MARK'S MOTION MAN And Greg Mooningham Make Their Mark At Neshoba County Classic By Christie Miller The 25th annual Neshoba County Classic Walking and Racking Horse Show was held June 1, 2002 at the Neshoba County Coliseum. Prior to 1998, the show had been held at an outside arena in Philadelphia susceptible to inclement weather conditions. With humid temperatures in the 90's, this climate controlled, multi-purpose coliseum was appreciated by all. The facility seats 2,473 and offers a 94-stall livestock barn, meeting rooms, production office and sound room. Joe Campbell of Milton, Tennessee judged the 29 classes with 158 entries in attendance. Billy Walton announced each class and kept the crowd entertained. Johnny Phillips served as ringmaster and Vonda Bowen provided the music. Sid Abernathy photographed the blue ribbon winners. The opening ceremonies and presentation of the colors was presented by Hal Martin riding E.T.'S NICE COIN, of Dogwood Stables, Grenada Ms. This nine year old gelding is proudly owned by the Lowell Stephens family of Clinton, Mississippi. Richard Woods Stables of Hickory Valley, Tennessee led the blue ribbon tally with five wins. The first blue came in the Youth Park Pleasure Specialty with SWING HALLELUJAH and Tyler Herndon for Dr. and Mrs. Tommy Vinson. SWING HALLELUJAH and Pat Vinson came back for another blue in the Open Park Pleasure Specialty. A LITTLE BITE OF JAZZ and Dr. Tommy Vinson took a bite out of the competition for first place honors in the Amateur Two-Year-Old Mares and Geldings Class. In the Open Three-Year-Old division, CASH'S LITTLE LEGS and Danny McLellan walked away with the blue for Archie Brooks. ALL COLORED UP and Ann Hatcher, with the excitement of the crowd, rode to the color of blue in the Amateur Four-Year-Old Stallions Specialty Class. Tim Holley and Son Stables were credited with four blues of the evening. The team of EAGLE'S LEGACY and Karla Massey made their blue ribbon debut for James Nichols of Oxford, Mississippi in the Amateur Two-Year-Old Stallion Class. I'M HAMMERIN' HANK and Pam Russell hammered away at the competition for their fourth victory pass of the season thus far in the 15.2 and Under Amateur Specialty Class. Slick Willie and Greg Mooningham charmed the spectators as they accepted their fourth consecutive victory in the Racking Horse Stake Class. The little black head shaking stallion, MARK'S MOTION MAN and Greg Mooningham returned to the ring triumphantly making their tricolor mark in the Walking Horse Stake Class for owner Danna Shirley. White Oak Farms of Atoka, Tennessee were attributed with a trio of first place awards. In the Open Two-Year-Old Class, BLACK ICE with Mike Hilley in the irons, iced out the competition with the blue for owners Robert and Lisa Marbry. STRONG ARMED and Margaret Thomas put their strong arm forward riding to the blue in the Ladies Amateur Specialty Class. In the Amateur Walking Specialty division, it was full steam ahead for SILVER EXPRESS and Lisa Marbry as the gray stallion continued his winning ways and stroked to the winner's circle. Percy Lewis Stables of Sallis, Mississippi took home duel blues. Their first blue ribbon award came in the Spotted Saddle Horse Specialty Lite Shod Class. BROKEN ARROW BAY ROCK and Percy Lewis were victorious for owner Charles Hurst. Next, MAIN'S MAN BLACK BEAUTY and Sam Brown claimed the blue ribbon honor in the Amateur Four-Year-Old Mares and Geldings Specialty Class. Karla Massey enjoyed additional blue ribbon rides aboard EAGLE'S LADY SUE in the Open Plantation Pleasure Lite Shod, and ONE KNIGHT AT A TIME in the Country Pleasure Optional Tack division. JAZZ'S FAVORITE GIN and Linda McCarley were selected to wear the blue in the Open Colts Under Halter. In the Youth 17 and Under Specialty, SKY MARKER and Christa Boler teamed up for the blue award. EBONY'S COIN DREAM and Marilyn Scott were called to accept the blue in the Amateur Owned and Trained Specialty Class. In the Three-Year-Old Amateur division. COUNTRY CASH and Medford Knowles walked to victory lane for proud owners Walter and Ann Myatt. CINDY POWER and Harlan Hatcher proved they had the power and strolled to the blue in the Open Gaited Pleasure Western Style Flat Shod Class. In the Open Walking Specialty, HARD COLADERAL and Chris Zahnd claimed the blue ribbon award for owners Larry and Marylin Roy. DEFINITE DELIGHT and Sophia Martin were definitely delighted as they received first place honors in the Amateur Show Pleasure Specialty Class. In the Spotted Saddle Horse Specialty Heavy Shod division, GUNSLINGER'S DOUBLE DRAW and Donna Holley commanded top honors. PUSHER'S SOCIETY MAN and Dr. Tommy Vinson captured the blue ribbon award in the Open Amateur Class.
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