World Grand Champion in 1944

It was a year for the mares again at the 1944 Celebration.  Oakwood's City Girl 390688, a five-year-old chestnut mare with near hind and fore coronets, was winner that year of the Grand Championship Stake.  Sired by Wilson's Allen 350075, and out of Una Starnes 440979, City Girl was bred by L. W. Starnes of Decherd, Tennessee.   Both City Girl and her dam, a famous brood mare of her day, had been purchased by Frank Rambo's Oakwood Acres Stable of Fayetteville, Tennessee and City Girl was registered in his name.

City Girl 1944

City Girl's sire, Wilson's Allen was by the foundation sire Roan Allen F-38 and his dam was Birdie Messick F-86 by Allan F-1 by Allendorf.   Birdie Messick's dam was Nellie by Hal. Una Starnes, the dam of City Girl was by Hill's Allen 390875 and he by Roan Allen F-38.   The second dam of Una Starnes was Nell Starnes by Willie R. and he by Bob Robertson.

On April 3, 1944, City Girl was sold by Oakwood Acres to M. J. Meyer of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.   Urban Small, Jr., trained and showed City Girl that season.  It has been said Small gave City Girl one of the greatest and most faultless rides ever seen in the show ring as she gained her great victory over the best the walking horse world could place in the rings.  She became an outstanding star of the Breed in the middle forties under his tutelage.

Both Floyd Carothers and Urban Small, Jr. showed City Girl to many impressive wins throughout the Mid-South. City Girl had the distinction of winning Championships in four states in less than four weeks time during the 1943 season.   She was crowned Grand Champion at the famous, in those days, LeBonheur Show in Memphis for the two consecutive years of 1943 and 1944.

At the 1943 Celebration, City Girl, with Floyd Carothers showing, was third in the preliminary event for those four years-old and over.   In the Grand Championship class that year City Girl was tied seventh, her rider being Urban Small, Jr.   Floyd Carothers showed Strolling Jim in the big stake, and was tied second that year to the Champion Black Angel.

Urban Small, Jr. was riding City Girl in all events at the 1944 Celebration.   He and City Girl were fourth in the class for walking mares that year in the preliminary to the Grand Championship Stake but came back in the main event to be declared the Grand Champion Walking Horse of the World. 

The Grand Championship Stake that year was one of the most exciting of Celebration events, for many of the knowing horsemen of that day had been predicting during the season that one of the outstanding stallions would be the 1944 Grand Champion.  Midnight Sun was beginning to make his presence noted in the show rings that year, for he was the winner of the sixth award in the Grand Championship with Winston Wiser showing.

City Girl and Urban Small, Jr.  - - faultless in '44

Frank Rambo repurchased City Girl from M. J. Meyer on September 10, 1945 and she was returned to Oakwood Acres and retired to the ranks of the brood mares there.

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