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The Jubilee Regional continued

Pleasure Driving

Grand National Champion HVK Acclamation has been a top winning entry in each division and area in which he has show. Travis Higgins and HVK Acclamation stepped up with the winning drive in the Open Pleasure Driving Championship as well as the qualifier blue for Jeffrey Smeed under the Triumph banner. Terri Travers drove L’Cima Exclusive to the reserve honors in the competitive Pleasure Driving Championships. This dynamic team qualified by driving away with the first place spot in the Ladies Pleasure Driving under the Cedar Creek Farm banner. Russell Quilhot was at the lines of his newest driving adventure FCF Capestranno at the 2004 Jubilee to win the Gentleman’s Pleasure Driving class. As he was making his way to the winner's circle Mr. Quilhot gave a tiny acknowledgment to his loving wife in the stands.

Jack Gatewood was happy to be back at the lines of his bold performing stallion Tolstoy. They started off by driving away with the blue ribbon in the Amateur Pleasure Driving Stallions and Geldings qualifier, and then kicked it into high gear to win the Amateur Pleasure Driving Championship for the second year in a row under the direction of Cedar Creek Farm and Larry Bolen. Donna Zimmerman and IGF Coeur Et Ame have enjoyed a great first season together which now includes Jubilee's Amateur Pleasure Driving Reserve Championship. The world caliber pair is directed by Jim and Fay Lowry. John Huse was at the lines of his sparkling SBS In The Mood for the first place finish in the Amateur Pleasure Driving Mares division under the direction of Indian Creek Farm.

Tim Roesink and Dragonsmeade Carnegie Hall dominated the $5,000 UPHA Classic Pleasure Driving Championship in one of the most exciting pleasure driving classes of the year. Roesink has only had the horse in training for a few weeks, but when Carnegie Hall hit the show ring he was a bold presence in the show ring. The whole coliseum was on edge watching this dynamic young pleasure driving horse command the attention of the judges. Roesink drove away victorious for proud new owners Kourt Jester Morgans. Reserve went home with another Dragonsmeade bred entry. Dragonsmeade Virtuoso and Judy Whitney Harris trotted away with a well deserved reserve tricolor for the Dragonsmeade Farm with the Fu Family cheering on both tricolor winners.

Scott Gunberg drove the bold performing Cedar Creek Zephyr to the tricolor in the Junior Pleasure Driving Championship for Cedar Creek Farm. Cedar Creek's box was filled to capacity with enthusiastic fans who cheered them on to victory. Reserve in the championship went home with Boxford Ivana with Mary Brannon at the whip for Lyn Talmadge. The refined bay also drove away with the blue ribbon in the four-year-old class.

Kay and Janelle Schroeder were delighted with their lovely Cadence Jasmine as she won the Jubilee Futurity Three-Year-Old Pleasure Driving Championship under the Merriehill banner. Reserve went home with Hylee’s Fascination with Jay Wood at the Lines for Jane Steffenhagen. Jay Wood also drove Hylee’s Bella Donna to a stellar victory in the Jubilee Futurity Two-Year-Old Pleasure Driving Championship for Jane Steffenhagen as well. Diane Conrady drove Katharina to the reserve spot in the champion for owner Walter Gaertner.

What's My Line and Stan Bodnar collected the Three-Year-Old Pleasure Driving blue with a stylish drive for the Alexander Peteler Family and Epona Morgans. Scott Gunberg was at the lines for another blue ribbon drive in the two-year-old class. He guided Acheron to the first place spot for the Slightly Jaded Partnership. Stan Bodnar drove LLL Calendar Girl to the first place spot in the Pleasure Driving Novice Horse class to add another blue to the Merriehill banner for the LLL Enterprises.

Nicole Meyer paired up with Futurity's Chicago White Socks to sweep the blue ribbon and tricolor in the Junior Exhibitor Pleasure Driving under the direction of Merriehill Farm. Reserve went back with Alyssa Wick and Mirabel's Dartanyan to Hardwood Creek Farm.


The Classic Division has a large and talented following in the Midwest with people loving their mannerly Morgans. Classes are filled with amateurs doing their own training and others under the guidance of trainers. The high level of quality is exemplified by the Classic Pleasure Saddle Champion, the elegant Cedar Creek Vizcaya ridden by Amy Gatewood for Dantree Farm. They preceded their tricolor with a blue ribbon ride in the ladies class. Reserve Champion went to the enthusiastic, yet mannerly, junior saddle and harness winner JW Enjoyabelle presented by Marilyn Hackett. It was a tricolor sweep for the Cedar Creek Farm trained entries.

Highland Ridge Daniel and Jan Lazar continued their blue ribbon debut season as they topped the adult qualifier directed by Mary Carlton. Montbelle Monterey and Eugene Mathes once again collected top honors in the AOTS saddle class.

KSB Momentum took Brittany Rae Balletto to a well-deserved win in a large Junior Exhibitor Classic Pleasure class for Julia Hoag and Merriehill Farm. Greg Fancsali and Merriehill Talk The Talk received a loud ovation from the Merriehill box seats as they were called to the winner's circle in the limit rider class. Many time classic champion Amabayus and Bailey Bartley teamed up to capture the blue ribbon in the seven entry Walk-Trot English Pleasure with everyone at Peeper Ranch cheering them on to victory.

There was also abundant quality in the Classic Pleasure Driving Championship with Intrepid Immortal Beloved taking the victory pass with owner Cindy Sheldon, after winning the Ladies class directed by Larry Bolen. Beloved is smooth moving, perfectly mannered mare for Cindy who is always dressed chic in her driving classes – a lovely picture for the Classic Division. With a totally different look, Roadshow I've Got Rhythm and John Green took the Reserve Champion Classic Driving title. This young stallion has a beautiful harness silhouette with powerful, free motion making an unforgettable presentation with gentleman John.

Jack Gatewood showed off his driving skills with a winning catch drive on the lines of Kathy Gatien's sporty One Special Bell to win the adult class under the Cedar Creek banner. Spielmeister, driven by Katherine Rank for Franci Hagen of Wood-N Brook Farm, took the win in a large Junior Exhibitor class. In the Limit Driving class Merriehill Stonewall Will was driven to the win by owner Linda Church, then took third in the Championship. In the AOTS driving class, NSM the Gambler took first with Randy Clements the proud amateur trainer.

Western Pleasure

The teaming of Julie Christopher and Bear Brook Supreme Bar has definitely been a successful one. They have scooped up championship titles from Gold Cup, to New England, and now the Jubilee Regional. Breezer and Julie jogged away with the Open Western Pleasure honors for owner Ron Blackman and the delight of the Crystal Farms crew. Reserve in the Open Championship went back with Jordy Johns and Canabar Red Line. Red Line and Jordy continued a successful season as they picked up a blue ribbon in the Open Western Pleasure Stallions and Geldings qualifier on Wednesday night. Jordy was also in the saddle for the Open Western Pleasure Mares victory. He rode Ling Fu Wylie's beautiful bay Burkland Elegant Lady to the blue ribbon in the Open Mares Division.

Ling Fu Wylie had a chance to take a victory pass of her own. She and her new western pleasure mount Troika’s Black Russian jogged away victorious in the Amateur Western Pleasure Championship. This well matched pairing started off their winning week by placing first in the Adult Amateur Western Pleasure qualifier. The amateur championship was a tricolor sweep for Cedar Creek Farm. Amy Gatewood and MCA Seawind Serenade jogged away with the reserve tricolor after placing first in the ladies qualifier. Donna O’Neil showed her own JMF GhostKeeper to the first place spot in the AOTS Western Pleasure Class.

Shanna Gish showed SpringMill Morgan’s handsome AMHF Bal Du Masque to championship honors in the Western Pleasure Junior Horse Championship. “Dylan” and Shanna started off their winning streak by placing first in the four-year-old class. Meanwhile, Dylan's former trainer Andy Marlett guided Tracemark Tapestry to the reserve position in the Junior Western Pleasure Championship for owners Terry and Anne Manske. Colleen Wick was aboard Katherine Smith’s SMC Millennium Star to earn the first place spot in the Three-Year-Old Western Pleasure class. Kelly Kraegel Bates and her up and coming Triagn Squadron Commander paired up for the novice blue with a polished ride.

After taking a brief hiatus the World Champion team of Alyssa Rumsey and Merriehill The Lion King are back together and winning blue ribbons once again. “Simba” seemed to be loving life at the horse show, and his short vacation put the spark back in his step as he jogged away with the junior exhibitor blue. Sara Heidenreich and Fair Haven Federal Xpress jogged away with the blue ribbon in the Walk Jog Western Pleasure 11 and under class. Both the Christopher Family, who own Xpress, and Sara’s Mom Stacy were on hand to smoother both horse and rider with treats.

Hunter Pleasure

The Jubilee hunter pleasure classes weren't as large as those at many of the Class A shows in the region during this show season, but the quality was in full force for the championships. Manchester In Demand was a powerful, yet beautiful standout winning both the $500 Amateur Championship and the $500 Grand Championship with Misty Pleiness presenting for Sara Schmidt. This bold-moving gelding had shown his ability early in the show winning the open class. LCP Stars N’ Stripes was ridden to the Reserve Grand Championship for Erin and Marie Thomas by trainer Mary Carlton following their Ladies Hunter Pleasure Reserve Championship.

The white trimmed Z’s Majestic Sensation with Fay Lowry won the ladies geldings with a polished ride for Nancy Johnson Tobias. Shaker's Miribeles earned dual victories for owner Judy Fox in the ladies mares and amateur mares directed by Mary Carlton. In the ladies championship round, it was the multi-titled Liberation Daddy's Girl and Fay Lowry who went on to a beautiful win. Sight Unseen and Jennifer Cooley continued an outstanding season as they topped the amateur stallions and geldings and went on to be named Amateur Hunter Pleasure Reserve Champions.

In the highly competitive $5,000 added UPHA Classic Four-Year-Old-and-Under Hunter Pleasure Grand Championship, the title was claimed by the outstanding Orrwoods Special Edition ridden by Mary Carlton for JME Morgans. Ramona Quimby ridden by Deb Rietveld for Peggy and Jim Boege turned in a solid hunter performance to take Reserve Championship under the three-judge panel with Tim O'Gorman joining judges Boule and Young.

There is a new dimension at Merriehill Farm as Jessica Cavanaugh rode three-year-old LLL Mihael to the Junior Horse Championship for Boris and Emelia Tabakoff. Coming off his victory in the Four-Year-Old class, HyLee’s Thunder Comin' with Jordy Johns claimed Reserve Junior Champion for Susan Strieter. Another lovely lady Kelly Kraegel Bates took first in the Three-Year-Old class with VQM Chairman of the Board. The novice class saw HVK Brilliance and Claire Hagerty earn top honors with a smooth performance.

The team of handsome Limerick Luminary and his talented rider Sarah Degregorio rose to the Junior Exhibitor Championship victory pass for her parents Robert and Catherine. They earlier made the victory pass in the youth class under the Lowry Stables banner. The junior exhibitor reserve championship went to SpringMill Phenomenon with Madeleine Evans, who earlier won the AOTS for Susan Evans. Beautiful headed Merriehill The Lion King was a soft and flowing 13-and-Under winner with Alyssa Rumsey for Joy Rumsey. Winning the Junior Exhibitor 14 – 17 class in style was Silverheels Cygnet ridden by Kali Erin Hutchinson for Lori Zettell.


A delightful part of the Jubilee is watching the young riders take center stage to demonstrate how their hard work has paid off in the equitation division. It's always amazing how gawky adolescents and teens turn into poised, elegant athletes rounding the arena on their favorite mounts, then tackling the challenging pattern work. Parents and trainers alike can take pride in helping shape the confidence and capability of America's youth.

In a tough class, the lovely Saddle Seat Equitation Champion was Tiffani Earehart on Nemours Courageous who had won the 14-17 class under the direction of parents Caren and David. Coming from the equitation program at Hardwood Creek Stable with Lyle and Colleen Wick, Reserve Champion went to cool and confident Katherine Goodpaster on Hollybrook Spit N Image. Tiffani and Katy also took first and second respectively in the Saddle Seat AMHA Silver Medal class. Tami Paycer on Claredy Paradox won the Classic Saddle Seat Equitation class then came back to win the UPHA Morgan Challenge Cup under the direction of Michelle Wich, Eastwich Morgans.

The highly competitive Hunt Seat Equitation Championship saw Kali Erin Hutchinson skillfully take top honors on Silverheels Cygnet after winning the 14 - 17 class and also captured the Hunt Seat on the Flat AMHA Silver Medal. On Vega Santa Fe, Kali returned to the ring to show her versatility by winning the Western Seat 17 and Under, a tribute to the multidiscipline program at Mary Carlton’s Crystal Farms. Lauren Cook turned in very capable rides on Fairchild Skyway to take the reserve tricolor and win the 13 and Under class guided by Cheryl Woosley at Rosewood Farm. Larry Bolen coached Cameron Learman to win the AMHA Western Seat Silver Medal on WK’s Captivator. The Hunt Seat Over Fences AMHA Silver Medal went to Fawn McDaniel on Melendy Cash Bonus.

Walk-Trot classes are definitely the most exciting part of the show for trainers and parents – both are holding their breath, all the while puffed up with pride over the young riders. The Western Walk-Trot classes spotlighted wonderful young riders dressed to the nines in their finest. W/T Western 11 and Under Equitation winner was charming Olivia Alexandra Lahr on JL's Night Track. The W/T English 11 and Under English Equitation was won by the delightful Caitlin Howard on veteran show horse CSH Corydon's Eclipse.


Even though the roadster division is usually light they always know how to get a crowd going. On Friday Evening Andy Marlett and Nouveau Riche got the crowd all fired up in the Roadster Under Saddle Class. Marlett showed Nouveau Riche to the first place spot for The QB LLC. Diane Conrady showed Harry Caray at speed on Saturday evening for the Jubilee audience. This thrill-seeking team sped away with the tricolor ribbon in the roadster to bike Championship for Walt and Jaye Alles after winning the Roadster to Bike qualifier earlier in the week. William Silber got a chance to drive Primary Investment GP to a blue ribbon in the Amateur Roadster To Bike in their team debut. This athletic five-year-old has enjoyed a great season in the roadster division under the direction of Tim Roesink of Grove Pointe Stables.

The Road Hack class brought a fun win for owner Jennifer Thompson on Rustic V Twilite Sensat’n. Fitting and Showmanship honors went to poised Stephanie Boda and her perfectly trained halter horse Comos Hollister, who also maneuvered their way to the Trail victory. Dawn Fire and her pride and joy Charlie Horse took a trip to the winner's circle in the Open All Breed Saddle class.

Entries were spare but enthusiasm was abundant for the dressage and over-fences exhibitors at the Jubilee. Islamorada won the Training Level Test II and the High Score Training Level Ride with Julie Inghram for Leighton Zenge. Winning Training Level Test III was Senator Sharcoal with Marilyn Weber for Carolyn and Katherine Firch. Taking first in First Level Tests II, III and IV, and High Score Ride for First Level and Above, was Cosmos Cinder Fella with owner Cynthia Larry. Often seen in the Western Division, Bethesda Carbon Copy with Connie White won the Third and Fourth Level classes for Betty Weyrauch.

Mineral's Country Playboy ridden by owner Julie Pickering won the Hunter Hack and the Handy Hunter classes. Melendy Cash Bonus was ridden by Fawn McDaniel for Laurel Robinson to win top honors in a trio of hunter and jumper classes.

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