Thursday featured 140 horses in front of 16,407 fans.
As always on the last Thursday evening, the final class was the Three-Year-Old World Grand Championship. Honors and Larry Edwards claimed the championship title. Pro V-1 and Bill Callaway took home reserve for the Darrell Frazier family, while I'm Innocent and Justin Harris received third place honors for the Darrell Oliver family. Fifteen horses competed in the class.
Owner-Amateur Youth Riders 6-17 on Park Pleasure Walking Mares or Geldings World Grand Championship was the first class. The first victory lap with a floral horseshoe was performed by Lindsey Landrum aboard Jose's Baby Doll. Reserve went to Overpass and Ashley Diamond Pollack and third place was awarded to Priscilla Cash, with Anne Evans up.
Krysta Allen and A Wicked Bond took the floral victory lap in the Novice Riders on Novice Trail Pleasure Walking Horses World Grand Championship. Reserve was given to I'm Manhatten and Tamara Hader, and the judges chose Contemporary Jazz and Kasey Kesselring for third place honors.
Sixteen entries vied for the Elite Owner-Amateur Riders on Walking Horses World Grand Championship. Command and Control and Sheryl Crawford took home the World Grand Championship again this year. Chrome Dollar, with Lynda Brogdon in the irons, placed second. Terror On The Border and Nancy Groover finished third.
Owner Amateur Riders on Western Park Pleasure Walking Horses, World Grand Championship was next with Armed & Trigger Happy and Jim Nichols of New Market capturing the title. Dragonfire and Jim Heiting of Riverside, Calif. took the prestigious reserve honors followed by He's Comin On Strong with Rufus Dale of Canton, N.C. ridding out with third place.
Up next was the Owner-Amateur Youth Riders 6-11 Years on Walking Mares or Geldings World Grand Championship. A Cloudy Sky with Nathan Oliver in the irons from Bowling Green, Ky. won. Really and Bailey McCormick of Shelbyville pulled into the second position and rounding out the top three was Be Cool and Jaclyn Compton of North Tazewell, Va.
The pleasure horses were back in the Owner-Amateur English Trail Pleasure World Grand Championship. Walking into the spotlight tonight was Pusher's Secret Rose with Susan Coleman riding for Rachel Mercier of Shelbyville. Gigi's Majestic and Jordan Howell of Murfreesboro were reserve. Lightning Jazz and Miles Irby took in the third place honors for the Salem, Or. and Shelbyville owners.
The Owner-Amateur Riders on Show Pleasure Walking Horses World Grand Championship was next and was loaded with 16 entries. Coin's Black Stroke and Jean O'Brien took that coveted ride to the winner's circle for Reggie Pimentel of Bell Buckle. Spooky Dollar and Stephanie Elliot of Tuscumbia, Ala. accepted the reserve this year and third place went to The American Choice and Dr. Linda Garrard of Shelbyville.
Next up was Owner-Amateur Riders on Walking Horses, 15.2 and Under, World Grand Championship. I'm P Diddy, exhibited by Sherri Pollack of Silver Spur Ranch in Saratoga, Calif. and Shelbyville, claimed the win. I'm NRA and David Sisk took reserve honors while third place went to Don Julio and Allie Napier for her family of Verona, Ky.
A Red Ruby and Liz Gassaway once again rode to the Country Pleasure Walking Horse World Grand Championship. Bustline and Vicki Benjamin took the well-deserved reserve honors and Cha Cha Cha with Jordan Howell of Murfreesboro taking third.
In the Trainers World Grand Championship neither the horse nor trainer could have ever won a World Grand Championship class at the Celebration. This was a deep class with 13 entries. A Strong Need for Cash and Michael Wright won with the full support of all five judges. Coming in for the prominent reserve honors in this class was Bee Bee King and Dan Waddell, and placing third was I'm Splashed and Tim Smith for Hillview Promotions and Lindsey Landrum of Franklin.
The Lite Shod Walking Horses World Grand Championship presented the next entries into the ring. Riding out with World Grand Champion honors were, once again, Honor My Cash and Jamey Thompson for the Emmericks of Hillsborough, Calif. Jeff Laughlin took home the red streamers tonight aboard A Mountain of Jazz for the 4J Land & Cattle Co. of Waynesville, Mo. Third place went to Lil Wayne, Bobby Richards up for Jeff Gillespie of Tazewell, Va.
The Celebration continues through Saturday at the Celebration Grounds.