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Peeper Ranch Hosts Open House

Peeper Ranch owners Brad and Dawn Fire and trainer Phil Fountain welcomed a large crowd from the horse industry and the local Kansas area to an open house at their magnificent Lenexa, Kan., facility on March 22, 2003. In addition to great food, drink, and company, a presentation of the Peeper Ranch show string delighted the audience. World Championship announcer Peter Fenton served as Master of Ceremonies for the presentation while his world championship photographer counterpart Howard Schatzberg captured the event on film.

Peter Fenton began by saying, "Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen, on behalf of Brad and Dawn Fire, it is my pleasure to welcome you to Peeper Ranch. We are gathered tonight for a presentation of exciting show horses, to enjoy Midwestern hospitality and most importantly, for a chance to visit with friends.

"For those who have visited Peeper Ranch before, welcome back. Those that are joining us for the first time, you are in for a special treat. This facility is an equine showcase second to none with a wonderful staff headed up by a top trainer.

"Peeper Ranch... I believe this is what Dorothy had in mind when she wanted to come home to Kansas. Once again, sit back, relax and enjoy the evening."

The presentation began with Peeper Ranch trainer Phil Fountain presenting Marilyn Esteb's handsome two-year-old gelding SP Chaminade (Cabot French Pepper x Arboria Champagne) in hand. The crowd was then entertained by World Champion Amabayus with Julia Jones riding the many time classic pleasure champion. Grand National Champion Que Sera (Futurity French Command x Suzetts Jewel) showed off her burgeoning talents under saddle with Phil Fountain presenting for Sharon and Glenn McCoy. The audience was thoroughly entertained by the two-year-old stallion Freddie Mercury (Cedar Creek Harlequin x Arboria LaBelle) as Phil Fountain led the impressive Mary Gaziano entry.

World Champion Total Addiction was the next horse on center stage as Kristen Tramposh rode Dawn and Brad Fire's dynamic English pleasure gelding. Another of Dawn Fire's favorites Accel I Got Rhythm showed off his talents under saddle presented by Phil Fountain. A second tricolor entry of the Dr. Robert Jones family impressed the crowd as NAS Simpatico (FCF Val D'Isere x Evita) struck a park trot. Phil Fountain had the Dolan family's handsome four-year-old stallion Cairnbrae Courage Forever (HVK Courageous Flaire x Montbelle Foreva) showing off his Morgan personality in hand. Shaune Miller is the proud new owner of Reserve World Champion Erotic Dancer (Troutbrook Tap Dancer x Coalition Erotica) who dazzled the audience with Phil Fountain riding. The magnificent five-year-old stallion Aspenglow's Insurrection (Tara's Cherokee x Cedar Creek Pandemonium) closed out the presentation in grand fashion with Phil Fountain presenting for owner Kathi Jensen.

Peter Fenton closed the evening by saying, "Brad and Dawn Fire would like to offer their thanks to the entire staff here at Peeper Ranch. Special thanks to Phil Fountain, Annalisa Hall, Wendell Williams and Kenny Kidwell for a job well done. We would like to invite everyone back to the stalls to visit with the horses and enjoy this magnificent facility. Thank you for joining us tonight, we hope you will become regular visitors to our farm."

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