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ASAW Knows How to Have Summerfun

Judge: Ian DeGruchy, Ontario, Canada

Manager: Scott Stollenwerk

Secretary: Vicky Holston

Asst. Secretary: Jackie Evenson

Show Steward: Jacki Luebke Puetz

Ringmaster: George Robertson, Rosalie Miller

Announcer: Bonny Koffler

Barn Announcer: Roberta Komor

Farrier: Jeff Couch

Photographer: Rick Osteen

Veterinarian: Dr. Bill Sweeney

Organist: Bill Salvadory

Videographer: Traces CT Ltd.


by Michelle Krentz


WEST ALLIS, Wis. - As one of the last shows in the Midwest before Louisville, Summerfun is seen as a final tune up before the “Big Dance.” With well-filled classes and great spectator support, Summerfun was once again a great success on July 25-28, 2007. Entries were up by about 40 from last year, making the classes even deeper. Since its move from the Waukesha County Fairgrounds in 2004 to the Wisconsin State Fairgrounds in West Allis, Summerfun has thrived with quality and numbers.


Only adding to the success of the show are the Tim Starck portraits of the ASAW People’s Choice Horse of the Year that are given out as trophies. To all that are lucky enough to win one, the beautiful paintings are seen as keepsakes to save forever. This year, Shelagh Roell’s wonderful country pleasure horse, Highpoint’s Gentleman Dandy, was the face of Summerfun. Trained by Barry Stables, this grand horse is well known in Wisconsin and Illinois.




Two incredible horses showed up for the Five-Gaited Stake on Saturday night: Marquis Spirit, who took home the reserve honors in the qualifier, and Freaky Links. While these two horses contrast greatly in conformation and way of going, both horses exuded a great amount of quality. Compact and fast, Freaky Links flew around the arena without losing his great headset and abundance of motion. Tall and elegant, Marquis Spirit floated through all his gaits in a very animated manner. In a close class, Scott Matton and Freaky Links ended up in the winner’s circle with very excited owner Angela Darrow cheering from the stands. Pat McConnell guided Marquis Spirit to the reserve title for owner Carole Bart. Neva VanEss guided the faithful and true CH Harlem’s Hot Ticket to the qualifier win for owner Nick Neviaser.


VanEss also had success on another Neviaser-owned horse, Keep Me Posted. This exciting young star has made many victory passes so far this year in the ladies division, including the stake and qualifier at Summerfun. He won out over the delectable Summer Sweet, who took both reserve ribbons with owner Ann MacMurray Cox in the saddle, under Rick Wallen’s direction.


Becoming stronger and stronger with every show, The New World Man and Whitney Anderson are looking better than ever. Trainers Bob Griffin and Tom Thorpe looked especially pleased with the pair when they were called out as the Amateur Five-Gaited Stake Champions. Taking reserve in the amateur stake was Deluge, the qualifier winner. Deluge is shown and owned by D’arcy Pogue and trained by Rick Wallen. Reserve in the qualifier went to Celtic Lass and co-owner Mary Adams. This was Adam’s first time showing the lovely white-trimmed chestnut mare, co-owned by trainer Lisa Strickland.


In classes filled with quality from top to bottom, the junior exhibitors had to ride hard for success. The championship honors went home with Patsy Loeb and her bold moving The Talk Of Lexington. Brittany Baird rode just right to pick up the reserve streamers in the junior exhibitor stake on her CF Night At The Castle.


The qualifier blue went to the magical combination of CH Harlem’s Hot Ticket and Nick Neviaser. Reserve went to Been Their and the smart and strong-riding Tess Wartman. This exciting pair shows under the direction of Terri Anne Ullman’s Winsome Farm.


The Junior/Novice Five-Gaited class was exciting and fun to watch as all seven entries were incredibly nice. Topping this great class was the five-year-old chestnut gelding Stocco. He was shown by trainer Rick Wallen and is owned by Mr. and Mrs. Mike Schallock. The final son of the late Andeker, Final Deklaration is looking great under saddle with trainer Scott Matton for proud owners Paul and Barb Schwemer. “Cliff” picked up the red streamers in the junior/novice class.


A world’s champion as a weanling in 2004 with John T. Jones, Texas Hold ‘Em is now making his presence known as a three-year-old in the five-gaited division. The sporty chestnut gelding won the UPHA Five-Gaited Classic with Ryan Rongers in the irons for Lee-Mar Farms. Second in this class went to the stylish New York Designer. Scott Matton showed the Designed son for owner Jennie Bailey, who purchased the mare out of Debbie Foley’s Silverbrook Stables this March.




Two incredible horses flip-flopped for the three-gaited titles at Summerfun. In the qualifier, Meredithe Steinhauer and her beloved To Die For were victorious, but in the championship, the victory pass belonged to reserve qualifier winner Gypsies Tramps And Thieves and Kristin Erickson for Carrie Glapinski. Steinhauer and To Die For wore the reserve tricolor from the ring.


Up Close & Personal WRF swept the Ladies Three-Gaited classes in high style with talented owner Kate Baumann. LaFleur/VanEss Stables trains the expressive gelding by Merchant Prince. Reserve honors in both classes went to the highly successful CH Sold Out Show with owner Deborah Jahn in the irons.


Kate Bauman and Up Close & Personal WRF 


Dick Obenauf made a quick stop at Summerfun for some pre-Louisville practice. With him came CH Callaway’s Sugarplum and Barbara Goodman Manilow. Always a crowd favorite, this world’s championship team looks again to be a favorite going into Freedom Hall. At Summerfun, Sugarplum won the Amateur Three-Gaited class, but did not show back. Reserve to Sugarplum in the qualifier, Born The Best came back to win the Amateur Three-Gaited Stake with Dr. Meg Knowles. Reserve in the stake class was the world’s champion amateur gentlemen team of Heir To A Star and Glenn T. Werry. This is sure to be a favorite combination going into the amateur gentlemen’s class again this year.


Sometimes it seems as though a horse and rider are just made for each other. There does not seem to be a truer case of this than Amelia Heir Cat and Jessica Wuesthofen. There was no denying them both junior exhibitor three-gaited victories. Reserve in both classes went to the Krussell Stables-trained entry of Hello Boys, with owner Ashley Hartwig. Hartwig put in two impressive shows on this six-year-old gelding in the team’s debut.


Only one horse showed up for the UPHA Three-Gaited Classic, but Royal Crest's Rockin' The Town deserved to have all eyes on him. Wes Fick rode the flashy bay with a perfect white star who is by Mountainview’s Oh Heavenly Day and out of a Longview’s Paladin daughter.


A lot of times, great breeding turns out great horses. Ro & Me’s Miss Independent is no exception. By The Cheetah and out of a Trust Fund daughter, it is no surprise that this young mare is a show horse. Ridden by Mayo Moctezuma for Amy Weiler, this fine chestnut filly won the Two-Year-Old Three-Gaited class. Reserve honors in this class went to Deep Impact, another quality horse out of the Worzalla’s beloved Stolen Beauty. Sharon Worzalla rode the exciting colt for her mom, Sue.




Beginning his career as a park horse in 2003 with Bob Griffin, Highland Cavalier went on to be trimmed and labeled a reserve world’s champion in 2003 in the amateur ladies qualifier and championship in Louisville with Kelly Theis (Williamson). Griffin was back in the saddle again, and Highland Cavalier has grown his mane back to find success in the park classes once again. Highland Cavalier swept both Open Park classes with trainer Bob Griffin for longtime owner Bonnie Kegley. First Class Heir was reserve in both classes with Glenn T. Werry. The pair will be a major force in the amateur park class at Louisville this year.


Long Distance is a horse that always catches your eye in the show ring. Combined with small but mighty owner Mimi Bahcall, the pair won the Amateur Park Stake. Winning the qualifier and receiving a strong reserve in the championship was Boulevard with Ashley Alden. Reserve honors in the qualifier went to the classy pair of Ms. Veronica Lake and Dr. Morgan Wolin, under the direction of Ray Krussell.


The Park Fine Harness class went to the animated-moving WV Sultan’s Radiant Vision and Ryan Rongers, for Lee-Mar Farm. Reserve honors went to the former three-gaited star The Border Star, with Rick Wallen at the lines for Mr. and Mrs. Mike Schallock.


Brittany Baird was at it again in the Junior Park class, this time on her new mount Future Vision. Baird seemed to be excited about her new horse, and after this win they will be a pair to look out for. Reserve in the Junior Park class went to Rock The Casbah and Ryan Rongers. The young gelding by Castle Bravo and out of a Merchant Prince mare possesses a lot of quality and owner Jennifer Corcoran must be proud to own him.


Fine Harness


Always classy and stylish, the pair of CH Cary’s Moonraker and Margo Baird Valentine were in the winner’s circle again at Summerfun, being crowned the Fine Harness Stake champions as well as the Amateur Fine Harness winners. Reserve honors in both the open harness classes went to A Promise Fulfilled and Jacques Marais. The Ellyn Dorsey-owned entry made a sensational harness debut in Des Moines and has since been a crowd favorite. The fine pair of Another Asset and Claudia Gardner Sipp won the Open Fine Harness qualifier under Dick Obenauf’s direction but did not show back.


A lone but quality entry showed up for the ASHAF Youth Fine Harness Driving Challenge. Catrin and Patsy Loeb put on a good show for owner and trainer Desiree DeVries. Looking as beautiful as the Hollywood star, Alicia Silverstone won the Junior Fine Harness class with Pat McConnell on the lines for MBA Equestrians. Reserve in the good class went to the Miracle On Forty Second Street. Owner Glenn A Werry Jr. showed the breathtaking chestnut mare under Tom Bombolis’s direction.


The big and stretchy Royal Crest’s Oliver Stone won the UPHA Fine Harness Classic. Pat Wessel showed the exciting prospect for Royal Crest Farms. In his show ring debut, Cheetah’s Debutante picked up reserve honors with trainer Lance Hayes at the whip for Debra Oskin.


Six quality youngsters showed up for the Two-Year-Old Fine Harness class, but in the end, last year’s ASR Kentucky Amateur Futurity Weaning Reserve World’s Champion was victorious. After having her 10th child just two weeks ago, Sue Worzalla was back in top form to drive her homebred Al Capone to take home the victory. Reserve honors in the class went to Mojito and Eric Griedl.


Hackney Ponies


Seamair’s Caprice won the Road Pony Stake with young at heart owner Margaret Robertson. The ringmaster and husband George Robertson presented the trophy and ribbon to his beloved wife. Reserve in the stake class went to a pony that can really storm down the rail, Thunder And Lightning. Behind the pony in the fancy jog cart with gold spokes was owner Denise Steinhauer. The open qualifier was won by the very attractive Unique Star Attraction with trainer Mark Utoft for owner Deborah Jahn. Reserve in that class went to the black and beautiful Nightheir with owner Mike Schallock.


It was thrilling to see Ted Klint win the Amateur Road Pony Stake with his pony Regal’s Lady Bess LF. The great pair looked better and stronger than ever and are sure to make their presence known in Freedom Hall.


Ted Klint waited to be called out

as the Amateur Road Pony Champion

with Regal’s Lady Bess LF.


After winning the qualifier, Heartland Victory Maker switched places with “Lady” to be named the reserve champions in the stake class with owner Toni Nastali at the lines.


Two good drivers went head to head in the AHHS Youth Medallion Road Pony class. When it was time to announce the winner though, it was Thunderation and Patsy Loeb. Good Spirits and Patrick Kittredge put in a good drive for the red ribbon.


Conqueror’s Colleen LF conquered the Harness Pony division winning both classes under Rick Wallen’s supreme instruction.


Tommy Hilfiger stylishly won both Hackney Pony classes for the second year in the row with Robert Richards at the whip for Riverview Stables. Knolland Mary Poppin took reserve in both classes with Luc Boileau for Knolland Farm.


Winning their first championship together, Romeo’s Poet LF and Rita Weintraub were named the pleasure pony grand champions under elated trainer John Willis’s guidance. Reserve honors went to the qualifier winning team of Wait & See’s Raspberry and Donna Beck. Reserve in the qualifier went to the dreamy pair of Among The Stars and Janet DiVecchio. Patsy Loeb was back in the winner’s circle again with Queensbury Debutante when they won the AHHS Youth Medallion Pleasure Driving Pony class for owner Queensbury Farm LLC.




In the adult five-gaited show pleasure division, two equally talented, but very different horses duked it out for the win. In two large classes, Talon and Reedann’s Yes You May stood out among the crowd. In the qualifier round, Talon won with expert rider and owner Sarah Thordsen. However in the stake class the table was turned when Reedann’s Yes You May racked its way into the winner’s circle with owner Jenny Hackforth Jones.


It seems that with every show, Emily Scharpf’s already strong riding skills improve. It was especially obvious on her Callaway’s Where There’s A Will when they won both the Junior Exhibitor Five-Gaited Pleasure classes.


Emily Scharpf and Callaway's Where There's A Will


Barnmate Lindsay Kellner found success in the stake as well, garnering the reserve finish with Unspoken Intentions under the Knollwood banner. With a fist pump to the sky, Sammy Jo Galica’s excitement was obvious when she was called out for reserve in the qualifier aboard her beloved Heir’s Special Report.


After picking up the red ribbon in the qualifier, So Fortunate gracefully trotted its way to the winner’s circle in the Park Pleasure Stake class with trainer Rick Wallen aboard. For Louisville, however, owner Janene Steggeman Becker will be back at the lines in the adult pleasure driving class. Reserve in the stake class went to the small, but certainly mighty, Mighty Mouse. Expert catch-rider Kurt Antonacci rode the exciting five-year-old for owner Mimi Bahcall. There was no doubting Our Prince Charming’s victory in the qualifier with trainer John Willis when the chestnut gelding decorated in white glided around the arena with animation and grace that is tough to emulate. Vincent and Laurie Servin of Somis, Calif., own the quality horse.


Continuing on in his undefeated career, Mr. Bigglesworth won the Junior Park Pleasure class with owner and trainer Ray Krussell. Reserve in this class went to the UPHA Park Pleasure Classic winner, Royal Crest’s Unturned Stone. Trainer Ginger Schinktgen, for Hillary Klinert, showed the gorgeous leg-waving bay trimmed in white. Reserve in the Park Pleasure Classic went to The Bourne Supremacy and owner/rider Sarah Luft.


Trustworthy and true, CH Laguardia looked as handsome as ever to win both 39 and over show pleasure classes. The now 15-years-old, the multi-world titled superstar is owned, loved and shown by Meridyth Munns under the Martalock sisters’ direction. The Oracle and Cathy Scott took reserve in both classes for Ryan Rongers.


Another Heir and Jennifer Hartner looked picture perfect to take home the Adult Show Pleasure 38 and Under Stake for the second year in a row. Reserve in the stake class went to Longshadow Moody Blue and Tracy Kobs for Jennifer Layton. The 30-38 show pleasure class went to the elegant and refined team of I’m Taken and Sarah Shakespeare. Reserve in that class went to great riding Beth Krueger and Opti Mystic. Owned by Riley Sockett, Opti Mystic is trained by LaFleur/VanEss Stables. The exciting bay mare A Night Under the Stars won the 18-29 age group with owner Danielle Delimata. Reserve in that class went to Magnificent Allusion with owner and rider Tracy Kobs.


Earning their final “CH” point, Fine By Me and Alicia Sacotte won the Junior Exhibitor Three-Gaited Show Pleasure Stake after finishing reserve in the 13 and under qualifier to the blonde Mystery Machine with Nick Neviaser. Reserve honors in the stake class went to junior exhibitor show pleasure star CH Shiny New Penny with owner and rider Natalie Haugen. The strong pair of Tommy James and Loretta Mulberry won the 14-17 class. Callaway’s Calla Lily and Claire Mogren took the red streamers in that class.


The Junior Exhibitor Novice Horse and Rider class belonged to the adorable team of Pixie’s Wonderland and Andra Trakalo. Opti Mystic and Riley Sockett put in a good show for reserve.


A total of 16 entries marched through the in-gate for the Wisconsin Owned/Shown Show Pleasure class. Sophie Barbosa rode the winning entry, Miss Elizabeth Bennett, for Ana Marcyan. Reserve in the large class went to a Knollwood favorite, “Grady,” more formally known as Summerize. The high-headed gelding who never backs an ear was ridden to the red ribbon by Thea Treiber for proud owner Debbie Black.


A well-bred son of Designed out of a Phi Slama Jama mare, Royal Crest’s Stone Design won both Junior Show Pleasure classes with Stacy Wessel aboard for Royal Crest Farms. Reserve in both classes went to Midwest’s Junior Show Pleasure Champion and Grand Champion, Callaway’s Investigative Reporter. Also well bred the quality gelding was ridden by Eileen Nemetz.


Fronty, beautiful and black, The Soprano (CN) made victory passes in both Show Pleasure Driving classes with Mike Bletsoe at the whip for owner Cayla McKibbage. Reserve honors in the stake class went to Epiphany. The dark chestnut mare was driven by Doug Fiola and is owned by Doug Fiola and Jessica Timmington. Reserve in the qualifier went to Callaway’s Hit Man and Wendy Carney. Debra Hoffman owns this nice pleasure horse.


Expert driver and rider Dylan Peterson was in a class of his own to win the ASHAF Youth Show Pleasure Driving Challenge with his nice chestnut gelding, The Merchant Marine. The fine pair is trained under the John Willis Stables banner.


Walterway’s Material Miss won the Junior Show Pleasure Driving class with Kurt Antonacci at the whip for Adam Bowden. Reserve in this class went to My Tahiti Sweetie, driven and bred by Terra Herale.


The brilliant bay Royal Crest’s Stone Passion won both Five-Gaited Country Pleasure classes with owner Elizabeth Wildenberg aboard, under Ginger Schinktgen’s direction. Reserve honors in both classes went to the fancy A Champagne Event and owner/rider Shelagh Roell.


Earning her first ever tricolor, Debbie Mulberry won the Adult Country Pleasure Stake with Undulata’s Clean Sweep. Proud trainer Carol Matton went in to put the ribbon on “Kirby” for the victory pass. The nice Reedann’s Semper Phi took reserve honors in this class with Rivi Hatt. Barbara Southgate was ecstatic to win the 39 and over age split aboard the Peace Giver. In that same class, Highpoint’s Gentleman Dandy was reserve with owner Shelagh Roell, under the direction of Barry Stables. By Trust Fund and out of an I’m a New Yorker daughter, it is no surprise that Tura Lura Lura exudes quality. The elegant six-year-old mare won the 18-38 age group with Sarah Luft aboard for mom, Sue Worzalla. Reserve in this class went to Major Assetude and Tracy Kobs for Kim Johnson.


Saddlebreds don’t come much bigger than Deker’s All American, but with his size, he still keeps perfect form and function to be successful. With Alyssa Mitchell, “Sharkie” won the Novice Rider Country Pleasure class under Lance Hayes’s supreme instruction. Reserve in this class went to the melodic duo of Endolane Music Maker and Cynthia Leute.


It really does take two to tango, as displayed by Crimson’s Dance Card’s beautiful way of moving and Lindsay Kellner’s expert way of riding. The skilled pair won the Junior Exhibitor Country Pleasure Stake in first-class fashion under Scott Matton’s direction. Reserve in the stake class went to the blonde and beautiful He Walks On Water with elegant rider Sarah Werry. The unmistakable pair of Brittany Baird and Crimson Blue won the junior exhibitor qualifier with trainer Pat McConnell cheering them on from the rail. Reserve in the class went to the cute duo of Callaway’s Fox Jackson and Andra Trakalo. Before becoming a star in the country pleasure division, many may recognize Fox Jackson as Joel Dorignac’s talented equitation partner.


The animated and bold bay Matisse won the Wisconsin Owned/Shown Country Pleasure class with Narin Avci under Ginger Schinktgen’s direction. Beth Krueger won the Novice Country Pleasure class aboard her mom’s country pleasure driving star Pierre Cardin. Reserve in both classes went to Timely Tradition and Laura Miller for Wes and Shirl Roberts. Good For You and Britt Feight won the Owner/Trainer/Rider Three-Gaited Show/Country Pleasure class with Royal Crest’s Jurassic Stone in reserve with Sarah Luft for mom Sue Worzalla.


The dazzling bay Kourageous Genius Supreme won the Country Pleasure Driving Stake for the second year in a row as well as the qualifier. Reserve honors in both classes went to the stylish and elegant Pierre Cardin and owner Barb Hendrickson.


Harlem’s Mojo has found his home on the range in the Western Country Pleasure classes, as he keeps picking up victory after victory including the Western Country Pleasure Stake and the 30 and over class with owner Toni Nastali.


Harlem’s Mojo and Toni Nastali


Barnmate Sharon Vuinovich was reserve in the stake class with her Winsdown Cosmos, also under the Northern Tradition banner. Reserve in the 30 and over class went to the Saddle & Bridle’s Shatner Western Pleasure winner, Vanna Valone, and owner/rider Jean Hilgerman. Reserve honors in the Shatner class went to Go Global and show secretary Vicki Holston. The pleasurable bay, who is only a four-year-old, is owned by Samantha Hegstrom. The 29 and under class was won by the one and only Super Rooster and loving owner Lisa McClaren. The excited Rooster let out his trademark victory buck on his victory pass. Reserve went to Ace Ventura and owner Karen Dangieri. Bonnie Kittredge’s Woodwind Farm trains the handsome horse.


A former world’s champion country pleasure horse, Callaway’s Scoop The News found continued success in the western division, and is now finding even greater success in the hunt division, as he swept both hunt classes at Summerfun with Kristen Pettry under Tom Thorpe’s expert training. Reserve in both classes went to the magical pair of Shamrock Magic and Sharon Aquino.


Callaway’s Scoop The News and Kristin Pettry




In her first year as an equitation rider and her last year as a juvenile rider, Emily Scharpf has already found herself in the Saddle Seat Equitation winner’s circle many times. Summerfun was no exception, as she won the Saddle Seat Equitation Championship aboard the exquisite mare CH Louisville Lass. Scharpf was second in the NHS Good Hands class to the strong riding Mallory Hartigan. Reserve honors in the Equitation Championship went to the 14-17 winner and the USEF Saddle Seat Medal reserve champion Meaghan MacQueen, under Tom Thorpe’s excellent instruction.


A fixture in the adult equitation division, Dr. Morgan Wolin was on victory lane again in the Adult Equitation Championship as well as in the Adult Challenge Cup. Ingrid Klongland was reserve in the Challenge Cup aboard The Mystery Machine. Sarah Lindner looked polished and poised as she made her victory pass in the USEF Adult Saddle Seat Medal class. Ana Marcyan was reserve in the class aboard Miss Elizabeth Bennett.


The pleasure equitation division at Summerfun was full of great riders with skill and form to compete with the best of them. Aboard Lindsay Kellner’s old Five Gaited Pleasure superstar, CH Callaway’s Don’t Panic, Cori O’Brien won the Pleasure Equitation Championship and the 14-17 Pleasure Equitation class. After winning the Medal class, Nick Maupin came back to be named the reserve champion in the Pleasure Equitation Championship. Both O’Brien and Maupin ride under Knollwood’s brown and orange banner. Catch-riding Chapango, Kelly Creech was reserve in the 14-17 Pleasure Equitation class.


After reserve finishes in the UPHA Pleasure Challenge Cup and the 13 and Under Pleasure Equitation age group, Riley Sockett came back to win Saddle & Bridle’s Pleasure Equitation Medallion aboard his Opti Mystic, under Neva VanEss’s direction. Allison Schuh won the UPHA Pleasure Challenge Cup as well as the UPHA Challenge Cup, while Caitlin Donohue won the 13 and under qualifier age group under Donna Pettry Smith’s direction. Samantha Jensen was reserve in the UPHA Challenge Cup class. Reserve in the Medallion went to Ashley Loethen. Alexa Trakalo won the 11 and Under Challenge Cup, with Maya Manilow in reserve.


Ariana Cerecedes, aboard her own Easter Hero, was in top form to take home the walk/ trot equitation blue for trainer Jonelle Chovanec-Gardiner.


Ariana Cerecedes and Easter Hero


Reserve in this class went to the UPHA Walk and Trot Challenge Cup Reserve Champion, Lexi Friedrich. Amanda Winkels won the Walk and Trot Challenge Cup, proving on her victory pass that she can canter too! As the lone entry in Walk and Trot Pleasure Equitation, all eyes were on the already great riding Garrett Weiler, who won the class under Mayo Moctezuma’s instruction.          

Sure to be a late summer hit again, the show will see a lot of ‘summerfun’ again next year. Complete results can be found by clicking here.

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