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The 22nd Annual UPHA Chapter 5 Horse Show

by Merritt Pryor

COLUMBIA, Mo. - The UPHA Chapter 5 Horse Show was held May 7-10 in Columbia, Mo. Not only was it a big weekend for the horse show, the quant city of Columbia was action packed with Missouri University’s graduation. The town was simply overflowing with horse enthusiasts as well as the proud family and friends of the college graduates.

Although the numbers at the horse show weren’t large, the competition and support was just the opposite. Despite the rain and cold temperatures each night, the stands were filled with Saddlebred supporters. Susi Day marked the cards for the Saddlebred, equitation, Hackney and roadster divisions, while Richard Petty judged the Morgan and Arabian classes. The show announcer, Doug Shane, hyped up the crowds with his fantastic announcing skills. During each section of the show, he got the crowd so involved they were cheering and shouting no matter what division was in the arena. Fern Bittner took the role as USEF steward while John Fry made certain things ran smoothly in center ring. Howie Schatzberg made sure every entry had the opportunity to preserve their winning moment by photograph and Sharyhill Shooters videotaped each class. Barbara Dunham was the show secretary and made sure things ran well in the office with help from the Show Manager Lenard Davenport.

The horse show ran smoothly with morning sessions and evening sessions each day except for Saturday when the academy riders took center stage in an afternoon performance. Friday evening was the junior judging competition and seven youngsters took part. When the competition concluded, there was a tie for first place as two young ladies had marked four out of their five cards the exact same way that Judge Day had tied the class. Katie Coup presented each of the junior judges a certificate during the Saturday evening session.

Everyone who helped with the horse show made sure no one went home hungry or with the need to socialize as each evening was filled with either a party or dinner. The Welcome To Midway Exposition Center Party was held on Wednesday evening and the UPHA Chapter 5 party was Thursday night. Both offered wonderful food. The progressive party was held on Friday night and what a success it was! The food offered was so diverse that no matter what one was in the mood for their cravings were fulfilled!


Saturday evening’s session closed out the horse show with the two-entry Five-Gaited Jackpot Stake. Bob Brison and Jack Magill put on quite a show. After Judge Day turned in her card, the winning entry was awarded to Callaway’s Born To Ride and Bob Brison. Coming off a reserve at Des Moines, this team looked fantastic. Owner Theresa Vonderschmitt was on the rail speaking with Gayle Lampe who owns the horse’s sire, CH Callaway’s Born To Win, and admiring the resembling qualities. Reserve was awarded to Jack Magill and Night Of A Thousand Stars for Ann Berger. The qualifier results were the same. Robert Stezovsky had the winning entry in the mare qualifier with Robert and Robin Lynch’s entry, Reedann’s Glory Be.

Gayle Lampe dominated the ladies divisions with CH Callaway’s Born To Win. The team made victory passes in both the qualifier and championship. Reserve in both classes was awarded to the Virgil Helms’s trained team of Megan Nicole Harrison and Lady Bella.

Theresa Vonderschmitt was called to the winner’s circle in the amateur qualifier and stake with I’m Something Wicked. The team had to beat out an impressive field of six in the qualifier. Reserve in the qualifier as well as the championship was the Jack Magill trained team of Bluebonnet’s Challenger and Joan Cantrell. Rachel Kufeldt took home the blue in the mare qualifier with Heirs Sugar N Spice WRF while Alice Sias Pippin and Cheetah’s Little Lady finished with the red ribbon.

Morgan Brison didn’t have anyone guessing when she had two fabulous performances in the junior exhibitor five-gaited division with Take A Guess. The Novice Five-Gaited blue was taken home by New York’s Real Magic with Bob Brison in the irons for B&T Vonderschmitt, LLC. Katie Coup made a fantastic showing in the Junior Five-Gaited Stake with Mosette. She took the blue ribbon back to Mike Robert’s tack room.


Katie Moeller took home the blue ribbon in the junior exhibitor qualifier aboard He’s My Beau. When the team didn’t show back in the championship, the question was posed by many, "Where’s Katie?" It wasn’t long before the question was answered when the call was made for the Three-Gaited Stake. The team looked impeccable when they rode home with the tricolor. Reserve was awarded to Kirk Osburg and Steeling The Show, the team who had earlier won the open qualifier. Jan Burden and Absolute Prince Of Hearts went home with the reserve in the open qualifier. Fay Lowry had Gloria Vanderbilt looked great when they trotted into the winner’s circle for the ladies qualifier for Wrapped In Rainbows Farm and Ashlyn Farms, LLC.

CH Sportster has been on the show scene all over the country it seems, however this veteran didn’t back an ear in the amateur stake with Kaitlyn Alemian in the irons. After the team picked up the reserve in the qualifier, they were in the money in the championship. Harold Denton and The Starwalker garnered the blue streamers in the qualifier in their only appearance.

The junior exhibitor division was split into 13 & under and 14-17 year old riders but everyone showed together in the championship class. Katie Moeller and He’s My Beau took home the win in the older age division while Brooke Bowen rode My Sweet E Motion to the reserve. The younger division belonged to Kailin Baechle and Devote. The championship tricolor was awarded to Kiss Me Goodnight and Holly Erickson.

Bob Brison was awarded the blue in the novice class with Theresa Vonderschmitt’s entry, Mr. Center Stage. The young horse is by Deep Blue and out of the CH Caramac mare, Daphne Dearest. Mark Hulse made a strong showing for reserve with Bi Mi Champagne Charisma.

The blue ribbon in the Junior Three-Gaited class went to Zach Duffy with Dale Becker’s entry, Heir Two Millions. I’m Custom Designed and Bob Brison took the blue in the UPHA class.


The Three-Gaited Park Stake was awarded to CH Shady Creek’s Genius and Max Ciampoli. The horse was guided to the winner’s circle last year at Chapter 5 but under the guidance of his owner Harold Denton. Reserve in the qualifier and championship went to Oakwind’s Society Star and Jim Lowry. Ciampoli also had the qualifier champion with Bullet Concrete Material, Inc’s Mac’s Blue Attack.

Maguire Hall swept the amateur park division with CH Catalyst Commander under the direction of Randy Cates. Kelly Nadler rode away with reserve in the championship with Certainly A Star while Harold Denton showed CH Shady Creek’s Genius to the reserve in the qualifier.

Fine Harness

Saturday evening, the Fine Harness Championship was called to the ring and the class was filled with great competition. Mike Roberts drove I’m A Lucky Charm to the tricolor after winning the qualifier for owners Middendorf Farms. Priscilla Marconi drove Lace’s Last Tango to the reserve. The team, looking extraordinary in their new division, also picked up reserve in the amateur qualifier.

Lady Vol and Chris Kaplan took home the Ladies Fine Harness and the amateur blue under the direction of Mike Roberts. Ann Simien Curl was reserve in the ladies class with CH Harlem’s Proud Mary.

Bob Brison had the winning entry in the junior class with B & T Vonderschmitt LLC’s entry, Doubletree’s Captivating. Jan Burden drove away with the reserve with Absolute Purple Heart. Jim Lowry took the top honors in the three-year old class with Way Up Yonder for owner Libby Mathers. Brison was back in the winner’s circle in the two-year old class with Locust Groves Big Kat for Larry and Judy Scholtz.


Katie Coup swept the open roadster to bike division with Bristle N. The victory pass in the road pony division was taken by The Man and Kent Swalla. In the qualifier, Swalla sped into the ring wearing his silks with the cartoon character Tella Tuby mask on. He even had Susi Day laughing.

Max Kaplan drove Heartland Carolee to the winner’s circle in the amateur stake as well as the AHHS Youth Medallion Road Pony class. Morgan Brison rode Rolls Royce to the win in the AHHS Youth Medallion Road Pony Under Saddle class.


Gary Dickherber took home top honors in the qualifier and championship with Follow Suit in the Hackney Pony division. The amateur division went home with Stacey Swalla and Monte Verde. Stacey Swalla also had the winning pony in the Hackney Pleasure Driving Championship and qualifier with Heartland Little Gem.


Karen Coup dominated the five-gaited show pleasure division, which was one of the largest of the show, with Callaway’s Dealbreaker. Reserve in the championship went to Katherine Abraham and Callaway’s Smooth Sailing. Quidditch and Janet Thompson took home reserve in the qualifier. The junior exhibitor qualifier winner was Cool Down Papa with Kathryne Stief.

The park pleasure division was dominated by Megan Harrison and Memories Are Made Of This, under the Virgil Helms banner. The young entry of Redwing Farm took home the blue in the Junior Park Pleasure class. Destined, who is by Designed, looked stunning with Tonya Brison in the irons. Father McKenzie and Zach Duffy were awarded the reserve ribbon.

Zach Duffy was back in the winner’s circle in the UPHA Park Pleasure Classic with Lovely Addition. Rebecca Taggart made a comeback ride in the Three-Gaited Show Pleasure Championship to garner the tricolor aboard CH She Bop. After winning the adult qualifier, Betts Coup made a strong showing for the reserve in the championship with Unanimous Consent. Jennifer Van Horn garnered the tricolor ribbon aboard Vegas Dreams in the junior exhibitor pleasure stake. The winning entry in the qualifier was Four Alarm with Lauren Woodruff in the irons.

In their debut, Karrie Graham took home the blue and tricolor with Stonecroft I’m Radiant in the show pleasure driving division. This team was coached from the rail by Jim and Faye Lowry.

The country pleasure division was filled with quality entries. Jan Myers and Elizabeth Coup flipped-flopped their results between the qualifier and championship. Myers and Matrix took home the tricolor in the championship and Coup rode away with the blue in the qualifier aboard Magikal Marissa. Marjorie Townsend was on top of her game with Callaway’s Winning Number to garner the tricolor in the Junior Exhibitor Country Pleasure Stake while Megan Hulse earned top honors in the qualifier aboard Show Me The Town.

Terri Acton and Rudy Guiliani took home the tricolor in the Country Pleasure Driving Stake, while Rita Diekroeger earned the blue in the qualifier with Ollie By Golly. The junior exhibitor class was won by Kiley Lawrence and Thomas Gordon.

The Country Western Pleasure Stake was won by Jack Swanson and Ultra Impressive. Joetta Smith took home the blue in the qualifier with Charming Promises, while Becky Petteway won the Shatner Western Pleasure class aboard City Heir.


Brooke Bowen took home the blue in the Saddle Seat Equitation 14-17, USEF Medal class and UPHA Challenge Cup, while Lauren Brannon topped the 13 & under championship. Kailin Baechle earned the blue in the 13 & under qualifier and the UPHA 13 & Under Challenge Cup. Alice Rowland looked stunning to garner the blue in the 10 & Under Walk/Trot class and the UPHA Walk/Trot Challenge Cup class.

The pleasure equitation classes were very competitive. Elena Breeden topped the UPHA Pleasure Challenge Cup and the Pleasure Equitation Medallion classes while Linda Quinn took the blue home in the adult class. Sarah Hinds made to trips to the winner’s circle in the Pleasure Equitation Championship, MHSA Saddle Seat Equitation Medallion and the 14-17 qualifier. Kara German took the victory pass in the 13 & under qualifier.


Erica Santa showed Oh Independence Hall to the win in the Park Saddle Stake class, while Lynn Begalla earned top honors in the English Pleasure Stake and qualifier with MEM Twisted Sister. PSC Gabriel looked great to win the English Pleasure Ladies class with Pamela Curry Siemers in the irons.

Nancy Murdock had NAS Rickenbacker in top form to garner the blue in the Amateur English Pleasure class. The English Pleasure Junior Exhibitor class was filled with stiff competition. Audrey Lowry rode Cabot Carte Blanche to near perfection to take home the blue.

Phil Fountain showed Dragonsmeade Infusion to the win in the English Pleasure Junior Horse class for owner Dragonsmeade. Fountain was back in the winner’s circle in the Pleasure Driving Junior Horse class with RWJ Whamever.

Brian Hadley had Briaroak’s Good Vibrations looking great to take home the blue in the Amateur Pleasure Driving. Jim Lowry expertly drove RCV All The Rage to top honors in the UPHA Morgan Pleasure Driving Classic for Kathleen Gatien. Jane Blackburn made two victory passes with Auhl Turned Out in the Classic Pleasure Saddle division.

The western pleasure division belonged to Ryenne Nicole Johns and Merriehill Rythem Nation. Diana Kline took home top honors in the ladies and amateur western divisions with Manhattan Transfer. Sara Kjeza was in top form to win the Morgan Walk/Trot Equitation 11 & Under class.

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