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Chattanooga Continuing to Grow

by Katherine Hansil

Cleveland, Tenn.- The Chattanooga-Cleveland Charity Horse Show celebrated its 29th anniversary with an awesome show held at the
Tri-State Exhibition Center in Cleveland, Tenn., on the outskirts on Chattanooga. Over the past several years the facility has seen several changes. The show ring has been covered and a new permanent barn added. Also new this year was music on Thursday and Friday evenings provided by the Legionnaire Band. One thing that has not changed however is the competition. Barns from Kentucky to Florida and all points between continued to attend with this year’s attendance hitting over 445 stalls sold.

Along with its outstanding competition the show has something extra as well. On Tuesday before the show began, Creekridge, owned by the Jones family, hosted their welcome party inviting everyone to the extensive grounds of the estate. In the clubhouse a huge party was held with great food. While there, everyone toured the grounds including a two-story tree house, stable, buildings with exotic birds and reptiles and much more. On Friday after the evening performance everyone enjoyed a pizza party. And if you had food on the mind, vendors were there to serve with great eats like grilled corn on the cob, barbecue, quesadillas, funnel cakes and ice cream.

One of the great things about this show is not the show at all. Just outside the area is Chattanooga with many things to experience. With the Tennessee Aquarium, Children’s Museum and the Riverwalk Music Festival all a short drive away, it was easy to keep the family busy during the off hours. Also close by are the beautiful Ruby Falls and Rock City, not to mention great rafting and hiking.

With an improving facility, great competition, hospitality and outside fun, it is easy to see how this show continues to grow. The show benefits the Signal Centers, which provides community-based programs of education and support for children, adults and families with physical, educational and socioeconomic challenges to promote their independence. Each night the show began with the Robert DeBord and Rhythm’s Top Gun presenting the American flag. On Saturday officials were brought into the ring with a grand carriage pulled by a team of four beautiful Friesians.


Topping the coveted Five-Gaited Jackpot Championship was the Roseridge Heir son Worthy’s American Society. Sam Stafford presented this grand horse for owner Chris Long-Schubert. Earning the red streamers was the high headed A Genesis with Maria Gilman in the irons for Barbara Woods.

In the ladies class, the blue ribbon belonged to Japonica and Marjorie Judd for Lydia Bailey. Deborah Richardson presented her consistent performer Cheers Cheers to the red streamers. Sweeping the amateur division was the Worthy Son bred Worthy Design and Key Everhart-Waller with two outstanding performances. Reserve in the championship went to Callaway’s Holy Moly and Rachel Seifert. In the qualifier the red ribbon went to Lawman and Frank Jones in their only performance together.

The junior exhibitor team of She’s Fancy Free and Cory Vetter earned back-to-back wins in the five-gaited division. This new team has really come together in a short time under the direction of Marilyn Macfarlane. CH Spindazzle and Ashton Hale moved up to earn the reserve in the championship with a fabulous performance. Reserve in the qualifier went to an excited Regena Breeden aboard Bourbon And Jewels. Ashton Hale earned two trips to the winner’s circle aboard The Dreamcatcher for Little Cahaba Properties.

The powerful Out With The Ladies and Darell Cruse made the trip to the winner’s circle in the competitive novice class for Frank Jones. This makes the second year in a row this owner/trainer combination have won this class. Reserve honors went to Jewel’s Competitor and Janet Crampton-Herd.

Spirited Conversation and Carl Irwin earned the blue ribbon in the junior class for Happy Valley Farm. This young star is out of their breeding program and by
Harlem’s Friendly Conversation. I’m A Skywatcher and Bill Schoeman received the reserve title for Lori and Larry Schmidt.

The Desert’s Supreme Memories-bred mare Essence Of Heaven was the star of the Three-Year-Old Five-Gaited with Maria Gilman in the irons for Barbara Woods. Late Nite Fun and Darell Cruse earned the red ribbon for Frank Jones.

Winning the novice rider class was a thrilled Ann Boyd aboard Saturday Night Magic with I’m Sneaky Pete and Tiffany Brown in for reserve.


The new team of Devote and Key Everhart-Waller were elegant as they marched down the rail to accept the tricolor in the Three-Gaited Jackpot Championship. Earlier in the week this team earned the red ribbon in the amateur qualifier. Reserve in the championship went to The Harlem Bay and Brian Reimer for Mary Alice Gall.

Judd Stables dominated the amateur, ladies and junior exhibitor classes with five winning performances. For the second year in a row Amber Lager and Anitya Marlowe made the trip to the winner’s circle in the amateur championship. This team also won the amateur qualifier. In the Ladies Three-Gaited, Jessica Anderson expertly piloted Smoke Gets In Your Eyes to the winner’s circle for Jayo Family Corporation. Sweeping the junior exhibitor division was the well-matched team of Keeper Of The Stars and Jackie De La Parte.

CH Biras Creek and Vicki Gillenwater moved up to claim the reserve in the amateur championship with a super ride. In the ladies class, Debbie Tolliver’s new mount Mega Volt earned the reserve title.

Taking time out from equitation, Belle Owen moved into the performance division aboard Show Biz Time. This lovely team earned both reserve titles in the junior exhibitor division under the direction of James Nichols and Brooke Hovey-Graves.

Sam Stafford was back in the spotlight as he earned the win for Creekridge, LLC with Lovin’ Lass in the Junior Three-Gaited. Reserve honors went to Redhawk’s Lady Hawk and Debbie Tolliver for Brian Turner.

Debbie Koning expertly presented Brilliant Amber to the blue ribbon in the Novice Three-Gaited for David Crockett. Reserve went to Worry Awhile and Bill Schoeman for Lori and Larry Schmidt.

Kalarama’s Sparkle Plenty by Harlem Superior earned the blue in the Three-Year-Old Three-Gaited with Jon Wallace in the irons for Penny Lane Farm. Baby Fox and Maria Gilman garnered the red streamers for Barbara Woods.

The new team of Lady Latte and Lexi Rueff added another blue ribbon to the Betsy Webb Stables banner with their winning performance in the Novice Rider Three-Gaited. Stephanie Turner and Redhawk’s Lady Hawk earned the red streamers.

The Betsy Webb Stables team of S.S. Catch My Act and Taylor Young were picture perfect to sweep the three-gaited pony division. The talented Jennifer Shell presented Simbara’s Stars And Striped to both reserve titles for David Crockett.

Three-Gaited Park

Richardson Stables dominated the park division sweeping the open and amateur divisions. This made the second year in a row both Tommy and Deborah Richardson have won the championships. This year Tommy Richardson presented the high-headed Green Top to the wins in the open division. Sweeping the amateur division was Secret Cash Deposit and Deborah Richardson with two tremendous performances.

Reserve in the open championship and qualifier went to the elegant Vuarnet and James Nichols presenting for Jan Small Beth. Reserve in the amateur qualifier went to CH The Top Banana and Crystal Brown-Seals. Jeff Hurst turned in a great catch ride to garner the red streamers in the amateur championship aboard Handsome Heir for Alde-Mar.

Moving up several notches to win the Junior Exhibitor Three-Gaited Park Championship with an exceptional performance was Princess Periafter and Stephanie Lockyer. Reserve tricolor honors went to bold American Cuisine and Allison Moore. Winning the qualifier was the Judd Stables team of Discover and Jenna Palmeri. Ashton Hale showed the handsome Best Day Ever to the red ribbon in the junior exhibitor qualifier.

Fine Harness

With a commanding performance, Callaway’s Carnegie Hall and John Wrather moved up a place to win the Fine Harness Championship under the direction of Janet Crampton-Herd. Earlier this team earned the red streamers in the Amateur Fine Harness. Last Waltz and Judy Harrison earned the reserve title in the championship. Winner of the amateur class was the magnificent CH Radiant Success with Rachel Seifert on the lines in their only appearance.

Winning the junior class was Reveal and Carl Irwin for Happy Valley Farm. Willie Bracket topped the Three-Year-Old Fine Harness with Kelly Freeman on the lines for Creekridge, LLC. By CF First Night Out, Willie Bracket is only a two-year-old and is the first foal out of Viola Madden. Garnering the red streamers was Worry No More and Bill Schoeman for Lori and Larry Schmidt.


James Nichols was on the lines of Royal Count to win the Roadster To Bike Championship. Earlier Dale Hanson was in control to win the amateur qualifier. Earning the reserve championship title and the amateur reserve qualifying title was Highway 66 and John Songer. The new speedster from Crockett, T.J. Honor, won the open qualifier with Debbie Koning piloting. Risky Business RS and Judy Harrison took home the reserve in the open qualifier.


St. Patrick and Chris Long-Schubert turned in two tremendous performances to sweep the open road pony division. Reserve in both classes went to Seamair Twice As Nice with Jimmy Womble on the lines for Frank Polley.

Heartland Wonderful Miss with Abby Jones in the bike swept the amateur road pony division for Creekridge, LLC. Twin Willow’s North Star and Renee McCall moved up a notch to claim the reserve championship title under the direction of Chad Chandler. Vicki Gillenwater was on the lines to earn the reserve in the amateur qualifier with Picture Perfect.

In his first show out of academy Ben Ferreby had a thrilling victory in the Junior Exhibitor Road Pony Championship with a comeback drive with Twin Willow’s Broadway Joe for Marilyn Macfarlane. In the qualifier the blue ribbon went to the multi-talented Shelby Reimer with So Irresistible. This team returned to earn the reserve championship title. In between the bike classes they won the under saddle class. Dash and Ashley McKenzie earned the red ribbon in the qualifier under the direction of Janet Crampton-Herd. In the under saddle class Swizzle Stick and Alissa Phillips took home the red streamers.

Cascade and Sharon Chrisman paraded around the ring to sweep the harness pony division with two outstanding performances. Lib Jones presented Neon Deon to the reserve championship title while Wait & See’s Whiz Bank and Robin Haynes earned the red in the qualifier.

Black Merlin had two bold performances to sweep the Hackney pony division with Debbie Koning on the lines for David Crockett. Believe It and Tina Gunby Smith earned both reserves for Sallie Turner.

Pride’s Perfection and Kevin Ingram moved up a place to claim the Hackney Pleasure Driving Pony Championship title for Delton Farms. In the qualifier the blue ribbon went to the pleasure perfect Wild Wind and Charlotte Wrather. This team returned for the reserve in the championship.

Show Pleasure

Who would have thought for two years in a row a horse would throw a shoe in the same class and for two years it could not be repaired to finish the qualifier? Seems like a run of bad luck but Jessica Anderson did not let it hold her back. She returned with The Denali and turned in a pleasure-perfect performance to win the Five-Gaited Show Pleasure Championship. Winning the qualifier and returning for the reserve title in the championship was Callaway’s Quasar and Gayle Jones. Verdi and Rachel Stroud received the reserve title in the qualifier and returned for a strong third in the championship.

CH Champagne Bob and Belle Owen moved up a notch to claim the Junior Exhibitor Five-Gaited Show Pleasure Championship after an earlier red ribbon in the qualifier. Just My Type and Taylor Norris earned the blue in the qualifier and returned to claim the reserve in the championship for the team of owners Tolliver and Gheen.

In the adult three-gaited show pleasure division the competition was steep and there was no room for mistakes. For the second year in a row CH Sweet Virginia was flawless for Barbara Woods with a solid and bold performance. This great team swept the division hanging another blue and tricolor on the Judd Stables banner. The well-matched team of Lookin’ Yonder and Laura Dozer earned both reserve titles with two outstanding performances under the direction of James Nichols.


Brittany McNamara aboard Holy Grail turned up the heat and had a tremendous comeback to win the competitive 14-17 show pleasure championship. The talented Shelby Reimer earned the blue ribbon in the qualifier aboard her striking Columbia Buckaneer and returned in the championship for the reserve title. Reserve in the qualifier also hung on the Brian Reimer Stables banner with the performance from Majestic Worries and Emma Price.

CH My Special Sultan and Stephanie Lockyer continued their winning streak, sweeping the 13-and-under division with two performances filled with attitude and confidence. Reserve in both classes went to the team of Melrose First Edition and Ashley Judd.

In the novice rider class the top honor went to Sky Flier and Nina Hobbs from Betsy Webb Stables. Reserve went to the Stepping Stone team of Sultan’s Miracle Man and Elizabeth Stevenson. Salvation and Jamie Cantrell took home the blue in the amateur owned and trained with CH Hear The Beat and Deborah Richardson in for reserve.

In the Junior Three-Gaited Show Pleasure Prospect, Maria Gilman was in the irons aboard Delay Of Game TS winning for Betty Valenti. Reserve honors went to Cataprophet and Jon Wallace for Penny Lane Farm. In the Three-Gaited Show Pleasure Prospect the blue ribbon went to the sporty Music Of The Heir with Marilyn Macfarlane presenting for Robin Haynes. Reserve went to last year’s winner Shady Creek’s Sensation with James Nichols up for Gayle Jones.

The Show Pleasure Driving also had a sweep as I’m An Early Riser and Mary Lynn McMains turned in two bold performances for the wins. CH Harlem Heat and Lib Jones had a super drive to earn the reserve championship title, and Jeff Hurst was on the lines for Janet Kellett for the reserve title in the qualifier with CF Private Night Out.

Holiday Brew and Lillian Young continued Judd Stables successful week adding two more titles to their banner. Young presented her pony to back-to-back wins in the Three-Gaited Show Pleasure Pony. Reserve in the championship went to the hard-riding Reagan Huguley aboard She’s A Pop Tart. In the qualifier the red ribbon went to Wishes Fulfilled and Alissa Phillips.

Country Pleasure

Deborah Richardson was a force in the country pleasure division whether English or western. She wore the blues, tricolors and red streamers in both disciplines. In the adult three-gaited country pleasure,
Richardson swept the division with her new star My Secret Heir. Deborah continued to add ribbons to her banner with her consistent CH Vincent Van Gogh. CH Vincent Van Gogh swept the western country pleasure division. He proved his versatility winning the ASHAT Country Pleasure and earning the red ribbon in the amateur owned and trained.

Winning the amateur owned and trained class was Highpoint’s Fancy Cat and Toree Hefner. This team returned to claim the reserve title in the adult championship. In the adult qualifier the flashy Hula Popper with Susan Hanna earned the reserve title. Reserve in the ASHAT qualifier went to Reynolds Rap and Aggie Bane.

In the junior exhibitor division it was Americana’s Flight and Alexis Braswell earning the glory. This consistent horse who never put an ear back won the age combined championship and the 14-17 qualifier. Reserve in the championship went to the standout team of Glider Supreme and Emma Grubb from Pine Haven Stables. In the 13-and-under qualifier Callaway’s Blue Agate and Emily Burglass topped the competition. Prince Town BH and Andrea Simpson earned the red ribbon in their second performance in this division. They recently moved up from 12 and under walk and trot pleasure. Earning the reserve in the 14-17 qualifier was Ultra On Forty-Second Street and Katie Switzer for Delton Farms. This team returned to win the novice rider class. Highpoint’s Attitude and Rachel Rafolski earned the red ribbon in the novice rider class.

For the second year in a row Cheryl Rhoton has won the top honors in the Country Pleasure Driving Championship. This year she did it with her new horse Sweet Intentions. This team also won the qualifier. Reserve in both classes went to the Janet Crampton-Herd trained Talk Radio and John Wrather.


Sondra Hodgson had a successful week winning the Saddle Seat Equitation Championship under the direction of Betsy Webb and Kathryn Rodosky. Hodgson also won the UPHA Pleasure Equitation Challenge Cup. Reserve in the championship went to the Madison Mahaffey, instructed by Courtney Huguley. Rachel Rafolski earned the blue in the 11-17 qualifier under the direction of Christy Parker.

Elizabeth Stevenson earned the red ribbon, instructed by Courtney Huguley. Nancy Leslie topped the 10 and under division from Brian Reimer Stables. Madison Hawes went two-for-two as she won both the UPHA Walk and Trot Equitation Challenge Cup and the 10 and Under Walk and Trot Equitation under the direction of Betsy Webb and Kathryn Rodosky. Jamison Baker earned both reserve titles in the walk and trot division under the guidance of Jennifer Alvis. Kevin Ingram turned in two solid performances to win the Adult Equitation and UPHA Adult Challenge Cup.

Jayne Major was poised and polished to win the Saddle and Bridle’s Pleasure Equitation Medallion 14-17 class for the Judd Stables banner. Nina Hobbs from Betsy Webb Stables earned the reserve. Madison Mahaffey from Stepping Stone topped the 13-and-under division with Lauren Byrd in for reserve. In the UPHA Pleasure Equitation Challenge Cup, Shelby Reimer earned the reserve title.


CH Hear The Beat and Deborah Richardson topped the Model class. Reserve honors went to Radiant Event and Christy Parker for Erika Clements.


Saturday afternoon belonged to the academy riders with many riding programs competing. Winning top ribbons in their divisions were Mattie Harden, Claire Badgley, Melissa Henry, Marcie Richard, Katie Lichtenstein, Holli McLeod, Karen Tilman, Morgan Johnson, Michele Jeckel, John Alvis, Morgan Keith, Dylan Hines, Alexis Landreth, Kaylee Norman, Hannah Abrams, Jane Walsh, Skylar Rueff, Alissa McDaniels, Melissa Coral, Mary Lillian Tessman and Haley Davis. Championships were held as well at the end of the session. Winning the walk, trot and canter was Marcie Richard with Katie Lichtenstein in for reserve. Morgan Keith returned to win the 11-and-over walk and trot with Holli McLeod in for reserve. Skylar Rueff was the star in the 10-and Under Walk and Trot Championship with Alexis Landreth in for reserve.


Complete results for Chattanooga Charity can be found by clicking on SHOW RESULTS.

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