World Grand Champion in 1988
Doc's High Tribute #830911
Doc's High Tribute
was born on the Bedford County farm of Richard and Nicki Wall and,
according to Nicki's parents, Dr. and Mrs. E. K. Brake of Asheville,
N.C., was the product of a union of their best two horses, Dr. Elmer
and Anne's Mystery.
Anne's Mystery, sired by Keene's Go Boy and out of a Go Boy's Souvenir
mare, had been the Brakes' property since 1966. Although she had
produced many top show ring performers, High Tribute was her first
foal by Dr. Elmer, a top performer in his own right. High Tribute, the
grandson of the late, great Ebony Masterpiece, was foaled during the
Trainers' Show of 1983.
Showing potential from the very beginning, High Tribute was started
under saddle by Richard Wall at Sonny Holt's Twin Springs Ranch near
Shelbyville. Described by many as having plenty of heart and gameness,
the swingy young High Tribute progressed quickly. Shown only twice as
a two-year-old, the colt caught the eye of, Cookeville, Tennessee's
Janice Cass, who soon purchased High Tribute as an amateur mount for
her son, Greg.
the 1986 Celebration, the promising stallion was purchased by
Dr. and Mrs. Glenn DeGraffenreid of Springfield, Missouri. The
DeGraffenreids continued his training at Twin Springs for one
year, before selling him to the Putman family following the 1987
Celebration. High Tribute was then moved to Steve Aymett's
Stables in Lewisburg.
Aymett and Putman had a great first season with High Tribute,
guiding him to collect a number of top ribbons in open and
championship classes throughout the circuit. And, as Steve put
it, the Doctor "became a more definite threat following each and
Although as a young
horse, High Tribute had already made a name for himself prior to the
1988 show by frequenting winner's circles throughout the circuit and
claiming many notable awards in both open and amateur events. He
had headlined nearly every Show, Columbia Spring Jubilee, Midwest
Trainers' Show, and Montgomery as well as several other prestigious
mid-summer shows. The eager black stallion had also laid claim to the
1987 Amateur Four Year-Old Stallion World Champion title during the
49th Annual Celebration.
"He just kept on
getting better and better, and, although we did not know exactly how
well he was going to do, we knew he was a force to be reckoned with,"
Steve said. Obviously, the judges and fans of the Celebration agreed.
The 1988 World Grand Championship victory marked a first for Doc's
trainer, Steve Aymett of Lewisburg. Although he had already guided
High Tribute to blue ribbon honors in Division B of the Walking
Stallions, Over 15.2 competition a week earlier, the taste of victory
had never been sweeter than it was that final Saturday night.
|Not even the
constant downpours and drizzles that plagued the historic closing
night of the Golden Anniversary Celebration could dampen the
spirits of Steve Aymett and his bold-walking, five-year old black
stallion, Doc's High Tribute. For it was that night that the
dynamic duo took a drenched, but standing room only crowd by storm
to walk away with the Walking Horse Industry's most prestigious
title-the title of World Grand Champion.
By comparison to his
competition, Doc's High Tribute was a newcomer to the aged stallion
and championship ranks. In fact, he was the youngest entry in
the 1988 stake. But, when it was all over, it was not his age, but his
great heart and powerful motor that propelled him past 17 of the
breed's top aged performers in a class and workout that lasted 40
Sharing the summits of success from the sidelines was the D. L. Putman
family of Huntsville, Alabama, who, obviously impressed with his show
ring record, had purchased the horse almost a year earlier following
the 1987 Celebration.
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