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Mid America Mane Event - Another Home Run in Illinois!



 

by Leeann Mione
   

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The third annual Mid America Mane Event was yet another home run. As the Chicago White Sox took charge in the World Series, Joy Meierhans and her staff took charge and made this show a hit once again.
   

The show was up slightly in entries from last year and quality in division after division was incredible. World's champions and world's champion of champions were everywhere and the judging panel of Chuck Herbert, Anne Speck and John Whalen had their work cut out for them, especially in the very large pleasure and novice classes.
   

It's been said so many times before that the Illinois State Fairgrounds facility is just hard to beat in the minds of exhibitors and trainers. It is always one of the reasons the horse shows that are held there (Midwest Charity and Illinois State Fair, among others) typically draw a big group.
   

This show, however, has several additional factors in its favor. The decision to use a judging panel, always appealing to exhibitors, was another smart move by Meierhans. The exhibitors' party is arguably one of the nicest of the season on the Midwest circuit and the barns that contributed with catered food stations graciously shelled out a hefty fee to participate and raise money for the Mid America Horse Show Association.
   

Crowds lined up after Saturday evening's session in anticipation of great food and drinks at the various barns. A.J Bruwer Stables offered penne alfredo with shrimp, Bell View Acres and Ryan Rongers' group from Clean Sweep Farm offered garlic sage pork loin.
   

Mike and Dale Arnston, Julie Ann Wroble and the customers of Country Meadow Farm had Szechwan chicken stir-fry. Sally and Perry Grieme prepared Grieme's greatest grilled tenderloin and Lynda Freseth served her famous chili.
   

Chef-carved bourbon brisket was served at Glenmore Farm and Knollwood Farm teamed up with Krussell Stables to have a mashed potato and mashed sweet potato bar, which proved to be quite popular. Centre Point offered a slice of pie for those with a sweet tooth and Linzmeier Training Center proved to be a popular stop with chocolate fondue and desserts. MBA Equestrian offered chicken and cheese enchiladas and guacamole. Northern Tradition Farm provided chef carved ham and Palos Hills also offered a dessert buffet.
   

Lisa Strickland and her group served Texas Barbecue meatballs and Woodwind Farm and Bonnie Kittredge provided pizza and sodas. John Willis and Rick Wallen teamed up to offer grilled chicken Caesar salad with garlic bread and Grey Ridge Farm provided a complimentary bar.
   

There was truly something for everyone to tempt their taste buds and despite the very cool temperature, the crowd was large as they moved from barn to barn.
   

Another attraction to this year's show was the first appearance of the pleasure olympics at Mane Event. The adult riders, 14-17 riders and 13 and under riders put on a great show in their various finals competitions and very nice awards ceremonies were held Thursday and Saturday evenings before the start of the sessions.
   

The show is extremely competitive but seems to be one of those shows that can still maintain a fun and laid back atmosphere. Everyone seemed to be in good spirits and enjoying themselves all weekend despite the fact that the competitive pleasure olympics awards were in contention and the tough divisional competition was one of the last tests before the UPHA/American Royal National Championship Horse Show.
   

The costume class lived up to its pre-show hype and was obviously a lot of fun for those participating as well as those that watched.
   

Almost everyone in the stands stayed Friday evening after the session's final performance class, the Amateur Five-Gaited Stallion and Gelding qualifier, to see what exhibitors would come up with in the costume class.
   

Four entries had everyone cheering with their imaginative and creative costumes but it was the winning entry of John Willis, as President George Bush, and his "alien invasion" that took the top prize. Deborah Jacobson and Sue Pierson were reserve and were followed by Nicole and Alison LaRoussa for third and Janet Thompson for fourth.
   

Meierhans, along with the hardworking Mid America Horse Show Association committee members and her horse show staff, earned a home run in year number three for the Mid America Mane Event Horse Show. It was obvious that a lot of time, effort and resources went into planning and executing a well-run horse show.
   

Once again first rate competition, one of the most loved facilities in the country, fun atmosphere and show hospitality combined to keep exhibitors coming back and brought new barns to Springfield to see what all the talk was about. No doubt people will again be talking about the success of this horse show and next year seems destined to continue the upward trend of this great fall event.
   

Highlights of the divisional competition follow:
       
Five-Gaited

The Five-Gaited Stake hosted a trio of entries to close out Saturday evening's session and did it in fine fashion. Grand Revival and owner Desiree DeVries, winners of the stallion/gelding class, took on Wendy Bruwer and Courageous Grace for Bill and Coe London and Heirobatic with Kurt Antonacci up for Ricky Cook.
   

Grand Revival has been gaining fans all season and they sent DeVries out with a cheer after she took the victory pass in the stake. Courageous Grace and Bruwer finished with the reserve after their red ribbon in the mare class.
   

Sixes and Sevens has been having a great year with Paula Briney in the irons and they took the reserve in the stallion and gelding class for owner Janet Thompson. Belle Divine and Larry Hodge made a single appearance to take the blue in the mare class for Elisabeth Goth.
   

Callaway's Born To Win and owner Gayle Lampe have earned title after title in their career together and continued their successful show by taking the win in the Ladies Five-Gaited Stake after winning the ladies qualifier under the direction of Mike Roberts.
   

Julie Wroble, of Country Meadow, has been having a great time all season with CH Chandler and she was able to show the multi-titled gelding twice more this season at Mane Event. The crowd sent them out of the ring as the ladies reserve grand champions with a huge ovation for their strong performance to follow up their reserve in the qualifier for Elaine McClaren.
   

A strong group of seven came through the gate for the amateur stake in the show's final class Sunday afternoon. Catamaran, winner of the amateur stallion and gelding class with Laurel Nelson, was met by amateur mare winner A Touch Too Much and Darryl Leifheit, stallion and gelding reserve champion Roseridge's Gold and Doug Lindstrom, The Midnight Hero and Diana Schaefer, mare reserve champion Summer Sweet and Ann Cox, Callaway's Petra and Albert Kelm and Downtown Strutter with Paul Treiber.
   

The stellar group put on a great class to close out the weekend's competition but when results were announced, it was Catamaran and Laurel Nelson named to take their second victory pass of the week under the direction of Mitch Clark. Roseridge's Gold and Lindstrom were reserve grand champions directed by Cary Bartz.
   

Lindsay Kellner and Callaway's Don't Panic, from Knollwood, topped four other teams both times out to sweep the junior exhibitor five-gaited division. CF Night At The Castle and Brittany Baird moved up in the ribbons and took the reserve tricolor for MBA Equestrians directed by Pat McConnell. Amanda Glasgow rode Rare Friends to the red ribbon in the competitive qualifier.
   

The young horses have been out in force all year, and Mane Event was no exception. Eight talented four-year-olds came through the gate for their Junior Five-Gaited class and worked hard for the panel in the division's largest class. Walterway's Headline Material put on a powerful performance with Bret Day riding to take the blue ribbon for J.C. Pierce Equine LLC. Jennie Garlington's sporty Stonecroft Rumor Has It was reserve in the class with Larry Hodge riding.
   

Five nice youngsters put on a show in the UPHA Five-Gaited Classic, which was also filled with a strong group of young horses. Dramatic License and Elisabeth Goth made the winning trip from Kalarama Farm and were followed in the ribbons by Chantilly Castle and owner Mitch Clark.
   

Clark was back in the winner's circle in the two-year-old class with his Alpha Bravo and added that blue ribbon to the Mitch Clark Stables tack room wall as well.
   

Glenmore Farm had a big week in Springfield with several different entries including novice horse winner Top It Off. Tom Bombolis took the victory pass for Glenn A. Werry, Jr. Leatherwood's Colors Up was right there for reserve with Andy Freseth riding for SGF Winning Ways Farm.

Three-Gaited

Deborah Visser piloted (SA) The Engraver, winner of the under 15.2 class, to the tricolor and title of Three-Gaited Grand Champion after topping a talented group of three including over two winner Sunshine Way. Lisa Strickland rode to the blue ribbon and also accepted the reserve tricolor in the open stake for owner Julie Hambrick. Supernatural Charm with A. J. Bruwer and Ms. Veronica Lake with Ray Krussell rounded out the ribbons in that order. Morgan Wolin rode Audrey Hepburn to the red ribbon in the under two class for Wolin Studios.
   

Nanette Lapore and owner Leslie Hartigan turned things around and put on a strong showing to win the Ladies Three-Gaited Stake under the direction of Country Meadow. Deborah Jahn and CH Sold Out Show followed up their reserve in the qualifier with the reserve streamers in the stake under the direction of Lisa Strickland. Ms. Veronica Lake and Morgan Wolin won the ladies qualifier before coming back in the Three-Gaited Stake.
   

Hollow Haven Farm brought a big group to Mane Event and went home with many winners including CH The Super Nova. Travis Van Zetten rode to the tricolor in the Amateur Three-Gaited Stake after having won the over 15.2 qualifier. CH The Super Nova bested an impressive group of eight in the stake including reserve grand champion Callaway's Abigail Adams and Kirsten Lorence from William Woods University. Lorence also rode to the red ribbon in the under 15.2 qualifier.
   

Born The Best and Dr. Meg Knowles, directed by Ryan Rongers and Clean Sweep Farm, were reserve in the over 15.2 class. Deborah Visser took yet another blue ribbon ride and piloted Ostentatiously to the win in the five-entry 15.2 and under class.
   

Rachel Machamer and CH Blackberry Delight were a brand new team at Mane Event last year and swept the junior exhibitor three-gaited division under the direction of Andy and Lynda Freseth. This year, with a very successful year of competition under their belts, they did it again. CH Blackberry Delight topped six other hardworking teams in the stake and qualifier. Closing Scene and Aimee Langer took the reserve title in both classes.
   

Elisabeth Goth saw another top young horse of hers go to the winner's circle when Hollywood Agent was named the winner of the junior horse class with Larry Hodge riding from Kalarama Farm. Miss Plum Pretty, yet another talented youngster owned by A. E. Nelson, was reserve in the class with Bret Day up.
   

Joan Hamilton's three-year-old Grande Gil won the UPHA Three-Gaited Classic with Neil Visser. Aurora's Asset and Rick Wallen were reserve for Albert Kelm.
   

Mayo Moctezuma and Joe Russell have had a successful season with the Hickory Knoll Farm young stock and Moctezuma won the two-year-old class riding Russell's Jack Nicholson. That's My Point was reserve with Amy Hruby up for owner Marcia Fuller.
   

The Perfect Blind Date topped a field of five to win the Three-Gaited Novice Horse class for Dr. Wendy Troyer. Lynda Freseth was up for the winning ride. Havana Harry and Greg Breausche were also competitive to take the red ribbon for Bruce McClaren under the direction of Country Meadow Farm.
   

First Class Heir and Tom Bombolis continued their great year with the win in the Three-Gaited Park Stake for Glenmore Farm. The four-entry stake followed a seven-entry open qualifier, which was also won by First Class Heir. Ghost Of Gypsy and Todd Perkins of Centre Pointe, were reserve in both the stake and qualifier for owner Dede Disbrow.
   

The amateur park division was huge and one of the show's most competitive divisions. The list of competitors, let alone the list of ribbon winners, in this division was an impressive one.
   

Nothin' But Spice came back from the reserve in the 12-entry qualifier to win the 11-entry stake with Lindsey Ledo up. Ledo turned in her masterful ride under the direction of Cary Bartz. CH Sultan's Gold and Coe London have numerous titles to their credit this season and they captured the reserve streamers to add to the Grey Ridge total. Daddy's Treat and Kerry Honkamp won the huge qualifier from Knollwood and were top three in the stake. Harlem's Gracious Lad and Vicki Reed were third in the qualifier.
   

Nancy Leigh Fisher rode to the winner's circle in the junior horse class with Princess Ruby Begonia and was followed in the ribbons by Riveted and Megan Thibo for Mitch Clark.
   

The limit horse class was also very big and very deep, with 11 entries in the class. Long Distance, with Lisa Strickland up, took the blue with a powerful performance. Tres Chic and Bret Day were in the mix to finish with the red ribbon for Hy Horse Farm.

Fine Harness

Margo Baird drove CH Cary's Moonraker in 2004 at Mid America Mane Event and went to the winner's circle in the Amateur Fine Harness Stake. One year later, Baird was back in the buggy for the first time since recuperating from back surgery and she once again went to the winner's circle with her champion mare. This time, however, she was directed to her winning drive by MBA trainer Pat McConnell and took the tricolor and title in the Fine Harness Grand Championship. Brittany Baird qualified the mare with the blue ribbon trip in the ASHAF Fine Harness Youth Driving Challenge.
   

Glenmore's Knight Talk kept the Glenmore win list growing and earned the blue in the open fine harness class in a single appearance with Glenn A. Werry, Jr. Sly As A Fox and owner/trainer Dennis Verschelden were reserve in the open qualifier and open stake class.
   

CH Kalarama's New Sensation and Mary Gise have been another one of the dominant forces in the amateur division and they added both victories in the amateur stake and qualifier from Hollow Haven Farm. Harlem's C My Radiance and Dr. Mary Jensen were reserve in both classes under the direction of Peter Archer.
   

His Supreme Reflection and Lynda Freseth topped the UPHA Fine Harness Classic for Marilyn Gaiswinkler. Stevie Nicks and Bret Day were reserve for owner Joy Carr.
   

Peter Archer took the victory pass with Hollywood Electra in the two-year-old class for Cynthia Wright to close out the division.

Roadster Horse and Pony

Sierra, owned by Tom Fiedler, and Dick Francis, owned by Jonelle Chovanec Gardiner and Paul Chovanec, captured the four winning ribbons in the road horse division. Sierra and Billy Greenwell won the Road Horse To Bike Championship and limit horse class. Dick Francis won the open qualifier with Carol Matton of Knollwood driving and then won the Road Horse Under Saddle class with Gardiner up.
   

Triumphant was just that in the very competitive seven-entry Roadster Pony Championship with Jane Mueller in the bike after winning the five-entry amateur class, directed by Gib Marcucci. Lamborghini followed up the reserve in the open class with the reserve grand championship title for Laurel Nelson. Mitch Clark drove for both top ribbons.
   

Calvin Hobbs and Andy Freseth made a single appearance at Mane Event for Priscilla Gise and it was a winning one. They earned the blue in the open class to top five other top ponies.
   

Thunder & Lightning, with Denise Steinhauer driving, was reserve in the amateur class under the Rick Wallen Stables banner.
   

Albert Kaponey and Tyler Volz won the AHHS Roadster Pony Youth Medallion class for owners Shirley Trimble and Ray Sperl. Ashley Baird, like her mother and her sister, earned a top ribbon at Mane Event. She drove Bluegrass '76 to the reserve in the road pony youth medallion class.
   

Sabi Sabi won the four-entry limit pony class with Kenneth Acebel driving for River Run Farm. Deja Blues and Billy Greenwell added to an already successful season for Tom Fiedler with the red ribbon in the limit class.
   

Power Of Attorney, with Jourdan Schaye riding, won the AHHS Roadster Pony Under Saddle class for Dr. Joe and Judy Lowry. Good Spirits and Patrick Kittredge were reserve for Bonnie Kittredge.

Harness and Hackney Pony

Conqueror's Colleen and Mary Ellen Golich were a triple threat in the Harness pony division. They won the Harness Pony Championship, open class and amateur qualifier under the direction of Rick Wallen Stables. Heartland Most Wanted and Darrel Kolkman won the Limit Harness Pony class for Heartland Hackney Farm.
   

Man On The Town and Royal Canadian battled it out in the Hackney Pony Championship and both were great examples of top cobtails with winning seasons this year. Man On The Town and Mary Campbell took the tricolor after winning the open class and amateur winner Royal Canadian was reserve with Muffy Ernster. Gib Marcucci directed both ponies.
   

Monte Carlo was reserve in the open class with Mary Kirkton driving for Roger and Mary Kirkton. They also earned the red ribbon in the amateur class.


Darrel Kolkman sat behind another winning limit pony but this one was owned and bred by Mary Dell Pritzlaff of Seamair Farm in
California. Seamair Simply Awesome topped two other ponies for the Hackney Limit Pony blue ribbon. Hawkwatch and Glenn Werry were reserve from Gib Marcucci Stables.
   

The pleasure driving ponies comprised yet another competitive group at Mane Event and turned in two entertaining classes. Pacifico's Standing Ovation could do no wrong both times out and carried Bob Anderson to two more wins for Hollow Haven Farm. Denise Steinhauer had two more great goes at Mane Event. She drove Dun-Haven Majestic Motion to the reserve grand championship after taking reserve in the qualifier.
   

A Touch Of Magic won the AHHS Pleasure Driving Pony Youth Medallion class with owner Tish Graf driving under the direction of Palos Hills Equestrian Center. Bonnie Kittredge, of Woodwind Farm, directed Bevan Sukowaty and Riverview's Royal Salute to reserve.
   

Todd Perkins owned the winner and met the winning rider in center ring when I'm Impressive Too won the AHHS Hackney Pleasure Pony Under Saddle Youth Medallion class.

Show Pleasure

Nine horses competed in the competitive Five-Gaited Pleasure Stake after a nine-horse qualifier. With a winning career to their credit, Carrie Warner Anderson and CH Forever Aptor swept the division with two strong rides in two competitive classes. CH Lexmark, owned by Laurie Stollenwerk, was the reserve grand champion after Sara Van Galder catch rode to reserve in the qualifier.
   

Sandy Dyer had a great week in Springfield and she rode He's Heirresistible to the blue ribbon in the limit horse class under the direction of Lisa Strickland. Queensbury Jasmine was reserve with Kurt Antonacci up for Queensbury Farm from Rick Wallen Stables.
   

The junior park pleasure horses were entertaining as seven sporty entries competed in their class. It was yet another victory for Glenmore Farm when Full Court was named the winner with Tom Bombolis up. Fajita and Ryan Rongers were reserve in the nice class for Jamsa and Egland.
   

John Willis has been on cloud nine since winning a world's championship title at Louisville and Attaché’s Special Rose kept him at the top of his game with the win in the UPHA Park Pleasure Classic for Klint and Shaw. Irresistible Day was reserve in the seven-entry class with Bret Day up for Bill and Coe London.
   

Paladin's Potentate and owner/trainer Mike McIntosh, from High Spirit Farm, won the limit horse class to top a good group including Rosemont's Mystre and Rick Wallen for Rick Wallen Stables.
   

It was yet another sweep in the pleasure division for Hollow Haven Farm when Alice Unger rode CH 98 Degrees to the tricolor in the Adult Three-Gaited Pleasure Championship after winning the eight-entry 18-38 adult class. Unger topped 15 other competitive teams to take the win in the championship. MW Whatever Works and Kerry Honkamp were reserve in the adult championship from Knollwood Farm and were followed in the ribbons by Kurt Antonacci with 18-38 reserve champion First Night Vision for Debra Hoffman.
   

CH Laguardia and Linda Goodrich won the 39 and over class. Royal Crest's Decked Out In Stone were reserve in the 12-entry class.
   

A big group of 14-17 junior exhibitors came through the gate for their championship but none could top He Walks On Water and Ali Leitermann. She rode for owner Malissa Welke under the Hollow Haven banner. Another Heir and Jennifer Hartner were the reserve grand champions in the 14-entry class. He Walks On Water won the even bigger 17-entry qualifier and was followed in the ribbons by Lightning Annie and Amanda Chmieleski. Another Heir and Hartner were top three in the big class.
   

The 13 and under riders also had their work cut out for them in their championship which featured 12 teams. CH May Issue and Allison Rohloff returned from winning the 12-entry qualifier to win the championship as well. Renae Van Zomeren directed the winning team. Glendale's Bonnie Lass carried Courtney Ledo to the reserve steamers from Bartz Stables and Tantara's De-Phi All Odds was third with Samantha Simmons.
   

CH Petra's Beyond Belief and Mary Salvi claimed the red ribbon in the qualifier under the direction of Ray Krussell and De-Phi All Odds was third with Simmons.
   

Eva Meniges rode CH Laguardia to the win in the Walk and Trot Pleasure class for owner Meridyth Munns in a well-filled six-entry class. CH Strider's Modern Bay and Grace Westercamp were reserve.
   

Owner Marylee Wilkinson rode Callaway's Maeve MacQuillen to the winner's circle in the competitive eight-horse Junior Horse Three-Gaited Pleasure Championship. King Of Pop and Bonnie Lee, after winning the big 10-entry qualifier with a strong effort, were reserve grand champions for Saddlewood Farm. Candy Hyman and Norah Jones, after debuting in the qualifier, finished in third from Grey Ridge Farm.
   

Open All Night and Hali Steenhoek were reserve in the qualifier for Melissa and Randy Steenhoek. She Phloats On Heir and Alison LaRoussa took the yellow streamers.
   

The novice rider class was huge but even with 17 entries, riders made it look easy and turned in an entertaining class for the crowd. Abigail Schaefer and CH Simbara's Samba Jamba were victorious in the huge class and were followed in the ribbons by My Gingerbread Man with Caitlin Donohue and CF Chief's Hot Night Out with Alisa Strikas.
   

Alice Unger was twice more victorious at Mane Event with her divisional sweep with CH Heir's Town. Unger drove to the win in the very competitive 10-entry championship after winning the six-entry qualifier. Shot With Glory and Elizabeth James Lipscomb put together the reserve grand championship effort after the reserve in the qualifier.
   

Glenn Werry drove his sister's horse CF Chief's Rage to the win in the ASHAF Show Pleasure Driving Youth Challenge Class for Glenmore Farm to continue their great week. Admiral Fox and Alec Osthoff were reserve champions.
   

Mahvalous Guy and Jeffrey Fetzer won the Show Pleasure Driving Limit Horse class, which featured seven teams competing for the blue ribbon. Fetzer was met by Bret Day after his winning drive. Broadway and Forty Second and Suzette Hogan teamed up to claim the red ribbon under the direction of Billy Greenwell of Woodhaven Farm.

Country Pleasure

Sally Grieme and I'm A Diva Too topped a 15-entry Country Pleasure Championship class which required all their skills to stay clear of the crowd and out of trouble on the way to the winner's circle where they were met by Kim and Fran Crumpler. Chepengo and Jan Ribordy were named the reserve grand champions in the big, tough class for owner/trainer Dennis Verschelden. They had previously won the novice horse class by defeating five other teams earlier in the week. Trefethen and Courtney Miller represented William Woods with their third place finish in the championship.
   

Sandy Dyer was back in the winner's circle when Spock was named the winner of the 39 and over class, which featured five teams. Endolane Music Maker and Linda Goodrich were reserve. CH Worthy One's Party Dude and Megan Mahoney won the 11-entry 18-38 qualifier and were followed in the ribbons by Trefethen and Miller.
   

So Much To Say and Ali Leitermann made it another sweep for Hollow Haven with both wins in the junior exhibitor division. They topped six other teams for the win in the championship and five other teams in the 14-17 qualifier. Callaway's C.H. Hardin, directed by Pat McConnell, was reserve in the championship with Katie McLaughlin riding. Katie Salvi and Another Great Day were reserve in the 14-17 qualifier from Krussell Stables. Active Service and Caitlin Carmody won the 13 and under qualifier.
   

The Country Pleasure Novice Riders didn't face as large a group as the three-gaited pleasure riders, but all five turned in a strong effort for an entertaining class. The King's Man and Megan Dragich won the class and were followed in the ribbons by CH Heirreplaceable with Deborah Jacobson.
   

Nancy Anderson, like her husband Bob Anderson, was unstoppable at Mane Event with her multi-titled CH Callaway's Pretty Penny. The pair teamed up for the win in the Country Pleasure Driving Championship after winning the qualifier for Brown-Anderson Farms Ltd. Beach Bum and Anna Jenstead were reserve in the championship. CH Radio Active and Jacqueline Coffey were reserve in the qualifier.
   

The western pleasure division at Mane Event, like so many shows on the competitive Midwest circuit, was well-filled and an impressive group performed for the crowd.
   

Harlem's Mojo and Neil Thorpe moved up after their reserve in the qualifier to win the seven-entry Western Country Pleasure Championship for owner Toni Nastali. Bob Griffin and Tom Thorpe directed them to their win. A.F. Colour Creation and Megan Mahoney moved way up in the ribbons to finish as the reserve grand champions in the entertaining and competitive class. Martha Hoyt, of Palos Hills, directed Mahoney and Colour Creation. Susan Honkamp and her proven champion In The Zone, from Knollwood, won the 10-entry qualifier. Kerry Honkamp was up for the win with In The Zone in the equally as large 10-entry Saddle & Bridle Shatner Western Pleasure class. Harlem's Mojo and Thorpe were reserve in the class.
   

Proving their versatility, A. F. Colour Creation and Megan Mahoney won the Hunter Country Pleasure Championship. Emily Grey and Joan Todd took the reserve tricolor.
   

Paint By Numbers and Janet Thompson won the Saddle & Bridle Hunt Seat Classic and were followed in the ribbons by Laura Langer and Blackhawk's High Five.

Equitation

Rachel Machamer, riding her A Touch Of Pizzazz, after winning the 13 and under equitation class, returned to finish as the Saddle Seat Equitation Grand Champion from Hollow Haven. Meaghan MacQueen, riding Tantara's Magic Blessing, won the 14-17 equitation class and then returned in the championship to take the reserve title under the direction of Northern Tradition. Taylor Brooker was reserve in the 14-17 class with her mount Worthy Of March Madness and Katie Moeller, riding Callaway's Prince Harrod, was reserve in the 13 and under class.
   

Margaux Walker, riding Highpoint's Happy Day topped a strong group of walk and trotters in their seven-entry championship. Country Meadow Farm instructed Walker. Elizabeth Hunziker and Highpoint's Primavera were the reserve grand champions.
   

Brianna Meyer and Wild Eyed Believer took the blue ribbon in the Walk and Trot 10 and Under Equitation class from Hollow Haven. Hunziker claimed the red ribbon.
   

Brooke Jacobs won the Adult Saddle Seat Equitation class, directed by her dad Brent Jacobs. Emily Abbot, from High Spirit Farm, loaned her equitation horse Highpoint's Take Notice to Jacobs for the winning ride.
   

Piper Granger, riding CH Uncle Abe, was reserve in the adult class, directed by Shelley Fisher of Sugar Knoll.
   

Brooker and Moeller competed in the USEF Saddle Seat Medal class with the win going to Brooker.
   

Amanda Glasgow won the UPHA 17 and Under Challenge Cup with Let The Good Times Roll.
   

The Walk and Trot Challenge Cup featured nine entries and they were a proven group. Margaux Walker took the victory pass in the big class. Brianna Meyer finished as the reserve challenge cup champion.
   

Brooke Jacobs won the USEF Adult Saddle Seat Medal with her many times champion equitation horse Bright Lights RWF. It was announced after the win that at the age of 23, Bright Lights had made his final show ring appearance and was being retired. Jacobs left the ring after the victory pass to a huge ovation from the crowd.
   

Piper Granger was reserve in the adult medal class.
   

Dr. Morgan Wolin had a big week at Mane Event including her win in the UPHA Adult Challenge Cup with CF Cool Night Out. Jacobs and Bright Lights were reserve in the four-entry class.
   

Saturday afternoon's final class, the Trainer's Equitation National Championship, featured five well-known and accomplished trainers competing for the prestigious win. Before the workout however, one rider opted to be excused which left four to perform for the panel.
   

Individual workout scores from each judge were displayed for the crowd so they could follow along. Shelley Fisher received 70 points from Chuck Herbert, 73 points from Anne Speck and 74 points from John Whalen for a total workout score of 217. Tom Thorpe, last year's national champion, received 69 points from Herbert, 68 from Speck and 72 from Whalen. His total therefore was 209. Laura Griedl received 65 points from Herbert, 61 points from Speck and 64 points from Whalen for a combined work out score of 190. Lisa Strickland received 47 points from Herbert, 54 points from Speck and 58 points from Whalen. Her combined score was 159.
   

Rail scores were added and results were announced in reverse order. Strickland claimed the fourth place ribbon. Laura Griedl was third and Tom Thorpe was named the reserve national champion. Shelley Fisher, after directing the riders of Sugar Knoll to top honors all year, won her own top award as the Trainer's Equitation National Champion.
   

The adult riders got the show rolling Thursday morning as they competed in their Adult Pleasure Olympics finals. Nine riders came through the gate to try to impress the panel. They received scores for their rail work and workout but it would be several hours before they would know who would step onto the podium for the gold, silver and bronze medals.
   

Thursday evening, prior to the start of the evening session, awards were presented. All nine riders lined up in front of the crowd to await the results. DeAnn Dinelli was the first to step onto the podium as the winner of the bronze medal. Austin Eversman received the silver medal and Dr. Morgan Wolin, riding Zero Mostel, earned the gold medal, directed by Ray Krussell.
   

Lindsey Bade, Kristi Hays, Dr. Laura Sukowaty, Shannon Koffler and Jennifer Miller all earned top 10 ribbons.
   

The 14-17 and 13 and under pleasure olympics riders had their finals Saturday morning bright and early. Twelve riders competed in the 13 and under division and eight performed in the older age group.
   

Awards for the juvenile riders were presented Saturday evening. Ten young ladies lined up and received a warm reception from the crowd as they waited to hear who would stand on the podium.
   

Elena Breeden, instructed by Brooke Grimes, was named the bronze medal winner. Jourdan Schaye was the next name called and she took her place as the silver medal recipient. Deanna Lanigan, earned yet another top honor this season in the pleasure equitation ranks as she was called out as the gold medal winner. Scott and Carol Matton met Lanigan for the presentation. Top 10 awards went to Hali Steenhoek, Samantha Simmons, Courtney Ledo, Mallory Hartigan, Angela Darrow, Molly Bryers and Kristen Gardner.
   

All eight 14-17 riders came back for their awards presentation and they also were cheered on by the crowd as they lined up. Toria Heck was the first name called out as the bronze medal winner. Emily Abbott continued her great season with the silver medal and Kelsey Nicole Smith scored yet another top award this year with the gold medal. Her win gave Knollwood's Scott and Carol Matton the one-two punch in the pleasure olympics and Smith's award added to an impressive season with Chimere.
   

Amanda Meyers, Tess Holmes, Amy Glasgow, Samantha Dallas and Danielle McGarry claimed the top 10 awards.
   

A very emotional Courtney Ledo was met by her equally emotional mother Lindsey Ledo when she was called out as the Pleasure Equitation Grand Champion under the direction of Cary Bartz. Ledo rode to the top of the class amongst an accomplished group of four for the win. Amy Glasgow earned the reserve grand championship.
   

Toria Heck, riding Merchant Marine, won the 14-17 pleasure equitation qualifier under the direction of Brent Jacobs then returned later in the week to win the Saddle & Bridle Pleasure Medallion. Amy Glasgow and Royal Crest Stone Finesse were reserve.
   

Jourdan Schaye teamed Oh What A Feeling to the win in the 13 and under class from Northern Tradition Farm. Hali Steenhoek rode Open All Night to the reserve.
   

Claire Mogren and Callaway's Calla Lily took the reserve ribbon in the medallion.
   

This highlights the winners of the third Annual Mid America Mane Event Horse Show. Complete results may be viewed, searched and printed at Show Results.

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