Belfast Lions host 47th horse show

Friday, July 27, 2007
Cutline - Photo courtesy of Voice Magazine Above is Pride's Generator, who stood for many years at S.W. Beech Stables in Belfast. He sired more world champions than any stallion in the industry.

The Belfast Lions Club will host their 47th annual Walking Horse Show on Friday night, Aug. 3. The event is slated for 6 p.m. at S. W. Beech Memorial Field.

The lineup will feature 26 classes of championship-quality horses including Pleasure (Western, Show and Trail).

There is more than $7,000 in prize money, as well as ribbons and trophies, to be awarded to the top five winners. There are six Riders Cup classes featuring 2,3,4, and stake. These classes alone will have $3,000 in prize money. The Riders Cup program recognizes the professional rider through a point and bonus award system. The Walking Horse Trainers' Association and Walking Horse Report newspaper sponsor it.

The judge for the 47th annual show is Don Milligan of Shelbyville and the master of ceremonies is Bobby Sands of Columbia. Jack Greene of Murfreesboro will take pictures of the winners. Jeremy Wilhelm will serve as ringmaster and the farrier is Blake Primm. Show manager is Thomas 'Bubba' Crockett and show secretary is Nancy Lynn Beech Greene.

Many of the winners at Belfast have gone on to capture world championship honors at the Celebration in Shelbyville in late August.

The Lewisburg and Liberty Lions clubs assist the Belfast club every year. If you haven't tasted a real country ham sandwich from the concession stand at Belfast, you have missed a treat. Burgers, hot dogs, pizzas, homemade pies and ice cream are some of the great food at their blue ribbon concession stand.

If you have never been to the Belfast show, you have missed one of the best. It has been acclaimed one of the best one-night shows many times over through the years.

Come early and eat supper and enjoy some of the best walking horse shows in the Mid-South.