1963-Voice Of The Tennessee Walking Horse 1963 December Voice - Page 21

DECEMBER H0RSE 1963 Ray Beech And "Little Bit of Trouble" Make Perfect Team Ray Beech, 14-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. S. W. Beech, Jr. made his debut in the show ring at the Gallatin, Tennessee, Horse Show in May of 1963 riding the well-known Walking Pony, “LIT­ TLE BIT O’ TROUBLE” for owner, Joe Kelley, Jr. of Colum­ bia, Tennessee. Ray and TROU­ BLE made a perfect team and this combination was a familiar sightat all the 1963 shows, winning first place at the following shows.-Gal­ latin; Lewisburg; Shelbyville; P-TA Show, Shelbyville; Junior Riding Club Show, Nashville; Madison; Chapel Hill; Murfrees­ boro; Goodlettesville; Savannah, Tennessee; Bowling Green, Ken­ tucky; Cornersville, Tennessee; Clarksville, Tennessee; Kentucky State Fair, Louisville, Kentucky; the class for Riders 14 and under at the Celebration and third in the Championship Stake at the Celebration. Ray is a well-known horse show fan, as well as rider, having been “born in the saddle,” so to speak. His granddaddy, Wood Beech, was one of the charter members of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ Association, and was very active in promoting the breed in its infancy. His daddy, S. W. Beech, Jr. started showing colts at a very early age. After gaining experience and a little age he trained horses for the public showing at all the major shows. In the past few years, S. W. Beech D. O. KIBLER, Owner TOM BOHL, Mgr., Farm Operations has devoted his time to maintain­ ing a breeding farm with the as­ sistance of Ray and his two bro­ thers, Bobby and Steve. Bobby and Steve are already known for their successful showing of colts and Ray is looking forward to showing colts in 1964 as well as being back in the saddle for the pony classes. DUST, two well-known stallions of the breed, entered new quarters near Shelbyville, Tennessee. The syndication program, similar to that which has been effective in Thoroughbred and Standard bred horsedom for many years, was set up to be operated on a share basis and was established to help stabi­ lize prices for top-bred Walking Horses and to enhance the value of (EDITOR’S COLUMN CONTINUED) the get of the syndicated stallions. A very encouraging sign of the As time passed, the Florida times is the increasing numbers “Sunshine” Circuit got off to an of boys and girls showing Ten­ impressive and active start and nessee Walking Horses. They succeeded in being a proving brighten every show and thrill the ground for many horses who spectators — families, friends and were to reach the top during the casual observers. May their tribe year. With most of the shows be­ increase! ing held during January, February We are proud to salute young and March (months which find the riders in this issue, and we send majority of states iced over and it out with the hope that hundreds the weather certainly not suitable more young Americans will soon for horse shows), the many avid discover for themselves the plea­ Walking Horse enthusiasts who sures of owning and riding Ten­ participated in these early season nessee Walking Horses and Ponies. activities began a weekly and monthly trek north that slowly moved into Georgia and finally 1963 . . . YEAR OF PROGRESS into Tennessee as spring began to FOR TENNESSEE peek through. WALKING HORSE In the early spring came word As each year closes and we anti­ cipate the events of the next from the West Coast of increased twelve months, it is always in­ interest in the Tennessee Walk­ teresting to review the past, to ing Horse, both for show and summarize outstanding e v e n ts pleasure. A boom was in the mak­ and to take an objective look at ing that would see the far west the conditions of things. The year embrace the Tennessee Walking 1963 has proved to be a most excit­ Horse during 1963 in a way that ing and eventful year for Walking amazed even the most ardent ad­ Horse lovers across the nation. Per­ mirers of the breed in that part of haps the most newsworthy event to the country. This increased inter­ usher in the year was the an­ est was subject to organization as nouncement that Syndication had the formation of the “Northern entered the Walking Horse world. California Walking Horse Associa­ The first week of February, tion” was announced in March, MIDNIGHT MACK K and SUN- (Continued on Page 21) Dlie J(iUer 5 armd TENNESSEE WALKING HORSES 444-3605 MT. ORAB, OHIO PAUL “WHITEY" WHITEHEAD Mgr.-Tralner, Walking Horse Division