by Linda Scrivner

Posted May 15, 2002

IRVING, Texas - The 33rd Annual Big D Charity Show was held May 2-5, 2002 at the Los Colinas Equestrian Center. With 139 classes, Fish Fry and Auction, Junior Exhibitor Luncheon, Continental Breakfast each morning along with an Amateur Judging Contest, exhibitors and spectators were well entertained.

Russ Walther managed the show, with Maryann Meiners action as Show Secretary. The Board of Directors for the 2002 show includes Torri, Hansen, President, Becky Taggart and Deborah Williams, Vice-Presidents, and Sharon Seiler, Secretary, Janie Hamilton, Beverly Sherman, Margo Urad and Ken Wright. Sonny Holt from Decatur, Alabama judged the walking horses, racking horses and country pleasure horses. The Big D Show was MASCUP affiliated for American Saddlebreds and Tennessee Walking Horses. Four hundred stalls were filled with quality horses from across the nation.

Bill Young from Backward S Ranch directed Irrational Exuberance to the blue in the Grand Championship for Floyd Sherman of Dallas, Texas. Earlier this season, this team won the Louisiana Jubilee Grand Championship. Reserve in the championship was awarded to the team of Slick Willie and Jackie McConnell for Bobby and Rhonda East, while At Your Command and Dub Irvins carried out the yellow streamer for Dr. Martha Chapman. Slick Willie has dual 2002 blues with Brad East in the saddle from the National Trainers’ Show.

Whitter Stables led the blue ribbon tally with nine Big D blues, including three championship. Beverly Sherman directed Generator’s Flirtin to both the Amateur Specialty Grand Championship and the Big D Amateur Specialty blue. Generator’s Flirtin’ was also the 2002 Trainers’ Show Amateur Mares Specialty Champion with Beverly Sherman aboard.

Flashy Cash and Lindsay Wall won the Youth Grand Championship and the preliminary 11 and Under at Big D for the second year in a row. Flashy Cash had previous 2002 blues at both Starkville, Mississippi and the National Trainers’ Show. The third Whitter championship stake was won by Kelly Sherman Garrett aboard Hot Jazz in the Four-Year-Old Amateur Grand Championship.

The first walking blue at Big D was won by Jackie McConnell aboard Santana’s Black Threat in the Two-Year-Old Open . Later on that same evening, Jackie McConnell captured the Four-Year-Old Open with A Beautiful Sky.

Slick Willie won the Mares and Geldings preliminary to the championship with McConnell in the irons and Kelly Sherman Garrett was thrilled to win the Two-Year-Old Amateur with Written In The Stars, who is out of Kelly Garrett’s first world champion mare, Delight Of Magic and The Skywatch.

Seven blues were won by Backward S Ranch and Civils’ Lone Star Walking Horses. In addition to the Grand Championship, Backward S Ranch won two more stake classes. Kelly Sherman Garrett and All American Cash were crowned Amateur Grand Champions in Dallas after winning the Amateur Specialty Grand Championship at West Monroe, Louisiana. Watch An Be Dazzled won the Three-Year-Old preliminary and the Three-Year-Old Grand Championship with Bill Young in the saddle. They also claimed the 2002 Three-Year-Old title at West Monroe.

Irrational Exuberance won the Stallion and Gelding earlier before winning the Grand Championship, while Beverly Sherman also won the Amateur Specialty 15.2 and Under aboard the smokin’ Papa’s Smokin Pusher. This team earlier in the year claimed both the Amateur Stallion Specialty Championship and the Amateur Specialty Grand Championship at Jackson, Mississippi.

Sunday School and Kelly Garrett proudly wore the blue from the ring in the Three-Year-Old Amateur division.

Lone Star Walking Horses had the winningest horse at Dallas, Trashadeous. Trashadeous won four Big D blues including the Lite Shod Amateur Grand Championship, the Model and the Lite Shod Open with Barbara Civils directing. Son Jimmy Civils won the Lite Shod Youth with the high headed chestnut. Trashadeous also had numerous blues at Pin Oak earlier this season.

The new team of Leann Rimes and Joe Dickerson were thrilled to win the 12-17 Walking class to the applause of many. They also had a previous 2002 blue in their debut at West Monroe, Louisiana. Another new team under the guidance of Lone Star Walking this season is Mirabella and Susie Lavender. They Won the Big D Amateur Show Pleasure Grand Championship after winning dual blues at the Louisiana Jubilee this season.

Caprice’s Lady Gen and Barbara Civils always take their share of the blues. At Dallas they won the Four & Under English Park Pleasure in a tremendous showing. They also had numerous Pin Oak blues this year.

Deborah Williams earned six Dallas blues. Silver’s Full Moon won three blues, on being the Amateur Country Pleasure Grand Championship with Deborah Williams up. She earlier won the Amateur Country Pleasure English Ladies class while Darden Gladney directed Silver’s Full Moon to the English Gentleman’s Amateur Country Pleasure.

Ice Maker’s Moonrise also won three blues with Deborah Williams directing: the Amateur Trail Pleasure Grand Championship, the Amateur Trail Pleasure Western and the Amateur Trail Pleasure English.

John Feltner, Laurie Toone, Lisa Weaver and Wayne Westbrook won four blues each. From Feltner’s Starland Farm, Copper Gen’s Elegant Lady won the Amateur Trail Pleasure Grand Championship with Gary Feltner after winning the Amateur Trail Pleasure 4 & Under with Jan Anderson. Jessica Davis directed Presidents Wingate to the blue in the Youth Park Pleasure Specialty.

In an awesome 2002 debut performance, Jan Anderson and Skywatch Eclipse were crowned Amateur Show Pleasure champions.

Laurie Toone, trainer for Shell Creek Farms, won three of her blues with a striking bay, A Style File. They won the Lite Shod Four & Under Grand Championship following blues in the Park Pleasure Western and the Lite Shod Four & Under. At the National Trainers Show, they were awarded the 2002 Western Plantation Lite Shod Specialty victory. Cash From Rain and Darwin James won the Amateur Country Pleasure Western division.

Amanda Weaver and her mom, Lisa Weaver, won four blues. Amanda won the Amateur Country Pleasure Youth Grand Championship and the Youth Amateur Country Pleasure with Copy’s Dark Stranger. Lisa directed the beautiful blaze faced Blond Ambition to dual blues in the Amateur Trail Pleasure English Specialty and the Amateur Trail Pleasure Western Specialty.

Wayne Westbrook won four blues, three with Cash Storm. She and Cash Storm won the Park Pleasure English Grand Championship, the Park Pleasure Western Specialty and the Amateur English Park Pleasure. She also directed Armed Lady From Dixie to victory in the Amateur Lite Shod 4 and Under class.

Don Crum from Double Diamond Stables and Stan’s Stables won three blues apiece. Don Crum won the Four-Year-Old Grand Championship with General Takes Command while Clark Spencer won the Four-Year-Old Amateur Specialty blue with this talented stallion. General Takes Command earlier won the Grand Championship and the Junior title at Pin Oak. Steve Raley and Caesar’s Powerstroke stroked to the blue in the Amateur Specialty 15.2 and Under.

Stan Urad of Stan’s Stables three blues came first with Generator’s High Noon in the Park Pleasure English division. This team won dual blues at Pin Oak and also at the Louisiana Jubilee. Justin’s Secret and Brandon Urad were the victors in the Show Pleasure Youth Specialty while Sue Maze directed her Seduced By Citation to the Open Amateur victory.

Dual blues were won by the team of Darden Gladney and It’s Up In Arms. They won both the Amateur English Park Grand Championship and the Park English Specialty after winning dual blues at Pin Oak and dual blues at West Monroe earlier this season.

Jessica Davis of Ivins Stables won dual blues with Another City Slicker. They first won the TWHBEA Medallion Youth class and then the Youth Equitation.

The remaining single blues were won by Eb’s Star General and Ginny Chapman in the Youth Trail Pleasure Specialty, by Hallelujah Cash and Lex Riggans in the Four & Under Amateur English Park and by Gen’s Hit And Run and Blake Cammack in the Amateur Specialty Lite Shod division.