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Nat'l Championship Pleasure Show Will End

The National Championship Pleasure Horse Show originated as the International Championship Pleasure Horse Show in 1975, and Irene Zane and Bill Thompson were the founders of the show.

In 1985, the name was changed to The National Championship Pleasure Horse Show, and Paul Briney was the manager and Linda Porick was executive secretary. Pat Antonacci, Sally Jo Briney, Ann Carroll, Charlotte Hamilton, Florence Merkin, Diana Schaefer, and Bob and Denise Trethaway made up the original show committee. Dawn Atlas, Ann Carroll and Diana Schaefer created the concept of the Pleasure Equitation Olympics class, Denise Trethaway helped to set the rules and guidelines, and Diane Maroscia designed and cast the gold, silver and bronze medals.

In 2000, Kay Richardson and Jennifer Del Bosque created and sponsored the $3,500 Challenge Class for junior members of the American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASIYP).

This show's need to exist has come and gone. It was created for the purpose of showing the American Saddlebred to the public as a pleasure horse in many different disciplines: saddle seat, hunt seat, western, working, driving, equitation, show pleasure and country pleasure.

Now that the pleasure horse division has grown to major proportions, and all the trainers, owners and horse shows support the pleasure division, the NCPHS committee voted to discontinue this show.

The very successful and prestigious National Pleasure Equitation Olympics Finals will continue, and be moved to another show in the fall of 2005. Everything will remain the same for these finals. Contact Dale Arnston (815-485-8963) or the American Saddlebred Horse Association for the brochure and official tabulation card.

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