Equine Obituary – Hey, Tomcat

Mar 7th, 2022 | By | Category: News, Obituaries

Hey, Tomcat, the two-time World Champion and three-time Reserve World Grand Champion passed from this life on February 20th from an aneurism at Jamie Lawrence Stables in Vinemont, Alabama. The champion was owned and loved by Roy and Joan Wester of Odenville, Alabama.

Hey, Tomcat had an outstanding final season during the 2021 show year. His wins included the Southern Championship Charity Stake, the PRHTA Championship and he was the Alabama Jubilee Charity Grand Champion with Jamie Lawrence. For this year, plans were for Roy Wester to entertain the crowds in the amateur division with the beautiful gray stallion.

Hey, Tomcat was born on May 4, 2013. He was by The Perfect Hawk out of a mare by A Jazz Man. His first blue ribbon was captured in 2015 with Carol Lackey in the Amateur Two-Year-Old Stallions class at the Gulf Coast Charity. This stellar beginning was under the training of Danny Burks. As a two-year-old he collected seven wins, including the O/A Two-Year-Old Stallions World Championship and the O/A Two-Year-Old Reserve World Grand Championship. Greatness continued as a three-year-old. Hey, Tomcat won eight blue ribbons and entered the Celebration undefeated with both Lackey and Burks in the irons.

Carol Lackey directed Tomcat to the 2016 O/A World Champion Three-Year-Old Stallions, Section B World Championship title and the O/A Three-Year-Old Reserve World Grand Championship title. In 2017, he entered the Celebration undefeated once again and added to his resume, the 2017 O/A Four-Year-Old Reserve World Grand Championship title.

During 2018 Hey, Tomcat and Bill Callaway made their debut winning the Money Tree Classic Open Specialty. At the Celebration, Lackey directed him to the Elite O/A Ladies on Stallions Reserve World Championship. Bill Callaway directed him to the Stallions Reserve World Championship. That fall, back under the direction of Danny Burks and Legacy Stables, Lackey and Hey, Tomcat ended their season winning the North Carolina Championships’ Amateur Five-Year-Old Stake followed by a win in the Amateur Five-Year-Old Stallions class at the Tunica Fall Classic.

It was at that time when Hey, Tomcat was purchased by the Roy Wester Family and placed at Jamie Lawrence Stables. Lawrence and Tomcat made an outstanding debut by winning the Walking Horse Championship at the Magnolia Classic. The popular team then won championship classes at the Arab Summer Classic and Christmas in July, followed by the 2019 Stallions Canter Reserve World Championship and ended the season with the Alabama Jubilee Grand Championship. In 2020, more wins took place after the duo won stakes at the Arab Summer Classic and the Alabama Jubilee Charity.

Under the ownership of Roy and Joan Wester, Hey, Tomcat became a highly popular breeding stallion at Lawrence Stables. The stallion’s legacy will continue as his first crop of colts are under saddle this year. He will be greatly missed by his large fan club and all who loved him and cheered for him. The Scoop sends our condolences to the Wester and Lawrence Families.



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