Reference: Mack K's Handshaker

Mack K's Handshaker
Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration at Shelbyville, Tennessee. "Doug Wolaver on 'Mack K's Handshaker' receiving the horseshoe of roses as Grand Champion of the 1960 Celebration from Gov. Ellington."

Mack K's Handshaker, TWHBEA #561320, was World Grand Champion in 1960. "Handshaker" got his name from his habit of striking out with his front legs. He sired 1,362 foals.

Mack K's HandshakerMack K's Handshaker was by Midnight Mack K., sire also of the 1959 Grand Champion, Rodger's Perfection, and was out of Deep Purple, a daughter of Last Chance. He was owned by Doug and his father, Myron Wolaver, of Diana, Tennessee. The dam, Deep Purple, was owned by J. E. Beasley, Jr., of Athens, Alabama, and he bred and owned Handshaker as a colt.

Doug Wolaver broke Handshaker as a two-year-old late in the season, and, that year, was fourth in the two-year-old stake at the Southern Championship show in Montgomery, Alabama. As a junior, he was reserve champion at the Celebration and then went on to win the junior classes and stake honors at the Kentucky State Fair, at the Dixie Jubilee in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and at the Southern Championship showing in Montgomery, Alabama.

It is interesting to look back over the list of World Grand Champions to note that Doug Wolaver was only the third rider in the history of the Celebration horse show to be either owner or part-owner of the Grand Champion he exhibited. The other two riders were Colonel Jack Haynes on his Haynes Peacock in 1940 and 1941, and Winston Wiser who was part owner of Merry Go Boy during his championship years of 1947 and 1948, and of Go Boy's Shadow, winner in 1955 and 1956. All other riders of the Grand Champions had been professional showmen who owned no part of their mounts. Another point of particular interest is the fact that Doug Wolaver was the youngest trainer to ever win the Celebration's big stake, replacing Percy Moss as holder of the youngest winning rider title. Percy was twenty-three years old when he won in 1954 astride Dr. and Mrs. W. V. Garnier's mare, White Star. Doug Wolaver was only twenty-two at the time of his winning ride.

Doug was an earnest and quiet spoken man who strictly minded his own business. He is probably as well liked and admired by other trainers and horsemen as anyone else in the business because of this fact. He is remembered as a teenager who was always able to find time when arriving on the grounds before shows to help braid, adjust gear and groom for his nearby horsemen friends while he, himself, was also getting ready to show. He would not drive off after the show was over and leave a horseman to struggle alone with some balky-loading animal without first offering his assistance, either.

Winning, and especially the Celebration, couldn't have happened to a better person! That's the
consensus of his fellow horsemen. His hometown and county neighbors also appreciated Doug and Mack K's Handshaker, for they organized and held a "Doug Wolaver Day" following his 1960 Celebration win. The Governor of Tennessee, Honorable Buford Ellington, an owner of Champion Tennessee Walking Horses as well as an ardent promoter of the Breed, was Master of Ceremonies at the Doug Wolaver Day gala. Horsemen from throughout the country presented there that day praise for the young rider who had helped make the Tennessee Walking Horse famous.

Mack K’s Handshaker went on to sire two World Grand Champions - Shaker’s Shocker in 1966 and Handshaker’s Delight in 1972.

Mack K's Handshaker

Mack K's Handshaker

MACK K'S HANDSHAKER
TWHBEA #561320

BORN: 5/26/1956
DIED: 10/09/1981

COLOR: BLACK
MARKINGS: STAR

SEX: STALLION
MIDNIGHT MACK K.
TWHBEA #490450
COLOR: CHESTNUT
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MIDNIGHT SUN
TWHBEA #410751
COLOR: BLACK
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WILSON'S ALLEN
TWHBEA #350075
COLOR: CHESTNUT
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RAMSEY'S RENA
TWHBEA #410682
COLOR: BAY
MARKINGS: NONE
HEIGHT: 15.2H
PANOLA
TWHBEA #390027
COLOR: SABINO
MARKINGS: FOUR STOCKINGS, NEAR JAW, BALD.
MERRY BOY
TWHBEA #350189
COLOR: BLACK
SABINO
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MARY LEE
TWHBEA #410701 COLOR: SABINO
MARKINGS: BOTH HIND STOCKINGS, NEAR FORE SOCK, BLAZE.
DEEP PURPLE
TWHBEA #411908
COLOR: BLACK
MARKINGS: OFF HIND FETLOCK, STAR.
TROUBLE
TWHBEA #370306
COLOR: CHESTNUT
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LAST CHANCE
TWHBEA #350034 COLOR: CHESTNUT
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NELLIE ESSAY
TWHBEA #370016
COLOR: CHESTNUT
MARKINGS: STAR 
BLACK NANCY MC.
TWHBEA #441895
COLOR: BLACK
MARKINGS: FOUR FETLOCKS, STAR, SNIP.
KING ALTAMONT, JR.
TWHBEA #10480
COLOR: BLACK
NELLIE HAL MC
TWHBEA #10490
COLOR: BLACK

 


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