World Grand Champion in 1986
Pride's Jubilee Star #764596
Pride's Jubilee Star
was foaled on February 22, 1976, bred and owned initially by John N.
Ross of Smyrna, Tennessee. He was sold as a yearling to Jane and Ted
Armour of Shelbyville and, under saddle, went through a series of
trainers including Dude Crowder, Bill Bobo, the late Buddy Kirby,
Phillip Wilson, Bill Sledge, David Landrum and Ricky Womack. The
stallion came under Bullington's direction during the ownership of Dr.
and Mrs. Buris Boshell of Birmingham. He enjoyed a successful campaign
during the year and a half he was owned by the Boshells, proving
himself in both amateur and open competition. His blues included
titles in such prestigious show rings as the National Trainers' Show,
Georgia Jamboree, International, Baton Rouge and Montgomery.
He became a 1983 World Champion with a win in B division of the
Walking Stallion, 15.2 and Over class, but placed fifth in the stake.
The Parks family, attracted to the horse's powerful energy and proud
carriage, became the owner of Pride's Jubilee Star in June, 1984, with
receiving trainer Ricky Womack acting as agent and advisor. P. J. was
placed back under Bullington's direction prior to the 1985 fall shows,
producing a reunion victory at the Alabama Jubilee in Decatur.
For the 1986 campaign, the stallion was shown selectively and
sparingly, scoring victories at the Trainers' Show, Columbia Spring
Jubilee and Lewisburg, Tennessee. He was reserve to Pride's Hurricane
at the Celebration Spring Fun Show in his only defeat of the season.
It was a dream shared and a date with destiny fulfilled when the
bold-walking, high-headed bay stallion swept around the historic oval
of the Celebration show ring in the victory pass of the 1986 World
Bullington was at his reins, tasting for the second consecutive
year the sweets of the ultimate win in Tennessee Walking Horse
competition. Sharing the summit of success on the sidelines was
the Bob Parks family, of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, the owners of
Pride's Jubilee Star, with his "big motah"- as Bullington
described the horse's drive-revving to the redline, had captured
all three of the judges' first-place votes, as well as the
adulation and applause of the Celebration crowd.
The 10-year-old horse had won the Division B class of Walking
Stallions, 15.2 and Over, on the previous Saturday night and was
considered among the top favorites for the Big Stake. The crowd's
approbation to his entry under the spotlights for the final class
of the 48th annual Celebration was a foretoken of the strong
possibility of his wearing the floral horseshoe.
Trainer Ramsey Bullington
directs the energy and animation, the spirit and style of Pride's
Jubilee Star in his 1986 World Grand Championship victory pass, at
the 48th annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration in
There was magic in
the impeccable performance of Bullington and "P. J." in their
seemingly tireless presentation of all three gaits, both ways the
ring, and in the all-field workout. Both the trainer and the horse
exhibited the best of showmanship-animation of style and spirit-in a
flawless exhibition of what a World Grand Champion Tennessee Walking
Horse should be.
This same aura of
horse and rider followed the team to the evergreen horseshoe of the
winner's circle for close crowd contact and the flashing strobes of
amateur and professional photographers: P. J. 's ears were up and
Ramsey smiled happily.
Winning the Celebration as World Grand Champion was a dream come true
for the Parks/Bullington/Pride's Jubilee Star combo, a date with
destiny, kept. Now, another dream, another destiny, await the potency
of P. J. 's progeny.
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----- Original Message
Sent: Tuesday, February 17, 2004 9:00 PM
Subject: (no subject)
This is Newton Parks in Murfreesboro. I wanted to drop you a line
and let you I enjoyed browsing through your website. I especially
enjoyed looking at PJ's pictures in your gallery of World Grand
Champions. He was a very special member of our family and it meant a
lot to me that you took the time to honor him. Thanks
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