World Grand Champion in 2010

Ridden by Billy Gray and owned by Barnes, Holland and Kilgore, The Coach is by The Skywatch, out of a Motown Magic mare, Queen of Motown. Previously named Watch Me Stroke, The Coach was bred by Diana M. Popp of Shelbyville TN. and foaled 3/14/2004. He was sold as a green yearling just under saddle to Debby Myers of Rockwall, Tx. and Karen Dewitt of Shelbyville, Tn.   Robert Kilgore purchased him as a two year old while he was still under the direction of Bobby Hugh. He later became the property of Sherry Holland and Mary Dell Kilgore, and is currently registered to Sterling Holland, Connor Dean Kilgore and Davis Soehn.


photo by Jack Greene Photography

This fantastic show horse was started by Bobby Hugh and was shown as a 2-Yr. Old and as a 3-Yr. Old by Joe Cotten. The reins were later turned over to Joel Weaver to be shown as a 4-Yr. Old. After Joel's retirement, he was then paired with John Allan Callaway.
The Coach is one of the few show horses that has won Multiple-Championships under three different trainers, with a Show ring Record of 20-2.

The Coach and Billy, winning at Lynchburg.
Photo courtesy of Bradley Dick

The Coach is no stranger to the Celebration winners circle. He won:

  • the 2006 TWHBEA National Futurity 2 Year Old Stallion Class, and

  • the 2006 2 Year Old World Grand Championship;

  • the 2007 3 Year Old Stallion Class, and

  • the 2007 3 Year Old World Grand Championship;

  • the 2008 4 Year Old Championship Canter Riders Cup and

  • 4 Year Old Stallions Canter Class; 

  • the 2009 5 Years & Over, 15.2 & Over Stallions Canter Class as well as placing

  • third in the 2009 World Grand Championship Class.

This year, he has won the Reserve titles at the Woodbury Lions show and the Lynchburg shows, and won the championship at the International.

 


Photo courtesy of Bradley Dick

For Billy Gray and The Coach, the last night of the 2010 Celebration was everything they could have hoped for -- because it ended with a World Grand Championship and their names in the history books forever.

The Coach has sired three foals to date.   This was Billy Gray's 4th World Grand Championship win to date.

Photo courtesy of Bradley Dick

The 2010 Celebration World Grand Championship, won by Billy Gray and The Coach.
video from Walking Horse Chat
This video is 200 megabytes and takes a long time to load but it's worth the wait. : )
Interview with Billy Gray

----- Original Message ----
From:
Myers, Debby
To:
Mary Ellen Areaux
Sent:
Thursday, September 08, 2011 6:54 PM
Subject:
The Coach on Walkers West Website

Mary Ellen –

If you ever do any editing on the Coach’s page, I added a sentence for you to consider.  See below.  It is just a reminder to all those folks who visit your website that even folks way out west in Texas can, on occasion, own a potential world champion.  Ha.

I very much appreciate your website and learn a lot every time I visit it. --- Debby

“Ridden by Gray and owned by Barnes, Holland and Kilgore, The Coach is by The Skywatch, out of a Motown Magic mare, Queen of Motown. Previously named Watch Me Stroke, The Coach was bred by Diana M. Popp of Shelbyville TN. and foaled 3/14/2004. He was sold as a green yearling just under saddle to Debby Myers of Rockwall, Tx. and Karen Dewitt of Shelbyville, Tn.   Robert Kilgore purchased him as a two year old while he was still under the direction of Bobby Hugh. He later became the property of Sherry Holland and Mary Dell Kilgore, and is currently registered to Sterling Holland, Connor Dean Kilgore and Davis Soehn. “

Thanks a bunch, Debby for the updated information. We sure appreciate it! - -jh

If you have a story or photos of The Coach that you would like added to this page, 
please forward them to Walkers West.

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