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Midwest Charity Horse Show Selects Officials

Posted February 21, 2002
The Midwest Charity Horse Show has selected its panel of officials for the 61st edition. Judges will be Robert Gatlin, Renee Lavery, Richard Robertson and Janet Barber. Fern Bittner will be steward; ringmaster will be Kent Moeller; David Morris will be barn announcer; Doug Shiflet will be photographer and the ring announcer will be Dennis Porrick.

This year’s show will feature a full line-up of classes for Saddlebreds, roadsters, Hackney and harness ponies, Hackney horses, Morgans and Arabians. Once again Midwest will offer the ASHA Foundation Jr. Exhibitor Driving Challenge. They will also offer UPHA Classic classes including Hackney ponies; three gaited; Morgan pleasure driving; park pleasure; Morgan park harness; fine harness and five gaited horses. The traditional Midwest party barn will again offer its generous hospitality with parties Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday nights.

Since its inception, the Midwest Charity Horse Show, an all volunteer organization, has donated its annual proceeds to a Springfield area charity and has selected Camp COCO. as its beneficiary since 1988, creating an endowment fund that is now valued at $300,000.

Camp COCO. is a free week-long summer camp for children suffering from cancer, leukemia and other blood disorders. The camp is staffed by volunteer medical personnel from the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, department of pediatrics. These doctors and nurses work with the children all year to give their patients a break from the daily rigors of hospital medical treatments.

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