World Grand Champion in 1975
Ebony's True Grit #672546
Sired by the World
Grand Champion Ebony Masterpiece and out of Midnight Irene by Midnight
Sun, EBONY'S TRUE GRIT was foaled in the spring of 1967 in
Westmoreland, Tennessee. The victory by TRUE GRIT at the 1975
Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration climaxed one of the most
determined efforts in history to win the ultimate, the title of Grand
Champion Tennessee Walking Horse of the World.
TRUE GRIT had
knocked at the door of success numerous times in the past and in 1975,
the Reserve Grand Champion of 1974 lay claim to the big one. Owned by
Mr. and Mrs. Monroe Plemmons and Mr. and Mrs. Roy Wilcox of Long Leaf
Stables in Chatom, Alabama and Shelbyville, Tennessee, TRUE GRIT
reached the top under the careful guidance of the well-known and
respected father and son team, Preach and Joe Fleming.
As a young horse TRUE GRIT'S show career started, stopped and started
again. Shown sparingly as a two-year-old by his breeder, Gene Davis,
TRUE GRIT was then purchased by Billy Hale, Gallatin, Tennessee. In
his Junior Year, Billy Hale sold the Reserve World Champion
Junior Stallion of 1971 to Long Leaf Farms and his show career was
continued with Bud Seaton as trainer.
EBONY'S TRUE GRIT'S 1972 show season was brief as the young bay
suffered from tendonitis and was laid up for the greater part of the
year. 1973 found him back on the show circuit once again, but this
time under the direction of Long Leaf Farms trainers, Preach and Joe
Fleming. After being campaigned for two years with Preach Fleming in
the saddle and now the Reserve World Grand Champion, some changes were
made in 1975. Young Joe Fleming was put aboard the beautiful deep bay
stallion and together they headed for the top.
At their first
show as a new team, TRUE GRIT tied second at Jackson, Mississippi.
This, however, was the last time EBONY'S TRUE GRIT would taste
defeat. Not resting on their laurels, TRUE GRIT and Joe Fleming
set out to prove they were the makings of a World Champion.
Together they cut a swipe of wins across the show circuit
preparing for the big Saturday night in September. Their wins
included the Columbia Spring Jubilee, Smyrna, The Tennessee State
Horse Show and the final pre-Celebration show, Belfast, Tennessee.
One of the most
consistent horses the Walking Horse industry has ever known, the road
to success for EBONY'S TRUE GRIT was a slow, well planned and
sometimes heartbreaking one, however, the mighty EBONY'S TRUE GRIT,
young Joe Fleming and their faithful supporting cast believed and
their faith was rewarded not only in the preliminary Aged Stallion
class on Wednesday night but also on that first Saturday night in
Shortly after winning the greatest of all crowns that a Walking Horse
can obtain, it was announced that after a formal retirement in
Montgomery, Alabama at the Southern Championship Show, EBONY'S TRUE
GRIT would be retired to stand at stud. Now ready to embark on
the most important career of all, EBONY'S TRUE GRIT was truly an asset
to the breed, for few could match the stamina, power, heart and
natural walking ability that had been bestowed this magnificent piece
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From: Larry Staggs
Sent: Friday, August 19, 2005 11:34 PM
Subject: I remember Grit
I grew up just up the road from where Grit was stabled. It
was at Long Leaf Stables. I was 9 years old at this time.
I seen a lot of prime horse flesh growing up in walking horse
country. But I remember being greatly impressed by Grit.
It was like being in the presence of a king. I could go
see all the horses when I wanted so I got to see him often.
My daddy mounted the picture of him in his tomb rock after he
died. He died too young. There just weren't enough
of his children put on this
earth. I live
in Texas now. I never realized how much I would miss getting to
see good Walkers, but I do.
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