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ASAW Celebrates their Wisconsin History



by Vicky Holston

The American Saddlebred Association of Wisconsin (ASAW) held their awards banquet on March 7, 2020 at the Delafield Inn Hotel in Delafield, Wisconsin where they celebrated their high point winners for the 2019 show season.

The state has a deep history in the Saddlebred breed, and this year’s theme was “Celebrating the History of the American Saddlebred in Wisconsin”. The area barns were asked to bring items of their history to be displayed throughout the banquet room. Barns such as Hanrahan Stables brought trophies, prize lists and programs dating back to the 1950’s. Knollwood Farm had history of the farm itself dating back to 1923. 

Equitate, LLC also displayed their history and it was a great surprise to see that a table was set up displaying history from Dave and Sarah Patton’s barn Northern Venture. Walsh Harness, a company with a long history in the state, had booking books dating back to 1924. It was a great opportunity for people new to our industry to see this wonderful history throughout our state.  A slide show with over 600 pictures, produced by Brendan Heintz, ran all evening to the delight of many banquet attendees. Brendan’s deep knowledge of the Midwest Saddlebred industry is undeniable.

One of the banquet highlights for all attendees is the silent and live auctions being conducted throughout the evening. The auction topper was a beautiful bronze medallion of Genius Bourbon King, created by renown equine artist Edwin Bogucki and donated by Brendan Heintz, that topped the sale at $2200. 

ASAW would like to thank all the people and companies that donated items to make the auctions such a great success, and of course to the buyers whose funds will be used to promote our breed in the state, and provide scholarships to our ASAW members.

ASAW could not have celebrated the history of the Saddlebred in Wisconsin without celebrating the contributions of Scott and Carol Matton who were awarded the 2019 ASAW Lifetime Achievement Award. Their impact on the Saddlebred world cannot be measured. The man behind the scenes at all our horse shows in the state, Kenneth Berget, was awarded the 2019 ASAW Horseperson of the Year Award. Ken’s contributions to making sure our horse shows run smoothly is immeasurable to the show managers he works with. All three individuals were very surprised to receive their awards and loved watching the slide shows put together by Emma Utoft showing their “Lives through the years”.

The final award of the evening was the announcement of who was voted the 2019 ASAW Peoples Choice Horse of the Year. The winner of this award will be the subject matter for the trophies that are awarded at the 2020 ASAW Summerfun Horse Show. This year’s field of eight nominations all depicted what is grand about our breed, and in the end, CH Ken Follet owned by Show Shoes Investments, LLC and ridden by Gabrielle Nadeau earned the top honor.

The evening ended with dancing to the music of Superfly and celebrating everyone’s accomplishments from the 2019 show season. 

2019 ASAW Award Winners

Ladies Five-Gaited
Champion: Ridgewood’s Thunder And Lightning, Owned by Dena Hall
Reserve: Stony Mountain High, Owned by Lauren Brizgys

Amateur Five-Gaited
Champion: Callaway’s Almost Blue, Owned by Mary and Dan Bushard
Reserve: Ridgewood’s Thunder And Lightning, Owned by Dena Hall

Junior Exhibitor Five-Gaited
Champion: Kickstart My Heart, Owned by Mae Luce
Reserve: Shiftin’ Gears, Owned by Jennifer Horner

Junior Horse Five-Gaited
Champion: Anniversary Kiss, Owned by Nancy Spaulding
Reserve: I Saw Red, Owned by Fran Streeter

Open Three-Gaited
Champion: Ro & Me’s War Horse, Owned by Claudia Gardner Sipp

Ladies Three-Gaited
Champion: Spoonful, Owned by Connie MacQueen

Amateur Three-Gaited
Champion: Miss Stella Mae, Owned by Julia Roberts
Reserve: Show Treat, Owned by Susan Worzalla

Amateur Fine Harness
Champion: Nutter Butter, Owned by Equiamor, LLC
Reserve: Chupacabra, Owned by Mary and Dan Bushard

Open Park
Champion: Amplify, Owned by Alex Fischer

Amateur Park:
Champion: Worthy’s Call On Me, Owned by Marie Nielsen
Reserve: Alinda Gail, Owned by Jeff Winton and Jim Modica

Open/Amateur Park Pleasure
Champion: Designed For Success, Owned by S & N Investments
Reserve: Mister Harris, Owned by Fonzie Del Rio

Open/Amateur Road Pony
Champion: Night Empress, Owned by D’Arcy Pogue
Reserve: Wait & See’s Soft Crystal, Owned by Lora Walsh

Amateur/Junior Exhibitor Pleasure Pony
Champion: WW Impressive Spirit, Owned by Amy’s Acres Show Horses, LLC
Reserve: Nuttin’ But Fancy, Owned by Janet DiVecchio

Adult Five-Gaited Pleasure
Champion: Finding Neverland, Owned by Jennifer Burton
Reserve: Provacateur, Owned by Josephine Musser

Junior Exhibitor Five-Gaited Pleasure
Champion: Ken Follett, Owned by Nance Marsden/Show Shoes Investments
Reserve: I’m Bubbly, Owned by Abigail Weeden

Adult Three-Gaited Pleasure 39 and Over
Champion: Designed For Success, Owned by S & N Investments
Reserve: Stick To Your Guns, Owned by Maureen Mietelski

Adult Three-Gaited Pleasure 18-38
Champion: MBA’s Tommy Hawk, Owned by Megan Posch
Reserve: Hey! Handsome, Owned by Janette Wanner

Junior Exhibitor Three-Gaited Pleasure 14-17
Champion: Dare To Care, Owned by Rachel Ott
Reserve: Secret Atlantis, Owned by Grace Merten

Junior Exhibitor Three-Gaited Pleasure 11-13
Champion: Reedann’s What A Find, Owned by Elizabeth Toth
Reserve: Gamora, Owned by Addison and Avery Schaak

Walk and Trot Three-Gaited Pleasure 12 and Under
Champion: Reedann’s What A Find, Owned by Elizabeth Toth
Reserve: Ford Blue, Owned by Kayla King

Show Pleasure Driving
Champion: Heir’s Supreme Treasure, Owned by Equiamor, LLC
Reserve: Ro & Me’s Bess In Black, Owned by Claudia Gardner Sipp

Five-Gaited Country Pleasure
Champion: My Heiristotle, Owned by Marie Nielsen
Reserve: Cheetah’s Hollywood Pride, Owned by Gina Dulcamara

Adult Country Pleasure 39 and Over
Champion: Callaway’s No Reservations, Owned by Equiamor, LLC
Reserve: Midnight Oil, Owned by Kristen Buerger

Adult Country Pleasure 18-38
Champion: Aussie, Owned by Hannah Widmer
Reserve: Mr. Wildcat, Owned by Tresha Nielsen

Junior Exhibitor Country Pleasure 14-17
Champion: Simply Nanette, Owned by Sheri Hanneman
Reserve: Back The Luck, Owned by Amy’s Acres Show Horses, LLC

Junior Exhibitor Country Pleasure 13 and Under
Champion: Miss Mheiry Mac, Owned by Richie Dallen

Junior Horse Country Pleasure
Champion: Ramble On Rose, Owned by Kristen Jurkynas

Country Pleasure Driving
Champion: Who’s Rockin’, Owned by Judith Manning
Reserve: Axel’s Dark Knight, Owned by Dona Merg

Western Country Pleasure 
Champion: Reedann’s Phire Sale, Owned by Janette Wanner
Reserve: Two Buck Chuck, Owned by Gina Dulcamara

Hunter Country Pleasure
Champion: Levi Strauss, Owned by Barbara Southgate
Reserve: The Crescendo, Owned by Mia Provenzano

Open/Amateur Park Pleasure - B
Champion: Stonehedge One Of A Kind, Owned by Maryella Gifford

Adult Three-Gaited Pleasure 39 and Over - B
Champion: Heist, Owned by Laura Vilar
Reserve: CH Callaway’s Don’t Panic, Owned by Mary Steinhardt

Show Pleasure Driving - B
Champion: Callaway’s Investigative Reporter, Owned by Michelle Wojcik

Adult Country Pleasure 18-38 - B
Champion: Dignity’s Don’t Tell Daddy, Owned by Ashley Loethen

Western Country Pleasure - B
Champion: Dame Roc, Owned by Amy’s Acres Show Horses, LLC
Reserve: Courageous Victory, Owned by Bonny Koffler

Equitation 14-17
Champion: Julia Hoffman

Equitation 13 and Under
Champion: Richie Dallen

Equitation Walk and Trot 10 and Under
Champion: Shaye Jensen
Reserve: Kaitlyn Hitt

Pleasure Equitation Adult
Champion: Ellie Grosspietch

Pleasure Equitation 14-17
Champion: Laney Lonchar
Reserve Champion: Heather Tampa

Pleasure Equitation 13 and Under
Champion: Kate Sturgeon
Reserve: Payton Duerr

Pleasure Equitation 13 and Under - B
Champion: Alyssa Watonapongse

Academy WTC Horsemanship Adult
Champion: Amanda Merten
Reserve: Amanda Carriveau

Academy WTC Horsemanship 14-17
Champion: Lauren Ball
Reserve: Joe Edmondson

Academy WTC Horsemanship 11-13
Champion: Maddie Ladish
Reserve: Olivia Stollenwerk

Academy WTC Equitation Adult
Champion: Amanda Carriveau
Reserve: Amanda Merten

Academy WTC Equitation14-17
Champion: Lauren Ball
Reserve: Joe Edmondson

Academy WTC Equitation 11-13
Champion: Maddie Ladish
Reserve: Emma Kleba

Academy WT Horsemanship 11-17
Champion: Lauren Bies
Reserve: Ana Thiel

Academy WT Horsemanship 10 and Under
Champion: Everlynn Jackson
Reserve: Maiya Komassa

Academy WT Equitation Adult
Champion: Amanda Merten
Reserve: Krystal Nettesheim

Academy WT Equitation 11-17
Champion: Lauren Bies
Reserve: Ana Thiel

Academy WT Equitation 10 and Under
Champion: Mia Pipito
Reserve: Maiya Komassa

High Point Overall - A
Champion: Reedann’s What A Find, owned by Elizabeth Toth

High Point Overall - B
Champion: Heist, Owned by Laura Vilar

Five-Gaited Horse of the Year 
Champion: Kickstart My Heart, Owned by Mae Luce

Three-Gaited Horse of the Year 
Champion: Show Treat, Owned by Susan Worzalla

Fine Harness Horse of the Year 
Champion: Nutter Butter, Owned by Equiamor, LLC

Park Horse of the Year
Champion: Worthy’s Call On Me, Owned by Marie Nielsen

Park Pleasure Horse of the Year
Champion: Designed For Success, Owned by S & B Investments

Three-Gaited Pleasure Horse of the Year
Champion: Doctor Simon, Equiamor, LLC

Show Pleasure Driving Horse of the Year
Champion: Heir’s Supreme Treasure, Owned by Equiamor, LLC

Five-Gaited Pleasure Horse of the Year
Champion: Ken Follett, Owned by Nance Marsden

Country Pleasure Saddle Horse of the Year
Champion: Miss Mheiry Mac, Owned by Richie Dallen

Country Pleasure Driving Horse of the Year
Champion: Who’s Rockin’, Owned by Judy Manning

Five-Gaited Country Pleasure Horse of the Year
Champion: My Heiristotle, Owned by Marie Nielsen

Western Country Pleasure Horse of the Year 
Champion: Reedann’s Phire Sale, Owned by Janette Wanner

Hunter Country Pleasure Horse of the Year
Champion: The Crescendo, Owned by Mia Provenzano

Hackney Pony of the Year
Champion: Night Empress, Owned by D’Arcy Pogue

Adult Five-Gaited Pleasure ASHA State Pleasure Horse of the Year
Champion: Finding Neverland, Owned by Jennifer Burton

Junior Exhibitor Five-Gaited Pleasure ASHA State Pleasure Horse of the Year
Champion: I’m Bubbly, Owned by Abigail Weeden

Park Pleasure ASHA State Pleasure Horse of the Year
Champion: Designed For Success, Owned by S & N Investments

Adult Show Pleasure ASHA State Pleasure Horse of the Year
Champion: Designed For Success, Owned by S & N Investments

Junior Exhibitor Show Pleasure ASHA State Pleasure Horse of the Year
Champion: Dare To Care, Owned by Rachel Ott

Show Pleasure Driving ASHA State Pleasure Horse of the Year
Champion: Heir’s Supreme Treasure, Owned by Equiamor, LLC

Adult Country Pleasure ASHA State Pleasure Horse of the Year
Champion: Callaway’s No Reservations, Owned by Equiamor, LLC

Junior Exhibitor Country Pleasure ASHA State Pleasure Horse of the Year
Champion: Miss Mheiry Mac, Owned by Richie Dallen

Country Pleasure Driving ASHA State Pleasure Horse of the Year
Champion: Who’s Rockin’, Owned by Judith Manning

Western Country Pleasure ASHA State Pleasure Horse of the Year
Champion: Two Buck Chuck, Owned by Gina Dulcamara

Hunter Country Pleasure ASHA State Pleasure Horse of the Year
Champion: Nothing But A Dreamer, Owned by Claudine Oelke
 
 

Ken Berget was named ASAW 2019 Horse Person of the Year and was joined by daughter Haley and ASAW President Vicky Holston.


 
Vicky Holston presented Scott and Carol Matton with a beautiful floral bouquet and plaque for their ASAW Lifetime Achievement Award.

Edwin Bogucki created this bronze medallion of Genius Bourbon King that topped the auction and was donated by Brendan Heintz. 
 

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