Walking On Volume 4, Issue 6, June 2017 - Page 18

WHOA Versatility Show Cookeville, Tennessee • June 18 The WHOA Show held in Cookeville on Father’s Day was a success in spite of the holiday, stormy weather ( is there any other kind when WHOA is hosting a show?) and humid heat. One hundred thirty two nice entries made Judge, Debbie Birk work hard for her money! Debbie and her husband Rob, were a most experienced and capable team. The Big A**  Fans kept our ----wellllllllll -----cool in spite of the humidity and heat and the indoor are- na was great when the storm hit.  I told a big fib as the concession stand was open for a short period. Honest, I thought it wasn’t going to be open and all the snacks were greatly appreciated! Ms. Neal, yours took the cake!!!!!!!!!! Everyone appeared to be having a great time as they enjoyed showing with their friends. There were several new exhibitors which we always love. The lead line class had two of the cutest entries imaginable and no doubt both will be future versatility exhibitors as both have shown before. First time WHOA exhibitor, Jalynn Evans made her presence felt in the Youth All Day Pleasure Classes and took on the more mature riders in the Flat Shod Canter Class with a rolling canter that electrified the crowd. Cute Gage Warren showed Dolly Dumas like a pro to earn the blue in the Showmanship Class. This young man has just taken up the sport of showing and is doing an amazing job. It was so nice to see new youngsters in the ring. This show made our future with youth riders look very promising. It was good to see Wise Impact back in blue ribbon form after several years of resting. Wise Impact, previ- ously owned by the Vic Gernt family, had been a multi champion and had been Shelby Finch’s first true love. Impact was given to Shelby a couple of years ago after the Gernts had won everything they attempted with this natural walking gelding as Shelby just loved him. They have enjoyed trail riding and just learning to be friends at Shelby’s home. All that time together certainly paid off as Shelby had this many time champion tuned up to earn four blue ribbons in tough competition. A tri blue winner was the elegant team of Marilyn Carter and Poppy Cat traveling down from Kentucky to take on the Tennessee horses with great success. 18 • Walking On Ken Estes brought the audience to their feet with his Racking trail Pleasure horse. Those white feet were “just a flashing”. A big shout out to the Whispering Wind crew, Ron- nie and Zack Sapp were the only professional trainers that hauled to the show and we thank them for their efforts as they had showed in Kentucky both Friday and all day Saturday. Tammy Sapp and Victoria Ka- losis made good shows as well on Whispering Winds mounts. Again congratulations to everyone that showed. It was a good turn out with NICE walking horses mak- ing Cookeville another show of which WHOA can be proud. –Sis Osborne From left to right Jon Starnes, Mom Catherine Starnes, Grand- Mother, Linda Starnes with Hannah Starnes.  Then Mallory John- son, (cousin) Evie Gernt with Dad Victor Gernt III. The elegant team of Poppy Cat and the gorgeous and talented Marlynn Carter up winning one of their 3 blue ribbons.