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35th Annual Penn Ohio Morgan Horse Show

MEADVILLE, Penn. - The weather was beautiful in Meadville, Penn., for the 35th Penn Ohio Morgan Horse Show. July 6, 7 and 8 not only provided beautiful weather but great horses as well. Judges Chris Nelsen and Rodney Hicks had plenty of opportunity to officiate some large classes throughout the three day event. Bob Kleinfelder kept everything running smoothly from the announcer’s stand while Marilyn Ackeman handled entries and Andy Shupe made sure everyone played by the rules. Amy Paradise again entertained everyone with music and Jack Dougherty escorted exhibitors in and out of the ring. Shane Shiflet returned to the horse show for the first time in a few years to take pictures. Being an outdoor show means that there are always the “dance to the powers that be” for good weather and it couldn’t have been a more beautiful weekend. Exhibitors were treated to a welcome party on Thursday evening with food being prepared by the show committee and a party Saturday night with great food. Good food is always prevalent at this horse show at Art’s Restaurant which boasts the best pies of any horse show. Once again, Penn Ohio provided lots of time for old friends to catch up as well as new friends to be made.


Lynn Peeples can attest that it was worth

the wait for the great homemade pies.


The in hand division had some very nice numbers this year. Tim and Shirley O’Gorman showed two-year-old KDS Noel for owner Courtney Segulin to win the Grand Champion Mare title while Nancy Flower led the reserve champion mare from the yearling class, Essex Lady Di, for owners Mike and Patti Postiglione. The geldings took their turn in the ring and John Warner leading Exceptionallee for owner Robert Morgan claimed the champion gelding honor. Lynn Peeples teamed up with Nancy Flower to show a new face named Lucky U to the reserve champion gelding title. When the stallions took their turn it was Dan Williams on the end of the line for the champion stallion, leading his big two-year-old chestnut horse named WTS The Joker down the rail. Reserve champion stallion was the yearling Reality’s Time To Shine which is owned and shown by Terry and Paula Brown.


CBMF Serpentine and Selvin Torrez led the junior horses in the Junior English Pleasure Championship for owners Charles and Elizabeth Wyandt while Gina Torrez made her way down victory lane in the amateur championship with MSV Razzle Dazzle. The Torrezs’ made it final as they dominated the English pleasure division with Liberation Really Red’Y and Selvin winning the Open English Pleasure Championship for owner Jessica Gentile. It was Pondview Promises Promises for owners Theresa Scott James and Laure Scott winning the junior exhibitor championship under the Waterford banner.


Jim and Linda Stewart were certainly happy owners when Linda drove FRF Looking Glass to win the Pleasure Driving Championship. David Earehart made the trip from Michigan and a trip to the winner’s circle with Miramax in the Junior Pleasure Driving Championship for owners Fred and Frances Ellett. The Stewarts’ made another victory pass in the Park Saddle Championship with Brian Stewart riding Lookaway’s Fortune after winning the mare and gelding qualifier.


One thing that is always constant at Penn Ohio is the great quality in western horses with Jeff and Amy Bessey once again showing what it takes to make a great one. Jeff rode Danell’s Notice Me for Nancy Elliot to win the Open Western Pleasure Championship. The junior championship had Amy Bessey making the victory pass with MNM Original Design for Nancy Galusha. A very excited Janet Patterson jogged to winner’s circle in the amateur championship with her horse SPA Shaquille.


The hunter classes were very full but it was Tamara Forthofer and Sir George not only winning the Open Hunter Championship but also claiming the amateur championship as well. The junior exhibitor hunter class was claimed by JW High In Command and Annilee Obrochta.


The classic division is always well filled at Penn Ohio and this year was no exception. Lori Sargeant once again found her way to win the driving championship with HFF Thrill Seeker while Futurity Interlude and Jessica Gentile claimed the saddle championship for owner Dawn Marie Raptosh.


The big money winners for the weekend were the horses that competed in the Breeder’s Sweepstakes classes. Saturday night was the yearling sweepstakes class which brought out many faces vying for the money. When it was done ADC March Madness with Lynn Peeples for owners Alex and Deborah Cojacar took the lion’s share back to New Jersey.


ADC March Madness presented by Lynn Peeples
topped the POMBS Yearling Sweepstakes
Deborah and Alex Cojocar.
(photo by Shane Shiflet)


In the three-year-old sweepstakes, it was the lovely Furious Love and Nancy Flower winning the money for owner Jeanne Fuelling. The four-year-olds had  Dan Williams collecting the check with WTS Back In Black. The unique part of this class is that the stallion owner receives half the pot. So there were some very happy breeders this weekend as well.


When it comes to going fast, Harold Cochran can fill the bill no matter if it’s 18 wheels or two. He drove his horse Sting to win the bike class. Annie Morgan looked pretty in pink as she guided RJMF Symphonic Music to win the Roadster Saddle class for Robert Morgan.


AMHA Medal classes were full as the top five exhibitors in each class received a $100 stipend from the horse show from money raised from a raffle. The western seat medal was won by Sydney Salerno on AMCF Just A Jigalow. The hunt seat medal saw AMCF Booh Bear and Alyssa Plewacki claiming the prize while the saddle seat medal was earned by Courtney Segulin and Leva First Star. The equitation championships were just as packed as Kendra Peeples on WSG Mystic Impression claimed the hunter championship. Courtney Segulin made a return trip to win the saddle seat championship with her horse Leva First Star.


The carriage division is always a pleasure to watch at Penn Ohio with obstacles as well as performance classes. When they had finished showing, it was Albert Zinz and RKT Nordic Black Hawk winning the high point carriage trophy with Margaret Nyweide and Ny-Hill Josiah claiming the reserve honors.


With another show in the books, the committee is already looking forward to the 2008 edition of the horse show. Mark your calendars for July 5, 6 and 7 for the 36th edition.


Complete results can be found by clicking here.


Also seen at Penn Ohio:


Jim Stewart was the head honcho on ring detail

as he prepared the ring for the show sessions.


The leadline class always features many

up-and-coming young riders at Penn Ohio.


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