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MMMBop and Steve Old Out Performed The Competition at Dixie Cup

By Kelley Colvin

CONYERS, Ga. - With great weather and good competition, the annual Dixie Cup Spring Classic, held May 8-11, was a success. Entries were down slightly from last year with a few prominent barns missing due to conflicts with others shows being held the same weekend. This year the show was hosted by the Georgia Saddlebred Association and the proceeds went to purchase a rescue sleigh. It is one of the few that exist in the country and is the first to come to Georgia as well. The sleigh will be kept at the International Horse Park in Conyers, Ga. This sleigh will enable the park or parties involved to move or transport a sick or injured animal without harming the animal.

Susi Rambler Day was called in to judge the competition in the American Saddlebred, Saddle Seat Equitation and Academy divisions, while Scott Thacker took over the duties for the Morgan, Roadster, Pony and other miscellaneous divisions. Show manager P.D. May watched over the progress of the show, making sure that his team of officials was ready for whatever might come their way.

The International Horse Park was jam packed with activity during Mother's Day weekend. This year's show committee offered a variety of parties and fun-filled festivities. Thursday’s events included a birthday celebration for showman/ board member John T. Goda III, who remembers celebrating his birthday at the Dixie Cup since he was a young boy. One of the other great events was the exhibitors party that was hosted on Friday night by Tall Tails Farms of North Carolina. The party was held at the Cherokee Run Country Club and featured a D.J. and karoke with line dancing as entertainment. A full hot food buffet was served compliments of the Scott family and Tall Tails Farm. Also sharing the space at the park was a hot rod car show and a backhoe rodeo. There was a large amount of support from the Georgia ASHA club members who attended the show. Saddlebreds

MMMBop and Steve Old out performed the balance of the horses to trot away with the tri-color in the Five-Gaited Stake for owner James Dellinger of Delton Farm in Cartersville, Ga. Reserve to the champion was Callaway's Inspiration and Sara McDonald. In the qualifiers, Callaway’s Inspiration and Sara McDonald, owner/exhibitor, won the Five-Gaited Open class. Boulevard and Steve Old took the blue ribbon award in the Five-Gaited Junior/Novice class for James Dellinger.

In the amateur and juvenile divisions, Coke Fizz and Jacqueline Songer of Turin Ga., were the winners in the Five-Gaited Amateur/Juvenile Stake class in addition to the Five-Gaited Junior Exhibitor class. Santa Cruz and Hillary Allgood rode to the reserve tie in both classes. Worthy’s Forever Special and Crystal Cates of Temple, Ga., were victorious in the Five-Gaited Amateur qualifier.

Showtime’s Desert Storm and Keri Jamison of Calla Lilly Farm were chosen as the winners in the Three-Gaited Open class. Judy Sanders' entry Daytime Commander and Bill Schoeman trotted to the blue in the Three-Gaited Junior/ Novice class. In the championship, Capture the Magic and rider Brian Riemer reigned victorious after this fine horse won the juvenile qualifier with rider Jacqueline Songer of Tip Top Farm. Found Treasure and Bill Schoeman were reserve champions for John Bagley of Madison, Ga.

In the amateur/ juvenile division, Worthy’s Treasure and Carolyn Brock rode to tri-color for Tiffany Jenkins in the Three-Gaited Amateur/ Juvenile Stake as well as the blue in the Three-Gaited Junior Exhibitor. Making the reserve victory pass in the championship were New Orleans Jazz and Laurie Henckel of Canton, Ga., the winners of the Three-Gaited Amateur class. Return To Innocence and Shelby Riemer won the Three-Gaited Pony class.

Capetown and Bill Schoeman made a grand exhibition in both the Open and Fine Harness Championships for owner John Bagley of Monroe, Ga. I Saw You First and Carl Irwin were victorious in the Fine Harness Junior/Novice class for Marion Hutcheson of Happy Valley Farm in Rossville, Ga.

Something Caramac and Steve Old rode to the blue in the Park Open class for James Dellinger. Happy Now and Brian Riemer trotted to the winner’s circle to claim the Park Horse Championship award. Wentworth and Kelley Hollowell were reserve only to the champion in the same class. CH Ramses and Amanda Dellinger of Delton Farm had an outstanding performance and won the Park Amateur/Juvenile class as well as the championship in the same division. New York Entertainer and Judine Kerr of Dunwoody, Ga., were reserve in the championship.

My Amarillo and Carl Irwin proved they were the best in the class by winning the Park Pleasure Open competition for Happy Valley Farm. I’m Dreaming and Carl Irwin made dreams come true when he won the Park Pleasure Junior/ Novice class with another sharp Happy Valley entry. Brian Riemer rode Antonio Banderas to the top award in the UPHA Classic Park Pleasure class for Tip Top Stables. In the championship, Odom Creek and Brian Riemer made the final victory pass to claim the honors for Mary Ann Railey of Douglasville, Ga. Forty Two Degrees and Theresa Daley was reserve in the Park Pleasure Stake.

Answers The Call and Mary Jane Curtis did just that by winning both the Five-Gaited Show Pleasure class and the championship. A Lady of Worth and Alicia Davis proved their value when they were awarded reserve in both classes.

Driving away with the blue was Cimaron’s Lady Jane with Rosilie Jonassen at the whip in the Three-Gaited Show Pleasure Driving class. Will Glitter and Donald Scott sparkled in the Three-Gaited Show Pleasure Driving championship. Making the reserve victory pass in the championship was Callaway’s Ticker Tape and Aubrey Sloan of St. Simmons Island, Ga.

Highpoint’s Heir Apparent and Kevin Ingram rode to the winners circle in the Three-Gaited Pleasure Adult class for James Dellinger. In the championship however, Princess Periapter regained her throne with rider Alicia Davis showing out of Horseshoe Farm. Highpoint’s Heir Apparent was a close reserve.

In the juvenile class, Bluegrass Sunset and Natalie Sanchez of Duluth, Ga., won the Three-Gaited Show Pleasure 13 and Under class. The Cajun Moon and Ginny Hack of Hilton Head, S.C., were awarded the blue in the 14-17 Show Pleasure class and the tricolor in the championship. The 13 and under winner, Bluegrass Sunset and Sanchez were runners-up in the stake.

Galahad’s Gold Mine proved his worth by winning the Country Pleasure Driving class and championship with Jean Johnson at the whip. Amos and Doug Norton were reserve to Johnson both times.

For Reference Only and Tracy Garcia, who rides under the banner of Avalon Farms, won the blue in the Country Pleasure class. Champagne’s Preferred Personality and Brenda Oakes topped the Novice Riders class in the same division. In the championship, CSF Priceless Special and Teri Presier-Delp trotted out with the tri-colors for Corrine Roberts of Boca Raton, Fla. For Reference Only and Garcia were reserve in the championship.

In the juvenile division, Step Into My Office and Rebecca Acuff stepped away with the blue in the 13 and Under Country Pleasure class. Santana’s Belle and Kristine Keown were victorious in the 14-17 section as well as the juvenile championship. Sultry Eve made the reserve victory pass with Jaclyn Wynn.

Piney Flats and Nancy Fortner won the Saddle and Bridle ASB Shatner Western Pleasure class. Stand At Command commanded more than one superior performance by winning the Country Western Pleasure, Western Pleasure-Ladies and the Country Western Pleasure championship with Jan Henderson of Talmo, Ga. Piney Flats and Fortner were reserve to Henderson in the championship.

Felicity Promise and Barbara Shannon of Griffin, Ga., won the Hunter Country Pleasure as well as the Hunter Country Pleasure championship. Simply Southern and Christy Parker won the Hunter Pleasure Ladies class.

CF Chief's Stereotype and Kevin Ingram for James Dellinger were outstanding in the Open English Pleasure class for novice riders. Champagne's Preferred Personality and Brenda Oakes of Tampa, Fla., made the victory pass in the Open Road Hack class. Ponies and Roadsters

Pistol Pete and Andrew Allgood were declared the winners of the Roadster to Bike Open class in addition to being selected grand champions. Exit 80 and Debra Clark won the Roadster to Bike Amateur Class and was reserve to Allgood in the championship. Martell and Beth Pittman for Edan Farm trotted away with the blue in the Roadster under Saddle class.

Cat Power and Jack Tatum III proved their strength by winning the Roadster Pony Open, amateur and the championship tri-colors under the direction of Horseshoe Farm's Euchee Matthews. Heartland Masterpiece and Rhiannon Lawlis were reserve to Tatum in the championship. Blue Grass Cash and Hillary Allgood proved their worth leaving with the blue in the Roaster Pony Under Saddle Class.

Dixie Jubilee won the Harness Pony qualifier and championship where he showed his colors in the winner's circle with Tina Gunby-Smith of Toccoa, Ga.

Heartland Supremacy and Crystal Cates trotted to the blue in the Hackney Pony Pleasure Driving qualifier and championship. Heartland Stetson and Sally Turner were reserve to Cates in the championship. Equitation

Virginia Hannah rode to the top award in the Equitation 10 and Under Championship. Shelby Reimer claimed the top honors in the 13 and Under Saddle Seat Equitation class. Caitlin Pumpelly was victorious in the Saddle Seat Equitation 14- 17 championship as well as the 17 and Under Champion. Alyssa Johnson rode to the reserve tie in the 17 and Under championship. In the adult division, Sarah Gallant won the Saddle Seat Equitation-Adult class.

Mallory Haynie rode to the winner's circle in the UPHA Challenge Cup 17 and Under class. Caitlin Pumpelly of Jessup, Ga., won the USAE Medal class. Lindsay Dasher trotted away with a win in the Saddle and Bridle Pleasure Equitation Medallion class.

Alyssa Johnson was superior in the AMHA Saddle Seat Medal class riding under the Friday Farm banner. K. St. Romain of Mandeville, La., trotted to the blue in the Morgan Walk-Trot Equitation 11 and Under class coached by her mom Cathleen. Morgan

GFF Riverdance made a stellar performance to win the Open Park Saddle with Sarah Dye Gallant. In addition, GFF Riverdance carried the tri-colors in the Morgan Park Saddle Championship for Barbara Goda of Alpharetta, Ga.

World Champion Futurity's Miss Munitions stepped up to the open division with Stan Bodnar and drove to excellence in the Open Pleasure Driving and the Pleasure Driving Grand Championship for Gaeton and Cindy Lorino of Montgomery Ala. The always entertaining Willowick's Will To Wynne and Mary Brannon were a close reserve. Envision's Royal Touch with Mary Brannon at the whip was named winner of the Ladies Pleasure Driving class to duplicate their Citrus Cup victory.

In the amateur competition, One Special Bell and Kathleen Gatien proved to be a special team as they trotted away Amateur Pleasure Driving blue. One Special Bell and Gatien also topped the Pleasure Driving Amateur/ Juvenile Championship directed by Mary Brannon. The sporty On Target and Sarah Gallant were reserve to Gaiten in the championship.

Cingate Susy Q and Whitney Bodnar had a great drive to win the Four-Year-Old Pleasure Driving as part of a stunning debut show for Gaeton and Cindy Lorino. Gotti and Mary Brannon drove away with a stylish win in the Two-Year-Old Pleasure Driving for Willowick Farm.

Faithfullee and Barbara Goda of Alpharetta, Ga., rose to the top of not only the Morgan English Pleasure Open class, but the English Pleasure Grand Championship as well.

Cingate Susy Q and Whitney Bodnar took their winning ways to the saddle division as well for the Lorinos of Montgomery, Ala. They were victorious in both the Four-Year-Old English Pleasure and the Junior English Pleasure Championship. Futurity's Miss Munitions and Stan Bodnar brought another blue to the Lorinos as they topped the Novice English Pleasure. Got My Wish and Becky Sebastian got their wish when they added the Ladies English Pleasure blue to the Merriehill banner.

HVK Top Drawer and Linda Ganley from Birmingham, Ala., won the Amateur English Pleasure blue in style. On Target and Sarah Gallant hit the bullseye to win the Amateur English Pleasure Championship with HVK Top Drawer and Ganley earning the reserve tricolor.

Envision's Royal Touch and Kathryn Cox trotted to the winner's circle in the exciting Morgan English Pleasure for 14-17 year-olds. Envision's Royal Touch and Cox also soared to the top of the Junior Exhibitor English Pleasure Championship coached by Mary Brannon. October Firedance and Alyssa Johnson trotted up for reserve in the championship.

OH Relentless and Jo Nell Harrison made a flawless performance to top both the Open Classic Pleasure Driving and the Classic Pleasure Driving Championship. Century LeBaron and Lyniece Talmadge showed for Charlie and Mary Brannon of Willowick Farm to the reserve in both classes.

Heir Force One and Cathleen St. Romain of Madeville, La., soared to the top of the Classic Pleasure Saddle class. Futurity Interlude and Kaye Bedell of Fairburn, Ga., claimed the tri-color in the Classic Pleasure Saddle Championship. Heir Force One and St. Romain followed up for reserve in the championship.

Alyssa Johnson riding Saralin's Trademark gave a great exhibition in the Junior Exhibitor Classic Pleasure Saddle for Friday Farm.

WB Enticement and Jo Nell Harrison of Granite Falls, N.C., jogged away with the Open Western Pleasure blue. In addition, Harrison and the multi-titled WB Enticement had a flawless performance in the championship to claim the tri-color sash. Making the reserve victory pass was the Florida team of Triagn Nor Easter and Jean Rothe. These two teams finished in the same order in the amateur championship following Harrison and Enticment's victory in the qualifier.

PTR Raz Ma Taz and Euchee Matthews continued their tricolor season which began at Citrus Cup as they topped the Western Pleasure Junior/ Novice Championship. Futurity's Mark's Savana and Jo Nell Harrison were reserve in the championship after capturing the qualifier blue.

Warlock's Amelia and Melinda Dennis of Canton, Ga., gave a polished performance to win the Hunter Pleasure Grand Championship. Fatal Attraction and Mary Raiford won the open qualifier and were reserve behind Warlock's Amelia and Dennis in the championship. Willowick's X-citement had a bold exhibition to trot away with the blue in the Amateur Hunter Pleasure class.

Great Oaks Master Copy and Matthew Gibson had the right combination of balance, structure and breed character to win the Morgan In Hand Stallion class.

Oconee's Touch Of Glory showed the best traits of femininity and style to win the Morgan In Hand Mares class presented by John Goda, III for the Bilbo family of Stockbridge, Ga.

Warlock's Thunderheart possessed all the right characteristics of a winner to top the Morgan In Hand Gelding class with John Goda, III showing for Ray and Susan Wright of Conyers, Ga.

This concludes the highlights of the 2003 Dixie Cup Horse Show in Conyers, Ga. For complete and searchable results please visit our website at

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