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87th Blowing Rock Charity - Good Times and Nice Horses

By Mary Daughtry

BLOWING ROCK, N.C. - The Saddlebred part of the 87th annual Blowing Rock Horse Show took place June 10-13 with the hunter/jumper part to follow later. Manager Ray Cloninger and the rest of the show committee worked hard so all the exhibitors and spectators had a great time. Susan Whittington and Jenni Smith were the co-chairs while Louise Allen handled the awards. This was quite a task with all the beautiful challenge trophies the show presents. Also, each champion received a rosette and a neck ribbon for the victory pass as well as a lovely commemorative print of the show. The entire facility was covered with floral displays which attendees enjoyed all week, then had the opportunity to buy and take home for a very reasonable price. The Thomas Cloninger family provided breakfast hospitality each morning. After the last class on Thursday, Chris and K-Dee Leith hosted a spread. On Friday, Doris Crumpler provided the hors d’oeuvres while on Saturday, Susan Whittington did the honors. The famous Sunday brunch was hosted by Karen and Megan McClure, Tamara Arndt and the Whitworth family. The pigs flew daily for the benefit of the UPHA Chapter 12 and the ASAC youth who were also selling attractive t-shirts to raise money. The town of Blowing Rock and the beautiful mountains surrounding it always have a unique appeal that makes this the favorite show for many.

Raymond Shivley judged all divisions of the show. Josie Forbes also came from Kentucky to serve as the USEF steward. Wyatt Lilly was the ring announcer and also kept those in the barns appraised of the proceedings in the ring. Peyton Hamilton and Maurice Ewing shared the ringmaster duties. Ewing has been the ringmaster at Blowing Rock for 45 years! Erin Hall Fann took the photos in center ring while John Fann took candids from the rail. Dale Stone was the organist. David Herlocker was the farrier. Barbara Woodlief and Karla Cloninger had everything in the office running smoothly as always.

Dreamin Blue and Lewis Eckard were the big winners in the five-gaited division with a blue in the open and the open championship for Beverly Kaczwara. Hollywood Material and Paul Boone were the reserve champions for Ann Cannon in a hotly-contested show finale. CH What’s The Whoopla and Caitlin Leith also made a pair of victory passes in the ladies class and the amateur championship. Ann Cannon rode Hollywood Material to a second place finish in the ladies class. Annie Duke and Rebekah Cloninger were reserve in the amateur championship. Twilight Maxamillion and Josh Wall won the blue in the Amateur Five-Gaited qualifier with second going to Fog and Donna Lockett. The top junior exhibitor team was Saturday Night Magic ridden by Maggie Ward. Her Name Is Lola and Jessi McCurry were the reserve champions. The flashy black Rappe and Nancy Troutman won the novice class with second going to Annie Duke and Rebekah Cloninger.

In the Three-Gaited division, Allie Wellington teamed her new mount Prom Dress like a pro in their debut show together and came away with three first place finishes. And this elegant mare is only a four-year-old! They won the junior exhibitor qualifier and the junior exhibitor championship as well as the open class. Millenium Madam and Dre Fourie were reserve in both of the junior exhibitor classes. Sergeant Bailey and Sammie Judd were the Three-Gaited Grand Champions with reserve going to CH Man On The Run and Brooke Vander Spuy. This team was also second in the open qualifier. The elegant black The Chaperone made the victory pass in the amateur championship for Carol Reedy. Safe Harbor and Dr. Lisa Misiewicz were reserve. These finishes were reversed from the first class. CH Audrey Hepburn and Stella McAuley made a pair of victory passes in the Three-Gaited Pony classes.

In Bold Print and Mike Barlow claimed the Fine Harness Championship with a stellar performance for Paul W. Richardson. Fox Grape’s Limitless was the reserve champion after a blue ribbon drive in the amateur class with Joe Ellington in the buggy. Father McKenzie and Sharyn Lackey were second in the amateur qualifier. Peter Cowart drove The Blonde Bombshell to the blue in the open class in their only appearance.

Mark Of Design and Lisa Worrell Whittle claimed the top prize in the Open Park Championship. The reserve honors went to Broadway And Forty Second and Jeanie Waddell after scoring the blue in the open qualifier. My Stately Lady and Erica Aloe were second in this class. In the highly-competitive amateur classes, Sudoku and Bambi Childress Bollin made two trips to the winner’s circle. First Asset and Michele Holbrook were reserve in both classes. CH Justa Rascal and Camille Cowart made two flawless performances to take top honors in the junior exhibitor classes. Assets And Memories and Sarah O’Neal were the reserve champions while the red ribbon in the qualifier went to Callaway’s Forever Young and Kendra Lemay. James Hale rode Steeling First to the blue in the Junior Park class with second going to Mark Of Design.

Jon Walker had Debra Clark’s Where’s Reuben in high gear to win the Open Roadster class and the championship. Royal Count and Rebekah Cloninger were the reserve champions. Carl Julian and Larry Jenkins were second in the open. Clark’s speedsters made a clean sweep of this division as she drove her Iamnotacow to a pair of wins in the amateur classes. Cookie Monster and Mark Catron were reserve in both. PJ Shawnee and Dr. Brian Garrett won both Roadster Under Saddle classes.

CH Rant N Rave KV and Karen Voerg won the Open Road Pony class and championship. Shawn Frazer enjoyed her winning drive with Boxford On The Mark in the amateur championship. Seamair Premiere and Karen Voerg were the reserve champions. In the amateur qualifier the winner was Twin Willow’s North Star and Renee McCall. Boxford On The Mark was second. Sweet Impression and Audrey Sigmon had blue ribbon drives in the AHHS Youth Medallion class and the junior exhibitor championship. Bjorn Brinkley rode Mastercraft’s Surefire LF to a pair of wins in the Road Pony Under Saddle classes. Heartland Man Of The Hour and Jackson Byrd were the reserve champions. John Glenn and Katherine McGee Bosworth were second in the AHHS Youth Medallion Under Saddle class.

Smackdown and Betty Cloninger made two trips to the winner’s circle in the Open Harness Pony class and championship. Tamra Arndt drove It’s Showtime to the blue in the amateur class and the reserve tie in the open championship.

CH Zildjian and Caitlin Leith made the victory pass in the Hackney/Harness Pleasure Driving Pony Championship. Heartland Parade Time and Tamra Arndt were the reserve champions. These ties were reversed in the open class.

Callaway’s Embarkation and John Goda, III, took the top prize in the Open Park Pleasure Championship with reserve going to Upstate and Betsy Boone. These ties were reversed in the qualifier. Mahvalous Knight and Mike Barlow made a pair of victory passes in the Junior Park Pleasure classes for Barbara Matthews. Smokin Joe Fraiser was the reserve champion with Rick Felder presenting for Glenn Mosser Jr. Macarena’s Early Dawn and Suzy Shiflet were second in the qualifying class. Lady Cristal had a pair of wins in the Park Pleasure Driving classes with Carol Addison driving.

Emily Uy rode her Giovanni’s Primo to win the Show Pleasure Three-Gaited 30 & Over Championship. CH Pistolero and Tanmy Whitworth were the reserve champions after taking the blue ribbon in the qualifier. The Heir To The Kingdom and Katherine Singleton were second in this class. Dana Ellington and Because I Said So made two victory passes in the show pleasure classes for riders 18-29. Reserve in both of these classes went to Game Of Passion and Brittany Keel. The colorful and flashy Majestic’s Wingmaster and Lindsay Jones made it two for two in the classes for riders 14-17. CH The Chesapeake Bay and Austin Hazelwood were second in the first class while I’m Simply Divine and Alexandra Ennis were the reserve champions. In the show pleasure classes for riders 13 and under, the championship honors went to Breath Of Heir and Jake Butts while Native Rose and Madison McCall won the first class. Redhawk’s Lady Hawk and Margaret Ward were reserve in both classes.

The walk/trot classes for riders 12 and under were highly competitive. The elegant Lady Gabriella and Emma Sanchez topped the judge’s card in both. Ms Betty Grable and Chris Hawley were second in the qualifier while Irish Hill’s Mountain Star and Sarah Ann Fourie were the reserve champions.

Brenda Pulis was overjoyed to win the Show Pleasure Driving Championship with her talented black mare Sassy Dawn. CH Callaway’s B Gratz and Karin Banks were a popular reserve. These ties were reversed in the qualifier.

The Five-Gaited Show Pleasure classes were quality filled and fun to watch. CH And I’m Stickin To It and Susan Orton took top honors in the adult championship. Reserve went to CH Stonewall’s Stargate and Stefanie Sanchez. These ties were reversed in the first class. CH Data Dot Com and Erin Ohning won both of the junior exhibitor classes for Mary Goforth. A Cloudburst and Katherine McGee Bosworth were the reserve champions while It’s The Rage and Meghan Crider were second in the qualifier.

In the Country Pleasure division, the adult riders had nicely-filled classes. Oh So Debonheir and Bonnie Bishop rode to the winner’s circle in the adult championship. Curly Day and Lesley Cox were the reserve champions and claimed their own blue in the qualifier. Callaway’s Paisano and Jenna Norton were second in the qualifying class. Erin Ohning had quite a weekend with several wins. Two came with Callaway’s Letter To The Editor in the Country Pleasure 14-17 classes. Kalarama’s Memorable and Emily McKay were the reserve champions while Man Of Hour Dreams and Alexandra Ennis were second in the qualifying class. In the 13 and under classes the tricolor went to Philosopher ridden by Caroline Anderson. Miraculous Odds and Alexandria Cedrone were the reserve champions after a blue ribbon finish in the first class. The Philosopher was second in this class. Mary Taylor rode her Pure Bliss to the winner’s circle twice in the walk/trot class and championship. It’s Murphy’s Law and Chloe Marion were reserve in both.

Marion Bryan had her own cheering section as she drove CH Reedann’s Phine By Me to a pair of wins in Country Pleasure Driving. It’s Night Time and Katherine Johnson were reserve both times.

Shamrock’s Versace was the top country western pleasure horse with Anna Hudson showing for Rebecca Tobey. Hieroymus won both the hunter pleasure classes with Amy Rawlins riding.

Alexandra Ennis was all smiles when she won the Saddle Seat Equitation Championship. Because this show was partnered with Stephens College her win entitles her to a $1,500 scholarship as well as a personalized jacket. Chandler Gray was the reserve champion. In the qualifier Gray won the blue while Ennis was second. Cashlynn Lovell won the UPHA Walk/Trot Challenge Cup for Riders 10 & Under as well as the 10 & Under Walk/Trot class. Maelee Dudan was second in both. Caroline Brown won the UPHA Challenge Cup for Riders 17 & Under just ahead of Kaila Webb. These two also finished first and second, respectively, in the pleasure equitation class.

The academy classes were nicely-filled and several were split. These winners included: Haley Griffin, Autumn Green, Rachel Baker, Sydney Beason, Drew Taylor Hewitt, Sarah Tate, Rachel Whitt, Shannon McNamara, Alice Brinkley, Laura Cedrone, Coley Lane Shiflet, Rheagan Haas, Rachel Sanchez, Terra Johns, Amy Cedrone, Felicia Elliott, Avery Rose McCutcheon, Haley Mauldin, Corbin Bumgardner, Payton Nicole Shiflet and Ainsley Marion.

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