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Walking For Education By K.C. Hensley SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. - Walking For Education held their first show Friday June 11 at the Bedford County Agriculture Center. The planned judge for the evening was Eddie Tuck. Due to Tuck’s mother untimely death Dick Myers graciously accepted the position. The show was sponsored by the Practical Nursing Program, Tennessee Technology Center in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Proceeds from the event would create scholarships for the nurses of tomorrow. Brother Steve Murphree gave the invocation. Afterward announcer Tommy Williams thanked Brother Murphree, the official pastor of the walking horse industry, for his words of encouragement. By the end of the evening 158 entries passed through gate including Bill Bobo and Secret Sky as they were crowned grand champions of the show. The show had planned on having four TWHBEA Academy classes, but entries were down to only two entries, which turned out to be the same horse with two different riders. After the Academy classes, three tiny exhibitors made their way to the ring accompanied by trainers (parents) in the stick horse class. There were no entries in the Youth 11 and Under Specialty class, which is unusual for any show. The Novice Amateur Specialty class made up for 11 and Under class not having any entries with its nine entries making the gate call. Angel N.D. Skies with Christy Mitchell in the irons for Joyce Broom of Ringgold, Ga., won the blue. Well-known champion In Cahoots received the reserve honors with Lynn Dorris up for Sarah Dunn and Lynn Dorris of Nashville, Tenn. After winning at the Manchester Lions Club show a few weeks ago They Call Me Junior claimed another victory this time in the Lite-Shod Four-Year-Old and Under Specialty class with Kerry Fann up for Mr. and Mrs. Charles Brantley of Wartrace, Tenn. Reserve in the class went to Ultra Edge and Becky Barnes for Barnes and Lawrence of Shelbyville, Tenn., and Thomasville, Ga. The long-legged Ms. Major Push took home the top honors in the Two-Year-Old Mare and Gelding class with Dick Peebles in the irons for Joyce Meadows of Ashland City, Tenn. Reserve in the talented eight-entry class went to Polished Silver and Chad Williams for Hunter Wilhelm of Shelbyville, Tenn. Chill claimed another blue but this time with a new jockey. Danielle Reid claimed her first blue aboard the champion in the Youth Park Pleasure Specialty class. Reserve in the class went to Generator’s Power Pusher with Jesse Barnes also riding under the Barnes Training Stables banner. Ten eager exhibitors were ready to impress judge Myers in the Three-Year-Old Mares and Geldings class. Top position was awarded to High Jacked and Rodney Dick for Lisa Baum of Shelbyville, Tenn. Reserve in the class went to Pusher's Skywatch and Greg Brewer for James and Peggy Vernon of Booneville, Miss. Connie Waldo is a well-known face in the winner's circle aboard her Drop The Hammer in the Amateur Lite-Shod Specialty class, and she claimed another blue at the Walking For Education show. Reserve in the class went home with Nita's Double Pride and Ginger Simpson of Belvidere, Tenn. The team of Perfect Masquerade and Mickey MCCormick have quickly become one of the most popular teams for the Two-Year-Old Stallion world championship. They claimed their first blue at the Manchester Lions Club show. Then they went on to capture the win at Summertown, and finally the Walking For Education show provided them with their third blue of the season. Alicia Perry's The Real JFK was awarded reserve in the class with Chad Williams in the irons. After several top ties this season Doctor Liz and Tyler Adcock took control of the Youth 12-17 Specialty class to receive the top honors in the class for the Mickey Adcock family of McMinnville, Tenn. Gen's Four Star General and Helen Farrar took the reserve ribbon for Thomas and Gayle Brandon of Shelbyville, Tenn. Charles Gavin snagged a blue aboard a new champion of Belle Meadow Farm. Gavin and Night Crawler received the top honors in the Amateur Specailty Stallions class for Carol Ann Gavin of Wartrace, Tenn. Well-known champion Network and Lisa Baum took reserve in the class. The largest class of the night was the Four-Year-Old Amateur Specialty class with its 11 entries. Mariella Fuger was absolutely thrilled with Bill Bobo's performance aboard her Bold Vengeance in the Three-Year-Old Stallion class. Norris Blackburn took reserve in the class with The Major Flair for Perry Taylor of Shelbyville, Tenn. C-Me Pushin and Maria Derickson claimed the Youth Medallion Canter class for Poplar Creek Farms of Winchester, Tenn. World champion duo Settle The Score and Alex Bumpus took reserve in the class for Tom Bumpus of Murfreesboro, Tenn. In the Four-Year-Old Open class only two talented entries made the gate call. Ronnie Spears aboard Bustin The Lights Out claimed the blue in the class for Sen. and Mrs. Gary Perry of Manhattan, Minn. Reserve in the class went to Jewel Thief's Hytone and Blake Sims for John and Joann Thomas of Wartrace, Tenn. Maria Derickson returned to the winner's circle one again aboard Solar Generated in the Open Amateur class for Dr. and Mrs. John Brundige of Sugar Grove, Ill., and Shelbyville, Tenn. Well-known champion Live N Learn took reserve in the class with Marty Mitchell in the irons for Consolidated Farms of Shelbyville, Tenn. It was happy trails for Generator's Power Pusher and Doug Barnes in the Western Park Pleasure Specialty class for Barnes and Lawrence of Shelbyville, Tenn. Reserve in the class went to Rhapsody's True Color with Kirk Seaton in the irons for David Duncan of Tullahoma, Tenn. World Champion Prime Suspect and Candra Shular stepped into the winner's circle in the Amateur Specialty Mare and Gelding class. Reserve in the class went to She's Barb Wire and Roses and Beth Lawwell. Dru McCormick took the top position in the Three-Year-Old Amateur class aboard her Touch Me On Command. Spun Gold Generator and Jennifer Wilhelm took the reserve spot for Debbie Marbry and Jennifer Wilhelm of Shelbyville, Tenn. Seven entries made the gate call in the Open Specialty class. Josh Jackson was welcomed into winner's circle aboard Pusher's Phantom for Steve Creekbaum of Slocomb, Ala. Cut The Smoke and Mike Hilley took home the reserve ribbon for Dr. and Mrs. Harv Carlon of Lowell, Mich., and Flat Creek, Tenn. The beautiful dapple gray Put Me In Coach with Susan Coleman in the irons received the top honors in the Amateur Park Pleasure class. Reserve in the class went to Victory Commander and Becky Barnes for Barnes and Gerard of Shelbyville, Tenn., and Naples, Fla. A High Dollar Charge and Fancee Taylor captured the Two-Year-Old Amateur class for the Mark Taylor family of Shelbyville, Tenn. Reserve in the class went to The Golden Cobra with Maria Derickson up for the Carlons. Duck's Jewel and Willie Cook Jr. captured the Two and Three-Year-Old class the previous week at the Money Tree Classic held in Columbia,. Tenn., and had a repeat win at the Walking For Education in the same class. Tex R Us and Doug Barnes were the reserve winners. Barnes, Blackburn and Reid of Shelbyville, Tenn., own the entry. The trio of Cindy Sullivan, trainer Rodney Dick and Market Watch were crowned champions in the Pro Am class. The reserve winners were Jim Baum, trainer Bill Bobo and The Ultra Doc. Jerry Williams claimed the top honors in the Open Show Pleasure aboard Major Stretch for Marjorie Everson of New Orleans, La. Reserve in the class went to well-known champion Pushin Back At Ya with Ronnie Campbell up for Frances Bivins of Lewisburg, Tenn. Only two entries were prepared to compete for the top honors in the Open Park Pleasure class. World champion Push My Score with Doug Barnes took home all the top honors for Jeanette Kuszylk of Naples, Fla. Reserve in the class were Masquerading Big Easy and Jeremy Archer for Graham Holt of Lexington, Ky. Patty Marek of Wartrace, Tenn., was thrilled with the performance of her Big Guy Design in the Amateur Pony class under the Derickson banner. Reserve in the eight class was awarded to Judging Amy with Steve Hawkersmith up for Hawkersmith Nursery of Tullahoma, Tenn. Finally it was time for the three-entry Walking Horse Grand Championship. All three competitors were challenging. The top spot with all the glory of being the first Walking For Education Grand Champion went to Secret Sky and Bill Bobo for Randy and Kelly Moore of Martin, Tenn. Reserve in the class was awarded to Julio Julio with Dick Peebles up for Joyce Meadows of Ashland City, Tenn. The final placing of the evening went to Jeopardy's Class Act with Dickie Scrivner in the irons for the Curtis Williamson family of Murfreesboro, Tenn. This concludes our coverage of the first Walking For Education show. Complete results follow and may be viewed and printed at

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