Skip to content

Still Growing In Madison



Posted June 6, 2002

by Bob Funkhouser

MADISON, Wisc. - With a strong show at Milwaukee the week before, it was no doubt the UPHA Chapter 3/4 Madison Classic Horse Show would be entertaining as well. Show secretary Cheryl Rangel reported 100 more stalls sold for the May 23-26 event which translated into four days of solid competition in most all sections, with the open ranks being the one area that suffered. There were several new faces among the entries shown by the Illinois,Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Kentucky barns and that made it even more interesting.

"I felt we had a good show," said manager Grant Herrman. "There were some tough classes and several horses got sold here this week."

The unique atmosphere of the Madison Classic is what keeps the show on the upswing. It's held in a confined area which gives it a down-home neighborly like feeling as trainers and exhibitors from different barns mingle among the picnic stables in the middle of the warm up area. It is the social/work center of the show. That area has been man-made, including a tent which provides shelter on one straightaway. This area connects the barns to the show arena which is tight quartered but because of that it feels like a huge crowd when they are cheering for their favorites. Outside, the warm up area takes on the feel of a horse show of its own as the oval around the picnic tables is the only place to warm up.

"I just love it," said AHSA steward Josie Forbes sitting atop a table watching horses warm up and chatting to those passing by on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. "It's so nice to sit out here and watch all these horses and people."

Forbes had plenty of company out enjoying the sunshine on Sunday because Saturday was one ugly day with heavy rains early that morning turning the beautiful gathering place into a sea of slop. I'm not quite sure if it being Memorial Day weekend and with the events of last September people were just more tolerant of things or what, but there wasn't moaning and groaning about the mud. They rolled up their paints, got out the old shoes, brought extra pairs of socks and put on a horse show. Each class was given the opportunity to make a few passes in the ring before the class was judged by Raymond Shively.

And by the next day all was forgotten as the sun returned, the warm up footing was dry, exhibitors were ready for championships, and spectators eagerly awaited another "Jackpot Judging Class." This too is part of the flavor of Madison. Each night a class is selected by management for jackpot judging. Judge's cards are sold for $5 a piece and you have to match the judge's card one through six to win the money. If there isn't a winner the money rolls over to the next evening. By Sunday afternoon there was a $1,200 jackpot and the rules were changed to the person(s) having the most correct ties would take the purse. Anytime it's a Jackpot Judging class cheers go up for horses getting fifth and six place ribbons like they had just won a major stake at Louisville.

The show also offers nightly gatherings ranging from desserts to wine and cheese to an exhibitor's party at a nearby tavern. A relaxed schedule allows exhibitors to take in the local flavor including a lake and park just down the street.

Linda Wollaber captured all the entries on film for the second consecutive week. Likewise, Marion VandeWall was again directing traffic as ringmaster. Tuffy Owens was again well received at Madison as the announcer.

For the complete show story see the printed edition of Saddle Horse Report dated June 3, 2002.

More Stories

  • Latest Issue 3 4 24

    Read More
  • Joint Leadership Council Reinstated

    Leaders of the American Saddlebred Horse and Breeders Association, American Hackney Horse Society, American Road Horse and Pony Association, and the United Professional Horsemen’s Association met Sunday evening to reinstate the Joint Leadership Council (JLC), comprised of leadership from all four membership organizations. Read More
  • Latest Issue 3 24 HW

    Read More
  • 2024 ASHBA Council and Committee Applications Are Now Live!

    If you are passionate about serving to strengthen the American Saddlebred Horse & Breeders Association (ASHBA) and the future of the American Saddlebred, you may be interested in joining one of ASHBA’s committees! ASHBA is proud to host a full slate of committees that allow all members to get involved. Read More
  • ASHBA Holding Statement Regarding World's Championship Horse Show

    The American Saddlebred Horse and Breeders Association has seen the Kentucky State Fair Board’s unexpected press release yesterday afternoon, after learning the day before of its plan to drop the United States Equestrian Federation as its governing body for the 2024 World Championship Horse Show. Read More
  • WCHS drops USEF, joins ESC

    Read More
  • WCHS Drops USEF, Joins ESC

    The World’s Championship Horse Show (WCHS) announced today that the Equine Sports Council (ESC) has been selected as the governing body ahead of the 2024 event. In February, the Kentucky State Fair Board unanimously approved the change, recognizing the importance of operating with Saddlebred-competition-tailored rules and standards emphasizing integrity, sportsmanship, and safety for the non-Olympic horse industry. Qualifying requirements for WCHS remain unchanged. Read More
  • Meet the Author Event with Emma Hudelson

    Join the American Saddlebred Museum on Friday, April 5 at 3:00 p.m. for a lecture, book signing and reception with Emma Hudelson author of Sky Watch: Chasing an American Saddlebred Story. This book is not only the tale of a remarkable horse, but of the American Saddlebred breed and the way these horses carried one rider back to herself.  Read More
  • 2024 USEF Saddle Seat Medal Finals Qualifying Season Has Begun

     US Equestrian invites saddle seat equitation athletes in the junior exhibitor and adult amateur ranks to plan their path to the 2024 USEF Saddle Seat Medal Finals. The finals will be held once again at the UPHA American Royal National Horse Show in Kansas City, Mo., in November. Read More
  • Morgan Stallion Sweeps Winners Drawn

    In conjunction with the United Breeders Committee, the New England Morgan Horse Association and New England Regional Morgan Horse Show, have drawn the 2023-2024 Morgan Stallion Sweeps winners. Read More