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1960 World Grand Champion

Mack K's Handshaker  #561320

Mack K's Handshaker was by Midnight Mack K., sire also of the 1959 Grand Champion, Rodger's
Perfection, and was out of Deep Purple, a daughter of Last Chance.   He was owned by Doug and his
father, Myron Wolaver, of Diana, Tennessee.    The dam, Deep Purple, was owned by J. E. Beasley, Jr., of Athens, Alabama, and he bred and owned Handshaker as a colt.

Doug Wolaver broke Handshaker as a two-year-old late in the season, and, that year, was fourth in
the two-year-old stake at the Southern Championship show in Montgomery, Alabama.   As a junior, he
was reserve champion at the Celebration and then went on to win the junior classes and stake
honors at the Kentucky State Fair, at the Dixie Jubilee in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and at the
Southern Championship showing in Montgomery, Alabama.

It is interesting to look back over the list of World Grand Champions to note that Doug Wolaver was
only the third rider in the history of the Celebration horse show to be either owner or part-owner of
the Grand Champion he exhibited.   The other two riders were Colonel Jack Haynes on his Haynes
Peacock in 1940 and 1941, and Winston Wiser who was part owner of Merry Go Boy during his
championship years of 1947 and 1948, and of Go Boy's Shadow, winner in 1955 and 1956.   All other
riders of the Grand Champions had been professional showmen who owned no part of their mounts.
Another point of particular interest is the fact that Doug Wolaver was the youngest trainer to ever win
the Celebration's big stake, replacing Percy Moss as holder of the youngest winning rider title.   Percy
was twenty-three years old when he won in 1954 astride Dr. and Mrs. W. V. Garnier's mare, White
Star.   Doug Wolaver was only twenty-two at the time of his winning ride.

Doug was an earnest and quiet spoken man who strictly minded his own business.   He is probably as well
liked and admired by other trainers and horsemen as anyone else in the business because of this
fact.    He is remembered as a teenager who was always able to find time when arriving on the grounds
before shows to help braid, adjust gear and groom for his nearby horsemen friends while he,
himself, was also getting ready to show.   He would not drive off after the show was over and leave a
horseman to struggle alone with some balky-loading animal without first offering his assistance,

Winning, and especially the Celebration, couldn't have happened to a better person!   That's the
consensus of his fellow horsemen.   His hometown and county neighbors also appreciated Doug and
Mack K's Handshaker, for they organized and held a "Doug Wolaver Day" following his 1960
Celebration win.   The Governor of Tennessee, Honorable Buford Ellington, an owner of Champion
Tennessee Walking Horses as well as an ardent promoter of the Breed, was Master of Ceremonies at
the Doug Wolaver Day gala.  Horsemen from throughout the country presented there that day praise
for the young rider who had helped make the Tennessee Walking Horse famous.

 Mack K’s Handshaker went on to sire two World Grand Champions -   Shaker’s Shocker in 1966 and Handshaker’s Delight in 1972.

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