by Erin Thomas
COLUMBUS, Ohio -
The spring theme of rain and humidity continued as exhibitors took part in the Gold Cup Regional Championship Morgan Horse Show at the Ohio State Fairgrounds on June 11 - 14. Exhibitors were ambushed by heavy rain clouds and sparse thunder and lightening on Friday night and Saturday morning. But that didn't stopped Morgan Enthusiasts from partaking in the always anticipated championship sessions. Lewis Eckard and Joyce Swanson had the honors of pinning the classes with Howie Schatzberg providing the winning photos. Guy Brown took over as Gold Cup show manager this year with the help of the Gold Cup board headed by Byron Singer.
The show ring activities led to several high point winners being named. Jack Gatewood scored several top honors to culminate in the Amateur High Point Award, which daughter Amy won in 2002. Fellow Cedar Creek exhibitor Katie Doncilovic was named Junior Exhibitor High Point after several victorious performances. The Sport Horse High Point honors went to Moss Rose Opening Verse and Laura Maxwell for Ravenwood Farm. Lookaway's Black Velvet and Gene Rebman drove away with the
Carriage High Point. It was Four Season Cimmaron and Andrea Furgiuele who leapt to the Working Hunter High Point.
In addition to the show ring activities, exhibitors were treated to some evening get-togethers. An ice cream social hosted by Terry King at Mike Wahl Performance horses was held on Thursday night. And then Friday night the Gold Cup held its annual roaming barn party. The weather might have been a temporary distraction, but Morgan enthusiasts still found a way to enjoy the 43rd annual Morgan Gold Cup.
The highlights from the 2003 Gold Cup follow. Complete results follow this coverage and can also be seen and searched at our website at www.saddlehorsereport.com.
Minion Valentino and Brian Stewart gave the Gold Cup audience a stunning performance in the Park Saddle Championship. This handsome and talented bay trotted away with the tricolor for Minion Morgans after a winning start in the Open Park Saddle class. James Lowry guided the athletic three-year-old KrisKroft Choirboy to the reserve spot with a bold ride for the KrisKroft Morgans.
Grand National Champion Exceptionallee debuted with new rider Anne Morgan in winning fashion for proud new owner Jean Morgan. The Noble Flaire son was all show horse as he earned the Amateur Park Saddle blue and tricolor under the direction of Cape Cod Farm. Christy Jaeger Clark and Olivia GP thundered into the Gold Cup ring with the blue ribbon in sight. They earned their second regional victory pass of the year as they topped the Ladies Park Saddle and were Reserve Amateur Park Saddle Champions under the direction of Tristanne Weber.
Katie Doncilovic was paired with World Champion Minion Masquerade in their winning debut at Gold Cup. Now under the direction of Cedar Creek Farm, the flaxen trimmed mare secured the championship title in the Junior Exhibitor Park Saddle Stake for owner Tiramisu Morgans.
The crowd always seems to pick their favorite horses and Judy Whitney Harris provides many of them. She and Bellisima were no exception. This stunning gelding captured the audience's attention when he won the four-year-old class for proud owners Barbara and Arthur Jones. The HVK Bell Flaire son was back Friday evening to secure the Junior Park Saddle Stake. Reserve to them in the stake was the striking black mare Flintlocks That Girl with Tristanne Weber in the irons for Pete and Gael Jaeger.
Linda Stewart showed one of the Lookaway Farm homebred stars to the first place ribbon in the Three-Year-Old Park Saddle. Stewart and Lookaway’s Fortune gave the crowd a sneak peak of victory passes to come at the 2003 Gold Cup.
Arboria Silhouette added another gold cup to the collection at Lowry Stables as James Lowry piloted the full sister to Arboria Invictus to the limit win for Arboria Morgans.
SpringMill Sequel and Larry Bolen were back for more gold cups this year for the Gatewood family's DanTree Farm. The Nostradamus showed off his bold style to win the Open Park Harness blue and tricolor. Lookaway’s Fantasy and owner/driver Beth Wilber gave a stellar performance and found themselves in the reserve spot in the Park Harness Championship.
Debbie Simon debuted in the Park Harness division with her eye-catching Ensbrook Chain Of Command by placing first in the Park Harness Ladies class. Simon is a long time client of Old Orchard Farms and has teamed with this sporty gelding for a few years, but this is their first year in the park division.
Joe Gemmel enjoyed his own Gold Cup debut on the lines of the well named JW Sporting Victory. The sporty chestnut trotted away with the Amateur Park Harness Stake for Joe and Sandy Gemmel and Judy Whitney Harris. MI Black Ice and Denise Simon picked up the reserve tricolor streamers.
The Junior Park Harness Championship rolled around and Judy Whitney Harris was once again at the lines of the champion. This time she guided Sheza Belle to the tricolor for owners Barbara and Arthur Jones. The athletic bay mare captured the audience earlier in the week when she secured the first place spot in the Three-Year-Old Park Harness class. The Cochran family's FZM Encore gave a crowd rousing performance the in Four-Year-Old Park Harness for a blue ribbon victory. Teamed with Penny Cochran, the dark bay gelding made the whole Cochran family beam. He returned for the reserve tricolor finish in the Junior Park Harness Stake.
The elegant Minion Masquerade has embarked on a new division this year. She is teamed with junior exhibitor Katie Doncilovic and under the direction of Cedar Creek Farm. This new partnership started off their season by winning the Junior Exhibitor Park Harness Stake for Tiramisu Morgans.
Colleen Andrews' stretchy Frontgate Northern Lights gave two exceptional performances in the English Pleasure division. Teamed with Pierre Loiselle, Frontgate Northern Lights took the English Pleasure Championship title back home to PAL Stables after making the victory pass at the Gold Cup in the English Pleasure Stallions and Geldings class. Reserve in the English Pleasure Championship was Arboria Clematis and James Lowry for the TVT Morgans. They started off with the victory pass in the English Pleasure Mares class to bring the gold cup back to TVT Morgans.
A new Lowry trained team dominated the Ladies English Pleasure division. Town Hall, a veteran winner for Lowrys, was teamed with new Lowry Stables' exhibitor Lynn Muir. These two excelled winning the Ladies English Pleasure Geldings and then concluded the show by winning the Ladies English Pleasure Championship on Saturday night. Reserve to Town Hall both times out was the well-known UVM Byron teamed with trainer Nancy Flower for the Sedlak family.
English Pleasure and Lowry Stables seemed to go hand in hand at the 2003 Gold Cup. A long time client of Lowry’s, Lauren Baker was teamed with her new partner Paradigm Shift for the first time at Gold Cup. They trotted away with the Amateur English Pleasure Championship following the victory pass in the Youth English Pleasure. JW Nobella and Lisa Holt landed a stylish reserve in the Amateur English Pleasure Stake after a victory pass in the Amateur English Pleasure Mares.
Jan Marie Evans teamed up with her “old faithful” Liberation Instant Replay for a trip down victory lane in the Amateur English Pleasure Stallions and Geldings class for Grove Pointe Farm. Up Hyre On Command and Kathy Ferenc topped the competition in the Amateur Owned and Trained English Pleasure.
Think About It MEM gave owner Erin Thomas a whole lot to smile about. The Futurity French Command son trotted away with the blue ribbon in the Four-Year-Old English Pleasure class with trainer Mary Carlton in the irons, then returned to capture the Junior English Pleasure Stake. Reserve went to the fronty Swanbrook Masterplan with Jessica Cavanaugh in the irons for Kim Anderson prepared by Old Orchard Farm. Pierre Loiselle and SCMF Czarina showed promise as they rose to the top in the Three-Year-Old English Pleasure class.
Gentlemans Gold and James Lowry topped the English Pleasure Novice class for owner Laura Laisure. The dynamic Hollybrook Van Gogh showed off his talents under saddle in the English Pleasure Limit class. Trainer Tim Roesink was in the irons for the victory for owner Laurie Cummings.
For the second year in a row Sara McKay and Key Criterion dominated the Junior Exhibitor English Pleasure Championship. After a second place tie in the English Pleasure 16-17, “Noah” and Sara gave a come back performance to the delight of trainer Mary Carlton. The riding talents of Reese Richey were evident as Wind Blu Roadmaster grabbed the first place spot in the Junior Exhibitor English Pleasure 16 and 17-Year-Olds. These two also came in strong for the reserve spot in the Junior Exhibitor Championship.
Relentless Pursuit and Meredith Regal enjoyed a winning trip north from Florida. They took the victory pass in the Junior Exhibitor 14-15 English Pleasure coached by Kris Cole. It was the flashy CHR Can’t Dodge Glory who dominated the 12 and 13 year old class with owner and rider Jessie Platt. The Crystal Farms trained team of Sarah Shimmer and MCM Embassy grabbed the first place spot in the English Pleasure 11 and under. The walk trot munchkins had their chance to shine as well with the mannerly CoCo Be Dazzled carrying her talented young rider, Alexandra Nichols to the winner's circle in the Walk-Trot 11 and Under English Pleasure.
Ridgerock Regent teamed up with trainer Judy Whitney Harris to dominate the Pleasure Driving division. This powerful team took the victory pass in the Open Pleasure Driving Championship for owners J.D. and Susan Symer. Reserve to them in the championship was five-year-old Monnington Titian with trainer Larry Bolen at the lines for Susan and Barbara Silverman.
Pierre Loiselle always turns out a nice driving horse and Hylee’s Time March stepped up to PAL protocol. These two took home the blue ribbon in the Pleasure Driving Stallions and Geldings for the Arbor Wind Farm. Jennifer Lalone from Mason Training Stables secured the first place spot in the Pleasure Driving Mares with TV Evercharm performing for Amos Glick. Rockstable Ramblin Road added another blue to the Mason banner in the Pleasure Driving Limit class with Mark Mason at the lines for Betty and Ronald Rice.
This is Cindy Sheldon’s first season with Cedar Creek Farm, but she is already reaping the benefits. She and SCMF Winged Glory took a trip down victory lane in the Ladies Pleasure driving in their first show together. The winning was contagious at Cedar Creek as Tolstoy and Jack Gatewood took the victory pass in the Gentlemen’s Pleasure Driving to begin the week. On Saturday morning Tolstoy was back in full force to secure his spot as Amateur Pleasure Driving Champion with Jack Gatewood once again at the lines. Royal C Lady in Command and Barbara Parker grabbed the reserve spot in the competitive Amateur Pleasure Driving Stake. This talented mare started off her week by winning the Amateur Pleasure Driving Mares coached by Judy Whitney Harris. Paradigm Bonzai and Pamela Kent had a gold cup to show off from their trip to Ohio as they topped the Amateur Pleasure Driving Stallion/Gelding competition.
James Lowry was on the lines of the Junior Pleasure Driving Champion KrisKroft Concertmaster for James and Peggy Boege. This sporty youngster also captured the first place spot in the Three-Year-Old Pleasure Driving. Reserve to Concertmaster was One Special Belle and Mary Brannon. These two also won their qualifier earlier in the week, the Four-Year-Old Pleasure Driving for owner Kathleen Gatien.
Lowry and Brannon dueled it out in the two-year-old division as well. James Lowry had the winning edge in the Two-Year-Old Pleasure Driving Stake with Ultra’s Dark Shadow, who took home the tricolor ribbon to owners Jim and Lynn Miller. Gotti and Mary Brannon were once again at Lowry’s heels with the reserve tricolor. The Last Don son nabbed the blue ribbon in the qualifier for Mary and Charlie Brannon.
CBMF Simple Pleasures sure does know how to make his owner smile. The bold chestnut had owner and exhibitor Heather Aller smiling from ear to ear as they earned their second regional championship of the young season. This well matched pair won the Pleasure Driving 14-17 qualifier then came back on a mission to win the Junior Exhibitor Pleasure Driving Stake prepared by Grove Pointe Farm. Mikalas Pocket Rocket and Erin Koenig drove into the reserve spot in the stake for owner Kathi Hummel. JLH Valerian and Caitlyn Scholl drove away with the Pleasure Driving 13 and under with authority for proud mom/trainer Heidi Scholl.
Cedar Creek Vizcaya is definitely enjoying her new division. Teamed once again with Jack Gatewood, this delicate mare proved she is a force to be reckoned with in the Classic Pleasure Driving division. She and Jack Gatewood trotted away with the Classic Pleasure Driving Championship following the limit blue. Lookaway’s Howitzer and Jim Stewart gave a polished performance and landed in the reserve spot in the Classic Pleasure Driving Championship. These two also secured the victory pass in the Classic Pleasure Driving Stallions and Geldings.
The ever popular and very elegant Intrepid Immortal Beloved and new owner Cindy Sheldon trotted gracefully into the first place spot in the Classic Pleasure Driving Mares class to the delight of the Cedar Creek Farm crew. THB Heaven’s Masterpiece and Alexandria Ost trotted away with first place honors in the Classic Pleasure Driving Junior Horse division under the Triumph Stables banner.
J.T. Brannon and Century LeBaron wowed the Gold Cup audience with a rock steady performance in the Classic Pleasure Driving Junior Exhibitor Championship. These two took home the top honors in the 13 and under qualifier as well to the delight of Willowick Farm. Up-Hyre Victory Street and Miranda Ulery were awarded the blue ribbon in the Classic Pleasure Driving 14-17 performing for Society Morgans.
Classic Pleasure could be defined by All Hail the Chief. The dark bay has the most chiseled features and the most mannerly disposition. Teamed with owner Julie Spanbauer this classically built Morgan trotted away with the tricolor ribbon in the Classic Pleasure Saddle Championship for Triumph Stables. Reserve in the championship was Priceless Jule, who continued her winning ways for owner Julie Schmidt and trainer Nancy Flower.
The ever-reliable Sazerac carried longtime horse show mom Jan Lazar through her first official time in the show ring and her first blue ribbon at the same time. These two won the Open Classic Pleasure Saddle to the delight of the Crystal Farms crew. DFM Mutual Agreement and Marilyn Hackett brought home a pair of prized gold cups as they topped the ladies and limit classes under the colors of Cedar Creek Farm.
For the second year in a row Hy Court of Appeal and Stephanie Skelton took home the championship ribbon in the Junior Exhibitor Classic Pleasure Saddle under the direction of Cape Cod Farm for owner Robert Morgan. Brock Rutledge and his new partner for 2003, CFP The Dream Maker, grabbed the reserve spot in the championship. These two are under the direction of Rosewood Farm. It was the combination of Tug Hill Charisma and Elizabeth Thomas who made the victory pass in the 13 and under competition.
Carmen Miranda strutted her world champion form at the 2003 Gold Cup. She and trainer Tristanne Weber landed themselves in the championship spot in the Hunter Pleasure Championship for owners Michael and Jamie Fiocco. Joel Zimmer guided Sugar Magnolia CW to the reserve spot for the Rocky Ridge Farm. These two also grabbed the blue ribbon in the Hunter Pleasure Novice Horse class. LCP Stars N’ Stripes delighted owners Erin and Marie Thomas when he and Mary Carlton took the victory pass in the Hunter Pleasure Stallions and Geldings class.
JAX Noble Onyx delivered a rock steady performance with flawless transitions and took the victory pass in the Hunter Pleasure Amateur Stake. She and owner Whitney Singer also grabbed the blue ribbon in the Hunter Pleasure Mares class. LCP Stars N’ Stripes teamed up with his owner Erin Thomas and trotted gracefully into the reserve spot in the large Stake.
Sight Unseen and Jennifer Cooley had a fabulous week at the 2003 as they placed first in the extremely competitive Amateur and Ladies Hunter Pleasure classes. JAX Mighty Zeus and long time exhibitor Christy Swindel placed first in the Amateur Owned and Trained Hunter Pleasure class. Nancy Isham was absolutely thrilled when she and WMF Prudence were called away from the line to take the victory pass in the Hunter Pleasure Limit class.
Stephanie Sage rides far beyond her tender 15 years. She showed her show ring smarts when she guided King Lehr Debutante to the Junior Hunter Pleasure Championship for owner Terry King. This horse and rider are under the direction of Mike Wahl Performance horses. Reserve went home with Paradigm Pageantry with Fay Lowry in the irons for Phil and Pat Baker.
The four-year-old class went home with the exotic FCF Valparaiso with Jessica Cavanaugh in the irons for Pam McLellan. Amanda Dupont is known for turning out a nice young hunter. She showed Carreg Wen Nocturnal Hawk to the first place spot in the three-year-old class for Nancy Hendricks.
JL’s Night Track is no stranger to the winner's circle. Owner Emily Cook was all smiles when they were called out of the line in the Hunter Pleasure Junior Exhibitor Championship. World Champion Limerick Luminary and new owner Sara DeGregorio found themselves in the reserve spot in the competitive championship after taking top honors in the 14-15 class under the direction of Lowry Stables.
Whispering Legacy and Erin Henderson trotted away with the blue ribbon in the Hunter Pleasure Youth Class with Ashley Wright FVA Rolls Royce nipping at their heels and earning the reserve spot. World Champion Up-Hyre High Hope was teamed again the Haley Coplen and trotted away with the first place vote in the Hunter Pleasure 16 and 17-Year-Old class. Veteran show horse Trinity Challenge gave rider Caitlyn Scholl quite a thrill when they won the Hunter Pleasure 12-13 class. WK’s Captivator carried Becca Peacock to the winner's circle in the Walk Trot Hunter Pleasure 11 and under.
World Champion WK’s Captivator took a break from carrying the youngsters around the ring and got his chance to shine when he won the Western Pleasure Championship with Mike Wahl in the saddle for the Learman family. The well-known Corinthian Star Connection and Todd Trushel took their usual place in the winner's circle in the Western Pleasure Stallions class and returned for a much applauded reserve in the championship.
Haley Coplen proved she was a contender when she and HDD Wild Thing won the Western Pleasure Geldings class. Mary Carlton guided the young Iron Forge Diamonds Are Blue to the blue ribbon in the Western Pleasure Mares class. Richard Weaver's chestnut mare also jogged away with the Championship ribbon in the Junior Western Pleasure Championship, and the first place vote in the four-year-old Western Pleasure. Prairie Run Royal Thunder and Joel Zimmer jogged away with the Junior Western Pleasure Reserve Championship after a win in the novice. JW Enjoyability and Judy Whitney Harris gracefully jogged into the first place spot in the Three-Year-Old Western Pleasure. Nancy Isham and WMF Prudence continued their successful week by winning the Western Pleasure Limit class for Crystal Farms.
It was a Cedar Creek sweep in the Ladies Western Pleasure Stake. MCA Seawind Serenade and Amy Gatewood jogged way with the championship honors with stablemate Ling Fu Wyle and Burkland Elegant Lady in the reserve spot. Burkland Elegant Lady and Ling Fu Wylie also had the top honors in the Ladies Western Pleasure class.
MCA Seawind Serenade was back and this time they dominated the Amateur Western Pleasure Sake after a victory in the mares qualifier. The Old Orchard trained Havenwood’s Legacy and Christina Miller jogged into the reserve spot in the stake. These two also earned top honors in the Western Pleasure Amateur Stallions and Geldings.
Annie Morgan and her World Champion mount, Shaker's La Strada, earned the top honors in the Western Pleasure Ladies Amateur class for Cape Cod Farm. WMF Secret Legend and Joan Ciaramitaro won the blue ribbon in the Amateur Owned and Trained Western Pleasure.
Western Pleasure Pro, Magnificentlee and new owner and rider Maggie Pionk took their first championship lap in the Western Pleasure Junior Exhibitor Championship. World Champion WK’s Captivator and Sydney Learman jogged into the reserve spot in the championship.
HDD Wild Thing and Haley Coplen took yet another victory pass when they won the Western Pleasure 14-17 class. Rum Brook Vintage Rhythm and Kali Hutchinson continued their winning ways by dominating the 13 and under class.
Radiance Cavalier and Amanda Hewitt were the winners of the Youth Western Pleasure. Battons Exquisite and Becca Peacock jogged into the winner's circle under the direction of Mike Wahl in the Walk-Jog 11 and Under.
Katie Doncilovic and her trusted mount KEW Highlander were the stars of the Saddle Seat Equitation division. These two were looking absolutely elegant on Saturday night and they trotted away with the Senior Saddle Seat Equitation Championship. They also earned top honors in the Senior UPHA Challenge Cup and 16-17 age group under the Cedar Creek Farm banner. Morgan Glenn and Hollybrook Gentleman Jack are starting to get together as a team and really causing a commotion in the Saddle Seat Equitation ranks. Glenn topped the 14-15 and finished as the reserve champion under the Crystal Farm banner.
Emily Hoernschemeyer had a great show with Plum Haven Gunrunner finishing off as the Junior Saddle Seat Equitation Champion. They also qualified themselves to compete in Oklahoma with their win in the AMHA Saddle Seat Medal as well as the Junior UPHA Challenge Cup to the delight of Sandy and Calvin Sessink. Sarah Shimmer and MCM Embassy landed the first place vote with a dynamic performance in the Saddle Seat Equitation 11 and under class. They returned for a solid ride to garner the Junior Saddle Seat Equitation Reserve Championship under the Crystal Farms banner.
Fresh out of walk-trot, Grand National Champion Rachel Keidan and DDM Nightwind secured the first place vote in the Saddle Seat Equitation 12-13 coached by Sandy Sessink. New to the show ring, Megan Place is still getting her bearings, but she and Tiffin Patriot are well on their way to a successful show career. They topped the Novice Saddle Seat Equitation class.
Elizabeth Thomas had a mannerly and elegant performance which landed her the blue ribbon in the Classic Saddle Seat Equitation. Grand National Champion Chelsea Inlow started off the new season right back in the winner's circle in the Walk-Trot Saddle Seat Equitation.
It’s hard to navigate a large horse around the show ring, let alone work an intricate pattern. But Ashley Wright and FVA Rolls Royce made it look easy as they mastered Judge Swanson's workout and were named the Hunt Seat Equitation Senior Champions. Jillian Kusmick also mastered the difficult pattern and secured the reserve spot in the championship. Kusmick placed first earlier in the week in the 16 and 17 age group.
Emily Cook and JL’s Night Tracks took home the blue ribbon in the 14 and 15 year old Hunter seat equitation age group. Stephanie Sage really knows how to step up to the plate and be a contender as she place first in the AMHA Hunt Seat Medal on the Flat with Aspenglow Evolution.
Kali Hutchinson and Rum Brook Vintage Rhythm worked their first show ring pattern at the 2003 Gold Cup. These two turned in a flawless workout and won the Junior Hunt Seat Equitation Championship. Kristen Fada was nipping at Kali’s heels with a flawless pattern as well, and grabbed the reserve spot in the championship after winning the 12-13 age group earlier in the week.
Samantha Chambers rose victorious in the 11 and under Hunt Seat Equitation age group. Becca Peacock demonstrated hunt seat equitation excellence when she won the Walk-Trot 11 and Under Hunt Seat Equitation class.
It’s hard to believe that Morgan Glenn has only been riding western for a short period of time and had only ridden her mount Vega Santa Fe a handful of times before heading to the Gold Cup, but Mary Carlton knows when a rider has it, and Morgan Glenn definitely has it. She won the Senior Western Seat Equitation Championship as well as the 14-17 class. Maggie Pionk and Magnificentlee have the star quality as a team and were rock steady in the championship and grabbed the well deserved reserve honors.
Sydney Learman demonstrated her western equitation excellence and was awarded the championship title in the Junior Western Seat Equitation Championship. Sydney also jogged away with her ticket to Oklahoma in the AMHA Western Seat Medal class. Reserve in the Junior Championship went home with Brandi Orlando.
Senea Perkins and her trust mount Cy Don’s Image jogged into the first place spot in the Walk Jog Western Seat Equitation class under the direction of mom and trainer Manya Mann.
Aljak's Double Whammy has been causing a commotion over the past few years. He has been responsible for many beautiful in hand horses and John Hufferd seems to know how to work with them. Aljak's Miss LaDeeDa is no exception as she was named Grand Champion Mare, Junior Champion Mare and topped the two-year-old Mares division for owner Wendy Penn. Reserve Grand Champion Mare honors went to the elegant RJMF Symphonic Music. Mark and Melissa Wahl expertly guided her to the three and four-year-old blue as well as the Senior Champion Mare tricolor for owner and breeder the Robert Morgan family.
Cardinal Brook Earth Angel attracted quite a following at the Cochran Sale where Windcrest Farm signed the ticket. She had her fans back cheering as Calvin Sessink showed her to the Reserve Junior Champion Mare honors. Tim Roesink guided Claridge Solitary Rose to the first place spot in the Five and Over Mares class. Tim O’Gorman guided PLK Freedom Spirit Command and topped the yearling and under fillies class for Patricia Kress.
Judy Whitney Harris handled the fancy HVK Bell Flaire son Bellisima to the top honors in the Grand Champion Geldings class for Barbara and Arthur Jones. This sporty gelding also topped the four-year-old and over class as well. The handsome, bay Wild Abandon and James Lowry collected the Reserve Grand Champion Gelding honors for owners William and Amy Fenske. Wild Abandon also thundered into the arena and topped the three-year-old and under class. PKM Gamborian and Lori Sargent got to take the victory pass in the Amateur In Hand.
The Gatewoods new addition of PWF Good Will Hunting made a dynamic showing at the 2003 Gold Cup. Larry Bolen was on the lead of the handsome I Will Command grandson to capture the Grand Champion Stallion, Senior Champion Stallion and Five and Over Stallion titles. MSV Shooting Star and John Hufferd trotted into the reserve spot in the Grand Champion Stallion competition. The Liberation First Star son and in hand guru John Hufferd captured the yearling blue as well as the Junior Champion Stallion honors for breeder Margaret Van Meter.
Out On The Town and Mark Mason were awarded top honors in the Three and Four-Year-Old Stallions and the Reserve Senior Champion Stallion for owners Richard and Maria Bernard. TES Capital Gain enjoyed more Gold Cup success as Alan Rutledge showed the Tom Schubert bred and owned youngster to the Two-Year-Old Stallions blue along with the Reserve Junior Champion Stallion honors.
The top speedsters hailed from Whitney Stables. Daring Caressa’s Spirit and Liz Connor thundered around the arena and to the top honors in the Roadster Under Saddle, while Charles Connor presented the speedy black mare to the reserve in the bike stake. Judy Whitney Harris again brought out her crowd favorite JW Romantic Ways and won the Roadster to Bike.
Ken Mar Matthew and Jamie Smith showed off the Morgan Horses versatility by winning the Road Hack as well as several dressage blues. Disco Kat and Sandy Crechiolo navigated through obstacles to win the Trail class. AMCF Monaliza gave a crowd pleasing performance and won the Open Reining class.