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Youth Exhibitors Take Over Calsonic Arena on Friday Morning



SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. – Once again, Rollie Beard, Jennifer Bingham, David Landrum, Paul Robbins and David Sisk took their places in center ring of the Calsonic Arena to mark the cards for the Friday morning session. Morning announcer Dallas Eubanks called the first class of the morning right at 9a.m. It seemed a little cooler to start with than it had the first two morning performances, but that feeling soon changed as the temperatures quickly rose. Thirteen halter, pleasure and performance classes made up the schedule for the session.

Nine Owner-Amateur Weanlings took to the track to get the show underway. Walking out of the lineup and to World Championship honors was A Jazz Master and Amanda Wright. Sired by Master Of Jazz and out of a Ted Williams mare, A Jazz Master is owned by the partnership of Rosbury & Wright. Reserve went to National Futurity champion, Emmitt Smith 22 with Kelly Richards at the lead. Along with his Futurity win, the youngster also earned three wins at the International Pleasure and Colt show earlier in the month. Rounding out the top three was Absinthe and Michelle Cranford. Absinthe has been in the show ring six times in his young career.
 Riding out of the Novice division was She’s Indescribable and Allie Dennis in the Owner-Amateur Novice Youth Riders 6-17 Years on Novice Trail Pleasure Walking Mares or Geldings, Optional Tack. She’s Indescribable is sired by Jose’ Jose’ and has previous 2014 wins at the Fayetteville Blue Ribbon horse show and the WHOA Pleasure Jamboree, making this win her fourth for the season. Second in the class of 13 went to the tall black mare, Dark Picture Show with Jada Cassidy riding. This team has been paired since 2010 and has entered the show ring nine times in 2014. Rounding out in the third spot was Luv In The Air and Jesse O’Dell for Dr. Jack Kwok. Luv In The Air has been called to the winner’s circle seven times this season.



Next on the schedule was the TWHBEA Youth Weanlings, Handlers 6-17 Years. Kentucky native, Claire Hankins lead GiGi’s Ember to the blue for Bruce and Linda Vaughn. Capturing his second reserve world title for the day was Emmitt Smith 22 with Sarina Richards at the lead for Dr. Roger Richards. Third in the class went to TWHBEA National Futurity champion, Silk Lined and Jordan Dempsey for Charles Gleghorn.

The first performance class of the morning sessions brought five Owner-Amateur Youth Riders 6-11 Years on Show Pleasure Walking Mares or Geldings to the track. Impressing the judging panel and claiming her first World Championship was Counti Green aboard Pearl Gunn. The team has previously won at the Cornersville Lions Club horse show in July. Jose’s Pina Colada and Lane Webb picked up the red award for Susan Hatmaker and Link Webb. This was the third outing for the pair in 2014. Classic horse and former World Grand Champion, Coin’s Black Stroke carried London Williams to the third tie. The team has a previous season victory at the Columbia Spring Jubilee in the spring.



Another class of TWHBEA Youth Members took to the track in the next class. This time it was with their Yearling Fillies or Geldings. Red Sunray and Mackenzie Morgan enjoyed the victory. This marked their second blue ribbon victory pass of the season with the first being at the Arab Park and Recreation show. Red Sunray is sired by Red Sun Rising and is out of a Dr. Elmer mare. Reserve went to Rhinestone Ritz and Buie Williams for Theresa Williams. Third went to the team of Dream’s Little Dream and Molly Vaughn for Carla Hurley and Marcia Johnston.



All 12 entries scheduled for the Amateur Owned & Trained Western Trail Pleasure Walking Horse, No Professional Training Within 90 Days made the gate call to entertain the audience. Adding the 11th world title to their resume was Suiza and Allison Thorson. Reserve went to Jose’s Firecracker and Wayne Westbrook. Jose’s Firecracker has six blues under his belt this season. Third went to Wicked William and Lisa Weaver.
 Owner-Amateur Riders on Western Lite-Shod Walking Horses dazzled the judges next. Scoring her third blue for the week was Candy Crush, this time with owner Dr. Jack Kwok aboard. This unanimous win follows Jeff Laughlin’s wins on Wednesday morning and at the TWHBEA National Futurity. MP-1 and Katie West carried the reserve honor back to East Tennessee. Both the World and Reserve World Champions in the class are sired by World Grand Champion Main Power. The third award in the class went to Tijuanna Jazz and Jimmy Laughlin.

Scott Tew directed Rooster Cogburn Is Armed to the world title in the Owner-Amateur Riders on Park Pleasure Walking Horses, Two & Three-Year-Old class. Elizabeth Tew won with the champion earlier in the season at the Cajun Classic and the Laurel Charity horse shows. Second went to I’m Johnny Dollar and Vickie Penick. I’m Johnny Dollar won with Jeff Laughlin at the TWHBEA National Futurity, as well as on Thursday morning. In their show ring debut, Title Bout and Patti Pollack carried the yellow streamer back to California.

Out of the Novice division on Thursday morning and back in the winner’s circle on Friday morning was Eye On The Title, this time with Krysta Allen aboard for the Greg Allen family. Eye On The Title has amassed nine blues for the season. Designer Champagne and Kimberly Coult picked up the reserve title to add to their World Championship captured earlier in the week. A Bama Belle and Darren Gray rounded out the top three in the large class of Country Pleasure entries.

Ferdinand and Maggie Moore headed to the Celebration with 11 wins under their belt including four wins at the International Colt and Pleasure Show. The team made the victory pass in the class for Owner-Amateur Riders on Four-Year-Old Trail Pleasure Walking Horses, Optional Tack. Reserve went to Cazadores and Tamara Hader who had two previous blues in 2014 at the Mississippi Charity show in the spring. Jose’s Back Swan and Darden Gladney rode to the third award.

Six Owner-Amateur Riders 50 Years & Over on Lite-Shod Walking Horses hit the ring next. Pulling from the lineup was Just Borrowed Cash and Jim Roberts. This win marks number five this season for the champion sired by All American Cash. Reserve went to A Mountain Jazz and Jim Nichols, the 2012 and 2013 world champions in this class. High Tread and Don Parmer rounded out the top three for Deborah Parmer. He has made five victory passes prior to the Celebration.

In his second show ring appearance ever, Habanero picks up yet another World Championship title. This time with Lily Catherine Holland aboard, Habanero topped the Owner-Amateur Youth Riders 6-17 Years on Trail Pleasure Walking Horses, Two & Three-Years-Old with a unanimous choice of the judges. Reserve in the class went to My Black Cadillac and Mackenzie Morgan for she and Allison Thorson. My Black Cadillac has previous wins this season at the National Trainers’ Show, Gulf Coast Charity, Walking For Cancer, Spring Fun Show, Bedford 4-H, Christmas In July and the Money Tree Classic. I’m Promised carried Kaitlyn Rippy to the third award. This talented contender has had four wins leading up to the Celebration.



Another class of youth riders closed out the Friday morning performance with their Park Performance entries. Eight teams answered the gate call to compete for all the honors. Making a unanimous winning ride was Trista Brown and Time For Cash for Way, Way & Brown. Time For Cash earned wins at the Mississippi Charity, Gulf Coast Charity and Money Tree Classic before making his way to the winner’s circle at the Celebration. Paroled In Tennessee and Jesse O’Dell rode to the red award for Blevie Jordan. Closing out the top three in the class was Fetch Me The Title and Kaitlyn Rippy.



Competition will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. in the Celebration oval with 13 classes on the schedule for the Friday Night session. The Annual Celebration Barbeque will be held on Saturday and Church Night at the Celebration will take place during the Sunday evening performance. The competition will resume in Calsonic Arena on Saturday morning.

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