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Blues awarded as championships near

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

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World Grand Championship classes are just two days away and things are well underway at the 73rd annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.

Enthusiastic fans were greeted with a 13-class schedule full of talented horses Tuesday night.



Jimmy McConnell walked off with the blue ribbon on One Fine Line in the Four-Year-Old Walking Mares (Canter) class. Main Sweetie and Phillip Trimble received reserve honors.

In the Owner-Amateur Riders on Walking Mares or Geldings, Five Years and Over class, the crowd watched as He's Wild Eyed & Wicked and Mike Walden made their way to the winner's circle. I'm Redeemed and Kenny Compton received reserve honors.

The Owner-Amateur Riders on Two-Year-Old Walking Mares or Geldings, was split into two divisions this year. In the A-Division, with 18 horses showing, I'm Plum Pretty and Julie Grider Tucker took the blue ribbon with Strong Seduction and Betty Corlew in second. Not long after, Lindsay Lohan and Kim Butler walked away with the blue in the B-Division, followed by Generating The Command for Florence Edwards out of the 17 horses competing.

In the Owner-Amateur Riders on Walking Ponies, Mares or Geldings class, The Royal Dollar and Lee McGartland captured the blue ribbon while Miss Keeneland and Dalia Smith received reserve honors.

Link Webb took Chillin' The Most to the winner's circle again this year in the Show Pleasure Walking Stallions class. Jubilee's Awesome Dream with Michael Wright aboard took reserve honors.

The Owner-Amateur Riders on Three-Year-Old Walking Stallions class was divided into two divisions. Division A's blue was captured by I'm Pushin In Line and Janice Fostek, with Sox Appeal and Debbie Eichler close on their heels for reserve. Poker Face and Clay Mills received the blue ribbon in Division B with Gin Toddy as ridden by Sue Irby of Shelbyville in reserve.

In the Owner-Amateur Riders on Walking Mares or Geldings, 15.2 and Under class, Deborah Williams of Argyle, Texas took home the blue ribbon with Miss Hosanna. A Dangerous Man and Donna Hill received an impressive reserve tie.

BB King's Jazz and Brock Tillman rode to the winner's circle to receive the blue ribbon in a unanimous decision from the judges in the Park Pleasure Walking Mares or Geldings, Five Years and Over class. Silver Ghost was next in to receive the reserve honors with Jamey Thompson aboard.

Bill Callaway and Absolute Proof proved worthy of the blue ribbon in the Young Trainers, 35 Years and Under, on Walking Stallions class. Walkin' Dollar and Rico Bravo received the reserve honors with 13 total trainers riding.

In the Owner-Amateur English Trail Pleasure, Adult Riders (Canter) class, The Wicked Master received the blue with Sheryl Volman in the irons, while Rolling Commander and Patti Pollack came in seconde.

In the Owner-Amateur Novice Gentlemen Riders on Novice Walking Mares or Geldings, crowd favorite Trouble On The Line and Tom Morgan made the winning ride for the last class of the night. Jose's Centerfold and Bill Williams received the reserve honors to cheers from the stands.

The Celebration continues through Saturday at the Celebration Grounds.

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