Skip to content

Family Fun Is The Key To Twin State

by Bob Funkhouser

Rain showers the day before the Twin State American Saddlebred Association Horse Show began and overcast skies and drizzle the few days of the show did nothing to dampen the spirits of the trainers and exhibitors who took part in the 25th annual show that was held June 11-13 at the picturesque Deerfield, N.H., fairgrounds. Show manager Sue Arthur and her Twin State committee rolled out the welcoming mat giving everyone from Louisville quality entries to academy riders a chance to showcase their skills and enjoy a grass roots atmosphere.

A move in pizza party, Friday evening spaghetti dinner and the annual Saturday afternoon Belmont cookout – although the Belmont was held a week earlier this year – were highlights of the social calendar. The Lampropoulos family, Courtney Cahill, Sharon Alemian, Ken Logan and Bob Funkhouser organized the famed Belmont cookout which is sponsored by the show and again they feed ribs, steak tips, chicken, burgers and hot dogs to hundreds and this year’s event had a special meaning as organizers asked for donations to help the John Crider family as John and his children recently lost their wife/mother to cancer way too early. Exhibitors responded with great generosity.

Following the cookout the Battle Of The Barns Jog Cart Race was brought back by popular demand. Teams from different stables decorated their jog carts and lined up to race down the straightway of the warm up area. After a few heats, Kevin Tomasko and the Phoenix Stables group wore the crown

Although down some on horses, exhibitors went to the ring with gusto and gave judges Renee Lavery and Chris Picardi plenty of nice Saddlebred, Morgan, Hackney and open classes from which to choose the 2010 champions. Also part of the official family were photographer Ted Douglass, announcer Andy Bailey, ringmasters Larry Wahl and Barry Caisse, organist Nancy Roberts, steward Jo Hight, and videographer Peter King. Mary Wahl and her friendly staff kept everything moving in the show office.

More Stories

  • Spring Fling Horse Show to debut in its new location of the Equestrian Center at Kirkwood in Cedar Rapids, IA, April 5-8, 2018

    Spring Fling Horse Show to debut in its new location of the Equestrian Center at Kirkwood in Cedar Rapids, IA, April 5-8, 2018... Read More
  • Des Moines Springfest announces location

    The Des Moines Springfest Horse Show is scheduled for April 26 – 29, 2018.   We are pleased to announce the show will be held in the beautiful, state of the art Jacobson Arena at the Iowa State Fairground, Des Moines, IA. Read More
  • Coming Home Again

    Kevin Michael made a triumphant return to the show ring at Carousel Charity Horse Show Friday morning behind the elegant and high-stepping Hackney Pleasure Driving Pony CH Heartland Resplendant owned by Sandra Surber of Calistoga, California. Read More
  • ASHA Seeks Executive Director

    The American Saddlebred Horse Assocation (ASHA) is currently seeking to hire its next Executive Director. Founded in 1871, the ASHA’s mission is to safeguard the integrity of the American Saddlebred breed, to promote the use of American Saddlebreds, and to expand the public knowledge of the American Saddlebred.  Read More
  • Prize Lists Available for Asheville Saddlebred Classic

    The inaugural Asheville Saddlebred Classic is fast approaching and prize lists are now available at The entries closing date is April 20th and entries can be submitted online until that date. Hard copies of the prize list are available upon request... Read More
  • Blue Ribbon Opening

    Read More
  • Hall of Famer Dies

    Ronald E. “Ronnie” Graham passed away on Tuesday, March 13, during the Gasparilla Charity Horse Show. The horse world mourns the loss of this talented trainer, astute ground man, and friend to all. The recipient of the 2015 UPHA Tom Moore Professional Horsemen’s Hall of Fame Award, Ronnie was the first to lend a hand to those in need... Read More
  • Royal Crest's Mister Stone Now Being Offered For Your Consideration

    Consistently in the ribbons, this wonderful gelding has proven to be an absolute star in whatever division he is entered in: Walk and Trot Equitation, Open English Pleasure, Junior Exhibitor Country Pleasure - he can do it all and he is ready for his next young rider! Direct inquires to Country Meadow Farm. Read More
  • HS Queen Of The Castle Now Being Offered For Your Consideration

    A lovely mare that will get you noticed! Shown successfully in Junior Exhibitor and Adult Show Pleasure and Park Pleasure with lots of wins to her credit. She is suitable for a more advanced rider - let her win for you! Direct Inquiries to Jennifer Dixon. Read More
  • VVM Uncensored Now Being Offered For Your Consideration

    This cute gelding has plenty of expression and is suitable for any level rider. “Vegas” has been shown successfully in the Classic Pleasure and English Pleasure divisions. Have some fun with him in the show ring! Direct Inquiries to Jennifer Dixon. Read More