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Continuing Change Makes the Chattanooga–Cleveland Charity Better and Better

Judge: Lewis Eckard

Show Managers: Robert DeBord, Audrey Naylor and David Peel

Ring Secretary: Audrey Naylor

Ringmaster: Richard Witt

Assistant Ringmaster: Rick Everette

Show Secretary: Elizabeth Holmes

Assistant Secretary: Jessica Holmes

Paddock Master: Mike Reed

Announcer: Thurman Walden

Organist: Dale Stone

Photographer: Sandra Hall

Flag bearers: Taylor Keesler, Laura Norvell, Melissa Cockrell and Ann Ramey Boyd

Farrier: Taulby Runyan

Veterinarian: Equine Medical Center

Videographer: WdA International


by Katherine Hansil


CLEVELAND, Tenn. - Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the Chattanooga-Cleveland Charity Horse Show was held May 30–June 2 at the Tri-State Exhibition Center in Cleveland, Tenn., on the outskirts on Chattanooga. Over the past several years the facility has seen many changes including covering the arena and adding new permanent barns. The show has also gone through some other changes in 2006, one being the addition of Liz Holmes as show secretary. Holmes returned again this year to her duties. In 2005, The Metro Musicians were led by Harold “Duck” Wilmoth and played during Friday and Saturday evenings during the breaks and lineup. Last year due to the unexpected death of their conductor they were unable to attend and the Legionnaire Band came in the absence. This year the community-based band was back under the direction of Paul Mansur, dedicating this performance to their conductor.


On Saturday evening, the officials and special friends of the show were brought in with a four-in-hand Friesian team. The big change for this year was the dates moving back a few weeks to try to help the Germantown Horse Show that is held a few weeks later. In 2006 there was a record 445 stalls sold but this year with the new dates the entries were down some since some junior exhibitors were unable to make the trip with school still in session in some parts of the Southeast. Even with the dip in numbers the show still remained strong with full classes including an eight horse Fine Harness Championship and the quality was phenomenal with world’s champion title-holders like CH Sweet Virginia, CH The Foxy Prince, CH Trapp Mountain, Seamair Sensation, Night Sight and At Full Throttle in attendance.


One of the reasons this show is such a draw is the atmosphere. Exhibitors and spectators are always having fun, mingling along the concourse, watching the show, visiting and enjoying the great food including the grilled corn from the Social Six. If you came in a day early you had the chance to visit Creekridge for the annual party hosted by the Jones family. They welcomed everyone to their estate where you could walk through the extensive grounds to see the two-story tree house, stable, buildings with exotic birds, reptiles and plants, collection of cars and much more. In the clubhouse a huge party was held with great food and outside on the field the camel was brought out along with several of the horses. On Friday after the evening performance everyone enjoyed a pizza party.


With the great changes to the show and facility, the world-class competition and the attractions in the area it is understandable how this show continues to thrive year after year. 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, and at every session their volunteers were on hand manning gates and vendor tables.




Five horses made the gate call to close out the show and capturing the Five-Gaited Jackpot Championship was I’m A Skywatcher with Bill Schoeman in the irons. This CH Sky Watch grandson is owned by Lori and Larry Schmidt and was last year’s reserve junior champion. Tommy Richardson was aboard the bold Kalarama’s Rare Conversation to earn the reserve title. The sporty Lawman earned a strong third and crowd approval with Lisa Heres-Rosenberger presenting for Cindy and Lee Wagoner.


I’m A Skywatcher with Ansie and Bill Schoeman


Winning the novice class was the bright Thunder’s Moonlight Serenade. This Attaché’s Thunderbolt bred entry was presented by James Nichols for Penny Lane Farm. Lisa Heres-Rosenberger was aboard the McKamey/Landreth owned Roseridge Heat Wave to claim the reserve honor.


James Nichols was back to the winner’s circle with Callaway’s Lunar Eclipse in the junior gaited class. This was the debut performance for this CH Callaway’s Born To Win mare owned by Laura Dozer. Don Judd was in the irons for Barbara Woods aboard Essence Of Heaven. This mare has matured over the past few shows and really come into her own with an outstanding performance to earn the reserve title.


Jerry Tolliver was aboard the Three-Year-Old Five-Gaited winner Callaway’s A Modern Hero. Brian Turner proudly owns this young star. Reserve honors went to Be Delicious and Tommy Richardson.


Topping the ladies class was the high-head Simeon and Jackie Hale in their only appearance. For the second year in a row Deborah Richardson captured the reserve title with her beloved Cheers Cheers. Moving up a notch from their reserve in the amateur qualifier, Callaway’s Double Diamonds and Jaime Cantrell put on quite a show for the championship win. Winning the qualifier and returning to earn the reserve championship title were Harlem’s Power Ball and Amy Hanson. A thrilled Nancy Sloman made the trip to the winner’s circle in the novice rider class with Too Elegant. Bet The Bucks and Jennifer Richardson earned the reserve title.


The flashy Ghostly Blue and Stephani Turner moved up to win the Junior Exhibitor Five-Gaited Championship with their speedy and true rack sealing the deal. This team rides under the direction of Jerry Tolliver. The sporty Four Ever A Dream won the qualifier and returned to take home the reserve championship honor with Catie Ray Clark. Ashton Hale went two-for-two as she and The Dreamcatcher swept the five-gaited pony division.




Three elegant entries were on the schedule for the Three-Gaited Jackpot Championship. Watermelon with Alan Hancock took center stage as they marched into the winner’s circle for proud owner and Alan’s wife, Tammy. The dainty Amber Lager captured the reserve title with Anitya Marlowe. Earlier in the week this team captured the Amateur Three-Gaited title for the second year in a row with a graceful performance.


Ricky Cook was in the irons aboard Leatherwood’s Every Day to capture the Novice Three-Gaited blue for owners Nelson/Graham. Reserve went to The Glory Of Fire and James Hales for Jennifer Flora. Emily Schwebke won her first blue ribbon aboard Chick Hearn in the junior class with Regime Change and Crystal Brown Seals in for reserve. The fancy Walterway’s Valedictorian took the top honors in the three-year-old class with Maria Gilman presenting for Barbara Woods. Ricky Cook garnered the red streamers with Alice Nunley’s Silver Exchange.


Last year Lovin’ Lass and Abby Jones had a few performances together in the junior division. This week they made their ladies/amateur debut. With two strong performances this team won the ladies qualifier earlier in the schedule and returned on Saturday evening to win the amateur championship. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes and Betty Valenti continue to have great rides as they earned the reserve titles in both of the classes. Reserve in the amateur qualifier went to CH Viper and Valery Lang Hall.


Lovin’ Lass and Abby Jones


The perfectly matched team of Keeper Of The Stars and Jackie de la Parte had a repeat from 2006 as they swept the junior exhibitor division again this year. Reserve in the championship went to the novice rider champion Lady Latte and Lexi Rueff. Attaché’s Elegance and Christina Waddell garnered the red streamers in the novice rider qualifier. In two great pony classes, My Gisele and Brighton Barousse swept the division with two picture perfect performances under the direction of James Nichols. Reserve in both classes went to the powerful Simbara’s Audacity with Alexis Landreth.




Fresh off wins at Asheville Lions Club, Phi’s Phortune Teller was in top form this season with trainer Janet Crampton. With two bright and bold performances this high-headed chestnut swept the open park division again this week for owner Ashley McKenzie. Last year’s winner of this division, Green Top, was back after having time off to claim both reserve titles with Tommy Richardson.


The amateur ranks also had a sweep as CH The Foxy Prince marched down the rail for Susan Hanna. With two magnificent shows this team has come on strong in their first season together under the direction of Lisa Heres-Rosenberger. Alice Nunley moved up a notch aboard the flashy Callaway’s Forty-Niner to earn the reserve championship title. In the qualifier Deborah Richardson had a great catch-ride aboard Callaway’s Due North receiving the reserve for Alde Mar Farms.


CH The Foxy Prince and Susan Hanna


Protector and Dylan Hines have started to build some momentum this season after their debut at Pro-Am. This week they had two back-to-back consistent performances to sweep the junior exhibitor division. Another new team, Callaway’s King’s Ransom and Taylor Young also had two great shows, earning both reserve ribbons.


Fine Harness


The Fine Harness Jackpot Championship was an extraordinary class. In this area it is hard to find a large and competitive fine harness class whether open or amateur but on Saturday evening eight horses made the gate call for the jackpot championship. Lynn McNamara made the trip in from up north to debut with Night Sight. Earlier she had the chance to drive the reigning Junior Fine Harness World’s Champion of Champions at the UPHA Chapter 14 Spring Premier Symphony but this was their first judged performance of the season. They did not disappoint as he paraded around the ring and into the winner’s circle under the direction of Anne and Sam Stafford. Reveal garnered the reserve title with Carl Irwin on the lines. This toppy bay is from the Happy Valley breeding program and is by I’m The Prince. Catching a lot of attention, Sean Norris presented Cowboy Up to a strong third.


Lynn McNamara and Night Sight


In the amateur qualifier the blue ribbon went back to the Burnscroft banner after a grand performance from Callaway’s Carnegie Hall. John Wrather was on the lines for the win. Sam Mills presented Supreme Dixie Chick to the reserve title. In the junior qualifier Callaway’s Clemency captured the blue with Ricky Cook presenting for Cook and Williams. Reserve honors went to Be Advised and Carl Irwin, another entry from the Happy Valley breeding program.


For the second year in a row Willie Bracket has earned a blue in the fine harness division. This year with Kelly Freeman on the lines again he topped the UPHA Fine Harness Classic. Gerald Moores presented Co-Star’s Miss Chievous to the reserve title. From the Blythewood breeding program, Without You was presented by Pedro Martinez to win the Three-Year-Old Fine Harness.




For the second year in a row James Nichols has made the trip to the winner’s circle in the Roadster To Bike Championship. This year he was on the lines of I Can Book for Jimmy Chancellor to take the top honor. Earlier they also won the qualifier.

Reserve in the championship went to Show Me The Money and Lance Williamson. This was Show Me The Money’s first show ring appearance and Williamson is campaigning the speedster for the USTA Classic for owners Sally and Dale Williamson. In the open qualifier Ann Ramey Boyd and Julius Ceasar flew to the reserve title. Winning both the amateur qualifier and the under saddle class was the impressive At Full Throttle and Holli McDowell.




For an amazing fifth year in a row, St. Patrick captured the Open Road Pony Championship title. With Chris Long-Schubert on the lines St. Patrick actually turned in two tremendous performances to sweep the division. Reserve in the championship went to Given Time and a thrilled Allison Moore with Rhythm Ann and Lib McClellan earning reserve in the qualifier.


Frank Polley was on the lines of Seamair Twice As Nice this week, taking them over from his mom, Virginia, who has been campaigning this great pony earlier this season. Having much success this team was powerful and maintained form to sweep the amateur division. Heartland Wonderful Miss and Abby Jones moved up a notch earning the reserve in the championship. Dash and Ashley McKenzie have successfully moved into the amateur ranks, earning the reserve qualifying title and returned for a strong third in the championship.


Frank Polley and trainer Jimmy Womble


Jeb Boyd showed off his driving skills to sweep the junior exhibitor division with Heartland Wild Thunder. Alissa Phillips was behind her new pony The Bid Caller to earn both reserves. Winning the under saddle class was Wait & See’s Bright Flame with Bryce Smithwick while So Irresistible and Nancy Leslie were in for reserve.


Charlotte and John Wrather had a spectacular week with their ponies. John Wrather swept the harness pony division with the sporty Seamair Sensation. He also showed Seamair Simply Awesome to both wins in the cob-tail. Charlotte Wrather had her time in the spotlight with Oliver Twist winning the Hackney Pleasure Driving Pony Championship after an earlier reserve in the qualifier.


Winning the pleasure driving qualifier was Picture Perfect with Vicki Gillenwater expertly presenting in their only appearance. Reserve in the championship went to Perfect Rhythm and Helen Catron.


Reserve in both harness pony classes went to Neon Dion. Lib Jones was on the lines under the direction of Lisa Heres-Rosenberger. Earning reserve in the cob-tail qualifier was Heartland Just A Beauty and Gab Chrisman for Dana Ferrigno.


Show Pleasure


In one of the largest classes of the show Heirrison Ford and Vickie Schaffer emerged victorious in the Adult Five-Gaited Show Pleasure Championship. Schaffer, who was catch-riding for her daughter, Jillian, while she was busy with exams, also topped the qualifier. The Denali and Jessica Anderson had a magnificent performance to garner the reserve championship honors. In the qualifier the red ribbon went Under Oath and Jacque Nance in their debut together.


Regena Breeden had a fabulous ride, moving up a notch to win the Junior Exhibitor Five-Gaited Show Pleasure Championship aboard Bourbon And Jewels. Reserve championship honors went to I’ve Been Dheired and Brittany Fox. In the qualifier CH Spindazzle and Ashton Hale took home the top honors in their only appearance.


Regena Breeden and Bourbon And Jewels


Sweeping the open park pleasure division was the team of Tropical Heir and Jim Harrell. Winners of the Denver/Junior Park Pleasure were Mr. Tahiti and Debbie Grier. They returned to earn the reserve open championship honor. Reserve honors in the junior qualifier went to the Don’t Worry bred No Time To Worry with Brian Reimer presenting for Equigene Corp. Reserve in the open class went to the well-matched team of Harlem’s Moonstruck and Martha Wilhelm for owner Carole Downs. The flashy Fancy Schmancy earned the trip to the winner’s circle in the UPHA Park Pleasure Classic with Brian Reimer presenting for Mary Jane Curtis. Ralph Graham presented Reminiscent’s Heir to the reserve.


The adult three-gaited show pleasure division was hugely competitive again this year. Just has they have done the past two years, CH Sweet Virginia and Barbara Woods held off the competition with two pleasure perfect performances marking the third year in a row they have swept the division. The toppy Lookin' Yonder and Laura Dozer also had two great performances to capture both reserve titles. Tuffy’s Commander and a thrilled Peggy Brown scored third in the championship.


In their first performance of the season CH My Special Sultan and Stephanie Lockyer moved easily from the 13 and under division to the 14-17 division winning both the championship and the qualifier for the Judd Stables banner. Reserve in the championship went to Talk Radio and Leslie Mechling. Americana’s Wings and Paige Pennington captured the reserve in the qualifier.


In the 13 and under division the new team of CH Trapp Mountain and Marcelle Richard moved up a notch to claim the championship ribbon. In their first appearance in this division CSF Supreme Memories and Melissa Heres-Rosenberger topped the qualifier and returned to garner the red streamers in the championship.


Sharon Avidon turned in a great ride aboard Tuffy’s Challenger to top the Novice Rider Three-Gaited Show Pleasure under the direction of Sean Norris. CH Highpoint’s Coming Attraction and Kaelyn Donnelly earned the reserve title. In the amateur owned and trained Airborne Ranger and Deborah Richardson were victorious with Callaway’s Toffee and Kay Saunders earning reserve.


I’m An Early Riser was phenomenal this week in the show pleasure driving championship and qualifier winning both classes with Mary Lynn McMains on the lines. Alice Nunley had a great catch-drive with Periaptus Infinitus to garner the reserve championship title for Galanos Farms. In the qualifier CH Harlem Heat earned the red streamers with Lib Jones.


Adding two more titles to the Judd Stables banner, Holiday Brew and Lillian Young continued Judd Stables successful week adding two more titles to their banner. Lillian swept the three-gaited pleasure pony. She’s A Poptart and Reagan Huguley moved up to claim the reserve championship title with Juliette’s Courageous Cindy and Alexis Braswell earning the qualifying reserve for Karon Bowdre.


Country Pleasure


Susan Hanna had quite a week with her sweep in the amateur park and then two great shows in the adult country pleasure. The flashy Hula Popper was high-headed and mannered as he carried Hanna on back-to-back trips to the winner’s circle. Deborah Richardson moved up a notch to earn the reserve championship honor with CH Prophet’s Fire Hazard. In the qualifier Harlem’s Knight At The Apollo earned the reserve title with Luanne Kilday.


Callaway’s Blue Agate and Emily Burglass were in top form this week. Earlier in the schedule the team topped the 14-17 qualifier. They returned in the age combined championship with a perfect performance to garner the tricolor. Stablemate CH Mr. Cruise and Ashley Judd topped the 13 and under qualifier. Earning the 13 and under reserve were Denmark’s Crown Royal and Kaitlyn Persha. In the 14-17 qualifier Jayne Major was aboard Delay Of Game TS to garner the red streamers for owner Betty Valenti. Returning in the championship they captured the reserve title.


Callaway’s Blue Agate and Emily Burglass


In the novice rider qualifier Krissia and Christina Waddell were victorious for Jeanie Waddell. Reserve honors went to Heir Design and Janis Epplin for Penny Lane Farm. Winning the amateur owned and trained was Winter Silhouette and Heather Jones with La Bella’s King and Amy Deal in for reserve.


CF Private Night Out and Janet Kellett had two great drives to sweep the country pleasure driving. Championship reserve honors went to Rich Prince and George Ann Nash for Mary Jane Gregory with The Line Of Fire and Pam Robertson earning the qualifying reserve.


Lion King has really made a mark on the western division this year in his first year competing. Deborah Richardson piloted him to the winner’s circle in the championship and the Saddle & Bridle Shatner Western Country Pleasure. They also earned the reserve in the qualifier. Winning the qualifier and reserve in the championship was Luanne Kilday’s new star Wezatease.




After completing the railwork and required pattern, it was the Judd Stables instructed Christine Thomas called to the winner’s circle. Thomas had quite a week as she also won the UPHA Pleasure Equitation Challenge Cup and earned reserve in the 14-17 qualifier.


Christine Thomas on Magic Mahogany


Winning the 14-17 qualifier and reserve in the championship was Reagan Huguley. The Heathermoor trained Lauren Byrd topped the 13 and under qualifier. Madison Mahaffey was in top form to win the Saddle & Bridle 13 and Under Pleasure Medallion and also earn a reserve in the UPHA Pleasure Equitation Challenge Cup. Winning the Saddle & Bridle 14-17 Pleasure Medallion was Elizabeth Stevenson under the direction of Stepping Stone. Reserve honors went to Gray McCurdy. Reserve in the 14-17 Medallion was Katie Lichtenstein. Melissa Henderson made her trainers/parents proud has she won the UPHA Walk and Trot Equitation and the 10 and Under Walk and Trot Equitation. It was a family affair in these to classes as John Alvis made his mom/trainer, Jennifer Alvis, proud earning both reserves.




Saturday afternoon belonged to the academy riders with many riding programs competing. Winning top ribbons in their divisions were Claire Badgley, Whitney Vandiver, Abby Kline, Sarah Strong, Cindy Keith, Barbara Hopkins, Maddie Costelli, Morgan Johnson, Morgan Keith, Courtney Edens, Hannah Abrams, Caroline Dolt, Sydney Dunaway, Savanna Deschamps, Lexie Gross, Diane Morgan, Blair Alexander, Haley Davis and Maggie Ward. Championships were held as well at the end of the session. Winning the walk-trot-and-canter was Abby Kline under the direction of Eden Michael at Penny Lane with Sarah Strong in for reserve. Morgan Keith from the Stepping Stone program returned to win the 11 and over walk and trot for the second year in a row with Blaire Alexander in for reserve. Sydney Dunaway from Betsy Webb Stables was the star in the 10 and under walk and trot championship with Hannah Abrams in for reserve.


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