2007 World Championship Horse Show Hall of Fame Class Includes Nevitt, Peppiatt, Robertson
RELEASE: August 23, 2007
AUTHOR/ADMINISTRATOR: By Daniel Rieffer
The Kentucky State Fair has announced the World’s Championship Horse Show Hall of Fame class of 2007. Jack Nevitt, C.E. “Pep” Peppiatt and Jimmy Robertson will be inducted during the World’s Championship Horse Show on Saturday night, August 25, following the Harness Pony World’s Grand Championship. Biographies on each of the Hall of Fame’s newest members are viewable at www.saddlebred.com/WCHS-Results
Nevitt will take his place in a Hall of Fame that includes some of his mentors, K.K. Gutridge, Jim B. Robertson and Garland Bradshaw. As they taught him, Nevitt’s guidance has benefited horsemen John Biggins, Randy Harper and Tom Ferrebee, to name a few. In the show ring, many of Nevitt’s best moments came with a mare he made and trained, World’s Grand Champion CH Belle Elegant, just one on a long list of horses he led to success. Additionally, Nevitt has judged the breed’s pinnacle shows numerous times.
Peppiatt has been the epitome of a showman over his career, as both a competitor and an official. Late in his active career, he was perhaps best known as among the top judges of American Saddlebreds and all show horses and ponies anywhere in the world. He first earned a reputation as a quality trainer for W.S. Hewitt in Alabama, C.L. Fain in Atlanta, Nan Dot Stables in Dallas and also in Danville, KY, as well as Dodge Stables, before starting his own operation in Lexington—Peppiatt Stables.
Robertson, like his fellow inductees, is a renowned horsemen and horse show judge. Robertson also shares a mentor with Nevitt—his father, Jim B. Robertson. Jimmy Robertson has carried on his father’s tradition of excellence in horsemanship. He has become a teacher himself, as evidenced by his devotion to youth and equitation, guiding juvenile riders to World’s Championships. His service record is notable, namely having served twice as president of the United Professional Horsemen’s Association. This year will mark his third turn as a judge of the World’s Championship Horse Show, which adds to the impressive list of competitions he has judged throughout the world.
The World’s Championship Horse Show Hall of Fame began in 1961. To view the complete list of its members, visit http://kystatefair.org/wchs/hall_of_fame.htm