Cissy Mayo – Vice President
I fell in love with horses at Age 3 when my parents took my older brother to ride. I bought my own horse at age 9. He was a Saddlebred in very bad shape at a Rental Barn in Knoxville. I rode and showed for Harold Sherrill for many years never having a nice show horse. But showing some very nice horses of his including Sweetest Story Ever Told, a 3 gaited mare, a fine harness horse and crazy ponies that might leap through the air or make a really nice show! Then I moved my horse to Chilhowee Park with Royce Cates. I lost that horse in the barn fire and purchased another young horse. Old Diamond the elephant that the zoo purchased from Ringling Brothers Circus was tethered in the concrete ring and we worked our horses around him. Not a lot of fun. Royce let me show horses for him including road horses under saddle. That was when only the trainers showed them. We beat all six or seven that were in the class. Then the trainers begin to put their young riders on to show them. I took about 15 years off to raise my girls then started showing back again. I have not stopped since and don’t intend to stop anytime soon. This is a sport that feeds my soul with the American Saddlebred! They are amazing animals, and I wish everyone could have one. God gave me this love and has provided for me to continue for 65 years. I now have four that showed at the Southern Saddlebred Fall Finale this year. I am looking forward to 2021 and hoping we can have lots of shows! And a fantastic growing TN Futurity!