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FIRST GO puts UPHA Chapter 1 On Top of The World!

by Jake Antonini

WOODSIDE, Calif. -- About 110 horses showed up at Woodside to support the first annual UPHA Chapter One Horse Show from May 9-11, 2003. A beautiful facility set on a picturesque hilltop overlooking the San Francisco Bay proved to be a great decision for venue location. The audience sat under white umbrellas eating fruit and sipping wine waiting for Peter Fenton to call the horses into the white, lattice lined arena. Having Fenton as announcer brought a touch of Louisville feeling to the show...what a treat!

The weather included drizzle and rain at first, but by the time the show began it was blue skies and warm temperatures. A three-day horse show with only an early afternoon performance was well received by trainers, exhibitors, owners and officials. Starting at 10 a.m. and finishing before 4 p.m. gave everyone the opportunity to enjoy the arena.

The wonderful restaurants, quaint little towns and one of the best shopping malls in the country were just a few of the near by attractions. San Francisco was close by, and many took advantage of the short drive. Special entertainment following Saturday’s performance included wine tasting, Jack Russell races and a silent auction.

Benefits from this horse show went to an organization called Pets In Need. This organization rescues loving animals from public shelters that would have otherwise been euthanized.

With a perfect setting, a great horse show committee and management and a top notch judge, all we needed to get underway were the horses!


The open gaited stake and qualifier winner was an entry of Carolyn Chambers of Eugene, Ore. Hunts Heartthrob was directed to the winner’s circle by Dana Paparo of Far Niente Stables.

The Amateur Five-Gaited class brought excitement to the crowd. They cheered for CH A Champagne Affair and Debbie Tomin of Rockridge Farm for their wins in both the qualifier and stake. This was the first time Tomin showed “Baxter,” and she was ecstatic to have claimed the amateur title. Bill Tomin has trained this consistent winner for Doug Marsceill for the past couple years. Reserve grand champion went to Doubletree’s Chancealot with Dr. Patricia Buchanon in the irons. Dr. Buchanon and her horses are instructed and trained by Dana Paparo. Reserve in the qualifier was Super Radiant shown by Royalee Cleveland. This pair was directed by Rich Swiger.

The Junior Exhibitor Five-Gaited was supported with entries from Diamond Hills and Rockridge Farm. Champion and grand champion honors went to Meghan Hill aboard The Irish Ember. A close second with the reserve title both times out was Julie DeVault on her mount, Kalarama’s On A Roll. Both Michael Craghead and Bill Tomin instructed enthusiastically from the rail.

Annalize Van Der Walt won the Five-Gaited Junior/Limit qualifier and stake for Singing Hills Stable aboard Winged Sensation. Reserve grand champion honors went to Brigitte Scholl and Far Field Harvest Moon owned by Scott and Julie Streitfeld. Reserve in the qualifier went to He’s Too Much, owned by Rick Daigle and shown by Jannie Giles.


The Three-Gaited division was strong in numbers and deep in competition. With debut performances, a young horse recently imported from South Africa and entries coming from Arizona, these classes were a definite crowd pleaser. The open champion and grand champion was an entry of Singing Hills Stable. Red Hook was guided to the old Harlem Charm shown and trained by Matthew Roberts for owner Mia Martori. Reserve in the qualifier went to Memories of Galileo shown and trained by Dana Paparo for Dr. Buchanoan and Jaclyn Tracer.

The amateur walk/trot champion and grand champion is no stranger to the winner’s circle. Martha Keck executed a flawless performance on her mare Lady Treasure, who is trained by Dick Boettcher. It was a seemless ride from beginning to end. Hot on her tail for reserve grand champion honors was Dr. Patricia Buchanan making her West Coast debut on Attache’s Touched By An Angel, an elegant new team. Reserve in the qualifier went to Susan Valley Chen showing her entry Like Sunshine, who is expertly trained by Michael Craghead.

The junior exhibitor division saw A Pat Hand ridden by Meghan Hill as champion and grand champion. Marilyn McCoo and Julie DeVault were reserve both times out.

The quality of junior three-gaited horses was superb. Bill Tomin guided Patti DeVault’s outstanding young horse Cash Crop to the champion title, while Harlem Charm came in reserve with Matthew Roberts riding for Mia Martori.


Jannie Giles rode The Big Dance for owner Rick Daigle to receive the champion and grand champion titles. This class was supported with six entries. The reserve grand champion was none other that She’s My Desire owned and shown by Patti DeVault. This elegant black four-year-old navigated the ring like an aged horse. Reserve in the qualifier, Heirilee was an entry of Singing Hills Stable ridden by Annalize Van Der Walt.

The Amateur Park Champion was Patti DeVault’s entry She’s My Desire.

Fine Harness

William and Barbara Blacklaw, owners of Singing Hills Stable, recently imported a beautiful stallion from South Africa who debuted in the Open Fine Harness class. Trainer Gene Van Der Walt drove Dorrian’s Warrior Song (SA) with precision to receive the blue and tri-color ribbons.

The Amateur Fine Harness Championship went to Sally Spading and her entry No Jacket Required of Diamond Hills. Spading and this beautiful bay are repeat winners in this division. Reserve honors went to Doubletrees New Beginning with William Blacklaw driving for Singing Hills.


The Open Roadster To Bike class saw Miss Daisy and William Blacklaw as its champion. Air Force One and Jim Nottage moved up a notch from the qualifier to take the tri-color.

The Roadster Under Saddle class was exhilarating. A fine example of competition at its best. Allison Deardorff aboard Air Force One and Jennifer Dixon aboard Fast Eddie were neck and neck in a battle for the blue. Finally topping the class was Air Force One and Allison Deardorff. Jennifer Dixon and Eddie were right on her heels for a well earned reserve.

The road ponies were just as exciting for the crowd. Mr. Bucky, who is owned and shown by Bob Lanig, was the champion and reserve grand champion. Awesome Spirit and Mary Teter trotted away with the tri-color.

Hackney/Harness Ponies

The Harness Ponies were out in full swing. Reedann’s Aloha Lady presented by Bob Lewis for Allison Register was champion and reserve grand champion. An entry from Dixon Stables, Senor and Hor Engleson arrived in the winner’s circle to receive the grand champion ribbon.

The Hackney Pony champion and reserve grand champion Fire Devil was driven by owner Bobbie Ann Welch. This pair is an entry from Singing Hills Stable. The tri-color went to Sandra Surber and her World’s Champion Heartland Candidate. This team is trained by Bruce and Jennifer Dixon.

There were two entries in the Pony Pleasure Driving class. Champion and reserve grand champion went to First Choice owned by DeVault Farms, LLC and Julie DeVault. This duo is trained and instructed by Greg Carstens. Grand Champion honors went to Heartland Entitled and Yvette Scandling of Dixon Stables.


CH Beyond Reality and owner/rider Laurel Nelson took two blues in the Five-Gaited Pleasure division. Americat, owned and shown by Jane Singleton, rode away with the reds in both classes.

Show Pleasure Driving saw Katie Richardson drive her entry The Pacific Ambassador to blues in both the stake and qualifier.

Three-Gaited Show Pleasure Grand Champion was Debbie Tomin’s new star Picante. Reserve grand champion was Cathy Sauer’s young entry Doubletrees Doubletake. These two horses were in reverse order in the qualifier.

Junior Exhibitor Three-Gaited Show Pleasure Grand Champion was Magic March, ridden by Julia Chen and owned by Susan Valley Chen. Reserve honors in the championship went to HM Grigsby and owner Tamara Rosendranz. Umaidmeluvu owned and shown by Stephanie Duck was the champion in this division.

Top honors in the Five-Gaited Country Pleasure championship went to Pure Mahohgany and Barbara Blacklaw. Sarah Hudson rode Saki for Mary Teter to reserve.

The Country Pleasure Driving stake and qualifier were placed the same. Winning both was Shari Rainwater driving Sugar Smacks. Teardrops And Roses with Bob Facciola behind the lines finished up as the reserve champion.

Miss Strawberry Wine and Judy Barmeier Ferguson were at the top of their game to win the Country Pleasure Under Saddle stake and qualifier. Reserve in the championship was a new team from Deardorff Stables, Doubletrees Ice Sculpture was and Leslie Pierce.

CH Fiasco and Kevin Michael garnered the top ribbons in the Western Pleasure division. They won the Western Pleasure Championship and qualifier. Reserve went to CF Proweler's Image, owned and shown by Shari Rainwater.

Saddle & Bridle Shatner Western Pleasure champion was CF Proweler's Image, while reserve went to Bebop owned and shown by Corrine Kahla.

The Hunter Country Pleasure Championship was taken by Just Wait and Debbie Schreiber, who captured the blue in the qualifier earlier in the show. Reserve was Honeyton's Supreme Belle owned by Kasey Ashley and shown by Teddi Estes.


Ariana Corrigan was Woodside's first Equitation champion. This champion rider is instructed by Anne Speck. Jaren Hill came in right behind her being instructed by Michael Craghead of Diamond Hills. Standings were the same for Corrigan and Hill in the 13 and under division.

The UPHA 17 and under champion was none other than Megan Hill, who is instructed by Dixon Stables.

This highlights the first annual UPHA Chapter One Horse Show. Complete results follow. They can also be seen, searched and printed from our web site at

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