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Alabama Charity - Keep the Good Times Rollin’


by Jennifer Styskal

Priceville, Al- Beautiful fall weather graced the 15th Annual Alabama Charity Horse Show, held October 19-22, 2005. With the leaves turning to their autumn colors, everyone got in the mood by decorating their barn fronts with Halloween decorations.  This show continues to get bigger and better as Show Manager Charles Byron helps it grow with well-maintained facilities and exceptional exhibitors' parties held.

Exhibitors and trainers enjoyed a South of the Border party Thursday with homemade chili. Friday was Family Fun Night as barns battled it out in the karaoke contest. Show Secretary Beth Snider kept everything in tiptop order so the show could run smoothly. Bobby Gatlin was given judging duties in all divisions.
Five Gaited


Saturday night was full of energy and excitement as the crowd anticipated the final class of the night. Five high-trotting horses came through the gate for the Five-Gaited Championship.  Clark Clouse made the victory pass much to the crowd’s delight as he rode Colonel Hoss for Tri Color Saddlebred. Clouse had won the open class earlier that week with Colonel Hoss as well. Darell Cruse made a good show on Lawman for Frank Jones to receive the reserve ribbon.

In the open class Sam Stafford showed Worthy Design to the red for Chris Long Schubert. 

The ladies class was full of competitive entries.  Dr. Mary Reams showed her homebred gelding, The Whole Town’s Talking, to the championship ribbon under the direction of Ed Millet. Amateur-trainer Deborah Richardson rode Shamrock’s Return to the second place in both the championship and the qualifier. In the qualifying ladies class, Janet Crampton showed Jennifer Pitt’s Hammond Song to the win.

Nine horses charged through the in gate for the amateur championship. Coming off an earlier win in the qualifier, Amusing and Amy Dix Rock took the tricolor home with them to Nashville, Tn. Starlet’s Commendable racked up for the reserve streamers with owner Beth Kunkel in the irons.  Autumn Hunt and Meet Your Match placed second in the qualifier.

The junior exhibitors brought as much excitement to the ring as the adult riders. Kelsey Olson and L.A. Boca Raton outperformed the rest of the group as they were called to the winner’s circle in their championship. Trainers Rob and Sarah Byers met them in center ring after also pinning the blue ribbon on their rider in the qualifying class. Ashton Hale gave a hard ride on CH Spindazzle to beat the rest of the 10 horse field for the reserve. The top two were a repeat from the qualifier.

The junior class gave the crowd a hint of what was to come in the future. Clark Clouse took the reins as he handled King Crimson through his gaits to win the stake class for Tony and Monica Olson. Darell Cruse rode the big-trotting gelding, Out With The Ladies for Frank Jones to the red ribbon.

Another group of young ones came through the gate as the UPHA Five-Gaited Classic was called to order. Out of the eight entries, Matt Shiflet and Supremacy’s Melody were the ones to make the final pass. Uwharrie Hills Farm owns the winning horse. Ed Millet handled the reserve winner, Future So Fine for Christine Kapcar. This team won the three-year-old stake earlier in the week. Shiflet was reserve in the stake with Lenore’s Whoops There It Is owned by John and Dorothy Lenore.

The novice class had 15 top entries. Ricky Cook made the victory pass with his horse All American Guy. Sam Stafford was reserve with Chris Long Schubert’s horse Worthy’s American Society.  Mia Wilson was the only entry in the gaited pony division. She showed Kate Spade to both the championship and qualifier wins.

Three Gaited


Rob Byers made two victory passes aboard Odyssey Man as they won the open championship and the qualifier for Diamond Five Farm.  Odyssey Man put on such a show that it reminded more than a few people of his dam, Glendale’s Radiant Princess. Callaway’s Whoop Tee Do was reserve in the championship with Matt Shiflet in the saddle for Gina Crews. Mike Barlow took the red ribbon in the qualifier with In Bold Print for owner Melissa Scrushy.

Maria Gilman topped the two horse ladies championship class with Smoke Gets In Your Eyes. This Jayo Family Corporation-owned horse also won the qualifier. Tap Town was reserve in the championship with Karen Boudre, and Joyce Webster carried away the red ribbon with Love To Dance in the first class.

Sue She dominated the amateur division as Carla Ritzie guided this mare to both the championship and qualifying titles. Carl Holden owns this refined mare and Jerry Hutson is the trainer. Anitya Marlowe made the reserve ride on Amber Lager in the championship with Don Judd and Maria Gilman coaching from the side. CH Biras Creek and Vicki Gillenwater claimed the second place in the qualifier.

Also riding under the Judd Stables banner, Jackie De La Parte and Keeper Of The Stars won the junior exhibitor championship and qualifier. Simbara’s Stars and Stripes was reserve champion with Jennifer Shell riding for David Crockett. Paige Pennington stepped up for the challenge in the qualifier to take the red ribbon on Americana’s Wings.

Three horses appeared for the junior class. Heir’s Bells and Whistles was guided down victory lane by Rob Byers for Louis and Rose Marie Fernandez. Ricky Cook was reserve with Don and Judy Harris’s Angela Lane. Clark Clouse had the three-year-old winner Sun Moon and Stars to win both the UPHA Classic and the three-year-old stake. Taking the red ribbon in both classes as well was Debbie Koning on Classic With A Twist for David Crockett.

Eddie Womble showed the homebred Yes I Am A Pirate for Happy Valley Farm to win the novice horse class. Matt Shiflet and Callaway’s Whoop Tee Do carried the red ribbon out of the ring.

Five ponies vied for the championship, but Alexis Braswell rose about the rest as she rode A Promised Jewel to the winner’s circle. After winning the qualifier, Amy Deal and Early Appointment wore the reserve streamers with Jimmy Womble directing this pair. Sonar Sue and Katherine Connor were second in the qualifier.



Our Fallen Angel topped the open park division as Rob Byers rode Cheryl Friedman Allison’s entry to win the championship and the qualifier. CH Discover made the second place show in the championship with Maria Gilman up for Barbara Woods. In the qualifier Eddie Womble showed Tableaux for Happy Valley Farm for the red ribbon.

The amateur division also had a dominate winner. Jigsaw Johnny and Nancy Moreno won both classes of the division with Dan Flowers as trainer. Lynlee Kennedy rode her horse I Share The Secret to the reserve championship. Stephanie Turner captured the red in the qualifier on Hawk’s Daydream.

Clark Clouse rode Liberty’s Ooh La La to wins in the junior championship and in the qualifier. Liberty Saddlebreds owns this champion horse. Todd Walker rode Sin City Lights to the reserve place in both classes. Eight horses marched in for the UPHA Classic. Steve Wheeler showed Chris and Jean Nalley’s Gangster to the blue. Kelly Freeman was aboard Late Last Night for the reserve on behalf of Blythewood Farms.

Fine Harness


The Fine Harness Championship had several well known names strutting their stuff in order to wear the tricolor. In his characteristic park trot, The Licorice Drop Kid and Tom Lee marched to the winner’s circle. The Licorice Drop Kid also won the junior harness class earlier that week. For the reserve streamers was Radiant Success and new owner Rachel Seifert. Seifert made her debut show with this world champion in the amateur class and won with new trainers Donnie and Lisa Pyburn instructing from the rail.

Harlem’s Wild Kali was the only entry in the open class with Sam Stafford at the lines for Dr. Vera Gatch. John Wrather exhibited Carolina Emerald Kay to take the reserve in the amateur class behind Radiant Success. Photo Prince was shown by Eddie Womble to place second in the junior stake.

Sam Stafford showed Lynn Harvey McNamara’s colt Night Sight to win the UPHA Fine Harness Classic. Donnie Pyburn drove Tango With Ruby up to accept the second place. In the three-year-old class, Wayne Hackney was at the lines behind Tampa Bay to take the blue. Tom Lee showed Coolest Cat In Town to the reserve for Georgette Palassis.

Roadster to Bike


The roadster horse championship was a race until the very end. Debbie Koning broke out of the group to win the championship with Scruff. Koning drove this David Crockett entry to the red ribbon in the qualifier. Following right on their heels was James Nichols and I Can Book for Jimmy Chancellor and Doug Greenwood. R Lady In Red won the qualifier with Connie Clouse in the sulky.

Four burst into the ring for the ladies class. Deirdre Davis made the tight turns to streak down the straight away for the blue. Davis showed the Quail Hollow Farm entry Romeo’s Windswept. Cathy Hackney drove Eyes Wide Open for the second place.

Quail Hollow continued to lead the competition in the roadster to bike classes as Buck Davis won both amateur classes with Dragster. Royal Count and Dale Hanson were close behind in the two classes as the placed second in both.

In the novice class Danny Bugg maneuvered TKO through the turns and to the winner’s circle. James Nichols and I Can Book were second. Matt Shiflet saddled up Kathy Bagdasarian’s road horse Lady Hawke to win the Roadster Under Saddle class. At Full Throttle and Holli McDowell raced off with the reserve for Glen Rose Stables.

Only one came in for the Roadster to Wagon stake. Susan Whitaker and Road Kill did not hold back as they went through their speeds to take the blue home.



The ponies also took their turn to tear up the track. Holli McDowell and Pure Country lead the pack as they won the open championship. St. Patrick and Chris Long Schubert were reserve after Anne Stafford showed him to a second place finish in the qualifier. Maureen Lydon drove Dash to the blue in the open qualifier.

After beating a crowd of 10 in the first class, Abby Jones and Heartland Wonderful Miss came back to win the amateur championship. Deidre Davis was right on their heels to place second in both classes with Call Me Mister.

The ARPHA Junior Exhibitor Roadster Pony Championship was held here again. Betsy Webb instructed the winning team of Wait & See’s Bright Flame and Bryce Smithwick. They also won the AHHS junior exhibitor medallion. Justin Davis drove the Quail Hollow entry King’s Perfection to the reserve in both classes.

Maureen Lydon was the only entry in the UPHA Road Pony Classic. She drove Heartland Double Trouble for Tim Lydon. The AHHS Road Pony Under Saddle was also a single entry class with Taylor Padgett and Frequent Flyer making the rounds.

Dr. Bing Crosby and It’s Showtime claimed the Harness Pony division with Jay Kennedy as trainer. After placing second in the UPHA Classic, Crosby and his pony won the amateur class and the open championship. Delightful Times and Abel Vega were second in the championship after winning the open qualifier. Jay Kennedy was reserve in the open qualifier with Kenhurst Kilimanjaro for Kenhurst Farm.

Cascade and Sharon Chrisman made the drive to take the red ribbon in the amateur class. Maureen Lydon won the UPHA Classic with Wind In The Willows for Crystal Creek Farm.

Maureen Lydon brought out another champion pony as she drove General Mills to the Hackney Pony Championship for Elise Johnson. Highlander and Abel Vega showed under the watchful eye of John Shea to take reserve in both Hackney pony classes. Debbie Koning drove David Crockett’s Black Merlin to the blue ribbon in the qualifier.

Eleven filled the pleasure pony championship class. Jessie Pettie was at the lines behind Luv Ya Baby for Gayle Kennedy to win the class. They had also won the qualifier under the direction of John Shea. Mary Yonker drove Fitz’s Phantom to the reserve after winning the UPHA Classic under Maureen Lydon’s guidance.  Ali and Gwen Stableford were second in the qualifier.

Brittany Logan was at the lines for Beth Jones as she showed Wonmore Unique Diamond to the win in the AHHS junior exhibitor medallion. Jennifer Shell was reserve with Cherry’s Dream Motion for David Crockett.

The junior exhibitors saddled up their pleasure ponies to show them under saddle. Brittany Logan returned to the winner’s circle to accept the blue on Mary Yonker’s Thyen’s Gem. Kelley Avery was reserve with a good show on Special Attraction with Jamie Jankowicz instructing.

Show Pleasure


Fifteen entered for the Five-Gaited Show Pleasure Adult Championship. Pam Milligan rode to the top of the group on High In The Sky with Rob and Sarah Byers directing. Talk About Attitude and Sarah Crane won the qualifier and placed second in the championship. Heaven and Earth made a reserve show in the qualifier with Jamey Pippert Tucker in the irons.

The junior exhibitors put on a good show in their division. Sarah O’Neal handled the ride on CH Perrier to make a pass down victory lane. Jennifer Alvis trains this pair for Little Cahaba Properties. Taking the reserve streamers home were Beth Hazelrig and Marik’s Trilogy. In the qualifier Zeitgeist and Frank Polley rose above the rest of the crowd to capture the blue. Right behind them were Ridge Legacy and Chrissy Stieler.

Ooh La Latte tried her hand in a new division and topped a 10 horse field to win the park pleasure class. Maria Gilman was up for the ride for owner Claire Karst. Eden Michael showed Shady Creek’s Sensation to the reserve place for Gayle Jones.

The adult show pleasure classes were one of the largest of the show. CH Sweet Virginia was the model pleasure horse as she and Barbara Woods won the championship and the qualifier. Laura Dozer also made a nice ride on Lookin Yonder to carry out the reserve championship. Protector and Whitney Hunter took the red ribbon in the qualifier for Dr. Mary Reams.

Aleasha Flowers placed second in the 14-17 age group on MTO and came back with a strong ride to win the championship under the guidance of Todd Walker. Holy Grail and Brittany McNamara came out of the pack for the reserve win in the championship. Jebadiah Springfield won the qualifier with Caroline Burglass aboard and trained by Marjorie Judd.

The younger age group was just as competitive as the older kids. Kelsey Olson was in good form as she handled So Audacious for the wins in both classes. Rob and Sarah Byers were present in center ring to greet their rider. Jackie Riddle rode the refined Sultan’s John John to the reserve place after stablemate Samantha Lemberg and Love Shack took the red ribbon in the qualifier. Both girls are trained by Armon Effinger.

The Alabama-Owned Show Pleasure class was popular among the native residents. Christi Schnetzler was thrilled with her ride as she was called to the winner’s circle to retire the class’s memorial trophy. She rode Cadillac’s Crystal to two previous wins in 2001 and in 2004 to earn permanent possession of the trophy.

Along Came Polly and Kelley Avery swept the pleasure pony division, winning the championship and the qualifier. She’s Jamaican Me Crazy captured the red ribbon in both classes with Caren Bailey on board.

Buck Davis exchanged his sulky for a pleasure driving cart to win the Show Pleasure Driving Championship and the qualifier with Callaway’s Feature Story. Mike Barlow trains this Quail Hollow entry. Propane was reserve in the qualifier with Lindsey Whitehurst. Owner Dr. Cheryl Tilghman drove her horse in the championship to take the second place streamers.

Country Pleasure


CH Mr. Gary Cooper and Melissa Scrushy put on a good show to win the adult country pleasure championship after placing second in the qualifier earlier that week. Deborah Richardson was up on CF Star At First Sight to take the reserve championship back to Lenoir City, Tn. Lucky Curve and Katrina Campbell caught the judge’s attention to win the qualifier with Matt Shiflet coaching from the side.

Reagan Huguley rode the black Prince Town BH to wins in the junior exhibitor championship and the qualifier with Courtney Huguley as trainer. Taking the second slot on the judge’s card was Huguley stablemate Bitters and Caroline Amdall. In the qualifier it was With A Twist and Shannon West who carried the red out of the ring.

Amateur trainer Autumn Hunt turned in a great drive to win the Country Pleasure Driving Championship after placing second in the qualifier. Suzanne Moses and The Bay Princess were directed by Clark Clouse to capture the reserve title. In the qualifier CH What A Keepsake drove up for the blue with Lois Vartanian at the lines.

The striking pinto CH Vincent Van Gogh dominated the western division by winning the championship and the qualifier with Deborah Richardson in the saddle. Abby Jones was not far behind riding The Comeback for Creek Ridge Stables for the reserve.



Reagan Huguley was unbeatable this week in the equitation division. Under the direction of Courtney Huguley she won the 14-17 age group and the 17 and under championship. Elizabeth Stevenson was second in the championship after also taking the red ribbon in the UPHA Challenge Cup. Stevenson won the Pleasure Equitation Championship as well.

Danae Richmond rode her palomino to win the 13 and under championship, the UPHA Challenge Cup and the Saddle and Bridle Pleasure Equitation Medallion. Tiffany Browning was reserve in both classes in the 13 and under division. Mia Wilson won the 13 and under qualifier with Adam and Desiree Clauson as instructors.

Ashley Judd impressed the judge with her form and skill to win the 10 and under walk/trot championship and the UPHA 10 and Under Walk/Trot Challenge Cup. Maria Gilman and Don Judd are her trainers. Cheyenne Mabey made a strong ride to place second in the championship.  Mollie Kregor was reserve in the UPHA Challenge Cup with Rob and Sarah Byers as instructors.

In Hand


Whether in or out of harness, The Licorice Drop Kid continues to visit the winner’s circle. Handled by Tom Lee this big black stallion won the ASB In Hand class with Deborah Richardson in reserve with CF Star At First Sight. Linda Hendricks brought her yearling in to win the yearling in hand section. She showed the Casindra’s Sultan son Sultan’s Harley. Alan Burnison handled Jessie Ford’s weanling Try To Match This to win the weanling in hand class. This young colt is by Matchbox Twenty.

This wraps up the Alabama Charity Horse Show. Complete results may be viewed, searched and printed at Show Results.

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