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Honors takes 4-year-old WGC

Friday, August 31, 2012

Friday's penultimate performance at the 74th Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration began with a rainbow, visible looking southeast from the stadium just before the show started, and Honors, Larry Edwards up, found the pot of gold at the end of that rainbow, winning the Four-Year-Old World Grand Championship to close out the evening. The entry is owned by Dan, Keith & Kelly McSwain of Gainesville and Duluth, Ga.

Reserve honors went to Siege, Scott Beaty up for Fred Allred of Jamestown, while the third tie went to Jimmy McConnell and The Jazz Player, owned by Jimmy and Edith Dilday of Dresden.

Two-Year-Olds

I Am Mayhem, Sue Ann Dowell up for JoAnn Dowell of Powell, Ohio, won the Owner-Amateur Riders on Two-Year-Old Horses World Grand Championship. Reserve honors went to I'm In High Definition, Kenny Compton up for Rick Compton of North Tazewell, Va., while I'm A Title One, Jason Myatt up for Jerry Myatt of Alvaton, Ky., took third.

15.2 and Under

An electric 15.2 and Under World Grand Championship ended with Mr. Heisman and Brandye Mills taking the blue ribbon for Randall and Sadie Baskin of Franklin. The workout in the six-entry class had the crowd roaring with excitement.

A Strong Need For Cash, Michael Wright up for Jim & Jeanne Roberts of Wildersville, was reserve, while Bee Bee King and Jimmy McConnell were third.

Youth riders

Lilly Waites took Cadillac's Bum to the blue ribbon in the Owner-Amateur Youth Riders, 12-17, on Mares or Geldings World Grand Championship. The horse is owned by the Andrew Waites family of Hattiesburg, Miss.

It was the second win of the night for Waites, who earlier in the evening had taken the Owner-Amateur Riders, 6-17, on Ponies World Grand Championship atop Line Walkin', also owned by the Andrew Waites family.

Reserve honors went to Robert Cortner and Pushin That Jazz. The entry is owned by Cortner, of Winchester, along with Alex Luttrell of Alvaton, Ky.

The third tie went to Be Cool, Jaclyn Compton up for Rick Compton of North Tazewell, Va.

Other championships

  • Owner-exhibitor Laurie Toone of Shelbyville rode Catastrophic to the Western Lite Shod World Grand Championship.
  • B B King's Jazz, Mikki Eldridge up for Stephens & Womack of Grayson, Ky., won the Owner-Amateur Riders on Park Pleasure Horses World Grand Championship.
  • Kay Green rode He's Vida Blue to the Owner-Amateur Riders World Grand Championship. The entry is owned by Jim & Kay Green of Meridian, Miss.
  • The Wicked Master, Sheryl Volkman up, won the Owner-Amateur Riders on Western Trail Pleasure Horses World Grand Championship. John & Sheryl Volkman of Livermore, Calif., own the entry.
  • Steve Hankins won the Trainers "Ride for the Roses" World Grand Championship on ACC, owned by Rick Compton of North Tazewell, Va. The class was open to horses and trainers that have shown in at least one performance class in this year's show but that have never won a World Grand Championship at the Celebration.
  • Owner-exhibitor Bill Williams of Ripley took Jose's Centerfold to a blue ribbon in the Owner-Amateur Novice Riders on Novice Horses World Grand Championship.


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