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All American Horse Classic Announces Added Classes, 2005 Judges


      Continuing to enhancing its reputation for world caliber competition, The All American Horse Classic has expanded its 2005 edition. The Classic, which is held annually during Labor Day week, attracted 823 entries to the state-of-the-art Indiana State Fairgrounds in 2004.


      By popular demand, the AAHC will be adding a Saddlebred Open Park Pleasure and Park Pleasure Championship, an ASB Hunter Country Pleasure division (including a Saddle & Bridle Hunter Seat Classic), a Friesian Under Saddle Championship and AHHS  HackneyYouth Medallion Roadster and Pleasure Driving events.


      The All American Classic kicks off Tuesday evening, September 6 in gala style with the All American Cup and Festival, the richest competition for American Saddlebreds in the world. This year’s Weanling Cup will offer more than $150,000 in prize money and feature a live band, carriage exhibition and a Stallion Parade. Live big band jazz will also be back for Friday and Saturday’s “Stake Nights”.


     Judging the Weanling and Yearling All American Cup will be John Champagne, Kim Cowart and William Greenwell. Lynda Freseth, Steve Joyce and Jim Taylor will be marking the cards in Saddlebred, roadster and equitation classes. This same panel will also preside over the prestigious and lucrative ASHA Saddlebred Sweepstakes throughout the week. Jim Taylor will tie Friesians while Brent Jacobs will judge Hackney ponies, Hackney horses and carriage classes. Mr. Jacobs will also be one of 3 judges for the very successful AHHS Limited Breeders Stakes. Critical calls in the all-important  UPHA Pleasure Equitation Junior and  Senior Championships will be determined by Cindy Boel, Lynda Freseth and Liz McBride Jones.


      Classic time is also “party time”. This year’s celebrations will include a Welcome Picnic on Labor Day prior to the show, sponsored by the AAHC and Domino’s Pizza; a Dessert Party Wednesday after the evening performance hosted by Frickey Farm; the AHHS  Limited Breeders Stakes party Thursday evening; the old fashioned Hoosier Country Supper hosted by the AAHC and Theresa Vonderschmitt Friday evening; and the UPHA Challenge Cup Brunch hosted by UPHA Chapter 11.


      The All American Classic has added a new designation to its title - “Champions for Children” – which reflects the show’s commitment to its charity, Strides To Success. “Strides” is a unique local charity which provides specialized therapy for at-risk children through interaction with horses. 


      Due to the Classic’s “sold-out” status the past eight years, exhibitors will need to make entries early. In addition, a national golf tournament will be competing for Indianapolis hotel rooms during the Classic so reservations should be made as soon as possible. Special horse show rates are available at several hotels convenient to the show grounds. As another incentive to enter early, the first 600 horses entered will have their names emblazoned on the back of colorful and popular AAHC T-shirts.


      Prize lists, hotel info and forms are available online at For more information contact Judy McManama, Secretary, 317-773-3931 or Claire Panke, Manager 317-271-5244.

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