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NWSA Fall Classic Horse Show Is An Essential Stop on the Fall Circuit!

by Leeann Mione

SALEM, Ore.- The Northwest Saddlebred Association Fall Classic Horse Show was a great horse show with Saddlebreds, Hackneys, roadsters and Friesians making the trip to Salem to compete in front of Judge Lisa Waller.

The show, managed by Mike Galloway, did a great job of welcoming exhibitors, owners, trainers and vendors and making sure they had a great time Sept. 27-30, at the Oregon State Fairgrounds.

An easy schedule with a long break in-between morning and evening sessions allowed plenty of time to see the beautiful
Pacific Northwest scenery that Oregon offers and this year, spectacular warm weather was present throughout the weekend.

Hotels and restaurants located nearby made the commute back and forth hassle free and the hospitality extended by the show and its hard working committee made sure that time spent at the show was enjoyable in all regards.

Wednesday evening a welcome pizza party was held for patrons, trainers and grooms. A lunch was served to any and all Thursday afternoon and Friday night’s famous aisle party was well attended and as always, was a huge hit again this year.

Saturday afternoon featured a pie and ice cream social with pies made by Linda Seider and if that wasn’t enough, the annual dog show drew a big group of canines and their handlers.

Posseman, Harry Chapman’s beloved road horse, retired in a lovely ceremony Saturday night and he looked every inch the champion roadster to the crowd that cheered on his last exhibition every step of the way. Afterwards, trainer Chuck Court and his wife, Carol, removed his harness for the last time, farrier Del Gianella pulled his shoes and Carol Court cut his tail shorter so it wouldn’t have to be kept braided. The Chapmans’ granddaughter, Jessica Petro, placed his blanket on and he was led from the ring. Friend Bob Facciola was invited to join the group in center ring and he was presented with the first Posseman Roadster Championship Challenge Trophy. Facciola had won the open championship the night before with Main Man.

Don, Brooke and Allison Deardorff were honored at the show for their years of support and service to the industry. They were presented with the 2006 Ed and Janet Ross Perpetual Service Award by the Rosses. Ed and Janet Ross were in turn given special recognition for their years of service to the show.


The Deardorffs presented the Kaulua Of Silver Oaks Memorial Perpetual Trophy Saturday night to the Highpoint Versatility Champion. Doubletrees Twenty-One Guns, sired by Doubletrees General D and a product of the Deardorff Stables breeding program won the award with Chelsea Copenhaver, after having earned wins in the Junior Exhibitor Western Country Pleasure class, Shatner Western Country Pleasure class and the ASB Pleasure Horse In Hand class. The pair also took both reserves in the junior exhibitor country pleasure division and is trained by Lila Hunt.

NWSA serves as a season finale for many that come to participate and for those exhibitors, no matter their ribbon or award, their season ended on a high note. For those that go on to show again this season, the NWSA show will no doubt stay high on their list as one of the most enjoyable of the year.

From five-gaited to fine harness to futurity youngsters, competition was quite deep in many divisions and the pleasure classes featured hard riding competitors in both their adult and junior exhibitor classes.




CCV Casey’s Final Countdown and Michele Macfarlane continued their winning streak in the five-gaited division by turning in two strong team efforts to win both the Five-Gaited Stake and open class. The South African entry is owned by SiSi Stables and Macfarlane, and also won both classes with Macfarlane up at the recent California Futurity Horse Show in Pomona, Calif.

Dana Paparo and Doubletrees Chancealot earned their share of crowd support as well and exited the ring as the reserve grand champions for Dreamquest Saddlebreds.

Recently crowned World’s Champion of Champions, CH Sprinkles and Macfarlane also went two for two with their sweep of the amateur division. Like Casey, Sprinkles had recently swept the division at Pomona to add four more wins to her very long career win list for Scripps Miramar. Full Spectrum and Martha Keck turned in a strong effort under the direction of Dick Boettcher to claim the reserve tricolor.

Brigitte Scholl brought the group from Monarch Stables to Salem, and they came away with numerous wins including Su Casa’s two wins in the junior exhibitor stake and qualifier with Stephanie Duck.

Tasha Kalke and Pinnacle’s Classic Victory moved up in the ribbons to finish with the win in the Five-Gaited Junior/Novice Horse Stake to help give Deardorff Stables one of many winning ribbons for the weekend.

Singing Hills likewise had a very successful show under the direction of Gene and Annalize van der Walt. Gene rode Intriguing Masterpiece to the reserve grand championship title in the novice/junior stake for Bill and Barbara Blacklaw after having won the first class.

Don Mace brought a big group and they had a very good show with numerous wins and reserves under his direction. Plum Street Jazz took the blue in the UPHA Five-Gaited Classic for owner Dallas Lonn with Mace in the irons.

Yet another entry owned by Tasha Kalke and T.J. Hucks headed to the winner’s circle after Lisa Waller named them the winner. Don Deardorff rode Doubletrees Pretty N’ Pinq to the championship win for the limit horses. Owner Pamela Heiman and Hero’s Cover Girl were the reserve winners.

A Genesis, owned and shown by Gene van der Walt, took the blue in the limit horse qualifier to close out the five-gaited division.



Black Knight On Broadway, after winning the Open Three-Gaited class with Don Mace up, returned in the Three-Gaited Stake to claim that victory as well for owner Georgia Knowlen. Periempress and Marie Peyman put together the reserve grand championship effort for Bob Facciola and Woodhaven Farm.

Julie Streitfeld and Absolute Courage bested two good groups of amateur walk-trot horses to be named the Amateur Three-Gaited Grand Champions and champions under the direction of Brigitte Scholl. The Great Santini and owner Delores Glascoe followed in the ribbon count in the stake under the direction of Chuck Court.

Shelah Heiman rode Hero’s Forever Ablaze to the blue ribbon in the junior/novice horse class for Pamela Heiman. Matchbox’s Glass Slipper, with Kandi Kuck up, won the three-year-old class for Kuck and co-owner Phyllis Crow. Cape Grace and Annalize van der Walt closed out the division with the blue ribbon effort in the two-year-old class. Cape Grace is owned by Roger and Stephanie McMahon.



Ed and Kathi Morris had a busy weekend with numerous entries competing under the Morris Stables banner. Ed Morris rode E-Ticket to a sweep of the open park division for Ed and Kathi Morris. Owner Brenda Corbett teamed Red Oak’s Imagine Me to the reserve tricolor under the direction of Troy Corbett.

Owner Terre Phillips was up for the winning ride on Mondrian in the Junior Horse Three-Gaited Park class.

Fine Harness


Pure Charm, also owned by Ed and Kathi Morris, put another tricolor on the tack room wall when Ed Morris drove him to the Fine Harness Championship victory. Pure Charm came into the stake having already won the junior/novice class. Water Water Everywhere and Don Mace were the Fine Harness Reserve Grand Champions for owners Bonnie Baker and Tim Hopf. Anne Byers drove her entry Making The List to the top of Waller’s list in the open qualifier.

(SA) Dorian Warrior’s Song has had great success in the amateur fine harness division, claiming many, many wins with owner and driver Bill Blacklaw of Singing Hills. The flashy stallion added the blue ribbon from the amateur qualifier to his total then returned to make his final show ring appearance in the amateur stake and claimed that victory as well for Singing Hills Stables. Warrior’s Song is now headed full time to the breeding shed for Singing Hills Stables.

Mac Dixie Dell and Virginia Bergstrom were named the amateur reserve grand champions under the direction of David Becker Jr.


Evangelical and Don Deardorff took the victory pass in the UPHA Fine Harness Classic for owner Lynn Robertson. Arackattack, owned by Kit Calafato, won the two-year-old class with Don Mace at the lines.



The Bob Facciola/Marie Peyman team has represented California well in the roadster division with their champion road horses and ponies from Woodhaven. They continued that success at NWSA but added another player to the equation. Facciola drove Main Man to the tricolor and the first Posseman Perpetual Trophy in the Roadster to Bike Stake after having also won the open class. Chuck Court drove Lil Town Flirt to reserve in the stake for Harry Chapman.

Facciola’s success in the division continued with both wins in the amateur stake and qualifier with Muddy Waters. Lil Town Flirt, with Harry Chapman driving, was the amateur reserve grand champion.

PT Cruiser has been a winning road pony throughout his career and has carried Marie Peyman, his main driver, to the winner’s circle at shows throughout California and the Pacific Northwest time after time. At Salem, Fidencio Maturino took over and the crowd erupted with a huge cheer when they headed down victory lane as the Roadster Pony Grand Champions. Fire Devil and Annalize van der Walt claimed the reserve for Bobbie Anne Welch but came into the stake having already won the blue in the open qualifier.

Can You Say Special took the blue in the junior/novice class with Leonard Stevens driving for Nyla Taylor.



Stevens also had the winning drives in the Harness Pony Stake and open class with Southern Royalty, owned by Jeanine Quaintance.

Kentucky County Fair Hackney Pony Grand Champion General Mills and Barbara Blacklaw were unstoppable on their way to the sweep of the Hackney pony division, taking the wins in the Hackney Pony Stake and open class for Singing Hills. Bobbie Anne Welch’s pony, Heartland Newsmaker, also represented Singing Hills to give them the one-two finish in the stake.

Seamair’s Winterfest and owner Janet Overstreet were met by David Becker Jr. in the winner’s circle after they were named the Hackney Pony Pleasure Driving Grand Champions. Question Heir and Denise Blacklaw won the qualifier and returned to take the reserve streamers in the stake for Whispering Winds Farm.



Hella Good has been a consistently in the top ribbons in the five-gaited pleasure division with Martha Keck riding from Boettcher Stables. They faced a big, competitive group in the stake and came out on top to claim the tricolor ribbon. Absolutely Robust and Karen Kronman, from Singing Hills, turned in a strong effort as well to be named the reserve grand champions. Answers The Call and Andrea Ward teamed up to win the nine-entry qualifier for Larry Ward.

Allison Deardorff teamed Doubletrees Royal Request to the Park Pleasure Championship and the Five and Under Park Pleasure qualifier for owner Leslie Pierce to add two more wins to the Deardorff Stables total. Red Heart Rum, owned and shown by Susan Gianella, was the reserve grand champion in the competitive class.

Pinnacle’s Midnight Event made it a Deardorff three-peat with the win in the UPHA Park Pleasure Classic. Edwardo Castillo rode for owner Jill Anthony.

Julie Streitfeld earned her second divisional sweep when Callaway’s Ike The Sixth won both the Adult Three-Gaited Pleasure Stake and adult qualifier. Attaché’s Born To Boogie and Andrea Ward were reserve in the championship.

Kimberly Erickson had a busy and successful week with several different mounts heading to top ribbons at the show. She rode London Times to the Junior Exhibitor Show Pleasure Championship and qualifier wins for Kathy O’Brien. Crystal Atwood was up on reserve grand champion Liberty Square for owner Timothy Atwood.

Emily Boring rode her entry Corporate Elegance to the blue ribbon in the Three-Gaited Pleasure Limit Rider class with a powerful performance.

Ed and Kathi Morris added two more victories to their total in the Show Pleasure Driving Championship and qualifier. Sherry McCauley drove Heir Rage SRS to both wins for the Morrises. Bombay Bronze and Pat Crowley took the reserve tricolor streamers under the direction of Archie Hurst.

The Open English Pleasure Stake featured Saddlebreds and Friesians competing together and they worked hard to impress Judge Lisa Waller for the tricolor and title. Attaché’s Born To Boogie returned from the qualifier to move up in the ribbons and take the victory pass as the grand champion with Andrea Ward and added another win to her total for Larry Ward. Ronald van de Zuiderwaard and Julia Goldman continued Black Sterling Friesians’ successful show season with the reserve grand championship for Janna and Ron Goldman. Ronald drew much attention from the crowd as the lone Friesian competing in the division.

I’m W. O. Bentley and Kathie Dunn turned in a strong effort to be named the blue ribbon winners in the open qualifier.

Yachting Class and Ed Morris topped a big competitive group to win the Open Pleasure Driving Stake for owner Deborah Perry. Mia Bella and Edwardo Castillo teamed up for the reserve tricolor for Linda Coleman and showed under the direction of Dick Boettcher. Fidencio Maturino earned his first win of the week when he showed A Day On The Town to the blue ribbon in the Open Show Pleasure Driving class.

Country Pleasure


NWSA Fall Classic offered two classes for the five-gaited country pleasure horses, and the team of My Pie In The Sky and Jill Anthony won both of them. Anthony was met in the winner’s circle both times by trainer Dick Boettcher. He’s Got Chutzpah and Teresa Ericsson Ridgeway added another top ribbon to the Deardorff total when they were given the nod by Waller as the reserve grand champions. Ridgeway showed for owner Allison Deardorff.

Sunlight And Shadows, winner of both country pleasure classes at California Saddle Horse Futurity Horse Show with Michele Macfarlane, added both adult wins to her titles at NWSA. Competing amongst a great group for both classes, Sunny gave Macfarlane her third divisional sweep of the show. Callaway’s Cassandra looked better than ever and turned in a strong effort with Janice Darden under the direction of David Becker Jr. to be named the reserve grand champion in the adult stake.

Dana Paparo met Demi Ruffatto and Will Rogers Showgirl in the winner’s circle when they won the junior exhibitor class amongst deep competition, then did it again when they were called out as the winners of the junior exhibitor stake. Doubletrees Twenty-One Guns and Chelsea Copenhaver took the reserve streamers to continue their successful weekend in Salem.

Nan Chapman and Sultan’s Jackpot also added top honors in the country pleasure division for Woodhaven. The pair moved up in the ribbons after the qualifier to take the Country Pleasure Driving Stake tricolor and victory pass. Chili Palmer and Bonnie Baker were reserve in the stake for Tim Hopf and co-owner Baker and they showed under the direction of Don Mace.

The western country pleasure division for the Saddlebreds featured a good group and it was the versatility champion Doubletrees Twenty-One Guns named to take the victory pass with Copenhaver riding. Their tricolor hung next to the blues from the junior exhibitor and Shatner Western Pleasure classes on the tack room wall and helped earn their title as versatility high point champions.

Kathie Dunn continued her good show with her western pleasure contender Spurwing’s Superfine Lady. They took the title in the adult class before returning for the reserve in the Western Country Pleasure Stake.

Janna Goldman showcased the versatility of the Friesian breed by competing successfully in the open western pleasure division and she took the victory pass in both the Open Western Pleasure Stake and open qualifier. Goldman rode Ewout V.D. to both wins for Black Sterling Friesians. Sterling Kartiair and Sharyl Buehler added another top ribbon to the Corbett Stables total with their reserve finish in the open stake for owner Brenda Corbett.

Tygerluv Of Silver Oaks and Holly Bahr did their part to showcase the versatility of the American Saddlebred when they switched gears from the western country pleasure division and competed to top honors in the Hunter Country Pleasure Stake and qualifier. Trainer Lila Hunt directed their winning performances. Marywood’s Music Man and owner Stephanie Stone were reserve in the stake under the direction of Troy Corbett.



The NWSA Futurity classes were the highlight of the weekend, showcasing great young horses and the overall quality of the futurity horses in the western region of the country.

Doubletrees Private Label, sired by Avant, and Allison Deardorff won the NWSA Three-Year-Old Five-Gaited Futurity with the Deardorff Stables homebred youngster owned by Don and Allison Deardorff. Lady Avalon also represented both her sire Avant and Deardorff Stables when she won the NWSA Three-Year-Old Three-Gaited Futurity. Don Deardorff rode to the win for owner Sally Nottage.

Doubletrees Captivating, sired by Avant, and Allison Deardorff were back in the presentation area for another blue ribbon and photo by Casey McBride when they won the NWSA Two-Year-Old Three-Gaited Futurity class for Don and Allison Deardorff.

Attaché’s Alakazaam, sired by Attaché’s Born Believer, and Don Mace won the NWSA Futurity Park Stake with a powerful performance for owner Jennifer Rumberg. Red Zone and Vanessa Hamm were right there for reserve after having won the futurity qualifier for Whispering Winds Farm. Red Zone is sired by Red Oak’s Sensation.

Evangelical, sired by Revival, won the NWSA Three-Year-Old Fine Harness Futurity with Don Deardorff at the lines for Lynn Robertson. Beyond Evolution, sired by Absolute Evolution, won the two-year-old futurity class for the fine harness horses with Ed Morris driving for Ann-Marie Schurra and also won the two-year-old futurity in-hand class. One For Dad, sired by Belle Reve’s Renaissance Man, was reserve.

Unchained, by Unlisted, was the winner of the NWSA Three-Gaited Pleasure Futurity class for Georgia Burgin. Don Deardorff presented for the win. The Magic Design, sired by Doubletrees Classic Design, was reserve with Heidi Cuddeford up.

Doubletrees Twenty-One Guns and Marywood’s Music Man, sired by Guy’s Superfine, finished one and two, respectively in the Pleasure Horse In Hand NWSA Futurity class. Doubletrees Captivating, by Avant, was reserve in the NWSA Futurity Two-Year-Old In Hand class with Allison Deardorff showing for Don and Allison Deardorff.

Recently crowned Reserve World’s Champion The Knight’s Reflection, sired by Black Knight On Broadway, won the NWSA Yearling Futurity Championship after winning the yearling colt qualifier. Owned by Kit Calafato and shown by Scripps Miramar, the yearling topped a nice group of promising yearlings for the wins.

The Fabulous Truth, by leading sire CF First Night Out, won the yearling fillies futurity class before returning for reserve in the championship. Don Mace presented for Kathy O’Brien. Harlem’s King Of Music was reserve in the colt class for owner Muriel Pederson showing under the Deardorff Stables banner. Pederson’s yearling colt is sired by Harlem Globetrotter. Doubletrees Forever Tango earned the reserve in the yearling fillies futurity class for Don and Allison Deardorff and is sired by Avant. Lavash, by Avant, won the NWSA Amateur Yearling Futurity with owner Lynn Robertson showing.

The Back Bay Boy made it two for two when Lisa Waller named him the NWSA Weanling Colt Futurity winner then gave him the nod again in the weanling futurity championship. The Back Bay Boy represented owner Sally Nottage in the winner’s circle. Doubletrees Divine Design was the reserve grand champion weanling for Don and Allison Deardorff and gave Avant, the sire of both weanlings, the first and second place finish in the championship. Divine Design also won the weanling filly class. Doubletrees Provocative, by Avant, was reserve in the weanling colt class for Don and Allison Deardorff. Knight’s Summer Dream, sired by Black Knight On Broadway, was reserve in the filly class for the weanlings. Don Mace showed for Georgia Knowlen.

Venus Williams also represented Avant when she headed to the winner’s circle in the NWSA Amateur Weanling Futurity with owner Sally Danielson-Unterseher showing. Bridgeman’s King Friday, sired by Winsdown Celebration, was reserve in the amateur class to close out the futurity competition.



Kimberly Erickson and Paige Copenhaver both had success in the Saddle Seat equitation division and traded places in the winner’s circle between the championship and 14-17 class. Erickson took the tricolor in the championship with London Times and Copenhaver took the blue in the 14-17 class with Doubletrees Times Squared and was reserve in the championship.

Kalie Burton won the 13 and Under Saddle Seat Equitation class riding The Master Of Ceremonies under the direction of Lila Hunt. Ally Cuddeford rode Doubletrees Dominion to the blue in the 10 and under walk and trot class and showed under the direction of Allison Deardorff.

Erickson rode Red Oak’s Imagine Me to the blue ribbon in the USEF Saddle Seat Medal and Alexandra Johnson topped one of the equitation division’s largest classes, the UPHA 17 and Under Challenge Cup. Johnson rode Desert’s Memories Of The Century. Paige Copenhaver was reserve in the Medal, and Faith Copenhaver was reserve in the Challenge Cup.



Ravello added two more tricolor ribbons to the Black Sterling Friesians total with Janna Goldman in the Friesian English pleasure division. They teamed up to win the Friesian English Pleasure Stake and amateur/junior exhibitor stake after taking the reserve in the amateur/junior exhibitor class behind Ferdinant van Gowo Zate and Kimberly Erickson.

Chuck Court drove Ferdinant van Gowo Zate to the Friesian Pleasure Driving Stake victory for owner Chaleen Trapalis. Ronald van de Zuiderwaard was reserve with Janna Goldman but came into the stake having won the qualifier.


The NWSA Fall Classic, with its casual, friendly atmosphere and terrific location just an hour from Portland, Ore., offers many reasons to make it an essential stop on the fall horse show circuit.

This concludes the highlights of the Northwest Saddlebred Association Fall Classic Horse Show. Complete results can be seen and searched by clicking here.

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