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Citrus Cup Regional Records Sellout

The Citrus Cup Regional Morgan Horse Show hosted a sellout crowd on April 18 - 21. The show featured over 150 horses filling all of the available stalls on the show grounds. The show was well supported by stables from throughout Florida as well as the neighboring states of Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Citrus Cup once again opened the season as the first of ten AMHA Regional Championships. Citrus Cup has been the AMHA Region 4 Championship since 1996 and has called the Canterbury Equestrian Show Place its home since 1993. While the show ring competition was receiving praise with some top champions and impressive youngsters demonstrating their talents, Citrus Cup maintained its well known relaxed atmosphere. The show always offers its exhibitors and spectators plenty of chances to gather during and after the show. The hospitality began each morning at Centerpointe sponsored by Kenton and Katrina Wood of Graywood Stables. A large crowd took part in the progressive barn party on Thursday evening after the show with flags signifying the many participating barns. Partygoers were also eligible for some great raffle prizes at each stop on the party tour. Following the conclusion of Friday's daytime session, a well attended AMHA/USAE Rules Forum under the direction of Jane Blue took place. The Citrus Cup exhibitor's party, held in a large ringside tent, was the center of Friday night's entertainment. There was a good turnout in spite of some stormy weather a bit earlier which caused the show to begin an hour late. Everyone gathered for the show’s grand finale following the last class of the show on Saturday night to toast the Citrus Cup champions at the afterglow breakfast in the show arena. Citrus Cup featured many special presentations held in center ring. Diane Tanguay was again in charge of the Youth of the Year Contest which featured Caralee Conklin earning a trip to Oklahoma as well as a replica of the Jennifer Montgomery Perpetual Trophy as the Senior Youth of the Year with Brittany Morris in reserve. It was Rachel McNealy who the title of Junior Youth Of The Year with Mackenzie Ligas collecting the reserve honors. Mr. Versatility himself, UVM Windfall drove away as the High Point Carriage Driving Champion and also earned the UVM Windfall Sport Horse Challenge with Big D Delilah K following in reserve in both divisions. DJJJ King of the Night collected the Dressage High Score Award with MLF Emotion in reserve. C-A-U-M Spiderman hurtled his way to the High Point Working Hunter Award with PTR Joint Venture following in reserve. The Citrus Cup was presented by the Florida Morgan Horse Association under the direction of president Jane Brown. Alicia Davis continued her tenure of outstanding service as show chairman and was delighted with this year's edition. In addition to Davis, the list of show officials also included; show manager Euchee Matthews, show secretary Martie Healy, USAE Steward Jane Blue, announcer Jeff Hyman, photographer Shane Shiflet, and ringmaster Janet Barber along with numerous other committee members and volunteers. John McDonald officiated in all of the performance, equitation and in hand classes while Heidi Erickson scored the dressage division. In Hand The Citrus Cup show ring activity got off to a toasty start on Wednesday afternoon with all of the stallion, mare and gelding in hand classes. The mares were first to hit the ring with Latours Lady Jonysis earning the first blue ribbon presentation. Tom Johnson showed the winning Yearling Filly for Brenda Matusik. Centerpointe started a winning week with the flashy MLB The Madame making a shining presentation as the Two-Year-Old, Junior and Grand Champion Mare. Richard Boulé was on the lead of this elegant youngster for Laurie Shroyer-Faust. Arboria Morgans continued its fourth show season in its home state of Florida at Citrus Cup. The captivating Arboria Anastasia posed as the Reserve Junior and Reserve Grand Champion Mare with Tom Johnson presenting for Dale Farabee's Arboria Morgans. The Gelding In Hand classes followed with KMB Turn The Page beginning a winning show as the Three and Four-Year-Old gelding winner as well as the Grand Champion Gelding. Kristi Buehrle was proud as Larry Bonnell showed her sporty chestnut youngster out of her many time champion Sabal Chase Commanda. The Gulfwind Morgan breeding program turned out another winning youngster in Gulfwind Triple Dare sired by Tug Hill Commando. The refined chestnut struck a winning pose in the Two and Under Geldings and returned to be named Reserve Grand Champion Gelding with Margaret McKnight Karrh presenting. The stallion in hand classes featured some crowd pleasing entertainment again this year. Arboria Morgans had another sharp youngster in Arboria Gold Coast. The bold chestnut Bourbon Street son topped a nice class of Yearling Colts and went on to be named Reserve Junior Champion Stallion with Tom Johnson on the lead. Raindrops Chisum showed a world of promise as Euchee Matthews showed the son of Three Wishes and World Champion Touch Of Minx to the Two-Year-Old Stallions victory. Alicia Davis was proud of the promising youngster as he went on to be named Junior Champion Stallion and Reserve Grand Champion Stallion. It was a touching moment when Cheri Barber presented Grand Cru Dom Perignon to the Grand Champion Stallion honors. This dynamic chestnut did his late sire Treble's Willy Wild proud as posed for the tricolor for Barber and co-owners Gary and Marianne Smith. He began by topping the Three-Year-Old and Senior Champion Stallion competitions as well. Shanarra's Martial Law and Raymond Diehl took home a tricolor of their own with the Reserve Senior Champion Stallion honors. The Friday night session featured the Citrus Cup Yearling Sweepstakes as the first competition on the schedule with six outstanding entries vying for the Forever Spring Wild Willow Perpetual Trophy. The offspring of Three Wishes continued their domination of this class as Grand Cru Wish And Tell captured top honors. Cheri Barber was assisted by Conky Price in the presentation of this promising youngster owned by John and Karen Teller. Arboria Gold Coast made his presence known once again as he collected the reserve honors for Arboria Morgans. Park The Citrus Cup audience got the chance to see the winning style of the reigning Amateur Park Saddle Reserve World Championship team of Mantic Bullseye and Kristi Buehrle. They returned to the site of their team debut to capture the Amateur Park Saddle blue and tricolor for owner William Bandy. The up and coming team of Relentless Pursuit and Meredith Regal followed up with the Amateur Park Saddle Reserve Championship following a polished win in the Junior Exhibitor Park Saddle. There was no trouble in sight for Symphonee There's Trouble as Kelly Meyers rode the Paul and Sue Smith entry to the Ladies Park Saddle blue as well as the Park Saddle Championship victory. Miss Somomauk was very reminiscent of her world champion dam Brentwood Bracelet as she performed with Larry Bonnell for owner Pat Koch. The expressive black mare paraded away with top honors in the Open Park Harness qualifier and championship. Mary Brannon had a number of impressive young entries including the Junior Park Harness winner HVK Hot Ember, owned by Mary and Charlie Brannon. English Pleasure The English Pleasure division contained many entertaining classes with proven entries vying for top honors along with a cast of promising youngsters. The $1,000 Open English Pleasure Championship brought the show to an exciting finish with a trio of top winning geldings vying for the grand prize. World Champion AKM Manhattan and his determined new trainer Krista Dent put on a dazzling show of championship style to earn top honors for Manhattan's jubilant new owner Sally Lawing. HVK Diamond Bold enjoyed a great start for new owner Channing Ligas and trainer Rick Davis with his wins at Tampa Charity. They earned more fans at Citrus Cup as Davis rode the fronty gelding to the English Pleasure Reserve Championship. The always entertaining Salem Foreign Exchange bested all of the competition to earn the English Pleasure Stallion and Gelding blue with Larry Bonnell aboard for Graywood Stables. Larry Bonnell locked up the qualifiers with PKW Personality showing off her winning personality in the English Pleasure Mares for Kathleen Wentworth. Mary Brannon had Envisions Royal Touch looking through the bridle on the way to the Ladies English Pleasure blue and flowers for Linda Ganley. Tracy Roy guided the sporty Taproot Freedom to the Novice English Pleasure victory for owner Brittany Maranos. The Citrus Cup audience got the chance to cheer on the reigning Amateur English Pleasure World Championship team of Silversides Toy Soldier and Mary Fisher in their season debut. They were in dazzling form to carry home the Amateur English Pleasure Championship as well as the Amateur English Pleasure Stallion/Gelding blue. The outstanding eight horse field in the championship saw Claridge Nobl Discovery and Jenna Domanico turn in a bold and stylish performance for the reserve tricolor honors. Sally Ann Lyle and FCF Tatiana continued their winning streak from the Sunshine Circuit as they made the victory pass in the Amateur English Pleasure Mares. Christina Bauer and On Stage enjoyed their time on center stage as they earned the blue ribbon in the Novice Rider English Pleasure. Alexandra Wirth and Season's Supreme Challenge reprised their titles from a year ago as the bold pairing earned the Junior Exhibitor English Pleasure Championship and The Citrus Cup Perpetual Trophy following the 14-17 blue under the direction of Mary Jo Schmidt. FCF Protege and Kerry Carson made a bright showing to collect the reserve tricolor streamers in this entertaining division. The Junior English Pleasure Championship featured a fantastic win for the fancy, chestnut Highlander Coress. Larry Bonnell had the Four-Year-Old English Pleasure winner in top order to carry home the championship streamers to Mari Sanderson. Stonecroft Wish Me Well and Mary Jo Schmidt earned another tricolor for Chauncey Felker, Jr. with the reserve championship performance. Larry Bonnell also had the top entry in the Three-Year-Old English Pleasure where KMB Turn The Page showed he is more than a pretty face for happy owner Kristi Buehrle. Pleasure Driving The Windy Pond Perpetual Trophy was awarded to the dynamic Willowick Will To Wynne for the second year in a row following a stellar drive in the Open Pleasure Driving Championship with Mary Brannon. The entertaining chestnut started off with the blue to add to his winning ways for owner Darlene Stodolski. Following a great series of performances on the Sunshine Circuit PKW Personality continued her tricolor path at Citrus Cup as Larry Bonnell showed her to the Pleasure Driving Reserve Championship for Kathleen Wentworth. Larry Bonnell had another winning mare in Salem Steel Magnolia, the winner of the Novice Pleasure Driving for Katie McGeehan. Mary Brannon and Envisions Royal Touch teamed up for their second blue and flower bouquet for Linda Ganley as they won the Ladies Pleasure Driving. Sally Lawing had a memorable show with her two grand new geldings. World Champion Strike It Rich made a stunning transition to the pleasure driving division with Lawing directing the impressive chestnut to the Amateur Pleasure Driving blue and tricolor. Kathleen Gatien and her fancy bay One Special Bell added their style to this entertaining division as the reserve champions. Kerry Carson and FCF Protege stepped it up to the pleasure division where they drove away with the Junior Exhibitor Pleasure Driving blue and tricolor coached by Tom Johnson. The Junior Pleasure Driving Championship competition was outstanding throughout. The crowd-pleasing UDM Gold Mine was primed for more Citrus Cup tricolor honors as Richard Boule presented him to the victory for Michael and Karen Burridge. Betty Gray and Dare You All were daring in their quest as the reserve champions following the Four-Year-Old Pleasure Driving win for Marion Therapeutic Riding Association. Debbie Ferrell's elegant Stonecroft Byzantine daughter Kenya earned a trip down victory lane in the Three-Year-Old Pleasure Driving with Cheri Barber on the lines. Mary Brannon was on the lines of the Two-Year-Old Pleasure Driving Champion once again this year. This time it was Gotti, the appropriately named son of The Last Don, who captured top honors in the qualifier and championship along with the applause of the crowd for Mary and Charlie Brannon. Bob Sell and Triagn High Tide secured the reserve honors for Ann Smith. Classic Pleasure The Adult Classic Pleasure Saddle Championship featured a tricolor transition for LC Baywatch. Following several years making victory passes in the western pleasure division, this handsome bay is showing off his talents in a new direction as Michelle Moore teamed up with her mom Diane Tanguay's gelding for the tricolor following the blue ribbon and flowers in the Ladies Classic Pleasure Saddle. The competitive nine entry championship saw Kaye Bedell give the sporty Futurity Interlude the reserve tricolor ride under the direction of Mary Brannon. Gerry Auermann took a trip to the winner's circle in the irons of Hidawayhill Highlander in the Novice Classic Pleasure Saddle. Nonesuch Alotta Fire proved aptly named as Jennifer Green guided the chestnut Courtney Roach entry to the Junior Classic Pleasure Saddle victory. Fateful Heart and Jane Mitchell turned in a polished ride to top a competitive field to earn the Junior Exhibitor Classic Pleasure Saddle Championship following their victory in the 13 and under qualifier directed by Centerpointe. Megan Dunkle and Double M Deja Blue picked up their second tricolor of the day as the Junior Exhibitor Classic Pleasure Saddle Reserve Champions after winning the 14-17 qualifier coached by Valarie Siemer. The Classic Pleasure Driving Championship featured DAF Monte Cristo continuing his tricolor Citrus Cup career. Owner Chauncey Felker, Jr. gave the sporty chestnut a smart drive to best an outstanding field of seven for the tricolor to the delight of trainer Mary Jo Schmidt. Lori Felker Roberts teamed up with Monte Cristo for a victory pass as well as they outrode the field to capture the Open Classic Pleasure Saddle blue. Dr. Jerome Modell was on the lines of another impressive homegrown Gradell horse with winning results. Three-year-old Gradell's Dresden Doll continued her Citrus Cup winning streak by earning the Junior Classic Pleasure Driving blue and returning as Classic Pleasure Driving Reserve Champion. John Copley and Hollybrook Sudden Impact opened another season in the winner's circle. The fancy bay made his presence known as he topped the seven entry Open Classic Pleasure Driving directed by Krista Dent. Top driving JT Brannon was on the lines of the handsome Century LeBaron to bring the Junior Exhibitor Classic Pleasure Driving blue back to the Willowick Farm banner. Tyler's Sweet Image and Jennifer Green collected the blue ribbon in the Ladies Classic Pleasure Driving for Craig and Kelly Meyers. Western Pleasure The Citrus Cup Open Western Pleasure Championship featured the tricolor finish for this competitive division. Chase Manhattan showed off his good looks and polish as Cheri Barber rode him to the tricolor following the open blue for Manhattan Transfer. Gulfwind Wild Solitaire was the picture of elegance and femininity as the Western Pleasure Reserve Champion. Margaret McKnight Karrh had the Treble's Willy Wild daughter primed for victory in the six entry Ladies Western Pleasure for Gulfwind Morgans. The McKnights were justifiably proud of their sleek black Gulfwind Sir William as he jogged away with the Amateur Western Pleasure blue and tricolor. The handsome Treble's Willy Wild son was perfectly presented by Margaret McKnight Karrh for the victories. World Champion NKS So Fine and Jane Brown are enjoying a great start to their partnership with tricolors in their first two shows. Here, they collected the Amateur Western Pleasure Reserve Championship in a great group of nine entries coached by Centerpointe. The pretty Pine Lyne Tia Maria has returned to the show ring to dominate in yet another division. This time she brought her winning ways to the western division where she won the Pro-Am and novice classes for owner Doris Bazzini and trainer Valarie Siemer. Jamar's Show N Tell and Caralee Conklin enjoyed a banner show as they swept the Junior Exhibitor Western Pleasure tricolor and the 14-17 blue. It was clean sweep for the Rick Davis trained entries as HVK Field Rennaisance and Sarah Partridge were named the reserve champions following the 13 and under win. The Junior Western Pleasure Championship featured an impressive youngster sure to turn heads wherever he shows. The Gradell's Vigilante son, PTR Raz Ma Taz and Euchee Matthews cowboyed up for a well received tricolor for owners Alicia Davis and Jean Rothe. The qualifier winner Wallace's Valiant and Kris Cole finished up with the reserve tricolor for owner James Wallace. Hunter Pleasure The Open Hunter Pleasure Championship featured a tricolor sweep for the West Coast Morgans banner. Valarie Siemer was aboard the champion in Doris Bazzini's GDT Simply Irresistible. Reserve honors went to Be My Magic Moment with Anne Winograd aboard. Owner Barbara Nesse earlier rode the chestnut to the Amateur Hunter Pleasure blue for the second year in a row. Last year's championship entry, Iron Forge NYPD Blue was matched with Katie McGeehan for the Open Hunter Pleasure blue for Victoria Bennett. Monnington Soul added another blue to the Davis Stables banner as Rick Davis showed Channing Ligas's entry to the Novice Hunter Pleasure blue. Toison D'Or Storm and Ashley Ligas have graduated from the junior exhibitor division, and taken their winning ways to a new group of competition. They were named the Amateur Hunter Pleasure Champions as well as the winners of the Ladies Hunter Pleasure to the cheers of the Centerpointe crew. C-A-U-M Spiderman and Michelle Vastola added the Amateur Hunter Pleasure Reserve Championship to their list of accomplishments. Rider Lindsay Levert and trainer Tracy Roy teamed up to bring home the Junior Exhibitor Hunter Pleasure Championship for the second year in a row. This time WSG Independence Command was the winning mount with a strong comeback ride for owner Lynn McColl. Brittany Morris and R-J Jeremiah have formed an impressive new team for owners Glenn and Anne Winograd as they were named reserve champions following the 14-17 qualifier win. Standean Chancellor and Brittany Hawkins earned a matching set of blue ribbons as they won the Hunter Pleasure 13 and Under as well as the Newcomer Pleasure Saddle under the Whispering Oaks banner. Valarie Siemer introduced Equinox Adella to the winner's circle in the Junior Hunter Pleasure for Diana Wold. Equitation A number of top Florida riders demonstrated their impressive riding abilities for victories in Citrus Cup's equitation division. Jennifer Scotto turned in a poised and polished ride aboard RWF Titletown to capture the Western Southern Life Insurance Company Perpetual Trophy as the Saddle Seat Equitation Champion. Scotto earlier topped the 14-17 age group as well as the AMHA Saddle Seat Medal coached by Evelyn Stephens Conti. Nichole Webster and Tornado Watch stormed through with the reserve tricolor. Andrew Gamso continued his winning ways from the Sunshine Circuit as the Saddle Seat Equitation 13 and Under winner with Anniversary. Kathryn Cox was in top form to earn the Classic Saddle Seat Equitation Championship as well as the 14-17 with her grand Windy Knoll Foxfire coached by Mary Brannon. Megan Dunkle and Double M Deja Blue earned their first of two tricolors with the Classic Saddle Seat Equitation Reserve Championship. They also took a trip to the winner's circle in the Fitting And Showmanship. Chloe Hooper and DMMF Confident Aire earned a clean sweep of top honors in the Walk and Trot Saddle Seat Equitation and English Pleasure qualifiers and championships coached by Valarie Siemer. Alexis Polanis and SAF Take Command were the reserve champions in the pleasure division. Mackenzie Ligas and Brando B Commando have served notice as a top team in the Walk and Trot Hunt division as they had a flawless week in the equitation and pleasure qualifiers and championship under the Centerpointe banner. Tori Conklin was aboard Castlebarr Knickee for the Walk and Trot Hunt Seat Equitation Reserve Championship. Spencer-Shelby Conklin and TOMF All That Jazz teamed up for the Walk and Trot Hunter Pleasure Reserve Championship. Conklin moved over to Jamar's Show N Tell to jog away with a perfect finish in the Walk and Jog Western Seat Equitation and Western Pleasure qualifiers and championships. Brittany Morris displayed polish and style in the equitation division as she topped the Hunt Seat Equitation Championship with R-J Jeremiah coached by Valarie Siemer. Larry Bonnell and Richard Boulé had Katie McGeehan prepared for her performances with Iron Forge NYPD Blue as they won the Hunt Seat Equitation 14-17 on the way to the Hunt Seat Equitation Reserve Championship. The Partridge sisters were frequent visitors to the winner's circle under the direction of Rick Davis. Shelly Partridge and Illustra Mahogany Row showed their versatile talents winning the AMHA Hunt Seat Medal, Hunt Seat Equitation 13 and Under and Classic Saddle Seat Equitation 13 and Under. Sarah Partridge and HVK Field Rennaisance mastered the pattern to win the AMHA Western Seat Medal on the way to the Western Seat Equitation Reserve Championship. Savannah Burns showed her precision with Ironbrook Flashdance to capture the Western Seat Equitation Championship. The girls from Davis Stables were dominant as Caralee Conklin jogged away with the Western Seat Equitation 14-17. It was Elizabeth Carr who had the winning number in the Western Seat Equitation 13 and Under. Citrus Cup once again hosted a UPHA Exceptional Challenge Cup and three accomplished riders from the Marion Therapeutic Riding Association earned the respect and admiration of everyone in attendance for their performances. 2002 and 2001 UPHA Exceptional Challenge Cup National Champion Kathy Gray demonstrated her adept riding skills to earn the top prize aboard Castlebar Knickee with Kathy Collins and Sunny along with Theresa Grimes and Leo earning applause for their great performances as well. The Gray Family enjoyed putting another generation in the winner's circle as Scott Gray posed for the Leadline blue for the third year in a row also aboard Castlebar Knickee. Judge McDonald had a trio of blue ribbon winner's in Leadline this year. Pond View Windsong introduced Jacqueline Don to the winner's circle with proud father Jorge Luis Priones leading. Peter Meyers made mom and dad Kelly and Craig proud as he donned his hat aboard GWM Duchess of Monaco for a blue ribbon ride. Miscellaneous Barachel Hawk Command earned a pair of victory passes as Tom Johnson presented Sharon and William Hornsby's bold bay to the Roadster Under Saddle and Roadster To Bike Stake victories. James Wallace collected the Jack Benny win for the fifth year in a row, he was aboard Wallace's Christopher for the third year in a row. Wallace and Richard Hanlon teamed up with Emeraude DRC Legacy to earn the Combination Pleasure blue. Felicia Schlemmer and Summersmoke's Captain Max took home the grand prize in the winner's takes all Road Hack. Sport The Canterbury Equestrian Show Place offers plenty of space for the sport disciplines to have their showcase. The Dressage division competitors took their turn on Friday. The top scoring entries included; Merriewold Bella, TOMF All That Jazz, PTR Time To Dance, MLF Emotion, Summersmoke's Captain Max, Ringbrook Renaissance, DJJJ King Of The Night, Blue Gate's Hot Chocolate, and Big D Delilah K. UVM Windfall started off the season at Citrus Cup in victorious fashion once again for owner Lora Dunlap and trainer Valarie Siemer. He once again topped the Carriage Pleasure Driving, Carriage Obstacles Timed Competition, Gambler's Choice Carriage, Open Trail and Sport Horse In Hand, the largest class of the show. Big D Delilah K and Kathryn Clarke showed their versatile talents as well. They topped the Carriage Reinsmanship and Gambler's Choice Trail as well as two dressage victories. C-A-U-M Spiderman and Michelle Vastola topped the competition in the Hunter On The Flat for the second year in a row and also won the Schooling Working Hunter and Working Hunter 2. Susan Milbrath and PTR Joint Venture earned a pair of blues in the Hunter Hack and Working Hunter 1 competitions.

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