Flag Presentation

4G Farm was recently honored when asked to present the American flag at the Willow Brook Pro-Am Golf Tournament that took place in Manchester, Tennessee. Winky Groover showcased “Old Glory” on World Champion and World Grand Champion Command On Parole. Sheryl Crawford is the proud owner.
The Willow Brook Pro-Am Golf Tournament was a charitable event for the Coffee County Jr. Golf Association. This association is committed to teach youth the life skills that can be attained through the game of golf.


Obituary Mike Janeway

Mike Edwin Janeway was born on August 1, 1944, in Maryville, TN. He was the son of Oscar Wiley Janeway and Mildred Montgomery Janeway. Mike’s involvement with horses began when he was an infant, because his grandfather, James Calvin Montgomery, always had horses.
Mike began showing horses when he was 13 at the Knoxville Fairgrounds Horse Show. He began his professional career working at Stock Creek Stables in Knoxville, working with Tennessee Walking Horses. Then he worked for Mullins Stables in New Market. He then opened his own stable in Knoxville in 1974. Mike moved to Murfreesboro in 1978 with his own stables. He liked this better, because he was right in the middle of the Walking Horse Capitol of the World. His son, Alex, was born in Murfressboro.
In 1985 Mike was selected by the U. S. Dept of Agriculture to take 2 Tennessee Walking Horses to China to be used by the people of Inner Mongolia for breeding purposes.
Mike met Ella Kline in 1991 when Mike was shoeing horses for a friend. Ella had a stables in Robbins, TN, where she and her dad, C. L. Kline, had operated the Kline Farms for years.
On December 31, 1999, Mike and Ella married and began operating Kline Farms together. They loved everything about the Walking Horse business. They put in long hours, whether at the actual stables, traveling to and from shows, and showing horses.
Mike worked tirelessly with many young people in the local area to help them see the value of hard work, setting and achieving goals. These young people have self-confidence, because of many of these experiences in riding and showing horses.
Some of Mike’s proudest accomplishments were when “Cash’s Fatal Attraction” won World’s Championship in 2010 at TWHNC, he won futurity at National Walking Horse Celebration with “Name This Tune” in 2012, and won the Walking Horse National Celebration with “Bruce Pearl” in 2017.
Mike was predeceased by his parents: Oscar and Mildred Janeway.
He is survived by his wife: Ella Kline; his son: Alex Philip (Lynn) Janeway; his brother: Stanley (Brenda) Janeway; sisters: Helen Janeway (Tom) Stanley and Mary Janeway (Gregg) Hawkins; 4 nephews; a great niece; 3 great nephews; and many other relatives and friends.
Visitation with friends was on Sunday, June 13, 2021, from 1:00 p.m. until time of funeral service at 2:00 p.m. at the Barton Chapel Congregational Church in Robbins, TN, with Bro. Tom Stanley and Bro. Stevie Laxton officiating, and speakers: Bobby LeConte and David Walker. Music was provided by the Church Choir.
Committal service followed in the Kline Family Cemetery in Robbins, TN. The Scoop sends our warmest condolences to Ella and the Janeway family.


Obituary Susannah Borg

Monticello, Florida resident, Nancy Susannah Schmoe Borg, passed away June 8, 2021 in Gainesville, Florida. She was 68 years old. Susannah was born on September 25, 1952 in Adel, Georgia to the late Nancy Young Schmoe and Charles Woodward Schmoe. She grew up at Blackwater Plantation in Quitman, Georgia raising cattle and showing horses. She graduated from The Bartram School in Jacksonville and The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She also studied at Oxford University in England where she met her Danish late husband, Stefan Borg, while cruising the Greek Isles. They married in June of 1975 and lived in Denmark, France, and Germany while they explored the world together. The coupled moved around the United States to Washington, D.C., San Francisco, California, and Houston, Texas before settling down in Ponte Vedra, Florida.
Susannah had style and a unique ability to fit in and take charge wherever she was: from the family cattle ranch to cocktails with diplomats, to horse shows, to politics, to biotech, to The Book Club. She worked overseas for the World Health Organization and did editorial work for many groups, including the National Cattlemen’s Association. She founded Laffing Cow Press in Saratoga, Wyoming, printing cowboy art and stories. Other projects included writing for the Saratoga Sun and establishing the Designer’s Portfolio magazine.
Susannah was active in the Tennessee Walking Horse industry and raised horses with her daughter Sophia in Georgia and Tennessee. She produced the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Centennial book and served on the board of the Florida Cattlemen’s Foundation. She loved hunting everywhere and fly fishing the North Platte in Wyoming. During her terms of President of the Camellia Society, she showed and judged exhibitions. Susannah was a past President of the Jacksonville Symphony Guild, as well as, Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority at GWU. She chaired the Jacksonville Cancer Society’s Cowford Ball. Susannah served on the boards of the McKnight Brain Institute and Library Board of the University of Florida, as well as, Florida House in Washington, D.C.. As a longtime Republican, she raised funds and consulted with numerous candidates on a local, state, and national level and served on the board of the Ponte Vedra Republican Women’s Club.
She was an active member of the Beaches Historical Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, and the United Daughters of the Confederacy.
Susannah is survived by her daughter Sophia Ashley Borg, Shelbyville, Tennessee; and her two sisters, Suwannee Shuntich (Lou), Gordonsville, Virginia and Jeannie Boyd (Allen), Greenville, Florida. The Scoop sends our deepest sympathies to Sophia and her family.

WHOA Releases Scholarship Information

The Walking Horse Owners Association is proud to announce the Charles B. Howard Scholarship program for the year 2021-2022. Affectionately known as “Charlie”, he would want to help a career minded student to reach their potential and proudly present these first awards.
To apply for the Charles B. Howard Scholarship please contact the Walking Horse Owners Association at 615-494-8822; by email: joinwhoa@aol.com or, on the WHOA website at www.walkinghorseowners.com.
Eligibility criteria and other details may be found in the application. The deadline to apply is July 31, 2021; two scholarships will be awarded from this membership funded opportunity.

Horse Shows Announce Judges

Sam Sorrell has been selected to judge the 60th Annual Belfast Lions Club Horse Show that will take place on August 5, 2021. The show will be held at S.W. Beech Memorial Field in Belfast, Tennessee.
Cornersville Lions Club Horse Show has chosen Dean Byard to judge this year’s show that is scheduled for July 16, 2021. The show will be held at the Lions Club Show Grounds in Cornersville, Tennessee.

Layne Leverette Story

l6q7lRzBy ZOË HAGGARD – zhaggard@t-g.com

Printed with permission from the Shelbyville Times Gazette


Shelbyville resident Layne Leverette and his dog earned first place in a prestigious Coonhound hunt in Shelburn, Ind., the weekend of May 23, beating 31 other dogs and winning a total of $100,000.

It was the largest prize ever won by a Coonhound, according to Layne’s wife Mandy.

This isn’t Leverette’s first big win. Rather, he’s had several well-deserved wins, such as in 2016 when he and his dog, Fireproof Clone, won $12,000 at the 2016 PKC Reserve National Championship. And then again in 2019 when another dog, Loose Tin Frank, won $10,000 and came in 3rd at the World Hunt.

So, what’s his secret?

“Hunting—every night,” he said. “Bad weather, cold weather . . . . We work all day, we hunt, get very little sleep. It’s another job to do it.”

You’ve got to be relentless, Leverette said. Coon hunting is not a lazy man’s sport. You’re out there constantly battling the elements, walking as much as 10 miles in one night.

So, why keep at it?

“ ‘Cause I love it. It’s who I am. This sport that we do—coon hunting—it’s kind of a heritage,” Leverette said.

Perhaps, the late country music artist, Jerry Clower, famous for his Coonhound trilogy, “Knock Him Out John,” would have agreed.

As a profession, Leverette trains Tennessee Walking Horses in Shelbyville. And the consistency and dedication it takes to raise first-rate horses is used for raising winning Coonhounds, he says.

“Horses, dogs—that’s our heritage. We grow up doing it. It’s what we do; it’s who we are,” he said.

As for the dog, her name is Checkers. She’s a Treeing Walker, the most popular kind of Coonhound.

Leverette said his partner, Mike Young, bought Checkers in Alabama two years ago when she was 2 years old. He’s been training her in Shelbyville ever since.

About a month ago, Checkers won an Alabama state hunt. But the last week’s competition was the first major one Leverette and Checkers won together.

“There ain’t no special tricks to it…If you’ve got a good dog, and you keep him in good shape, he’ll be a good dog. If he ain’t no good, then he ain’t no good,” he said.

To find the best possible Coonhound, Leverette said he and his partners look for a big mouth and a clear, distinct bark as handlers have to know their dogs’ calls once a raccoon is treed.

But most importantly, the dog has to have a lot of heart and drive.

“That dog has to be just like us, relentless. She can’t quit,” Leverette said.

Rules of the game
Leverette said he’s been coon hunting since age 15 and got into competition hunting as he got older. Today, said he’s won around $100,000 in lifetime earnings through being a part of the Professional Kennel Club (PKC), the most popular coon hunting industry.

The past weekend’s competition was with a new group called Pro Sport, started by Greg Maynard, Scott Engle, and Levi Stephenson.

Each dog had to compete in four-dog casts, beating the other three in an elimination style competition—and with a little luck, too.

“When they took the entries, there was over 100 people entered. So, they put them on a wheel, and spin, and one through 32 is the ones that got the entries…And, fortunate, we were ones that got in,” he said.

The competition began at nightfall with the 32 dogs competing in eight four-dog casts. The eight winners then went on to compete in four two-dog casts, which led to the final two two-dog casts.

Now, the raccoons are not killed. Therefore, winners are determined on a point system: 4 dogs, 100 strike points, then 75, 50, and 25. The dog that strikes first, by treeing a coon, gets the most points.

And Checkers got the most—again and again and again.

“Ain’t no words . . . ain’t no words,” Leverette said.

But it takes work—and much like an athlete, these Coonhounds are exercised regularly and given the best treatment.

“My dog kennels are immaculate. They get the best feed money can buy . . . best everything,” he said.

And even though the competition has only been over for a little more than a week, Leverette said he and Checkers would get back into hunting the next night.

It’s so these dogs can keep running five miles at 10 mph and never have to catch a long breath, Leverette said when talking about his other winning dog Loose Tin Frank.

Family activity
Leverette said it’s not a sport for everyone. It requires cooperation with everyone around.

“Coon hunters is kind of like a cult; they stick together. It’s a family thing,” Leverette said. He often takes his son, 21, and his daughter, 13, out to hunt with him at night.

Such cooperation also has to work even between Leverette and his wife.

“We’ve got two new babies . . . dark comes 8:30, 9 o’clock, you know, I’m headed out to go hunting. But she knows it, and it ain’t easy on her. She has to tend to a lot of things by herself,” he said.

But it’s worth it in the end—not just for the money (which is a perk sure enough), but also for the community support.

“You know what was even more special than winning the money . . . I had people texting me at 3 o’clock in the morning, ‘Hey, man, congratulations.’ People calling and calling and calling and texting—stayed up and watched it all night. That’s what was amazing to me,” he said.

But as for the money, Leverette said he’s going to split it with his partner. “I just put it in the bank and get back to work.”


Printed with permission from the Shelbyville Times Gazette

Breeding Stallion

Playing GinSpencer Benedict Stables announces the addition of Playing Gin to their breeding facility. Playing Gin is by Gen’s Black Gin out of I’m Miss Universe (Jose’ Jose’). The black stallion is owned by Keith and Lorraine Rosbury. For more information, contact SBS at 270-678-1301.

SHOW UPDATE For Immediate Release May 21, 2021

The SHOW Board of Directors met yesterday afternoon. One of the topics of discussion was the following proposal, made by the SHOW Rules Committee, to clarify the Amateur, Owned & Trained Rule (AOT). The following was approved:

Amateur Owned & Trained to go under the section of “special classes” and the rule be as follows:

Amateur Owned & Trained:

No professional training within 90 days.
Professional training shall include grooming, warming up or riding the horse, bracing, coaching, corrective or informative instruction by a professional on the show grounds, or a professional hauling a horse that is AOT to a horse show. Bracing is not allowed by a professional.

Additionally, AOT horses should be owned, trained, and shown by the same person or immediate family member of the owner of the horse.

All persons involved must meet the requirements of amateur status.

Horse Shows Prepare for Fourth of July Weekend

The Walking Horse industry celebrates big in Middle Tennessee during the Fourth of July weekend and this year is expected to be the same. Mark your calendars for the following shows:

Christmas In July
June 29th- July 1st at the Bedford County Ag Center, Shelbyville, TN
Judges- Chris Bobo, Sam Sorrell, David Sisk

Money Tree
July 2nd at Calsonic Arena, Shelbyville, TN
Judges- Steve Glidewell, Jason Hughes, Johnny Puckett

Woodbury Lions Club
July 3rd at the Woodbury Fairgrounds, Woodbury, TN
Judges- Chris Zahnd

Mr. & Mrs. Noel and Lynda Botsch

Botsch weddingThe Scoop congratulates Noel and Lynda Botsch on their recent marriage. The couple exchanged vows on Saturday, May 22nd at Cinnamon Ridge in Shelbyville.