World Grand Champion in 1997
Generator's Santana
Generator's Santana  #917608/BL

Sired by Pride's Generator and out of Santana Woman, Generator's Santana was bred and raised by Betty Freeman of Lebanon, Tenn.  Started under saddle by Brian Kiddy of Lawrenceburg, Tenn., he was then moved to Allan Callaway Stables in Shelbyville.   A phone call from Callaway to Jackie McConnell prompted McConnell to bring customers Floyd and Beverly Sherman of Murchison, Texas, to look at the promising colt.   The Shermans liked what they saw and Santana was added to their string of show horses.

When asked what Jackie, who has trained Santana since he was coming two, first liked about the horse, he responded, "It was his way of going.   He had a great pedigree and he's beautiful.  With his natural rhythm and his ability to elevate better than any young horse I had ever seen, I knew he'd be great."

The young Santana was shown by Kelly Sherman to the titles of: 1994 World Champion Two-Year-Old Amateur Stallion, Div. A; 1996 World Champion Four-Year-Old Amateur Stallion, Div. A; and 1996 World Grand Champion Four-Year-Old Amateur.

Bob Kilgore of Tuscaloosa, Ala., also a customer of Jackie's at Whitter Stables in Collierville, Tenn., had been keeping an eye on Santana through the years.  In November of 1996, Kilgore was attending an Alabama-LSU football game in Baton Rouge.  The Baton Rouge Horse Show was taking place that same weekend, and Kilgore went to see Kelly show Santana.  It was there that the purchase was finalized. 

In January of 1997 Kilgore sold one half interest of Santana to Donald L. Castleman of Rolla, Missouri.
"I've owned many great horses," said Kilgore, "but, without a doubt, Santana is the greatest pure walking horse I've ever seen.   His shaking and his showing are just the best -- along with his deep natural back end." 

The year started for Santana at the Trainers' Show in March which saw one of the most hotly contested big stake classes in its history.   "We thought we could compete," said Kilgore, "but you're just not sure when a horse leaves the amateur division and goes to the open division."   He went on to say, "A show horse has many good shows but very few great shows."   After the win at the Trainers' Show, Santana was definitely one of the favorites to win the Celebration.  The Collierville Horse Show followed with another ride to the roses.   The next two rides, one at Belfast, the other, preliminary night at the Celebration, brought him reserve honors.

Generator's Santana and Jackie McConnell winning the roses Celebration 1997 was blessed with balmy days and cool evenings until the final Saturday night.  On that hot August evening, humidity hung over the packed arena of 30,945 excited fans as they anticipated the big championship class.   The weather wasn't the only thing hot on that memorable night.  A rivalry that has endured for more than 25 years was facing the ultimate test. Brothers, Jackie and Jimmy McConnell, were vying for the championship.

They called in the class, the work outs took place, and it was time to face the music.   As the spotlight danced over the field of nine of the best walking horse stallions in the nation, it was the first time in Celebration history that the finish turned out as it did.   Jackie McConnell won the Tennessee Walking Horse World Grand Championship on Santana with brother Jimmy taking reserve honors.

The team of Jackie and Santana was ready for that last Saturday night in Shelbyville and Santana made another great showing. Jackie McConnell, who has been working horses since 1970, was ready for the win. "It was a great feeling," said Jackie. "It was a long time coming. I've always wanted to win the World Grand Championship and it finally happened."  Jackie said he was not nervous, and that Santana gave his best showing ever. "Santana has such a good attitude, and he loves the crowd," said Jackie.

Generator's Santana and pit crew


Photo courtesy of David Williams of Waterfall Farms

The black stallion joins an elite group of horses who have made the transition from the four-year-old amateur horse ranks to open competition and been named World Grand Champions as five year olds. According to old timers in the industry, Santana is indeed an impressive horse.

Generator's Santana currently stands at Waterfall Farms in Tennessee.  He is the sire of the 2008 World Grand Champion, Santana's El Nino.

Career Wins
  • 1997 World Grand Champion

  • 1996 World Grand Champion 4 Year Old Amateur

  • 1996 World Champion 4 Year Old Amateur Stallion

  • 1994 World Champion 2 Year Old Amateur Stallion

  • 1997 National Trainers Show Grand Champion

  • 1997 Cotton Classic Grand Champion

  • 1996 Big D Charity 4 Year Old Amateur Grand Champion

  • 1996 Big D Charity 4 Year Old Amateur Stallion Champion

  • 1996 Dixie Jubilee 4 Year Old Amateur Grand Champion

  • 1996 Dixie Jubilee 4 Year Old Amateur Stallion Champion

  • 1996 Mid South 4 Year Old Amateur Stallion Champion

  • 1996 Germantown Charity 4 Year Old Amateur Stallion Champion

  • 1996 Cotton Classic 4 Year Old Amateur Stallion Champion

  • 1996 Magnolia Classic 4 Year Old Amateur Stallion Champion

  • 1995 Mississippi State Charity 3 Year Old Amateur Grand Champion

  • 1995 Mississippi State Charity 3 Year Old Amateur Stallion Champion

  • 1995 Germantown Charity 3 Year Old Amateur Grand Champion

  • 1995 Germantown Charity 3 Year Old Amateur Stallion Champion

  • 1995 National Trainerís Show 3 Year Old Amateur Stallion Champion

  • 1995 Collierville Cotton Classic 3 Year Old Amateur Stallion Champion

  • 1995 With Oak Classic 3 Year Old Amateur Stallion Champion

  • 1995 National Futurity Reserve 3 Year Old Stallion Champion

  • 1994 Germantown Charity 2 Year Old Amateur Stallion Champion

  • 1994 Mississippi State Charity 2 Year Old Amateur Stallion Champion

  • 1994 Mid South 2 Year Old Amateur Stallion Champion

  • 1994 Belfast Lions Club 2 Year Old Amateur Champion

  • 1994 Cotton Classic 2 Year Old Amateur Champion

  • 1994 White Oak Classic 2 Year Old Amateur Champion

  • 1994 Big D 2 Year Old Amateur Champion

  • 1994 National Futurity Reserve 2 Year Old Stallion Champion

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Generator's Santana Pedigree
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