World Grand Champion in
16-hand, black roan stallion is no stranger to the Celebration's
winner's circle. He captured the titles of Amateur World Grand
Champion and preliminary champion in 1997 under the direction of Dee
Dee Miller Sale with a perfect possible total of ten first place
judges' votes. He is the fourth horse in Celebration
history to accomplish this fete, following World Grand Champions B.
Major Wilson, Ebony's Mountain Man, and The Pusher C. G.
Out of Pusher's Morning Star and sired by Eb's Black Charger, 1986
Reserve World Grand Champion who carries the bloodlines of World Grand
Champions Ebony Masterpiece and Threat's Supreme, Masquerading's
pedigree reads like a who's who of the Tennessee Walking Horse world.
Masquerading was bred by Bobby Bishop of Brodhead, Kentucky, who later
sold half interest in him as a yearling to Willis "Snuffy" Smith of
London, Kentucky. He received his early training from
Burton before he was purchased by the Miller family as a mount for
daughter Dee Dee.
The only time he was shown as a two-year-old, the eye-catching young
horse brought home a blue ribbon. He ended his three-year-old year
with a win in the three-year-old Classic at the Kentucky Celebration.
Masquerading was moved to Knox Blackburn's Franklin, Tennessee,
facility in the spring of his four-year-old year, and under his
guidance, the stallion captured several wins and improved with each
outing. With amateur wins at the Trainers' Show, Walking Horse
Trainers' Auxiliary, Germantown Charity Show, North Carolina
Championships, 1997 Amateur World Grand Champion, 1996-1997 Amateur
Stallions preliminary World Champion, he was also voted
Horse of the Year,
1996 National High
Point Amateur Stallion Champion by the Walking Horse Owners'
Report's Readers' Choice Amateur Stallion for 1996-1997.
The stallion proved
that he could handle open competition when he was chosen Aged Stallion
Champion at the Spring Fun Show in 1997.
Following the 1997 Celebration, Masquerading stood at stud at
Bridlewood Farm in Shelbyville. In April of this year, due to
the stately stallion's popularity in the breeding domain, the Millers
opted to campaign him for the coveted World Grand Championship.
He was returned to Blackburn Stables the first week of June where he
began training full time, also upholding his breeding commitments
through the middle of July. His only show before the Celebration was
at Lewisburg where he won the Championship Stake.
Celebration's "Diamond Jubilee" year, the audience of 27,144
witnessed a final performance that has since been proclaimed one
of the finest and most competitive in years. They held their
breath as the spotlight danced over the entries. As
announcer Cliff Gillespie called out the number 1789, the audience
exhaled with unbridled exuberance coming to their feet with shouts
of approval for the 1998 World Grand Champion Tennessee Walking
The class had been
exciting with 13 stallions from four preliminaries entering the show
ring. A final workout was called with six entries. This added to the
crowd's exhilaration which, in turn, seemed to cause each entrant to
reach a little further for the victory at hand. Masquerading,
the seven-year-old stallion owned by the Gilbert Miller family of
Richmond, Kentucky, made the performance of his life to win the
industry's most prestigious title. Earlier in the week, he had
scored an across the board victory in the Aged Stallions, Division A
31-year-old Franklin trainer, says that getting the horse into show
shape was not hard for him. He says Masquerading is very
talented and has unbelievable stamina. For the young
Blackburn, his ultimate dream came true on a once-in-a-lifetime horse.
Masquerading is now retired to stud at Glen Oaks Farm, operated by
Ricky Womack, in Murfreesboro, TN."
We are sad to
report that 1998 WGC Masquerading passed away this morning, July
5th, 2007 at UT Knoxville after surgery to correct a sudden
intestinal ailment. WGC Masquerading stood at Womack Stables at
Glen Oaks Farm in Murfreesboro. Rest in peace!
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Sent: Thursday, November 03, 2005 4:45 PM
Hi! I LOVE your site! I ride Spotted Saddle Horses, but I've always
liked Walking Horses, too! I don't know if this would be counted as
a story about Masquerading, but I wanted to tell you anyway. I have
a Spotted horse by Masquerading, Masquerading K-Gen, and he is
AWESOME!!! He's a 4-year-old triple registered Walking-Spotted
horse, black roan, and 16 hands. He is a World Beater! He was the
2-year-old NSSHA Amateur horse of the year, and the 2 and 3-year-old
Lite Shod Amateur World Champion in the NSSHA. We bought him from
Ronny and Kelly Summers in Dayton, Tennessee, and he is now located
at Winning Gait Farms in Pikeville, Tennessee. I showed him one time
this season, in Chattsworth, Georgia, at the Murray County SSH
Georgia Championships. I took first in the Juvenile 12-17 Lite Shod
class, and I've never had so much fun in my life! You should see him
drop down in the back end and pick his front feet up over
knee-high!! I'm proud of him, and I'm proud of Masquerading! I'm
enclosing a picture of K-Gen with this email, and I hope you like
him! Once again, I love your site!
P.S, This isn't the best picture of him, but believe me, if you
could see him in action, you couldn't tell the difference between
him and Masquerading!
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Sent: Saturday, May 13, 2006 10:21 PM
Subject: (no subject)
We are an older retired couple, that have recently purchased a filly
sired by Masquerading. Her name is aptly registered as
Masquerading's Darling and she is his cameo. She is three years old
and a beautiful offspring of a wonderful World Grand Champion. At
present, she is enjoying being a "young girl" and learning all of
the qualities of just being a horse. We have shown her once or twice
last year as a 2 year old, winning ribbons.
"Darlin" has the unique ability to either "walk" or "rack" depending
on how we shoe her. At present time, her ground training continues.
We hope to have many wonderful years with her here at Double H
Stables. We also have the privilege of owning the stallion, Tower of
Power, out of the Power Associates. He is a phenomenal stallion, who
is 25 years old, still showing and still standing at stud.
Papaw and I would enjoy hearing from anyone who has an offspring of
Masquerading. We truly love our herd and we love people. When I get
our portfolio completed, I will send in pictures of all of our
Cecil & Lois Hawkins
Double H Stables
Old Fort, Tn
I am a detective
with the Clarksville Police Department in Clarksville, Tennessee. I
am also a member of our Mounted Police Unit where we are lucky and
blessed enough to have 9 beautiful Tennessee Walkers and one of them
happens to be an offspring of the great Masquerading. His
registered name is Masquerads Born to Boogie and he is a mirror
image of Masquerading. Since he is a police horse now, he is known
around the barn as “Trooper”. He has such a sweet and lovable
disposition, but when his tack is being put on, he knows its time to
go to work. Though he is not following in his father’s hoof steps,
Trooper is definitely carrying on the great tradition and mystique
that his bloodline has set in motion. Masquerading is living on in
our hearts and minds in a different arena; law enforcement. Who
woulda thunk it?!
Detective Michael Patterson
District 3 Criminal Investigations
Clarksville Police Department
(931) 648-0656 ext.3005
That is a great story - can we put that on Masquerading's page? I
think it is so important for people to see how versatile this breed
is and how kind and sensible they are. We deal only in pleasure and
trail type Tennessee Walkers as there is no demand for the
"big-lick' show horse here in Texas - and if someone does want one,
they are going to TN to buy it. I have not known many police horses
but I do remember a number of years ago when Ross Perot bought a
bunch of nice Tennessee Walkers and donated them to the New York
City police department as they were having a problem finding good
horses for police work.
Keep up the good work with Trooper - everyone needs to hear his
Mary Ellen Areaux
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Mary Ellen Areaux
Sent: Wednesday, October 01, 2008 10:06 AM
Subject: RE: Masquerading offspring
all means, put it on Masquerading’s page. There are several
mounted units in Tennessee that use TWHs. Their easy-going
attitude, smarts, willingness to please and the smooth ride
make them ideal for police work. The public loves the
horses. Every time we are working, if we stop, we are
mobbed by children and adults wanting to pet or touch the
horses. The horses love the attention. They are such great
ambassadors for law enforcement. They help to bring the
public and police together to form a strong bond and to have
an approachable relationship.
If you have a story or photos of
that you would like added to this page, please forward them to