by Julia Livingston

WHITE PINE, Tenn. - The ninth annual White Pine Lions Club and Kingswood School Charity Horse Show took place at the Great Smoky Mountain Expo Center on June 13 and 14, 2008. The Lions Club has been helping Jefferson County for years including kindergartner vision screenings across the state, $3,000 in high school scholarships, the leader of dog programs for the blind and they provide training career opportunity for the visually impaired. This year, the Kingswood School joined in to help with the show. Kingswood provides children ages 10 through 18 a safe and secure home for abandoned, abused and neglected children. They are cared for by dedicated parents where emphasis is placed on both spiritual and emotional growth. Many of the children were working at the show, minding the gates and checking on the stalls.

Eddie Barclay judged the walking classes, Maxie Strickland was the URHOEA racking judge and Wayne Walters judged the American Saddlebred entries. There were a total of 55 classes for the two-day event. The show started each night with the talented Ally Richey singing the national anthem. This multi-breed horse show included everything from versatility, model, jumping to pleasure driving, but the favorite was of course the Walking Horse Specialty Stake.

A total of four horses made the gate call for the Walking Horse Stake class. Called from the line up was the team of Sweeping Up The Cash with Larry Wheelon in the irons, making this their second stake win in two weeks for the proud owners of Koger and Wheelon.

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