World Grand Champion in 1942
1942 Celebration came close at hand, Melody Maid, a pretty, airy
chestnut mare, then a five-year-old, was currently talked about as
being a likely prospect for the big crown that year. Melody
Maid, owned by Mr. and Mrs. Frank D. Rambo, Oakwood Acres,
Fayetteville, Tennessee, was sired by Wilson's Allen and was out of
Topsy Kidd. Topsy Kidd was bred to Wilson's Allen while
she was owned by J. L. Kidd of Morrison, Tennessee. However,
before the foal was born, Mr. Rambo had bought this wonderful brood
mare and Melody Maid was foaled at Oakwood Acres.
Maid was the third Grand Champion Walking Horse of the World sired by
Wilson's Allen, and this was just another one of the facts which, in
those days, helped establish him as the leading sire of Tennessee
Walking Horses then in the show rings. With the exception
of Black Angel, Wilson's Allen was sire of all of the Grand Champions
from the first showing in 1939 through 1946.
Topsy Kidd was by Ramsey's Frank Allen 390607 and he was by Jim Allen,
a son of Roan Allen F-38. Melody Maid's second dam was Daisy Kidd
004407 by the foundation sire Bob Robertson F-89. The
third dam was Mag Womack by Frank Hollie and the fourth dam was a
daughter of Grey Hal.
She had a great and colorful show career which was started as a
two-year-old when she won the filly class at the Celebration's 1939
show. She was shown many times and to lots of blues at the
better shows over Tennessee and the South during her career, defeating
many of the top show animals of the day.
In 1940 Melody Maid was taken to Memphis to participate in the famous
LeBonheur Horse Show and was awarded the Grand Championship.
She repeated this win in 1941 and again in 1942. During
this time Melody Maid was being shown consistently throughout the
South, and her name had become familiar to all the current owners and
breeders of the day. She was named Grand Champion at the
Kentucky State Fair in 1940 and claimed this same title at the 1941
Tennessee State Fair. She also won the Grand Championship
Stake at the Lexington Junior League Horse Show in 1942.
Melody Maid was the first of three mares to win the Grand
Championship, and these mares were victorious on three consecutive
years. The Celebration was already a show with prestige after
only three years, and a win there was acknowledged by knowing walking
horse owners and trainers as the ultimate for the Tennessee Walking
Melody Maid was ridden by Floyd Carothers on that memorable night when
she was crowned Grand Champion Walking Horse of the World in 1942.
Afterwards she was retired from the show ring. She was a
wonderful walking mare and had won practically every major
championship title of her day. To all horsemen the fond
memory of this great show mare and her famous nodding walk remains.
Melody Maid was the second Grand Champion trained and exhibited by the
famous Floyd Carothers. He was also the rider of Strolling
Jim, the very first Grand Champion, at the 1939 Celebration.
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