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It’s Always Fun At Charlotte Classic

Judge: Nancy McConnell
Show Co/Chairs: Angela Sherrill/Dale Luckey
Show Manager: Nancy Boone
Show Secretary: Beth Viering
Announcer: Peyton Hamilton
Ringmaster: Nan Bowling
Organist: Ted Huggins
Farrier: Jerry Blankenship
Photographer: Sandra Hall
Veterinarian: Large Animal Vet Services

by Lauren Camp

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C.- The 14th annual Charlotte Classic Horse Show hosted some especially lovely entries this year. Held at the beautiful Latta Plantation, there was plenty to entertain exhibitors between sessions, including canoeing, kayaking, visiting the raptor center and beautiful trail rides. Charlotte Classic was better than ever this year and very well-attended by spectators from around the area.

Show Manager Nancy Boone did an excellent job behind the scenes keeping the show running smoothly. Judge Nancy McConnell did a fabulous job of calling classes while Peyton Hamilton announced the winners. With a special ear for music, organist Ted Huggins kept the classes lively while Show Secretary Beth Viering made sure all entries and accounts were taken care of. Ringmaster Nan Bowling kept all exhibitors safe. Always ready to make someone laugh, farrier Jerry Blankenship made sure the horses were shod properly while photographer Sandra Hall captured the winning photos.


As a special treat on Friday night, a dog show was held and Judge Myra Williams called out the winners. Classes included costume class, trick class and best in show. Best in show went to “Chip” Boone and handler Betsy Boone. Chip’s talents included riding Magic the pony around the ring. A costume class was held to entertain the crowd on Saturday night. Among the very patriotic entries there was also a wedding party. This winning costume entry of Alli Smith and Isabella Bartalucci was complete with a bride, a miniature horse, a groom, a saddlebred and several attendants and rice throwers. Needless to say this was completely hysterical and a source of great entertainment for all spectators.

The American Saddlebred Association of the Carolinas sponsored the Charlotte Classic Horse Show and it benefited Cook’s Memorial Presbyterian Church.


Three horses answered the gate call for the Five-Gaited Championship and the lovely
Harlem’s Who’s Your Daddy racked away with the tricolor with Steve Hanks up for owner Jean Myers. Sir Attitude and Janelle D’Amato made a nice show to come away with the reserve in this nice class.

Open Five-Gaited honors went to Margaret Gardiner and Top Miracle RHF for owner Kathy Constable. Constable would have something else to smile about after her winning go in the amateur Five-Gaited Championship aboard Talk About Attitude, with Ima Starbuck and Julie Burmeister in reserve. The results were switched in the qualifying class.

The busy Janelle D’Amato and Shamrock’s Free Step showed up yet again in the Ladies Five-Gaited Championship and made it well worth it. This lively pair rode away with the tricolor and the blue in both the championship and the qualifier.

Two for two Jesse Lynch and her fizzy horse Mr. Fizz trotted away with the tricolor in the Junior Exhibitor Five-Gaited Championship and in the qualifier. Morgan Feimster and Roseridges Movin On moved into second in both classes.

The young horses showed up in the five-gaited division as well at this nice Charlotte Classic show. Caught red handed taking top honors in the Junior Five-Gaited class was Karin Smith and Red Handed making a nice show.


The multi-titled CH Man On The Run and rider/trainer Brooke Vander Spuy made a nice show as usual to capture the tricolor in the Three-Gaited Championship.

Twice as lovely in both classes, Dr. Teresa Miller and Periaptor’s Dancing Star captured two wins in the Amateur Three-Gaited Championship and qualifier.

Junior exhibitor honors in the walk-trot championship went to the lofty Rosewood’s Potpourri and rider Kerry Jefferies. This nice-looking pair also took first in their qualifying class. Reserve honors on championship night went to Paradoc’s Korygami and Suzanne Kinzler. Taking the red ribbon in the qualifying class was Hasani and Jennifer Roberts.

The Junior Three-Gaited blue went to the talented Paradoc’s Korygami and trainer Quintus Vander Spuy.

CH Sarah Katherine and Lauren Henderson made two nice shows in the Three-Gaited Pony Championship and qualifier, taking home two blues.


The spectacularly spotted pinto Unbreakable Heart and Stefany Bennett captured the tricolor in the Three-Gaited Park Championship. This striking pair also won blue in the qualifier. Kari Lawson and the nice-looking Calypso Joe made a great show for second in the championship. Qualifying second went to The Perfect Sunset and Margaret Gardiner.

Looking great any day of the week, Any Given Sunday and Katherine Hansil took top honors in both the Amateur/Junior Exhibitor Three-Gaited Park Championship and qualifier. In top form for second in both classes was Morgan Feimster and Yorktown’s Last Contract.

Steve Hanks and Heir Slinger turned out a nice show in the Junior Three-Gaited Park class with a promising young prospect for owners Richard and Dana Harris. Sweet Irish Luck and Catherine Boles were also full of promise to take second in this good class.


The expressive Waiting Heir and driver Janelle D’Amato had two beautiful drives in the fine harness division to capture two blues for Jansal Saddlebreds.


Always up for a fast drive, Gina Lail and Success Soleil sped away with two blues in the Roadster Horse Championship and qualifier for owner Janelle D’Amato.

Top honors in the Roadster Under Saddle class went to Bob Buschur and High Velocity for SGF Winning Ways Farm with reserve honors going to Morgan Feimster and Gun On The Run.

The road ponies were in top form in their classes, and tops in the amateur class went to Hallelujah and Brooks Fulton. This pair also took home the blue in the qualifier. Reserve honors in both classes went to the nice pair of Shadowland's Ishtar and Kristina Clang Stredney.


Looking a lot like the long line of expert horsemen in his family, Grant Shiflet and Callaway’s Up A Creek had a bang up show in the Five-Gaited Show Pleasure Championship. Reserve honors went to Callaway’s Southern Cross and Lindsey Bryan. Switching things up in the qualifier, Lindsey Bryan took home the blue and Grant Shiflet captured the red ribbon for second.

Young and talented My Tee Time and Betsy Boone trotted away with two blues for owner Andrea Everett in the park pleasure division. Capturing second in this nice championship was Bonus Attraction and Karin F. Smith. Qualifying blue in this blossoming division was Gregory Hines and Stephanie O’Kelley.

Always a popular division the Adult Three-Gaited Show Pleasure Championship was one of the largest in the show. Topping this class and riding away with the tricolor under the expert direction of John Whalen was the lovely pair of Carboness PHF and Amy Roberts. This pair also captured the blue in the competitive qualifying class. On fire for reserve in the championship were Fire Number One and Catherine Boles. Second in the qualifier were It’s The Rage and Elaine Conklin.

Junior Exhibitor Three-Gaited Show Pleasure Championship honors went to One Moore Harlem and Taylor Henderson. Second in this nice class were Albelarm Anchor Man and Bronwyn Frank. Tops in the qualifying class went to Emma Jeffries and The Ballroom Blitz, with second going to Harlem’s Hey Look At Me and Sara Burress.

In a new division, John Elway and Ann Cannon took home two blues in the Show Pleasure Driving Championship, with Brooks Fulton catch driving in the qualifier.

A nice class turned out for the Adult Country Pleasure Championship with the tricolor going to VHF Bay All Day and Marie Gwinn. Reserve in this class went to The Kentucky Connection and Katie Matthews. These two talented riders swapped in the qualifying class with top honors going to Katie Matthews and the red ribbon to Marie Gwinn.

A perfect pair in the Junior Exhibitor Country Pleasure Championship, the lovely Irish Cappuccino and Caitlin Leith made a winning go. Top honors belonged to this fabulous pair in the qualifying class as well. Reserve honors in both the championship and in the qualifier went to Emma Jefferies and Hurricane’s The Dance.

Taylor Henderson and One Moore Harlem captured the blue in the Novice Rider Pleasure class and reserve honors went to Albelarm Anchor Man and Bronwyn Frank.

Country Pleasure Driving Championship and qualifying honors went to A Promise Keeper and Lauren Camp. Second in both classes were the necky CH Dr. Deker and Margaret Poovey.

Topping a competitive field of western horses Monsignor and Marie Gwinn came away with two blues in both the Country Western Pleasure Championship and qualifier. Worthy of second in both classes were Luanne Kilday and Worthy Of The Moment.

In a very cute class The Chesapeake Bay and Austin Hazelwood topped off the Walk/Trot Pleasure 12 and Under Championship and the qualifier. Equally adorable, the pair of Rachel Tankersley and CH Empress In Black took reserve honors in the championship. Taking second in the qualifying class, and too cute to boot, Picabo Street and Drew Love rode under the direction of Heather Boodey.

Alli Smith and Second Star To The Right made a nice show for two blue ribbons in the Pleasure Pony Championship and in her qualifying class. This new pair is under the direction of John Whalen at Chestnut Lane Stables.


Picture perfect in the equitation championship, Sara Roberson took top honors with reserve in this class going to Erin Breslin. The blue in the qualifying class belonged to Erin Breslin while Kerry Jeffries took home the red ribbon.

Walk/Trot Saddle Seat Equitation 10 and Under Championship honors went to Vanessa Patch. Smiling all the way to the red ribbon was Anika Frank.


Also featured at this show was a Showmanship In Hand class. The blue ribbon in this class went to Janelle D’Amato, with reserve going to Brandi Crouch.

Open Pleasure Amateur Owned and Trained featured a nice collection of pleasure horses. Taking home the blue were Mountainview’s Manhattan Viscount and Lisa Jordan Pearce. Second in this class went to Witchful Thinking and Trina Ott.

Open Western Pleasure Champion Worthy Of The Moment looked very worthy with talented rider Luanne Kilday. Sheila Wingler and Heir To Savannah captured reserve honors in this class.

The Open Hunter Sport Horse class was also well attended. Top honors went to Batonne and Donna Lynch. Second in this nice class went to Trina Ott and Witchful Thinking.


Always a popular division and a great start for many riders in their show ring career, Charlotte Classic Horse Show also offered separate championship classes Saturday night for the academy riders who performed well earlier in the day. Top winners in this division were: Nancy Hamilton, Jenna Wickman, Ara Pearson, Gillian Capella, Caitlin Skardinski, Abby Tomlin, Denise Patch, Chandler Gray, Jessica Marchi, Abigail Hamilton, Tiffany Knox, Ellie Kangur, Karsen Motsinger, Jessica McCurry, Allie Poovey, Anna Hansil, Tiffany Hager and Olivia Knox.

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