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Iowa Summer Spectacular Sizzles

by Courtney Church

Iowa- This year’s fifth annual Iowa Summer Spectacular was a sold-out show held during the scorching July 28-30 weekend. Many exhibitors came for the opportunity to show in front of Judge Tom Ferrebee, who will be on the panel of judges for Louisville this year. This show continues to attract barns from many states including Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Nebraska. The Kirkwood College Facility is spacious, clean, well-lit and completely indoors making it a terrific place to show. Show Manager Matt Wosmansky and Show Secretary Maryann Meiners kept the show running in good order with help from many hardworking committee members and volunteers.

Weather was a major factor throughout the weekend. Heat indexes were well above 100 the entire weekend. Show management did its best to make sure horses and exhibitors were comfortable. Hats and coats were optional for classes. Management, in addition to coffee, doughnuts, cookies and the like, also provided cold bottled water throughout the weekend. There was an exhibitor luncheon Saturday afternoon and a silent auction ran all weekend long.

Miracles In Motion was the chosen charity to benefit from this year’s show. Miracles In Motion is a nonprofit equine therapy foundation which helps riders with health limitations and disabilities. The show collected donations from various cash boxes located throughout the show grounds. A wish list was also included in the prize list requesting a variety of donations such as horse supplies, tools and treats, as well as maintenance and office supplies. Miracles In Motion riders gave a great performance, displaying their riding skills for the audience to see.

Jonnie Surland and Santana’s Last Dance topped the Open Five-Gaited Stake. Winners of the Five-Gaited Amateur/Junior Exhibitor Stake were Tashe’s Diamond Thief and owner/exhibitor Kim Gallenberg. Audrey Smith rode Shamrock’s Precious Memories to the winner’s circle for Heartland Stables in the Five-Gaited Show Pleasure Stake. Heir’s Spirit and Shirley Richardson were called out for the win in the Five-Gaited Country Pleasure Stake.

Romy Ackerberg and Kiss Of The Zodiac captured the Open Three-Gaited Stake. The Three-Gaited Amateur Stake was won by Tip O’ The Hat and Brittany Balagna. CH Majolica and Paula Beck took the victory pass in the Three-Gaited Park Stake. Phillip Meyer showed his entry Private Sultan to the tricolor in the Fine Harness Stake. Gypsy’s Money Maker and Jay Wood were the champions for owner Mary Strohfus in the Junior Horse Training Stake.

Tanglewood’s Feature Attraction and Frank Boyd were the last to leave the ring in the Harness Pony Stake. The Hackney Pony to beat was Honky Tonk Man exhibited by Tabitha Ireland. Wait & See’s Raspberry and Donna Beck made the final pass in the Harness Pleasure Pony Stake. Speeding out of the ring with the tricolor in the Road Pony Stake was Wait & See’s Rio Lobo and Cindy Ireland.

The adult stake winner in the show pleasure division was Epiphany and Jessica Timmington. The juvenile stake went to The Party Planner and Breanna Lukan. CH Harlem’s Strong Will was presented by Kay Richardson to the winner’s circle in the Show Pleasure Driving Stake. Heather Hanson took Paladin’s Charmed & Dangerous for the last pass in the Open English Pleasure Stake.

The adult to beat in the Country Pleasure Stake was Mary Strohfus and A Fashion Lady. In the junior exhibitor ranks, Chrissy Radintz and Lady Poinsettia were crowned champions. In the Country Pleasure Driving Stake, Master Blue Print and Erin Carrow got the judge’s nod. The Open Model/Halter Champion was A Little Imagination presented by Monty Wallen for Jill Bosshard. Rob Kritzler took the tricolor home aboard HTC Fine N Fancy in the Morgan English Pleasure Stake for owner Joe Borg.

Kim Gallenberg and Braveheart Of Silver Oaks were victorious in the Western Country Pleasure Stake. Khaki Jack and Rick Schotthofer, showing for owner Marilynn Durbin, took the victory pass in the Open Western Pleasure Stake. A Touch of Rhythm and Jenny Paetz were called out first in the Hunt Seat Stake. Classy News and Kimberly Moore were triumphant in the Open Hunt Seat Stake.

Rachel Wiar won the Saddle Seat Equitation 17 and Under Championship. Lyndi Skinner went home with the tricolor in the Pleasure Equitation 17 and Under Championship. Avis Van Zomeren was called out as the winner in the Saddle Seat Equitation 10 and Under Walk/Trot Championship.

The Iowa Summer Spectacular featured well-filled classes and good competition. This concludes the highlights. Complete results can be seen, searched and printed out by clicking on SHOW RESULTS.

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