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Champions and Sunshine at Harvest Days



Judge                     Brian Reimer

Photographer           Doug Shiflet

Announcer               Jim Reynolds

Ringmaster              Tom Bloch

Paddock Master        Tanker Pruitt

Farrier                    James Witherspoon

Organist                  Dale Stone

Show Chairs             Stephanie Cejas

                             Pam Thomas

Show Secretary        Beth Snider

by Katherine Hansil

, Fla.- The 39th Harvest Days Horse Show was held at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa on Nov. 3-5, 2006. The Tampa Horse Show Association is also responsible for one of the first shows in the spring the Tampa Charity Horse Show hosts the show. This group with its two great shows has raised over $150,000 to make Tampa a better place to live. The proceeds from Harvest Days currently benefit the Scottish Rite Foundation of Florida, which provides clinics for the treatment of childhood language disorders.


Harvest Days closes out the season for the Florida barns and some barns from Georgia with a slightly less formal and more fun oriented show but still with top competition in Saddlebred, Morgan, roadster, Hackney and academy divisions.  With great weather and great competition it was a wonderful weekend for a horse show. 


After Friday evening’s session the show held its Equine Costume class and Pet Costume class and the entries were out in full force to have a little extra fun. This has been a long-standing tradition since the show always falls around the Halloween weekend. After viewing the tough competition the panel of judges awarded the blue ribbon to the The Pumpkin Patch with Kelsey Thomas and Chloe Hooper.  Then the show went to the dogs with great entries like Wonder Woman, Dorothy and Toto and the Mad Scientist.  But no one could resist the pumpkin patch entry where Ellie Lang was dressed in a pumpkin with her dad, Andy, as a scarecrow pushing the carriage pumpkin patch with their faithful canine, Cooper, tagging along.  For the second year in a row reserve honors went to the team of Anna Hansil, Leigh Anne Rodgers and Chelsea, dressed this year as witches. The fun did not stop there as everyone joined together ringside to enjoy a great Tacky Tourist Exhibitors’ Party. Known for their festively themed parties this was no exception and taking top honors was Anne Judd in her “tacky” outfit.


Finishing out a great season the team of He’s Real Good and Mary Jane Curtis swept the amateur five-gaited division under the direction of Bill Rodgers.  Reserve championship honors went to the winning junior exhibitor team of Blazing Day PHF and Hope Norman.  Reserve in the amateur class with a strong third in the championship went to Sun Times Commander and Trisha Long. 


Blair Redlhammer was aboard the toppy Déjà Vu’s Delight to win the Open Three-Gaited Jackpot Championship.  MJO Stables team of Champagne Reve and Christina Shahum topped the amateur three-gaited division marking the second year in a row a Mary Jo Schmidt team has topped this division. 


David Chretien was aboard the talented Ah! What A Night to debut under her new owners Val Johnson and Shirley Giraudo to win the Open Three-Gaited Park Jackpot Championship.  Worthy One’s Rhythm made his entrance into this division winning the Junior/Novice Three-Gaited Park with Blair Redlhammer in the irons.  This team returned to capture the reserve in the jackpot championship for Andres Herrera. 


Hidden Agenda and Joy Rodak were in top form to sweep the amateur/junior exhibitor park division.  Callaway’s Tobar and Ali DeGray moved up a notch to capture the reserve in the championship with Without Prejudice and Allison Beard earning reserve in the qualifier. 


For the second year in a row Denzel and Yvonne Herrera were in top form with his sleek black image and her beautiful outfit to win the Fine Harness class in their only appearance.  Reserve honors went to River Wild and Elaine Dooley presenting for Dee Dee Gordon. 


Top Star Willie and Paul Misiewicz and Humdinger and James Rosburg love to compete together and this year they turned up the heat.  For the past three years Top Star Willie has won the Roadster To Bike Championship but this year a new team was crowned winner as Humdinger and James Rosburg won the championship and the qualifier.  Top Star Willie and Paul Misiewicz graciously accepted reserve.


Yvonne Herrera was back to the winner’s circle, not once more but twice, sweeping the open road pony championship and amateur qualifier with Heartland High Fashion. Reserve honors in the championship went to a new team.  Mackenzie Ligas and Cherry’s Wild Dream turned in two great drives winning the junior exhibitor qualifier and reserve open championship titles.


For the second year in a row Pam Thomas had two great drives with Heartland Fireworks to sweep the Hackney pony pleasure driving division under the direction of Anne Judd.  Reserve championship honors went to the young star Holly Go Lightly with Helen Rosburg on the lines.  Reserve in the qualifier went to Bearcreek The Chosen One and Katherine Gleeson. 


Repeating their wins from 2005, The Denali and Jessica Anderson turned in two flawless rides to capture both victories in the five-gaited pleasure division under the Judd Stables banner. Both reserve honors went to Blue Crush and Key Tucker.  


Betty Valenti was thrilled with her ride aboard Delay Of Game TS moving up a notch to win the Adult Three-Gaited Show Pleasure Championship for the Judd Stables banner.  Reserve championship honors went to Dali with Frank Rozzo in the irons.  Earlier this team won a reserve in the novice rider qualifier.  In the qualifier the blue went to He’s Real Bad and Kim Boros in their only appearance for Bon Mar Farms. 


Marcy Scardino was thrilled with her rides aboard Invitation Required, closing out their season and junior exhibitor career by sweeping the junior exhibitor three-gaited show pleasure division.  Reserve championship honors went to the sporty Mo Rhythm and Christine Freeman.  Reserve in the qualifier went to the Ruth Gimpel-trained Seismic Force and Amy Greenberg.  Pikachu and Melanie Mullis topped the Novice Rider Three-Gaited Show Pleasure. 


In their first show together Soulful Warrior and Jamie Boros had a comeback ride to win the Walk and Trot Pleasure Championship.  Earning reserve championship honors was the winner of the 12 and over qualifier, Piatt Steele and Shelby Fahlman.  West Coast Morgans did a one-two in the 11 and under qualifier with Night On The Town and Taylor Ekovich winning and DMMF Confident Aire and Rachel Roth in for reserve. 


Sweeping the show pleasure driving division was the Bobbin Hollow team of A Lil Wild and Mary Adams presenting for Henry and Varveris.  Circle Of A Promise and James Rosburg debuted together to earn both reserves. 


Eleanor Oliver had two flawless rides aboard I’m A Starmaker to capture both the championship and qualifying wins in the adult country pleasure division.  Both reserve honors went to Rivendell’s Thumbelina and Samantha Altheide. 


SS Santana’s Keep The Faith and Hannah Wainwright turned in a pleasure perfect ride to win the Junior Exhibitor Country Pleasure Championship under the direction of Cathy and Wayne Hackney.  Earlier they captured the junior exhibitor qualifier and novice rider qualifier reserves.  Reserve championship honors went to Telemark’s Choice and Kristen Weisblat.  Winning the novice rider qualifier were The King’s Romance and Reilly Thatcher.  In the junior exhibitor qualifier the blue went to Kalarama’s High Roller and Ali DeGray in their only appearance. 


Val Johnson was on the lines to sweep the country pleasure driving division with Eyes Wide Open.  Reserve honors went the awesome Somersby and Dr. Harvey Greenberg in his show ring debut.  Champ At The Bit and Key Tucker topped the western country pleasure division winning the beautiful Jill Reynolds Memorial Trophy. 


Pam Roush instructed the poised Amber Pitts to the win in the Senior Saddle Seat Equitation Championship and qualifier.  Jayne Major earned both reserves.  Stablemate Christine Thomas was in top form to sweep the junior saddle seat division for the Judd Stables banner.  Reserve in both classes went to Rosie Tuzik.  Esme Yarnell won the walk and trot equitation. 


In the Morgan divisions, the Gray family dominated the open English pleasure with Betty and Jason Gray winning the top two spots.  Switching spots Betty Gray returned to win the open championship aboard The Wild Adonis for Mary Jane Bonfili with Jason Gray receiving the reserve aboard The Warlord for Ron Reid.  Earlier The Warlord won the qualifier with The Wild Adonis in for reserve.  HVK Flaire Park and Glenn Winograd picked up a pair of wins sweeping the amateur English pleasure division with HVK Diamond Bold and Cliona Curran earning both reserves.  MEM Reality Check and Chloe Hopper won both classes in the junior exhibitor division.  Jason Grey returned to the winner’s circle sweeping the pleasure driving with ELM Rock Danielle for Edith Cram. 


Alicia Davis and her beloved Raindrops Good As It Gets swept the classic pleasure division with two flawless rides.  Snip A Pepper and Carola Chapman earned three reserve titles, one each in the Classic Pleasure Championship and qualifier and the novice rider qualifier.  Tornado Watch and Nicole Webster had a comeback ride to win the junior exhibitor championship.  Winning the qualifier were Ms. Hot Tamale and Jessica Stone.  They returned to capture the reserve championship title.  Reserve in the qualifier went to CFP Time Chaser and Rachel Sacks.  DAF Monte Cristo picked up a pair of wins in the classic pleasure driving with Chauncey Felker on the lines. 


BEL Cavallo Prima Donna earned a hat trick in the western pleasure division with Doris Bazzini in the saddle winning the amateur qualifier and open championship and Valarie Siemer winning the open qualifier.  DRF Divine Design earned reserve in the championship and open qualifier with Vicki Eby Paar.  Ensbrook Commanding Force and Caralee Conklin captured the reserve amateur title.  CBMF Danger Zone and Kelsey Thomas earned both trips to the winner’s circle in the hunter division with AFF Forgot My Sock and Kelsie Cobb in for both reserves. 


FCF Protégé and Cassie Bell had a great ride to win the 11 and Under Walk and Trot with DMMF Confident Aire and Rachel Roth in for reserve.  With polish Jessica Stone topped the Classic Pleasure Equitation under the direction of Lark Henry.  Reserve honors went to Nichole Webster. 


Winning the all breed English Pleasure Championship and qualifier was My New Toi LOA.  Austin Smith was aboard for the championship win while Rachel Gard turned in a great catch ride in the qualifier.  Rommy and Rachel Misiewicz earned both reserves for the Avalon banner.  Sensational Beth and Caryl Stephens had a comeback ride to win the All Breed Hunter Championship.  Orcland’s Tiger Woods and Karen Regrut captured both reserves.  Winning the qualifier were CBMF Danger Zone and Kelsey Thomas. 


The show closed out Sunday afternoon with a full schedule of academy. Winning top ribbons in their divisions were: Grace McDonnell, Amanda Pray, Ann Quick, Stephanie Olthoff, Jennifer Anderson, Mallory Suarez, Lauren Rogue, Catherine Bornscheuer, Susan Zimmer, Kyra Ciotti, Madison Hubbard, Brianna Anderson, Andrea Lewis, Nicholas Villamizer, Alexa Weintraub, Danielle Lail, Courtney Maki, Katie Dunn, Zachary Yasin and Taylor Nelson. 


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