a year for the mares again at the 1944 Celebration. Oakwood's
City Girl 390688, a five-year-old chestnut mare with near hind and
fore coronets, was winner that year of the Grand Championship Stake.
Sired by Wilson's Allen 350075, and out of Una Starnes 440979, City
Girl was bred by L. W. Starnes of Decherd, Tennessee. Both
City Girl and her dam, a famous brood mare of her day, had been
purchased by Frank Rambo's Oakwood Acres Stable of Fayetteville,
Tennessee and City Girl was registered in his name.
Girl's sire, Wilson's Allen was by the foundation sire Roan Allen F-38
and his dam was Birdie Messick F-86 by Allan F-1 by Allendorf.
Birdie Messick's dam was Nellie by Hal. Una Starnes, the dam of City
Girl was by Hill's Allen 390875 and he by Roan Allen F-38.
The second dam of Una Starnes was Nell Starnes by Willie R. and he by
On April 3, 1944, City Girl was sold by Oakwood Acres to M. J. Meyer
of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Urban Small, Jr., trained and
showed City Girl that season. It has been said Small gave City
Girl one of the greatest and most faultless rides ever seen in the
show ring as she gained her great victory over the best the walking
horse world could place in the rings. She became an outstanding
star of the Breed in the middle forties under his tutelage.
Both Floyd Carothers and Urban Small, Jr. showed City Girl to many
impressive wins throughout the Mid-South. City Girl had the
distinction of winning Championships in four states in less than four
weeks time during the 1943 season. She was crowned Grand
Champion at the famous, in those days, LeBonheur Show in Memphis for
the two consecutive years of 1943 and 1944.
At the 1943 Celebration, City Girl, with Floyd Carothers showing, was
third in the preliminary event for those four years-old and over.
In the Grand Championship class that year City Girl was tied seventh,
her rider being Urban Small, Jr. Floyd Carothers showed
Strolling Jim in the big stake, and was tied second that year to the
Champion Black Angel.