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Walking To Make A Difference

By K.C. Hensley

SHELBYVILLE, Tenn.- The Walking To Make A Difference horse show was held at the Shelbyville Agriculture Center. The 28 class event was a big hit with judge Rick Sullivan. And it was all about Attitude in the stake class. Attitude and Link Webb make an outstanding performance to receive the top honors.

In the Two Year Old Amateur Stallion class Maria Derickson and Sweeping Snow captured the blue for Linda Crowley. Notoriously Dangerous and Ashley Case took home the reserve ribbon.

Pride's Final Mark and Taylor Morgan made their way to the winner's circle in the Youth Country Pleasure class. Paige Bennett received the reserve honors for Mary Ann Wheatley. Wheatley who also captured a blue the previous weekend at the WHOA/Kiwanis show.

In the Three-Year-Old Amateur category Better Be Bold and Sue Dean walked away with the top honors. Larry Bright took reserve aboard his My Papa's In Motion.

Color N Book and Lucky Collins took their second blue of the season home in the Four-Year-Old Amateur Specialty class. Their previous blue came from the Winchester Rotary show. Reserve honors went to Magic Score with Darden Gladney in the irons for Deborah Williams.

Jimmy McConnell received the first blue for Formac Stables in this Fun Show weekend in the Three-Year-Old Stallion class aboard Watch Me Closely for Carney and Hammons. Pushin Jose and Sam Martin took the reserve honors for Kim Hawkins.

Maria Derickson made her second trip to the winner's circle this time aboard She's Toxic for Mike and Connie May in the Two-Year-Old Amateur class. Hitt Happens took reserve in the class with W.L. Rader in the irons.

Much to the delight of the audience Sanman with his new "little" jockey Benjamin Bowen made his way to the winner's circle in the Youth 11 & Under class for grandparents Larry and Pam Russell. Judge's Evidence and Keely Sale took the reserve ribbon for McJunkin Farms.

Pride's Final Mark made another trip down victory lane this time with Charlie Howard in the irons. Reserve in the class went to Pitcher Of Gold and Dr. Judy Moore for Moore-Foust Farm.

In the Pro-Am Specialty class the WHOA/Kiwanis Stake champion, Pusher's Force claimed the top honors with the team of John Puckett and Ashley Compton. The trio that took the reserve honors was Sweetie Sky, James Vernon and Knox Blackburn.

Knox Blackburn took home the blue in the Four-Year-Old Mares and Geldings class aboard On Star Jazz for the Butch Thomas family. Reserve honors went to General Main Lady with Rollie Beard in the irons for the Paul Bryan family.

Sure Threat's Masterpiece and Kayla Baucom claimed the top honors in the Youth Walking Pony competition. Sure Threat's Masterpiece would go on to claim the reserve honors at the Fun Show in the Youth Pony division with Samantha Gaddy in the irons. Reserve winners Wednesday night were Gen's Attaboy and Carson Cain for George and Carol Smith.

World Champion Barracuda claimed a blue in the Amateur Ladies Specialty class with owner Mary Medina up under the Formac banner. Reserve in the class went to Pushin For A Heart Attack and Sue Ann Dowell for Jo Ann Dowell. This duo earned an impressive win earlier this year at the Winchester Rotary show.

In the Two-Year-Old Classic Open category the winning address was Jose Dot Com and Knox Blackburn for L & L Show Horses. It's Only A Game and Chad Baucom took the reserve honors home to North Carolina for Clay Mills.

World Champion Jose Quervo Gold with owner Bob Lawrence in the irons made another one of their famous victory passes in the Amateur Lite-Shod class. This duo would also earn a Fun Show blue before the end of the weekend. Nita's Double Pride and Ginger Simpson earned the reserve honors.

The proof was in the puddin' in the Amateur 15.2 & Under Mares & Geldings class. The blue was received by Figgy Puddin and Suzanne Littell. The reserve ribbon went to Big Guy Design with owner Patty Marek in the irons.

I Got Connections and Rodney Dick captured their first blue at their first show in the Two-Year-Old Mare and Gelding class for Harolene Willis. Reserve in the class went to Pony Express with Jackie McConnell up for Redman and Wilcoxen. In the Youth 12-17 Specialty class Final's Escapade and Mac Benham earned the blue for the Joe Christmas family. Reserve in the class went to Big Al and Janie Stokes who are fresh off their win at the Smoky Mountain Classic.

Perfect In Black claimed the top honors in the Amateur Park Pleasure class with Susan Swaner in the irons. Well-known champion Put Me In Coach with owner Susan Coleman up claimed the reserve ribbon.

In the Three-Year-Old Mares and Geldings class Showboat Annie and Jackie McConnell captured the blue for O & W Moody Ltd. Reserve in the class went to Money Laundering and Bobby Fann for Austin and Stewart.

Fashion's Midnight Threat with Daniel Potter walked their way to the winner's circle for Scot and Kathy Potter. Extra Ordinary, a.k.a. Big O, was reserve with Kathryn Ramsbottom up for Bob Ramsbottom.

Knox Blackburn and Quatro claimed the top honors in the Four-Year-Old Stallions for the Paul Bryan family. Quatro would go on to capture a Fun Show reserve ribbon with Laney Wathall in the irons.

Heidi McWilliams and Irrational took the blue in the Amateur Specialty class. McWilliams continued in her winning way at the Fun Show in the Two-Year-Old Amateur Mares and Geldings class aboard Jose's Magical Lady. Reserve in the class went to I'm A Voo Doo Daddy and Mike Stone for Joel Johnson.

Crown Royal and Jacquelyn Elliott slammed one back in the Four-Year-Old Amateur Mares and Geldings Specialty class for Jack Heffington. Reserve in the class went to Orient Express and Bob Medina.

In the Open Amateur Canter class The Sure Thing with owner Lisa Baum up captured the blue. Reserve in the class went to Himself and Sarah Nichols.

Back To The Ritz and James Vernon made their way to the winner's circle in the Three-Year-Old Amateur Stallion class. Tricia Timmons received the reserve honors aboard Confederate Heart Beat for Amy Mahoney.

Well-known champion Pushin' Back Atcha with Sue Irby in the irons took home the blue to Frances Bivins. Reserve in the class went to Willie Bust with Stephanie Rawlinson up for her sister Celia Viquhart. This duo received the top honors at the South Carolina Ladies Auxiliary show in Clemson, S.C.

Finally it was time for the Walking Horse Stake. With several talented entries vying for the top position only one could be crowned grand champion. Attitude and Link Webb walked away with all the top honors for Dr. Jim and Lisa Baum. Reserve in the class went to Olympian Wired and Sam Martin for Wheeler Buff.

That completes our coverage of the Walking To Make A Difference horse show. Compete results follow and may be viewed at

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