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Come One Come All To Syracuse

by Kelley Colvin

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Come one come all to Syracuse seemed to be the idea for this show. The Syracuse International Horse Show held June 25-28, 2003, at the New York State Fairgrounds had something for every horse owner. This year's show featured American Saddlebreds, Morgan, National Show Horses and Friesians. Proceeds from this show benefited the Upstate New York Hospice Alliance.

Over $55,000 in prize money was offered, which brought exhibitors from all over the country. Along with the money, this horse show featured the breeder's futurity classes for yearlings and two-year -olds.

In addition to the show, there were the after show activities. Several exhibitor's parties were held including the Take-A-Break party, sponsored by Wrighthall Stables, on Tuesday night. Wednesday night was the Wine and Cheese party, hosted by Casa Larga Winery from Fairport, N.Y. After the morning classes on Thursday, Hallston Manor hosted their Open House and baby showing at the farm in Clay, N.Y., which had a great turn out. After the show Saturday, the much anticipated Progressive Isle Party and Auction was held to top off all of the week’s festivities. The Silent Auction and Stallion Auction held during Friday night’s party featured services from such greats as Supreme Heir, CH Great Day's Came The Son and Harlem’s Valentino, just to name a few.

With the temperatures soaring and a long and thorough list of classes there was much to offer the exhibitor and the spectator. The show featured a marathon of 203 classes. This horse show offered a wide array of quality as well as diversity in all of this year's competitors.

Five Gaited

After an exciting performance CH Rastafarian and Kate Ryan rode away with the tricolor award in the Five-Gaited Grand Championship coming from their win in the ladies class. Cameo Appearance and Darlene Trento-Wright was reserve in the championship after proving their quality winning the open division. Rock The Jukebox and Mary Ann Sullivan brought the house down with their win in the amateur championship and class. Showcase Dream Machine and Sharon Alemian were reserve to Sullivan in both classes. Tornado's Tempest and Neala McCracken swept the competition to win the Five-Gaited Junior/Novice class.


High View's Sharp Charm Girl and Jan Lukens proved superior in the Three-Gaited Championship following their win in the lean junior/novice class. The Beginning Of Time and Sena Bowling were reserve to Lukens in the championship. CH Jane Doe and Doreen Weston of Smoke Hollow Farm rode to the winner's circle in the open class. A Design To Remember and Alicia Fraser were excellent in the ladies class to win the blue.

The crowd favorite CH Mr. Snuffleupagus and Doreen Weston won the amateur championship following their win in the amateur class. She's A Contender and Margaret Biggs were reserve to Weston in the both classes.

CH Santana's Cheer Me On and Jenna Fields had the crowd support when they won the Three-Gaited Junior Exhibitor Championship and class. CH Sargent Royalty and Caitlyn Spring were reserve to Fields in both classes.

Fine Harness

Shining their way to the top, Highland Radiance and Sally Eichlin won the Fine Harness Championship after their win in the Fine Harness Junior/ Novice class. CH Dance Of Love and Daryl Carlow drove to the top honors in the Open Fine Harness class. Making a memorable drive Reed's Front Row and Luman Wadhams topped the strong class of youngsters in the Two-Year-Old Fine Harness class.


The bold bay junior horse CF Not Tonight Chief and Sena Bowling were outstanding to win the Three-Gaited Park Championship following their qualifying win in the junior/ novice class. Michelotti LLC and Rob Turner were reserve to only the champion. Giving a spicy performance, Wild Wasabi and Sally Lindabury trotted to the winner's circle to win the Open Park class.

Serving up the rest of the competition, Cagin Martini and Paula Percoco were superior in the amateur division winning the championship and the qualifier. Callaway's Prime Rate and Diane Kressley were reserve to Percoco in both classes.

In a lean division, CSF Spesally and Samantha Hoag proved to be the best in the Park Junior Exhibitor section winning the class and the championship. Liberty Square and Joshua Chretien were reserve in the championship.


With the winner's circle in their sights, Sightline and Rob Turner won the Park Pleasure Championship and class. Gunpowder and Lipstick left their mark with reserve honors in both classes. Mystery Quest rode to the blue in the UPHA Park Pleasure Classic.

Va Bene' and Dr. Geraldine Meanor, riding under the North Wind Stable banner, won the Five-Gaited Show Pleasure Championship after their win in the qualifier. Titleist Commander and Traci Van Horn commanded a demanding second in both classes.

L.A.Wing Victory and Dr. Richard Hunderfund drove to the winner's circle in the Pleasure Driving Open class and championship. My Dakota and Jessica Motezuma won the Pleasure Driving class for Limit Horses. Inside Edition and Michelle Gascon drove away the winner in the ASHA Junior Exhibitor Driving Challenge class.

Killian and Cherie Ort proved superior in the Adult Pleasure Championship following their win in the adult qualifier. Sultan's Starfish and Amanda Wright were reserve in the championship.

Callaway's Royal Request and Jessica Motezuma topped the 14 and Under Pleasure division by winning the championship. Gypsy's First Edition and Candace Longo were reserve in the championship. Undulata's Jimmy Hollywood and Careen Dubuc proved to be superior in the 15-17 pleasure division. CH Lover's Heir and Cassi Wentz were reserve to the champion in both classes.

In the Novice Rider Pleasure section, Patrick Yorktown and Emily Yocum rode to the tricolor in the championship. Passadoble and Laura Hunter for David Augusta won the novice rider qualifier. Proving her quality, She's Exquisite and Dr. Jennifer Maken won the Show Pleasure Limit Horse class.

Genius Poetic Justice and Meghan Adams drove to the top of the division in the Country Pleasure Driving Championship. Ruby's Rare One and Michael Behr III were reserve in the championship after their win in the qualifier.

CH Kiss For Luck and Margaret Biggs made her mark on the crowd in a grand performance to win the Country Pleasure Adult Championship. Biggs also won the adult qualifier.

Itchy Foot Moe and Jessica Motezuma were superior in the Country Pleasure Junior Exhibitor division, winning the qualifier and the championship. SS Inner Vision and Kirby Tapper took reserve in both classes. Motezuma and Itchy Foot Moe also claimed the victory in the Country Pleasure Limit Horse class.

Worthy's Heirloom and Joanne Bennett won the Country Pleasure Novice Rider championship. Stonewall's Night Of Pandamoni and Corrina Arruda were reserve in the championship after winning the qualifier.

The gorgeous gray A Magic Surprise and Pat Johnson were no surprise to the winner's circle claiming victory in both the Western Pleasure class and championship. Key Largo's Magic and Betsy Stevenson were reserve to Johnson in both classes. Heir To Largo and Marge Brown won the William Shatner Western Pleasure class.

The superior entry in the Hunter Pleasure division was Senaca Saga Patty Megan and Olivia Duott. This duo won the Hunter Pleasure qualifier, championship and Saddle and Bridle's Hunter Classic classes. Callaway's Anastasia and Joy Warner took the reserve spot in the championship.


Dreams And Schemes and Yianna Barakos drove to the top in the open division winning the class and championship. Rhythm King LF and Rodney Hicks were reserve in the championship after their win in the junior pony class.

Power Stroke and Cheryl Innis over powered the rest to win the amateur division. Innis and Power Stroke won both the qualifier and the championship. Classic Dreams and Randall Foltz were reserve both times out.

Hackney/Harness Pony

This division may have been light in numbers, but it was full of quality. The Junior Harness Pony World's Grand Champion of 2002, Mark Of Elegance and Rodney Hicks won the Harness Pony Open and championship for V. Ann Hailey. I Views Lil Rascal and Michael Chase were the amateur champions. A gifted BRS The Phantom was driven to the blue in the junior long-tail class by Hicks.

Hicks and another sharp newcomer, Romeo's Shadow LF drove to the winner's circle in the Hackney Championship following their win in the Hackney Junior Pony class. Totally Excellent and Betty Roden drove to the tricolor award in the Hackney Pony Amateur Championship after their flawless drive in the qualifier.

Taking the crowd by storm, Steal the Show and Mary Cichowski won the Hackney Pleasure Pony Driving Championship from the top drive in the class. Lincolnshire's Royal Cavallier and Janet-Crawford Hicks were reserve in the championship following their win in the Hackney Pony Pleasure Driving Limit class.


Kaitlin Ahern had the best combination of pattern and rail work winning the Saddle Seat Championship in addition to the UPHA Challenge Cup 17 and Under Championship.

Alexandra Simpson riding The Talk of Savannah won the Saddle Seat Equitation 13 and Under Championship. Thomas Santaferra, Jr. rode to the winner's circle in both the Saddle Seat Equitation 10 and Under WTC and in the UPHA Challenge Cup 10 and Under Championship.

Margaret Biggs proved her dual talent riding to the blue in the UPHA Adult Challenge Cup.

Jessica Motezuma, under the direction of Northwind Stables, won the USAE Medal class. Lindsey Perry topped the Pleasure Equitation section winning both the Saddle Seat Pleasure Equitation Championships. Daniel Smilovicci won the Saddle and Bridle Pleasure Medal class.

Morgan Division

In a light division, Kandle's Crystal Vision and Marie Fields topped the Park competition winning the open and amateur classes and the championship. JW Sensibility and Travis Neidlinger were reserve to the champion.

Aquarelle Of Spring and Jackie Qua trotted away with championship in the Morgan Pleasure Driving section after their win in the Pleasure Driving Mares class. The Prodical Son and Brad Scussell were reserve in the championship following a win in the Pleasure Driving Stallion/Geldings class.

Blk Orchid Broadway Joe and Linda Barber had a repeat performance winning the Amateur Pleasure Driving division's championship and qualifier. Equinox Wild Card and Susan Evans played their way to reserve in both classes.

Brass Endeavor and Travis Neidlinger shined their way to the top of the Junior Exhibitor Pleasure Driving section winning both classes. MilMar's Federal Express and Michele Gascon were reserve both trips.

MFM In Disguise and Brad Scussell drove to the winner's circle in the Pleasure Driving Junior Horse Championship after their win in the qualifier.

FVF Irish Mist and Ann Scussell moved to the head of the pack in the Morgan English Pleasure Championship from their win in the English Pleasure Mares class. Soul Provider and Sally Lindabury rode to the blue and the English Pleasure Stallion/Geldings class.

AMF Exodus and Kristen Ahern trotted to the winner's circle in the Amateur division winning the qualifier and the championship. Scarborough Fair and Marie Fields were reserve to Ahern in the championship.

Sunny Acres In A Flash and Dale Vidler were the outstanding junior exhibitors in the English Pleasure winning the championship. NLC Country Boy and Travis Neilinger were reserve in the championship.

LSF Fast Forward and Jackie Qua moved quickly to the top of the English Pleasure Junior Horse section winning both classes. Sunny Acres In A Flash and Dale Vidler were reserve in the championship.

Scarborough Fair and Marie Fields rode to the blue in the Morgan English Pleasure Limit Horse class.

Equinox Wild Card and Susan Evans drove their winning hand to the top honors in the Classic Pleasure Driving championship. Grovecrest Panache and Julie Berg-Rohrer were reserve to the champion after their win in the Classic Driving qualifier.

Westbay Defender and Sharon Currie had a good defense to win the Morgan Classic Pleasure Championship. Hillwood Irish Belle and Joanne Currie rode to the blue in the Classic Pleasure class.

ESP Brass Commando and Lindsay Perry polished their way to the top of the Classic Pleasure Junior Exhibitor class. Commando and novice rider Betsy Clark rode to the winner's circle in the Classic Pleasure Novice Rider class.

Treble's Double Exposure and Mike Kropp showed themselves off to win the Classic Pleasure Limit Horse class.

With an outstanding entry, Lindsay Perry rode Winsation's Bojangles to claim multiple titles by winning the Morgan Western Pleasure Open class and championship as well as the Western Pleasure Junior Exhibitor class and championship. Rum Brook Immortal Dante and Mike Kropp were reserve in the open division. Fortissmo and Molly McQuade were reserve in the junior exhibitor's section.

BBH Andante and Jennifer Baskinger jogged away the winner in the Amateur Western Pleasure Championship in addition to receiving the top honors in the Limit class. Blacktie Affair and Abby Jones were reserve. H-Vee Centair and Randy Zimmerman trotted to the blue in the Morgan Western Pleasure Amateur class.

Showing their superiority, Qua-Lity High Ruler and Erin Haynes rode to the tricolor in the Morgan Hunter Pleasure Open Championship from their win in the open class. Equinox Renaissance and Lindsey Perry were reserve in both classes.

Denbury Irish Justice and Julie Rhen out performed the rest to win the Morgan Hunter Pleasure Amateur Division winning both the qualifier and the championship. Tucker Allen and Theresa Osborne were reserve in the championship.

Fortissmo and Molly McQuade rode away the winners in the Morgan Hunter Pleasure Junior Exhibitor Championship. Qua-Lity High Ruler and Felicia White were reserve to the champion after their win in the junior exhibitor class.

Taproot Command Pilot and Stephanie Haynes soared to the top of the Morgan Hunter Pleasure Limit Horse class.

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