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What a pleasure!




By Sadie Fowler 

Even though inside the setting was enjoyable, smooth and steady, offering nothing but a chance for exhibitors and fans alike to simply sit back, relax, and enjoy the show, collectively speaking, Tuesday evening was a great example of just how good things really are — a plain and simple good night of showing horses. 

The amateur three-year-old stallions served as the highlight of the night with 19 riding. Jason Myatt had another chance down victory lane when he rode Knock Down Drag Out to the blue with Madison Scarborough riding the The Darkest Hour to a well-deserved and crowd-pleasing second for Teresa Kincaid. The winning entry was also a standout a year ago when he won the amateur two-year-old world grand championship last year with the same rider. 

Showing up for battle, a first-time blue went to Warbird and Derek Monahan for Ginger Williams in the young trainers class. This was the first Celebration victory for both Monahan and Warbird. Bill Callaway made another mark on a consistent resumé for reserve aboard Absolute Proof. Callaway has a focused mind this week with several winning entries thus far and his eyes set on the stake class as well. 

It may have been Tuesday night but Sunday starred — A Sunday Rose — in the B division of the amateur division for the two-year-olds with Lisa Baum up. Daughter-in-law Brittany Baum was on her heels a couple classes later when she wore the part in the glitz and glam-filled amateur 15.2 class for the mares and geldings aboard Nine Carat Diamond. 

An emotional Sherrin Pittman wore her heart on her sleeve when she hugged The Girl’s Outta Line, winning entry of the A division of the amateur two-year-olds. 

Bud and Suzanne Moore had anything but a mundane weeknight as they had two champions leaving with the blues. First, Ain’t He Grande topped the Park Performance class with Clay Sanderson up followed by John Allan Callaway collecting another win aboard He’s Starbucks in the 14-entry show pleasure class for the stallions. 

The last class of the night featured an interesting moment when More Horsepower made a repeat performance from his novice ladies performance with Kristie Bell when he won the gentleman’s version of the same class with husband Mike Bell. 

Defending their title from last year, Kathy Zeis continued her Celebration momentum aboard Etta James By TJB in the elite amateur trail pleasure world championship. 

Weather had been perfect thus far but rain is in the forecast with preparations underway. Announcer Mark Farrar told the audience should the forecast of heavy rains come to fruition classes will be held in the Calsonic Wednesday night — Wednesday night only — with a decision to be confirmed Wednesday at 2 p.m.
“It won’t be an easy task and the only reason we’ll move is for the safety of our horses, spectators and exhibitors.” “We ask that you give us a little patience and understanding.” 

So far, statistically speaking, almost two horses more per class have entered the gate this year with a total of 1,164 entries versus 1,068 when the tally was made Monday. At that time, the blue-ribbon tally had Finish Line in first with 11 blues, Callaway next in line with 10, and Southern Serenity with eight wins. 

 

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