Skip to content

Fern Palmer Bittner Named St. Louis National Horse Show Manager


The St. Louis National Charity Horse Show is proud to announce the appointment of Fern Palmer Bittner of St. Charles, Missouri, as the new show manager for the 2006 Saddlebred horse show. 


Bittner, a life-long resident of Missouri, is no stranger to Saddlebred horse world or horse show management.  Born and raised in Missouri, she is the fifth generation of one of the oldest and revered Saddlebred families in the industry and still owns the horse farm, which is now considered a “century farm” of Boone County, Columbia, Missouri, where she was born and raised.


Bittner attended Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri and Lindenwood College in St. Charles, Missouri.  Upon graduation, she was named the Director of Horsemanship at Lindenwood College where she remained 27 years until the riding program was cancelled in 1981.  Fern then changed her focus to become one of the best-known names in horse show management.  She has managed major horse shows and events all across the United States including the Morgan Grand National & World Championship Horse Show in Oklahoma City, OK and the American Royal Horse Show/UPHA National Championship in Kansas City, MO.  Additionally, Bittner is a nationally-known Senior Recognized Judge and Steward of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) in ten divisions and has judged in thirty-seven states and in Canada and Europe.  She has held a variety of offices and received numerous prestigious awards from professional and equestrian associations across the nation.


The St. Louis National Charity Horse Show is happy to welcome Fern Bittner back home to manage the horse show, where she is already a member of the St. Louis National Charity Horse Hall of Fame.  Bittner states, “Now that I have retired from the Grand National & World Championship Morgan Horse Show, I am very happy to be returning to the St. Louis National Charity Horse Show as the manager and am looking forward to working with the committee and the facility in preparing a first class event.”


The charity organization for the St. Louis National Charity Horse Show is once again Longmeadow Rescue Ranch located in Union, Missouri.  Longmeadow Rescue Ranch is one of the facilities of the Humane Society of Missouri and rescues and rehabilitates abused horses and farm animals.


More Stories