Maverick or Mayhem? Top contenders compete for title

Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Odds are that the World Grand Champion will be one of these two horses, who each won their divisions this week in Shelbyville at the Celebration. Gens Black Maverick (left) and Im Mayhem are expected to face off on Saturday night.
Photos courtesy of Shane Shiflet

The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration continues through Saturday night, September 2nd with the naming of the World Grand Champion Tennessee Walking Horse.

With the aged stallion class A & B divisions last Saturday night, will it be one of them?

In the A division, Gens Black Maverick and Bill Callaway were the unanimous choice of all five judges. But the crowd favorite was Incredible Machine and Blaise Broccard as they placed second. Maverick is owned by Maple Crest Farm of Bell Buckle, Tn.

In the B division, Im Mayhem and Rodney Dick placed first with three first place votes from the judging panel. He is owned by Dowell and Coleman of Ohio and Unionville, Tn. Others receiving first place votes were Jose Cold Chills and John Allan Callaway and Hes Shady in Black and Jimmy McConnell. Out of twenty-one total entries in both divisions, only ten came in the ring, six in division A and only four in division B.

In the first championship class, the Lead Line World Grand Champion winner was Little Red Wagon and Boston Kate Tillman of Shelbyville on Saturday morning.

The second championship was Saturday night with the Yearling World Grand Championship. The unanimous choice of the judging panel was Most Wanted MCF for owners Lorriane Rosbury and Maple Crest Farm of Bell Buckle, Tn. Beverly Lamp was the handler.

Carrie Martin working out of Wayne Dean Stables in Lewisburg captured the O/A English Trail Pleasure World Champion with Etta James and owner Kathy Zeis. In the Three-Year-Old English Trail Pleasure, Kathy and Blacklist were reserve.