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Spur's Clown with trainer, Hershel Talley.

FOURTH TIME MAY BE THE CHARM
By Delbert Reed
Tuscaloosa News - June 8, 1962

Spur's ClownCome the first week in September each year, hundreds of horses from all parts of the county floor into Shelbeyville, Tenn., for the annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, the granddaddy of all horse shows.

To trainers and horse owners alike, the Celebration, as it is known, is the World Series and the Rose Bowl rolled into one - it's the final judging of a year's work.

So noteworthy is the Celebration that last year Vice President Johnson was on hand to crown the winner who is recognized as the world champion.

This year, as in three previous years, Spur's Clown, a six-year-old stallion owned jointly by B.W. Coleman of Greensboro and Hershel Talley of Tuscaloosa, will make his fourth trip to the grand occasion for horses.

Spur's Clow as bred and raised on Spur Ranch near Marion and was owned by W.O. Crawford until Talley and Coleman bought him as a two-year-old.

Talley, a horse trainer for 15 years, trained Clown and carried him to the Celebration for the first time as a three year old in 1959, where he was judged third in the Junior Championship division.

The next year Spur's Clown was old enough to enter the World Grand Championship class and again was judged third in the world. Last year, making his third appearance, Clown pranced his way to a fourth place finish in the celebration.

In his three years of showing, Spur's Clown has won close to a hundred blue ribbons from all parts of Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi and Louisiana.

In his first showing this year, Spur's Clown won the grand champion of the Vestivia Country Club for the second straight year and crossed the two-thirds mark at becoming the sole owner of the Vestivia Challenge Cup.

In his next time out, Spur's Clown won the stallion-gelding class at the Marion County horse show, which was held last week.

The son of Spur's Roan Allen, who has sired some of the top horses in the nation, Spur's Clown has been proclaimed by sourthern horsemen as definately one of the top three stallions in the nation.

Talley can be proud of another promising walker in his training this year, too. That's Sunbeam''s Producer, a four year old mare owned by Wallace Gunn of Hattiesburg, Miss.

Sunbeam's Prodcuer was sired by the son of Midnight Sun, the grand champion walking horse of the world for two years running in 1945 and 1946.

She was first show on April 25th of this year, in New Orleans show where she won the mare class and championship stake. She also won the championship stake in her next showing at Meridan, Miss., and in her last outing, Sunbeam's Producer won the mare and championship classes again in the Macon County horse show.

Sunbeam's Producer, estimated by many as one of the best mares in Dixie, will make her first trip to the Celebration this fall.

Mr. Talley has been training and showing horses for many years but feels that he has his best line of horses this year. He's won 29 blue ribbons and 8 red ribbons with 37 entries in 10 shows and Spur's Clown and Sunbeam's Producer are both unbeaten in this season's competition.

The Talleys have never won a world championship at the Celebration. Mrs. Tally came the closest, in 1959 when she rode a reserve champion.

Come late summer and the end of the small show season, barring all unforseen problems, Spur's Clown and Sunbeam's Producer will carry the Talleys bright hopes to the 24th annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.

Spur's Clown will be seen on exhibition at the first annual Junior Welfare Horse and Pony show, July 6-7, at the Tuscaloosa Riding Club.

 

SPUR'S CLOWN

TWHBEA #561711

BORN: 2/22/1956
DIED:

COLOR: CHESTNUT SABINO
MARKINGS:
near hind sock, off hind foot white to ankle, and blaze
SPUR'S ROAN ALLEN
TWHBEA #480028
COLOR: CHESTNUT SABINO
MARKINGS: BOTH HIND SOCKS, STAR.
ROAN ALLEN AGAIN
TWHBEA #390158
COLOR: CHESTNUT SABINO
MARKINGS: BOTH HIND AND OFF FORE SOCKS, BROKEN STRIP, FLAX MANE AND TAIL.
BRANTLEY'S ROAN ALLEN,JR.
TWHBEA #350066
COLOR: SABINO
MARKINGS: FOUR STOCKINGS, ON BOTH SHOULDERS, ON BOTH SIDES, BALD.
AVIS ALLEN
TWHBEA #390157
COLOR: BAY
MARKINGS: STAR
MURFREESBORO LADY
TWHBEA #440577
COLOR: BAY
mARKINGS: STAR
SAM ALLEN
TWHBEA #350187
COLOR: CHESTNUT
MARKINGS: STAR, MIXED MANE AND TAIL.
MAUD JAKES
TWHBEA #992596
COLOR: CHESTNUT
SPUR'S BEAUTY
TWHBEA #500031
COLOR: BAY SABINO
MARKINGS: NEAR HIND STOCKING, BLAZE.
ALLEN'S WALKING JOY
TWHBEA #410429
COLOR: SABINO
MARKINGS: BALD, FLAX MANE AND TAIL.
JOHN ALLEN
TWHBEA #360061
COLOR: CHESTNUT
MARKINGS: BLAZE
NELL ELROD
TWHBEA #410428
COLOR: CHESTNUT SABINO
MARKINGS: FOUR STOCKINGS, BALD, FLAX MANE AND TAIL.
BAILEY'S BLACK BEAUTY
TWHBEA #391373
COLOR: BLACK
MARKINGS: STAR
WALKING DAN ALLEN
TWHBEA #350079
COLOR: SABINO
MARKINGS: OFF HIND STOCKING, NEAR HIND SOCK, BALD, MIXED MANE AND TAIL.
JAMES' BLACK JANE
TWHBEA #991624
COLOR: REG AS "ROAN"

 


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