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He’s Vida Blue, Lampshade win aged stallion class
Saturday, August 24, 2013 ~ Updated 11:40 PM
By JOHN I. CARNEY ~ email@example.com
A total of five horses competed in the split “A” and “B” divisions of the the aged stallion class in the 75th Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.
He’s Vida Blue, Chad Williams up for Dr. Jim and Kay Green of Meridian, Miss., won the “A” division of the class, in which only three of the seven entries in the program made the gate call, while Lampshade, Bill Cantrell up for Dr. W.S. And Gloria Warr and Rhonda Major of Phenix City, Ala., won the “B” division, in which only two of the eight program entries made the gate call.
The aged stallion class, officially known as Walking Stallions, 5 Years and Over, Over 15.2, is normally considered the most important preliminary to the Tennessee Walking Horse World Grand Championship, with the vast majority of World Grand Champions having qualified through that preliminary class.
There was an audible reaction from the crowd when ring announcer Bobby Sands called for the “A” division to begin with only three entries, and then outright boos when only two entries made the “B” division call a few minutes later.
Reserve in the “A” division was apparent crowd favorite Swing Batter Batter Swing, Danny Hughes up for Glendon Stivers of Manchester, Ky. I’m Deuce, Casey Wright up for Billy and Debbie Woods of Lexington, Tenn., was third.
Reserve in the “B” division was The Thug, Dick Peebles up for Luckey Easterling of Mize, Miss.
Adorable Diamond, handled by Beverly Lamp for Keith and Lorraine Rosbury of Bell Buckle, won the Walking Yearling World Grand Championship, the first world grand championship class to be presented in this year’s diamond anniversary Celebration.
The other world grand championships will be presented Aug. 29-31, the last three days of the Celebration.
Dr. Gene Caffey of Shelbyville Lions Club received the Evan Lloyd Adamson Humanitarian Award for his long-time work with the civic club, one of the two clubs (the other was Shelbyville Rotary Club) which founded the Celebration, at the urging of Henry Davis, in 1939.