second was the team of Aerial Assault and Robert Nelms for Lisa Teel and Mitzi Butler of Andalusia, Ala.

Andrea Zahnd started off the winning evening for the Zahnd family with her winning ride on The Willhamina in the Two-Year-Old Mares and Geldings class. The Willhamina is trained at Swinging Gait Stables of Trinity, Ala. Placing a close second in 11 entry class was Steve’s Lucky Lady and Norris Blackburn for Herb Murrath of Norcross, Ga.

In the Amateur 15.2 and Under Specialty class, Gen’s Master Pusher and Larry Bright mastered their way once again to the blue victory. This great entry is trained by Rising Star Ranch of Shelbyville, Tenn. Claiming the reserve honor was Kathy Graves and Silver Dollar Make Me Hollar for the Jerry Graves Family of Moss, Tenn.

Next brought about the Walking Yearling class. Pusher’s Immortal Image and Robert Nelms pushed their way to the blue ribbon performance for Molly Bullington of Bentonville, Ariz. Pusher’s Immortal Image is trained at Nelms Training Facility in College Grove, Tenn.Generator’s Maria and Nathan Mills walked to the reserve win for Ed Alderson of Spring Valley, Tenn.

Eighteen entries entered the ring in the Three-Year-Old Mares and Geldings competition. Luck was once again on the side of Olympic’s Lucky Charm and Josh Jackson while they accepted the blue ribbon. Olympic’s Lucky Charm is owned by Kathy Graves of College Grove, Tenn,. and is trained by Dick Peebles Stables of Shelbyville, Tenn. Reserve in this large class went to Express’ Frosty Girl and Cliff Loftin for Bob Keenon of Franklin, Tenn.

Up next was the ever popular, crowd favorite Lead Line class. Ace with rider Allie Puckett and leader Holly Puckett were crowned the champions in this class. Ace is owned and trained by the Beetle Bailey family of Lynchburg, Tenn. The red ribbon went to John Deere and Blake Pickett of Winchester, Tenn.

The Four-Year-Old Amateur Specialty class brought out twelve entries with Pop A Top Papa and Rhea Ellen Webb taking home the top honors for Franklin Beaty of Byrdstown, Tenn. Pop A Top Papa is trained by Beaty Stables in Byrdstown, Tenn. Coming in a close second was Lust For Power and Dr. Sally Webb for the Bill Webb family of McMinnville, Tenn.

Bringing home another win in the Plantation Pleasure Lite-Shod Specialty class was Calvin Klein’s Obsession and Jeff Givens. Calvin Klein’s Obsession is owned by Donald Knight of Murfreesboro, Tenn. The red ribbon went to the great duo of Drop The Hammer and Connie Waldo of Shelbyville, Tenn.

Streakin At The Ritz and Chris Zahnd took home the Zahnd family's second blue ribbon of the night in the fifteen entry Two-Year-Old Stallion class. Streakin At The Ritz is owned by James and Peggy Vernon of Booneville, Miss., and is trained by Swinging Gait Stables of Trinity Ala. Second place went to Notoriously Dangerous and Jeremy Archem for Ashley Case of Huntsville, Ala.

Young Emily Zahnd followed her parents to the victory pass with Itss My Watch in the Youth 11 and Under class. It’s My Watch is owned by James and Peggy Vernon of Booneville, Miss., and is trained by Swinging Gates Stables of Trinity, Ala. Taking the reserve honor was The Pusher Generator and Cortney Thomas for Bill Thomas of Lynchburg, Tenn.

The Walking Ponies class had better lookout because the dynamic duo of Pushover and Lookout and Caitlin Salhany of Loberville, Tenn., have now taken three blues in a row. Pushover and Lookout is trained by Finish Line Farms of Unionville, Tenn. Score Card and Samantha Green accepted the reserve win for Nuckaby and Sadler of Columbia, Tenn. and Nashville, Tenn.

In the Show Pleasure Open Specialty class 18 entries walked into the ring. Walking out the winners were once again the pair of Pushin Backatcha and Ronnie Campbell. Pushin Backatacha is owned by Frances Bivins of Lewisburg, Tenn. Reserve in this large and talented class went to Santana’s Black Threat and Gwain Wilson for Abby Graves of Knoxville, Tenn.

The Ladies Amateur Mare and Gelding Specialty brought out 18 entries as well, with Sunrise At Midnite and Debra Coleman of Clemmon, NC making the winning ride. Sunrise At Midnite is trained by J.C. Loften of Franklin, Tenn. The red ribbon went to Hand Over The Cash and Sue Irby of Shelbyville, Tenn.

Raining At High Noon and Jerry Beaty accepted the top honor in the Three-Year-Old Stallion class. Raining At High Noon was recently purchased by Kyle M. Bush of Baxter, Tenn., and is trained by Jerry Beaty in Belvidere, Tenn. Reserve in the class went to Sugar Daddy and Tim Gray for Jo Ann Dowell of Canton, Ohio.

Coming out on top in the TWHBEA Youth Medallion class was Watch For Glory and Erica Derickson. Watch For Glory is trained at Derickson Breeding and Training Facility in Wartrace, Tenn. Popcorn Pusher and Reagan Thompson walked their way to the reserve win for Jon Thompson of New Tazwell, Tenn.

Next to make the gate call was the WHTA Auxiliary class. Spring’s Starmaker and Joyce Marie Green claimed the top honor for Samantha and Corey Green of Shelbyville, Tenn. This great entry is trained by Jeff Green of Shelbyville, Tenn. Walking away with the reserve honor was Gen’s All Colors and Megan Peebles for George and Carol Soneth of Wiggin, Miss.

Let Me Be Your Hero and Bruce Hankins took home the blue ribbon in the Park Pleasure Two and Three-Year-Old Open class for Don and Donna DeMedio of Sulphur Springs, Texas. The reserve ribbon in the class went to Armed The American Way and Doug Barnes for John Harney and family of Murfreesboro, Tenn.

As the midnight hour drew closer, the Three-Year-Old Amateur Stallion, Mare and Gelding class gave the top honor to Midnight Dollar and Abby Fox. Midnight Dollar is owned by the Quentin Fox family of Cookeville, Tenn. and is trained by Beaty Stables of Byrdstown, Tenn. Second place in the 17 entry class went to Big Score Jubilee and Jerome Cole for the Thomas Holton family of Murfreesboro, Tenn.

In the Open Amateur class, Black Cash Delight and Gail Walling walked to their way to victory for Judy McDonald of Tullahoma, Tenn. Black Cash Delight is trained by Bobo Stables of Shelbyville, Tenn. Second place in this tough class went to I’m Eli and Linda Scrivner of Bell Buckle, Tenn.

Second Copy and Chris Pickel wouldn’t stop at second place in the 15.2 and Under class. This pair walked all the way to the blue ribbon victory for Richard Julian of Friendsville, Tenn. Reserve in this class went to Dangerous Outlook and Winky Groover for Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Dempsey of Marietta, Ga.

Twelve entries made their way around the ring in the Youth 12-17 Specialty class. My Midnight Caller and Rebecca Sampson were called out of the line up to accept the blue ribbon for Harold Taylor of Mt. Juliet, Tenn. My Midnight Caller is trained by Dick Peebles Stables of Shelbyville, Tenn. This Generator’s A Lady and Jacob Baum took home the red ribbon for Dr. Jim Baum of Shelbyville, Tenn.

Another big class was next to make the gate. Driving Miss Dumas and Joe Cotten walked out the winners in the Open Specialty class for Mann Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Eagle of Mt. Sterling, Ky. Driving Miss Dumas is trained by David Landrum Stables of Franklin, Tenn. Reserve in the class went to The Big Game and Chad Way for the Harold Shumate family of Duluth, Ga.

The show returned to the pleasure division for the final time with the Park Pleasure Open Specialty class with twelve entries. The pair of Metro Grand and Craig Baggerly claimed the blue. Wayne Hall of Fairview, Tenn. owns the entry. The red ribbon was awarded to Grand Safari and David Arhmore for Jodi and David Arhmore of Hohenwald, Tenn.

Gail Walling was awarded her second blue of the evening in one of the largest classes of the evening. Jose’ Grande and Gail Walling walked their way to victory in the Two-Year-Old Amateur class for Judy McDonald of Tullahoma, Tenn. Jose’ Grande is trained by Bobo Stables of Shelbyville, Tenn. Reserve in this superb class went to Back For Gen and Sheryl Crawford for Crawford Colts, LLC of Carrollton, Ga.

Decisions Decisions and Bill Bobo rose to the occasion in the Aged Mares and Geldings class as they were awarded the blue ribbon for Jeff Smith of Greer, S.C. Coming in second was the pair of Settle The Score and Dickie Scrivner for Tom Bumpus of Murfreesboro, Tenn.

The largest class of the evening was the Limited Performance class with 24 entries! The Concealed Weapon and Aaron Self were called out of the large line up to accept the blue ribbon for S&P LLC of Saratoga, Calif. and Shelbyville, Tenn. The Concealed Weapon is trained by David Landrum Stables of Franklin, Tenn. Coming in an impressive second was Ready To Command and Winky Groover for Crawford Colts, LLC of Carrollton, Ga.

Ernest Upton rode Jazzman’s Echo to a blue ribbon ride in the Four-Year-Old Stallions, Mares and Geldings class. Jazzman’s Echo is owned by Dr. James Hixon of Anniston, Ariz., and is trained by Joe Martin Stables of Shelbyville, Tenn. Reserve in this class went to General’s Show Stopper and Norris Blackburn for Herb Murrath of Norcross, Ga.

Thirteen entries were judged in the Amateur Specialty Stallions, Mares and Geldings competition. Star Commander and Sheryl Crawford walked away with the victory for Crawford Colts,LLC of Carrollton, Ga. Crowder Farms trains this great entry. Ex-Dividend and Beverly Greenup made an outstanding ride and were awarded the red ribbon for George and Beverly Greenup of Pulaski, Tenn.

Next up was the crowd pleasing Groom’s Class. I’m Bond James Bond and groom Fast Eddie battled it out with ten other entries, but came out on top for David Landrum Stables of Franklin, Tenn. I’m Bond James Bond is owned by Mann Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Eagle of Mt. Sterling, Ky. Reserve in the class went to Spring’s Starmaker and Savier Masias for Samantha and Corey Green of Shelbyville, Tenn., from Jeff Green Stables, also in Shelbyville.

Finally it was time to call in the Oak Grove Walking Horse Stake competitors. Five great entries entered the ring and performed the three basic walking horse gaits beautifully. Emerging from the line up to accept the top honors and floral horseshoe was The Sure Thing and Buddy Dick. The Sure Thing is owned by Dilan Baum of Shelbyville, Tenn. and is trained by Finish Line Farms of Unionville, Tenn. Reserve in the class went to A Drop of Gen and Travis Adams for Wayne Ray of Houston, Miss. The third award was accepted by Boon and Monty Miller for Pat Simpkins of Milton, Tenn.

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