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C-Fair Charity Horse Show

by Lauri Huston
Photos by Sonda Clubine


MONROE, Wash. - The 23rd annual C-Fair Charity Horse Show, sponsored by the Morgan Horse Club of Washington State, was held at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe, Wash., on Aug. 2 -5, 2007, benefiting the Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center in Seattle, Wash. The Children’s Hospital is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year and has helped children from all walks of life, income levels and regions across the West Coast. Their advancements in pediatric medicine have put them at the forefront of pediatric medical care and service.


This year the show has expanded from hosting Morgans, Saddlebreds and Friesians to including Hackney Horses which is just starting its organization and this was the first A rated show for the breed on the West Coast. This was an exciting addition and the diversity of the show is a great opportunity for everyone to see and experience the many talents showcased in each of the other breeds. Nancy Becker served as the judge at this year’s show, which featured an increase in the number of horses in no small part due to the work and promotion of all committee members.


Show Manager Lynn Coe

with Judge Nancy Becker.


The committee is comprised of representatives from each breed. Both the committee and show management worked hard to put on a show that would be relaxed, fun and user friendly to all the exhibitors. The enthusiasm of the exhibitors from all the breeds was evident around the fairgrounds. There was great audience support for all of the classes that showcased the breeds within their own classes as well as the classes open to all breeds. The cooperation and support exhibitors showed for each other within their groups and outside made for a relaxed and fun atmosphere.


The Friesian Liberty class is becoming a Friday night party tradition with the big horses doing a liberty performance to a two-minute musical program at the end of which the handlers have 45 seconds to catch the performer.  Each one displayed beauty and grace at jubilant gallops and bold springy trots then just as easily transitioned to a quiet stop to either wait for their handler or walk up to the handler and be led quietly away.  The audience was enthusiastic and supportive while nibbling on snacks provided by the Friesian group.  Each breed works to contribute some fun activity for the show and this was one of the most entertaining. The Morgan group contributed a lovely center ring decoration set up this year and the Saddlebred contingent put together a silent auction to help raise additional funds for the beneficiary of the show, Children’s Hospital.


The Saturday evening session began with the popular costume class in which all breeds participate and there was everything from a beautifully turned out Morgan in full period costume side saddle regalia to knights on Friesian war horses to Superhero Saddlebreds. Morgans carried the day in the Costume Sweepstakes class taking the top three spots out of a nine-entry field! The evening ended with the exhibitors’ party that featured a buffet and a live country western band that had folks dancing and enjoying themselves after a long day of showing.


Winners of the Costume Sweepstakes

Marni Lehman and Kimberly Forster with

Desiderata Tosca and Sunshade Mr Kahler


There was not a canceled class in the Sunday championship sessions and the show ended on a sunny and warm note compared with the relatively cool and drizzly start. The show committee continues planning and enhancements for the show in the up coming year that will help continue to draw both exhibitors and the public for the benefit of a very worthy cause.


Complete show results can be found by clicking here.


Seen at C-Fair Charity:


Pleasure Hackney Horse Working winner

Celtic Hot Toddy with Sandra Singleton



Morgan Western Pleasure Champion

Cabot Manifest Destiny and Teri Rumens


The show honored the Show Corporate Sponsors

and Stall Decoration Award Winners.


Devon Corbett admiring his leadline medal

astride Red Oak's Imagine Me


Morgan Hunter Pleasure Amateur Stake Champion

Irish Expression and Maxi Gumprecht


Open Breed Pleasure Driving winner

Wanda Fan't Wyldpaed and Leo Zylstra


Winner of the Three-Gaited Show Pleasure Stake

CH Harlem's Special Music and Courtney Hayden


Morgan English Pleasure Champion

KGA Odyssey and Elra Tonkin


UPHA Challenge Cup winner

Kimberly Erickson and London Times


Five-Gaited Open Stake Champions
Hero's Special Edition and Tina Sutter

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