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Pleasure Horses and Equitation Riders Shine At St. Louis



by Claire Panke

LAKE ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Conveniently located in the heart of the nation, the great river city welcomed approximately 300 horses and ponies to the 31st edition of the St. Louis National Charity Horse Show, Sept. 24-27.

Missouri has long been a noted center of Saddlebred activity. Highly regarded local barns were joined by exhibitors from coast to coast, attracted by this enduring event’s tradition of top competition and an impressive variety of national finals for equitation riders and pleasure horses. Coveted national titles offered include the Shatner Western Pleasure World Championships, Saddle & Bridle’s Pleasure Equitation Medallion and Hunter Classic finals plus the America’s Cup Adult Equitation. The regular performance divisions were a bit lighter than in past years, but the show still boasted more than a few world champions, with the amateur three and five-gaited divisions providing two of the most hotly contested championships of the week.

Awaiting St. Louis exhibitors was the National Equestrian Center, situated on the outskirts of the metro area between Lake St. Louis and Wentzville, a fitting venue for a major horse show. Once surrounded by farm fields, the NEC these days is close to excellent hotels, fine dining and upscale shopping. The facility offers a convenient and comfortable environment with hundreds of stalls adjacent to the arenas and practice rings and a glassed-in banquet facility overlooking the show arena. Everything is under roof, so exhibitors needn’t step outdoors. This year’s show, however, enjoyed five days of glorious weather, with sunny afternoons and pleasantly cool evenings.

The show committee did their usual fine job of putting the show’s best foot forward, with the familiar tricolor sponsor emblems dominating the arena, an elaborately landscaped judges’ stand in center ring and the traditional blue bunting adorning the box seat and table areas. Hospitality was not spared, as the show treated exhibitors to several not-to-be-missed parties, including a tempting spread of Italian fare at the Taste of St. Louis fete plus the traditional exhibitors’ party Friday evening. Earlier that night, the show honored two of its own as Saddle and Bridle’s Jeff and Chris Thompson joined their father, William Thompson, in the St. Louis Horse Show Hall Of Fame. Three generations of Thompsons have contributed immeasurably to the success of this show. The youngest generation of the family, 11-year-old Kerri Thompson, made a blue ribbon debut in the academy division at the show.

A new chapter was added to St. Louis this year with the inaugural Saddlebred dressage competition offered Thursday afternoon. This marked the first time a national level show has incorporated separately sanctioned USDF dressage classes for the breed within a traditional Saddlebred show setting, further cementing St. Louis’s stature as a showcase for American Saddlebreds in alternative disciplines.

The St. Louis National Horse Show benefits Longmeadow Rescue Ranch, a worthy charity that specializes in rescuing and rehabilitating large animals, especially horses. It is, in fact, one of the few large animal facilities in the U.S. that can comfortably house and care for large numbers of abused equines. Saturday night’s performance featured a delightful “Parade of Animals”, all survivors of abuse or starvation now enjoying happy, healthy lives courtesy of Longmeadow.

Five-Gaited

Five aggressive duos rode through the gate for the Five-Gaited Championship. Texas showman Jack Magill tore up the ring with hard charging Night Of A Thousand Stars. Winner of the open qualifier, the son of Champagne Fizz earned the unanimous approval of the judges to carry the tricolor home for owner Ann Berger, capping a big stake night for the barn from the Lone Star state. Kenny Smith geared up Scott and Elaine Smith’s attractive Peppermint Kid to a good reserve. Dena Lopez had her Talkin’ To You in good form to take reserve in the open qualifier. Jack Magill had another good winner in the novice class with Leatherwood’s Colors Up from SGF Winning Ways Farm.

One of the division’s most beloved stars, CH Callaway’s Born To Win, made it three years in a row as the grand gelding was flawless for Gayle Lampe to sweep the ladies qualifier and Ladies Five-Gaited Championship. Although this team seems to own the ladies gaited crown at St. Louis, they had to contend with two fine performances from former world champion Silver And Blue, shown by Julie Ann Wroble for two reserves. High Time’s High Roller and Abigail Schaefer took home the top awards in the Junior Exhibitor Five-Gaited qualifier and championship for owner Dr. Patricia Nahn.

The amateur championship was a thrilling match up between two former world champions and a former reserve world champion. CH Callaway’s Banner Headline and Janet Kellet, I’m Something Wicked and Theresa Vonderschmitt and Bluebonnet’s Challenger and Joan Cantrell each had their supporters in this fiercely contested field of nine. When the cards were turned in, an MOS true three-way tie forced a rematch, and back out to the rail the top three went. Ultimately, Banner Headline would not be denied as the teams tied in the order above. In the qualifier, it was the gorgeous I’m Something Wicked and Theresa Vonderschmitt taking the blue, with Bluebonnet’s Challenger and Joan Cantrell hot on their heels for second. In the amateur ladies, Wendy Carney and Majestic’s Top Billing turned in a stellar performance to take the championship. The pair had won the novice rider class earlier in the show. Heir’s Sugar N Spice WRF and Rachel Kufeldt racked off with the reserve in the championship. Betty Swanson and Hip Hop’s New Rhythm took the red in the novice rider.

The young horse classes were light all week but full of quality. Bruce Williams’s Highland Legend made a beauty of a show to take the junior class over Barbara Goodman Manilow’s promising Battle’s Radar and Kenny Smith. The aptly named Such A Sport was just that as he won the Three-Year-Old Five-Gaited for Zach Duffy and owner Chris Kaplan. Shine Down and Tom Scott captured the UPHA Classic for Rum River Farm in their show ring debut, promising more good things to come

Three-Gaited/Park

Jack Magill Stables were taking no prisoners as they continued their tricolor march at St. Louis in the Three-Gaited Championship. Magill teamed Karen Schumate’s leg waiving Mega Star, winner of the novice, to the top honors here. Morgan Wolin made a strong presentation with the ultra elegant ladies mare Audrey Hepburn for reserve. The brilliant champion Romance In New York and Kenny Smith were looking grand to take the open title for Royal Scot Stables. Madeira’s Love and Jennifer Holdren were impressive but settled for second.

The amateur championship proved a highlight of Friday night’s performance, the ring filled end to end with top amateur mounts. The class heated up as two current world champions were clearly in pursuit of the title, putting on exciting exhibitions. After the cards were tabulated, it was a repeat finish of the qualifier, as Manila Thrilla was scintillating for Theresa Vonderschmitt to grab the title, while the outstanding team of Enough About You and Lynda Norman had to be content with the reserve championship. Vonderschmitt made it a walk-trot exacta as she also racked up the amateur ladies championship with the cocky Mr. Center Stage. Andrea Nicole Perry and Gypsy’s Say When marched off with the reserve. Nancy Clark and her handsome Hero’s Forever Ablaze grabbed their first blue ribbon with a fine performance in the amateur novice rider class. Kiss Me Goodnight and Debbie Erickson trotted up for second. Katie Moehler and He’s My Beau brought home the top prizes in the junior exhibitor division.

Lynda Norman’s reserve world champion More Than Enough looked through the bridle and marched a trot to claim the junior class with Todd Miles in the irons. Mark Hulse rode Callaway’s Campaign Manager to the red ribbon. By Undulata’s Nutcracker, Soquili’s Georgia Cracker made an exciting debut to claim the UPHA Classic for Rob Brison and owner Theresa Vonderschmitt. Stacey Kipper rode Promised Love to the second spot.

Tom Galbreath’s lovely Princess Mara, full sister to Sir William Robert, has enjoyed a banner season under the guidance of Mike Roberts Stable and trainer Zach Duffy. They accounted for both the qualifier and championship in the open three-gaited park division. Endolane Top Cat and Lisa Hilmer had the reserve tricolor in the stake, with Tom Scott and We Can Only Hope nabbing the red ribbon in the open. The Amateur Park Championship found Virginia Grundy and In My Sight in fine shape for top honors. Gotcha Covered and Ann Eaker, winners of the qualifier, rode out with the reserve tricolor. Harold Denton and the many times winner CH Shady Creek’s Genius took the red ribbon in the amateur preliminary. The Junior Three-Gaited Park was a nice win for Barbara Manilow’s The New York Look and Kenny Smith, with the up-fronted Shot An A Beer second for Jonelle Gardiner.

Fine Harness

What the fine harness division lacked in numbers, it made up for in quality. Another Asset and Claudia Sipp turned in a pair of their best performances of the season. The elegant pair accounted for the Fine Harness Championship and the amateur qualifier. The beautiful chestnut stallion I’m A Lucky Charm, with Mike Roberts on the lines, trotted out with the open honors, returning for the reserve tricolor in the stake. Hoof Prince, the sporty chestnut entry of Janet Kellet, was the red ribbon winner in the amateur class.

Dena Lopez drove Vickie Keatley and Jennie Graham’s handsome Sir William Robert youngster Bobese to the blue in the junior section. Il Divo trotted away with the first place in the three-year-old class for Robert Gardiner and EquiElegance Ltd. Zach Duffy took the bay Ah What Luck to the top spot in the two-year-old class. Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery is the proud owner of the UPHA Classic winner, Lovely Addition, another future star also under the reinsmanship of Zach Duffy.

Roadster/Ponies

Two good ones returned for the Open Roadster Stake Saturday night. Judy MacNeish loves speed and loves her roadsters. She had Invincible Summer ripping through the turns and down the straight-aways to claim the open and stake. Bristle N and Katie Coup turned in two convincing drives to be reserve. McNeish also claimed both amateur roadster events with the flashy Thunderbolt.

Kent Swalla sped away with the open and roadster pony championship with The Man for Stacey Swalla. Surprize Surprize and Donna Whatley took both blues in the amateur road pony section. Madison Pope and Desert Light garnered the AHHS Youth Medallion Roadster. Stacey Swalla was on the lines as Heartland Little Gem stepped off with the tricolor in the Hackney Pleasure Driving Championship. Settling for reserve were Portrait Of A Lady and Barbara Pippin, good winners of the preliminary.

Show Pleasure

Betts Coup wore a big smile as she teamed Callaway’s Dealbreaker to a pair of perfect performances in Five-Gaited Pleasure Championship and qualifier, beating a nice field of pleasure mounts for unanimous wins in this division. Grabbing the reserve championship were Janet Thompson and her speedy Quidditch, with She’s Gone Blond and Callie Smith turning in a polished ride to take the red ribbon the qualifier. Betty Swanson got the blue aboard Stonewall’s Nagano in the novice rider section.

The three-gaited adult division proved most competitive with several accomplished veterans in the spotlight. After a red ribbon in the adult class, Becky Taggart gave the elegant dark chestnut CH She Bop a fantastic ride to carry the championship title back to Texas. Reserve in the stake, the bold bay My One Night Stand made a perfect show for owner Lisa Schlessinger for a well-earned blue ribbon in the adult class for riders 40 and over. Betts Coup teamed Unanimous Consent for a polished performance, earning a good blue ribbon in the 18-39 section. The colorful Stonecroft Serengetti and Kristen Pettry turned in an eye-catching performance to take the reserve. In the novice rider class, Sarah Keil was a thrilled winner with her personality-plus Perazzi in fine form. Frigid Heir and Kristin Laufer took home the red ribbon.

The colorful CH Laguardia made two good trips to the winner’s circle for Meridyth Munns. This many times champion received two bold rides from his young owner to nab the 13 & under and the junior exhibitor championship. Another good team from the younger age group, Champagne’s Prince Charming and Samantha Peterson, brought home the reserve tricolor for Tracy and Bob Feller. Callaway’s High Expectations and Jerrah Biggerstaff had a good go as they trotted away with the red ribbon in the 13 and under. Local Girl and Hannah Wiseman had the right stuff to bring home the blue in the 14-17, with Show Me The Town and Megan Hulse catching the reserve. The 10 and under walk-trot pleasure division saw a very happy Madison Pope and SS Wings Of Color capturing both events. Reserve were CH Simbara’s Samba Jamba and cute Samantha Schaefer.

Michele Macfarlane brought only two horses to St. Louis, but they were two of the very best in their respective divisions. The spotted Doctor Zhivago presented a beautiful sight in the pleasure driving and championship, the lofty going gelding never putting an ear back. With unanimous consent of the judges, the current world champion and Macfarlane drove away with the qualifier and the championship. Callaway’s Queen Of Crimson and Susan Aschenbrenner were rewarded for their pair of fine performances, getting the call for second in these two classes. The B section of the preliminary was a blue ribbon drive for CH Callaway’s Crown Jewel and Lowell Holden, followed by Walterway’s High Enough and Kathleen Rhoades. Red Headed Rachel and Angela Garza took the blue home in the ASHAF Youth Pleasure Driving Challenge.

Todd Perkins had the striking grey Ghost Of A Gypsy on his game to win the Park Pleasure Championship in fine style for Dede Disbrow. Mac’s Blue Attack, the talented property of Bullet Concrete Material Inc., was given a strong ride by trainer Max Ciampoli to grab the blue ribbon in the open class. Erica Mundt teamed the appealing Mr. Bigglesworth to the top spot in the amateur division, with Rescue Me and Paula Hildebrand following in the second slot. Making two exciting shows at St. Louis, Fox Grape’s Forever Yours was perfect for Jennifer Holdren to capture the UPHA Classic and the Junior Park Pleasure Championship for Fox Grape Farm. Ashley Wilson had Steven Chancellor’s stylish Imagine My Surprise marching a trot to capture the junior class. Callaway’s Cumulus and Amanda Simpson took the reserve spot here and in the championship for owners John and Susan Aschenbrenner. Owned by Virginia and Kristen Naros, Bella Diva was ridden by Tom Scott to the red ribbon in the Classic.

Country Pleasure

The English division sported two strong classes of adult entries. Expertly shown by Joan Cantrell for her sister Jan Myers, the long necked bay gelding Matrix accounted for a pair of convincing wins in the championship and adult class. Stepping up for reserve honors with two good performances was Worthy One’s Party Dude and owner-rider Megan Mahoney. The amateur-owner-trainer class went to Marjorie Phelps’s Talk Of The Day, shown by Jean Mutrux, looking poised and confident. The Pace Giver and Barbara Southgate took the red ribbon. In the midst of a great show season, Thomas Gordon and Kiley Lawrence added two more pleasure perfect rides to their resume as they visited the winner’s circle in the junior exhibitor qualifier and championship. Desert’s Supreme Cowboy, shown by the remarkable Frances Neunuebel, made his young owner very happy with the reserve championship. SL Guardian and Corie Allen got the nod for second in the junior exhibitor class.

The accomplished team of Rita Diekroeger and her up-front chestnut gelding Ollie By Golly have won every championship they’ve entered in 2008. They kept their remarkable record intact by capturing the tricolor in the pleasure driving championship. Reserve in the championship went to Katy Holden and Rare One. Pratense Farm’s Special Material gave a polished performance to garner the blue for Sally Jo Briney in the qualifier. From the Palmer Stables, Betty Swanson and her Ann Bradstreet racked away with the blue ribbons in the five-gaited qualifier and championship. Worthy One’s Sensational Rose and Brooke Graham were second.

Hunter/Western/Dressage

No doubt about it, the Saddlebred western pleasure horse is truly king at St. Louis. The show is more than the “Louisville” of the western and hunter divisions, it’s a unique celebration of the versatility of the American Saddlbred. Saddle & Bridle has nurtured these divisions for many years, and St. Louis has given them a venue worthy of their status. The show offers a large and comprehensive selection of divisional classes, plus 2009 qualifiers, in addition to the all important Shatner and Hunter Classic finals. These events attract not only the best western and hunter horses from across the country vying for top titles, but they also draw hopefuls for whom participation in the finals is its own reward, with a top 10 finish the thrill of a lifetime. It seems the quality grows deeper each year for the western division. In 2008, there was a new depth in the hunter division, plus the very welcome addition of the Saddlebred dressage division.

Making the long trip from California worthwhile, CH Like Thunder looked stunning under western tack for owner-rider Michele Macfarlane. The current Kentucky State Fair Invitational World’s Champion prevailed over all with a trio of wins in the ladies, the Western Pleasure Championship and the Shatner Western Pleasure World’s Championship. The title was no walkover, as a formidable field of 15 western champions, representing virtually every part of the U.S. were on hand to make this championship truly a test of the best. Finishing as reserve world champions was the remarkably versatile pair of Kansas City and Beth Oliver. This beautiful seal bay gelding had just triumphed in the Hunter Classic finals the night before. Grabbing the third spot was the popular, many times champion from Illinois, Super Rooster, for Lisa McClaren and Superoo LLC. Rounding out the top four were the stars from Denver, Charismatic and David Bruce. Completing the top 10 in order were In the Zone and Susan Honkamp, Braveheart Of Silver Oaks and Kim Gallenberg, Royal Crest’s Dancing On Stones and Susan Hoskins, Champagne’s Treasure and Barbara Southgate, High Alpine and Claudia Gardner Sipp and Harry Spotter and Paul Price.

The Country Pleasure Western Championship was also a beautiful class, offering an intriguing preview of the Shatner Finals to come. Following CH Like Thunder was the most promising duo of Smith And Wesson and Kim Gallenberg, impressive winners of the Western Pleasure Prospect and reserve again to Like Thunder in the second section of the ladies class. Taking well to his new division, Divine Memory took second honors for Autumn Hunt Harrier in the prospect class.

Capturing the blue in the first ladies section was the impeccable performance of Braveheart Of Silver Oaks and Kim Gallenberg. Charming Promises and Joetta Smith jogged away with the red ribbon. The gentlemen’s class showed off the talents of Charismatic and David Bruce, followed by Spirit In Motion and Neil Thorpe. Charismatic also grabbed the top spot in the “A” section of the Shatner class, qualifying early for 2009. Kansas City and Beth Jones qualified by winning the “B” group. Top spot in the novice rider class went to More Than Words and a happy Brooke Jones for Kati Yaverski; this previewed their reserve championship in the Shatner Junior Exhibitor Western Finals. The colorful Harry Spotter and Paul Price took the red ribbon back to Kentucky in the novice rider. The amateur-owner-trainers took center stage as Sedona Red and Mary Strohfus’s polished performance accounted for the blue ribbon over Champagne’s Treasure and Barbara Southgate.

The western junior exhibitor division was dominated by entries owned by Linda Wallen and shown by Corie Allen. Allen’s first trip to the show ring six years ago was on a western Saddlebred, and the experience instilled in her the goal of winning at St. Louis, a feat she achieved twice in 2008 – first in the western junior exhibitor class with SL Guardsman, and next in the Shatner Junior Exhibitor Finals with I Told You. Comanche Kid and Stephanie West jogged out with the red ribbon in the junior exhibitor class.

The working western horses faced daunting courses of obstacles to earn their rewards. Kansas City and Beth Oliver took the blue ribbon back to Michigan in the 2009 qualifier. Outmaneuvering the rest of a dexterous field, the versatile pair of Red Hot Mama and Carrie Kessler was victorious in the Saddle & Bridle Working Western Championship for Bob Mulinex. Kansas City had to settle for the reserve this time. Winsdown Diamond Dee and Char Sondrall had the top ride in the Open Trail, followed by Red Hot Mama and Carol Jones.

The Saddle & Bridle Hunter Classic Championship featured a roster of 15 handsomely turned out contenders returning for the national final. After an impressive display of gaits on the flat, each entry was required to jump a fence individually. Winning for the fourth year in row was the truly outstanding champion Kansas City and Beth Oliver. The picture of Saddlebred quality and refinement, this multi-titled gelding has been a star of the hunter and western divisions since 2003. This marked the fifth time Kansas City and Oliver have won the Classic Finals. Close on their heels were the Hunter Classic Reserve National Champions, the celebrated team of Callaway’s Scoop The News and Kristen Pettry for Royal Scot Stables. Since specializing in hunter classes, this pair has won bushels of blue ribbons throughout the Midwest. Third in the final was Color Me Proud and Grace Meyer, a team that has excelled over fences as well as on the flat. The pretty Good Deal and Kim Moore once again proved their mettle to take fourth. Completing the top 10 were AF Color Creation and Megan Mahoney, Caraman and Erica Mundt, Manhattan’s Review and Rebecca Babcock, Choir Boy’s Bay Knight and Joni Keith, King’s Lady In Black and Tom Neese and Winter Jazz and Leta Corwin.

The Country Hunter Championship class was a repeat win from 2007 for the top team of Callaway’s Scoop The News and Kristen Pettry, as Manhattan’s Review, a star in the dressage arena on Thursday morning, earned the reserve championship. The lovely grey mare Rose Of Windhaven and Katherine Krahenbuhl were very impressive to score the blue ribbons in the Hunter Over Fences and Hunter Seat Classic events, as well as the Country Pleasure Hunter. A mild case of colic prevented this mare from showing back in the Hunter Classic Championship. Man About Campus, who was also a strong performer in the dressage competition, scored a good red ribbon in the over fences class with Elizabeth Hoffman in the irons. Kansas City gathered up the reserve in the 2009 Hunter Seat Classic, while Good Deal got the nod for second in the Country Hunter Pleasure. The Hunter Prospect was a blue ribbon ride for Baily Knapp and Winsdown Forbes Field.

Incorporating Saddlebred dressage classes at St. Louis was a large step in the right direction for promoting this discipline within the framework of the Saddle Horse fraternity. Open to full and half-breds, the show offered Introductory through 4th Level tests, scored by a USDF judge. Man About Campus and Elizabeth Hoffman brought home the blues in the Introductory tests, plus the Training Level Test 1. Jonelle Gardiner showed her homebred Majestic Is She to a second place in Tests 1 and 3. Manhattan’s Review scored well for Rebecca Babcock to take Training Level Tests 2 and 3. Paula Jo Briney, a force in promoting Sadldebreds as sport horses, brought a strong group to St. Louis for customers and Pratense Farm. Varoom and Briney took top prize in the First Level Tests 1 and 4. Pratense Regel Heir and Briney were the high scores in the 2nd Training Level Test 2 and Test 4. Pratense Rejoice and Chynna Schreyer were the runners up at this level. Glenknoll’s Golden Glory was the winner in the 2nd Level Test 1 for Vicki Scafe. Moving up to 4th Level, Wings Of Motion and Liz Drew had the score for owner Patti Gaines.

Equitation

St. Louis offers one of the most important jewels in the equitation crown, the Saddle & Bridle Pleasure Medallion finals. Each of the national equitation championships retains a distinct identity and emphasis. In the Medallion Championships that emphasis would be equally on rail work and individual workouts, with the riders performing rail work and patterns in both phases. One of the nice touches of these finals is that the judges’ scores are held up for all to see after each rider’s workout, making it easier for the audience to follow the drama of competition.

The three-judge panel thoroughly tested the senior division, with demanding patterns that encompassed straight line tests on and off the rail, circles, diagonals, diamonds and riding without irons. Passing all tests with aplomb and precision was Deanna Lanigan, instructed by Scott and Carol Matton. Since acquiring Oh What A Feeling as her mount this season, this multi-titled national and world’s champion has blossomed from a top rider into one of the division’s most exciting stars. Outstanding scores in both phases of her rail work and workouts assured Lanigan of the Pleasure Medallion Senior Championship. Petite Mallory Hartigan rode boldly on the rail and strongly in her workouts for the second highest score. Instructed by Dale Arnston and Julie Ann Wroble, Hartigan’s determination brought her a deserving reserve championship. Elena Breeden was elegant and assured to grab the third spot, followed by (in order): Katie Kirkland, Cori O’Brien, Kristen Gardner, Amberly Hines, Amanda LeBlanc and Sarah Hinds.

The junior pleasure equitation division has been oddly light throughout 2008. Nevertheless, five top 13 and under riders came to compete at St. Louis. Fresh from her win in the UPHA Junior Pleasure Challenge Cup Finals at Indianapolis, Abigail Mutrux showed skill and maturity far beyond her 12 years. Instructed by Lillian Shively and Team DeLovely, the confident Mutrux and her striking mount Blackboard were the decisive winners of the Junior Pleasure Medallion. She and her mother, Jean Mutrux, celebrated by riding to hounds on Saturday morning. The reserve rider here was also reserve at Indianapolis. Allison Schuh rode the hair off her mount on the rail and in her patterns to capture the reserve junior championship. Schuh is guided by Scott and Carol Matton at Knollwood. Elegant Nadine van Zomeren, trained by mom Renee Van Zomeren, claimed third, followed by Margeux Walker and Darcy Ozer.

Displaying great poise in her workouts and confidence on the rail, Morgan Wolin stylishly won the America’s Cup Adult Championship and the Adult Equitation. Eliza Payne showed strong horsemanship to grab the reserve titles in these two events.

Callie Smith was a picture of grace and style, taking the top spot in the 14-17 and Senior Saddle Seat Championship. Petite Hunter Chancellor, a standout in her 13 and under age group, nailed her workout to also bring home the tricolor in junior championship. Lauren Brannon earned a good red ribbon in the 13 and under. The NHS Good Hands was an assured win for Belle Owen, who teamed her fiery mare to a perfect workout. Macey Joan Miles handily annexed a pair of blue ribbons in the UPHA 10 & Under Walk & Trot Equitation Championship much to Team DeLovely’s approval. Well suited to her mount, Katie Williams rode to the blue ribbon in the UPHA Challenge Cup. Caroline Moeller looked picture perfect aboard Virtual Volcano as she went to the winner’s circle in the UPHA Pleasure Challenge Cup and Pleasure Medallion.

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