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ASAW Spring Premier Academy Show

The 2008 academy show season got off to a great start in Wisconsin with the sixth annual ASAW Spring Premiere Show March 15-16. Co-sponsored by ASAW and the Knollwood Knockouts at Wildwood Equine Center in Waukesha, the show offered a variety of academy classes for all levels of riders to start the season. Riders from Hollow Haven Farm, Knollwood Farm, Sunset Knoll Riding Academy, Winsome Farm and Woodwind Farm competed in equitation, pleasure, and pattern classes under the studied eye of Judge Stan Bodnar from Marengo, Illinois.

Each performance started with a hotly contested Instructor/Trainer open pleasure class. These classes give the instructors a chance to work a horse in a show environment or allow advanced riders to warm up a horse, or just have fun.

After the instructors had their fun, it was the students’ time to shine. Classes were very competitive in all divisions, with the championships being especially hard fought with some creative workouts from Judge Bodnar.

The advanced equitation champion for riders 17 and under was Emily Mayer, while the 18 and over advanced champion was Siri Panka. The 17 and under Intermediate championship was split, with Alli Gutenkunst coming out on top of the first split and Ramsey Skrepenski taking the second. The maiden walk-trot-canter champion was Savannah Nickey. Reserve champion was Bevan Sukowaty from Winsome Farm.

The walk and trot riders took over on Sunday, starting with the older riders in the morning performance. The 10 and under riders and the first time show ring competitors followed in the afternoon.

Kayle Macaione

The walk and trot champion for riders 11 and up was Hailey Wegner of Knollwood Farm, while the 10 and under championship was split. Winning the first split was Katherine Kunz of Winsome Farm. Reserve went to Mary Francis Cook of Hollow Haven. Rachel Ferrito of Knollwood Farm came out on top in the second split. The maiden walk and trot championship was split as well, with the first split won by Kelly Manion of Knollwood Farm, and the second split won by Kayle Macaione from Hollow Haven.

The show was a fun filled start to the 2008 show season. Riders enjoyed a great atmosphere in a weatherproof heated complex with everything under one roof. Proceeds from the show benefited the ASAW Scholarship Fund.

Make plans to attend the 2009 edition of the show which will be held March 14-15. Plans for next year include a Saturday night volleyball tournament with competition between barns, and a pizza party for the competitors.

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