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Fall Weather Greets Pennsylvania National Horse Show in Harrisburg

By Dena Lodato
When the leaves begin to change color and fall from the trees, one begins to dream of Fall. Fall means that the Pennsylvania National Horse Sow is not far behind. From October 11-20 in Harrisburg, Pa., the The 56th edition of this horse show commenced. All the entries presented themselves in style to judge Nelson Green of Nicholasville, Ky. This show features hunters, jumpers, Saddlebreds, roadsters, draft horses, and western pleasure. Spectacular exhibitions joined the entries and included the Valley Forge Band and the impressive Budweiser Clydesdale Hitch along with crowd pleasing dog races. The show once again lived up to the expectations of being a fantastic time.

Spirited Revival and Melissa Moore for Liberty Saddlebreds racked to the win in the Open Five-Gaited Championship and the qualifier. Callaway’s Hot Tip and Charles Wilson came up with a reserve in the championship. Jean W. Heiney presented Spent A Fortune, for Liberty Saddlebreds, to earn both wins in the amateur five-gaited classes. Rastafarian and Kate Ryan captured reserve in both classes also. Lakeview’s Rare Lee Seen and Mike Brannon for Lakeview Farm took the title in the junior/novice five gaited class, with Melissa Moore and Red Hot & Bothered earning a reserve.

Page Me and Jerry Hutson, for Robert Lilley, impressed the judge and took both wins in the open three-gaited classes, followed by CH Jane Doe with Doreen Weston picking up the reserves. The Amateur Three-Gaited Championship was once again won by Doreen Weston and Mr. Snuffleupagus after coming in with a reserve in the qualifier. Simbara’s Samba Jamba and Kate Ryan earned a blue in the qualifier and reserve in the championship.

Mrs. Alan R. Robson drove CH Albelarm Sorcerer to the tricolor in the Fine Harness Championship after also winning a blue in the qualifier. The One You’ve Waited For and Judy Heinbach picked up a reserve in both the championship and the qualifier. Judy also drove My Special Dream to the winners circle in the amateur championship along with a blue in the qualifier. Mrs. Robson drove CH Lesley Anne to a reserve in both amateur classes. Rich Robertson drove Anne Kurt Sinski, for Doreen Weston, to center ring in the UPHA Three-Year Old Fine Harness Classic.

Melissa Moore rode CH The Edge to the tricolor in the Three-Gaited Park Pleasure Championship and also picked up a blue in the qualifier. Amy Boucheck-Haller piloted Monaco to a reserve in the championship. The UPHA Park Pleasure Classic was won by Sagaman and Rich Robertson for Doreen Weston.

Rock The Jukebox and Mary Ann Sullivan racked their way to the tricolor in the Five-Gaited Pleasure Championship and a blue in the qualifier. CH Callaway’s News Flash and Karen Christman picked up a reserve in the championship.

When the three-gaited show pleasure horses made their way to the ring it was CH Rare Rascal and Michael Behr taking the tricolor along with a blue in the qualifier. CH Five Minutes More and Barbara Mathews picked up a reserve in the championship. In the junior exhibitor show pleasure ranks it was CH Little Johnny Ritz and Sarah Materniak taking a trip down victory lane. Sara Litzenberger and Were's Waldo took home the reserve in the championship. In the qualifying class it was Casey Wentz and Lover's Heir earning the blue. Shamanic Dream and Lisa Gumenick drove to a tricolor in the Show Pleasure Driving Championship with Mrs. Alan R. Robson picking up a reserve with Albelarm High Fidelity.

In the country pleasure division, CH Million Dollar Man and Sarah Wise earned a tricolor in the open championship along with a blue in the qualifier. Carolyn Banks and Suddenly Roses captured a reserve in the championship. Earning a tricolor in the junior exhibitor championship was SS Inner Vision and Tiana Tapper with reserve going to Havana Santana and Jessica Schuett. It was Gypsy First Lady and Herb Headwell picking up a tricolor in the Country Pleasure Driving Championship with Harlem's Genious and Tammi Kohler taking home the reserve. Beth Ann Grella rode Melody Lanes Designer Genes to the tricolor in the Three-Gaited Western Country Pleasure Championship. War Of The Roses and Brittany Waldman loped away with reserve honors.

In the roadsters division it was The Secret's Out and Melissa Moore speeding their way to a tricolor in the Open Road Horse Championship with David Cunningham and Posseman speeding their way to a reserve in the championship. Tuff E Nuff and L.D. Boyd trotted away with the blue in the amateur road horse class.

When the road ponies took the ring it was Gary Altman driving Kiss From A Rose to the tricolor in the open championship. Dreams And Schemes and Yianni Barakos sped away with a reserve. In the amateur division Lisa Gumenick drove Sweet Impression down victory lane in the championship and the qualifier. Picking up a reserve in the championship was Gary Altman and Victory Express. The Open Hackney classes were won by Heartland Triumphant King and Mrs. Alan R. Robson. The Last Contender and Clarence G. Sweigart picked up the reserve. Winning the Open Harness Pony Championship was Mrs. Robson and Windstar's Eclipse. Taking home a reserve in the championship was The Dutchman and Patricia Adams. In the Hackney Pleasure Driving Championship it was Atta-Boy and Kevin Gibbons earning a tricolor with Boxford Grand Expectation and Elizabeth Kuykendall picking up a reserve in the championship.

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