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All American Classic – A First Class Event!



by Katherine Hansil

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The All American Horse Classic was held in the Pepsi Coliseum at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, Sept. 2-6, 2008. The show has become a tradition for over 50 years and hosts some of the top horses and ponies around. One might think being held so close to the World’s Championship Horse Show entries might be light or quality low but it was just the opposite this week as horses were up over 120 head over 2007 and many reigning world’s champions were on hand competing.

The show is the host to many incentive classes including the All American Weanling Cup, All American Three-Year-Old Cup, ASR Sweepstakes including the Kentucky Breeders’ Incentive in the Four-Year-Old Sweepstakes, ASB Indiana Futurity, AHHS Limited Breeders Stakes and ASGN classes all totaling over $750,000 in prize money. Also held this week were the national finals for the UPHA Pleasure Equitation Challenge Cup, UPHA Adult Challenge Cup and the UPHA Five-Gaited Horsemanship.

The show is a well-run machine headed by Manager Claire Panke with a willing and able staff making sure all exhibitors needs are met. One change for 2008 was the hiring of See Horse Videos. From nearby Arcadia, the outfit provided top quality DVDs and even formatted for Blueray for HDTV. This is just one way All American has listened to exhibitors’ suggestions from previous years and made changes to accommodate. Panke credits her staff for truly caring about the exhibitors since most of the team members also show horses. For Panke, "nothing less than a first class event will do."

Five-Gaited

CH Memories’ Paragon was a star for the second year in a row in the Five-Gaited Stake. Bright and bold he was guided unanimously to the winner’s circle by Clark Clouse for Ceil and Kenny Wheeler. Reserve honors went to the flashy Twice Charmed with Melissa Moore presenting for Sandra Ledbetter Witter.

In the UPHA Ladies Five-Gaited Pink Ribbon class, top honors went to Pucker Up and Jonelle Gardiner. Gardiner had a solid ride aboard the liver chestnut, riding for her mom, Patricia Pierce, who is a breast cancer survivor. Helen Robertson presented Reedann’s Swashbuckler to the red streamers for Andi Bittker.

Moving up a notch and receiving the Amateur Five-Gaited Championship tricolor were I’m Something Wicked and Theresa Vonderschmitt. Sally McClure Jackson debuted aboard Callaway’s Carnival In Rio with two exceptional performances. They won the qualifier and returned for the reserve championship title.

Sweeping the junior exhibitor division was CF Night At Castle. Ashley Baird was in the irons for her sister who is now busy with college. Careless Dreamer and Alexandria Giguere captured both reserve titles.

Bob Brison presented the bright Callaway’s Blue Norther son Strike Up The Music to the limit win for B & T Vonderschmitt. Fight Night and Louis Louw garnered the red streamers for David Nierenberg.

Melinda Moore presented the dynamic With A Dream to the Junior Five-Gaited win for the Schones/Jampsa/Bigos partnership. Ann Stafford debuted Endolane Sydny for new owners Chris Long-Schubert and Pamela Long.

Kohler’s It’s Magic earned the nod in the UPHA Five-Gaited Classic with Tracy James for Herbert Kohler. Todd Graham was aboard Especially For Me, earning reserve for Delores Verna Blankenship.

Three-Gaited

Fresh off a world’s champion title, VHF Belle Époque marched to the winner’s circle unanimously for Robert Gardiner in the Three-Gaited Stake. Clark Clouse was aboard Last Tango In Paris for the reserve title for Liberty Saddlebreds.

The swan-like Gloria Vanderbilt topped the Ladies Three-Gaited with Fay Lowry presenting for Wrapped In Rainbows Farm/Ashlyn Farms LLC in their only appearance of the week. Reserve honors went to Callaway’s Emancipation and Melinda Moore for Poser Farm.

Linda Lowary was thrilled after her number was called not once but twice to the winner’s circle in the amateur three-gaited division. Lowary presented the sleek black My Original Sin under the direction of Steve and Tiffany Wheeler. Earning both reserves was Kalarama’s Twister and Cindy Carcione for the Biggins banner.

Tipitina and Maggie Camp moved up to claim the Junior Exhibitor Three-Gaited for the Evan family with an elegant performance. Tyler Miles presented Gypsy’s Say When to the win in the qualifier and returned for the championship reserve for Andi Perry.

Mr. Center Stage took the spotlight in the Limit Three-Gaited with Bob Brison presenting for the unanimous win for B & T Vonderschmitt. Hillside’s Sensation and Mike McIntosh carried out the red ribbon for Monoceros LLC.

Stonecroft Nightlight was once again fabulous for Jim Lowry. Always stunning, this son of CF First Night Out topped the Junior Three-Gaited for owners Karrie Graham and Dwaine Kinderknecht. Simbara’s Heir Fair captured the reserve honors with Carter Cox in the irons for Tim Shea.

Carter Cox returned in the UPHA Three-Gaited Classic, earning the top honor with Sir Yes Sir for Jamie Wise Lanier. Mark Utoft presented Simply Stella to the reserve for Seven Oaks Farm LLC.

Three-Gaited Park

Princess Mara and Zach Duffy had a comeback ride to win the Park Championship for C. Thomas Galbreath. Winning the qualifier and returning for the reserve championship honor were Awesome Memories and Mark Utoft for Fritz and Candance Meili. Pernickety and Gerhardt Roos earned reserve in the qualifier for Alison Benz.

CH Supreme Reflection put on two more winning performances with Jacqueline Manzo this week, sweeping the amateur division. They were fresh off a pair of world’s titles and have enjoyed an undefeated season for owner Kimberly Jones and trainer Tom Sworm. CH Burn Out and Cindy Siders captured both reserves for Rita Wheeler and the Biggins banner.

In the Junior Three-Gaited Park, Major Buck put on a thrilling performance for the win with Jim Lowry for James Dodson.

Fine Harness

Topping the Fine Harness Stake was the athletic Legend Of Troy with Melinda Moore on the lines for Poser Farm. Day’s Grecian Gray returned to harness with a stunning performance for the reserve with Bret Day presenting for Mary and Michelle Krentz.

CH Harlem’s Santa Fe and Susan Bartlett had a comeback drive, capturing the Amateur Fine Harness Championship. Winning the qualifier was the multi-titled CH Cary’s Moonraker with Toni Nastali on the lines for MBA Equestrians. A Cinderella Story debuted in the amateur division, capturing both reserve titles with John Scheidt catch driving in the qualifier and owner Candy Hyman on the lines in the championship.

Blythewood’s Pedro Martinez enjoyed success this week as he presented Willie Brackett to the Junior Fine Harness win for Creekridge LLC. He returned in the UPHA Fine Harness Classic besting the competition with Blythewood owned Magical Promises. Reserve in the junior class went to South African bred Jonazell Mighty Spirit with Lionel Ferreira on the lines for John Bulmer. In the UPHA Classic, Jim Taylor garnered the red streamers with Tim and Marty Shea’s All Mighty.

In the Indiana Futurity Two-Year-Old Fine Harness, two Sir William Robert progeny captured the top two spots. With owner/breeder/trainer Kathy Capsuto-Walker on the lines, Roberta Belle started the week off right with the unanimous victory. They returned just an evening later for the sweepstakes win. Reserve honors went to Robert William who was fresh off a victory pass in Freedom Hall. Bret Day was on the lines of Keith and Sally Kurz’s entry.

Dr. Alan Raun presented Nordic Mystery to the top spot in the Two-Year-Old Fine Harness for Libby Mathers. Nordic Mystery is by The Mystery Writer and out of Nordic Radiance. K Sue Rah (I’m The Prince x Runaround Sue) earned the reserve with Wendy Winstead for Carl Holden. This is another great young horse from the Holden breeding program.

Roadster

Raymond Shively had Thunderbolt in top gear to sweep the open roadster to bike for Judy McNeish. With two thrilling performances, Tom Fiedler drove Valparaiso to the amateur qualifying win and returned for the combined championship tricolor. Open qualifying reserve went to Bristle N and Katie Coup while Go For Broke and Brad Bacon raced to the amateur qualifying reserve. Raymond Shively was back to the winner’s circle in the limit class with the athletic Big N Rich for Chappy Chapman. Merrill Murray, who was inducted recently into the ARHPA Hall Of Fame, captured the reserve with his entry Sondon’s Peak N.

Ponies

Beth Jones’s entry, Heartland High Command, returned to win the Open Road Pony Championship with a speedy performance after an earlier reserve in the ladies qualifier. You Raise Me Up and Matt Schuckert moved up for the championship reserve for Rick McQuown. Winning the open qualifier was the sporty Dreaming & Scheming with Chris Gantley for Christy Gantley in their only appearance. Dun-Haven Awesome Image, another great pony from Beth Jones, earned reserve. Winning the ladies qualifier with a strong performance was Heartland Victory Maker. Toni Nastali did a super job piloting this pony at all three speeds for the win in their only appearance.

Murray Dickson was at the top of his game for Jane Mueller to sweep the amateur division for the Bacon Stables banner. Reserve in both classes went to Heartland Sundust and Beth Jones. Tyler Miles catch drove Kentucky Hot Brown for the win in the AHHS Youth Medallion Road Pony for Holt Oaks Farm under the direction of Majestic Oaks. Reserve went back to Frickey Farm with Catch Me If You Can and Lauren Mathewson.

Patrice Watson O’Brien was behind the flashy Boogity Boogity for the Limit Road Pony win with Extremely Rare and Randy Harper garnering the red streamers for Frickey Farms. Winning the UPHA Road Pony Classic was Kilbro’s Gloriouswon with Amber Montgomery on the lines for Steve and Bill Kildow. Nashville Cat and Tim Buerkley claimed the red ribbon.

Conqueror’s Colleen LF and Dr. Alan Raun moved up a notch to win the Harness Pony Championship for Mary Ellen Golich. Reserve honors went to Twin Willow’s Dimitri and Hillary Senecal for Misty Hills Farm. They also earned the ladies qualifying reserve. Winning the open qualifier in their only appearance was the reigning World’s Grand Champion Heartland Expectation with Karen Frickey presenting.

Sweeping the amateur division was the mighty Crystal Creek’s Commander and Carl Nichols under the direction of Eduardo Lopez after two hard fought classes including a three-pony workout in the championship. Reserve championship honors went to the elegant Minute Maide and Christy Gantley. Earlier, this team topped the Ladies Harness Pony. Karen Frickey piloted Regal’s Pride LF to the qualifying reserve and rounded out the top three in the championship.

Matt Schuckert piloted the talented Oh Lookie Lookie to the Limit Harness Pony win for Ruth McKenzie. Winning the UPHA Harness Pony Classic was the striking Twin Willow’s Handsome Dan with Jeff McClean presenting. Heartland Undeniable and Dr. Alan Raun scored the reserve.

Front Page News and Gib Marcucci swept the open Hackney division for Larry Schultz. Reserve qualifying honors went to Stately Affair and Joel Brown.

The Final Contender and Linda Lewis moved up to claim the amateur championship under the direction of Jim McIntosh. Ladies winner, Heartland Alluring and Deborah Jahn, turned in a nice performance for the championship reserve. Royal Canadian and Muffy Ernster captured the amateur qualifier with Kentucky Raine LF and Luc Boileau in for reserve. Receiving the ladies red ribbon were Extremely Fine and Denessa Harper for Frickey Farms.

Gib Marcucci was back to the winner’s circle with another pony from Larry Schultz, winning the Limit Hackney Pony with Happy Trails. Recently crowned a world’s champion, Heartland Globe-Trotter won the UPHA Hackney Pony Classic for new owner Beth Jones. Vern Houston presented Prince Of Design to the reserve.

Spiff And Polish entertained for the win in the Hackney Pony Gig with Daniel Jenner presenting for Luc Boileau.

Early Edition and Jane Mueller turned in two exceptional performances sweeping the pleasure driving pony division. D.J.’s High Fashion and Beth Jones captured the reserve tricolor after an earlier win in the limit qualifier. Qualifying reserve went to Marked By Rhythm and Herb Headwell with Muffy Ernster presenting Extremely Supreme to the limit reserve. Megan Todd was behind the winning drive in the AHHS Youth Medallion Hackney Pleasure Driving Pony with Bent Tree Farm’s Aragorn. High Life Pride and Walker Lee earned reserve. For the Majestic Oaks banner, Kathryn Nichols piloted Heartland Direct Hit down victory lane in the UPHA Classic for Mr. and Mrs. Darrel Kolkmann. Dr. Bing Crosby and Maria’s Spring Breeze earned reserve for Misty Hills Farm.

Darrel Kolkmann presented Heartland Born For This to the AHHS Limited Breeders Hackney Pony Weanling Stake. Reserve honors went to Crystal Creek’s Duchess and Eduardo Lopez for Carl and Kathryn Nichols. Knolland Cocktail Time topped the AHHS Hackney Horse Weanling Limited Breeders Stake with Ed Murray presenting for Ronet/Rodewald/Murray partnership.

Mr. Lucky Man and Patrice Watson O’Brien earned their second victory pass in less than a month to win the HHF Four & Five-Year-Old Roadster with Kilbro’s Gloriouswon and Ryan Kildow in for reserve for Steve and Bill Kildow. Vern Houston was behind Regal’s Top Star LF for the HHF Three-Year-Old Road Pony win with Heartland Superman and Juan Rios in for reserve for Tom Fiedler.

Ryan Fornango presented Twin Willow’s Triumphant to the HHF Four & Five-Year-Old Harness Pony for Misty Hills Farm with Truly A Treat and Matt Schuckert earning reserve with Rick McQuown’s Truly A Treat. John Scheidt debuted with Nobu to win the HHF Three-Year-Old Harness Pony under the Majestic Oaks banner with Heartland Cover Girl and Larry Bacon earning reserve for Mr. and Mrs. Art Birtcher.

Sometimes So Tuff was the winner in the HHS Four & Five-Year-Old Hackney Pony with Dr. Bing Crosby on the lines. Prince Of Design and Vern Houston were back for reserve. Heartland Spindazzle and Darrel Kolkmann topped the HHF Three-Year-Old Hackney Pony with Regal’s Highland Warrior LF and Dan Light in for reserve.

Sarah Wise presented Driving Miss Emma to the HHF Four & Five-Year-Old Pleasure Driving under the direction of Greg Reason with Maria’s Spring Breeze earning another reserve, this time with Herb Headwell. Showtime’s So Impressive won the HHF Three-Year-Old Pleasure driving with Kelley Newton Martin on the lines. Carl Nichols earned the reserve with homebred Crystal Creek’s Charm. Kildow Stables entry Kilbro’s Major Impact topped the HHF Hackney Pony Two-Year-Old Colt/Gelding with Michigan’s Striking Image earning reserve for Matthew Taylor. In the HHF Hackney Pony Two-Year-Old Filly, Priority Princess and Jerald Elmer topped the class with Chosen Society and Vern Houston in for reserve.

Winning the HHF Yearling Colt/Gelding was Matthew Taylor with Michigan’s Calligraphy with Erik Kirsch presenting Regal’s Promoter LF to the reserve for Dan and Leah Light. Two Light entries took the top two spots in the HHF Hackney Pony Yearling Filly with Highly Radiant LF winning and Regal’s Pzazz LF in for reserve. Sky Dreamer captured the HHF Hackney Pony Weanling Colt with Jerald Elmer while Fitz’s Captain Magic earned reserve with Roger Lucas for Barbara and Charles Fitzpatrick. Burt Keefer presented MH Lucky Pennies to the HHF Hackney Pony Weanling Filly win for Leonard and Sara Jane Jervinski with Jerald Elmer’s entry Priority Deva in for reserve.

Show Pleasure

In the five-gaited show pleasure division, Callaway’s Another Winner was a star for Debbie Seedorf Owens to earn both victory passes for the Infinity banner. The junior exhibitor team, Callaway’s Quasar and Mary Kate Harpole captured both reserves under the direction of James Nichols.

Steal My Thunder and John Field had a comeback ride to win the Park Pleasure Championship for Marty Reynolds. Peanut Butter and John Biggins captured the reserve tricolor for Carolyn Melka after an earlier qualifying reserve. Reserve in the qualifier went to the sporty Recoup and Brooke Jacobs.

KK Impetuous Son and Tracy James topped the competitive Junior Park Pleasure for Herbert Kohler. The expressive Stonecroft Skylark and Jannie Giles garnered the red streamers. Jim Lowry was back to the winner’s circle in the UPHA Park Pleasure Classic with Bonus Time Farm’s entry Certain Style. Remember Ella Mae and Carter Cox earned the reserve for Walter and Tandy Patrick.

CH Lightnin’ Lil and Nicolle Beltz Tolliver just had made their fourth qualifying victory pass in Freedom Hall and this week they looked as good as ever to sweep the adult show pleasure division. Reserve championship honors went to the new star Crocodile Rock with Linda Lowary for the Autumn Hills banner. They also topped the novice qualifier. Reserve in the adult qualifier went to their stablemate Sassy Dawn and Sarah Crane. Nicole Reason presented Miss Mheiry Mac to the novice reserve for Showtime Saddlebreds.

Lookin’ Yonder and Allison Harpole were pleasure perfect, sweeping the junior exhibitor show pleasure for the Penny Lane Farm banner. Winning a pair of reserves were the handsome CH Sports Night and Jordan Mattingly.

Jane Mueller and Open Arms debuted in their new division this week, show pleasure driving. The former world’s champion easily made the transition from fine harness to pleasure driving to sweep the division under the Grey Ridge Banner. Karrie Graham was on the lines of her superstar Stonecroft I’m Radiant to earn both reserves.

Country Pleasure

Jacqueline Manzo continued her successful week, earning a pair of wins in the adult country pleasure with the impressive At First Sight. Heir Design and Janis Epplin captured the championship reserve after an earlier win the novice qualifier. Arrowhead’s Captain Morgan and Kristina Keating received the qualifying reserve with South Street and Linda Beltz carrying out the red ribbon in the novice qualifier.

The Mike McIntosh trained team What’s My Line and Elise Lockwood swept the junior exhibitor division with two flawless performances. Arctic Lites and Abby Kline had a comeback ride for the reserve championship. The qualifying reserve went to Irish Epic and Alle Hagan.

Tara Duff presented Royal Bullet to the AOT Country Pleasure with I’m Your Superman and Donna Grieder in for reserve.

Stonecroft Tanqueray turned in to solid drives with John Scheidt sweeping the country pleasure driving under the direction of Jim and Jenny Taylor. Tart’s High Heels earned both reserves with Cheryl Weaver driving for Robin Rogers under the Signature Stables banner.

Kansas City and Beth Oliver moved up a few spots to win the Western Country Pleasure Championship. Mad About You and Marcy Lafferty King were on top of their game, earning the reserve championship and blues in the qualifier and the Saddle & Bridle Shatner Western Pleasure. Royal Crest’s Dancing On Stones and Susan Hoskins were reserve in the the qualifier and the Shatner qualifier. This team made their way to the winner’s circle in the limit class with High Charmed and Joan Todd earning that reserve.

Callaway’s Scoop The News and Kristen Pettry had two perfect rides to sweep the hunter division. Kansas City proved his versatility, earning both reserves with Beth Oliver.

Equitation

Angela Darrow had a polished performance under the direction of Carol and Scott Matton for the Saddle Seat Equitation Championship top title. Earlier, Darrow earned reserve in the NHS Good Hands. Winning the NHS Good Hands and reserve in the championship was the Zubrod instructed Eleanor Watkins. Also from Zubrod, Jamie Weisbach earned the UPHA Challenge Cup blue ribbon with stablemate Sarah Tumm winning the 14-17 Pleasure Equitation. Reserve in the 14-17 Pleasure Equitation was Amberly Hines from Shadow Run. Kholette Weaver picked up the win in the 13 & Under Pleasure Equitation from Signature Stables. Mandy Martin proved her skills to win the Adult Equitation with Dr. Morgan Wolin claiming reserve.

In-Hand

Winning the Indiana Futurity Two-Year-Old In-Hand was Keeper (CH Heir To Champagne x Time For Lovin’) with Devin Curran presenting for Vonal Curran. Reserve went to Winsdown Rolling Rock (Winsdown Hi Octane x The Dixie Destiny) with James Vantrease presenting for the Louise C. Gilliland Trust.

Winning the Indiana Futurity Open Yearling was Only One (CF First Night Out x Silhouette’s Easter Renaissance) with Pedro Martinez for Blythewood with Wild Treasure (County Treasure x Reedann’s Wildphire) earning reserve with Dr. Alan Raun. In the amateur section, Mountjoy’s Watermark (Santana Hosanna x Watermark’s Rose Lee) earned the top prize with Bobby Dunn for David Mountjoy. Hickory Knoll Farm’s About To Get Interesting (The Last Don x Becoming) claimed the reserve.

In the Indiana Futurity Weanling division, Reedann’s Sally Rand (Que Pasa x Reedann’s Phan Dancer) topped the class with Roger Lucas presenting for Reedannland. Mountjoy’s Bullseye (Santana Hosanna x Just Magic) earned reserve for David Mountjoy. David Mountjoy’s entries swept the amateur section with Mountjoy’s Lady Bug (Nip’s Skyboy x Ultimate Premier) taking the blue and Mountjoy’s Bulleye back for another reserve.

Miscellaneous

Jannie Giles had Bouke Van de Lutjeshoeve in top form to sweep the Friesian pleasure division for proud owner Jennifer Pitts. Hometown favorite Marko and Debbie Ecksten captured both reserves. Karen Frickey’s beautiful turnout with Tjebbe topped the Carriage Driving with Spiff And Polish and Luc Boileau in earning reserve.

American Saddlebred Registry Sweepstakes

Once again, the All American Horse Classic hosted the ASR Sweepstakes for the two, three and four-year-old divisions. Each year, this program gains participation but this year the estimated payouts for the four-year-old division increased tremendously, up 26 percent. Before the show, the total estimated purse for all three divisions was at $210,400, an increase from 2007 by 5.5 percent. The competition this week was top notch as newly crowned world’s and reserve world’s champions from just a few weeks ago were back to the show ring. In the four-year-old division, these world’s champions reigned supreme, winning each of their classes again.

The two-year-olds were the first to compete for their share of the purse which was estimated to payout $33,800. During Thursday evening’s schedule, a well-filled class of fine harness two-year-olds marched through the gate. Fresh off a reserve world’s champion title, Roberta William was bred to pull a buggy. By Sir William Robert and out of CH Dancing Up A Storm LCC, she confidently showed off her talents with Kathy Capsuto-Walker directing her to the winner’s circle unanimously. Reserve honors went to Love Revival with Melissa Moore on the lines. By Revival and out of Love In Blue, this was the elegant filly’s debut for owner and breeder Sunrise Stables. Pat McConnell was behind Jay and Jean Wood’s The Paper Girl JJW. The Catalyst and The Paper Princess JJW daughter had an air of maturity about her as she fluidly moved around the ring to receive the yellow streamers. Finishing out the ribbons were The Inside Story, Ah What Luck, Pascale, Showsteeler and Elegant Impression.

Thursday evening continued to host the two-year-olds with the park pleasure sweepstakes entering the ring a few classes after the fine harness final. Steel The Dance is a sporty filly by General Steel and out of CH Callaway’s Glorious Morn. John Biggins presented her just a few weeks ago to a blue in Freedom Hall and did the same again this evening for owners and breeders Dr. and Mrs. Homer Beltz. Walden Bullard was in the irons for owner/breeder Marcy Lafferty King to capture the reserve title with Lexington Nights. The stunning bay is by Belle Reve’s Voodoo Magic and out of Believe In Love. Fuzzy Navel (Unlisted x Peach Queen) garnered the yellow streamers with Rachel Burgelis presenting for Walnut River Saddlebreds with Spike’s Rare Ruby (CH Superior’s Successor x Lakeview’s Rare Gem) and Joan Hammond earning the white ribbon.

Two talented youngsters made the call for the ASR Two-Year-Old Five-Gaited Sweepstakes. Unanimously earning the top prize was New York’s Perfect Diva. Chantell Coetzee presented the daughter of I’m A New Yorker and CH Riva Diva for Judah Saddlebreds. Reserve honors went to Tremendous Style (Belle Reve’s Renaissance Man x She’s Tremendous) with owner, breeder and trainer Kathy Capsuto-Walker.

The last group of two-year-olds entered the ring towards the end of Thursday evening’s schedule for the ASR Two-Year-Old Three-Gaited Sweepstakes. Billie Graham presented the handsome Guy From Vegas for owners and breeders Mr. and Mrs. Michael Curry. The young stallion by the Currys’ stallion, Callaway’s Guy Park, and out of Callaway’s Vegas Lights topped the class unanimously. The toppy Diamond Ringo (CH Call Me Ringo x Vera Wang) captured the reserve title with Stephanie Sedlacko in the irons for owner/breeder Shadow Run LLC.

Friday evening’s session kicked off with the ASR Four-Year-Old Fine Harness Sweepstakes. Seven nice entries made the gate call for a piece of the largest sweepstakes purse. Fresh of the Junior Fine Harness World’s Championship win, Voulez Vous (Periaptor x Akasha) was magnificent for Tiffany Wheeler as she expertly piloted the stunning bay to the winner’s circle for owners/breeders Chris and Jean Nalley. Daniel Lockhart was on the lines for Joan Hamilton to capture the reserve title with Kalarama’s One-Eyed Jack (Tornaado x Multi-Platinum). Carrying out the remaining ribbons were Rain, Last Man Standing, Shot An A Beer, Pinch Me and Royal Angelina.

The next group of four-year-olds on the schedule competed for the ASR Five-Gaited Sweepstakes. The Daily Lottery (Sultan’s Great Day x Callaway’s Lady Lottery) and Mandy Martin took Freedom Hall by storm and once again, they owned the ring as they topped the sweepstakes for Martins’s parents, Dan and Diane Martin. Reserve went to the bold moving A Whole Different Story (Callaway’s Blue Norther x That’s My Story) with owner/breeder Debbie Foley up. Rounding out the remaining ribbons were Top Recruit, Superior Revelation, Brookhill’s Passion Punch, Sangria Splash, Temptress Too and Walterway’s Believe In Me.

The ASR Four-Year-Old Park Pleasure Sweepstakes was the only sweepstakes of the evening that a reigning world’s champion did not earn the top prize since there is not a junior park pleasure offered in Freedom Hall. That didn’t mean that the competition was light. It was just the opposite as 17 were on the schedule to compete. Capturing the win was the elegant The Belleheiress. Reese Richey presented the Supreme Heir x Belle France SM daughter for owner/breeder Patricia Dozer. Richey’s win marked the third time a horse from Cape Cod has won the class as Kathy Boggs and Erin Richey have both captured this title. Helen Robertson expertly presented the sporty The Dancing Bear (Top Spool x Broadway Babe ERB) to the reserve title for Kayce Bell. Rounding out the remaining ribbons were Heir’s Halo, Majestica, Callaway’s Embarkation, Phantom Stock, Kalarama’s Globetrotting Lady and Don’t Worry About Me.

Finishing out the ASR Four-Year-Old Sweepstakes Friday evening was the three-gaited horses. Once again a reigning world’s champion of champions made the victory pass. With a spectacular performance A Travelin’ Man (Tornaado x Travelin’) unanimously captured the title with Todd Miles presenting for Shamrock Saddlebreds. Chantell Coetzee presented the expressive Kalarama’s Carrousel (Harlem Superior x Callaway’s Shamrock) to the reserve for owner/breeder Joan Hamilton. Finishing out the ribbons were Heir Two Millions, Serpico, Majestic She Said and Mr. Big Wig.

The sweepstakes monies were not the only up for grabs on Friday as the Kentucky Breeders’ Incentive Program offered prize money totaling $160,000. Incentives were available to Saddlebreds participating in the ASR Four-Year-Old Sweepstakes that are registered with the American Saddlebred Registry, sired by a stallion standing in Kentucky at time of service, foaled in Kentucky and the breeder is a resident of Kentucky and a member of KSOBA. Horses eligible for this purse included Kalarama’s One-Eyed Jack, Last Man Standing, Voulez Vous, Man Of Liberty, Temptress Too, Top Recruit, Sweet Southern Comfort, The Big Break, Kalarama’s Globetrotting Lady, Kalarama’s Charismatic, The Dancing Bear, The King’s Gem, Hillcroft Country Win, Don’t Worry About Me, Mr. Big Wig and Kalarama’s Carrousel. A total of $40,000 will be divided equally among the three highest placed eligible Kentucky-breds in each division, totaling $160,000. The breeder incentive money will be paid out by the state of Kentucky and results will be published in the near future.

Starting off Saturday evening’s schedule was the ASR Three-Year-Old Fine Harness Sweepstakes with the top two spots going to Sir William Robert progeny. The elegant Hillcroft Crown Jewel (Sir William Robert x CH Our Canary Diamond) unanimously marched to the winner’s circle with Larry Hodge on the lines for Hillcroft Farm. Mike Roberts presented the bright, showy chestnut Lovely Addition (Sir William Robert x Lovely Heirloom) to the reserve for Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Inc. Finishing out the ribbons were MBA’s Royal Shadow Phax, My Bling, Mooi Mooi, County Supervisor, Midori and Mango Momma.

In the Park Pleasure Sweepstakes, once again the top two spots shared something in common as both horses were from Stonecroft’s breeding program. Capturing the top spot was Stonecroft First Lady (CF First Night Out x That Special Face). Steve Wheeler was aboard the toppy chestnut for owner/breeder Stonecroft Farm. Stonecroft Our Treat (Belle Reve’s Renaissance Man x CH A Sweet Treat) garnered the reserve title with Alex Wille-Irmiter presenting for Mount Saddlebreds. Rounding out the ribbons were Brookhill’s Lady Divine, Kildwick Hall, A La Robert, Cachou Lajuanie, Harlem’s Night Cap and Nite Time In New York.

Taking home the top prize in the ASR Three-Year-Old Five-Gaited was Our First Class Day TS. The striking black son of CF First Night Out and Georgia Day Dream came to Indianapolis with a Louisville title on his resume. This evening, he performed perfectly for Melinda Moore for a unanimous victory for her mom, Donna Moore. Debbie Foley also presented a Louisville winner, Callaway’s Glimpse Into The Future (Callaway’s Blue Norther x Callaway’s Zerelda). This bright chestnut earned the reserve ribbon for owner/breeder Callaway Hills. Carrying out the remaining prizes were I Wish You Well, MBA’s The Powers That Be, Temptress In Town, Sky Captain and Solstices.

The last sweepstakes held was the Three-Year-Old Three-Gaited. After earning top prize in Freedom Hall in the three-year-old fine harness, the decision was made to trim Catalyst’s Blonde Ambition (Catalyst x Art Work). It was the right thing to do as the stunning mare, made an outstanding show to capture the unanimous win with Jim Lowry in the irons for Tri Color Ventures. Simbara’s Sandcastle (Castle Bravo x Simbara’s Special Someone) also turned in a top performance to garner the reserve title with Carter Cox presenting for owner/breeder Dr. and Mrs. Simon Fredericks. Receiving the remaining ribbons were Coco Mojo, Majestic’s Jackie O, Bob Bobaloo, Simbara’s Belle Michelle, Promised Love and The Watchman.

2008 All American Cup
New Super-Stars Debut in Weanling Cup
World Record Prize Money for Three-Year-Old Cup

by Katherine Hansil and Claire Panke

Nothing succeeds like success, as the old adage goes. And no limited breeders program has achieved so much acclaim nor awarded so much prize money in so short a time as the All American Cup.

The creation of master colt man and tireless Saddlebred promoter Jim Aikman, this year’s Cup extravaganza again attracted top competitors from coast to coast. 2008 marked the fifth edition of the All American Weanling Cup and showcased the much anticipated inaugural Three-Year-Old Under Saddle Cup. Prize money for the two divisions combined to nearly $300,000. The weanling division was funded from stallion services purchased at the All American Cup Auction in 2007 and totaled over $122,000. The three-year-old division was funded from services purchased at the second Cup Auction in 2004 and totaled more than $170,000, the richest purse awarded in a single class in Saddlebred history. Both Cup classes pay out four figures to a full 16 places, the highly sought after group known as the "Sweet Sixteen".

Forty-five weanlings drew into three preliminary sections of Tuesday night’s Weanling Cup, a streamlined approach management felt would appeal to both judges and spectators. Judges Martin Cockriel, Lewis Eckard and Bob Ruxer evaluated 42 babies in the first phase of competition, ultimately selecting 18 young beauties to return for final judging. Those returning represented breeding programs large and small, both the most hallowed farms of the Saddlebred world as well as owners of a single broodmare. The finalists were by new and younger sires as well as established, older stallions.

Although competition was close, the top weanlings soon distinguished themselves. Yet even among these elite few, one colt stood out. The Phantom Force, looking like a miniature walk-trot horse and led by last year’s winning handler, Max Ciampoli, put on an extravagant display of presence and athleticism, quickly capturing the crowd’s affection. When the cards were turned in, this exquisite colt proved to be the unanimous choice for champion. Owned and bred by long time Ciampoli customer Paul Dieckman, Columbia, Mo., The Phantom Force is by The Phantom Man and out of The Manipulator daughter Celine Dion. Although not well known (at least until now), The Phantom Man is a bred-in-purple product of the Jean McLean Davis breeding program, sired by World’s Grand Champion CH Man On The Town, out of Phantom Star, by Longview Supreme, second dam by Wing Commander. Phantom Star was the dam of World’s Champion CH Calle Lilly. The Phantom Man is proudly owned by Roy Slagle of Columbia, Tenn. Trainer Max Ciampoli was quick to credit the winner’s dam, noting "Celine Dion is a really nice mare. Her first foal, by Gypsy Santana, won a large and competitive Indiana Open Futurity in 2004. Her second foal, The Lady Chablis, won the 2006 Bluegrass Futurity." The Phantom Force earned $35,771 for his owner-breeder.

Ably assisted by Stephanie Sedlacko, the maestro from Missouri also presented the Reserve Weanling Cup Champion, The Blue Martini. After the first lead, Max Ciampoli enlisted Melissa Moore to present this handsome and bold moving baby in the final. Out of Micaela Evans’ champion show mare Tipitina, by Merchant Prince, The Blue Martini is the result of trainer Bill Becker encouraging owners Johannes and Shaun Evans to purchase the service to Deep Blue to use with embryo transfer. In an All American Cup first, The Blue Martini’s dam, Tipitina was crowned All American Junior Exhibitor Three-Gaited Champion just four days after her baby was reserve All American Cup Champion. However, her son impressively out-earned her, bringing $25,551 back to Lexington, Ky., for the Evans family.

Veteran Missouri colt man John Wallen was owner and handler of the third place weanling, the precocious and pretty Miss Serena, a full sister to futurity winner Dippity-Do-Da. Earning $16,352, Miss Serena is by Sir York out of It’s Serendipity, a daughter of popular Missouri stallion Unlisted. Strutting up to fourth was the cameo-like bay filly Lipstick Letter, a homebred owned by Trussell Stables and beautifully presented by Dave Trussell for a check of $12,264. She is by the farm’s stallion Love Is In The Heir, out of Gypsy’s Mabelline, by Gypsy Santana. Grabbing a top five finish and $7,154 for SGF Winning Ways Farm of Texas was the striking bay mare Passionut. This cleverly named daughter of Undulata’s Nutcracker and the beautiful champion black mare Passion was expertly presented by Darrell Case. Brad Cougill, the amateur-owner-trainer who has enjoyed much success in past All American Cups, led the notable I’m The Prince colt Prime Time Prince to the sixth place spot. This baby, out of the top-producing mare Lady Fairtown, captured $5,110.

Rounding out the balance of the Sweet Sixteen was an outstanding group of youngsters – no mean accomplishment in this group, where even 16th place earned $1,500. They finished in this order: Wildphire Fighter, owned by Reedannland and shown by Smith Lilly in seventh; Ring Me Up, owned by Scott Bennett and Danette Mussellman and shown by Max Ciampoli; Yemaya, owned by Michele Butler and shown by Jack Noble; Casindra’s Sunset, owned by Equigene Corporation and shown by Brian Reimer; Royal Crests Eye Of The Storm, owned by Bruce and Rusty Rademann and shown by Peter Mace; A Bewitching Love, owned by Jennie Graham and Vickie Keatley and shown by Dena Lopez; MBA’s Revival Of The Blues, owned by MBA Equestrians and shown by Pat McConnell; Captivating At Night, owned by Cedar Creek Farm and shown by John Hufferd; Gypsy’s Triple Expresso, owned by Luanne Wendland and shown by Jan and Jerry McLaughlin; Rapa Nui, owned by Chris Veit and shown by Lance Williamson.

Anticipation ran high the following morning as the hopefuls for the first All American Three-Year-Old Cup gathered for their eliminations. Jim Aikman has always maintained that - bred and trained correctly – good futurity colts should make good show horses. The inaugural Three-Year-Old Cup proved him right, as two sections of 12 worked for the right to compete for the historic $72,000 top prize. For this class only, trimmed walk-trot horses showed alongside park, gaited and harness horses, all entries performing three gaits, each horse being stripped and presented to the judging panel for conformation judging. Cockriel, Eckard and Ruxer carefully scrutinized the contenders, selected their top 18, and it was on to the championship on Friday night.

The final group represented regional winners and world’s champions, known stars and exciting newcomers. With $172,000 on the line, the trainers rode hard and competition was intense. The judges asked for additional work from two sets of contenders. Catching everyone’s eye was World’s Champion Pola Negri, teamed by Daniel Lockhart and owned by Elisabeth Chelberg. In both divisions of the Cup, this royally bred black beauty made bold pass after bold pass, never dropping an ear and reaching for the top rail with her legs. Equally arresting but more demure was the elegant liver chestnut fine harness star S’more Undulata, ridden by Alexandra Wille-Irmiter for owner-breeder Patricia Misko. This Undulata’s Nutcracker daughter, out of the Blue Norther daughter Callaway’s Red, had announced her intent to pursue top honors from her first appearance. Pressing every step of the way, Clark Clouse had the exciting three-gaited youngster Entourage in high gear to impress for Ceil and Kenny Wheeler, while hot on everyone’s heels were the challengers from the Northeast, the sporty and brilliant Bugatti’s Pinata and Rob Turner for Holli Esposito.

These were not the only contenders for the crown. Proving Aikman’s theory about futurity potential and championship performance, the 2005 winner of the Weanling All American Cup, With Bells On, was small but mighty, mounted up and marching a four cornered trot for Darrell Case and owners Clyde and Sally Nolan. Despite previous success in the five-gaited division, Boxers ‘N Chaps made an auspicious transition to three-gaited in this class, making a strong claim for top honors for Billy and Betty Jarrell. Theresa Vonderschmidt’s sharp and cocky Captain Kangaroo stood out from the crowd, impressing with an expert ride by Bob Brison. Wendy Winstead debuted the talented newcomer Domino Dots for Hill Country Acres. A factor in the 2005 weanling division, Steel The Moment was impressive under saddle for John Biggins and hometown owners Skip and Linda Beltz. Private School Girl and Hillary Whitaker were on their game for the High Hickory Farm. Who would carry out the Harlem Globetrotter Perpetual Trophy and the big check?

After a long and difficult class, the brilliant black daughter of Exalted Effect and the grand three-gaited champion An Heir About Her could not be denied. The historic $72,000 prize money, the perpetual trophy and the place in the history books went to Elisabeth Chelberg’s Pola Negri, fresh from her Louisville triumph and perfectly presented by Daniel Lockhart. "I’m truly overwhelmed," said a joyful Chelberg. "This is a great honor." Trainer Nelson Green had hinted all year that S’more Undulata would be a factor in the first Three-Year-Old Cup and he was proven correct. The Lexington Three-Year-Old Fine Harness Champion rolled to the reserve championship and a check for $37,500 for Michigan resident Patricia Misko. Assistant Alexandra Willi-Irmiter teamed this stunning filly to a "T". The third prize and $24,000 were snapped up by the bold performance of Entourage and Clark Clouse. This handsome and lofty trotting son of CH Callaway’s Wish Me Will, out of Elanwood’s Diamonds N Rubies, a Stonewall’s Main Event daughter, pleased owners Ceil and Kenny Wheeler. More will surely be heard from this young star in the making.

Challenging the top three every step of the class was the exciting team of Bugatti’s Pinata and Rob Turner, proudly earning $18,000 for owner Holli Esposito of Camden, Ct. Sired by Jon Bugatti and out of the Santana’s Charm mare Pinata, this multi-titled walk-trot is another budding star to watch. Rounding out the top five was little dynamo With Bells On and Darrell Case for the Nolan family of Greensboro, N.C. This daughter of Con Heir, out of the General Steele mare Stella Bella, won the UPHA Classic at Rock Creek this summer. She captured $10,000 for her fifth place finish here. Taking $7,500 and the green ribbon back to Versailles was Billy and Betty Jarrell’s colorful Boxers ‘N Chaps. This was the second colt in the top 10 for sire Jon Bugatti – like fourth place Bugatti’s Pinata, Boxers ‘N Chaps is out of a Santana Charm mare. Seventh and $3,000 went to B & T Vonderschmitt and Fairview Farm’s Captain Kangaroo and Bob Brison, by Castle Bravo and out of CH Sue Elegant. Domino Dots and Wendy Winstead captured $2,000 for Hill Country Acres.

Completing the Sweet Sixteen were Steel The Moment, owned by Dr. and Mrs. Homer Beltz and shown by John Biggins; Private School Girl, owned by Elizabeth Deknatel and shown by Hillary Whitaker; Mozzarella, owned by C. Thomas Galbreath and shown by Zach Duffy; Chatauqua’s Northern Kiss, owned by Catherine Brooks and shown by Bret Day; Catch A Falling Star, owned by Jim and Helen Robertson and Willow Wind Saddlebreds, shown by Helen Robertson; Mojito, owned by Scott and Carol Matton and shown by Carol Matton; New York Radiance, owned by Robert and Lynn Keys and shown by Stephanie Sedlacko; and Glamour Star, owned by Steve and Katie Lindamood and shown by Mike McIntosh.

The first All American Three-Year-Old Cup is in the record books. Next year, the class of 2006 will compete for another huge purse in second Three-Year-Old Cup. Refinements will undoubtedly be made to the presentation of this division, although the Cup’s former most infamous glitch, a computer software freeze-up, has been totally eliminated. Nevertheless, with the four-year-old former Cup Champion Mosette out winning in five-gaited ladies classes, and considering the impressive performances in this year’s Three-Year-Old Cup, it would appear to prove Aikman’s assertion that good futurity colts do indeed make good show horses.

"All of you - the breeders who have donated stallion services, the mare owners who purchased these services at auction - are the ones who have made all this possible," said Aikman at the beginning of the All American Weanling Cup. But give credit to the man whose dream it was and is, a man who pours every spare minute of his life into making the Cup success. Jim Aikman saw an opportunity to make the breeding business better, seized the moment and with hard work and dedication, made it happen.

Equitation Takes Center Stage

The All-American Classic was once again the host of the UPHA Pleasure Equitation Challenge Cup Final for the senior and junior division, the UPHA Adult Challenge Cup Final and the UPHA Five-Gaited Horsemanship Final. Marking the cards for the finals were Lewis Eckard, Neva Van Ess and Lisa Waller.

Riders began the lengthy process early Saturday morning for Phase I with four junior riders on the schedule competing for their championship. Following that group the seniors took center stage for their Phase I including rail work and pattern work. Afterwards, the riders from all four divisions were invited to the reception in the Grand Hall where a light breakfast was served. Horse Show Manager Claire Panke recognized each rider and awarded each with a leather photo album courtesy of Becker Brothers. Afterwards, Lisa Uhde introduced everyone to the new UPHA program Ribbons Of Service where equitation riders have the opportunity to raise funds each time they enter the show ring for either a charity of his/her choice or for the UPHA Ribbons Of Service Charity St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Susie Tatum, who heads up the Indianapolis fundraising branch for St. Jude, spoke to the group and introduced the miracle of St. Jude and also her own personal story of her daughter, Kelsey, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 1999 and underwent treatment at St. Jude. By sharing her experience, Tatum touched everyone in the room, showing what a great cause this new program is. The program closed with riders being charged with using their talent, energy and commitment to make a difference in someone else’s life and to turn devastation into hope.

Full of drive, the first set of riders returning to the ring during the middle of Saturday afternoon’s schedule and competed for the UPHA Five-Gaited Horsemanship Championship. Seven riders were set to compete for the title that required rail work and pattern work. For the second year in row, the victory belonged to Cydni Simmons. She and Catch The Moon had a seamless performance under the direction of Tammy Devore. Capturing the reserve title was Brook Jacobs under the watchful eye of her father and trainer Brent Jacobs. Jacobs always puts in a top performance and did so once again riding Across The Sky. Rounding out the ribbons were Angela Darrow, Elizabeth Wildenberg, Jason Gershman, Brittany Logan and Lindsay Kellner.

The junior riders took center stage next with an unusually light class that had all four riders returning. After completing rail work, each rider was then evaluated once more in the lineup before cards were turned in. Capturing the top honor was Abigail Mutrux. Mutrux has been on top of her game all season long, qualifying for the finals with a win at Pro-Am Benefit at the beginning of the season and accumulating wins from Indianapolis Charity, Midwest and Lexington Junior League under the direction of team DeLovely. Mutrux was as solid as ever aboard Blackboard throughout Phase I and II for the unanimous win. Allison Schuh’s star continues to rise under the direction of Carol and Scott Matton at Knollwood. After two polished rides, Schuh garnered the reserve title. She kicked off her season qualifying for the final at the MGM Spring Show where she also earned the 13 & Under Pleasure Equitation Champion title. She added more titles to her resume at Madison, Midwest, Oshkosh, ASAW Summerfun and the Kentucky State Fair. Earning top 10 finishes were Darcy Ozer and Margaux Walker. In her first year out of academy, Ozer enjoyed a successful season under the direction of Jonelle Gardiner. Ozer qualified at the Glen Valley Classic, also winning the Saddle & Bridle Pleasure Medallion. Walker, under the direction of Julie Anne Wroble, qualified at the Madison Classic and earned titles from Mid America Spring, UPHA Chapter 10 Spring, Indianapolis Charity and Illinois State Fair.

The adult riders closed out Saturday afternoon’s schedule by competing for their UPHA Adult Challenge Cup Final. A well-filled class of six riders vied for the title. After the completion of rail work, the riders were sent back out to the warm-up ring and asked to enter the ring individually for pattern work. Just a year ago, Emily Abbott captured the UPHA Senior Pleasure Equitation Challenge Cup. After aging out, she has been focusing on her amateur career with her newest challenge At The Stroke Of Midnight. Her love for the equitation division never waned however as she qualified at Indianapolis Charity. Without an equitation horse, Carol and Scott Matton and Michelle Krentz offered the incomparable CH Louisville Lass to Abbott for the Final. Under the direction of Mike McIntosh and her mom, Kathy Conflenti, Abbott captured the title with a skilled performance. Mandy Martin was in top form under the direction of Ellen Beard at Stephens College. Riding Who Needs Mama, Martin qualified at the MHSA Kick Off and garnered the reserve title in the final. Rounding out the remaining ribbons were Brooke Jacobs, Morgan Wolin, Eliza Payne and Linda Quinn.

The senior group returned during the evening schedule with 12 riders for Phase II, which included rail work and lineup evaluation. The spotlight belonged to Brittany McGinnis. McGinnis who completed the Triple Crown in 2007 entered the pleasure equitation division this spring. Qualifying at Oklahoma Centennial, McGinnis worked diligently all season with her new partner, Solo Deo Glori. Under the direction of team DeLovely, she amassed titles at Indianapolis Charity, Midwest, Lexington Junior League, Mercer County Fair and the Kentucky State Fair. With a superior performance, McGinnis added another final to her resume, capturing the UPHA Senior Pleasure Equitation Challenge Cup Final.

The reserve title went to the Sugar Knoll trained Sarah Lawson, riding Winnepeg Parks with a poised performance. Lawson also qualified early in the season at River Ridge and added titles at Heartland Classic, Indianapolis Charity, Midwest and Shelbyville. Earning top 10 honors were Cori O’Brien, who qualified at Oshkosh under the direction of Knollwood, Kristen Smith from Zubrod Stables, who qualified at May Classic, Jamie Weisbach also from Zubrod Stables, who qualified at Indianapolis Charity, Amberly Hines, who qualified at Kentucky Spring Premier under the direction of Shadow Run, Toria Heck from Werk Way, who qualified at Shelby County Fair, Mallory Hartigan from Country Meadow, who qualified at Great River Benefit, Kristen Gardner, who qualified at FASH Spring under the direction of Landmark Farm and Megan Todd, who qualified at May Classic under the direction of Biggins Stables.

Taking Talent, Energy and Commitment To The Next Level…UPHA Ribbons Of Service

During Saturday morning’s reception for the equitation finalists, UPHA announced the kick off of their Ribbons Of Service Program. Designed to encourage, challenge and reward equitation riders, the program challenges riders to compete not only for themselves but also to raise funds for a charity. Riders will submit an application, which can be found at www.uphaonline.com . On the application they may choose a charity of their choice or the UPHA’s charity St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital of Memphis, Tenn. The UPHA Equitation Committee thought St. Jude would be a perfect charity of choice, as it would allow kids to help kids.

Riders then solicit donations that can be either a single donation or donation based on show ring participation. This program, however, is not only about the ring as riders also have to complete at least 10 hours of community service along with at least $1,000 of donations to qualify for the awards, prizes and scholarships, all which have been generously donated by Kenny and Ceil Wheeler, Mary Gaylord McClean, Freedman’s Harness, The Gorgeous Horse, Churchwell’s Jewelers, Corcel, Stephens College, Kayce Bell, Andi Bittker and Helen and Jimmy Robertson.

The program is designed to go even further as UPHA hopes it will educate riders and others about the needs and important works of charitable organizations like St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital not to mention increasing support within the equitation division among the breeds. UPHA looks forward to the near future with these riders discussing how involvement with horses helped them learn work ethic, sportsmanship, composure and dignity and the rewarding relationship with their equine partner. Ultimately UPHA hopes the discussions will lead to others seeing the significance riding can bring to a young person’s life.

The fundraising begins Nov. 1 and runs through Oct. 31, 2009. The UPHA will recognize the top fundraisers in each breed and an overall winner in a special awards ceremony at the 2010 UPHA Convention. The program is open to equitation riders from the American Saddlebred, Arabian, Morgan and National Show Horse breeds. As either a rider or a donor, make a difference in someone else’s life by becoming involved. For more information, contact Helen Robertson at hclose8@aol.com or (502) 633-0123, Sarah Byers at bdiver14@bellsouth.net or (502) 722-5737 or Cindy Zubrod Boel at KMBDrum@aol.com or (502) 228-3377.

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