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AHHS Honors Its Youth at the UPHA American Royal


Junior exhibitors, their trainers and family members gathered on Friday at the UPHA American Royal to celebrate the American Hackney Horse Society (AHHS) Youth Medallion program. Organizers were pleased with the turnout and said attendance continues to grow each year. Judy Lowry and Suzanne Mayo, members of the AHHS Youth Medallion Program Committee, helped organize the overall event. The buffet luncheon was sponsored by the AHHS Foundation. Each exhibitor attending the Youth Medallion party received a ball cap with American Royal Youth Medallion Finals imprint courtesy of the UPHA.


The AHHS Youth Medallion Series is open to junior exhibitors under 18 years of age in the roadster, pleasure, and combined Hackney/Harness divisions. Medallion classes are held at local and regional shows across the country, allowing participants to qualify for the Youth Medallion National Championships held at the UPHA American Royal. This program encourages youth involvement with Hackneys as they are acquiring show ring skills, developing friendships and competing for the prestigious title of Youth Medallion National Finalist. Not only does the program foster youth participation but also encourages total family involvement.


Three newly crowned AHHS Youth Medallion National Champions were recognized.


à         Roadster Pony Under Saddle – Alyssa Lopez  riding Heartland Little Gem for Kathy Capsuto Trust

à         Pleasure Pony or Horse Under Saddle – Morgan Brison riding BRS Mark’s Delight for Bob and Tonya Brison

à         Roadster Pony to Bike, 13 & Under – Max Kaplan driving Boxford Courageous Spirit for Chris Kaplan/Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Editor’s note: Three additional national champions named later that evening:

à         Hackney/Harness Pony – Michelle Herron driving Dun Haven Radiant Spirit for Carol Hall

à         Pleasure Pony Driving – Kelsey Herbert driving Heartland Special Special for Janet Sterba

à         Roadster Pony to Bike, 14-17 – Rachel Machamer driving Heartland Sundust for Priscilla Gise Trust 

Each winner received the Brent Bacon Memorial Plate, courtesy of the Bacon family and the UPHA, a $500 scholarship certificate to be awarded to the college of their choice upon admission to school which is offered by the AHHS Foundation and the UPHA, as well as a beautiful duffel bag in burgundy with gold trim from Mark Bodnar at Corcel Inc.

Judy Lowry presents Alyssa Lopez with her National Championship award.

The 2006 High Point Youths were named for each division. All participants received ribbons and gift bags compliments of EquiShow Inc. The top two finishers in each division are:


Pleasure Pony Under Saddle Medallion

CH – Jessica Randall – Forecaster's Penney

RES – Aliyah Asch – Great Day


Pleasure Driving Medallion

CH – Will Mayo - Motown

RES – Katie Sharp – Mr. Jack Daniels


Roadster Pony Under Saddle Medallion

CH – Tori Newberry – Heartland Masterpiece

RES – Crystal Case – Sugar Daddy


Roadster Pony to Bike Medallion

CH – Laura Edwards – Twin Willows Prophet

RES – Rachel Machamer – Heartland Sundust



High Point winners received ribbons and gift bags.


Aliyah Asch, Jessica Randall, Rachel Machamer, and Will Mayo

The Youth Medallion Program Committee of the American Hackney Horse Society (AHHS) always welcomes interested persons to help and welcomes donations as well as ideas to better the program.  Anyone who would like more information on the AHHS Youth Medallion and Youth High Point programs can contact any of the following:


Youth Medallion Committee

Judy Lowry, Chair -

Suzanne Mayo -

Mary Lou Greenwell -

AHHS Office - phone, (859) 255-8694; e-mail,; or web site,

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