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Calvary Show Hosts Busy Exhibitors

by Karen W. Coup

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Numerous classes, 150 of them to be exact, kept exhibitors and trainers busy the weekend of October 9-12 at the 2003 Calvary Episcopal Charity Horse Show at the Mid-way Expo Center.

Rob Byers traveled from Simpsonville, Ky., to Columbia to mark the cards for all the Saddlebred, Saddle Seat and Pleasure Equitation, Road Horse, Pony and some Academy classes. Richard Wright judged Morgans, Western and Academy.

Calvary was well supported by Missouri stables, and trainers from Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Nebraska and Oklahoma added their champions to the competitive show, which included the usual large complement of Academy riders. Voted the Missouri Horse Show Association's Show of the Year in 2002, this year’s show was even larger, according to manager Lenard Davenport.

“Thirty additional stalls were sold this year, and I am pleased with the growth and quality of the show, " Davenport said. "Over the 13 year history of this show, over $80,000 has been contributed to charity.”

Calvary hosted the MHSA Saddle Seat Medallion Finals for riders both under and over age 18 with Scott Pisarik and Christina Sloan, respectively, keeping the top awards in Missouri. The Oklahoma Futurity classes also found a home in Missouri.

During the Saturday night performance, Missouri and Nebraska exhibitors squared off for a bit of extra competition as the University of Missouri hosted the Nebraska Huskers football team. More than one exhibitor watched horses while listening to football through headphones, and the rest were updated by announcer John Owens.

"Mickey", revered academy horse, was formally retired during the show. His young owners, siblings Sarah and Nathan Hinds of St. Louis, Mo., both rode the 21-year-old veteran during the ceremony and shed a few tears exiting the ring with their equine friend for the last time. They ride with trainer Randy Waller.

Artist Carol Friel of Lee’s Summit, Mo., hosted an art clinic for junior exhibitors at the show, and visitors of all ages enjoyed the daily exhibitors’ parties. Janet Thompson and her mother, Marjorie, hosted the Thursday night gathering, and a wine and cheese menu was arranged by Tamra and Henry Setser and Village Wine & Cheese. A Chili feed followed the rigorous Saturday afternoon schedule of Academy classes, and that night Bob Berry, an original co-founder of the show, was honored at a reception hosted by the show after Mr. and Mrs. Berry’s presentation of the trophy to the winner of the Tom Bass Classic Five-Gaited class.

Calvary’s three charitable beneficiaries include Missouri Task Force One, a National Urban Search and Rescue response team established by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which trains and uses dogs for part of its work; Heifer Project International; and the Central Missouri Food Bank.


Judge Byers sent the Tom Bass Classic Five-Gaited Open trophy down the road to New Bloomfield, Mo., with a delighted Dale and Glenda Pugh after trainer Ron Hulse put their Champagne’s Red Gold to the test in only his third time in the ring. Eclair and Dr. Carole McArthur won the Amateur Five-Gaited Stake and amateur mare class. An Heir Of Magic took the ladies blue for the Carol Mandernach Trust with Rachel Henry up. Vintage Ninety-nine won the junior class for owner/trainer Ron Hulse. David Courtney and Leigh Ann Smith’s Ridge Legacy swept in from Indiana to take the juvenile class, which featured six horses.


Kent Swalla and The Martini Shot won the Three-Gaited Open for the Kaplan family, and the Three-Gaited Amateur Stake winner was also trained by Mike Robert Stables for Tara Hattery. Hattery's fine-boned chestnut Worthy Of March Madness won the qualifier as well. Longtime Missouri trainer Howard Roberts owns the junior class winner, Americana’s Gypsy Jazz. Greg Haston was up for the win. Rebecca Elcock and Champagne Suzie took home the juvenile blue.

Fine Harness

Harness classes were light, and Burden-Schilling’s Absolute Proof was the sole, but impressive, entry in the Fine Harness Open. Two lovely black junior horses attracted attention in their division. Susan Bartlett’s Harlem’s Santa Fe emerged the victor, and Max Ciampoli drove Kelly Santana to second for Gerald Miller.


James Lawson Jr. flew in from Ohio to watch Greg Haston win the Park Open with his Worthy’s Fantasy. The team took second in the Park Stake to Julie Miner’s Royal Commission and Lisa Hilmer-Pope, improved from fifth in the open. Justine Komin and Undulata’s Pretzel Logic took the park amateur tricolor and blue home to Wichita, Kan. Carol Friel won another blue with Burlington Northern in the Park Pleasure Junior class, and John Wallen rode Circus Calliope to the tricolor in the Park Pleasure Stake. Linda Roos has another fine pleasure prospect in Treasured Memories, shown to the Park Pleasure Three-Year-Old win by Max Ciampoli.

Show Pleasure

Calvary is a big Pleasure Horse show, and the Adult Show Pleasure Stake ended the show with Lucky’s Revelation winning the 10-entry event for Zach Duffy, up for William Woods University. The school had seven of the 14 entries in the qualifier, and walked away with the win when Sultan’s Starfish took the first of four ribbons, including the top three, for the excited students. The Show Pleasure Juvenile Stake tricolor went to CH Born To Be Blue for Thea Ervin. CH Radioactive RWF captured the Five-Gaited Pleasure Stake for Carole Eastman, with Damn The Torpedoes and Beth Piper finishing reserve for Stephens College. The two reversed the ribbons in the qualifier. Lyndi Skinner’s trip from Nebraska was worthwhile; she and Showboat’s Casino hit the winner’s circle twice for the AHSA Foundation Show Pleasure Youth Driving class and then the Show Pleasure Driving Stake.

Country Pleasure

Ten horses gathered for the Country Pleasure Over 18 Stake. Rita Dickroeger rose from third in the qualifier with Ollie By Golly for the win. William Woods University’s Who Ah won the qualifier with Megan Heintz up, but did not show back. Sarah John’s Sagacious Stonewall gained experience with his fourth in the novice to come back for the Country Pleasure Juvenile Stake win. Jane Steinkamp, mother of academy riders Melissa and Molly Steinkamp, had her own moment of glory with the handsome Lion King, winning the novice rider class. Rhonda Sue Dickerson won both Country Western Pleasure contests with Galahad’s Main Attraction. Elanwood’s What A Sport took the Shatner class blue. Both ASB Hunter classes went to Sharon Keogh and Lofty Gillen.


Alan Montgomery and Gone Country enjoyed both Road Horse class wins. Kent Swalla “out-foxed ‘em” with the Road Pony of the same name. Heartland’s Fly Away took the Road Pony Amateur win for Caleb Herbert. Kelsey Herbert kept it in the family by winning the Hackney Pleasure Driving and the AHHS Youth Medallion with Heartland Parade Time. Makayla Wessel guided Outa The Blue to the Pleasure Pony Medallion winner’s circle.

Oklahoma Futurity

Oklahoma Futurity classes were offered, and the weanling division sported seven entries. Anthony Mead handled Vanilla’s Blinding Light to win the championship for Willie Monroe after taking second to the John Wallen-led Sir Bright Star in the colt class. Jennifer Pitt owns the yearling champion and colt class winner Gypsy’s Half Moon Bay. Max Campioli led the pretty bay colt.

Saddle Seat Equitation

Scott Pisarik not only won the MHSA Medallion Finals riders under 18, but he also took the 13-and-under age group, then executed another good workout to win the Saddle Seat Equitation Stake. Kimmy German qualified for the 2004 UPHA Pleasure Challenge Cup Finals with her win. Morgan Shindler rode to the blue in the Pleasure Equitation class. Tiny Avis Van Zomeren won her first UPHA Challenge Cup 10-and-under cup, and Brooke Bowen continued her winning ways with wins in both the Walk-and-Trot Championship and the qualifier. Christina Sloan continued to win equitation classes, but now it was in the adult division. She took the MHSA Adult Finals and the USAE Medal. The Over 18 Equitation class belonged to Amanda Wright.

Academy Equitation

The Academy classes were filled to capacity, and the warm-up ring was a wild scene indeed as instructors shuffled kids on and off horses and in and out of the ring.

Space prevents listing all the winners; please check the results below.


Morgans starred in several classes at Calvary. William Woods University won two classes each with All That Jazz in English Pleasure and Cease the Moment in Pleasure Driving.

This concludes the highlights from the Calvary Episcopal show. Complete results follow for the four days of classes. They can also be found online.

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