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2003/12/17

10th Annual Shrine Children's Hospital Trail Ride Most Successful Ride Ever by Larry Spencer The l0th Annual Shrine Children's Hospital Trail Ride held at the Natchez Trace State Park Wrangler Camp on October 17, 18 and 19, 2003, was the most successful ride ever. The work started in July when Wanda Lee Higdon, Cis Cason, Auga Floyd, Sandy Lemons and Brenda Spencer started soliciting items for our auction as well as monetary donations. Jim Norman of Norman, Long and Jennings Realty of Memphis had Vernon Manley print our flyers. Teena Robbins kept our computer mailing list up to date and running. Thanks again to Dr. Nick Todd and Mr. Richard Finley of the Tennessee Department of Agriculture for checking coggins papers at both the Wrangler Camp and the overflow parking lot full of campers. As usual, several people were turned away for lack of current tests. Please remember a current coggins is required by law on all trail rides. On Friday afternoon, October 17th, the ladies started registering trail riders while Dick Bayless, T. Richard Goodwin, Tommy Black, Jerry Heuring and Richard Bayless prepared 150 pounds of catfish fillets, 60 pounds of French Fries, and 25 pounds of hush puppy mix for the registered participants. All this food plus Joey and Monica Simmon's 10 gallons of slaw, many gallons of tea, coffee and numerous cases of soft drinks were consumed. Registration and the sale of T-shirts, sweat shirts, hats and belt buckles continued after supper while the Trail Riders Band with Larry Baskins, Carroll Baskins and Leonard Laws from Colt, Arkansas entertained us, with steel guitar player Jim Snyder from Dover, Tennessee joining in. Jim's son has been a Shrine Hospital patient for several years. Saturday morning "Pollock" Cupples carried out the all day trail ride. Darrell Douglas led the fast gaited group while Larry Spencer led the pleasure gaited group. Starting with the first ride, Bobby "Radio" Jordan and Seth McDaniels led the pleasure horse group. On a previous ride, "Radio" left a Missouri trail ride and drove over 400 miles to help lead this group. Luckily, only one injury occurred. A young lady's horse made a fast-unexpected exit, resulting in the lady breaking her arm. This accident happened when the horse stepped on a yellow jacket's nest. While we were trail riding Saturday, Billy Dalton's crew including Potentate Charlie Moore, Past Potentate Randy Waddell, Oriental Guide Shelby Berryhill, Jim Norman, George Jackson, Eugene Scudder, Robert Carter, Thom Henning and Greg Hillard cooked 21 shoulders that averaged 16 pounds each for our Saturday night Bar-B-Que. Sixteen of the 21 shoulders, along with all the trimmings, were consumed in a little over an hour, and the 5 shoulders left over were auctioned off at our annual auction which began at 6:00 PM. Some Shriners, like Billy Dalton, are very dedicated to the Shrine Children's Hospitals. Even though Billy is mostly paralyzed on the left side and confined to a wheel chair, he came to help us. Billy had a severe stoke last summer while on vacation in the sub-tropics. After being stabilized for a few days, Billy was flown to Houston. The next morning, Jim Norman from Memphis flew to the Houston Hospital. When he walked into Billy's room, before greetings were ever exchanged, Billy threw up his arm and said, "Don't worry about the Trail Ride Bar-B-Que. I've been on the phone and have everything taken care of." That is dedication. Noble Kenneth Pickler's wife, Lady Hazel, had terminal cancer and several months before her death requested all memorials be made to the Shrine Children's Hospitals in lieu of floral arrangements. Noble Pickier honored her request and we received donations in her memory of over $800.00. She was a great Lady and we always wondered why she loved us old country red-necked cowboys so much. At her funeral on Wednesday before the Trail Ride, and as she had requested, the entire membership of the Carroll County Shrine Mounted Patrol had the honor of serving as her pallbearers. May she rest in peace! Just before the Saturday evening auction, Lonnie and Rhonda Allen from Henry, Tennessee, addressed the crowd with an emotional testimony of how the Shrine Children's Hospitals saved Rhonda's niece's and then later treated their own son, Christopher, due to a pre-cancerous mole. Plaques of appreciation were then given to Dr. Sergio Salazar and Mr. Luis Salazar for their donation of three registered Peruvian Paso horses to the auction. At 7 :00 p.m. sharp, the bidding began for the horses by not only members of the attending crowd of people, but with four out-of-state bidders bidding by cell phones. Sandy Lemons had put the three horses on www.agdirectcom and there were 1,622 inquiring hits. Our auctioneer, Mr. Don King, also put the horses on his web site. Don Dowdle, editor of "Mid-South Horse Review" also helped with a one-half page colored ad of the horses. After an exciting bidding match back and forth, Anthony and Kristina Dimicelli of Houston, Texas, were the successful bidders on the four-year-old gelding, Cesar De Santa Rosa, for a price of $6,500.00. The Dimicelli' s had such a great time that they have requested a flyer on next year's trail ride and are planning on coming a week early to enjoy the park and trails. Next to be auctioned was Prepotente De Santa Rosa. This bidding was not as furious as the first round, but Pat Kreisler of Sergeant Bluff, Iowa was high bidder with $3,000.00. The yearling colt was purchased by Shirley Mathews of Byhalia, Mississippi for $1,250.00. All three horses are now at their new homes and in great condition. The Carroll County Shrine Mounted Patrol will always be grateful to the Salazar Brothers, owners of Santa Rosa Ranch on Maytown Road, east of Huntingdon, Tennessee, for their contributions to the Shrine Children's Hospitals Trail Ride. As a unit fund raiser, we ordered 100 numbered Montana Silver 10th Anniversary belt buckles, and belt buckle No.1 was auctioned off for $650.00. We have about 25 belt buckles left. They are beautiful and would make a perfect Christmas gift for the horse person in your life for only $80.00. To order one, please call 731-586-2512, 731-586-7504 or 731-986-8507 after 5:00p.m. The Saturday night auction continued with almost all of the donated items being sold. The very few items not sold were given as door prizes Sunday afternoon. All in all, the yard sale and the auction brought in approximately $15,000.00. Everyone that donated items for the yard sale and auction, as well as made contributions, deserves a special "Thanks and a pat on the back. " Sunday morning, October 18th, Pat Holloway of "Team Up With Jesus" conducted our worship service. This is one of many times they have held both our worship service as well as the Tom Boyd Memorial Ride worship service. We always look forward to the group helping on our rides. . L - - , Pat carried two of my grandsons, 8 and 9 year olds, on the Saturday afternoon trail ride since I was busy helping out at the pavilion. At 2:00 p.m., Bobby "Radio" Jordan, "Pollock" Cupples, Seth McDaniel and Brenda Spencer were given plaques for 10 years of service to our trail rides. Wanda Lee Higdon received a certificate of appreciation for her continued dedication to the ride. Larry Spencer then presented a plaque in memory of James A. Pendergrass to his family for his years of service to the Tom Boyd Memorial Trail Ride, Bobby Kirk-Pee Wee Floyd Ride, Shrine Children's Hospital Trail Ride and the Quarterback Club Trail Ride. James died in his sleep this past April while on the Tom Boyd Memorial Ride. We parked an empty horse trailer on his usual camping site in his memory. May he rest in peace! Jerry Archer of Brighton, Tennessee won the grand prize trail ride saddle. Faye Winsett of Paris, Tennessee won the raffle_ saddle which she immediately donated back to the unit to be auctioned off. Mr. Don King of King's Auction in Medon, Tennessee was still on the grounds and volunteered to auction off the saddle. Joel Edwards of Bruceton, Tennessee was the high bidder in the amount of $490.00. . Don King has been our auctioneer for four years and has never charged us one penny for his services. To help with Don's expenses, we have been paying his motel bill, and I found out this year that he has been donating the amount of the motel bill plus several more dollars back to the ride. Thank you Don. The yard sale, auction items, registration fees and donations have made it possible for us to write a check for $22,000.00 to the Shrine Children's Hospitals. We were fortunate to have two unit members, Sgt. Quentin Allgood and Sgt. Greg Hillard, back from Iraq in time for this years ride. Quentin has been invited to be the Grand Marshall in Bruceton's Christmas Parade on December 7th. Sgt. Frank Robertson of Cookeville, Tennessee, who is in the same unit as Greg, also came down for the ride. Both Greg and Frank had to return to Iraq the week after the ride. Hopefully they will be home for good next April. All our military personnel have earned and deserve a big "Tip of the Old Red Fez" for services rendered. Please support our sponsors and remember the following rides in 2004: Tom Boyd Ride, April 16, 17 & 18; Quarterback Club Ride, May 7,8 & 9; This Silent Horse Cares Ride, September 17, 18 & 19; Bobby Kirk - Pee Wee Floyd Ride, October I, 2 & 3; and, the 11 th Annual Shrine Trail Ride, October 15, 16 & 17, 2004. Our 2003 sponsors: Luis Salazar, Dr. Sergio Salazar, Arnold's Realty and Insurance, Melton Trucking Co., Mathis Battery, Camden Farm Supply, Motor Parts, Marilyn's Florist, Kee's Amoco, Busby Tire and Alignment, Midway Materials, Hall's Hardware, Goldia Borchert, "Mid-South Horse Review", Denise Bain, Angel of Faith, New Johnsonville TV A Credit Union, Mane Thing Hair Salon, Guest House Inn, Linda Nash, Value Max, Belisle Machine and Tool, Alf Taylor Trucking, Reed's Furniture, Arnold's Fabricating, Inc., Berry Sign Company, Auto Zone, Kirby's Gas, Hair Design Unlimited, Tennessee River Restaurant, Palmer Tool and Die, Buddy's Retail, Steve King Trucking, Hubb's Construction Company, Thompson's Caterpillar, R & J Hardwood, Modem Cleaners, Nails by Beth, Eddie's Furniture, King's Electronics, Stockdale-Malin Funeral Home, Diane Brewer, This and That, The Getting Place, Steel and Magnolia, French's Trophies and Plaques, Booger Bear's, Medlin's Florist, Medlin's Flea Market, Camden Plumbing and Supplies, Ray Smith Chevrolet, Car Quest, Daisy Field's Gifts, Jones Plastic and Engineering, Smokey's Doghouse, The Berripatch, Well's Tractor, Tecumseh, Mike's Mufflers & Brakes, Richardson's Body Shop, The Oddessy, Frame Makers, Smith's Tire Barn, DMT Furniture, T. S. Micro, Lakeway Flowers, A Visible Change, The Kitchen Table, Ace's Pizza, Leach's Music, Najies, Reeve's Drapery, Butler-Harbor Shoes, Murray-McKenzie Jewelry, The Toggery, Market Street Florist and Gifts, Town Square Jewelry, Allero, Inc., NAP A Auto Parts, Leech's Radio Company, Advanced Auto, Jean's L TD, Sherwin-Williams, Johnny Hudson, Victory Lane, My Favorite Things, Town and Country Florist, Kentucky Lake Urology Clinic, The Shear Connection, Henry County Farmers Co-Op, Amy Abbott, John Quenton, Jim's Discount, The Finishing Touch, Master Muffler, Sander's Sawmill, Henry County Monument Works, Denise Corey, Hulme Sporting Goods, Market Buy's, Suedell's, Sports Base, Joyce Freeman, Faye Winsett, Discount Factory Nurses' Uniforms, Lighthouse, The Stitching Post, Legacy Styles, Carolyn Turner, Ruth Collins, Veleria Maddox, Warren's Jewelry, Lanzer's Printing and Supplies, Furniture Barn, Calla Lily Collections, Advanced Auto, Buddy's Wrecker Service, Abernathy's Cycles, Union City Glass, Decor Direct, Ceramic and Stuff, Moser and Jones Furniture, Gas Plus, Joann's Fashions, Bennett's Menswear, The Ivy Cottage, Whitby's Florist and Gifts, Homestead Ace Hardware, Jerry Kendall's Market, Rusty Hutcherson, Final Flight, Pathway Book, Herman Jenkins Motors, Home Builders Mart, Just For You, Searcy Builder Contractor, Inc., Tennessee Tractor, R & J Feed Supply, Super Cuts, Madison Saddles-Mike French, Delta Faucet, Cut-N-Heal Products, Inc., Bill's Auto, Kirkland's, 4 Season's Florist and Gifts, The Apple Barrel, Cambridge House, St. Charles Florist, Ken- Tenn Sports Shop, Ruby Wright, Donna Blassingame, Pam Caldwell, Styles and Profiles, The Homeplace, Weakley County Animal Clinic, Mane Attraction, Fairview Saddlery, Bob's Pharmacy, The Home Spot, Creative Frames 'n'Much, Vaughn Bros.'s Hardware, The Flower Box, Master Muffler, Bank of Gleason, Gleason City Drugs, Gleason Parts Plus, Weakley Farmer's Co-Op, Gleason Lumber Company, Top Notch Hair Design, Jack Cunningham, D & J Frameworks and Gallery, Darty's Trailer Sales, Greenway Nursery, Candyland Gift Shop, Hi-Tech Printing, Auto Zone, Graves Pontiac & Buick, Wanda Lee Higdon, Fashions 'n' Fabrics, Ronald & Brenda Bennett, TDS Telecom, Gerald's Mor or Less, Bob's Auto Sales, Broad Street Tigermart, Jan & Carolyn Aylor, Bob's Auto Sales, Pat's Service Station, The Hair Company, Bruceton Service Center, Bruceton Funeral Home, East End Home Furniture, R & R copiers, Selective Cuts, Sammy Borntraeger, Wilks Used Cars, Mac's Grocery, House of Style, First Bank of Bruceton & Hollow Rock, Crabtree Corner, Hopper Drugs, Oldham's Saddlery, Don Lucas, Northwest Animal Clinic, Cheatham Furniture, Brigham's Hardware, Coca-Cola of Lexington, Brawner's Western Wear, Keeton Law Offices, Taylor Real Estate, Pete's Body Shop, Espey Oil Company, Maddox, Maddox & Maddox Law Firm, Huntingdon Insurance, Redneck Pawn Shop, Pee Wee and Auga Floyd, Jean's Florist, Advanced Auto, Charity Pinkley, Darrell and Kay Douglas, Lori Ann's Florist, Jeffs Lawnmowers, Webb's Auto Parts, Ruth Scott, Bill's Florist, Huntingdon Animal Clinic, Jordan's Trading Post, C & S Outdoor Equipment, Chandler's Music, Huntingdon Termite & Pest Control Co., C & H Screen Graphics, Hair Express Beauty Shop, J & J Carpet Sales, Dr. C. H. Thomason, Gift Grove, Hardware House, Trotter Law Firm, Dr. Michael Roberts, Southwestern Sales, Hair Fashion, Maddox Insurance Agency, Griffin and Powell Monument Works, Huntingdon Carpet, Judge Walton West, Howe and Jordan Refiigeration, Mary K. Sills, City Drugs, Bill Sills Sportswear, Inc., Performance Auto Care, Parish and King Law Firm, Foster Brothers Equipment Company, E. W. James, Noranda! USA, Absolute Style, Dr. David Lott, Designs by Mark, Tim Smith, Shelia Ingram, Robert and Jennifer Williams, Merle Norman Studio, Arnold's Hardware, Southern Auto Body Shop, New Generations Furniture Inc., McKinny's Hardware, Fred's, Inc., Superior Auto Body, Professional Hair Design, Robertson's Decorating Center, Auto Zone, Tropical Tan, McElhineys Men's Shop, City Florist, Nanney's Florist, The Service Center, William's Furniture, The Vineyard, Mark Downing CPA, Heartworks, Super Drugs, Carroll County Lumber Company, Dr. Al Spivey, Designing Women, McKenzie Auto Parts, The Trade Center, Creative Designs Hair Salon, G. E. Williams Furniture, The Apple Tree, Davis Dry Goods, Children's Fair, Ye Old Oak Shoppe, Stewart Rexall-River Valley, Lexington Pawn & Sales, Dyer Auto Parts, Mor for Less, Hamilton Smith, Lexington Lumber Company, Cost Cutters, True Value Hardware, Helms Motor Company, Woods Maytag, Golden Circle Implement, Anderson Sporting Goods, Lexington Auto Zone, Blankenship Auto Parts, Lexington Home Supply, Maxine's Florist, Ace Hardware, Just Stuff, Mack Heart, Wright's Furniture, Pafford Funeral Home, Inc., Henderson County Animal Clinic, T. J. 's Gifts & Varieties Shop, Discount Carpets, Dr. Nick Todd, Richard Finley, Tangle's Hair Salon, The Hair Affair, Lexington Discount Drugs, Jones Pharmacy, Spoil Me Rotten, Dr. R C. Davis, Cutting, Bank of Henderson County, Joey and Kelley Deaton, Cutting Edge, Paramount Plumbing and Electric and Hilltop Grocery & Deli. In the event we have failed to list a sponsor or contributor, please forgive us. We have attempted to keep the most accurate records possible, but sometimes errors do occur. Again, we thank everyone that helped in any way make the l0th Annual Shrine Trail Ride a huge success.

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