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June 20, 2013

Twins continue tradition at memorial horse show

— Four generations of the Beasley family of Athens have enjoyed Tennessee Walking Horses.

Friday night, the family’s youngest equestrians, Maxine and BiBi, twins adopted from China, will join the fun at a horse show to benefit the Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives in Athens.

The second-annual Col. Sam Gibbons Memorial Horse Show is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Limestone County Sheriff’s Rodeo Arena off Alabama 99. Admission is $5; free to those age 10 and under. 

The show will feature 30 judged categories and one unjudged — lead line for those ages 8 and under. Cash awards will be given to first through fifth places. Entry fees range from zero to $85, depending on class.

Tickets are available at the gate and in advance at the museum at 100 W. Pryor St. in Athens.

The twins are avid competitors like their mother, Beth Beasley, who began competing in horse shows in the late 1960s with her mother, Linda, as lead. Beth’s father and the twin’s grandfather, Jim Beasley, is former owner of Sweet Sue in Athens.

Maxine’s horse, “Rattle and Snap,” is the reigning 2012 lead-line world grand champion.

BiBi competes with her horse, “Texas Pete.”

For more information about the horse show, call Sandra Thompson at the veterans museum at 256-771-7578 or send email to

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