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Fun For A Good Cause... Charlotte Charity

by Katherine Hansil

Judge: Renee Lavery
Announcer: Wyatt Lilly
Organist: Ted Huggins
Photographer: Sandra Hall
Show Chairman: Nancy Boone
Show Secretary: Suzie McClure

 HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- The Charlotte Charity Horse Show was held June 30 through
July 2, 2005 at the Latta Plantation Park
. For the past 12 years the Cook's Memorial Presbyterian Church has hosted the horse show to benefit Habitat For Humanity, assist families in need, expand the mission work of Cook's Church and help build a Family Life Center and Child Development Center.

This year demand for the show grew and as a result, portable stalls were set up. Barns came from through the Carolinas, Virginia and Georgia. Offering a full schedule of classes for Saddlebreds, Hackneys and academy, the show also had some fun classes like Ride-A-Buck and Costume.

Saturday evening began with a seven-entry Costume Class with entries like the "patriotic girls" from Boone's Farm, "soccer players" from Cheryl Baird and "the Little Mermaid" from Longacre Stables. The "fireworks display" from Harrison Shiflet Stables bested the competition with Jessie and Bubba McCurry representing. At the end of Saturday's performances two high point awards were given. Winning the High Point Academy Instructor's award was Myra Williams of Heads Up and winning the High Point Performance Trainer's award was Paul Boone of Boone's Farm and Stables.


With two impressive performances Zara Spook swept the open five-gaited division with Dr. Wendy Troyer aboard. With the championship win they received the Torrence Connell Perpetual Trophy. Reserve championship honors went to the young star Riva's Elegance with Janelle D'Amato up while Society's Divestiture and Roger Smith earned reserve in the qualifier for Jill Stewart. Winning the ladies class was another Boone's Farm entry, The Great Gazoo with Betsy Boone up for Kathy Lyda Berger. Reserve went to Astonishing and Jennifer Johnson for Neil Scruggs.

Sweeping the amateur division, Desert's Bay Rocket took top honors with Taylor Shiflet in the irons for James Gardner. Reserve in the championship went to La Apasionada and Ruthie Sullivan under the direction of Sid Perryman. The qualifier red ribbon went to Pick Me First and Donna Lockett.

CH Hank Heiron and Ali Deutsch had two flawless rides winning both the Five-Gaited Junior Exhibitor Championship and qualifier. In the championship this team earned two beautiful trophies: the Martina C. Roseberry Perpetual Memorial Trophy and the Martina C. Roseberry Perpetual Memorial Cup. Reserve honors went to Shamrock's Mr. Fizz and Katlin Wensley.

Rick Felder was aboard
's Diamond Memories for the win in the junior class for Sassy Anna Farms while Irish In Platinum and Christy Johnson were reserve for Meghan Toms.

Fine Harness

Fine Harness may have been light on entries but Undulata's Blue York Lady lit up the ring with two great performances. With Mark Wilson on the lines for Patricia McCoy, this young star won the jackpot and the junior qualifier.


Many show crowds have become accustomed to seeing the elegant CH Man On The Run with Brooke VanderSpuy aboard. At Charlotte she loaned the reins to her husband, Quintus VanderSpuy. This new team won the Three-Gaited Jackpot Championship. Reserve championship honors and the qualifying blue ribbon went to Chesney and Marie Gwinn under the direction of Boone's Farm.

Hollywood Scandal and Morgan Berger made each pass count and swept the amateur walk-trot division.  Having had a busy spring with school this great team has not been in the show ring as much as they have wanted but their performances certainly didn't show that. Reserve in both classes went to Full Color and Ruthie Sullivan.

The Boones’ team continued to dominate as SJ Denmark's Geronimo and Pressley Laton swept the junior exhibitor division. Stablemate CH Sarah Katherine and Lauren Henderson also had a successful show sweeping the three-gaited pony division. Reserve in the pony championship went to local favorite CH Callaway's Career Girl and Suzanne Kinzler.

Three-Gaited Park

In her first appearance under saddle The Perfect Sunset earned both trips to the winner's circle with Miriam Hoskins in the open division. In the championship this team was awarded the County Judge Challenge Trophy. Both red ribbons went to Any Given Sunday and Katherine Hansil. Both teams campaigned for Longacre Stables.

Game Of Superiority and Erin Casey, another Longacre team, swept the combined amateur/junior exhibitor park division for Chatham Hall. Son O Scandal and Andi Wensley earned both red ribbons while Too Far North and Lindsey Getting earned two strong yellow ribbons.

Suzy Shiflet made the trip to the winner's circle with her young prospect Walk This Way in the junior class. Attaway's Mystified and Brooke VanderSpuy earned the red ribbon. In the Three-Year-Old Three-Gaited Park, Cause A Commotion and Lynn Thompson took the blue for the Deerfield banner while Whitehall's Katmandu and Rick Felder were reserve for Edwina Hutto.

Show Pleasure

's Black Orchid and Beverly Kaczwara earned the top honors in both the Five-Gaited Show Pleasure Championship and qualifier for the Drowning Creek banner. Reserve championship honors went to Champagne Shenanigans and Stefanie Sanchez while A Muse Me and Andi Everett earned the red in the qualifier.

Both wins from the adult pleasure class also hung at Drowning Creek with the winning performances by My Mountain Heirs and Denise Outen. This team has had a very successful park career over the past several years and now seem very at home in their new division. In their championship they won the Big City Perpetual Trophy. Reserve in both classes went to Fire Number One and Catherine Boles.

The Longacre team of CH Harlem's Moon Shadow and Jesse Lynch bested the competition for Chatham Hall winning both the junior exhibitor qualifier and championship. In the championship this team was awarded the M.L. Porter Perpetual Trophy. Reserve in the championship went to the Heads Up team of Master Gold Card and Kerrie Fersch with CH Wing's Main Attraction and Adrienne Fitch taking the red in the qualifier.

In the novice rider class All I Do Is Dream and Angie Wilson garnered the blue ribbon for the Heads Up banner. Chiribon and Emma Thompson earned the red ribbon in Thompson's first performance appearance out of academy.

The new team of The Chesapeake Bay and Austin Hazelwood swept the walk and trot division. Moving up a notch, Albelarm Anchorman and Bronwyn Frank were picture perfect to earn the red in the championship. Reserve in the qualifier went to CH Empress In Black and Rachel Tankersley.

Janelle D'Amato showed off her driving skills with back to back wins in the show pleasure driving division. This is a new division for Waiting Heir and this pair collected wins at Statesville and now Charlotte. Reserve in both classes went to Tidepointe and Katlin Wensley.

Percy and Sara Roberson were on top of their game to sweep the pleasure pony division for Myra Williams. CF Rare Rookie and Jennifer Shadden earned both red ribbons. Fairfield's Cheerleader and Pam Quick earned the blue ribbon in the amateur owned and trained class with Malavi and Darby Tucker in for reserve.

Mystic Affair and Betsy Boone swept the open English pleasure division for Doris and Richard Marr. In the championship the golden Freedom's Vision and Carolyn Teal earned the red ribbon while Harlem's Hey Look At Me and Lauren Burress earned the red ribbon in the qualifier.

Country Pleasure

With a comeback ride The Kentucky Connection and Katie Matthews won the championship for the Boone's banner. Winning the Barbara Blackwelder Perpetual Memorial Trophy added to Matthews' excitement since Blackwelder was one of her mother's best friends. CH Java Sea and Amy Roberts were picture perfect to earn both red ribbons out of
Chestnut Lane
. Another Boone's team A Promise Keeper and Lauren Camp garnered the blue ribbon in the qualifier.

Martha's Highlite and Cole Rosenbaum were back in the ring in top form to sweep the junior exhibitor division under the Chestnut Lane banner. Reserve in the championship went to Denmark's Crown Royal and Cindy Keller while Get The Sensation and Quentin Hazelwood earned the red in the qualifier. 

In their only appearance Heir's Best and Susan Whittington won the Country Pleasure Driving class.

Monsignor and Marie Gwinn garnered the tricolor streamers in the western championship while Bounty Promise and Luanne Kilday earned the red ribbon. Monsignor and Gwinn also won the open qualifier. In both the Saddle & Bridle's Shatner Western and Working Western classes, Decoy and Jenni Smith were the team to beat as they masterfully won the both classes. They also earned the red ribbon in the open qualifier. The Coal Digger and Susan Whittington received the red ribbon in the working class while Monsignor and Marie Gwinn took reserve in the performance Shatner class.


The junior exhibitor team of Exit 80 and Jeb Boyd bested the competition in the Open Roadster To Bike Championship and qualifier while Stevie Ray and Page Champion earned both red ribbons. Spatz and Janelle D'Amato thrilled the crowd for the win in the Roadster Under Saddle class.

Pony/Hackney Harness

Wendy Troyer had a great week. Not only did she sweep the open gaited division, she also swept the open road pony division with Boxford On The Mark. This relatively new team is perfectly matched and turned in two strong performances. Let's Take A Chance and Kathy Humphries swept the amateur road pony division. Showing out of Heads Up, this team has become a strong competitor in the amateur division. Reserve in both classes went to the high-stepping Hallelujah and Brooks Fulton.

China Princess and Dustin Deaton won the junior exhibitor road pony class and finished with a strong third in the amateur championship. Impressive Knight and Ryan Pullin earned the red in the junior exhibitor qualifier. Sugar Daddy and Crystal Case added another title to their list with the under saddle win with John Glenn and Morgan Feimster in for reserve.

Fresh off wins at Chattanooga, Cirque De Soleil and Mark Wilson also won the Hackney Harness Pony class at Charlotte for Paul Richardson. Heartland High Time and Rita Camp continue to shine and won both classes in the Hackney pony driving division.


Lindsey Newsome aboard A Piece Of The Roc won the Saddle Seat Equitation class in their only appearance. Alexandra Rapadas, riding The Bee Charmer, happily accepted the top ribbon in the 10 and Under Walk and Trot Equitation class.


The beautiful Dolf and Kathy Hamilton earned the blue in the Friesian Under Saddle class.


One of the perks of the
show is that they offer academy championships. With 50 percent counting toward showmanship and 50 percent counting toward equitation, riders compete in combined age groups. Lindsay Bryan won the walk/trot/canter championship with Megan McCall in for reserve. Franny Locklear captured the tricolor in the 11 and championship for the walk and trot riders with Tiffany Hager in for reserve. Winning the 10 and Under Walk and Trot Academy Championship was Summer Blackwelder with Alex Gerber in for reserve.

Laura Cathey won the Show Rider Academy Championship with Kari Lawson in for reserve. The following riders won top ribbons in the qualifiers Saturday morning: Sara Latta, Braden Rush, Sarah Thomas, Denise Patch, Margaret Oktavec, Becky Payne, Liza Payne, Megan McCall, Lindsay Bryan, McKenzie Bryant, Laura Cathey, Kari Lawson, Kathleen Angione, Melinda Tedder, Carson Little, Kristy Gordon, Kelsey Warhover, Caitlin Skaradzinski, Maddie Mills, Rachel Baker, Alex Gerber, Abbey Bailey, Anika Frank, Madison McCall, Caroline Anderson, Natalie Penegar, Lissie Vining, Donna Wesslen, Karsen Motsinger, Jessie McCurry, Vanessa Patch, Tiffany Knox, Jessie Marnette, Charlotte Niersbach, Fallon Barnes, Anna Hansil and Maddie Morgan.

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