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Germantown Charity Horse Show 2017 Queen’s Ball


Article & photos by Nancy Brannon

On March 24, 2017 Woodland Hills was once again the site of the annual Queen’s Ball for the 2017 Germantown Charity Horse Show (GCHS). Horse show President Virginia Walker welcomed everyone to the formal occasion, and presentation of the 2017 Princesses and Queen followed.

This year’s Queen is Virginia Elizabeth Barron, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Moore Barron and granddaughter of Mary Liz and the late Sonny Foster, a founder of the Germantown Charity Horse Show. Virginia was also a GCHS Princess in 2015.
Twenty-five Princesses for the 2017 show were escorted to the spotlight, each representing various organizations in the Germantown and Memphis area. The 2017 Princesses are:

Miss Mary Morgan Barron, daughter of M/M Daniel Moore Barron, representing The Suburban Garden Club of Germantown
Miss Mary Ashley Bateman, daughter of M/M William Walter Bateman, Jr., representing Guardian Angels Pet Rescue
Miss Louise Nicoll Chancellor, daughter of M/M David Martin Chancellor, representing Dogwood Home Owners Association
Miss Emma Sophia Christopher, daughter of M/M Gregory l. Christopher, representing Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital
Miss Hope Elaine Collins, daughter of Mr. Christopher Dean and Dr. Camille Bland Collins, representing Heritage Woman’s Club
Miss Tallulah Kenedee Cummings, daughter of M/M Douglas Lowe Cummings, representing Pegasus of Germantown
Miss Samantha Lynn Davis, daughter of M/M Shawn James Davis, representing ECHO foundation
Miss Ashley Leanne Evans, daughter of M/M Johnny Collie Evans, representing Oak Grove Hunt Club
Miss Mary Grayson Fauser, daughter of M/M Christian Holmes Fauser, Sr., representing West Tennessee Hunter Jumper Association
Miss Emily Minta Ford, daughter of M/M Price Davenport Ford, representing Autumn Chase Farm
Miss Sarah Lynn Foster, daughter of M/M Andrew Lee Foster, representing Nashoba Carriage Association
Miss Anna Claire Harbert, daughter of M/M James Brent Harbert, representing Poplar Estates Garden Club
Miss Alyssa Marie Johns, daughter of M/M Christopher David Johns, representing Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
Miss Kaitlyn Grace Keppen, daughter of M/M Keith Haynes Keppen II, representing Les Passées, Inc
Miss Lauren Michelle Kloek, daughter of Mr. Marc Randall Kloek and Ms. Shannon Rhodes Carter, representing West Tennessee Pony Club
Miss Elizabeth Mallory MacDonald, daughter of Mr. Godfrey Treat MacDonald and Ms. Pidge Colbert MacDonald, representing MegFord Shows
Miss Mary-Margaret Elizabeth McCormick, daughter of Mr. John Thomas McCormick III and Ms. Sandra Lynn McCormick, representing the Germantown Symphony Orchestra
Miss Annika Pauline O’Neill, daughter of M/M Carlos Roberto O’Neill, representing Germantown Women’s Club
Miss Lauren Rae Parks, daughter of Dr. Rhonda Kay Parks and Mr. Gary Wayne Parks, representing Germantown Garden Club
Miss Keith Ellis Prest, daughter of M/M William Prest, Jr., representing Wildlife Manor Hounds
Miss Maria Alexis Roberts, daughter of M/M Cecil L. Roberts, representing Longreen Foxhounds
Miss Kiersten Alexis Sudlow, daughter of M/M Charles Oliver Sudow, representing Southern Reins
Miss Shea Carrington Taylor, daughter of Ms. Kimberly Carrington Taylor, representing Hunter’s Edge Stables
Miss Aislinn Elizabeth Towne, daughter of M/M Mark Matthew Towne, representing Junior League of Memphis
Miss Robin Christine Young, daughter of M/M Daniel Clifton Young, representing Oak View Stables
Queen Virginia was crowned by 2016 Queen Alison Jo Slott. The Queen’s Tiara was designed and contributed by DeAngelis Jewelers of Germantown, and the Queen gets to keep her tiara, thanks to the jeweler’s generosity.

Germantown Vice Mayor Mary Anne Gibson read the annual City of Germantown Proclamation, honoring the 2017Horse Show Queen. Then it was time for the first dance of the evening – Queen Virginia dancing with her father, and later joined by the Princesses and their escorts.

After dinner, everyone enjoyed dancing to the music of Jeremy Shrader and the Quintessentials until half past eleven o’clock.

Be sure to attend the 69th Anniversary Germantown Charity Horse Show, June 6-10, 2017 at the GCHS Arena in Germantown, Tenn.

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