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Another Great One For The Carolinas

CLEMSON, S.C. -- The 72nd edition of the J.D. Massey Classic was held April 20-23, 2005. It was yet another great show supported by the Carolina exhibitors as well as barns traveling near and far from areas outside North and South Carolina.

Over the past couple of years, this long running show has been geared as a Carolina show. This year, however, barns from Kentucky, Georgia, Alabama and Florida joined the awesome strings from the Carolinas to put on a first peek of the 2005 show season.

Part of the draw is the location, since the T. Ed Garrison Livestock Arena is a top-notch facility. Another reason is the town of Pendleton. With its list of great restaurants and the tasty bakery, Pendleton is a must find.

Ray Cloninger and his talented staff along with the volunteers from the horse show board kept the show moving smoothly. On Friday evening after the show, exhibitors joined together for great Carolina barbecue and dancing.

The J.D. Massey Classic profits the Clemson/Calhoun Rotary Club and the J.D. Massey Classic Horse Show Scholarship that benefits the Veterinary Technology Program and Tri-County Technical College in Pendleton, S.C.

Five-Gaited For the second year in the row, the top honor in the Open Five-Gaited Championship hung on the West Wind tack room. This year, Kim Cowart piloted the fancy She's A Red Hot Chili Pepper to the winner's circle after earlier winning the qualifier in a very competitive division. Sharyn Lackey and Stefanie Sanchez own this grand mare. The Echo Of Thunder and Melissa Moore earned the reserve streamers for Nunley Saddlebreds. In the qualifier, It's More Than Likely and Debbie Foley earned the red ribbon.

In the ladies class, Here I Am Again and Melissa Moore received the judge's nod. Covered In Sable and Danette Musselman took reserve back to Kentucky as well.

Debbie Foley made the trip to the winner's circle in the junior class for Mr. and Mrs. Tim Shallcross aboard Undulata's Prophet, besting six competitive entries. Attaché's Crown Royal and Mary Marcum-Orr earned a crowd pleasing reserve for Vickie Byrd.

Kim Cowart was back in the winner's circle in the three-year-old class, winning with Ginger and Craig Roseman's Apollo Gold. The Catalyst-bred Startalyst made the reserve ride with Paul Boone up. This was the first outing for this neat youngster owned by Ann and Bill Cannon.

In the novice class, the flashy Ima Star-Buck took home the blue with Paul Boone for Jerry Horoshuck. Harlem's Powerball and James Nichols teamed up for the reserve.

In the Carolina owned class, Brooke VanderSpuy had an awesome ride aboard Lakeview's Rare Lee Seen for the win in their first show of the year. This bold chestnut moved through his gaits with ease in their only appearance. Reserve went to Beverly Kaczwara's Harlem's Black Orchid with Lewis Eckard.

In one of the most competitive classes of the show, Megan McClure successfully moved from junior exhibitor to amateur. McClure guided her multi-titled Breaking News to his first set of amateur titles, sweeping the division with huge crowd support. Another flashy chestnut, Already Famous was piloted by the talented Luanne Kilday to reserve in both classes. In the championship, CF Night At The Castle and Julie Garlington made their first appearance of the season finishing with a strong third under the direction of Melinda Moore.

Dusty Beau and Ashley Walker were back in the winner's circle with a comeback ride to win the Junior Exhibitor Five-Gaited Championship. The powerful CH Diamond's Hope and Sarah Longworth took both red ribbons. In the qualifier, the blue ribbon went to CH Hank Heiron and Ali Deutsch.

Jewelled Star and Rebekah Cloninger swept the gaited pony division.

Three-Gaited CH Royal Messenger and Michelle Groomes earned top honors in the Three-Gaited Championship under the direction of Melissa Moore. Earlier in the week, they teamed up to win the blue in the Amateur Three-Gaited qualifier. The high-stepping April's Hi Lite and Lance Williamson won the open qualifier as well as the reserve streamers in the championship for Penny and Frank St. Charles. Lime Twisted Gin and Clark Clouse picked up the red ribbon in the open qualifier for Liberty Saddlebreds, in their only appearance.

Steve Joyce was aboard Cindy and Lee Wagoner's Exotic Times to win the novice class with Bright Memories and Debbie Koning earning second. A Great Day's Coming and Melinda Moore topped a very competitive ladies class for Peggy Whitley and Danny Bugg. Page Me and Victoria Bleeden collected the reserve ribbon.

Back in the winner's circle, Kim Cowart added another title to the list for West Wind in the Junior Three-Gaited class. Cowart guided the talented Longshadow Sovereign Spirit through a flawless performance for Richard Hartsog. Brilliant Amber and Debbie Koning earned the red ribbon.

In the three-year-old class, Mountainview's Truly Amazing made her first under saddle appearance for new owner Dr. Kim Blackwell. This talented bay is by Mountainview's Oh Heavenly Day and was shown with success for Jones Mountainview in both in-hand and in harness. Midge Hunt found this talented prospect for Dr. Blackwell earlier this year. On Thursday morning at the show, they saw they made the right decision as this neat mare never put a foot or ear out of place. Aphrodite's Tears and Ashley Walker were reserve for Erica and Tom Roncaglione.

No one was more excited than Marion Hunt Bramlett on Saturday night. Aboard her long-necked and elegant Showboat's Casablanca she took home the roses in the Amateur Three-Gaited Championship with an outstanding show. Earlier in the week, they also earned the blue ribbon in the Carolina Owned qualifier. Cheered on by her Georgia fan club, Lindy Ware aboard Lady Latte took home both red ribbons in this competitive division.

In the junior exhibitor qualifier, the newcomer SJ Denmark's Geronimo and Pressley Laton took on the more experienced teams and topped the class. This team made their first appearance a month ago in this very arena and swept their division. They were flawless in the qualifier, making every pass count for the blue ribbon. In the Championship, the beautiful team CH Sportster and Kate Bryan responded to the competition and the crowd's cheer, moving up a notch to win the championship. The Clover Leaf-trained Stonecutter and Alexa Martini finished reserve in the qualifier.

Under the direction of Melinda Moore, Rachel Machamer had two outstanding catch-rides aboard Royalty In Black for Dodie Stockton to sweep the Three-Gaited Pony division. The new team of Cameo's Carte Blanche and Anna Drew Jackson earned both red ribbons. In the championship, another new team, Highpoint's Fantasia and Allie Wellington, had a beautiful ride for a strong third place finish.

Fine Harness The beautiful Last Tango In Paris was perfect for driver Melissa Moore and as a result won the Fine Harness Championship. Moore guided this magnificent horse to the winner's circle for Liberty Saddlebreds in the qualifier as well. Catalytic and Susan Hollowell finished reserve in the open championship and the amateur qualifier. Simbara's Sweet Lorraine and David Mount would not be denied in the amateur qualifier as they made each pass more bold to win the blue ribbon. Octane's Highpoint Manipulator and Marcelino Rameriz exited with the red ribbon in the qualifier for Sheila and Clifford Summers.

On the lines for Jake Lawson, Steve Joyce topped the competitive Junior Fine Harness with Loves Livin Life. Storm Heir and Debbie Koning finished reserve. In the UPHA Three-Year-Old Fine Harness, Rich Angel earned the blue with Lance Williamson on the lines for Mrs. Julian Gregory. The gifted Kalarama's Gold Star and Kim Cowart settled in for reserve for Sherrie and Frank Gibson.

Park The talk of the show grounds was the magnificent Callaway's Forty-Niner. This flashy flaxen chestnut took top honors in the Three-Gaited Park Championship and qualifier, parading around the ring effortlessly with Melissa Moore aboard for Nunley Saddlebreds. The great star CH Ramses was the reserve champion with trainer Steve Old in the irons for Delton Farms. In the qualifier, the youngster Detached earned the blue with Lewis Eckard up for Susan Harris.

In the winner's circle once again, Lance Williamson expertly guided Hillside's Sensation to the Junior Three-Gaited Park blue for Frank Gray. The new team of Unbreakable Heart and Stefany Bennett picked up reserve.

In another highly competitive division, 10 top entries made the gate call for the Amateur Three-Gaited Park Championship. No stranger to competition, CH A Step Of Time and Luanne Kilday added two more wins to their long list of blues, sweeping the division. Kilday guided her high-motioned star under the direction of Debbie Foley. Reserve honors in both classes went to the new team of CH Justa Rascal and Megan McClure. Debuting a month ago at ASAC, this team gets stronger and stronger, proving to be a top contender in the division.

Tipitina and Bree Zandy continued to shine in their new division as they swept the junior exhibitor class under the direction of Julia and Steve Joyce. Ashley Walker and Jokers Wilds earned both red ribbons with CH Absolutely A Lady and Nikki Lawing earning two top thirds.

Pleasure A new division for the Carolinas, the park pleasure classes continue to grow. Broadway Tune stepped up with Steve Old aboard to sweep the division for Delton Farms. Walterway's High Enough and James Nichols were reserve in both classes for Blake Powell.

Manhattan Avenue and Lewis Eckard won the junior class for owner Susan Orton. Arrowhead's Mortisha and Melissa Moore earned reserve for Lionel Ferriera.

In the three-year-old class, Heir's Crowned Princess and Lance Williamson accepted the blue ribbon. In a sad turn of events, however, this young star's career was brought to an end upon returning home after a shipping accident; she was humanely put to sleep.

Another young star whose name is very fitting earned the red ribbon. Miraculous Odds is just that. This Catalyst-bred colt had a tough time even before he was born. After CH An Old Fashioned Girl was bred it was determined she was not in foal. It was late in the breeding season so she was turned out to pasture. Spring came around again and she was shipping to Fred Sarver's to be bred. After a thorough examination, it was determined the mare actually was in foal and this beautiful colt with a hooky neck was born.

Delton Farms was in the spotlight once again with MMMBop and Amanda Dellinger claiming top honors in the gaited pleasure championship and qualifier. Luanne Kilday expertly guided Endolane Genius to the red ribbons for Betty Lou Herter.

In the junior exhibitor division, Gentry Crest's Rainbow Connection earned both blues with the new team of Shop To You Drop and Amy Rawlins earning the reds for Imogene and James Comer.

Amanda Dellinger's success did not end with the gaited pleasure wins. Out of 14 entries, she and My Grande were crowned champions in both the qualifier and championship. Only Blues and Kelly Mount were fabulous to earn both reds and Mount said that she and her teammate had turned the corner and were ready for their next show.

Vuarnet and Jan Small Beth won the novice rider class, continuing Cryst-A-Kell's successful show. Carolyn Brock and Callaway's Custom Made earned the red ribbon under the direction of Jon Walker Stables. Barbara Matthews and CH Five Minutes More topped the amateur owned and trained class with Irish Rampage and Darren Scott in for reserve.

In the 14-17 division, top honors went to hometown favorites Town Tempest and Mallory Haynie. The Silver Run team of Invitation Required and Marcy Scardino collected reserve in the qualifier with Worthy's Can't Touch This and Meredith Dancer earning the red in the championship. My Gabrielle and Jessica Northcutt were pleasure perfect as they swept the 13-and-under division with two outstanding shows. Reserve in both classes went to the new team of Over Achiever and Katie Morrison.

Scotty's Lace and Emily Garrity went two-for-two in the pleasure pony classes. Their barn mates Drew Taylor Hewitt and Fox's Dancing Fire finished as the reserve champions. Santana's Flaming Dawn and Camille Cowart put forth a nice effort for reserve in the qualifier.

Much More Radiant and Sarah Martin were first in both walk/trot pleasure classes. This new team was directed to the winner's circle by the Cash Lovell Stables crew. This talented horse with a tough riding little girl will be hard to beat. CH Empress In Black and Rachel Tankersley did not make it easy, as they were hot on the winner's heels for reserve in both classes under the Boone's Farm banner.

The Cash Lovell Stables banner picked up the blue once more with the outstanding Go Baby Go's wins in the pleasure driving division. Purchased about a month ago by Nancy Hawley, Go Baby Go was shown by Susan Hollowell to victory in both competitive Show Pleasure Driving classes. Catie Hawley, who was busy with her studies at Duke, could not attend, however, she is looking forward to riding Go Baby Go at Bonnie Blue. In the fall, her mom Nancy plans to be on the lines, as Catie will be focused on college again. Really Worth It and Anita Simpson were the reserve champions with John Elway and Ann Cannon earning the red in the qualifier.

Country Pleasure Kevin Ingram had his time in the winner's circle with Hometown Commander. With two perfect rides, this team earned both victory passes in the adult division. Making a comeback ride, A Promise Keeper and Lauren Camp earned the red ribbon in the championship with barn mate The Kentucky Connection and Katie Matthews earning the red in the qualifier.

Barbara Matthews was in the winner's circle once again, this time with CH Harlem's Jamaican after a great go in the amateur owned and trained. Callaway's Passport and Lisa Austin won the novice rider class with Heir Cooled and Sallie Turned taking home the red.

In the 14-17 class, Spice Queen and Lindsay Taylor were the team to beat as they swept their division under the direction of Cardinal Farms. Reserve in the championship went to hometown favorite Carolina Clay and Kaitlyn Whatley. In the qualifier, Kate Bryan had a great catch-ride aboard Worthy's Just Once to the red ribbon for Jennifer and Vernon Foster.

In the 13-and-under championship, Nikki Lawing had more than a birthday to celebrate as she guided Bankshire's Davy Jones to the winner's circle. Law Me and Amy Hein won the qualifier and finished reserve in the championship. Allie Wellington debuted aboard CH The Excelsior for the qualifying red ribbon.

Cash Lovell Stables continued their driving dominance as Ron Cook was on the lines for Louise Allen sweeping the Adult Country Pleasure Driving Championship with I'm The Real Deal. Ro-Day-O and Rheanne Greene finished as the reserve champions in their new division with Crystal Creek's Strawberry Jam and Kathryn Nichols earning reserve in the qualifier.

Luanne Kilday dominated the western division, winning four-for-four. She topped the championship and qualifier aboard Rum Tum Tigger. She won the Saddle and Bridle William Shatner class aboard Irradiate. This team also won the working class jumping the hay bail as they made their victory pass giving the crowd a reason to stick around.

Roadster To Bike Dominance continued to be a theme even in the roadster division. Danny Bugg is a force when it comes to this fast paced division. He kept the crowd on the edge of their seats as he won the Roadster Championship and qualifier with Gingerbread Man. He also took top honors with the new star PTO. Purchased from Jennifer and Chappy Chapman, this horse proved his versatility also earning the red ribbon in the under saddle class with Melinda Moore. Reserve in the open classes went to the busy Debbie Koning at the lines with Scruff. Eaton's Guy and Page Champion earned the reserve in the novice class for Beth Barksdale. All Glory and Danette Musselman won the under saddle class for Belle Reve.

The top amateur honors went home to Kentucky as well, this time with Royal Count and Dale Hanson earning the judge's nod. Danny Bugg would not be too far behind as he turned in two great drives with Geronimo for two red ribbons. In the Roadster To Wagon, Norwell Dancer and Mark Catron may have been the only entry but they gave a crowd wowing performance traveling so fast Mark's hat flew off! Adding another blue to Steve Hanks Stables banner, Jeb Boyd had fun driving Exit 80 to speeds no one else would dare. This fast team raced away with the blue with Montana and Hunter Maddy in for reserve.

Ponies Debuting in a new division, Heartland High Time and Rita Camp went two-for-two in the Hackney pony division as they paraded around the ring. Ann Reeves and Believe It received both red ribbons

In the harness division, Boxford Bobbi Socks and Debbie Foley swept the division for owner Tom Caisse with Dun Haven Pure Elegance and Kathryn Nichols in for reserve.

In the pleasure driving class, the team to beat was Heartland Stetson and Sallie Turner. With presence and motion, they turned in two winning drives. Cherry's Dream Motion and Jennifer Shell finished reserve in the championship. Heartland Fireworks and Pam Thomas were reserve in the Hackney/Harness Pony Pleasure Driving qualifier.

Keeping up his winning streak, Razz-Ma-Tazz made two more trips to the winner's circle in the road pony division with trainer Lewis Eckard for Karl Bridgeman. Reserve in both classes went to the new star Knollandaire, first with David Barger on the lines and in the championship with Kathy Sumpter driving. In the UPHA Junior Roadster Pony Classic class, Lone Star was the top pony with Bill Waller in the bike for Kathryn and Carl Nichols' Crystal Creek Farm. Reserve honors went to Heartland Carolee and Steve Old for the Delton banner.

In the Amateur Roadster Pony Championship and qualifier, Rant N Rave KV and Karen Voerg were on top of their game as they earned two trips to the winner's circle. Newcomer Daddy's Little Girl and Dr. Kim Blackwell were named the reserve champions. In the qualifier, the red ribbon hung on the Boone's Farm banner with an awesome performance by Boxford On The Mark and Dr. Wendy Troyer.

In the junior exhibitor classes, Rebekah Cloninger and Jeb Boyd turned up the heat as did their rivals. After both turned in top performances, Dunhaven's Grandiose and Rebekah Cloninger earned the trip to the winner's circle with Heartland Painted Creation and Jeb Boyd accepting the red ribbon. These two took the same placings in the AHHS medallion class as well.

In the Road Pony Under Saddle Championship, Sugar Daddy and Crystal Case had a comeback ride for the win. The fast team of Swizzle Stick and Alissa Phillips earned both red ribbons. Hometown favorite K&J's The Harley Sportster and Britt Gentry won the AHHS Roadster Pony Under Saddle Medallion.

Equitation Rachel Machamer and her sporty mount Touch Of Pizzazz were in top form as they won the Saddle Seat Equitation Championship. Machamer also earned the top spot in the 13 and under qualifier with Callie Smith accepting reserve. Callie Smith won the UPHA 13 and Under Challenge Cup with her new mount, Who Needs Mama.

Morgan King won the 14-17 qualifier aboard her new horse Piesporter under the direction of Bill Rodgers. Kristen Thomas won the UPHA 14-17 Challenge Cup. Jennifer Roberts and Java Sea were pleasure perfect to win Saddle and Bridle's Pleasure Medallion.

Under the direction of Liz McBride-Jones, Laura Byrd qualified for the finals and won the USEA Medal. Her barn mate Emma Nichols qualified for the NHS Good Hands Finals after her solid win in Clemson. McBride-Jones riders continued to dominate as Allison Gann and Betcha Can won both the UPHA Walk and Trot Equitation and the 10 and Under Walk and Trot classes. Under the direction of Cryst-A-Kell, Melinda Young topped the USEF Adult Medal.

Friesian Odilijo made the trip in from Aiken to win the Friesian Under Saddle class with Lisa Basselini aboard with Alice Becker on the rail for guidance. Jasper and Erin Ohning accepted reserve.

Academy Saturday morning belonged to the Academy stars that are stronger than ever in the Carolinas. Winning top ribbons in their divisions were: Alli Smith, Beth Viering, Denise Patch, Liza Payne, Kirstin Sain, Tori Hedrick, Nicole Price, Sydney Rowell, Alyson Gentry, Caitlin Hucker, Melinda Tedder, Kim Breeden, Morgan Marler, Grace Elizabeth Pulliam, Mary Miller Glenn, Sydney Croley, Janie Donaldson, Abby Bailey, Audrey Sigmon, Annie Grogg, Jessie McCurry, Madeline Long, Eileen Quinn, Amanda Grippe, Sarah Leshock, Cagle James, Madison McCall, Caroline Anderson, Vanessa Patch, Annie McNeely, Jake Butts, Bentley Glenn and Riley Didies.

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