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Hot Temperatures Match Hot Competition at California Futurity

by Leeann Mione

POMONA, Calif. - The 59th annual California Saddle Horse Futurity Horse Show brought many southern California barns together for a great weekend of competition at the Fairplex horse show arena. The horse show, held in conjunction with the L. A. County Fair, offered 98 classes for Saddlebreds and Hackney Ponies.

The last day of the show coincided with the last day of summer, but you would never have known fall was on the way. Mother Nature cooperated with clear skies, but daytime temperatures hovered in the mid 90s which left everyone searching for even the smallest sliver of shade and the biggest cold beverage they could find. Evenings however, were really pleasant with considerably cooler temperatures.

Competition began on Thursday evening and ended with a Sunday matinee session. Show manager Harriet Landrum did a great job of keeping exhibitors happy and the schedule moving along. She was assisted in that regard by show secretary Leonora Bedolla and ringmaster Grace Yaglou. Yaglou traveled all the way from Massachusetts for the show.

Melissa Moore made the trek from Versailles, Ky., to judge all classes and she performed those duties quickly and efficiently to keep everyone on schedule. Peter Fenton, a one time resident of Massachusetts and current California transplant, served as horse show announcer and Rick Osteen captured the ribbon presentations on film. Jim Trader was the organist and Cecile Hetzel-Dunn was the USA Equestrian steward. Take One Video taped classes for exhibitors and Monte Rhea was the official farrier. Dr. Rebecca Blair served as show veterinarian.

A special presentation was made on Saturday evening to Ruth Regnory Paine. Paine, a director of the California Saddle Horse Breeders Association for more than 50 years, was honored for her support of the association and the horse show. (See separate sidebar elsewhere in this issue).

Lots of attending barns went home with blue ribbons with two of the three open grand championships going to Scripps Miramar. Michele Macfarlane took the victory pass in the Five-Gaited Grand Championship with newly crowned Five-Gaited Pleasure World's Grand Champion Sprinkles and the Fine Harness Grand Championship with Laguna Niguel. Pop Secret won the Three-Gaited Grand Championship with Teri Yount up for Joni Underwood.

Exhibitions were held several times each day by two different vaulting teams. They performed for the crowd and showcased their gymnastics on horseback. Vaulting is an official team sport of the Olympic games.

The exhibitors party on Friday evening offered lots of great food provided by the participating barns and also a chance for exhibitors and trainers to relax and enjoy the camaraderie always evident on the California show circuit.

An ice cream social on Saturday afternoon forced those who wanted to partake of the ice cream and cake to move swiftly to the front of the line as the afternoon’s hot temperatures quickly reduced the ice cream to milk shake consistency. Ice cream is always a favorite in hot weather and the event drew a big crowd.

The junior exhibitors were able to participate in an art and photo contest as well as the junior judging contest. Julia Goldman won the photo contest and Lexi Campbell finished in second. Campbell won the art contest top award and Julie DeVault claimed the reserve award. Meghan Hill was named the winner of the showing award and Kendall Weber finished in second place.

Julia Goldman won the junior judging contest and there was a tie for second place. Sisters Mackenzie and Samantha Lyttle shared the reserve. Samantha Lyttle also won the raffle and Julia DeVault earned second place. Samantha Lyttle was named the overall winner and Julia Goldman was the overall reserve winner.

Kendall Weber was presented with the Junior Exhibitor Award and trophy by last year's winner Amanda Zale.

Competition began on Thursday evening with the California Futurity weanling classes. Sonoran Knight, sired by Unlisted, won the colt class with Alan Webber showing for James and Marie Krombholz. Gladiola, sired by Supremacy High Time, won the first championship of the evening when Melissa Moore named her the weanling champion for Michele Macfarlane with Joel Aguilar showing. Gladiola had previously won the weanling filly class. The War Image-sired filly Bienvenue was the reserve grand champion for Scripps Miramar and Macfarlane.

J. Peterman, ridden by Amy Barmeier Dru, won the Three-Gaited Pleasure class for Carlyn Barmeier. Barmeier showed under the direction of Emerald Hills. The six-entry class was open to all age groups.

Three-year-old Laguna Niguel won the futurity fine harness class with Michele Macfarlane in the buggy.

Like Sunshine, catch ridden by Danielle Glick for Susan Valley Chen, won the Amateur Three-Gaited class and topped three other hard working teams for the victory which gave Diamond Hills the first of many winning ribbons.

Owner and trainer Joy Lazarus, of Park Place Stables, drove Silent Partner to the blue ribbon in the Open Roadster Pony class.

Sally Spalding and No Jacket Required went to the top of Moore's card in the Amateur Fine Harness class under the direction of Michael Craghead.

Barbara Beamer, trainer and owner of Seaview Farm, was in the irons of Open Five-Gaited winner What A Caper.

Rockridge Farm claimed the next victory when Seamair's Awesome Dancer won the Hackney Pleasure Driving Pony class with Julie DeVault driving for DeVault Farms.

CH Because You're Mine went to the winner's circle in the competitive eight-entry Five-Gaited Pleasure class. Owner Joanne Weiner took the victory pass.

Trainer Liz Bolton put Paragon's Wonder Girl in the winning position for Mr. and Mrs. Michael Curry in the Open Three-Gaited Park class. The class was the largest of the evening and showcased the talents of eight teams.

Teri Yount won the Open Three-Gaited class for Joni Underwood with Barry Yount coaching his wife from the rail.

Ron Goldman rode Stormy Seas on the solo trip in the Friesian Under Saddle class for Black Sterling Friesians.

Barbara Beamer captured her second blue ribbon in the open division when CH Royal Winter was named the Open Fine Harness Champion for Seaview Farm.

Bob Lewis, a legend in the industry and a fixture on the California show circuit went to the winner's circle in the single-entry Open Harness Pony class for Allison Register. Lewis drove Reedann's Aloha Lady to the win.

Sprinkles was uncontested on the way to her first blue ribbon of the weekend. Macfarlane rode the spotted sensation to the Amateur Five-Gaited blue ribbon.

The weanlings returned, but this time with the amateurs presenting for judge Moore in their amateur futurity weanling classes. Sonoran Knight took the blue in the amateur weanling colt class with Marie Krombholz. Gladiola won the amateur weanling filly class with Don Trunk and Michele Macfarlane and also claimed the Amateur Futurity Weanling Championship. Sonoran Knight was the reserve grand champion.

Travis Haley was the UPHA Adult Equitation Challenge Cup Champion with Sweet Delilah, owned by Cameron Blackwell.

Death By Chocolate, owned by Jack Reich, won the Open Park Pleasure class with Bill Tomin, of Rockridge Farm, riding. Reich's entry topped a class of five competitive entries for the victory.

Fusilier added another blue ribbon to the Seaview Farm tack room wall when Barbara Beamer drove for the win in the Junior/Novice Fine Harness class. Beamer showed for owner Keith Roberts.

Linda Hackenberg and Suite Arrogance teamed up for the win in the Hunter Country Pleasure class, which was also competitive with five steady entries.

Sugar Smacks won the three-entry Country Pleasure Driving class with owner Shari Rainwater in the buggy.

Dark Divinity took the solo trip in the Junior or Novice Horse Three-Gaited class. Gary Mullen was on board for owners Linda and Leonard Stephens.

Gen Hess, of Pleasant Valley Stable, rode I'm Lucky to the title in the Saddle & Bridle Shatner Western Pleasure class. One of the largest classes of the day, the pleasure class had eight entries jogging and loping at their best in an effort to win the title.

Seamair Balboa carried Beau Rash to the winner's circle in the AHHS Roadster Pony Under Saddle class. Rash took the win in the single-entry class under the direction of Anne Speck at Rancho Del Mar.

Winsdown King Of Diamonds topped the dual-entry Shatner working western pleasure class with Kay March up for Kathleen March.

Last year's California Futurity Weanling Champion, sired by War Image and out of Belize by Buck Rogers, Khyber Pass made it two years in a row by winning the California Futurity Yearling Colt class with Joel Aguilar showing for Scripps Miramar. Geneve, also from Scripps Miramar, won the futurity yearling filly class. Joel Aguilar handled the filly sired by I'm A New Yorker and out of Raffia Rose. Khyber Pass took the grand championship title followed by Heir About Him with Bill Tomin. Tomin showed the Supreme Heir-sired yearling for owner Gail Hooker.

Gen Hess and I'm Lucky went back to the winner's circle for Pleasant Valley Stable when Moore named them the winners of the country pleasure class. They topped a group of eight other teams for the victory.

Joyce Rollo drove her CH The Savoy to the blue ribbon in the four-entry Show Pleasure Driving class.

Don Trunk drove Maranello to the win in the California Amateur Futurity Three-Year-Old Fine Harness class for the solo trip.

The new team of CH French Silk Stockings and Loni Fuller made their team debut and first victory pass together in the Junior Exhibitor Three-Gaited class under the direction of Bill Tomin.

Four junior/novice entries competed in their show pleasure class with the blue ribbon going to Doubletrees Best Candidate for Andrew Nadder. Lexi Campbell was up for the win.

Trainer Teri Trujillo, of Gem Stables, showed Sweety Fashions and weanling Harvest Dreams to the win in the single-entry broodmare and weanling class.

Alexandra Brittan, directed by Derek Repp, won the blue in the country pleasure class with Fast Forward. Brittan topped four other teams for the victory pass.

The junior exhibitors were next through the gate for their gaited class and all four teams had their fans cheering them on. Meghan Hill scored her first win of the weekend when The Irish Ember was put on the top of Melissa Moore's card.

Black Sterling put Janna Goldman in the winner's circle in the Amateur English Pleasure class. The Friesian won out over a pair of other entries for the right to perform his signature victory pass.

Another recent acquisition of Rockridge Farm, Callaway's Lil Abner won the Junior/Novice Five-Gaited class with Bill Tomin up for Bill and Debbie Tomin.

Anne Speck met Terri Antman and Con Teco Starlike in the winner's circle after they were named the best of a pair of entries in the Country Pleasure Driving class. Antman drove for owner Alisa Minear.

Doctor Zhivago, sired by RA Hot Every Nite and out of Tropical Rose, added another blue to the Scripps Miramar tack room with the win in the Saddlebred Yearling class. Four stylish youngsters competed in the class.

Black Sterling was back in the winner's circle after the two-entry Open English Pleasure class with Janna Weir Goldman of Black Sterling Friesians.

Meghan Hill followed up her earlier victory with a winning team debut in the three-entry 14-17 equitation class. Michael Craghead directed Hill and her new mount Harlem's Town Princess to the blue ribbon for Diamond Hills.

Thank Heaven moved up in the ribbons to claim the tricolor in the Hunter Country Pleasure Stake with owner Deborah Schuetz-Jones in the irons. Zane Grey, ridden by Sarah Rainwater, was the reserve grand champion for Rainwater Saddlebreds.

Unconventional, with Caprice Soltice, was the single entry in the Amateur Futurity Three-Year-Old Three-Gaited Pleasure class for owner Pamela Dickerman.

Jacqueline Beck was victorious in the 13 and Under Saddle Seat Equitation class with Penny's Charm. Beck topped a deep field of seven other riders and rode under the direction of Anne Speck of Rancho Del Mar.

Khyber Pass and his full sister Bienvenue were shown together for the win in the Produce Of Dam class. Both spotted entries represented their dam Belize.

Death By Chocolate made it a clean sweep with the win in the Park Pleasure Stake for owner Jack Reich. Bill Tomin was up for the tricolor victory pass. Danielle Glick piloted CH Superfine's Hobo to the reserve tricolor for Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Spalding.

Smoke and Mirrors topped a competitive seven-entry qualifier and carried Elizabeth Campbell to the winner's circle in the Junior Exhibitor English Pleasure class for owner Barbara Ady. Liz Bolton put the winning team in the ring.

Doubletrees Next Step, representing Altedina Stables, won the five-entry Junior/Novice Country Western Pleasure class with Kay March riding for Kathleen March.

The get of War Image, Bienvenue and Khyber Pass, won the Saddlebred Get Of Sire class for Michele Macfarlane. The flashy sister and brother were the sole competitors in the class.

Two 10 and under riders competed in their walk and trot/walk and jog equitation class and Angie Gotziev was named the winner with Glama Phi.

The Junior Exhibitor Country Pleasure class showcased seven hardworking young riders, but according to judge Melissa Moore none could top The Cat In The Hat and Jaime Kintonis. The pair took the victory pass for co-owner Karen Evans.

Michele Macfarlane drove Shari Rainwater's Paladin's Outta This World for the Two-Year-Old Fine Harness Futurity class win.

Bill Tomin met Joanne Weiner and CH Because You're Mine in the winner's circle to pin the tricolor ribbon after they were named the winners of the Five-Gaited Pleasure Stake. Royalee Cleveland and Super Radiant put together the reserve grand championship performance in the seven-entry stake.

Robert Lewis drove Reedann's Aloha Lady to the win in the Harness Pony Stake on Saturday evening and after his name was called announcer Peter Fenton told the crowd that Lewis was celebrating his 89th birthday. Lewis took his victory pass and left the ring to a huge ovation from the crowd.

No Jacket Required and Sally Spalding made it two for two by winning the Amateur Fine Harness Stake under the direction of Diamond Hills. They were followed in the ribbons by CH Carmelita Santana and Jack Reich from Rockridge Farm.

I'm Lucky and Gen Hess upped their win count by claiming the tricolor in the Western Country Pleasure Stake. The stake was well-filled and competitive and was one of the largest classes of the show with nine entries. Kevin Michael rode CH Fiasco to the reserve tricolor for owner Carolyn Glick.

CH Star Shimmer topped the eight-entry Three-Gaited Park Stake, which also featured a competitive group, to put owner Carol McDaniels in the winner's circle. McDaniels rode under the direction of trainer Roy Tuttle. Nani Barnes, of Lake View Farm, teamed Denmark's Warning Shot to the reserve title for Dawn Derenski.

Pop Secret won the Three-Gaited Championship to add a tricolor to the Yount Stables ribbon count. Novice horse Dark Divinity claimed the reserve and final ribbon with Gary Mullen up for Leonard and Linda Stephens.

Magic March was named the winner of the juvenile show pleasure class with Julia Chen riding under the direction of Diamond Hills.

Laguna Niguel, the recipient of lots of applause at Louisville, was the Fine Harness Grand Champion with Michele Macfarlane in the buggy. CH Royal Winter was the reserve grand champion in the class of three with owner and trainer Barbara Beamer driving for Seaview Farm.

Seamair's Awesome Dancer took the tricolor victory pass in the Hackney Pleasure Pony Driving Stake. Julie DeVault drove to top a trio of competitors in the championship class. Heartland Entertainment and Judy Barmeier Ferguson put together the reserve tricolor performance for the Carlyn Barmeier Trust.

Dr. Amy Barmeier Dru rode J. Peterman to a division sweep and the title of California State Champion after Moore named the pair winners of the California State Three-Gaited Pleasure Championship for Carlyn Barmeier. Four teams competed for the state title.

Seamair Balboa, with young Beau Rash on the lines, claimed the Roadster Pony Championship for owner Charlie Hull. Trainer Joy Lazarus of Park Place Stables drove her Silent Partner to the reserve grand championship and final ribbon of the class.

Susan Chen joined her daughter Julia on the double win count list when Like Sunshine claimed the tricolor in the Amateur Three-Gaited Stake. As a grand national entry, Like Sunshine earned an additional $750 for the victory. Debbie Tomin, on only her fourth ride with her new horse Marilyn McCoo, earned $500 as a grand national entry for the reserve ride and helped Marilyn McCoo earn her final champion points.

Sugar Smacks and Shari Rainwater made it two for two with the Country Pleasure Driving Championship win and were followed in the ribbons in the four-entry class by Con Teco Starlike and Terri Antman.

Loni Fuller followed up her successful debut with CH French Silk Stockings with the grand championship title in the Junior Exhibitor Three-Gaited Championship. Callaway's Oh Boy was the reserve grand champion and final competitor with Sarah Rainwater up.

Stormy Seas, already a winner with Ron Goldman, took the solo trip and tricolor title in the Friesian Under Saddle Stake with Julia Goldman riding for Black Sterling Friesians.

Sprinkles and Michele Macfarlane won the two-entry Five-Gaited Championship to give Scripps Miramar its second open grand championship title of the night. What A Caper was the Five-Gaited Reserve Grand Champion with owner Barbara Beamer riding.

The yearlings got things underway for the Sunday matinee performance. Khyber Pass continued his domination of the division with the win in the California Amateur Futurity Yearling Colt class and returned in the five-entry Amateur Futurity Yearling Championship to claim that tricolor as well. Geneve, winner of the amateur yearling filly futurity class, returned to the amateur yearling championship to win the reserve title for Scripps Miramar.

The Cat In The Hat and Jaime Kintonis made it a clean sweep with the win in the Junior Exhibitor Country Pleasure Stake. The championship class showcased seven hard-riding juveniles.

Smoke And Mirrors added the English Pleasure Championship win to the blue ribbon from the junior exhibitor class to increase the win count for Liz Bolton Stables and rider Elizabeth Campbell. Black Sterling added the reserve title to his credit with Janna Goldman to go with the open and amateur wins earned earlier in the show.

Meghan Hill performed her first workout ever with Harlem's Town Princess to claim the Saddle Seat Equitation Championship. Jacqueline Beck, winner of the 13 and under class, was the reserve grand champion in the three-entry class.

Cameron Blackwell, riding Sweet Delilah, topped the dual-entry UPHA Walk and Trot Challenge Cup class.

CH The Savoy and Joyce Rollo earned the title of state champion and grand champion when Melissa Moore named them the winners of the California State Show Pleasure Driving Grand Championship under the direction of Rockridge Farm. Sweetest Odds and Jeffrey Fetzer put together the reserve state champion and reserve grand championship team effort.

Miss Leilani was the winner and single entry in the California Amateur Futurity Two-Year-Old Three-Gaited class with Rachael Nemes up for Frank and Ann Miller.

Magic March and Julia Chen turned in the tricolor-worthy performance in the Junior Exhibitor Three-Gaited Championship for a sweep of their division. The championship class showcased a trio of young riders competing.

Three junior/novice horses competed in their western country pleasure stake. Kristin Blalock put Long After Tonight into the winner's circle for the tricolor presentation. Kendall Weber had an additional surprise after she rode Desert's Indian Fireworks to the reserve title for Sabino Equestrian Center. Weber was presented with the California Futurity Horse Show Junior Exhibitor Award in center ring by last year's recipient Amanda Zale. Weber was met my her mom Tara Weber after the class.

Meghan Hill added her third equitation win for the weekend when she rode her brother Jared's horse, Pasta, to the blue ribbon in the UPHA Chapter 1 Challenge Cup class. Hill had to execute her second workout of the day and did so in winning fashion to top the five-entry class.

Beau Rash added another win to his count when Seamair Balboa took the solo trip and final win of the show in the AHHS Youth Roadster Pony Medallion class under the Rancho Del Mar banner.

This highlights the winners of the 2003 California Saddle Horse Breeders Association Futurity Horse Show. Complete results follow and they can also be seen, searched and printed out from our web site at

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