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Penn-Ohio Morgan Horse Show Hosts A Star Spangled Celebration



MEADVILLE, Penn. -Great weather, lots of exhibitors and a hard working show committee all contributed to the success of the 30th Annual Penn-Ohio Morgan Horse Show held July 5, 6 and 7. Show chairman Linda Stewart kept things running smoothly while Cindy Mugnier pinned all of the classes. Ken Carr served once again as ringmaster with Shane Shiflet taking pictures. Virginia Paradise was the show steward and Amy Paradise entertained everyone with her wonderful array of music. Barb Dunham with her daughter Dayne Maple maintained the show office with a smile for exhibitors, and Robb Platz was the announcer.

Penn-Ohio has always been popular with the exhibitors for its great parties. This year was no exception. Thursday evening was the Welcome to Penn-Ohio party and everyone enjoyed meeting under the tent to talk about anticipated classes and catch up with old friends. This party was sponsored by the Penn-Ohio Morgan Horse Association.

Saturday night was the exhibitors party. This year's party was hosted and sponsored by the customers from Grove Pointe Stables. The Roesinks and all of their customers worked very hard to prepare and make this party a super success. Everyone enjoyed the great food and DJ. As the evening progressed, people were able to visit with each other as well as witness an all-star performance as Mike Flower sang a few of his favorite tunes. Thank you to the Roesinks and their customers for a wonderful evening.

Friday morning started strong with the stallions showing in hand. After the youngsters had their turn in the ring, Mirabel's Loyal Romeo from the two-year-old class was named Junior Champion Stallion for owner Colleen Baptist. This handsome Man About Town LPS son was led by Lynn Peeples. The Reserve Junior Champion Stallion title went to the yearling winner, T.E.S. Capital Gain owned and shown by Tom Schubert.

The Senior Champion Stallion coming from the four-year-old class was Adventure's Priority shown by Lynn Peeples and owned by Bob Westrick. Spirit of Benefactor owned by Amy Lehr and shown by Steve Lehr followed as Reserve Senior Champion Stallion after posting the Three-Year-Old Stallions win.

When the studs reentered the ring for grand champion, it was Bob Westrick's Dancity After Midnight son Adventure's Priority claiming the honors with the reserve title going to Mirabel's Loyal Romeo for a very happy Colleen Baptist. It was a Waterford Farm sweep as both horses were presented by Lynn and Kathleen Peeples.

As the geldings took their turn in the ring, the classes were quite full. As Judge Mugnier made her final selections, the flashy Formal Protest owned by Rebecca Burns and shown by Tim and Ron Roesink was chosen as Grand Champion Gelding. The bold chestnut JP's Living On The Edge, owned by Paula Cook and shown by David Earehart was named reserve champion.

Junior Champion Mare once again belonged to Lynn Meyer and Bette Ann Parker after a tough two-year-old class. Par-Bets Fascination shown by David O'Brien won the junior title for the second year in a row. The Reserve Junior Champion Mare also came from the two-year-old class. She was ESS Fleur De Lis shown by Mark Mason and owned by Ernestine Smith.

The Senior Champion Mare also was a repeat winner as Coal Miners Ruby, owned by Todd Muller and shown by Tim and Ron Roesink returned to the winner's circle after winning the five and over class to once again wear tricolors. The Reserve Senior Champion Mare was the very pretty four-year-old winner, Walnut Ridge's Solid Gold, owned by Cathy Miller and shown by Lynn Peeples.

Todd Muller was very happy indeed as his mare, Coal Miner's Ruby returned to be named Grand Champion Mare. The reserve champion owners Lynn Meyer and Bette Ann Parker were just as happy when their junior champion, Par-Bets Fascination was named to the reserve title.

This year's edition of the POMHB Futurity featured Weanling Champion Elegance In Motion (Arboria Noble Victor x Arboria Enchantment) shown by Tim Roesink for Laura Braddock coming from the filly division. Tom Schubert showed his colt winner T.E.S. Annuity to the reserve tricolor. Schubert was right back in the winner's circle with POMHB Yearling Futurity Champion T.E.S. Capital Gain after a win in the five entry yearling colts. Par-Bet's First Of Burks was the reserve titled yearling shown by David O'Brien for Lynn Meyer.

As qualifiers were pinned and championships made their way into the schedule, there were some very exciting classes. About Last Night and Jan Evans followed up their winning Southern States debut by topping the Amateur Park Saddle Stake. Meanwhile Tim Roesink rode C.K.H. Spirited Gift to win the Park Saddle Stallions class for Jan. Decisions, decisions, who will they show back, maybe they just flipped a coin, but it was Jan Evans coming back to claim the Park Saddle Championship with About Last Night. The Park Saddle Reserve Champion Lookaway's Fantasy won a tough mare and gelding class for owners Jim and Linda Stewart. She was ridden by Shirley O'Gorman to the blue and reserve tricolor. The Junior Park Saddle Stake winner was Claridge Solitary Rose with Tim Roesink. Bea and Jim Tomasello own this crowd pleasing young beauty sired by Claridge Noble Lancer.

The Park Harness Champion was owned by Minion Morgans as Minion Millenium and Brian Stewart won the tricolor as well as the qualifier blue after their recent winning performance at Gold Cup. The Junior Park Harness Stake winner was none other than Grand Champion Stallion, Adventure's Priority who showed he is more than just a pretty face as directed by Lynn Peeples. The entertaining class saw Tim Roesink present Primary Investment to the reserve for Rebecca Burns. Cherrydale Acappella was another bright young star as Shirley O'Gorman presented him to the Two-Year-Old Park Harness Stake victory for delighted breeder/owner Robin Herrick.

English pleasure horses were plentiful at Penn-Ohio, but it was Mikaelas Eternal Promise and Marilyn Rutledge that won the English Pleasure Championship to continue an outstanding sesason for owner Holly Linden. Cedar Creek Samurai and Nancy Flower were named reserve champion for owners Don and Mary Lou Arhar following the blue ribbon ride in the stallions and geldings class.

The Amateur English Pleasure Championship went to Sandra Benko with her handsome horse, King Lehrs Bravado directed by Steve Lehr. Oakgrove First Lady and Elizabeth Burick were reserve in this entertaining class. Nonchalant and Jessica Spack won the junior exhibitor stake under the Mason Training Stable banner while Tug Hill Charisma and Elizabeth Thomas were reserve.

The Junior English Pleasure Championship was also filled with quality as JPs Living On The Edge and David Earehart claimed the tricolors for owner Paula Cook. Seaway After Shock and Kathleen Peeples were the reserve champions for owner Tom Arnowitz. Walnut Ridge's Solid Gold enjoyed a victorious saddle debut as Kathleen Peeples rode her to the Penn-Ohio Morgan Breeders Sweepstakes win for owner Cathy Miller.

In the pleasure driving division, UVM Byron with Nancy Flower driving for Tom and Cheryl Sedlak won the Pleasure Driving Championship as well as their ladies pleasure driving qualifier. Byron really seems to like this new division. It was Lookaway's Antoinette and Kathleen Flower claiming the reserve honors with a flashy drive for owners Jim and Linda Stewart. Laurie Cummings was very happy to watch her new horse Hollybrook Van Gogh win the Junior Pleasure Driving Championship with Tim Roesink on the lines. Fit To Be Tied was a new face at Penn-Ohio with Lynn Peeples driving for Alex and Deborah Cojacar for the reserve championship in this class.

The Amateur Pleasure Driving Championship featured another outstanding win by the flaxen trimmed RKB Sizzle and Rebecca Burns. They started off with the mares victory under the Grove Pointe banner. Another captivating performer, Lookaway's Hot Ticket and Jim Stewart were named reserve champions after their win the in the stallion and gelding class. A nice class of two-year-olds proved successful for Par-Bets Fascination and David O'Brien as they won the stake for owners Lynn Meyer and Bette Ann Parker.

The classic division at Penn Ohio is always very full and this year was no exception. With nine horses in the Classic Pleasure Saddle Championship, coming off their win at Gold Cup, it was Runnymedes Silhouette and Jeanne Fuelling continuing their streak for owners Mike and Nancy Flower. Royal C Shadow Dancer and Cheryl Brooks were named reserve in the championship for owner Kayla Rorabaugh. Heartmeadow Drambuie and Jaime Proulx won the junior exhibitor stake with Kylee Cochran and HVK Main Look claiming the reserve honors.

The Classic Pleasure Driving Championship saw the black four-year-old, Priceless Jule and Julie Schmidt claiming the tricolors. Nemours Courageous and Anna Rae Proia were named reserve in the competitive championship class for owner Caren Earehart. The junior exhibitor driving stake was also won by Heartmeadow Drambuie and Jaime Proulx while Heritage Elite and Mary Kate Van Dusen was named reserve.

When it was the hunters turn, it was Reserve World Champion Miss Belle Pepper and Kathleen Peeples stepping up to win the Hunter Pleasure Championship from the junior qualifier win for owner Taylor Severino. Renaissance Man and Manya LoCascio were named reserve champion for owner Tonia Hauck. The Amateur Hunter Pleasure Championship was won by Windwards Marianna who is no stranger to the winners circle. Marianna is owned and shown by Lauren DuPont. The reserve amateur hunter was Meadowayne Magic Moment and Lora Lyons. Broadway Hit Parade and Tracy Butkovich won the junior exhibitor hunter stake with WTS Backdraft and Ashley Williams being named reserve champions.

H.L. Kentucky Lil and Kathleen Peeples rode away with the Western Pleasure Championship for owner Holly Seavitt. However, it was Lynn Peeples ride to win the qualifier on the flaxen mare that drew the most attention. PKM Gamborian and Sandra Benko were named to the reserve champion title in the open as well as the amateur competition. It was the dapper team of Talk Of The Town LPS and owner Tom Arnowitz who jogged away as the Amateur Western Pleasure Champions.

The junior western pleasure championship was won by Delaware's Night Life and Amy Reisdorf for owner Jeff Bessey. They also won the junior western pleasure mares class to follow up their winning show at Gold Cup. Reserve in the championship was Aquilas Beyond Courage and Cassandra Vujtech.

Rebecca Burns was quite proud of her roadster Minion Mona Lisa and Tim Roesink as they won the roadster under saddle and roadster to bike classes in a blaze of glory. The newly added AOTR classes were well supported as WLA Medley's Pride and Tina Fedorek won the English pleasure class in this division. The hunter class was won by Meadowayne Magic Moment and Lora Lyons and the western class was won by Muddy Brooks Status Quo and Amy Jo Burroughs.

With entries up from last year, Penn-Ohio was a great way to spend the 4th of July weekend. This show offers great hospitality as well as very high quality horses. Plans are already underway for next years show so mark your calendar for July 4, 5 and 6, 2003.

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