and trainer Donald Paschal had a perfect Celebration record in 1972
making three appearances and winning three blues. Their first blue was
at the Spring Celebration Fun Show in May and the other two blues came
at the National Celebration, the second carrying with it the title of
1972 World's Grand Champion.
Our current World's Grand Champion is officially registered as
HANDSHAKER DELIGHT A. with registration number 650897. He was bred by
King and Newman of Henderson, Tennessee and was foaled March 9, 1965.
He is by MACK K'S HANDSHAKER and out of MAY'S MAIDEN K-N by JOHNSONS
HANDSHAKER'S DELIGHT came to the attention of owner Dr. C. L. Sexton
and Donald when he was a three-year-old in training with Doug Wolaver
in Cornersville, Tennessee.
He was, purchased from Frank Parnell of Newbern, Tennessee on November
28, 1968, as a three-year-old by Dr. Sexton. The next year Donald
started working and showing the horse in four-year-old competition and
had a great season winning the Junior Stallion Class at the
Celebration as well as the Junior World's Grand Championship.
In 1970 Donald and his horse enjoyed another good season and in their
first year of open competition tied third in the World's Grand