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2010 FASH Horse Show Has Something For Everyone

by Sarah Moses

ST. PAUL, Minn. - As usual the FASH show committee had everything in perfect working order. Show Chair Stephanie Peterson made sure everyone was well taken care of and had everything they needed. Cheryl Rangel handled the office with her usual meticulous attention to detail, and center ring was run by announcer Guy Warner who keeps everyone on track and up to speed. Judges for the show were Ann Judd, John T. Jones and Kristen Stivers. The week started out with beautiful sunny days but by the weekend the winter coats were out as the temperature dipped into the 30s. The parties were, as usual, well planned and well received. The retirement party for CH Tip O’ The Hat was incredible and he will be missed in the show ring by all who loved to watch him.

The winner of the Five-Gaited Open qualifier was Red Flame Thrower, who is owned by Barbara Goodman-Manilow and shown and trained by Kenny Smith. Smith was back in the championship aboard the exquisite Our Sweet Addison, also owned by Manilow for a great win in a very tough class. Freaky Links was a sight to behold with Angela Darrow in the irons. They were reserve in the championship after a huge win in the amateur qualifier. Scott and Carol Matton are the proud trainers of this magnificent pair.

A bright and fancy new pair in the five-gaited division was Maya Manilow and Out With The Ladies. They had a fabulous class to win the tough Junior Exhibitor Five-Gaited class by a unanimous decision. The beautiful chestnut Que Pasa with Emily Collins took second in this class.

The incredibly talented Glenview’s Excelalante with Kenny Smith in the irons for Barbara Goodman-Manilow took home the tricolor in the Three-Gaited Championship. The bright and expressive Cataclysmic won the Ladies Three-Gaited class with Susan Halverson in the irons. This beautiful team is trained by Terri Anne Ullman, and they took home the unanimous win in the amateur championship on Sunday morning.

The Open Fine Harness Champion was the gorgeous Callaway’s Preservation driven in her debut performance by owner Samantha Conlin. Jay Wood trains this perfectly turned out pair. This mare is exceptionally gifted and drop dead gorgeous to boot. They turned in a solo performance to take home the blue in the amateur qualifier. Reserve in the class was the up headed and bright My Bling, expertly driven by owner and breeder Chrye Veit and trained by Cary Bartz. This pair also took the victory pass in the open qualifier.

Scott Matton showed the gorgeous up-headed bay Aphrodite’s Tears to the win in the Park Open Jackpot. Kim and Paige Giusfredi own this beautiful and talented park horse. She Ain’t Much and Lyle Wick were the reserve champions for an ecstatic Rachel Bullock. It was a clean sweep for Knollwood as CF Burnout took home the championship in the Amateur Park class on Sunday. After a shoe went off twice, Burnout just kept on going; he never showed signs of burning out. Royal Bonus took home the blue in the qualifier while Jordan Doemel and CF Burnout were second coming into the stake.

Wait & See’s Raspberry won the Hackney Pleasure Driving Pony class with Donna Beck in the cart and then went on to win the Exhibition Open Pleasure Driving class with trainer Jared Ratzloff driving. The lovely Veronica Lindstrom won the Hackney Pleasure Driving Pony Championship with Heartland By Choice. This pair is put in the ring by the incomparable Cary Bartz.

Beth Bidon had a great show as she and Pierre Cardin were named the Park Pleasure Open Champions for Barbara Hendrickson after also taking home the blue in the open qualifier.

The Five-Gaited Show Pleasure Championship honors went to Jessica Timmington and CH Will’s No Doubt About It. This big bold chestnut racks around the ring like the champion he is; there is no doubt he loves his job. This well matched team also won the qualifier.

In the Three-Gaited Show Pleasure 17 & Under Championship, Madison Mulligan bested a huge class to take home the tricolor aboard her lovely Mahogany Heiress. This 14-year-old superstar rides under the direction of Marie Bouvet.

Redesigned and Kristen Olson were the lucky recipients of the blue ribbon in a very competitive 18 & Over Show Pleasure class. Olson’s hot pink coat on her gorgeous dark bay was a sight to behold as they also took home the championship ribbon on Sunday. Jerad Raztlof trains this team. Reserve in the qualifier and the championship went to the Knollwood-trained team of Aimee Langer and Mojito.

The Country Pleasure division was as deep as ever this year. After taking second in the 14-17 qualifier, Breanna Lukan and The Party Planner came back for the win in a talent-filled championship.

In the Adult Country Pleasure Championship, CH Bella Marietta and Claudia Gardner Sipp had a flawless ride and were named the champions. Kristen Olson took home the reserve on the pretty bay, Catalyst’s Sweet Bay, for Tom and Sheri Nelson.

In the Western Country Pleasure division, CH Braveheart Of Silver Oak and Kim Gallenberg had quite a show. They finished up as champions in the Western Country Pleasure Championship on Sunday. They were also awarded first place in the Country Western Pleasure class with Claudia Garner Sipp taking home second on Independent Asset. Kitty Theis and the beautiful Well Spoken won the very competitive Country Pleasure Western Saddle & Bridle class.

The Morgan division was small but keeps getting bigger and better every year. The park saddle classes were dominated by Irina Shavlik and her beautiful Noble Flaire son, Dragonsmeade Bulgari. This exciting young team is trained by Hardwood Creek Farm. Under the direction of Andy Marlett, Lindsay Errington aboard Stone Pine Dana took home the blue in the Ladies Hunter Pleasure class and was reserve in the amateur stake. Matt Degregorio had the show dreams are made of which cumulated with a victory in the Morgan Amateur Hunter Stake on Saturday night riding the gorgeous Paradigm Power Surge under the direction of Hardwood Creek Farm.

A new face in the English Pleasure division was Alors On Danse. This beautiful Morgan won the Morgan English Pleasure Novice class and the open stake with Andy Marlett in the irons for Erica and Susan Jensen. Another pretty face was Hylee’s Graceson and Tim Coss who were the reserve champions.

The Morgan western classes were nicely filled. GDT Mona Lisa and Sarah Anderson won the Open Western Pleasure class. The Morgan Western Pleasure Champion was Aerie Meadow Contessa, owned by Bill Dodds and shown to the win by Eileen O’Bradovich.

Kudos to Stephanie Peterson and her great staff on yet another successful, well-run show. Now if we can just work on the weather for next year. It ran the gamut of shorts and flips flops to umbrellas and rain boots to hats and Uggs. That makes it hard to pack but hopefully everyone will return again next year; it’s a great show to start off the season.

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