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New Location Goes Out With A BANG!

CORUNNA, Mich.--The Michigan All Morgan Horse Show celebrated its 50th Anniversary from July 18-22. The show kicked off at a new facility, the Shiawassee County Fairgrounds. The show was formerly held about two hours south in Detroit.

Exhibitors attending the show welcomed the change of location. Despite the loss of an air conditioned indoor arena, the new site offered nice barns, a big outdoor arena and a warm family atmosphere. The Shiawassee Country Fairgrounds luckily has a small indoor arena, which came in handy for the booming storms that came about during the show’s final session on Sunday morning.

The storm was so intense that many people gathered inside the indoor arena just to watch the very dramatic thunder and lightning show. The show was put on hold for about an hour. Soon enough, however, the storm passed and Michigan All Morgan finished on a high note.

Lonnie Lavery and Doug Untiedt shared the judging responsibilities, while Shane Shiflet was the photographer. Show Manager Sue Hall did a fantastic job setting the stage for a comfortable show, making many additions to go along with the new location. She was assisted by Show Chair Bonnie Spiekerman and Show Secretary Jean Hedger and the many people making up the 2002 Michigan All Morgan Show Committee.

Wednesday evening’s barbecue was just one activity the show sponsored. Attending barns hosted other celebrations. Crystal Farm put on a lovely champagne and strawberries party, “For the love of the sport,” at their beautiful set up after the Saturday evening performance. In addition to various gatherings, Michigan All Morgan supports strong youth activities for those working to better their knowledge of the Morgan Horse.

When the show ended on Sunday, everyone seemed very happy to have participated. With a hard-working show staff, a fine family atmosphere and a good dose of competition; Michigan All Morgan seems to have started its next 50 years off on the right foot.

The Park Saddle Grand Championship concluded Saturday evening’s performance. Tim Roesink and the CKH Spirited Gift attracted the crowd's attention as they worked the ring. Their grand permformance earned them the tricolor for Jan Marie Evans. This year's reserve honors went to Night On The Town and Molly Lazar for Kimberly Dunn.

It was Mary Carlton riding AMHF Absolut Top Calibre in the Park Saddle Junior Horse stake that scored the pair a tricolor victory for Jan and Steve Lazar. Cozy's Joshua and Sandy Wrenn exited as reserve grand champions.

Tim Roesink returned to the ring with his UPHA Park Harness Classic champion, Primary Investment GP, for a solo performance in the Park Harness Championship, taking home another Grove Pointe win for Rebecca Burns.

The up and coming KDP Warrior Princess with Damian Hyde at the line impressively worked the ring for owners Tina Lessnau and Paula Messier, capturing the Two-Year-Old Park Harness stake.

When the classes moved inside for Sunday morning's final show session, only three horses made their way through the gate. Nonetheless, the three were extremely competitive entries, all strutting their stuff with high hopes of claiming a championship victory in the English Pleasure Championship. Judge Lavery chose Shaker's Sharpes and David Earehart as champions for owner Henry Berns while Coal Miner's Ruby and Tim Roesink finished reserve after winning the English Pleasure Mares Class earlier in the week for owner Todd Muller.

Another tricolor for Grove Pointe came about after Liberation Instant Replay and Jan Marie Evans shined their way through the Amateur English Pleasure stake. Lavery placed Rose Valley Raging Fire and Barbara Pionk reserve, moving the pair up several notches from the amateur qualifier.

Four entries trotted through the gate for the Junior Exhibitor English Pleasure stake. Key Criterion and Sara McKay performed boldly with full support from their friends at Crystal to claim the championship. MH Verdict and Danielle Palermo put forth a good go for reserve.

JP's Livin On The Edge and David Earehart stood out for a fabulous finish in the Junior English Pleasure stake, taking first out of a five horse, competitive class. JP's Livin On The Edge is owned by Paula Cook. Pierre Loiselle was up for the reserve win aboard SBB Fortunate Son, owned by Colleen Andrews.

Pierre Loiselle was at the lines of Colleen Andrew's classy entry, MJK Desert Flaire for the Pleasure Driving Grand Championship win. The duo also placed first in the qualifier.

In the Amateur Pleasure Driving stake, CBMF Simple Pleasure worked the ring in tricolor style, after winning the junior exhibitor qualifier, with Heather Aller in control at the lines. Shaker's Sharpes was driven to reserve honors with owner/driver Henry Berns, winners of the amateur qualifier.

Laurie Cummings drove her Hollybrook Van Gogh to top honors in the Junior Pleasure Driving stake. Colleen Andrews and SBB Fortunate Son took another reserve in this four horse class. Pierre Loiselle guided SCMF Czarina to the winner's circle in the Two-Year-Old Pleasure Driving stake.

Marking the epitome of the traditional Morgan horse, Bear Brook Supreme Bar made a great performance to claim the tricolor in the filled Classic Pleasure Saddle stake. Jason Bluer was up for Ron Blackman. Stephanie Congdon was aboard CSH Corydon's Eclipse to take home reserve for Robert Hoernschemeyer.

When it came time for the Classic Pleasure Driving stake, it was no surprise to see the very versatile Nemour's Courageous and Anne Rae Proia taking the tricolor victory pass for Liberty Stables. Bear Brook Supreme Bar and Ron Blackman finished behind with reserve after claiming an earlier win in the classic pleasure driving class for the novice horses.

The western classes attracted many fine entries in the various classes offered for this discipline throughout the week. Stonecroft Espirit with Mike Wahl and Sunforest Chain of Command with Dave Vicente both maintained perfect composure to claim championship and reserve championship victory passes, respectively, in the five horse Western Pleasure Championship.

In another full western class, Kern's Endeaver and Paula Messier elegantly jogged out with the tricolor ribbon in the Amateur Western Pleasure stake while WRM We Be Jammin and Paula Cook moved up several notches from the Amateur Western Pleasure Stallions and Geldings Class for reserve honors.

Making a perfect fit, Sydney Learman and WK's Captivator graciously accepted the top spot in the Junior Exhibitor Western Pleasure stake. Kali Erin Hutchinson rode Merriehill The Lion King to reserve ribbon, another high mark for the Crystal team.

On the rail for many Crystal victories throughout the farm's banner week, Mary Carlton worked inside the ring in the Junior Western Pleasure stake. Carlton made a championship exit aboard IronForge Diamonds R Blue for Richard Weaver in the Junior Western Pleasure stake.

Making a classic combination, LCP Stars N' Stripes and Erin Thomas flawlessly plowed through the competition in the Hunter Pleasure Championship, earning themselves a championship trot down victory lane. This pair also took the Amateur Hunter Pleasure stake where West MT Windrider and Becky Hotke placed reserve for Lori Morino Beasley. Jazztime True Magic and Cashell Gray maintained a solid presence for reserve in the open hunter pleasure championship.

Fair Haven Federal Xpress, owned and ridden by Renee Christopher, captured top honors in the large field of hunters in the Junior Exhibitor Hunter Pleasure stake. Whispering Fancy That and Lynzee Arnold exited with reserve.

Winner of the Four-Year-Old Hunter Pleasure Class, Dragonfire Voltaire had another grand go with owner/rider Kristin Walther for the Junior Hunter Pleasure Championship title. SCMF Polar Star slid into reserve with Loretta Royer up for Bill and Loretta Runyon.

Three riders showed back in top form for the Senior Saddle Seat Equitation Championship. After being tested on the rail, the judge requested individual workouts. Meredith Lazar, who also won the AMHA Saddle Seat Medal earlier in the week, skillfully rode her very flashy Liberation Knickerbocker to victory. The very talented Sara Schmidt claimed reserve, while Claire Nichols finished third.

In the Junior Saddle Seat Equitation Class, Ashley Dragon confidently made her way through the rail portion of the class and gracefully completed her workout aboard Saddleback Starwars. Their striking elegance landed them the tricolor for the Showcase Stable banner. Danielle Palermo proudly trotted out aboard MH Verdict for the reserve honors.

Dominating the equitation division, another Carlton-instructed rider took home Western Seat Equitation Championship. This time it was the extremely polished Claire Nichols aboard Smart Style for the victory for the senior riders. The senior reserve championship went to Maggy Pionk who rode Havenwood's Legacy.

The Junior Western Seat Equitation Championship was won by Sydney Learman aboard WK's Captivator and reserve went to Kali Erin Hutchinson and Merriehill The Lion King.

Claire Nichols also placed first in the Hunt Seat Equitation Championship where Lynzee Arnold gathered herself for a reserve victory with Whispering Fancy That. Kali Erin Hutchinson was in top form for the Junior Hunt Seat Equitation Championship. Out of a full slate of good riders, Katie Gabriel placed reserve aboard Briarlane Nitro Vision.

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