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TWHBEA Hosts Awards Banquet



By Linda Scrivner

LEWISBURG, Tenn. – The Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ & Exhibitors’ Association held its annual awards banquet on Friday evening, Dec. 5, 2014, at the TWHBEA Headquarters. Following a welcome by master of ceremonies Mark Farrar, Jr., the invocation by Tony White and a delicious meal, the evening’s presentations began.

Distinguished guests were recognized and appreciation was expressed for the 2014 sponsors.

The TWHBEA Master Breeder Award, the highest and most prestigious recognition given to a breeder, recognizes those breeders whose work over an extended period of time has had a significant and long-lasting impact on the breed. This year the  Master Breeders Award was bestowed upon two worthy individuals.

Sheryl Crawford was the first recipient. She and husband, Doug have been breeding walking horses for more than three decades. World Champions under saddle bred by Crawford include Our American Eagle, Look Who’s In Command, That Lady’s In Command, In Command Again, Combat Commander and You’re In Command. Crawford-bred halter World Champions include Down & Out On Gen, A Royal Flash, Godiva In Command and Royally In Command. Other top show horses bred by Crawford include Miss Hard Cash, A Perfect Delight, Godiva In Command, War Commander, Proudly In Command, Two Star Command, Girls Can Command, Don’t Look Back, Magically In Command, Highly In Command, At Your Command, Best In Command, Ready To Command, She’s The Lady Of The Night, Strategically In Command, Right Back At Ya, The Storm Commander, We’re Back, Scratch Player, Tee Time and Miss Pebble Beach.

The other Master Breeder Award was presented posthumously to Billy Maddox. With the purchase of one mare, the Rock McEwen-bred Dixie Allen Baker in 1959, the late Billy Maddox of Duck River, Tenn., created a 50-year breeding record that is unmatched in the annals of walking horse history. From this one mare spawned horses such as Big Shot’s Dream, Dixie’s Little Star, Dixie’s Dark Lady, Sun’s Dark Dixie, Delight’s Dixie, Duck River Girl, Pride’s Foxie Farrah, Premier Delight, Pride’s Kojack, Delight’s Dark Dixie, Ravishing Ruby, Charcoal’s Delight, Deal Me Aces, Dixie’s Desperado, Gen’s Way High Willie, Pride’s Super Sonic, Pride’s Gypsy Woman, Coin’s Super Sister, Duck River Pride, Fantastic Gold, The Duck, Bionic man, Hard Texas Cash, Coin’s Double Pride, Pride’s Premier, Coin’s Spun Gold, Legend Of Pride, Grand Performance, Cabbage Row Joe, The Legend, The Revelation, Red Sun Rising, Red Sunday’s Best, Genius’s Dixie Chick and Power Force.

2014 TWHBEA Honors

Tennessee Walking Horse Youth Association

TWHYA Outstanding Youth Member of the Year – Morgan Murphy

TWHYA Youth Volunteer of the Year – Dana White

Lizzie Umberger Sportsmanship – Andy Hill

TWHBEA Child Ambassador – Hunter Gaenslen

TWHBEA Youth Ambassador – Denise Rowland

TWHBEA Performance Horse Ambassador – Joy Smith

TWHBEA Pleasure Horse Ambassador – Tracy Pinson

TWHBEA Friendship Award – Tom Kakassy

TWHBEA Member of the Year – Duke Thorson

Master Breeders - Sheryl Crawford & Billy Maddox

Sires & Dams of the Year

Outstanding Sire of The Year – Lined With Cash

Dam – Spirit’s Delightful Dream

Sire by Total Points – Jose’ Jose’

Sire by Percentage Points – A Greater Generator

Reese L. Smith, Jr. Distinguished Service Award – Lacy Upchurch

TWHBEA World Versatility Show Overall High Point Champion – Enchanter’s MG

Regional Futurity Premier Sires & Dams

Western International Regional Futurity Premier Sire – Nite’s Design

Western International Regional Futurity Premier Dam – A Jazzy Witch

Ohio Regional Futurity Premier Sire – Rowdy Rev

Ohio Regional Futurity Premier Dam – A Triple Delight

National Futurity Horizon Awards

Yearling – Moto Moto

National Futurity Graduate – Jazz On My Mind

GO! Gelding

Flat-Shod Super Gelding – Enchanter’s MG

Performance Super Gelding – An American Threat

Motivated Mare

Flat-Shod Super Mare – Count On Spiri O’ Three

Performance Super Mare -  Lined Royal Cash

Distance Awards

Distance Horse of the Year – Ebony’s Texas Sport

Open Gaited Horse of the Year – Pride’s Tennessee Jack

Distance Rider of the Year – Connie Graves

 

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