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Asheville - Wow! What A Horse Show!

Coverage by Bob Funkhouser and Leeann Mione


Wow! The gaited division was incredible from top to bottom with explosive performances by a plethora of world’s champions. Nelson Green had two with world’s champion credentials and they both started the new season with big-time outings. Green and the bold stallion/gelding winner Walterway’s Remember Me were challenged by three others in the Five-Gaited Championship and the 2003 Junior Five-Gaited World’s Grand Champion delivered a tricolor performance for owners Kenny and Ceil Wheeler. Riding for Lakeview Farm, Larry Hodge presented the reserve grand champion Lakeview’s Rare A Phi. The gaited horse-turned-harness horse made quite an impressive return to the gaited division. An absolutely beautiful deep bay, this five-year-old will make quite an interesting newcomer to the open division this year. Debbie Foley is never far from the top and she finished third in the championship with It’s More Than Likely. The Silver Brook Stables entry was reserve behind Remember Me in the stallion/gelding qualifier. A ground covering five-year-old, She’s A Red Hot Chili Pepper topped three others for the Five-Gaited Mare Stake. Peter Cowart was the winning rider for Sharyn Lackey and Stephanie Sanchez. Larry Hodge presented Kalarama Co Ed for the red ribbon. Hodge and the Kalarama crew came to town with barrels loaded. He sent Elisabeth Goth and Title Bound to the winner’s circle of the Ladies Five-Gaited Championship. Never backing an ear, Title Bound comes out of a turn looking for some place to go as well as any gaited horse showing today. They were two for two at Asheville. Debbie Foley and Already Famous got the closest in the championship, while Melissa Moore and Ya Ya were called out for reserve in the first round. In the Ladies Amateur Five-Gaited Championship DeLovely Farm got the top money with Kalarama right there for reserve. Deborah Butler and Carolina Cat were more than impressive in winning a competitive championship and qualifier over a field of proven winners. Elisabeth Goth and My New Year’s Eve were twice reserve winners while Daddy O and Andrea Nelson accepted the yellow streamers both times out. Olympic Fire and John Elway were in the top five of the championship round. Even though there were several divisions available, the quality was deep in each section. The Amateur Five-Gaited Championship featured multi-world title holder Tigerlee wearing the tricolor after a flawless performance. Jackie Stred again made the winning ride under the Sunrise Stables banner. They had to be flawless as reserve grand champions Callaway’s Kit Carson and Susan Shepherd came to town ready to play with anyone as evidenced by their victory pass in the qualifier over Tigerlee. Bill and Kris Knight readied the reserve grand champions. This was an amateur championship which also featured Time Well Spent with Barbara Manilow, Discover with Barbara Woods and Wendy Troyer aboard Zara Spook in the top five. Earlier in the week CH Belleavanti racked up another amateur gentlemen’s blue with Johnny Wellington riding for Louise Myers Allen. This Drowning Creek team defeated four other contenders including reserve champions Bill Walsh and Callaway’s Where There's A Will. Maybe one of the best classes of the show, the junior exhibitors were riding like it was August, especially in their championship class. At one point the second way of the ring Breaking News and Diamond Flight were racking side by side full tilt, neither young lady rider blinking an eye as the crowd went wild. When the cards were turned in those same two combinations were on top with Megan McClure and Breaking News parading to the winner’s circle where they were greeted by Peter and Kim Cowart. In his first show with Revelation Farm, trainer Erik Kirsch had Kaitlyn Grom and Diamond Flight in top order to win the qualifier and reserve grand championship. Studcor Donatello was third in the finale after turning in a reserve performance in the qualifier with Talley Harris aboard. A stablemate to Studcor Donatello, Cocktails And Schemes landed the Carolina Owned Five-Gaited blue for Lewis Eckard and owner Melissa Purser. Saddle & Bridle’s Brenda Pulis gave it all she had to earn a good reserve aboard Howling Wolf from West Wind Stables. Another new face which received a lot of attention was Novice Five-Gaited Champion Feel The Thunder. Kris Knight debuted the blue ribbon winner for owner/breeder Willowbank. Neil Visser had the reserve ride aboard Tornaados Storm Warnings. Reserve World’s Champion Three-Gaited Park Mare Naughty was a star in the Denver Junior Five-Gaited class with Lewis Eckard taking yet another blue, this time for owner Susan Orton. There was plenty of good competition including reserve winner Gypsies Tramps and Thieves with Steven Wheeler and third place finisher Callaway’s Lloyd Stark with Debbie Foley. With a fit and trim Nelson Green at the helm, 2003 National Three-Year-Old Futurity World’s Champion I’m First gave another winning performance with some freaky passes in the Junior Five-Gaited stake for owner/breeder Stonecroft Farm. A world’s champion as a two and three-year-old, I’m First is on his way to another banner season. Another world title holder from 2003, Thunder Beauty was named reserve for Debbie Foley and Cross Timbers Enterprises. Green made a deep dent in the gaited division as he also rode away with the three-year-old blue. Walterway’s Headline Material was the champion for owners Kenny and Ceil Wheeler. Also earning lots of praise from the railbirds, Catch The Moon was the reserve champion with Erin Boggs riding. The Boggs family’s Cape Cod Farm enjoyed a good week in western North Carolina. Part of that success was due to Cydni Simmons and CH Sammyshine putting the hammer down both times in the five-gaited pony division. Their closest competition was rival Champagne In Winter, ridden by Ali Judah.

Three-Gaited and Park

Much like the gaited division the walk-trot section was filled with world and national champions, sometimes several in the same class. Some entries had to take back seats that weren’t normally used to that view. In the open section the beautiful I’m A New Yorker daughter In My Soul paraded to the winner’s circle of both the Three-Gaited Grand Championship and over 15.2 stake. A Lexington champion and reserve world’s champion, In My Soul was ridden to victory by Neil Visser for Happy Valley Farm, Rossville, Georgia. Riding for the Jayo Family Corporation, Maria Gilman pushed hard for the reserve grand championship after taking reserve in the ladies qualifier. Erik Kirsch and Heir Popper represented Revelation Farms with an athletic outing to take third. Todd Miles and That’s Chicago had won the under 15.2 stake placing ahead of a couple of world’s title holders as well as reserve champion The Engraver who was shown by Neil Visser for Elisabeth Goth. That’s Chicago was also shown by owner Mary Jane Fredrickson to a reserve finish in the novice class. A picture of perfection, CH Lady Periana never missed a beat on her way to the Ladies Three-Gaited Championship and qualifying blue. Phillipa Sledge again provided the winning rides from Premier Stables. Barely having him long enough to know his name, Theresa Vonderschmitt rode SS Lies and Alibis to the Ladies Three-Gaited Reserve Grand Championship making for another talented combination in that division. There is no end to CH Americana’s Jazz Man. The multi-titled world’s champion looked and acted like a four-year-old to win the Ladies Amateur Three-Gaited Championship with Phillipa Sledge. A stablemate to Lady Periana, Jazz Man also won the ladies amateur qualifier. Again it was an all-star cast with Melody Adler and CH City Lady in reserve and Pagan Prince with Lynda Norman taking third. Melissa Moore’s Sunrise Stables stock looked awesome all week long. Making their two best shows ever, Victoria Bleeden and Page Me turned back all challengers in the amateur section winning both the qualifier and championship. The team of Amber Lager and Anitya Marlowe wore the reserve tricolor streamers from the ring, while CH Yes It’s True and Phillipa Sledge were reserve in the qualifier. The competition wasn’t any easier in the junior exhibitor division either. In the championship round Kate Bryan and CH Sportster rose to the occasion giving the Cash Lovell Stables yet another grand championship. They had been reserve to American Wine and Jessica Anderson in the qualifier. Reserve grand champion honors were bestowed upon Callaway’s Buttons and Bows with Melissa Milligan in the irons. Under the direction of Rob and Sarah Byers, they won the 14 & under qualifier in only their second show together. Lindsey Landrum and Imagination Station were reserve in the 14 & under class. Marian Bramlett piloted Showboat’s Casablanca to take the Carolina Owned Three-Gaited blue. Steve Joyce rode the same entry to reserve in the novice class. Representing Kalarama and showing for Happy Valley Farm, Chantel Coetzee gave the expressive Tableaux a great ride to win that novice class. Asheville was the 2004 debut performance for Victoria Lynn. Reserve winner of the UPHA Three-Gaited Classics Grand Championship last year with Tom Scott, she marched to the winner’s circle of Asheville’s Junior Three-Gaited Stake with Nelson Green riding for Kenny and Ceil Wheeler. Another 2003 UPHA Classics Reserve Grand Champion, Daniel O’Kelly sported a haircut this year to take reserve in the Junior Three-Gaited Stake for trainer Bret Day and owners Bill, Coe and Adele London. Major title holders were in every section of the walk-trot division. A two-year-old reserve world’s champion in ‘03, Longshadow Sovereign Spirit topped the Three-Year-Old Three-Gaited Stake with Peter Cowart riding the talented youngster for Richard Hartsog. Deborah Koning and Brilliant Amber were reserve for David Crockett. Winner of the Three-Gaited Pony World’s Grand Championship in 2003, Simbara’s Audacity was back in high order for 2004 to win both classes at Asheville. She was again shown by Brittany McGinnis under the DeLovely banner. Amy Greenberg’s Highpoints Hot Chocolate turned in two good reserve performances. There was strong competition in the Park division as the lofty going, white-legged gelding, Waltz paraded as the open grand champion and qualifying winner. Ruth Gimpel was aboard for Bon-Mar Farm. Just a four-year-old, 2003 UPHA Park Pleasure Classic Grand Champion Nurse Goodbody was twice the reserve winner with Rob Byers showing. Former Amateur Three-Gaited Park World’s Grand Champion CH A Step Of Time again had his legs churning like pistons to take two decisive wins in the Amateur Three-Gaited Park Championship and qualifier. Debbie Foley made her way to the winner’s circle in both classes to greet the champion and his owner/rider Luanne Kilday. Riding for Margaret Morrison, Jennifer Geisler was reserve in both outings with Over Achiever, yet another entry with world titles on its resume. What a beautiful combination Catie Hawley and The Dixie Doodle make. They switched places with Chelsie Smith and CH Sanibel from the qualifier to win the Junior Exhibitor Three-Gaited Park Championship. The Dixie Doodle is trained by Cash Lovell and open winner Sanibel is directed by Lewis Eckard. Entries owned by Iris James had a winning week and DRA Miss Rare Flare was in that package. She won the Junior Park class with Steve Wheeler riding from the Nelson Green Stables. Bret Day had a pretty fancy entry himself in reserve champion Mundys Landing. Chantel Coetzee had a week to remember while showing for Kalarama. She took Elisabeth Goth’s home-bred, Horace Taft, to the winner’s circle in the Three-Year-Old Park class, placing ahead of Betsy Boone and Unbreakable Heart.

Fine Harness

If the rest of the country is anywhere close to Asheville in terms of a turn out in the harness division there should be some great numbers in that division down the road and it will have the quality to match. Call Me Ringo (Sultan’s Great Day x CH Eleanor Rigby) has thrilled people with his athletic ability and expression since he was a baby, but these two performances at Asheville may have been his best ever. He was so explosive, yet so correct leaving no doubt he was the Fine Harness Grand Champion and open class winner with Melissa Moore at the lines for Belle Reve. The grand stallion had solid competition from the beautiful bay mare New York Trend who was twice reserve champion for Kim Cowart and owners Sharyn Lackey and Stefanie Sanchez. The 2004 Asheville Lions Club Charity Horse Show opened with eight entries in the Amateur Fine Harness class. Last year’s Fine Harness National Champion, Candle Dan, was the amateur winner with owner Carl Nichols at the whip under the direction of Bill and Lisa Waller. They were followed by such well known champions as Kool Tyme BH, I’m An Early Riser and Longvue’s Sophisticat. In the Amateur Fine Harness Championship, Kool Tyme BH, a world’s champion son of Harlem Town, moved up a notch to command the tricolor streamers for Iris James and the Nelson Green Stables. Nichols and Candle Dan settled for reserve. Former Fine Harness World’s Grand Champion CH Radiant Success returned to his roots winning the ASHAF Fine Harness Youth Challenge with a beautifully attired Ali Judah at the whip. Ali DeGray and By Honor Bound stepped up to accept the reserve prize. The young horse classes were every bit as entertaining as the amateur and open sections. To start with the Junior Fine Harness Champion was none other than The Great Gaspar (Merchant Prince x Denmark’s Radiant Society). Winner of the Three-Year-Old National Futurity and the UPHA Fine Harness Classics Grand Championship last year, he started off this season as an even stronger version for trainer Nelson Green and owner Stonecroft Farm. Also with a wealth of talent, Last Tango In Paris represented the Nunley Saddlebreds breeding program as the reserve champion for trainer/driver Lance Williamson. Then there was the star of the horse show. A brilliant bay son of 1998 Junior Fine Harness World’s Grand Champion Exalted Effect and 1997, 1998, 2000 Three-Gaited World’s Grand Champion CH Hollywood Excellence, Hollywood Agent was three times the horse he was last year winning the Two-Year-Old Fine Harness Stallion/Gelding World’s Championship. Larry Hodge had everyone talking about Asheville’s Three-Year-Old Fine Harness Champion who was owned and bred by Elisabeth Goth. Not to be overlooked, Sam Stafford drove the CF First Night Out world title holder, At First Sight, to the reserve honors.


Surprisingly, the road horses under saddle faced the largest group in the division, with six teams competing. Both the open horses and amateurs faced smaller classes but nonetheless, they were competitive and entertaining. Bill Knight and the Gambler have earned many top ribbons in their years together and they added two more for Leatherwood Farm with the Roadster To Bike Championship and open titles. Debbie Koning and Scruff took the reserve tricolor in the open championship for owner David Crockett of Crockett Springs Farm. Mike Gordon and Westgate Villain have developed a huge fan club in the Carolinas and they didn’t disappoint their admirers at Asheville. The panel awarded them the top honors in both the amateur championship and qualifier under the direction of Paul Boone. Cash Lovell directed W. H. Maddy Jr., to the reserve finish in the amateur championship with his entry Rompaway. Young Hunter Maddy added a blue to the family total with the win in the youth class. Maddy drove Montana to the victory. Bill Knight wasn’t done winning for Leatherwood Farm yet. He added another blue ribbon to their total with the win in the novice class. Knight and Amaruk topped four other teams on the way to the winner’s circle. Ashland has proven to be a strong contender in the wagon division with Mike Barlow driving for owner Dr. Howard Six. Ashland added to her lengthy list with the win in the wagon class at Asheville. All Glory, another world class contender in the road horse division at Asheville, won the under saddle class with Melissa Moore up for Belle Reve Farm. Despite having four top ponies in the open qualifier, only one elected to return for the Roadster Pony Championship. Erik Kirsch was already having a successful weekend with the entries of Revelation Farms when he drove Whims & Wishes to the Roadster Pony Championship for Robert Grom. Multi-titled Desert Prince won the open qualifier with Ruth Gimpel in his only appearance for Pixie Dust & Steel. Seize The Moment and Susan Harris keep getting better and better and they put it all together to sweep the amateur division under the direction of Lewis Eckard. Heartland Wonderful Miss and Abby Jones teamed up to claim the reserve grand championship title for Creekridge under the guidance of trainer Janet Crampton. Dun Haven Grandiose and Rebekeh Cloninger were picture perfect for their win in the junior exhibitor championship. The pair topped four other teams for the victory. Allie Wellington was a busy young lady at Asheville, showing her various entries from both Drowning Creek Farm and Cash Lovell Stables. She and Boot, Scoot and Boogie put together the reserve effort in the competitive junior exhibitor championship. Free Willy and Ali DeGray made just one appearance at the show but it was a winning one. They won the largest class of the division, the junior exhibitor qualifier, under the direction of Ruth Gimpel. Carl and Kathryn Nichols also had more than one nice entry at Asheville including their junior road pony winner Lone Star. Bill Waller drove for the blue ribbon. Crystal Case rode Sugar Daddy to the top spot in the under saddle class under the direction of Steve Hanks.

Hackney and Harness

Asheville Lions Club Horse Show continues to grow and prove itself to be one of the top shows of the year with many, many Carolina and Kentucky barns competing with barns from throughout the Midwest and southeast regions of the country. With so much continued growth it was on one hand, surprising that only nine Hackney and harness ponies competed. On the other hand, the pony divisions at many shows continue to be light on entries with the exception being the pleasure driving division. Twin Willows Wild Thing and Heartland Heiress represented the long tail ponies in the winner’s circle at Asheville. Mark Wilson took the solo trips on the way to the tricolor in the Harness Pony Championship and blue in the open class for Ed and Jean Wilson. Helen Rosburg drove Heartland Heiress, in her only appearance, to win the amateur class for Pixie Dust & Steel. Oliver Twist was the sole competitor in the Hackney Pony Championship and open class with Debbie Koning driving for David Crockett. Ali and Gwen Stableford moved up in the ribbons to win the five-entry Hackney Pleasure Pony Driving Championship under the direction of Mike and Kathy Barlow of Buffalo Creek. Winner of the qualifier, Cowboy Magic, took the reserve grand championship ribbon back to the DeLovely tack room with Gabriella Flynn in the buggy.


Section after section, class after class, world and reserve world's champions were in attendance everywhere you looked. Some of these world title holders were shown by newer owners and they enjoyed just as much success. One such rider was Theresa Vonderschmitt. She topped a really nice Five-Gaited Pleasure Championship after having won the qualifier with CH Callaway’s Capitol Reporter. Vonderschmitt bested a group of well-known and accomplished contenders for the wins from DeLovely. Dori Zandy and Fourth Down, just one of the entries from Zandyland Farm, were guided to the reserve grand championship and qualifier by Steve and Julia Joyce of Cameo Stable. Ali Judah was another very busy young lady at Asheville. In addition to showing her various entries, she also catch-rode Turn On The Heat for owner Nancy Churchill and swept the junior exhibitor five-gaited pleasure division under the direction of Debbie Foley of Silver Brook Stables. Brooke Oliver and Highwood’s Worthy Guy were named the juvenile reserve grand champions from Judd Stables. Lance Williamson presented Callaway’s Northern Fling for Nunley Saddlebreds and took the win in the Junior Park Pleasure class over three other entries. This was another quality entry from the Nunley stable of champions. The three-gaited pleasure division was filled with champions and show ring veterans both human and equine. Both the adults and the junior exhibitors were divided by age group and therefore all had plenty of room to find a position on the rail and show their skills for the panel. Barbara Woods and the multi-titled juvenile world's champion CH Sweet Virginia have been having a great year so far since teaming up a short while ago and they capped off a great weekend with the Adult Three-Gaited Pleasure 36 and Over Grand Championship and qualifying blue under the direction of Don Judd and Maria Gilman. I’m Simply Radiant and Judy Werner turned in a strong effort for the reserve grand championship finish for Redwing Farm. CH The Billy Bob returned to the pleasure division with Cheryl Friedman-Allison and looked good for the top three finish in the championship. The fourth world title holder to ribbon in the adult championship, Harlem's Moving Man, was fourth with Vicki Reed. The 18-35 pleasure championship boasted nearly as many players with credentials from the green shavings. Bonnie Buck and Amanda Murchison O’Keefe have also made the transition to the pleasure division this season and after a winning start at UPHA Spring Premiere, went back to New Hampshire with both wins in the 18-35 division from Cricket Hill Farm. CH In Neon E.R.B. and Jamie Hitchin had to settle for reserve in the big 10-entry championship under the direction of Bill and Lisa Waller. CoCo Chanel and Ginger Reagan were third in the entertaining class from Chestnut Lane. Catie Hawley keeps piling up the honors this season since receiving the Margaret Stewart Memorial youth award at the ASAC Convention. She rode CH Santana’s Night Moves to the title in the Junior Exhibitor 15-17 Show Pleasure Championship for Lee and Cathy Garrity. Mike and Lisa Richardson directed CH Callaway’s Publicist and Brooke Gove to the reserve finish. World's champion Cloverleaf’s Pocketful Of Miracles and Megan McClure won the 15-17 qualifier under the direction of Kim and Peter Cowart of West Wind Stables. While Jo Cornell continues to recuperate from a recent auto accident, Jeff Nevitt and Sarah Quirnan put the Jo Cornell Stables entries in the ring at Asheville and went to the winner’s circle several times. The current juvenile world's grand champions Riva Diva and Ali Judah won the 14 and Under Junior Exhibitor Three-Gaited Pleasure Championship which was another very competitive class in the division with nine entries. Riva Diva also won the qualifier for Judah Saddlebreds. Jo Cornell Stables fellow competitor Lindsay Haupt turned in the reserve ride in the championship with her Vida Eraser. CH Empress In Black has carried numerous riders to top ribbons and secured her place as a great walk and trot mount. She cemented that reputation with Pressley Laton by winning the 12 and under Walk and Trot Pleasure Championship from Boones Farm and Stable. Walker Roberts rode Wicked Whispers to the win in the qualifier and then she turned around and finished with the reserve tricolor in the championship from Cricket Hill Farm. Fellow Cricket Hill teammate, Adam Newman, guided Hakeem The Dream to the win in the Novice Rider Three-Gaited Pleasure class. Newman rode for owner Elizabeth Dirth and topped six other teams for the win. Ali Deutsch and Santana’s Flaming Dawn won both the English Pleasure Pony Championship and qualifier. Fox’s Dancing Fire and Drew Hewitt were reserve in the championship for owner Teri Longworth. The Harlem Globetrotter daughter Harlem’s Strong Will and Teri Dolan won the Show Pleasure Driving Championship and qualifier under the direction of DeLovely Farm. Dolan faced a proven group in both classes. Allie Wellington was all smiles when she and I’m The Real Deal were named the Show Pleasure Driving Reserve Grand Champions, in one of their best efforts yet, under the direction of Cash Lovell Stables. Ali DeGray drove Reedann’s Whispering Leaves to the title in the ASHAF Youth Show Pleasure Driving Challenge class for Pixie Dust & Steel under the direction of Ruth Gimpel. Marion Bryan topped a big and talented group for the win in the Adult Country Pleasure Championship after having won the equally large qualifier. New to the country pleasure division, Vicki Reed and Callaway’s Hail Liberty teamed up for the reserve title, their second of the week, showing from Pleasantview Farm. Consistently at the top, CH Mr. Gary Cooper and Melissa Scrushy finished with the top three ribbon under the direction of Buffalo Creek. Like mother, like daughter. Kate Bryan also was a double threat in the country pleasure division. She rode He’s Real Bad to both junior exhibitor wins for owner Ron Cook. Rebekeh Cloninger and CH Attache’s Irish Wine went home with the reserve tricolor. Caroline Rose and Worthy First Lady added another blue to the Cricket Hill total when they topped a pair of competitors for the win in the novice rider class. Kalarama’s High Roller and James Rosburg upped the win count by two for Pixie Dust & Steel. The panel named them the winners of both the Country Pleasure Driving Championship and qualifier. What A Keepsake and Debbie Koning continued Crockett Springs successful show by claiming the reserve grand championship title. What a season Luanne Kilday and Rum Tum Tigger are having under the direction of Steve Hanks. The pair added another championship title to their list so far this season with the win in the Western Country Pleasure Championship. Janet Crampton directed Abby Jones and The Comeback to the win in the qualifier before returning in the championship for the reserve title. Marie Gwinn showed Hurricane Swamp Fox to the title in the Hunter Country Pleasure class for the solo trip. Melissa Moore rode Ate Van witterwik for Annika Bruggeworth to the blue ribbon in the Friesian Under Saddle qualifier. Bruggeworth herself returned in the Friesian Under Saddle Championship for the reserve behind Jasper and Deb Sargent for Diane Ohning.


After wondering where the equitation riders were at many Southeastern shows this season, Asheville’s Saddle Seat Equitation Championship hosted six poised young ladies for Saturday evening’s first class to start championship night off right. All six riders rode well and all performed the workout for the panel. When the cards were turned in, it was Sarah Taylor, riding Undulata’s Time To Shine, going to the winner’s circle, after having won the 14-17 challenge cup under the direction of Cape Cod Farm. Former Junior Saddle Seat Equitation World's Grand Champion Alexandra Flynn, who rode CF First Light Of Dawn and celebrated her 15th birthday with a party on Friday evening, took the reserve ribbon back to DeLovely. Flynn also captured the reserve in the 14-17 challenge cup. John Whalen directed Kate Lovejoy and Phancy Jamas to the win in the solo-entry 17 and under class. Rachel Machamer put together a poised performance for the win in the five-entry 13 and under class from Clover Leaf Stables. Riding with style and confidence, Christine Collis won the 10 and under walk and trot class with Dawn Juan under the direction of Jo Cornell Stables. Bill and Lisa Waller went back to the winner’s circle when Jessica Saft was called out as the winner of the USEF Saddle Seat Medal class. Saft rode Highpoint’s Take Notice for Valerie Saft and had already won the NHS Good Hands. Tara Grom was reserve in the medal class under the direction of Erik Kirsch. Jessica Harrison, riding her Attache’s Magic Asset, won the adult medal with a solo trip for the panel. Ellen Wright won the UPHA 13 and Under Challenge Cup with her new mount CH Timeless Drifter for Shamrock Saddlebred Farm. Rachel Machamer was reserve. Brittany McGinnis, riding Amandari, put another blue ribbon on the DeLovely tack room wall with the win in the 11 and Under UPHA Challenge Cup class and also was reserve in the good hands class. Alexa McWilliams and Pennsational were reserve in the challenge cup for Cynthia McWilliams. Dawn Juan did double duty and carried Christina Collis to the winner’s circle in the 10 and under walk and trot challenge cup, her second victory pass of the week. Kimberly Ginsberg and Simba teamed up for the the red ribbon. Sarah Anderson, riding Worthy Prince and Kate Lovejoy, riding Phancy Jamas, were one and two, respectively, in the UPHA Pleasure Challenge Cup class. Wow! What a horse show. World’s champions and proven contenders came and conquered at the Asheville Lions Club Charity Horse Show. A show that gets bigger and better every year as word spreads that the nice facility, charming town and great weather in Asheville are hard to beat. There is, quite literally, a class for everyone and a wide array of things to do. The Carolinas pride themselves on famous Southern hospitality and show manager Ray Cloninger, with his capable staff, works hard to make Southern hospitality the show’s trademark.

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