Gilmer Made History On Cash For Keeps

©Voice, July 2006

Cash For Keeps and Ray Gilmer make their victory pass
as the 2006 Fun Show Plantation Lite Shod Champions.

SHELBYVILLE, TN – Ray Gilmer made history when he won on 2000 World Grand Champion Tennessee Walking Horse Cash For Keeps in the Plantation Lite Shod division. The test run in this new division occurred at the 2006 White Oak Classic in Holly Springs, Miss. It was a success. However, it was his win in this division at the 2006 Celebration Spring Fun Show that brought his division change to national attention and rave reviews.

“We had been talking about it for years,” Bart Gilmer said. “We went with the lite shod division because we wanted to make the largest transition to showcase his natural ability.

Cash For Keeps and Ray Gilmer make their victory pass
as the 2000 World Grand Champions.

“A great horse should be able to excel at any level of show ring competition,” Ray Gilmer, said. “All the pads and action devices should do is enhance a horse’s natural gait.”

Cash For Keeps is sired by WGC Coin’s Hard Cash and is out of a Pride Of Midnight/Go Boy’s Shadow mare. He was bred by Bonnie Cady. He was first purchased by Ernie Berzette and Kevin McNatt in 1994. Hoil Walker bought into the partnership in 1995. Later that year, he was purchased by the partnership of Bill and Sandra Johnson and the Harrell Brawner family. With Sammy Day in the irons, Keeps won the 1995 Four-Year-old World Grand Championship. The Brawners purchased full interest in him in 1997 and decided to bring him to West Tennessee to be closer to their Arkansas home. They selelcted Ray Gilmer for his long reputation for training top horse and his personal integrity.

Ray Gilmer has had a long run of success and enjoyment with the 15-year-old copper stallion. Their resume’ boasts prestigious victories from such shows as Fun Show, Dixie Jubilee, Southern Championships, and more. They won the Five and Over Stallion class at the Celebration in 1998 but all pales in comparison to their popular victory in the 2000 World Grand Championship.

In the fall of 2004, Cash For Keeps was purchased by Bill and Jeanne Morrison and put back in training with eyes on the amateur division. He was sidelined most of 2005 with an injury but is fully recovered as has been proven with his winning performances this year.

Cash For Keeps has become the poster-child for versatility and natural ability in the show Tennessee Walker. His transition from padded to lite shod is a testament that the Tennessee Walking Horse is indeed the world’s greatest show and pleasure horse.

- Richard Hudgins

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