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A Five Star Chapter Five

by Nicole Dworak

COLUMBIA, Mo.- This year was a year to celebrate at the UPHA Chapter 5 Horse Show. Twenty years in existence is a feat many horse shows never accomplish. The show’s manager, Fern Bittner gave a report of “the number of horses is up and there are a lot of new out-of-state barns that have attended the show this year.”

To help celebrate the show’s 20th anniversary there was an array of parties throughout the week. Wednesday night was the Welcome to Midway Exposition Party, followed by Thursday night’s UPHA Chapter 5 party. Friday night brought several barns together for a great progressive party. Subs, pizza, shrimp, fruits and veggies, desserts and barbeque were all sponsored by Jimmy Simmons, Cheradon Acres, Meryne and Laura Gibson, Cross Creek Stables, Peeper Ranch, Brenda Benner, Sonny Sutton,
Glendale, Adams and Piper, Mike Roberts and Wild Venture.

Judge Sandra Lilly was kept busy with strong classes in the Saddlebred, roadster, Hackney Pony and Saddle Seat equitation classes. Janet Barber held the judge’s cards for the Morgan and Arabian divisions. Friday, Sandra Lilly took some time to speak with all the kids who participated in the junior judging contest. Several great victory passes and competition moments were captured on film by Howard Schatzberg


What’s The Whoopla made a big whoopla in the five-gaited division. This young horse took the blue ribbon home in the stallion/gelding division, and then again trotted and racked away with the tricolor in the Five-Gaited Stake. Zach Duffy was up for both victory passes for owner Karen Coup. The reserve in the Five-Gaited Stake went home with Contender’s Citation and Virgil Helm who presented for Seven Oaks Farm. The stallion/gelding reserve ribbon went to Callaway’s Place Your Bets and Billy Greenwell for owner Tom Fiedler. Greenwell and Callaway’s Place Your Bets finished third in the Five-Gaited Stake.

Once again Zach Duffy was up for the win in the Five-Gaited Mares class for Bel Cheval Inc. Lilly The Filly trotted out of the arena with the red ribbon. Virgil Helm was riding for Barbara and William Blacklaw.

Callaway’s Born To Win once again proved that he was truly born to win. He and his owner/rider Gayle Lampe took home the blue and tricolor in the Ladies Five-Gaited classes. Reedann’s Steppin Out and Katie Coup took the reserve finish in the Ladies Five-Gaited Stake for the Mary White Revocable Trust. Sixes And Sevens was second in the Ladies Five-Gaited qualifier with Paula Briney riding for Mr. and Mrs. Paul Briney.

Glenda Pugh made two trips down victory lane in the amateur five-gaited division aboard Studcor Donatello. The reserve tricolor in the Amateur Five-Gaited Stake went home with Heirs Sugar N Spice WRF and Rachel Kufeldt for owners Carol and Gary Mandernach. Heirs Sugar N Spice WRF and Kufeldt also took home a blue in the Amateur Five-Gaited Mare class. Callaway’s Really A Royal and Linda Hollett left with a red ribbon in hand in the mare division. Second in the Amateur Five-Gaited Stallion/Gelding class went to The Party’s Here with Kristen Koenig.

Judge Sandra Lilly invited Longshadow Full Sails and Natalie Stezovsky into the winner’s circle in the Junior Exhibitor Five-Gaited Stake. Finishing second was The Devil May Care and Sarah Hinds. These two horses swapped places in the Junior Exhibitor Five-Gaited qualifier, with The Devil May Care making the victory pass and the red ribbon going to Longshadow Full Sails.

The Novice Five-Gaited win went home with Virgil Helm and Lady Bella, while the second place finish went to Callaway’s Twenty-Four Karat and Ronald Honaker who was up for Callaway Hills.

The junior horse class invited several nice entries into the ring. Bob Brison was aboard Callaway’s Unsolved Mystery for the blue ribbon win. Brison was riding for B & T Vonderschmitt LLC. The reserve went to Take A Guess and Virgil Helm for owner Roberta Rassieur.

El Matrero and Alfredo Chavez made the victory pass in the Three-Year-Old Five-Gaited class. An Image of Perfection and Max Ciampoli took home a red ribbon for Dick Jones Enterprises, Inc.

The UPHA Five-Gaited Classic blue ribbon went out the gate with Catalyst’s Work Of Art and James Lowry who was up for Priscilla Marconi Trust. Mojo and owner/rider Katie Coup left the ring with the second place ribbon in hand.


Sunshine Way and Lisa Strickland made a nice solo performance to take the blue in both the Open Three-Gaited class and the stake. Trotting up for the first place finish in the Ladies Three-Gaited class was Callaway’s Halley’s Comet and Jessica Curl for Rick and Ann Curl. This team was also the tricolor winners in the Amateur Three-Gaited Stake. The Ladies Three-Gaited reserve finish went to Laces Last Tango and Carol Mandernach.

The reserve tricolor in the Amateur Three-Gaited Stake went to Apple Fizz and Alice Sias Pippin. Apple Fizz and Pippin also claimed the top spot in the Amateur Three-Gaited Over 15.2 class. Pulling up for the reserve finish was Budmeister and Jennifer Warner. In the 15.2 and under class Callaway’s Abigail Adams and Angie Noah made the victory pass for William Woods University. Five Will Get You Ten finished in the number two spot.

Several very nice entries came through the gate in the Junior Exhibitor Three-Gaited Stake. This class easily created the most noise from spectators than any other class all week. When it was all said and done, Judge Lilly granted the tricolor to CH Steel In Love and Scott Pisarik. Callaway’s Sunday Edit and Morgan Brison took the reserve out of the ring. These two entries finished in the same order in the junior exhibitor qualifier earlier in the week.

Freakness and Lisa Strickland made the victory pass in the Novice Three-Gaited class for owner Ellyn Dorsey. CH Whitney Huston left with the red ribbon with Robert Stezovsky up for Richard Hill.

Trotting out of the ring with a blue ribbon in the Junior Three-Gaited class was Rhythm Of The Son and James Lowry up for owner Priscilla Marconi. Callaway’s High And Mighty were reserve with Virgil Helm riding for Megan Nichole Harrison.

The blue ribbon for the UPHA Three-Gaited Classic went to High Times Northern Son and Max Ciampoli who was up for Jerald Miller. The red ribbon finish went to Gloria Vanderbilt and Virgil Helm for Wrapped In Rainbows Farm.


Lisa Strickland made a victory pass aboard Long Distance for owner Mimi Bahcall in the Three-Gaited Park Stake. Long Distance and Strickland finished reserve in the Open Three-Gaited Park class earlier in the week. Salty Santana and Kelly Hulse finished second for owner Bill Paschall in the championship. Brenda Benner and My Sweet E Motion took the blue around the ring in the Open Three-Gaited Park class.

She’s Gone Blonde and Lisa Duncan had a nice go in the Amateur Three-Gaited Park Stake to take home the blue for TNT Investments Enterprises INC. Who’s Your Daddy took the reserve tricolor back to the barn with Lori Hoelscher riding. These two horse swapped spots in the Amateur Three-Gaited Park class with Who’s Your Daddy finishing first and She’s Gone Blonde picking up the red ribbon.

Fine Harness

In the Fine Harness Championship and the Ladies Fine Harness class, Ah! What A Night and Anna Marie Knipp drove away with the blue ribbon and tricolor for owner M.W. Sorenson.

Winning the Open Fine Harness class was I’m A Lucky Charm with Jeff Vogel driving for M.W. Sorenson as well.

The Junior Fine Harness Champion was Bit Of The Bubbly with Billy Greenwell driving for B&T Vonderschmitt LLC. Trotting out of the ring with the reserve finish was Charmed By Chance and Zach Duffy for the Doris Marks Trust.

In the Three-Year-Old Fine Harness class, two entries of B & T Vonderschmitt LLC came through the gate. Callaway’s Tomorrows News and Bob Brison took the blue and Moshi Moshi and Billy Greenwell finished for the red ribbon.

Amberwood’s Aragorn and Jimmy Miller took the blue ribbon for a spin around the arena in the UPHA Fine Harness Classic. Blue Jean Baby and Virgil Helm claimed the second place finish for George and Mary Benson.

Silver Exchange and Zach Duffy had a blue ribbon drive in the Two-Year-Old Fine Harness class for Dr. Chris Kaplan’s Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Heirs Magic and Michael Benn were second.


Free Agent and Alan Montgomery zipped around the ring for the wins in both the Roadster to Bike Championship and in the open class. Hia Gal and Tom Fiedler cruised on by for the second place finish in both classes as well.


Jimmy Miller was at the lines in the Roadster Pony Championship and Open Road Pony class with Heartland In A Minute for High Spirits Farm. The Man and Stacey Swalla finished second in the championship. Second in the open class and in the Amateur Road Pony class went to
Bradford’s Jem. Michael Graham was at the lines for the open class and Alan Montgomery drove for the red ribbon in the amateur class.

Heartland Rhythmaire and Gary Dickherber cruised around the ring for the win in the Amateur Road Pony class and finished second in the amateur stake.

Winning the AHHS Youth Medallion Road Pony class was the snappy Boxford Courageous Spirit and Max Kaplan driving for Dr. Chris Kaplan’s Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. This fun team was also the grand champion in the Amateur Road Pony Stake.

The Limit Road Pony blue went to the speedy Unique Star Attraction and Max Ciampoli driving for Gerald Miller. Lady Cat and Sonny Sutton drove out of the ring with the red ribbon for owner Linda Harding.

Jimmy Miller made another victory pass for High Spirits Farm by winning the UPHA Road Pony Classic with Heartland Seal of Quality.

Once again at the lines for High Spirits Farm, Jimmy Miller and Unequalled were the winners of the Limit Harness Pony class.

Follow Suit and Gary Dickherber took the win in the UPHA Hackney Pony Classic.

Winning the Hackney/Harness Pleasure Driving Pony class was Rolls Royce and Stacey Swalla. One More Time and Anna Marie Knipp earned the red ribbon for High Spirits Farm.

Two adorable entries trotted into the ring in the AHHS Youth Medallion Pleasure Pony Under Saddle class. BRS Marks Delight made the victory pass with Morgan Brison up for Bob and Tonya Brison. Avis Van Zomeren rode Knight’s Black Knight to the second place finish for Margo Hattery.


Captain Spaulding trotted and racked his way to the tricolor in the Five-Gaited Show Pleasure Championship with Beverly Schroeder aboard. Schroeder and Captain Spaulding earned the red ribbon in the qualifier. Leaving the ring in the championship with the reserve tricolor was the winner of the qualifier, Radio Flyer and Alice Sias Pippin.

The Park Pleasure Stake tricolor and Open Park Pleasure blue went to the well known CH May Issue and Renae Van Zomeren who was up for Allison Rohloff. Trotting out with the red ribbon in hand after the stake class was Mischief Managed and John Wallen for Ashley Birdsong. The red ribbon in the open class went to Caveat’s Enchantress and Mary O’Keefe.

The Junior Park Pleasure class was full of nice entries and when the first place horse was called, Kent Swalla and Gotcha Covered trotted away with the blue ribbon. Yoshiko and Don Bridges took second place for B & T Vonderschmitt LLC.

The pretty gray entry from Mike Roberts Stable, Grey Goose, was the winner of the UPHA Park Pleasure Classic with Zach Duffy riding for Elizabeth Coup. Sara McGranahan rode Enbarcardero Street to the second place finish in the class.

Treasured Memories wore the tricolor on the victory pass with Linda Roos in the irons in the Adult Three-Gaited Show Pleasure Championship. Treasured Memories and Roos stepped up for the red ribbon in the adult show pleasure qualifier as well. Charms Local Gift and Elizabeth Coup finished second in the championship. Winning the adult show pleasure qualifier was Danger High Voltage and Susannah Sherman.

Mastering the Junior Exhibitor Three-Gaited Show Pleasure Stake was The Grand Master and Thea Ervin. Following for the reserve ribbon was Callaway’s Queen of Crimson and Erich Aschenbrenner. Aschenbrenner and Callaway’s Queen of Crimson also won the junior exhibitor show pleasure qualifier. Radiant Revival and Morgan Elizabeth Shindler took the second place ribbon in the qualifier.

Lily Bart and Kiley Lawrence got to make the victory pass in the novice rider show pleasure class. Late Last Night and Elizabeth Hunziker left the ring in second place.

The Show Pleasure Driving Championship had Harlem’s Proud Mary and Ann Simien Curl making a victory pass. In the qualifier Harlem’s Proud Mary and Curl finished second. Lyndi Skinner and Showboat’s Casino took the reserve in the championship. Skinner and Showboat’s Casino wore the blue in the ASHAF Youth Show Pleasure Driving Challenge. Lily Bart and Joey Newman finished second in the driving challenge. Going home with the first place vote in the Show Pleasure Driving class was Tamarack’s Lights Out with Jennifer Karnes driving for Tamarack Farms.

In the Adult Three-Gaited Country Pleasure Stake, the tried and true team of The Bachelor Prince and Christy Bennett made another tricolor victory pass. They also won the adult country pleasure class. Chere Peridot and Jennifer Karnes finished second in both classes as well.

Piano Man hit the right notes in the Junior Exhibitor Three-Gaited Country Pleasure Stake with Lori Jordan up to wear the blue. Salt Heir and Morgan Brison wore the blue in the junior exhibitor country pleasure class and also the red ribbon in the stake. First Contact and Samantha Baker took home the second place finish in the qualifier.

Jesse Ventura came ready to win with his driver Deb Nathanson. This partnership had wins in the Country Pleasure Driving Stake and the Adult Country Pleasure Driving class. Second in the stake and adult class was Ollie By Golly and Rita Diekroeger.

Thomas Gordon and Joey Newman won the Junior Exhibitor Country Pleasure Driving class. Skyrim’s Special Elf and Emma Link trotted home with the red ribbon in tow.

Elanwood’s What A Sport and Ann Cleek were the winners of the Shatner Western Pleasure class as well as the Western Country Pleasure Stake. Paint By Numbers and Janet Thompson finished second in the Stake and also in the Western Country Pleasure class. Great Belles Of Fire and Joetta Smith took the blue for a jog around the ring in the Western Country Pleasure class for Elevens Destiny Farm. Beautiful Promise and Alice Sias Pippin were reserve in the Shatner class.


Two riders were present for the USEF Adult Saddle Seat Medal Class. Linda Quinn came out on top and Jamie Bender finished for second. However, Bender came back in the UPHA Adult Challenge Cup to win and Linda Quinn picked up the red ribbon on her way out the gate.

Amber Lowry, who is trained by Shadow Run, was victorious in the Saddle Seat Equitation Championship as well as in the UPHA Challenge Cup for riders 14-17. Lowry also finished second in the USEF Saddle Seat Medal class. Katie Cunningham, who won the USEF Saddle Seat Medal and the Saddle Seat Equitation class for riders 11–13, finished second in the championship. Cunningham is trained by Randy Cates at Cross Creek Stables.

Lyndi Skinner showed off her winning form in the UPHA Challenge Cup 13 and Under class and finished second in the Saddle Seat Equitation class for riders 11-13. Skinner rides under the direction of Jonnie Surland.

Winning both of the Walk/Trot offerings at Chapter 5 was Nadine Van Zomeren. She made victory passes in both Walk/Trot Saddle Seat Equitation 10 and Under and in the UPHA Walk/Trot Challenge Cup class. Following for second in both classes was Caroline Moeller.

The UPHA Challenge Cup Pleasure Equitation class was topped by Kiley Lawrence. Megan Truitt took the red ribbon home with her in the Challenge Cup class, as well as the 14-17 age division.

Winning the Pleasure Equitation Championship was Anna Bergman, winner of the 14-17 age group. The reserve tricolor went to Katie Moeller who was also the winner of the 13 and under age group. Finish for second in the 13 and under age division was Halee Steenhoek.


The Morgan English Pleasure Stake and Morgan English Pleasure Open class had the same entry making a victory pass. Century Mardi Gras and Eva Busboom trotted away wearing the blue ribbon and tricolor for owners Laine and Randall Vincent. Nas Rickenbacker and Nancy Murdock were reserve in the stake. Finishing for the second place ribbon in the open class was STA Dance About Town and Nancy Allen.

Becky Krupp and Futurity’s Miss Munitions earned the right to show off by winning the Morgan English Pleasure Ladies class for owners Jim and Shula Dodson. Cadence James and Kay Schroeder finished second.

MJK Seize Command commanded attention in the Morgan Amateur English Pleasure class with Colleen Harper Hertzog aboard for William Woods University. NBN Mufasa and Becky Wetwiska followed up for the second place ribbon.

PSC Gabriel and Joni Barham were declared the winners in the Morgan English Pleasure Junior Horse class.

RRG Lolita and Michael Graham made dual victory passes in the Morgan Pleasure Driving Championship and open classes for owners August and Rebecca Deschepper.

Morgan Pleasure Driving Ladies brought two entries to the ring and when the card was turned in IGF Coeur Et Ame and Fay Lowry headed for their winning snap shot and victory pass. All Flaired Up and Marlyn Hickey headed out with the second place finish.

Candelabra and Phil Fountain collected a blue ribbon for owner Debra Zahn in the Morgan Pleasure Driving Junior Horse class.

Phil Fountain drove another horse into the winner’s circle in the UPHA Morgan Pleasure Driving Classic. Dragonsmeade Graviros earned the ribbon in this class for Dragonsmeade Farm.

Auhl Turned Out and Becky Krupp were all turned out in blue for Lake Holiday Farm. This pair earned the top spot in the Morgan Classic Pleasure Saddle Stake and qualifier. PMP Victory Glow and Holly Salamander took the red ribbon home in both classes as well.

Kay Schroeder and Librettos Bravado drove their way up to the blue ribbon in Morgan Classic Pleasure Driving class. Dennis Errett showed Plum Haven Minuet to a red ribbon finish for Peeper Ranch.

Arboria Ben Hur and Fay Lowry had a double victory in the Morgan hunter pleasure division. This pair won both the stake and the open class for owners Keith and Barbara Pionk. Sta Zephyrius and Nancy Allen made their way out of the ring with a red ribbon in each class also.

Lucky Strike and Jen Holren were victorious in the Morgan Hunter Pleasure Amateur Stake. In the Morgan hunter class for amateurs they finished second. Walnut Ridges Solid Gold and Laine Vincent claimed the blue as their own in the qualifier and then took reserve in the stake.

Oeds Fan T Lommerhof and Greg Haston were crown the winner in the MHSA Open English Pleasure OTAB class for owners Ron and Kathy Reiber. Sandbox Captain and Debbie Thomas finished second for William Woods University.

Abigail Mutrux claimed the blue ribbon in the MHSA Medallion Equitation class. Anna Bergman had a nice second place finish in this class.

It was a great 20th anniversary for UPHA Chapter 5 Horse Show and here’s to wishing them many more successful years! Complete results can be searched by clicking on Show Results.

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