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North Carolina State Championships Heat Up in Raleigh

by Kelley Colvin

The J.B. Hunt Complex was the venue for the 47th Annual North Carolina State Championships held September 15-18, 2004. Jimmy Robertson judged the American Saddlebred, Hackneys, Roadsters, Walking Horses and Academy. Fay Lowry officiated over the Morgans during the week. William Whitley was a familiar face in the center ring as ringmaster. Jayne Frye played the lovely music for the week. Mark Farrar Jr. called the show from the center stage.

Three well deserved horseman were added to the list of Hall of Fame honorees in a special presentation. Well known North Carolina trainer John W. "Jimmie" Mills was inducted posthumously.

Tara Farm owner Frances Pugh was surprised by the announcement of her name. Pugh said, " I thought I was going to present a trophy or something and was floored to find out the real reason. My family knew it the whole time and has done a great job keeping it from me."

Bill Becker of Shadow Run Farm of Kentucky returned to North Carolina after at least 12 years to show here at NC, and to receive the Hall of Fame honor. He as well as Pugh were joined by their family for their presentation.

Highlights include performances from World's Champion Silver Harbor who was named the Carolina Futurity Open Yearling Champion.

After a commanding performance at the World's Championship Horse Show, She's A Red Hot Chili Pepper and Peter Cowart claimed the Five-Gaited Grand Champion title which received them a plaque with their name around the ring. Friday night hosted the Exhibitors Party, this year features the dueling of the bands. This led to a long and eventful night of dancing.


Reserve World's Champion She's A Red Hot Chili Pepper and Peter Cowart blaze past all the other competition to claim the Five-Gaited Grand Championship title for Lackey and Sanchez of Hiddenite, NC. Zara's Spook and Paul Boone claimed reserve in the championship for Dr. Wendy Troyer.

Susan Orten aboard Naughty claimed the Ladies Amateur Five-Gaited Championship. Callaway's W J Bryan, with Doris Crumpler in the irons, trotted away with the reserve honors.

CH Belleavanti and Johnny Wellington rode from the line as the champions in the Five-Gaited Amateur Championship for the All-Well Farm after having also won the qualifier. Howling Wolf and Brenda Pulis had a consistent performance to be announced as the reserve champions.

In the Five-Gaited Junior Exhibitor Championship, (SA) Studcor Donatello and Talley Harris were chosen to be the best in the class. Diamond's Hope and Sarah Longworth claimed the reserve tricolor in the championship for Teri Longworth. Longworth and Diamond's Hope qualified by winning the Five-Gaited Junior Exhibitor qualifier.

York's Melody Man and Meredith Dancer rode to the top in both the Five-Gaited Pony Championship and the qualifier for Sam Pratt.


World's Champion CH Yes It's True, with Sam Stafford in the irons, were selected by Robertson as the grand champion in the Three-Gaited Championship for the Pidgeon Roost Farm of Memphis. CH Yes It's True and Stafford had also trotted to the winner's circle in the Three-Gaited Open class.

Rhett Fox and Claude Shiflet received the reserve tricolor in the championship for Barbara Baker. Hayden Fox, ridden by Robin McKenzie Vuillermet, rode away victorious in the Ladies Three-Gaited Amateur Champion. Vuillermet and Hayden Fox were named as the Three-Gaited Amateur winners to qualify. Lady Latte and Lindy Ware received the reserve honors in the Ladies Championship.

In the Three-Gaited Amateur Championship, MJB High Fire with Phyllis Brookshire trotted to the top as the champions for Carol and Hector Newton. MJB High Fire and Brookshire had also claimed top honors in the Ladies Three-Gaited class. Prince of Soul and Rosemary Gonzalez were reserve in the championship.

World's Champion of Champions Just Special and Allison Combs added to their list of wins a title in the Three-Gaited Junior Exhibitor qualifier and Championship under the Mercer Springs banner. Hollywood Scandal and Morgan Berger were reserve coming from their win in the Three-Gaited Junior Exhibitor 14-17 qualifier for Alice Lyda and Kathy Berger.

Sarah Katherine, with Lauren Henderson in the irons, was selected by Robertson as the champion in the three-gaited pony division winning both the preliminary and the championship for Circle H Tack.

Fine Harness

New York Trend, with Kim Cowart at the lines, continued the trend by winning the Fine Harness Grand Championship now for the third year in a row for owners Lackey and Sanchez. Cowart and Trend also claimed the blue in the Fine-Harness Open class earlier in the week. Catalytic and Susan Hollowell drove to the reserve honors in the championship.

Park and Park Pleasure

Susan Harris' entry, Detached , with Lewis Eckard in the irons, was named the Park Full Mane and Tail Open Grand Champion. Eckard and Detached also rode to the blue in the Park Full Mane and Tail Open class on Thursday. Perfect Prize and Steve Hanks received the reserve tricolor in the championship for Christine Gerlock.

Tomorrow's Future and Sally Pyles were named the champions in the Park Full Mane and Tail Amateur Championship. CH Wing's Main Attraction and Adrienne Fitch were reserve after winning the Park Full Mane and Tail Junior Exhibitor class earlier in the week.

Pumpkin Center FSF and Ashley Ambrose claimed top honors in the Three-Gaited Park Pleasure Championship out of four entries. CF Chief 's Hot Night Out and Key Waller were reserve for Allan Jones. At First Sight and Anne Stafford left the ring as the UPHA Three-Year-Old Park Pleasure Classic Champions for Sally Parker and Blythewood Farms.

Show and Country Pleasure

After over 12 years of exhibiting at the state championship show, the Shadow Run Farm entry, CH The Bodega Bay and Jane Hart Becker were named the winners in the Five-Gaited Show Pleasure Adult Championship. Callaway's English Toffee and Robin McKenzie Vuillermet received the reserve tricolor in the championship. Vuillermet trotted away with the blue in the Five-Gaited Pleasure Adult qualifier.

Proving their worth in a new division, Social Worth and Pam Austin pulled from the line as the champions in both the Five-Gaited Show Pleasure Junior Exhibitor Championship and preliminary for the Magnolia Farm owned by Dan and Brenda Austin. Pepper Man and Erin Breslin were reserve in the championship for Bill Lineberry.

In a great catch drive, Anita Simpson drove Really Worth It to the top in the Show Pleasure Driving Championship for John Burns. CH Video Magic with Linda Blair was reserve in both classes.

Out of 20 entries, Viola Madden and Abby Jones were called from the line as the Three-Gaited Show Pleasure Adult Grand Champions for Allan Jones. Something Gold and Jill White were reserve in the championship.

CH Future Treasure and Caitlin Leith were named the Three-Gaited Show Pleasure 14 and Under Grand Champions in the qualifier and the championship for Leith Chevrolet. Winter's Magic Man and Hanna Norwood received the reserve honors for Rein and Jennifer Lykins.

CH It's Yabba Dabba Doo Time and Sydney Carter dominated the Three-Gaited Show Pleasure division winning both the championship and the preliminary earlier in the week for Susan Carter. Courtney Maness rode The Notorious B.I.G.! to the reserve honors in the championship for Margaret Gardiner of Virginia.

Drew Hewitt rode Fox's Dancing Fire to the title of English Pleasure Pony Grand Champion for Teri Longworth. Hewitt and Fire had also claimed the blue in the English Pleasure Pony class earlier in the week.

Adding to her already impressive list of merits, CH Empress In Black and Pressley Laton were named the Walk and Trot Pleasure 12 and Under Grand Champions. No Heirrors and Karly Morgan were reserve in the championship after their win in the Walk and Trot Pleasure qualifier on Wednesday afternoon.

My Chesapeake Bay, driven by Ruth Shelton, trotted from the line as the Country Pleasure Driving Grand Champion. Badaboom Badabing and Diana Lewis drove to the reserve honors in the championship after driving to the blue in the preliminary class.

Marie Gwinn riding CF Star At First Sight was called out to be the winner of the Country Pleasure Adult Championship. Prince O' Lee and Phyllis Brookshire were reserve in the qualifier and the championship for Don and Phyllis Brookshire.

New combination, Leatherwood's Fanfare and Stephanie Miller were chosen by Robertson to be the Country Pleasure 13 and Under Championship. CH Attache's Irish Wine and Rebekah Cloninger coming from their win earlier in the qualifier on Thursday received reserve honors in the championship.

Worthy's Can't Touch This and Meredith Dancer won the Three-Gaited Country Pleasure 15-17 Championship. My Fair Prince and Stephanie Hahn were reserve in the championship for Stephanie and Whitney Hahn after winning the Country Pleasure 15-17 qualifier.

LH Rah Roaring Revenue and Judith Gandarillas won the Country Western Pleasure Championship. Tatum Faithful and Liquid Trust were reserve in the championship after claiming the blue in the Country Western Pleasure class earlier in the week. Hurricane's Swamp Fox and Marie Gwinn won the Hunter Country Pleasure All Age class out of five entries.


Dominating the Hackney Pony division, Breezeland's Moon and Stars driven by Charles Leonard won both the Open class and the Championship for McCormick Stables.

Tete-A-Tete and Leslie Minard drove to the top in the Harness Pony division, winning the open class and the Open Championship for the 21st Century Morgans.

Jennifer Garrison drove Cracker Jack to the winner's circle in not only the Hackney Pleasure Driving class but also in the Hackney Pleasure Driving Championship for Iris Garrison.


Eclipse and Jon Walker dominated the Roadster Horse division. Walker drove Eclipse to the top of both the Roadster Horse Open class and the Roadster Horse Championship. Sour Grapes and Steve Hanks were reserve in the Open class for Mark Catron.

Deborah Butler drove Where's Reuben to the winner's circle in the Roadster Horse Amateur Championship. Spartz driven by Doris Crumpler claimed the reserve honors after winning the Roadster Horse Amateur class for the North Star Farm.

Harry Daughtry drove Vivacious EF to claim the Roadster Pony Open Championship. Daughtry and Vivacious had already claimed the blue in the Roadster Pony Open class for Mary Daughtry. Lewis Eckard drove Razz-Ma-Tazz to reserve in both classes for Karl Bridgeman.

In the Amateur Roadster division, Heartland Wonderful Miss and Abby Jones drove from the line the winners in the championship. Key Waller had qualified Heartland Wonderful Miss earlier by winning the amateur qualifier for Allan Jones. ZZ Top driven by Becky Rankin received the reserve honors in both classes.

Dun Haven Grandiose and Rebekah Cloninger proved victorious in the both the Roadster Pony Junior Exhibitor Championship and AHHS Youth Medallion Roadster Pony Class. Zildjian driven by Connor Leith drove a commanding reserve in both the championship and the qualifier.


Forever Farm entries dominated the equitation division. Emma Nichols aboard CH What A Memory won the Saddle Seat Equitation Championship and the NHS Saddle Seat Event. Misty Hall riding Song Material was reserve in both classes and rides under the guidance of Ingleside Farm.

Also from Forever Farm, Kristina Coil rode to the blue in the Saddle Seat Equitation 17 and Under class. Laura Byrd on Denmark's Royal Gigi won the USEF Saddle Seat Medal Class instructed by Liz McBride Jones.


World's Champion Gold Market led by Smith Lilly was called from the lineup as the Futurity Jackpot Weanling Champion for Silverlin Farm and Sue Nifong. With all of the accessories, I Have All The Bells and Whistles led by Gary Altizer received the reserve honors for Martha Salter.

Gary Altizer lead Stocks and Bonds to the top of the Carolina Futurity Open Weanling class for Sharon Anderson. Steve Davidson led Licensed To Chill to claim the blue in the Amateur Weanling Carolina Futurity class for the Crosswind Farm.

Adding to the already impressive list of wins, 2003 World's Champion Weanling and 2004 Reserve World's Champion Yearling, Silver Harbor claimed the Carolinas Futurity Open Yearling Championship and the ASGN Yearling win with Smith Lilly for Silverlin Farm. Mountainview's Celestial Night led by Fred Sarver was reserve in the championship for the Jones Mountainview Saddlebreds, LLC.

A Savannah Day and Susan Whittington had their day winning the Amateur Yearling Carolina Futurity Championship. Whiskey Road and Kim Williams were reserve for Carolyn Williams.

Miss Posie led by Steve Gassen won the Carolina Futurity Two-Year-Old in Hand Champion for Brenda Kelly.


Stonecroft Trinity ridden by Krista Dent won both the Morgan Park Saddle Open class and the Morgan Park Saddle Championship for Mary Fisher.

JAJ Bel Shashar, with Cathy Minard at the lines, drove to the winner's circle in the Morgan Park Harness Open and the Morgan Park Harness Amateur classes for the 21st Century Morgans.

Hollybrook Indian Brave driven by Mary Daughtry dominated the Morgan Pleasure Driving division. Daughtry drove to the top in the Morgan Pleasure Driving Open class and Championship. Face the Nation was reserve in both classes to Daughtry in the championship with Dan Redman at the lines and with John "Chet" Sowle at the the whip in the Open class for Dan Redman.

HVK Primary Light and Carl Johnson drove from the line as the winners in the Morgan Pleasure Driving Amateur Championship for Holly Johnson. Med-E-Oka Noble Prize and Holly Johnson drove to the reserve honors after their win in the Amateur qualifier class.

The Heartbeat and Kerri Fersch won the Morgan English Pleasure Junior Exhibitor/ Amateur Championship for Donna Arnette. Fersch and The Heartbeat also claimed the Morgan English Pleasure Junior Exhibitor class.

AMMF Absolut Celebration with Julie Humphreys dominated the English Pleasure section. Humphreys rode to the blues in the Morgan English Pleasure Ladies class, Morgan English Pleasure Amateur class, and was reserve in the amateur/ junior exhibitor championship.

Tara Farm's Frances Pugh drove Tara's War Eagle to the winner's circle in the Morgan Classic Pleasure Driving Championship and qualifier on Thursday. Hollybrook Independence and Cathy Minard were reserve to Pugh in both classes.

Sally Lawing rode Strike It Rich to the top in the Morgan Classic Pleasure class receiving the blue. Lawing also rode to the tricolor later in the week in the Classic Pleasure Championship. Ram Wham Bam Precision, with Charlene Motsinger in the irons, was called from the line as reserve champion in both classes.

Carlette Hunt dominated the Morgan Western Western Pleasure division aboard DAF Amazing Grace. Hunt claimed the Morgan Western Pleasure Championship, Morgan Western Pleasure Open class, Morgan Western Pleasure Junior Exhibitor/ Amateur Championship and the Morgan Western Pleasure Amateur class. DAF Amazing Grace and Hunt showed their versatility by winning the Morgan Hunter Pleasure Open class and open championship.

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