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Fun In The Summer Sun

by Danielle McGarry and Michelle Krentz

MILWAUKEE, Wis. - The competition at ASAW Summerfun Horse Show on July 26-29, 2006, was as hot as the temperature. Underneath the shade of the arena the show was relaxing and enjoyable. Each night was capped off with a party for all exhibitors, featuring food, music and entertainment for the kids. After the hot Saturday morning session, everyone was invited for ice cream and cool beverages on the fairgrounds. The horse show continues to grow every year since it was moved from its old location to where it is held now at the Wisconsin State Fairgrounds. Summerfun is a great opportunity to debut new pairs or tighten up loose ends before Louisville.

This year the youth group from Krussell Stables hosted their own tent to raise money for the Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer. For $20, a hand-stuffed horse toy would be given to a child suffering from cancer. ASAW will also be giving scholarships for the 2007-2008 school year, three scholarships to be exact. Although the weather was hot, this year’s Summerfun Horse Show was a complete success.

The five-gaited classes were full of participants and strong competition. Kenny Smith rode Boulevard and displayed five very smooth gaits, winning the open class and the open grand championship. Keep Me Posted was guided above numerous entries by trainer Neva Van Ess to win the junior/novice horse class. Callaway’s Case Closed was close behind to take the reserve honors with Tom Bombolis up. Final Deklaration was the winner in the UPHA five-gaited with trainer Scott Matton riding for Paul and Barb Schwemer.


Julie Ann Wroble rode CH Chandler to an impressive win in the ladies division. Ann MacMurray-Cox and the lively Summer Sweet were reserve. Bonnie Kegley was more than excited after winning the ladies championship aboard the high-headed CH Hank Heiron. Julie Ann Wroble expertly rode CH Chandler to finish second. The elegant The Midnight Hero and Diane Schaefer took home the blue ribbon in the amateur qualifier. Ashley Alden showed her horse, Champagne’s Red Gold, to win the amateur championship. Wing Admiral and Susan Halverson were the reserve grand champions.

Whitney Anderson and her powerful The New World Man took highest honors in the juvenile qualifier, and Michelle Krentz catch-rode Talk Of Lexington to a second place finish. The junior exhibitor stake winner was Been Their and Tess Wartman and The New World Man and Whitney Anderson were reserve. Kristen Pettry rode the agile Roseridge’s Daybreak to the top of the five-gaited pleasure class. Reedann’s Yes You May was reserve in the large class with Laura Miller. Ann MacMurray-Cox and CF Night So Rare were the five-gaited pleasure grand champions, and reserve went to Reedann’s Yes You May and Laura Miller. Jake’s Little Big Man and Julie Krema were the winners of the five-gaited country pleasure qualifier, but it was Riprap and Kitt Tovar who were the winners of the championship class.

Ray Krussell rode Escriva, an entry of the Salvi family, to win the open three-gaited class. The stretchy Sunshine Way was reserve with Lisa Strickland. Sunshine Way also won the three-gaited open stake with Lisa Strickland, with A.J. Bruwer in reserve with Supernatural Charm, an entry of Melissa Beck. Kenny Smith rode Royal Showcase to win the junior/novice horse class. Ms. Betty Grable, ridden by Ray Krussell, was second. Red Flyer was the winner in the UPHA three-gaited class, ridden by trainer A.J. Bruwer for Diana Schaefer.

CH Sold Out Show and Deborah Jahn marched to receive the winning ribbon in the ladies class. Highland Cavalier was strongly ridden by Kelly Theis-Williamson to be called out in reserve. Williamson returned with Highland Cavalier and won the ladies championship. The amateur three-gaited class and championship were swept away by Glenn Werry’s lofty new mount, Heir To A Star. Up Close And Personal, ridden by Kate Bauman, was reserve in the qualifier and championship. Michelle Krentz once again proved her versatility and won the juvenile qualifier and championship with Day’s Grecian Grey.

An entry of Toni Nastali’s, Gigolo Joe, was victoriously ridden in the open park by Pat McConnell. Tom Bombolis rode the showy In The House and was reserve. Carol Matton presented Harlem’s Irish Dancer and was named the park grand champion. Kerry Honkamp maneuvered Daddy’s Treat to the first place finish in the amateur park class, while Highpoint’s Golden Angel and Judy Winkels took second. In the championship, Honkamp returned to win again with Daddy’s Treat, but this time Rusty Grundy and In My Sight were reserve. Rick Wallen and Aurora’s Asset were the winners of the junior park class.

Bandit’s Chief Pride was flawlessly driven by Walt Healy to win the fine harness open. The springy Catrin and Desire DeVries were reserve. In the championship, DeVries drove Catrin to the winner’s circle and Bandit’s Chief Pride driven by Walter Healy was reserve. Cat Ballou was the junior fine harness champion with Lisa Nesson. Pat Wessel drove Royal Crest’s Rockin’ On Heir to win the UPHA Fine Harness Classic for Royal Crest Farms. Miracle On Forty-Second Street was reserve with Tom Bombolis. Brittany Baird drove CH Cary’s Moonraker to a well-deserved blue ribbon in the ASHAF Youth Fine Harness class. Rick Wallen won the Park Full Mane and Tail Fine Harness class with The Border Star for Star Hill Farm. Tom Bombolis and the beautiful two-year old Fox News were winners of the two-year-old class. Scott Matton and the elegant Majestica were reserve.


The sporty Seamair Strutter was the winner of the amateur roadster pony qualifiers and championship with Mike Schallock. Toni Nastali and her fast-paced pony Heartland Victory Maker were reserve in the qualifier and championship. Meredithe Steinhauer and Thunderation were the winners of the roadster pony open class, Maggie Robertson and her pony Seamair’s Caprice were reserve, while Mike Schallock and Heartland Picture Perfect were third. Rick Wallen certainly had his hands full since all three entries are trained under his direction. Ted Klint won the open stake with his sporty pony Regal’s Lady Bess. Meredithe Steinhauer was reserve with Thunderation. Brittany Baird and In A Heartbeat were the winners of the AHHS Youth Roadster Pony class.

Bob Richards was on the lines of Tommy Hilfiger to win the Hackney Pony Open qualifier and the grand championship. Ed Murray and Regal’s Shadow LF took home second place and the reserve grand champion honors. In the Harness Pony Open, Unique’s Fine N’ Fancy and Richard Hegner were the winners and grand champions. Heartland Special Star, driven by Cayla McKibbage, was reserve in the qualifier and championship. Queensbury Debutante and Sue Powers were the winners of the pleasure pony driving class over numerous other ponies. Reserve honors were given to Final Answer and Bob Richards. Cayla McKibbage drove her pony Kingsley Acclaim and won the AHHS Youth Pleasure Pony class and the pleasure pony championship.


The open park pleasure class grew with excitement when a three horse workout was called. First Class Heir and Tom Bombolis, Teuschers and Terri Anne Ullman and The Majestic and Tom Thorpe all returned to the rail for another chance to give it their all. The crowd’s cheers grew louder as the horses trotted around the ring, but it was Tom Thorpe riding The Majestic who was called to the first place finish. Tom Bombolis and First Class Heir finished in a strong second and Teuschers was third with Terri Anne Ullman. Dennis Verschelden was the winner of the park pleasure stake riding Clover Hill’s Coup D’Etat, and Debra Hoffman aboard First Night Vision was reserve. Rick Wallen was reserve in the park pleasure junior class with Rosemont’s Mystre behind the winners The Oracle and Ryan Rongers. Kris Martalock rode the big trotting Royal Crest’s Stone Quest and won the blue ribbon in the UPHA Park Pleasure Classic class. Scott Matton was reserve aboard Double Secret Probation TS for Jayne Tillman.


The junior show pleasure class was full of potential, but it was My Diamond Blues who earned the blue ribbon in the qualifier and championship with Shelagh Roell. Jennifer Hartner and her mount Another Heir were crowned winners in the show pleasure rider 18-29, while Stacy Wessel was second with Royal Crest’s Rock It Man. Kristen Pettry won a large class of novice pleasure horses for riders 18 and over, riding Magnolia Hawks. Kurt Antonacci was the winner of the rider 30-38 class aboard Our Prince Charming. Amy Weiler showed her high-stepping mount Ocean Paradise to earn second place. The show pleasure 38 and under championship was given to Jennifer Hartner and Another Heir. Kristen Pettry rode Magnolia Hawks to a strong reserve finish. Sue Duchow won a large 39 and over class aboard CH Shadow’s Make Believe, with the reserve honors going to Callaway’s Maeve MacQuillen, ridden by Marylee Wilkinson. CH Sand Kalamehameha and Joanne Eissfeldt were the winners of the 39 and over championship.

The competitive junior exhibitor novice horse class was won by Gretchen Bentz and Turn Up The Heir with reserve honors going to Kara Mitchell and Maybe I’m Amazed. Performing another great catch-ride, Michelle Krentz won the 14-17 show pleasure class aboard He Walks On Water. The flashy CH Trapp Mountain was second with Angela Darrow up. Maya Manilow showed her talent aboard CH CF First Light Of Dawn to win the 13 and under class with a large field of entries, while Caitlin Donahue excelled with Radiant Revival and was reserve. Manilow proved herself again, winning a huge combined juvenile championship class aboard CH CF First Light Of Dawn. Angela Darrow and CH Trapp Mountain were reserve grand champions. Loretta Mulberry presented Tommy James to win the Wisconsin owned and shown class.

Elizabeth James-Lipscomb drove the pleasurable Shot With Glory to the winner’s circle and CF Chief’s Moody Man was reserve with Phyllis Harris on the lines in the show pleasure driving class. In the driving championship, BJ Rademann was victorious with Royal Crest’s Freedom Rocks. The junior driving class was won by Because I Said So and Claudia Gardner Sipp, Tura Lura Lura was driven to the second place by Sue Worzalla. Cayla McKibbage drove Sultan’s Flight Time to victory in the ASHAF driving class.

Sharon Worzalla rode Tamale Wally to win the rider 18-38 country pleasure class for Nancy Rothe. Barbara Goodman-Manilow presented Top This to win the 39 and over class. The adult country pleasure stake was won by the sporty gelding Chepengo and Jan Ribordy. Peppermint Kiss and Dr. Michelle Sprengelmeyer were reserve.

Both Brittany Baird and Michelle Krentz had strong rides in the juvenile country pleasure class, but in the end it was Baird and Crimson Blue in the winner’s circle and Michelle Krentz who guided I’m Dreaming picked up the reserve honors. When the junior exhibitors returned for their championship, Baird and Crimson Blue were announced grand champions, and Krentz aboard I’m Dreaming was named the reserve grand champion.


Storms A Brewing and Natalie Haugen were the winners of the novice rider class, and Jennifer Zuchel rode Southern Twist to reserve honors. Lindsay Kellner rode her elegant mount Crimson’s Dance Card to victory in the novice horse class. The Wisconsin owned/shown class was won by Shelagh Roell and Highpoint’s Gentleman Dandy. Karen Schmidt and Roman’s Chantilly Lace were the winners of the show/country pleasure owner/trainer/rider, while Sharon Worzalla aboard Tura Lura Lura was reserve.


Kurt Antonacci drove Admiral Lee Memories to victory in the country pleasure driving qualifier, and the beautiful Hard Day’s Night TS was driven to reserve honors by Jayne Tillman. In the championship, however, it was Judith Manning who drove Kourageous Genius Supreme to victory.

Lindsey Kust rode Worthy Legacy in the western pleasure 29 and under class and was announced the winner. Paul Merkatoris and Honey’s Great Day M&N were second. Tracey Wagner Mitchell and her beautiful mount CH Royal Crest’s Black Marble were the winners of the 39 and over western pleasure. Lisa McClaren won a large championship aboard Super Rooster in the western division. Blame It On El Nino and Sheila Reed were victorious in the Saddle & Bridle Western Country Pleasure. Mitchell returned with her versatile mount, CH Royal Crest’s Black Marble, and won the hunt seat class, while Kristen Pettry and Callaway’s Scoop The News were second. Sharon Aquino took home the blue ribbon aboard her mount Shamrock Magic in the Saddle & Bridle Hunt Seat Classic.

The ever-consistent Michelle Krentz won the 14-17 equitation class and Meaghan MacQueen was second. Krentz returned again to take the tricolor, winning the 17 and under championship. Rebecca Eberley rode well to win the 13 and under equitation. The talented Maya Manilow was reserve. Meaghan MacQueen showed her correct form and won the UPHA 17 and Under Challenge Cup as well as the NHS Good Hands class. Samantha Dallas qualified for Kansas City by winning the 17 and Under USEF Medal.

Kelsey Nicole Smith returned after a long break since her last appearance at the American Royal and won the Adult USEF Medal. Kristin Jurkynas continued with a strong ride and was reserve. Dr. Morgan Wolin won the UPHA Adult Challenge Cup with an elegant ride, with Ana Marcyan in second. In the Adult Saddle Seat Equitation Championship, Wolin was the winner and Marcyan took reserve.

Margaux Walker was the winner of the UPHA Challenge Cup for riders 11 and under. McKenna Slater had a beautiful ride and won the UPHA Challenge Cup for walk/trot riders ages 10 and under. In the walk and trot 10 and under championship, Elizabeth Iverson was the last to leave the ring with the blue ribbon.

The senior pleasure equitation class was won by Deanna Lanigan, and Ashley Loethen was second. Killian Sukowaty exhibited her skills and won the pleasure equitation walk and trot rider 10 and under class. Caitlin Donahue rode with strength and won a large class of riders for the thirteen and under. Mallory Hartigan was reserve. New to the pleasure equitation scene this year, Nick Maupin won the Saddle & Bridle Medallion and Zachary White was reserve. Maupin then returned with a smooth ride to win the UPHA Pleasure Challenge Cup for rider 17 and under, and the poised and polished Gretchen Bentz was reserve. All of the riders were tested in the 17 and under championship, and once again Nick Maupin was called out to be the pleasure equitation grand champion. Mallory Hartigan had a very strong ride and was reserve grand champion.

Scott Matton led the elegant two-year old Majestica to victory for Jonelle Chovanec-Gardiner in the ASB two-year-old in hand class. The bold Ypke fan Nijskou and Casey McKibbage were the champions and grand champions of the Friesian Under Saddle class.

Academy classes were chock-full of entries. Debbie Black was the winner of the academy equitation for riders 18 and over. Anna Miller won the academy equitation for riders ages 14-17. Jessica MacDougall took home the blue ribbon after a great ride in the academy equitation for riders 13 and under. In a huge class of academy equitation riders, Emily Meyer was named the grand champion and Debbie Black was reserve. The academy equitation for walk and trot riders 11 and over was won by Annie Hagopian. The walk and trot for riders 10 and under class was so large that it had to be split. Hannah Klint was the blue ribbon winner as well as Kennedy Biederman. In the walk and trot championship for riders 11 and over, Annie Hagopian returned to become the grand champion and Arden Zemen was the reserve grand champion. The championship for walk trot riders 10 and under was won by Kennedy Biederman, and Sydney Budzinski was reserve.

This concludes the coverage for the 2006 ASAW Summerfun Horse Show. Complete results can be searched by clicking on ASAW Summerfun Show Results.

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