1955 and 1956
World Grand Champion
|Go Boy's Shadow #540615|
In 1955, for the second time in the history of the
Celebration, a three-year-old horse won both the Junior Class and the
Junior Stake as well as the Grand Championship.
That year Go Boy’s Shadow was tied first in the junior stallion
event, the Junior Champion of the World, and in a dramatic climax to an
eventful week, was presented with the roses in the final class, making an
unprecedented sweep of the entire field.
The 1955 showing also marked the second time in Celebration
history, that a horse foaled on the farm of Dr. Porter Rodgers of Searcy,
Arkansas was the winner of the World Grand Championship.
The first of the Rodgers-foaled winners was Old Glory’s Big Man
Go Boy’s Shadow was sired by Merry Go Boy, out of
the black mare Merry Walker.
Winston Wiser bought Shadow from Dr. Rodgers as a four month old colt and
started him under saddle in the late spring of 1954.
Soon after E. H. Padgett of Miami, Florida purchased a half
interest in the promising youngster.
Go Boy’s Shadow made his first entry into the show
ring at the Shelbyville PTA Spring Event in 1954.
His next show was at the Tennessee State Fair where he was the most
sensational horse at the show.
He won easily.
As a Junior, Go Boy’s Shadow also won both the
Senior and Junior events of the Tennessee State Fair in Nashville, the
Pennsylvania National at Harrisburg, and at Miami, Florida.
Shadow was shown twice during the 1956 season
before Celebration time. He won at the Shelbyville PTA Show and at Wartrace, TN.
Both of those shows had several of the best horses in competition
and his wins there further increased his fame as a champion.
At the 1956 Celebration, Shadow made his first
showing in the Walking Stallions, Four-Years-Old and Over.
With his exciting action, exceptional speed and wonderful style, he
easily defeated a field of nearly thirty entries.
He repeated this spectacular performance during the Stakes event,
and was for the second year in succession, declared to be the World Grand
Champion. Shadow was the
third World Grand Champion to be exhibited by Winston Wiser, and Wiser’s
fifth Grand Championship winning ride.
Go Boys Shadow was shown extensively during the 1957 season. He was winner at Miami, Chattanooga, Lewisburg, Chapel Hill, Pulaski and Shelbyville. His foals went on to be consistent winners at the Celebration for many years. Colts sired by Go Boy's Shadow were consistent winners at the Celebration for the next few years.
I was rummaging around and came across
photos that I'd taken years ago.
This one of Go Boy's Shadow has Ebony Masterpiece colts in the background.
Taken September 1975. - - M. E.
Go Boy's Shadow's headstone at the S. W. Beech Stables
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|Last Updated: March 27, 2017|