by Linda Scrivner

Those attending the North Carolina Championships were treated to a day filled with world grand champions and special activities. Several were treated to rides aboard 2008 World Grand Champion Santana’s El Nino during his morning workouts. On Saturday morning, a large number of people attended the “World Grand Champion Meet and Greet” where they could see, pet and get a photograph of the world grand champions up close. Link Webb signed autographs for those in attendance and on Saturday evening the crowd was treated to exhibitions by these champions and a special retirement for World Grand Champion Muddy Buddy.

There was also a barbecue luncheon provided by Muddy Buddy’s owners. In addition to World Grand Champion Santana’s El Nino and Link Webb, Three-Year-Old World Grand Champions I’m Wall Street and Clay Mills, Amateur Canter World Grand Champions NYPD and Kenny Compton and Amateur 15.2 & Under World Grand Champions Muddy Buddy and Alicia McDaniel were also in attendance.