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Wayne Conley and Buster Big Lick Made the Chestnut Hill Walking Stake Their Own

by Linda Fox

CHESTNUT HILL, Tenn. - The 33rd annual Chestnut Hill Charity show was held on Friday, June 27 and Saturday, June 28 in Chestnut Hill, Tenn. Once again, the Volunteer Fire Department directed the show. The proceeds from this year’s show will benefit the Chestnut Hill Volunteer Fire Department’s daily operational costs, equipment and insurance. Show Chairman David Alvey wished to thank each individual who has volunteered his or her time, efforts, talents and resources to make the 2008 show a success. Also, a special thanks to the trainers, owners and exhibitors who brought their good horses to compete at the show.

More than 250 walking and racking horse contenders traveled to the East Tennessee town of Chestnut Hill to compete in the 46-class event. Scott Beaty of Byrdstown, Tenn., evaluated the walking classes and Buddy Hall marked the cards for the racking horse contenders.

Even though clouds loomed at times during the Friday evening classes, the weather remained decent and the show went off without a hitch. However, on Saturday evening, the clouds did more than loom and the show was halted for an hour while high winds and rain pelted the show grounds. After the inclement weather moved out, a rainbow framed the show grounds and it was back to the business of showing horses.

The Stake class brought the walking horse portion of the show to an end. After the third running walk was called, it was Wayne Conley and his fancy bay stallion Buster Big Lick who rode to the winner’s circle for proud owners the Holbrook family of Rutledge, Tenn. Cold Hard Truth and Steve Woody received the reserve nod for the Charles McSpadden family of Dandridge, Tenn., and rounding out the third tie were The Sure Thing and Bryan Barnhill for Bobby Roberts of Marion, S.C.

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