by Leeann Mione
SPRINGFIELD, IL - Once again, the Illinois State Fair Horse Show, under the capable direction of Jody Van Nattan, drew top talent across the board for a great horse show at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. The facility, considered by many to be one of the top facilities for a horse show in the country, housed world's champion horses and ponies August 9-13, 2005.
The show, which offers big money in the Saddlebred and Hackney futurities, also offers an opportunity for exhibitors to show in front of an often packed house.
Showing at the fair is one of the more difficult undertakings of the season prior to Louisville as exhibitors are faced with parking hassles and an array of red tape. Each year, however, it seems that a large and loyal following decide it’s worth it to be able to enjoy the unique opportunities that this show provides.
The one issue that seems to come up year after year however is the issue of the fireworks. Always planned for Thursday evening when the fair opens, the horse show starts earlier than usual so that classes can be over by the time the fireworks start. Many times, either the show runs long or the fireworks go off earlier than scheduled and horses or ponies are in the coliseum in the middle of a class.
This year, the show was over by the time the festivities began which was good news. Fireworks every evening, however, came as a surprise to almost everyone.
Weather is one of those things at a horse show that can greatly affect the mood and enthusiasm even though it's the one thing that no one can control. Those that made the trip to the fair seemed to stay pretty upbeat all week despite the challenges from Mother Nature. Unbelievably hot temperatures early in the week made things uncomfortable if not almost unbearable. Then as the weekend drew near, rain was often present. Indoor stabling and for the most part, a short trip to the coliseum made the rain only an aggravation instead of a big problem.
Illinois seems to be pony country and the fair always sees big numbers from the pony exhibitors in their various divisions. That's not to say that the other divisions are light. With the exception of the equitation division, performance classes were well-filled and in some cases, absolutely enormous as evidenced by the 20-entry Illinois Resident Three-Gaited Pleasure class. The adult and juvenile show pleasure riders faced 16-entry classes in their divisions as well.
Brent Jacobs, Bob Ruxer and Rob Wilson took on the judging duties for the Saddlebreds, ASHB Futurities, equitation and roadster divisions and they worked hard to keep sessions rolling along in a timely fashion.
John Shea was originally slated to judge the ponies and Mid West Hackney Futurities but at the last minute was unable to attend due to illness. Larry Bacon graciously stepped up on short notice and made the trip to judge the ponies.
One of the highlights of the weekend was watching My Party Manners put forth a great effort with Jane Mueller to win the Roadster Pony Championship in his final show ring performance.
CH Chandler, after carrying Lisa McClaren to the Junior Exhibitor Five-Gaited Grand Championship and qualifier wins last year, headed to the winner's circle as the Five-Gaited Grand Champion with Julie Wroble. Chandler faced a stellar group in the stake to take the win after having won the ladies class.
Three-Gaited Grand Champion Jama Rose and Billy Greenwell added to Woodhaven's successful show with their victory for the mare's young owner Katheryne Stief.
Danette Musselman, of Alliance Stud, and Dale Musselman, of Musselman Farms, had a tremendous week with winners in numerous divisions including the Fine Harness Grand Championship with Heirrogant Ellie.
Numerous other top performances from world's champions, world's grand champions and perhaps soon to be world-titled entries, in addition to a big state fair horse show crowd for Friday and Saturday, made this year's show a worthy stop on the road to Freedom Hall.
Saturday night's Five-Gaited Stake, with six entries, closed out what had been a great week of competition. The five-gaited division had been competitive in class after class and the stake featured six powerful contenders.
Danette Musselman with Callaway's Potpourri was joined by Kim Crumpler and open champion No Fear, Julie Wroble and ladies winner CH Chandler, Sixes and Sevens and Paula Jo Briney, Grand Revival and Desiree DeVries and Kurt Antonacci with Admiral Lee's Memories.
CH Chandler and Wroble made good pass after good pass and claimed the title of Five-Gaited Grand Champions for Elaine McClaren. Grand Revival and DeVries finished as the reserve grand champions from Rick Wallen Stables and No Fear claimed the top three finish with Crumpler for owners Perry and Sally Grieme.
CH Callaway's Potpourri, Sixes and Sevens and Admiral Lee's Memories rounded out the ribbons in that order.
Grieme claimed two winning ribbons in the division with her Got The Ticket. The panel named them the winners of the Amateur Five-Gaited Stake and amateur qualifier after two powerful performances. Each class featured four top teams. Electraglide and Callie Davidson, directed by John Willis, were right in the mix to finish as the reserve grand champions in the amateur stake.
The junior exhibitors put on a great show in their stake class and all six riders worked the ring and the crowd like pros. When the cards were turned in, it was the Alliance Stud-trained team of Covered In Sable and Abby Gessmann who were chosen to take the victory pass after a big move up in the ribbons from the qualifier. Alliance Stud had an awesome show at the fair and Gessmann added to a long list of winners trained by Danette Musselman.
Quite A Man and Sarah Werry also moved up in the ribbons and continued Glenmore's great show with the reserve grand championship title.
Brittany Baird teamed CF Night At The Castle to the win in the qualifier with a great ride in the six-entry class.
Aim For The Stars won the Illinois Resident Amateur Five-Gaited class amongst a trio of top stars. Linda Goodrich was up for the winning ride.
Kenny Guell and Susan Ellis teamed up for a successful week in Springfield and Maui Jim proved to be one of several winners for the team. Guell rode to the top of the class in the Land of Lincoln Five-Gaited class.
Four nice young junior horses competed for the title of Junior Five-Gaited Champion. Don Bridges put Quidditch through all five gaits in top order to be named the winners for owner Janet Thompson.
Midd's Four Seasons and owner Allen Brown turned heads with the winning team effort in the UPHA Five-Gaited Classic, which hosted three entries.
Top It Off and Tom Bombolis won the competitive seven-entry novice class for Glenn A Werry, Jr. and Glenmore Farm to close out the division.
The Border Star and Rick Wallen, after winning the open class, returned in the Three-Gaited Stake for Mr. and Mrs. Mike Schallock. Billy Greenwell and Jama Rose and Undulata Gypsy with Megan Archer joined them.
The trio of high stepping walk trot horses entertained the crowd and each had their share of fans as they proceeded to the lineup. Jama Rose was named the grand champion with strong effort for junior exhibitor owner Katheryne Stief. The Border Star and Wallen took reserve to follow up their win in the open class and ladies champion Undulata Gypsy left the ring with lots of support from the crowd for the yellow streamers under the direction of Peter Archer.
John Willis directed Harlem Charm and Kurt Antonacci to the winning performance in the Amateur Three-Gaited Stake to add to their win in the amateur qualifier for owner Natalie Vandeventer. Kiss Me Goodnight finished as the reserve grand champion with Shanna Chambers up for Rita McLean.
Callaway's Mandate and Sarah Werry made it a clean sweep and added two more titles to the Glenmore count when they took the victory pass in the Junior Exhibitor Three-Gaited Stake and qualifier. To Die For and Meredithe Steinhauer teamed up to finish with the reserve tricolor from Rick Wallen Stables.
Greg Breausche and Havana Harry topped the Illinois Resident Amateur Three-Gaited class under the direction of Mike and Dale Arnston and Julie Ann Wroble of Country Meadow Farm.
Country Meadow had another winner in the division with Junior Three-Gaited Champion Nanette Lepore. Julie Wroble rode for owner Leslie Hartigan.
Rick Wallen rode Aurora's Asset to the blue ribbon for Albert Kelm after the panel named them the winners of the UPHA Three-Gaited Classic.
Angie Noah rode Diane Brannon's Benito Tambache to the win in the Novice Three-Gaited class, which hosted a trio of entries and closed out the division.
Mr. Ted E. Bheir and Armon Effinger topped the four-entry Three-Gaited Park Stake with a powerful performance. Shady Creek's Genius and Lindsey Bade followed them in the ribbons from Bell View Acres.
Harlem's Irish Dancer and Jim Lowry won the open park qualifier for owner Jean Gillespie which was a nice competitive class with eight entries.
Callaway's Candy Apple and Dian Nyhammer continued the successful weekend for Ryan Rongers-trained entries with their win in the eight-entry amateur park class after a powerful effort.
Hierrogant Ellie topped a strong group of six nice harness horses to win the Fine Harness Championship for Dr. Scott Bennett of Alliance Stud. Frontline and Jimmy Miller were in top form and finished as the reserve grand champions for Anna Marie Knipp. Simbara's Exclamation went to the winner's circle with Dr. Scott Cairns, of Bell View Acres, in the four-entry open class. All Buttoned Up and Natalie Udell, also from Bell View Acres, won the ladies class and the amateur class.
John Oder was in the buggy for the winning drive in the Junior Fine Harness class. He drove Sheri's Midnight Dancer to the blue ribbon for owner Judy Righter.
Billy Greenwell was back in the winner's circle with Tom Fiedler's Bit Of Bubbly after they were elected to take the victory pass in the UPHA Fine Harness Classic.
Future Vision and Danette Musselman topped four other promising two-year-olds to win the Two-Year-Old Fine Harness class for Bennett.
Mary Jensen drove Harlem's C My Radiance to the winner's circle in the Land of Lincoln Fine Harness class under the direction of Peter Archer.
The open division for the road horses featured a good group of speedsters to entertain the crowd and they roared their approval of the competitive Roadster To Bike Stake. Kim Crumpler and Wrapped In Glory were named the winners of the class for Tonka Wombli Farm and reserve grand champion Free Agent followed them in the ribbons with owner Alan Montgomery. All Glory and Danette Musselman won the even bigger five-entry open class for William Shatner.
The amateur class had some scary moments as after the reverse and going at speed, one of the drivers flipped the bike and lay prone on the ground as the horse took off with the flipped bike trailing behind. As a group attended to the injured driver, the loose horse was eventually caught without any injury to other horses or competitors.
After what seemed like forever, the EMTs arrived and after checking out the driver, took her to the hospital. Since the horses had reversed and gone at speed for at least a short time, the panel decided to tie the class without any further work. Elizabeth Shatner and All Glory were named the winners. It was announced the following evening that the injured driver was okay and had returned to the horse show with little more than some bumps and bruises.
Pres Oder is arguably Illinois's most beloved road horse man and he sat behind Incredible for the win in the Land Of Lincoln Roadster To Bike class. He also received a huge show of support from the crowd and fellow trainers.
Danette Musselman put yet another winning roadster in the ring to add to her great week. She drove Suds Me Up to the blue ribbon in the novice class for Alliance Stud.
Lucky Break and Phillip Bisch added the two Roadster To Wagon wins to the Glenmore Farm total to close out the road horse division.
The Roadster Pony Stake proved to be one of the highlights of the roadster pony division. The class, which traditionally opens the Saturday evening championship session featured eight top ponies in an excellent class. The Illinois State Fair could be considered one of the top shows for ponies before Louisville and this year, the group was as strong and competitive as ever.
With great showmanship and a lot riding on the outcome, My Party Manners and Jane Mueller turned in a powerful effort to take the title under the direction of Gib Marcucci. Only a very few people knew when Mueller and her grand campaigner entered the ring that this would be their last class together. With a packed house looking on, announcer Bill Carrington told the crowd that "Percy" was retiring at the Illinois State Fair after an incredible career with Mueller. Admittedly one of her favorite shows and favorite arenas, Mueller felt there was no better place to retire her beloved My Party Manners.
As the crowd rose to its feet, an emotional Mueller took the victory pass, leaving the ring with the Illinois State Fair Roadster Pony Grand Champion for the last time. Back at the barn, Mueller promptly cut off part of Percy's tail to immediately start his new life of leisure.
Jimmy Miller and open champion One More Time were right in the mix with their own share of crowd support for the reserve grand championship for Anna Marie Knipp and High Spirits Farm.
Mueller also started out Friday evening's session in winning style. She and Triumphant topped another group of competitive ponies, this time in the Amateur Roadster Pony Stake. Seamair Strutter and Mike Schallock were directed to their reserve grand championship by Rick Wallen to add to their successful week in Springfield.
Lambert "Junior" Schut and Karbon Steel made a single appearance in the division and it was a winning one. They claimed the win in the amateur qualifier, which was the biggest class of the division with 11 entries.
Power of Attorney and Jourdan Schaye turned in a competitive team effort to win the Junior Exhibitor Roadster Pony class for Joe and Judy Lowry. The win wasn't the only highlight of the week for the Lowry's. They were joined by friends and family when they were presented with the Mid-West Hackney Association Distinguished Service Award.
Snapshot and Dr. Alan Raun faced a big group of nine for the junior class and they took the victory pass in style for Steve and LeAnn Golden.
The UPHA classic was almost as big, with eight entries, and Junior Schut was back in the winner's circle when Dun Haven Dapper Dann was named the winner. Christjon Sannes-Mielke rode Schut's Noble Victory to the winner's circle in the AHHS Roadster Pony Under Saddle Youth Medallion class, which hosted five sporty ponies.
Hackney and Harness
The Harness and Hackney ponies also contributed to the competitiveness and quality of the pony divisions at the fair. Six high stepping harness ponies came through the gate for their Harness Pony Stake and put on a great show. When the results were announced, it was Pretty Impressive and Susan Ellis taking the tricolor under the direction of Kenny Guell. Tina Turner and Jimmy Miller were reserve for High Spirits Farm.
Wait & See Winter Day made it two more blue ribbon performances with Dr. Raun when they headed to the winner's circle in the open class and novice class for owner Randy Wells.
Conqueror's Colleen and Mary Ellen Golich won the Amateur Harness Pony Stake under the direction of Rick Wallen to top two other competitors. Seamair Spectacular and Todd Gordon were reserve from Gib Marcucci Stables after having won a competitive six-entry amateur gentlemen's class.
The amateur ladies faced an even bigger group and they put on a good show for the crowd. Namesake's Secret and Sally Schumacher were named the winners of the competitive nine-entry class to go with Megan Heath's win with the pony in the AHHS Hackney/Harness Combination Youth Medallion class.
Heartland Most Wanted, another young star presented by Darrel Kolkman, won the junior harness pony class for Heartland Hackney. Adding another win to the list, Heartland Beautiful Dancer and Kolkman took the victory pass in the UPHA Harness Pony Classic.
Light Farms brought a boatload of ponies as usual and went home with many blue ribbons including Regal's Pride LF's win in the Land of Lincoln Harness Pony class with Erik Kirsch. Regal's Pride topped a good group of seven for the win.
Roger Lucas sat behind Cadet's Foxfire for the winning drive in the Hackney Pony Stake, named in honor of former horse show manager, the late Carter Van Nattan. Jody Van Nattan once again managed a show to be proud of and she joined Lucas and ringmaster John Frye in center ring for the presentation of the tricolor and trophy. Cadet's Foxfire came into the stake having already won the junior class.
Dun-Haven Radiant Spirit and owner Carol Hall finished with the reserve streamers in the five-entry stake.
Geof Dixon drove Romeo's Copy Cat to the blue ribbon in the Open Hackney Pony class for owners David and Janine LaSalle to top a good group.
It was quite a week for Gib Marcucci Stables. In addition to the collecting numerous winning ribbons for the Marcucci group and the retirement of My Party Manners, Royal Canadian and Muffy Ernster had the distinct honor of winning the Amateur Hackney Pony Stake for the fourth year in a row.
Marilyn Swimmer and Heartland's Twice As Nice have been having a good season together and they put together the reserve grand championship effort from Crumpler Stables after winning the amateur ladies class.
Glenn Werry, Jr. drove Hawkwatch to the blue ribbon in the Amateur Gentlemen's Hackney Pony class and Glenn T. Werry drove to the winner's circle in the novice class to make it two for two for the pony.
Scottish Lass and soon-to-be-inducted Eugene Kennedy, a long-time exhibitor at the Illinois State Fair, took the blue ribbon pass in the Land Of Lincoln Hackney Pony class for Kennedy Pony Farm.
Seamair's Simply Awesome won the UPHA Hackney Pony Classic giving Heartland Hackney Farm two of the four UPHA Hackney Classics at the show.
Early Edition kept a great week going for Jane Mueller when, after having won the huge 12-entry Hackney Pleasure Driving Pony class, came back and also won the nine-entry championship.
Once Upon A Time, yet another one of Anna Marie Knipp's top stars, finished as reserve grand champion in the stake.
Christjon Sannes-Mielke won the pleasure driving medallion with his Heartland Spectacular to top a pair of good ponies and earn a pass to Kansas City.
Heartland Exceptionallee made it UPHA Classics title number three with the winning drive by Darrel Kolkman. A strong group of six young ponies competed.
Gameboy and Samantha Simmons also earned a trip to Kansas City for the youth medallion finals when they won the AHHS Youth Medallion Pleasure Pony Under Saddle class with three entries.
Five-Gaited and Three-Gaited Show Pleasure
CH Catch The Fever moved up in the ribbons and topped a competitive group to win the Five-Gaited Pleasure Stake with owner Sally Pavel. Longshadow Full Sails, with owner Kenneth Wheelen on board, also moved up in the ribbons to finish with the reserve title.
Endolane Music Maker and Linda Goodrich were named the best of the group of six by the panel to take the blue ribbon victory pass in the qualifier.
Reedannland had a big week with the ponies and babies, but they weren't the only title holders for Dr.Alan Raun. Reedann's Phine By Me, with Louie Louw up, topped the seven-entry competitive UPHA Park Pleasure Classic with a powerful performance.
The three-gaited pleasure division was large and extremely competitive, as owners, trainers and exhibitors prepared to face some of the most competitive classes in Freedom Hall.
CH Laguardia and CH The Edge, both well-known contenders, finished first and second, respectively, in the big 14-entry Adult Three-Gaited Pleasure Stake. Meredith Munns was up for the win and Jennifer Del Bosque rode for the reserve streamers for Kay Richardson. Laguardia came into the championship having won one of the biggest classes of the three-gaited pleasure division, the 16-entry adult 40 and over qualifier. First Night Vision and Kurt Antonacci won the 13-entry 39 and under class for owner Debra Hoffman. Antonacci just seemed to be everywhere as he showed horse after horse in division after division and had a great week.
Lisa Strickland directed 14-17 winner Tip Rogers and Lisa Lamont to their winning performance in the 16-entry Junior Exhibitor Three-Gaited Pleasure Stake. Tantara's De Phi All Odds took second place with Samantha Simmons, another very busy rider, up for owner Judith Landers.
Mallory Hartigan and Callaway's Glory Glory added to the impressive win list for Country Meadow Farm when they turned in the winning effort in the 15-entry 13 and under pleasure class.
Sixteen entries sounds like a lot and in the state fair coliseum, it is. Sixteen wasn't the biggest number of entries, however, in the division. The Illinois Resident Three-Gaited Pleasure class had 20 entries and it was the Kurt Antonacci-Debra Hoffman team that again went to the winner's circle. Reedann's Phlash and Susan Beckenstein finished the huge class to be named the reserve champions.
Radiant Touch won a well-filled and competitive Land Of Lincoln Three-Gaited Pleasure class with owner Mary Adams riding.
First For Victory kept the Reedannland win count growing with the winning ride by Becky Westburg in the junior horse class, which featured six hard-riding exhibitors.
Heir's Curtain Call and Joyce Cashman did a great job of showcasing their teamwork in the show pleasure driving division. They easily maneuvered through traffic to win the 11-entry 40 and over class and returned in the nine-entry stake to take that victory pass as well under the direction of Danette Musselman. Broadway and Forty-Second, with owner Suzette Hogan driving, claimed the reserve tricolor. Ocean Paradise and Amy Weiler faced two other competitors in their 39 and under class and came away with the blue ribbon.
County and Western Pleasure
The country pleasure division, while not as big as the show pleasure division, was quite competitive in its own right and proved to be a good barometer for what competitors will face in Louisville.
Peppermint Kiss topped the seven-entry Country Pleasure Stake with Michelle Sprengelmeyer on board after a move up in the ribbons from the nine-entry qualifier. Charming Promise and Joetta Smith teamed up to finish as reserve grand champions. Simply Striking made a single appearance in the division and won the adult qualifier.
Old Style Light put another mark on Susan Ellis's list of winners for the week when Felecia Armstrong rode to the blue ribbon in the junior exhibitor class for their single appearance under the direction of Kenny Guell and Eagle Bluff Training Center.
Lady's Bay Day and Ken Malek, directed by Kim and Fran Crumpler, collected two more winning ribbons for the tack room wall at Crumpler Stables with their sweep of the country pleasure driving division. Beach Bum and Anna Jenstead were reserve in the four-entry stake class.
Joetta Smith added to her successful show with her Western Country Pleasure Grand Champion winner Great Belles Of Fire. The pair won the five-entry stake after topping an impressive group of 11 in the qualifier.
After having won the 14-17 equitation class, Vanessa Thomas returned for the Saddle Seat Equitation Championship and claimed that tricolor as well. Thomas rode Gypsy View Supreme to both victories.
Margaux Walker and Highpoint's Happy Day made it two for two in the equitation division under the direction of Country Meadow Farm with their wins in the 10 and Under Walk and Trot Equitation class and UPHA 10 and Under Walk and Trot Challenge Cup class.
Samantha Simmons, continuing her busy week at the fair, rode to the top of the class in the UPHA Chapter 10 Challenge Cup class with Amy Weiler's Magic Ovation.
Mallory Hartigan won the Pleasure Equitation Stake to add to her win in the big show pleasure class and 13 and under pleasure equitation qualifier. Simmons and Magic Ovation were the Pleasure Equitation Reserve Grand Champions. Devin Curran won the 14-17 pleasure equitation class with Effervescent Lady.
In Hand and Futurities
Ray Krussell made the trip to the fair for a brief time to show Phantom Menace for customers Chris and Gail Smith and the effort was rewarded with the blue ribbon in the Land Of Lincoln Saddlebred Weanling class amongst a sporty group of five babies.
Salt Water Kisses and Doug Fritz topped the 10-entry Land Of Lincoln Saddlebred Yearling class for Alliance Stud.
Mafia Mistress and Mayo Moctezuma added to a successful season so far with their blue ribbon effort in the two-year-old class. Mafia Mistress also won the amateur ASHB Futurity with Joe Russell showing
Reedann's Phine By Me and Louie Louw won the ASHB Park Pleasure Three-Year-Old Futurity, which featured a trio of nice young equines.
Hometown Edition, last year's ASHB Yearling Mare Futurity and Yearling Futurity Reserve Grand Championship, returned this year to claim the win in the four-entry ASHB Two-Year-Old Fine Harness Futurity class with Danette Musselman showing for her dad Dale Musselman.
Back with another nice young futurity entry, O' Man Alive and Danette Musselman topped a great group of nine in the ASHB Yearling Futurity Championship for Alliance Stud, after having won the big 12-entry stallion/gelding yearling futurity.
Gotta Love Her, with Vonal Curran showing, was the ASHB Yearling Futurity Mare Champion and ASHB Amateur Yearling Futurity Champion before earning the yearling reserve grand championship for owner Karlene Goodman. The filly topped 11 other fillies and 12 other yearlings in the amateur class for two impressive victories.
Colorful Tale and Dr. Alan Raun won the weanling mare futurity class and then took on the boys to win the ASHB Weanling Futurity Championship for Reedannland. Karaoke and Liz Kinney won the weanling colt class, with 13 entries, then returned to be named the weanling futurity reserve grand champions.
Joe Russell presented March To The Arch to the top of the class in the ASHB Amateur Weanling Futurity to add another blue to the Hickory Knoll list of victories at Illinois.
Dunn Haven Dapper Dann added to the win in the UPHA Classic with the victory in the Mid-West Hackney Jackpot Four/Five-Year-Old Roadster Pony class. Junior Schut drove to the presentation.
Schut wasn't done yet. He also piloted his winning three-year-old Kingsley Acclamation to the blue ribbon in the Mid-West Hackney Futurity Three-Year-Old Roadster Pony class. Nine nice three-year-olds competed and continued the tradition of big numbers and excellent depth in the futurity classes at the Illinois State Fair.
Scott Seils, Shae Seils and Sheila Seils all presented top ponies for judge Larry Bacon and all three turned in blue ribbon performances with their various entries.
Scott Seils presented Romeo's Best Girl to the win in the Mid-West Hackney Jackpot Four/Five-Year-Old Harness Pony class for owners Dan and Leah Light who had a terrific show for Light Farms.
Adding to the Marcucci-trained list of winners, Cindy Ireland presented her Unique Presentation to the win in the Mid-West Futurity Three-Year-Old Harness Pony class and bested a class of six for the win.
Ireland was back on victory lane in the two-year-old futurity class. She showed Impressive Star to the win for Glenn Werry, Jr. and Glenmore Farm.
The Miller-Knipp team, brought a string of top ponies and horse and by the end of the week had earned many top ribbons including the blue in the Mid-West Hackney Jackpot Four/Five-Year-Old Hackney Pony class.
Erik Kirsch presented Romeo's Angela Jo LF to the win in the Mid-West Futurity Three-Year-Old Hackney Pony class for Dan and Leah Light.
Sheila Seils and Mastercraft's LF won the Mid-West Hackney Jackpot Four/Five-Year-Old Pleasure Driving Pony class for Dan and Leah Light and faced a group of five other ponies for the victory.
Daddy Oh and Cindy Ireland claimed a blue ribbon for Mr. and Mrs. Gib Marcucci when they were named the winners of the Mid-West Futurity Three-Year-Old Pleasure Driving Pony class, which hosted five teams.
Unique's Spirit was the two-year-old stallion/gelding winner in the Mid-West Hackney Futurity. Roger Lucas showed for Bonnie Lee Terese in the four-entry class.
Fox's Elegance and owner Jerry Fox teamed up to win the two-year-old mare class, which also featured a total of four entries.
Erik Kirsch and Romeo's Top Secret LF won the yearling stallion/gelding class for Light Farms and Roger Lucas showed Fitz's Lady In Red to the blue ribbon in the yearling mare class for Mr. and Mrs. C.L. Fitzpatrick.
Heartland Star Of The Stage topped a well-filled class of nine to win the Mid-West Futurity Weanling Stallion class. Cindy Ireland, in the winner's circle once again, showed Enchanted Lady to the title in the weanling mare class, which was as big as the stallion class.
Heartland Star Of The Stage and Shae Seils bested three other weanlings on their way to the presentation of the blue ribbon in the Mid-West Hackney Futurity Junior Exhibitor Weanling class for Darrel and Sandy Kolkman.
This highlights the winners of the Illinois State Fair Horse Show. Complete results can be seen on this web site by going to Statistics and clicking on Show Results.