Shannon Memorial Trail Ride Raises $5600 For St. Jude
by Becky Bennett
The Obion County Saddle Club hosted its 2002 James Shannon Memorial Trail Ride Saddle Up for St. Jude Fundraiser at Gooch's Reserve between Obion and Trimble, Tennessee on Sept. 29. After several inches of rain a few days before, flooded the usual riding spot. The water did not put a damper on the riders' spirits as trucks and trailers parked on the side of the old road. People rode their horses on the abandoned road for the cause of helping the children of St. Jude.
A potluck meal was complimented with donated BBQ from several local people, grilled chicken and hamburgers donated by Mr. Greg White of Union City Napa Parts, who himself and Mr. Charlie Grooms of Union City grilled several pounds of chicken on site for the riders and donators after the ride. The Jimmy Dean plant in Newbern donated the hot dogs that were grilled.
Local merchants and talented local people donated an array of items from tools to homemade picture frames to toys to metalwork for an auction by Mr. John Cook of Cook Realty and Auction Co. who donated his services and equipment for the event. Mr. Andrew Becker also donated his services auctioning items as well. Mr. Dawayne French of Newbern donated quilts for a drawing as he has done for several years. Quilts made by Mrs. Mary Nell Cunningham of Troy were also donated.
The annual event was made into the James Shannon Memorial Trail Ride last year in honor of one of the men who helped start the event many years ago. Mr. Shannon had passed away a year ago. This year James Shannon's daughter, Shelly Shannon Moran, donated a yearling filly out of HARLAN FEATURE by JONES JP HANCOCK. The AQHA filly, HARLAN GAL, came from Mr. Shannon's own herd, of which he took great care breeding and raising them for much of his life. Mrs. Moran honored her father's memory with this donation that brought $1050 for the children's hospital. Mr. Paul W. Cunningham of Troy started training the fIlly and brought her to the auction.
Jan Wilcox of Troy kept track of the ride money, items donated and the auction money as she has done for several years. Mr. Harold Mallard raised the most money of $700 and Jimmy and Vera Winters placed second with $250. Both winners received a horse throw blanket for raising the most money. A total of $5600 was raised this year and about 200 people participated. Mr. Greg White, Mr. Lawrence French, and Mr. Dawayne French deserve thanks for all the hard work they did this year coordinating the trail ride which will be held about the same time next year. Thank you goes out to all the merchants and the people who helped make this year's trail ride a success and for many years to come.
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