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Walking For The Oak Mountain Foundation In the Rain



by Dawn Ward
 
         CARROLTON, Ga. - Georgia's first show of the season started out with very inclement weather. It was a day of rain and storms, but among the rain there was beauty in the ring.
         The show started out with the presentation of the flag by Corey Clay aboard
Threat Of Gen’s Memory. Next, the national anthem was sung and a prayer of dedication was given, and then it was show time in Georgia.
         The show started out with the little ones on their stick horses racing around the ring with a special friend from OMA school, a Big Grey Horse. The children were so excited to get things under way. It was such a tough decision that Judge Tommy Howell had to give everyone a big blue ribbon.
         The next class, one of the most poplar classes, was Lead Line with Jacob McCurdy keeping up the family tradition of winning Carrollton the last three years.
         In the 11 and Under class, Kinsley Beasley took charge of the big sorrel horse Threat Of Gen’s Memory and brought home the blue to Bremen, Ga. Coming in a very close second was Hannah McCurdy riding her favorite peach eating horse Pride’s Overdrive. The pair left the ring with a huge smile.
         Melissa Tittle Underwood took home two blues. One came in the Weanlings Under Halter class with Neno’s Busted With Royalty and the other in the Park Pleasure Amateur Owned and Trained with Poison At Midnight.
         Next to hit the ring was the 15.2 and Under Amateur horses with some outstanding riders. Karen Arnell aboard A Rare JFK claimed the blue ribbon honors. Georgia's 15.2 and Under high point winners, Kaycee Bailey and Just Jazz, captured the second place award in the class. Jimmy Grant and George Walker Bush made a show to remember. With her husband on the rail cheering her on, Kaye Dempsey made an outstanding show on Major’s Magic Horizon.
         In their conquest for a blue, the Novice Specialty riders were next to take to the ring. Coming out with big win was Alicia Beasley and Overlooked. Hot on her heels was LeAnn Musik riding Generator On Broadway, showing they can walk the walk.
         A favorite class is the WHOA Youth Council 12-17 Specialty. It was Turbo LMT and Rosie Ward all the way. This pair was walking on sunshine even on a stormy day.
         The GWHEA ladies showed why women and horses are a special pair. Kathy Hollin and Cash At Sunrise went home with the blue, while Vicki Tittle and her mount took home the red streamer.
         The Park Performance class was the largest class of the evening. After the class, it was My Bright Star and Larry Dewberry winning it big. Taking the reserve honor were Susan Paul and My Ebony Sky.
         The Amateur Pony Specialty class title was won by I'm Uncle Kracker and Haley Lane. Jessica Bailey directed Little And Bad to the reserve honor.
         Topping off the evening was the Walking Horse Stake class. It turned out to be ladies night as Praying For Vengeance and Barbara Agnich added another crown to her many world and world grand championships titles. Capturing the second position was Corey Clay and Cartier's Free Spirit.
         Complete results follow and can be viewed, searched and printed at www.walkinghorsereport.com.

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