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Strong Pleasure Classes Give Chilly Morristown Hot Competition



by Sharyn Bortle
As a big chill hit East Tennessee exhibitors from Morristown and the surrounding area gathered at Walters State Great Smoky Mountains Expo Center for the Morristown Charity Horse Show. Held October 6 & 7, the show is sponsored by the General Federation of Women’s Clubs Junior Reading Circle as well as corporate sponsors Rusty Wallace Toyota and Mahle, Inc.

Temperatures dipped down to the 30’s so the Smoky Mountain air was crisp and unforgiving to any caught unprepared but that didn’t stop the competitors from enjoying a fun-filled, relaxed show containing a heavy gamut of pleasure classes mixed with five-gaited, three-gaited, pony and western division classes as well as a strong set of academy classes.

During Friday evenings performance there was a special retirement ceremony held for Crew Chief. Having been trained by Bridle Path Farms, Morristown, Tenn., and shown by Ashley and Allison Moore this 17 year-old-gelding has enjoyed a stellar show ring career. Since coming to Bridle Path he gained a World’s Championship and two reserve world’s championships, among other top honors both locally and nationally.

Saturday presented a full day of competition and in addition to the cold weather, that evening the exhibitors anxiously awaited news on how their Tennessee Volunteers were fairing between the hedges. Much to the chagrin of the Tennessee constituent the Vols succumbed to the Georgia Bulldogs at Georgia for the first time since 1989. But that did not take away from the fine performances given up by the winners at the Morristown Charity.

The Morristown Charity featured the East Tennessee Saddlebred Association Fall Harvest Breeders Jackpot. This consisted of a breeders yearling jackpot and breeders weanling jackpot. In both classes ribbon winners received a percentage of the entry fees plus $300 of added money. The weanling winner was Star Material’s Tango with Scott Byerly showing for Kent Waldo and the yearling winner was Shamrock’s Betty Boop with Smith Lilly showing.

For the complete show story see the printed edition of Saddle Horse Report dated October 16, 2000.

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