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Mid-A Celebrates 50 Years To Remember

by Mary Daughtry

LEXINGTON, Va.- The golden anniversary of the Mid-A Morgan Horse Show was just as the committee envisioned it—a horse show to remember. With the beautiful setting in the Shenandoah Valley and the state-of-the-art facility this will be a show that exhibitors will want to revisit year after year. Weather has a minimal effect on this facility and the light rain that fell during a part of Friday night’s performance did not slow anyone down.

There were doughnuts and coffee at the hospitality booth every morning along with a very welcomed ice cream social compliments of Broadmoor on Thursday night. The exhibitors’ party on Saturday night was held on the concourse of the main arena this year and was well attended. Many of the exhibitors took advantage of the quaint university town of Lexington to shop and sightsee when they were not showing. There were also several vendors on hand as well as many nice items in the silent auction.

The officials of this year’s show all worked together to make a smoothly running whole. Kent Moeller returned as the show manager and did double duty at times as the paddock master. The officers and directors of the Mid-Atlantic Morgan Horse Club as well as the members of the show committee worked tirelessly to make the show a success. Linda Burke was the show secretary and kept the office running smoothly while Janice K. Wright kept everyone in line as the USEF steward. Ron Saunders and Bob Kleinfelter shared duties as ringmasters. Dale Stone was the organist. The farrier Mike Vannoy had an easy week as no shoes were cast in center ring. Shane Shiflet captured those winning moments on film while Mike Sebastian was the videographer. The judging panel consisted of Harold E. Angell, Larry A. Bolen, Sandra L. Vine, Lore Homer and Betsy Tuckey.

The show ring highlights of the 50th Mid-A Morgan Horse Show follow. Complete results can be found by clicking on SHOW RESULTS.


The show began on Wednesday evening with the in hand division. Scott Thacker led AWS Bling Bling to the blue in the class for yearling colts for Tall Tails Farm. The gorgeous palomino colt is the next generation of Tall Tails and well represents his sire Liberation First Star as well as his dam’s lines. MRF Noble Spirit topped a nice field of two-year-old colts led by Dan Pavan for Michelle Davis. Arboria Fire And Ice was the red ribbon recipient with Tom Johnson presenting for Arboria Farms. MRF Noble Spirit got the judge’s nod as Junior Champion with Arboria Fire And Ice the reserve champion. Kathy Gutting’s exciting three-year-old stallion Get Busy lit up the show ring as Dwayne Knowles led him to the winner’s circle in his age class. MCC Lady’s First Dance was the winner of the five and over age group with Jim McCleester leading for David Glick. Get Busy was also awarded the title of Senior Champion Stallion while MCC Lady’s First Dance was reserve. Get Busy was then named Grand Champion Stallion to the crowd’s approval. Arboria Fire And Ice stepped up next as the reserve grand champion.

CBMF Stand By Me and Tim Roesink were the winners of the three-year-old gelding class to begin another victorious week for Kourt Jester Morgans. Graywood’s Tristan was second in this class led by Dale Vidler. The high-headed Mountain Run Wind Talker took the blue in the four-year-old class with Dan Pavan on the lead for Jim Griffen. Black Tie Optional was sporty to win the class for five-year-olds and over with Dwayne Knowles presenting for Kathy Gutting. Black Tie Optional returned to claim the tricolors in both the Senior Champion and Grand Champion Gelding classes. Mountain Run Wind Talker was reserve both times.

Sevati was the elegant winner of the Yearling Filly class with Mark Mason on the lead for Pamela Wirth. Revel’s Run Yankee Spirit and Susan Martin were second for Timatha Pierce. Susan Martin also led Graywood’s Corinne to the winner’s circle in the class for two-year-old fillies for Creekside Acres Morgans. The yearling winner Sevati was also named Junior Champion Mare with the reserve honors going to Revel’s Run Yankee Spirit. Tim Roesink led the lovely Paradigm Hot Chocolate to the blue in the class for four-year-old mares for Kourt Jester Morgans. Dan Pavan presented Jim Griffin’s Voodoo Vixen to win the class for five-year-olds and over just ahead of Hillwood Say It Isn’t So and Kathy Jurkowski. Paradigm Hot Chocolate struck a pose in the winner’s circle two more times as the Senior Champion and Grand Champion Mare. Voodoo Vixen was reserve in both classes.


Brenda Varney and CN The Commanding Touch were an elegant team as they made the victory passes in the Amateur Park Harness qualifier and championship in their season opener directed by Rick Stevens.

Whitemud Dixie Dance King and Mike Goebig made two good shows to win the Three-Year-Old Park Saddle qualifier and the Junior Park Saddle Championship for owner/breeder Rhoda Hoenmans. Tara’s Firewalker continued his blue ribbon march at Mid-A by winning both the Amateur Park Saddle class and championship for an excited owner Krista Headley and trainer Ken Swanson. CBMF Undeniable and Kathy Gutting had their own fans as they received reserve in both classes.

Allyson Wandtke entertained the crowd with CN’s Stylish Debut as they carried out the winner’s ribbon and the flowers in the ladies’ class. Wandtke also debuted with CN The Master’s Flyte to close out the Friday night session as the Open Park Saddle Champion for Cindy Nord and Broadmoor. Mike Goebig rode the five-year-old son of The Master’s Touch to win the open class to start.


Leah Ling made two letter-perfect shows on her Arboria Invictus to win both the class for riders 13 and under and the junior exhibitor championship under the direction of Ken and Dini Swanson. In the 13 and under qualifier Carley Pavan showed Ardun’s Miss Liberty to claim the red ribbon. In the junior exhibitor championship Justin Mullaney and HRS Mirror Image claimed reserve honors for his proud family at Heatherstone, especially uncle Howard Stump. Par-Bets Gift of Burks and Ashley Stine won the qualifying class for riders 14-17.

In the Amateur English Pleasure Mare class Paradigm Hot Chocolate and Shelley Silber brought their winning ways to Mid-A with second going to Voodoo Vixen and Jim Griffin. The qualifying class for amateur stallions and geldings was hotly-contested as was the amateur championship. Gotti and Kim Germ marched to victory in both under the direction of Broadmoor. Holly Johnson and her Med-E-Oka Nobel Prize were never better as they received reserve honors in both classes in the deep field. Sarde’s Sinful and Rebecca Sebastian enjoyed a blue ribbon trip to Mid-A as they bested the field in the ladies class directed by Jim Lowry. Kathy Gutting and her Black Tie Optional were a good second.

The blue in the limit class went to Red Alert and Sharon Owens with second to Willowick Double Vision and Willie Vidler. Whitemud Starlite Express and Sally Eichlin were in the winner’s circle in the open stallion-gelding class for Dorothy Hock. Michelle McCleester rode MCC Lady’s First Dance to a second place finish.

Turning Pt. Simply Divine and Mike Goebig made a pair of victory passes in the mare class and the Open English Pleasure Championship for Arnette Lindeen. Sarde’s Sinful was the reserve champion with trainer James Lowry in the irons for Patty Sebastian.

Several nice young horses competed for top honors in this division. The blue in the three-year-old mare class went to TTA Authentic Princess and Dwayne Knowles making their saddle debut a winning one for Samuel Ebersol. Krista Dent rode Claridge Freedom’s Spirit to the blue in the three-year-old stallion/gelding class for Jim Tomasello. Anna Nicole and Scott Thacker had a smooth trip to the winner’s circle in the class for four-year-old mares performing for Tall Tails Farm. Krista Dent also won the class for four-year-old stallions/geldings, this time with Legendary And Noble for Heather Walston. Whitemud Jet Blue and Susan Martin were second in this class for Creekside Acres Morgans. Anna Nicole came back to strut her stuff in the junior championship with reserve honors going to Claridge Freedom’s Spirit.


Annapolis and Megan Dunkle made two nice drives to win both the class for drivers 14-17 and the junior exhibitor championship coached by Valarie Siemer. The lovely black mare Voodoo Vixen and owner/driver Jim Griffin topped the class for amateur mares. RJM Roulette and Janet Morgan added the blue from the amateur stallion/gelding class and the tricolor in the amateur championship to their already vast collection of honors under the Broadmoor banner. Voodoo Vixen was the reserve amateur champion.

Mountain Run St. Christopher and Susan Martin made the victory pass in a very nice ladies class for Dan Pavan. Heatherstone’s HRS Mirror Image and Michelle McCleester picked up the red ribbon in this class. Dan Pavan also had the winner of the limit class in High And Mighty for Kathleen Westley as well as the mare class with Voodoo Vixen. MCC Lady’s First Dance and Jim McCleester made the victory pass in the stallion/gelding class just ahead of Hollybrook Indian Brave and Mary Daughtry. In the open championship Pavan and Voodoo Vixen made the trip to the winner’s circle with MCC Lady’s First Dance the reserve champion.

There was an abundance of nice young driving horses at this show. Six two-year-olds competed in the two-year-old qualifier. Krista Dent and her KDS Kumite made their only appearance at this show a blue ribbon one. CN In Grand Style and Dwayne Knowles were second for Cindy Nord in this class but won the Two-Year-Old Pleasure Driving Championship with a bright showing. GVMF Crown Royal and Jim McCleester were the reserve champions for Daniel Allgyer.

Tim Roesink and his three-year-olds were once again on center stage. HVK Sweet Obsession and Tim Roesink topped a large class for three-year-old mares for Dr. Barbara Lindauer. Kourt Jester Morgans’ outstanding gelding CBMF Stand By Me and Tim Roesink won the three-year-old stallion/gelding class ahead of Graywood’s Tristan and Dale Vidler and returned to carry the Junior Pleasure Driving Championship back to the Grove Pointe banner. Mountain Run Wind Talker and Dan Pavan won the class for four-year-old stallions and geldings for owner Jim Griffen and followed up as the reserve junior champions.


In the driving division, MLF Glory Bound and Julia Haggerty made a nice show to win the junior exhibitor 14-17 class coached by Ken and Dini Swanson. The blue ribbon in the junior horse class was awarded to Key Inspiration and owner/driver Dorothy Hock. The palomino Guha’s Dream Come True was second with Suellen Brittingham showing for Sid and Sharon Guha. Key Inspiration also won the mare class with the red ribbon going to Give A Little Whistle and Josh Miller for Whistle Stop Farm.

Fran Pugh continued to dominate the classic pleasure driving division even after retiring Tara’s War Eagle. She made a pair of victory passes with daughter Holly Johnson’s HVK Primary Light in the stallion/gelding class and the Classic Pleasure Driving Championship. KB Infinity And Beyond and owner/driver Kathleen Mullaney were reserve in both classes.

The classic pleasure saddle division was highly competitive. In the class for riders 13 and under the blue was awarded to CN A Touch Of Hope and Rachel Miseo. Windward’s Cassiopeia was second with Carley Pavan riding for Marcie Cesanek. Sunny Acres Candoo and Jessie Fejes were letter perfect to win the class for riders 14-17 as well as the junior exhibitor championship in their season debut. The red ribbon in the older age group qualifier went to HAF Our Man Sam and Ashley Stine. CN A Touch of Hope and Rachel Miseo were the reserve champions.

Coalition Royal Billing made a flawless performance to win the open stallion/gelding class for owner/rider June Davis. Sir Levi and Brooke Mercier were second in this class. The world championship team of Intrepid Immortal Beloved and Shelly Silber continued to rule this division by winning the mare class and the championship for Kourt Jester Morgans fresh from top honors at Gold Cup. Hillwood Say It Isn’t So and Kathy Jurkowski were a good reserve in both classes.


Flairely Apparent and Justin Mullaney were a handsome team as they won the qualifier and championship for riders 13 and under performing in their new division for Lisa Mullaney Brown. Barbet Pistolero and Tori Smith made a pair of victory passes in the classes for riders 14-17 for Scott and Cynthia Yoder.

RCV An Affair To Remember and Jamie Gerardi won the three-year-old class and the junior championship for Kathleen Gaitien to carry more top honors back to the Lowry Stables banner. Sir Black Ty-N-Tails and Cynthia Yoder took the blue in the four-year-old stallion/gelding class and the reserve tricolor in the junior championship.

The amateur owned and trained class was a large one with the blue awarded to Sunny Acres Resurrection and Danielle Paufve. Second went to Salem Total Eclipse and Elizabeth Abernathy. DAF Amazing Grace and Carlette Hunt made a smooth ride to collect the blue in the amateur mares class with Red King’s Dawn second for Kate Gove.

Mtn. Laurel Election Day was impressive as he jogged to the winner’s circle twice in the amateur stallion/gelding class and the amateur championship of 11 entries. Caitlin Harrison is his happy owner/rider. Salem Total Eclipse was second in the stallion/gelding qualifier while Sunny Acres Resurrection was the reserve amateur champion. DVF Heart Lite and Amy Sargent won a large limit class with MRF Honey Beam and Shelley Davis second. Myrrhwood Mary Gold and Victoria Woodward carried out the blue in the open mare class. The Sorceror and Willie Vidler were a single entry winner in the open stallion/gelding class.

The happiest lady on the show grounds Friday was Elizabeth Abernathy as she made the victory pass in the largest class of the show, the ladies’ western pleasure, on her beloved Salem Total Eclipse. “Ray” missed most of last year due to a minor eye problem that escalated and which Elizabeth diligently and personally cared for after repeated trips to the vet. After months of treatment the eye is perfect and Ray is back in the show ring. The red ribbon in the ladies’ class was awarded to The Sorceror and Nancy Vidler. Elizabeth and Salem Total Eclipse were not through yet though, as they added to their collection of loot (flowers, trophies, ribbons, etc.) by winning the Open Western Championship on Saturday night. Elizabeth’s sidekick Carlette Hunt was the reserve champion on her black mare DAF Amazing Grace.


The competition is always deep in this division and Mid-A was no exception. Seven showed in the class for riders 13 and under with the blue going back to
Florida with Coutscroft Diamond Blaze and Kelsey Thomas. This team also won the 13 & under championship coached by Valarie Siemer. MXM Breezy Knight and Rebecca Boorstein were reserve in both classes prepared by Jamie Gerardi. In the classes for riders 14-17 Fair Hill Enchantress and Lisa Mazzocco were the top team both times. In the qualifier HYP Colorado Celebrity and Morgan Cioffi garnered the red ribbon. The reserve tricolor was awarded to Wilcrest Express and Pia Engel.

Storyville topped the judge’s card in the three-year-old class for Jennifer Cooley and Lowry Stables with Amanda DuPont Pauli and TTA Knight Of Glory in second place. Seven four-year-olds vied for Judge Bolen’s attention and at the top of the card were Briarmead Lady’s Pearl and Susan Martin for Karen Sansom. HyLee Shame On You and Nancy Vidler were the second place team. TTA Knight Of Glory and Amanda DuPont-Pauli came back strong to win the junior championship with reserve going to Storyville.

The versatile Sunny Acres Resurrection and Danielle Paufve topped the amateur owned and trained class with Everlasting Love and Julie Harsh second. Another blue was awarded to Sunny Acres Resurrection in the amateur mares with HUR’s Roselle and Lynzi Green second. Ten entries filled the ring in the amateur stallion/gelding which BEF Elrond topped with a smooth performance under the guidance of Rita Adams. HKS Lord Of The Dance and Lisa Mullaney Brown were second. FCF Valparaiso and Jennifer Cooley were the top amateur championship team as well as the winner of the ladies gelding class adding to a successful trip to Mid-A for Lowry Stables. BEF Elrond was awarded the reserve tricolor in the amateur championship.

Coutscroft Diamond Blaze was second to FCF Valparaiso in the ladies’ gelding class with trainer Valarie Siemer aboard. HUR’s Roselle and Amanda DuPont-Pauli were first in the ladies’ mare class just ahead of MPC Christmas Serenade and Marcie Cesanek. Ten competed for the blue in the limit class which was awarded to the bold pairing of Arboria Ben Hur and Barb Pionk. Second went to Everlasting Love and Julie Harsh.

Susan Martin rode WOF April’s Wyndsong to first place in the open mares class. Second was awarded to B-L Hana Bak Ibsen and Marcie Cesanek for Emma Thompson. Tristanne Weber Childress and Providence First Commandment made two flawless performances to win both the open stallion/gelding class and the Open Hunter Championship for Barbara Duell Hewitt. Tara’s Bellagio and Amanda DuPont-Pauli were second in the stallion/gelding class for Fran Pugh. SPR Valerie’s Finale and Willie Vidler were the reserve finishers in the open championship performing for Kelly Simpson under the Arboria banner.


The entries of Kourt Jester Morgans dominated this division in bold fashion. Primary Investment GP and Tim Roesink raced around the big ring in Waldron Arena and entertained the crowd as the winners of the open under saddle class and the Open Roadster to Bike class. Dr. William Silber had his turn on the track with Sting as they won both the amateur class and the Roadster to Bike Championship. SpringMill Premonition was reserve in both classes with Benjamin Kaufman driving in the amateur class and trainer Mark Mason on the lines in the championship.


The walk and trot classes were divided into equitation and pleasure and were for children 12 and under. HRS Icing On The Cake and Hannah Couto won both the saddle seat pleasure and equitation classes. Tate Roesink made his walk-jog debut aboard Millennium as their large fan club including proud parents Tim and Kim Roesink cheered them on to the western seat walk/jog win. H-Vee Hawk’s Saralaine and Zoie O’Neal won both the hunt seat equitation and pleasure classes for riders 9 and under. JPSJG Mona Lisa and Marlene Childers were second in the equitation class while MRF Honey Beam and Jessica Davis were second in the pleasure class. In the equitation class for riders 10 and 11, the blue went to Vega’s Kanthaka and Emily Vandermark. The red ribbon was awarded to GVF Salvador Dali and Corinne Malvanerton. The blue in the pleasure class for riders 10 and 11 went to UVM Glimmer and Taylor Altomare. Vega’s Kanthaka and Kayla Reilly were awarded second.


Stephanie Fejes made three superb rides to win the western equitation for riders 14-17, the Western Seat Equitation Championship and the AMHA Medal class paired with PTR Raz Ma Taz and coached by Dwayne Knowles. Tori Smith was second in the qualifying class and the AMHA Medal class.

Carley Pavan won three blues in the saddle seat class and championship for riders 13 and under as well as the AMHA Saddle Seat Medal class. Lauren Marsh was second in the medal class. Ashley Stine showed off her style and versatility as she won both the qualifying class for riders 14-17 and the Saddle Seat Equitation Championship for riders 14-17. Lauren Marsh was reserve in both of these classes.

Amy Vendola was the top rider in both the qualifying class and championship for hunt seat riders 13 and under. Kelsey Thomas was awarded the red ribbon in the first class while Rebecca Boorstein was the reserve champion. Elizabeth Fawcett made two victory passes in the Hunt Seat Equitation class for riders 14-17 and the championship. Jessica Pabst was second in the qualifier while Morgan Cioffi was the reserve champion. Morgan was awarded the AMHA Medal Hunter Seat on the Flat while Jessica Pabst was second. Alison Frank Fry captured the medal in AMHA hunter seat over fences with second in this good class going to Kristin Betit.


The cute lead liners including Hallie Ricci, Joanna Ricci, Daniel Altomare, I Segal, Molly Rose Cesanek, Hope Couto, Nolan Henderson and Connor Roesink got their chance to show off their riding skills on Saturday.

The showmanship classes were well filled. The blue in the class for exhibitors 14-17 went to Megan Dunkle and the red to Kristin Betit. Corinne Malvanerton won the class for exhibitors 13 and under with second awarded to Carley Pavan.

UVM Glimmer and Liz Molin carried out the blue ribbon in the Road Hack class just ahead of Trillium’s Chantilly Lace and Alexis Armour.

In the Open Reining Disco Patricia and Josette Conti spun their way to the blue ribbon. Conti’s student Kathy Gutting showed off her versatile talents as she and Concert Danaka were first in the Green Rider Reining class. Disco Fever and Josette Conti slid away with the green horse class.

Hunters/Jumpers Champions
Junior Hunter Champion—Blue Knoll Zephyr—Mary Kate McClure
Beginner Hunter Champion—Laughter’s Anniversary—Emily Boyce—Cathy Altomare
Low Working Hunter Champion—Statesman’s Ariel—Lauren Francisco
Medium Working Hunter Champion—Statesman’s Ariel—Lauren Francisco
Open Working Hunter Champion—Marle Hill’s Majority—Susan Cochrane
Hunter Hack Champion—Marle Hill’s Majority—Susan Cochrane
Amateur Hunter Hack Champion—Marle Hill’s Majority—Susan Cochrane
Jumper Champion—That’s My Nick—Amanda DuPont-Pauli—Kathy Pierce

Carriage Champions
Carriage Championship—Sec. A
Ch. Statesman’s Sir Prize—Marjorie Richmond
Res. Strike It Rich—Sally Lawing

Carriage Championship—Sec. B
Ch. FCL Just A Miracle—Rebecca Jones
Res. HVK Hard Rock—Tristanne Weber-Childress—Marilyn North

AMHA Youth of the Year Winners
Walk/Trot division—10 and under—Madison Lewis
Junior division 11-13 – Rebecca Jones
Senior division 14-17 – Megan Dunkle

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