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River Ridge Rocks!



by Megan McClure

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Full of many firsts, the River Ridge Charity Horse Show provided an exciting week for horse show participants and patrons. For countless new teams, this was their first opportunity to come together in the show ring. For many young horses, this marked the first trip off the farm and onto a "stage." River Ridge also marked the first horse show with the Masters division for American Saddlebreds with both a Three- and Five-Gaited class offered. Intended for amateur riders over 50 years of age, the Masters division is judged as any other amateur class and has been on the Morgan circuit for years. Judge Tom Bombolis presided over the Saddlebred classes while Judge Nancy Becker tied the Morgan, Equitation and all breed divisions. The classes at this year’s River Ridge were not only competitive but extremely full. Both the Amateur and Ladies Three-Gaited divisions, as well as the Amateur Five-Gaited had well over ten entries. The Adult Three-Gaited Show Pleasure division had to be split into two championships. Clearly the River Ridge Horse Show is doing its job in attracting a large number of barns to attend year after year. It seems as though the sky is the limit for the River Ridge Horse Show.

Earning the first stake win of her career, Catalyst’s Blonde Ambition made the final victory pass at this year’s River Ridge Charity Horse Show. A full sister to the World’s Champion Catalyst’s Work of Art, Blonde Ambition never put a foot out of place as trainer Jim Lowry put her through her paces. The KC’s Dream LLC entry also won the Five-Gaited Mare class Wednesday morning. CH Red Flame Thrower returned to the open ranks with Clark Clouse in the irons to be named the Five-Gaited Reserve Grand Champion and Five-Gaited Stallion/Gelding Reserve Champion. Barbara Goodman Manilow owns this spirited gelding.

In the Five-Gaited Stallion/Gelding qualifier, it was Fox Grape’s Dauntless and Steve Wheeler who caught the judge’s eye to become the champion. A true "home-bred horse" Dauntless is by owner Fox Grape’s Farms stallion WC (SA) Dorian Wild Temper and out of their two time World’s Grand Champion mare CH Garland’s Dream.

Another one of Wild Temper’s progeny had a winning show at River Ridge. Our African Violet was named the Ladies Five-Gaited Grand Champion and qualifying reserve champion with Dr. Owen Weaver in the irons for Fox Grape Farms. In their debut show, Bluebonnet’s Challenger and Barbara Gaynor trotted and racked away with the reserve tricolor.

In their only appearance at the show, Twice the Dice and trainer Tammy DeVore were the ones to beat in the Ladies Five-Gaited Pink Ribbon class Friday night.

The Amateur Five-Gaited classes could easily have been considered some of the most competitive of the show with all of the entries being able to win on a given day. When the dust settled, it was Catamaran and Laurel Nelson who were called out for the tricolor to go with the blue they were awarded in the Amateur Stallion/Gelding class. Taking reserve in both of those exciting classes was Hey Joe with hard riding Cydni Simmons. After putting in two thrilling performances, this team earned themselves the appreciation of the crowd.

Trainer Clark Clouse met his team of Roseridge’s I Will and Maryta Montgomery in the winner’s circle in the Amateur Five-Gaited Mare class. Trotting out with the reserve ribbon was the eye-catching team of Into The Blue and Erin Obenauf.

SJ Space Buccaneer and Joellen Fisher Blount made their way to the winner’s circle in the first Five-Gaited Masters class under the direction of Melinda Moore. Taking the reserve ribbon was the many times champion, CH Colonel Hoss and Harold Denton, Jr.

Tyler DeVore topped the Junior Exhibitor Five-Gaited Championship for the second year in a row. Last year he was aboard Rebel Rooster, this year it was Juice Box who wore tricolor on his bridle. This white-faced gelding is owned by Margaret Lane Allen and trained by Tyler’s mother, Tammy. The reserve tricolor went back to the Kierson Farm tack room with the tried and true Heirrison Ford and his rider Morgan Billig. In the qualifying event, these teams were tied in reverse order with Morgan and her grey gelding taking the blue.

Legend of Troy and Melinda Moore trotted and racked their way around the arena to be called out as the winner’s in the Novice Five-Gaited class for proud owner Poser Farm. Delores Vera Blankenship’s entry Harlem in New York received the red ribbon with trainer Todd Graham in the irons.

One of the most talked about horses of the show was the Junior Five-Gaited Champion Stewie Griffin. By Designed and out of the World Champion producing mare Callaway’s Goodness Gracious, this marked this dark colt’s first appearance in the show ring. Todd Graham presented the Tannehill Farm LLC’s entry to the delight of the crowd. Taking reserve was Blazing Sevens and Mike Richardson for owner Nancy Ehle.

Tiffany Wheeler showcased Mike and Sarah Crane’s Liquid Courage to take the blue in the UPHA Three-Year-Old Five-Gaited Classic.

The flashy Little Hot Spot took home the blue in the Five-Gaited Pony class with Annabel Kippi Noe riding for owner Karen Grady Carver.

Trotting away with the Three-Gaited Grand Championship was Windgate’s Lady Lorraine with trainer Morgan Reiser riding for owner Windgate Farm. This bay mare and her rider were also called out as the reserve champions in the Open Three-Gaited qualifying event. Limit Three-Gaited Champion, A Sweet Inspiration and Chris Reiser rode away with the reserve tricolor ribbon for proud owner Carolyn Stuart.

Renaissance Reveler and Clark Clouse were able to hang the Open Three-Gaited blue back at the Clouse Stables’ tack room after a good performance for owner Harold Denton, Jr.

Going two for two in the very competitive Ladies Three-Gaited division was Sir Robin Hood and Rose Hochner. This show marked the beginning of their first full season together and, if River Ridge is any indication, this team has a lot to look forward to. Reserve in both classes went to the Tri-Color Ventures gelding Designed for Blue with Deborah Visser catch-riding.

Autumn Hills Farm garnered another tricolor ribbon at River Ridge, this time in the Amateur Three-Gaited Grand Championship with the beautiful bay mare Angel Innocence and Laura Dozer Elliot. CH Heir To A Star and Sharla Deuschle trotted away with the reserve tri-color after earning the Amateur Master Three-Gaited class earlier in the week.

In the qualifying event, Deborah Visser could again be found catch riding. This time she was aboard the punchy Zensation, who she piloted to the winner’s circle for Mount Saddlebreds. CH His Supreme Reflection and Jacqueline Manzo seemed to enjoy their debut in a new division as they rode away with the red ribbon on Thursday night.

Harold Denton, Jr. earned his second red ribbon in the Masters division, this time aboard his own He’s A Jim Dandy in the Three-Gaited division.

Paige Klee was all smiles as she was announced as the winner in the Junior Exhibitor Three-Gaited Championship aboard In A Minute. Reserve Grand Champion CH Kalarama’s Shiraz move into the trimmed division proved to be a successful one as he and rider Drew Taylor Hewitt rode away with the reserve tri-color.

In the Junior Exhibitor qualifying class, Miss Believin and owner/rider Christine Oser caught the judge’s eye to win the blue. Show Material and Emily Chapman received the reserve tie under the direction of the team at Zubrod Stables.

In the Novice Three-Gaited class, Melvin Miller directed Abraxus to the reserve placing for owner John Melville.

Todd Graham again had a junior winner at River Ridge. In the Junior Three-Gaited event, he presented the Nichol’s Family Farm colt Callaway’s Dancing In The Dark to win. Arrowhead assistant Kelly Self rode Joellen Fisher Blount’s Flirtatiously to trot away with the red ribbon.

Last year’s Two Year Old In-Hand World Champion, Passionut made her under saddle debut to win the UPHA Three Year Old Three-Gaited Classic with Steve Wheeler in the irons for the Bernice Cornette Living Trust.

Making their debut together, Manahattan’s Irish Cream and Alexis Landreth swept the Three-Gaited Pony division to take home the tricolor and blue. Tammy DeVore trains this explosive team. Reserve in both classes went to the cute mare The Belle Heiress with Channing McWilliams catch riding. Taylor Creek Stables owns this full sister the many times champion CH French Silk Stockings.

My Domain earned himself the Three-Gaited Park Grand Championship tri-color in his first under saddle show ring appearance. Trainer Mike McIntosh was in the saddle for owner Roselane Farm. The always-exciting Nutcracker Ballerina earned the reserve tie for Harold Denton, Jr. As always, trainer Clark Clouse was aboard.

Renee Zubrod piloted Renaissance Rose to the blue in the Three-Gaited Park qualifying class for proud owners Kyland and Carol Graham. Thunder Over The Amazon and Chris Reiser received the red ribbon for owner Tina Stodd.

Imperiaptor went two for two in the Amateur Three-Gaited Park division with owner Laurel Nelson in the saddle. Trainer Mitch Clark met this nice team in the winner’s circle. The well-matched team of Brookhill’s Periday and James Sigmon took the reserve tricolor back to the Clouse Stables tack room after a very fine performance. Lisa L. Mazey presented her own CF Prowler’s Rare Affair to bring home the red ribbon in the qualifying event.

Lawman entered the Junior Exhibitor Three-Gaited Park division to much success as he made his way down victory lane in the Grand Championship class. Drew Taylor Hewitt presented this nice gelding for owner Tri-Color Ventures. CH Fox Grape’s Forever Yours and Elizabeth Ververeli rode away with the Reserve Grand Championship title under the direction of Kierson Farm. In the qualifying event, the order was reversed with Fox Grape’s Forever Yours earning the blue and Lawman taking reserve.

In the Junior Three-Gaited Park class it was Callaway’s Down In Brazil who was announced as the champion with trainer Todd Graham in the irons for owner Tannehill Farms LLC. Ask Me Why and Nelson Green earned the reserve ribbon for Rigby’s Green Farm LLC and Juan Castillo.

Melinda Moore presented Lady O’Lydia to become the Fine Harness Grand Champion and Champion in her return to the division. Joellen Fisher Blount owns this quality mare. Reserve in both classes went to the current Junior Mare World’s Champion Madison Brown in her debut in the open division. Trainer Bob Phillips was at the lines for Faydelle Schott.

Park trotting out of the ring with the Amateur Fine Harness Grand Championship title was the bold going team of Steel The Moment and Linda Beltz. Trainer Nelson Green headed up this team who also won the Ladies Fine Harness qualifying class. Reserve Grand Championship honors were awarded to the Amateur Fine Harness winner She’s Like The Wind with Clayton Caldwell at the lines for Etta Caldwell.

Reserve in the Ladies Fine Harness event went to HS She Be Bad with owner Jacqueline Hawkes driving. It was Can’t Catch Me and Betsey Reynolds who received the reserve tie in the Amateur Fine Harness class.

The Junior Fine Harness class on Friday morning certainly wasn’t one to miss. Even though there were only two entries, they both put on quite a show for the crowd. In the end it was the blonde Our Brilliant Belle and trainer Jim Taylor who took the title in their harness debut. Well-known Arabian trainer Tim Shea owns this nice mare. In only his second show ring appearance, True Fortune created a buzz to take the red ribbon. Cindy Maloney was driving for proud owners Frank and Iris James.

Current Two-Year-Old Three-Gaited World’s Champion Vienna Waltz started the year off right as she was announced as the UPHA Three-Year-Old Fine Harness Classic Champion with Melinda Moore in the buggy for owner/breeder Joellen Fisher Blount. By Undulata’s Nutcracker and out of the champion mare Tordaado’s Tidal Wave, this nice filly proves to be competitive in any division. The Northern Blues son Majestic Blues and Phil Price were reserve for Judith Grimm.

Regal’s Lightning Strike LF, the current Reserve National Champion, swept the Open Road Pony classes at River Ridge as he and owner Josh Greer raced away with the tricolor and blue. Heartland Breaking News, a champion pony for many years, moved into the road pony division to become the Reserve Grand Champion with Holli Hayes in the bike. This nice pony also won the Junior Exhibitor Road Pony blue with Kirstie Buerkley driving.

Reserve in the Open qualifying class was To Be Or Not To Be and Connie Smith for owner Beth B. Jones.

Speeding off with both the Amateur Road Pony tricolor and blue was the team of Lieutenant Dan and Georgia Blevins. Trainer Rich Campbell met this team in the winner’s circle. Reserve both times out went to Wild Turkey JF with owner Keith Johnson presenting.

Dimitri and Holli Hayes caught Judge Bombolis’s eye in the Novice Road Pony class as they took home the blue for owner George Burgy. Josh Greer piloted his own Heartland Independence to become the reserve champions.

Tom Feidler’s entry Crystal Creek’s Foxnomenal topped the UPHA Three Year Old Road Pony Classic on Thursday morning. It was a special moment as trainer and driver Juan Rios was wearing the silks of Tim Lydon, Maureen Campbell’s late father. It’s a touching way for those who are no longer with us to continue to be a presence in our lives. Semair’s American Made and Matthew Schuckert earned the reserve ribbon for owner Dr. Mark Hyatt.

Pure Country and Lexie Flint started the season off right as they sped away with the blue in the Road Pony Under Saddle Stake for proud owners and parents Dr. Robert and Melissa Flint. Craycroft Marksman and Taylor Boyer were the reserve champions for owner Cameron Boyer.

In the Amateur Harness Pony division, it was Go Daddy who could be found in the winner’s circle in the grand championship class. Owner Donna Jean Zimmerman directed her pony to take the Open Harness Pony Champion title as well. Reserve Grand Championship honors went to the Amateur Harness Pony Reserve Champion Mi Leonardo and Linda Lewis.

Trainer Lindsay Lavery drove Emperor LF to receive the red ribbon in the Open Harness Pony class for owner Kathy Buente.

Heartland Flirtation returned to the Harness Pony division to become the Amateur Champion with Mia Blevins Morris at the lines for Blevins Farm.

Current Hackney Pony World’s Grand Champion CH Heartland Fortune Maker showed everyone why he owns that title as he put on a show to become the Open Hackney Pony Champion and Grand Champion. Bob Phillips presented this incredible pony for Faydelle Schott. Reserve both times out went to Bella Donna Fine and Jim McInsotsh for proud owner Linda Lewis.

Also a current World’s Champion, Heartland Rough and Ready proved to be a dominating force at River Ridge as he was the AHHSF Adult Amateur Hackney Pony Champion in his only appearance. Very proud owner Toni Nastali presented this fine pony to the winner’s circle. CH The Final Contender and Linda Lewis put in a good drive to become the reserve champions.

Toni Nastali’s other entry, Regal’s Auctioneer LF took home the blue in the UPHA Three Year Old Hackney Pony Classic with Holli Hayes presenting. Kilbro’s Crystal Image and Jim McIntosh earned the reserve tie for Stephen and William Kildow.

Blevins Farm continued their successful show as their champion entry Early Edition trotted away with the Hackney/Harness Pony Pleasure Driving Grand Champion and Champion titles. Georgia Blevins presented under the direction of the team at Majestic Oaks Farm. The Royal Winds Farm trained team Hawkeye’s Seven Eleven and Carissa Marshall were the reserve grand champions. The flashy Holly Go Lightly and Lynn Hutchinson received the red ribbon in the qualifying class for James and Helen Rosburg.

Portrait Of A Lady and Alexis Lewis had the ring to themselves in the Junior Exhibitor Hackney/Harness Pleasure Pony class.

Craycroft Crimson In Clover and David Estes made the victory pass in the UPHA Three Year-Old-Hackney Pleasure Driving Pony event for owner Dr. Mark Hyatt.

In the Hackney/Harness Park Pleasure Driving Pony championship, it was Romeo’s Best Girl LF and Renee Lavery who could be found in the winner’s circle for owner Kathy Buente. Dun Haven Truly Impressive and Donna Jean Zimmerman earned the reserve tricolor. In the qualifying event, the placings were reversed with Truly Impressive earning the blue.

Former World’s Champion Heartland Showboat swept the Hackney/Harness Country Pleasure Driving Pony division. He and Jackie Hammond took home the tri-color and blue. Reserve in both classes went to A Touch Of Magic and Faye Johnson for owner Christina Brown.

It was hard to miss the big and bay Treasures In The Park in the Adult Five-Gaited Show Pleasure Championship despite the high number of competitive entries. He and rider Karen Blankenship Shumate were in all the right places to be announced as the grand champion under the direction of Todd Graham of Royal Winds Farm. The cute and punchy Billy Deluxe and Cece Hagan trotted and racked their way to the reserve grand championship title to go with the red ribbon they earned earlier in the week.

Just Heavenly topped the 11-entry qualifying event to become the Adult Five-Gaited Show Pleasure Champion. Trainer Clark Clouse met owner and rider Harold Denton, Jr. in the winner’s circle after this exciting class.

Drew Taylor Hewitt continued her winning streak as she hustled Boxers and Chaps around the arena and became the Junior Exhibitor Five-Gaited Show Pleasure Grand Champion for the Barbara H. Gaynor Living Trust. The many times champion CH Already Famous trotted out with the reserve grand championship title with owner Sierra Comer in the irons.

The qualifying class found two different teams taking the top titles. In their debut together and his debut in the pleasure division, Millionheir’s Row and Alexis Landreth took home the blue under the DeVore Stables banner. Harlem’s Class Act was named the reserve champion with Tyler DeVore catch riding for Cheryl Innis.

In his show ring debut, Fire It Up became a star as he bested a good field of horses in both the Park Pleasure Grand Championship and Open classes. Out of the World’s Champion mare Annie Up, this nice stallion is owned by breeder James W. Orr of Lee’s Summit, MO. Miracle On Forty-Second Street and Matt Shiflet trotted away with the reserve tricolor for owner Miracle Stables. In the qualifying event, My Sweet and Tammy DeVore were named the reserve champions for proud owner Cece Hagan.

Bethany Burke presented her own Caper’s Impressive to the blue in the Amateur Park Pleasure event. Love Happens earned the red ribbon with owner Diana Whitinger in the irons.

Jim Lowry again made his way to the winner’s circle in the Park Pleasure division. This time it was with Heir It Out in the Novice Park Pleasure class. Margaret Strano owns this fancy gelding. Paladin’s Desert Supreme and Mike McIntosh received the reserve champion title for James Bonds Stables.

The black and beautiful Double Black Diamond took the blue in the Junior Park Pleasure class with Melinda Moore. Reserve in last year’s ASR Three-Year-Old Park Pleasure Futurity, this nice colt has a bright future ahead of him for owner Joellen Fisher Flount. Kalarama’s McSteamy and James Stachowski trotted away with reserve ribbon for wife Shawn.

Absolutely Alison and top Morgan trainer Kurt Hufferd bested the field in the UPHA Three-Year-Old Park Pleasure class. Kurt not only trains this nice filly but bred her as well. Lainie Be Good and Steve Wheeler were called out as the reserve champions in this nice class for owner Mary Jane Meanor.

Lindsay Lavery showcased Holy Water to become the Park Pleasure Driving Champion for R.C. Deuschle Inc.

The Adult Three-Gaited Show Pleasure division was so competitive that the there had to be a second championship added on Saturday night. In Section A, Santa Ana Wind’s trip from North Carolina proved to be worthwhile as he took Stacey Halloran to the winner’s circle. This Matt Shiflet trained team earned the reserve tie in the Adult Show Pleasure qualifier earlier in the week. Quite Delightful lived up to his name as he became the Reserve Grand Champion with Cathy Schueler in the irons for she and Mitch Schueler.

The Section B tricolor was given to the Novice Show Pleasure Horse Champion Stonecroft First Request with good riding Emily Abbott up for Dr. Margaret Tirkes. Undulata’s Fashion Plate and Piper Granger Bordegon made their debut at River Ridge a successful one. The Sugar Knoll Farm trained team trotted out of the arena with the Section B reserve grand championship to go along with their qualifying blue.

The Grand Master proved that he still has what it takes to remain at the top of the show pleasure division. He and owner/rider Mary McWilliams left River Ridge as the Junior Exhibitor Three-Gaited Show Pleasure Grand Champions and 14-17 Champions under the direction of Reiser Stables. O Man Alive and Julianna Lowery moved up in the ribbons to become the Reserve Grand Champions. Our Queen Of Everything and owner/rider Madison Bartha took home the red ribbon in the 14-17 qualifier.

The Junior Exhibitor Three-Gaited Show Pleasure 13 & Under Champion was Calibogue Charm with Delaney Webb riding for Morgan Reiser Stables LLC. Tribal Chief and owner Katelyn Crips were the reserve champions.

Cathie Simmons showed that her daughter Cydni isn’t the only one in the family who can show a horse. In the Novice Rider Three-Gaited Show Pleasure event, she bested the field with her new horse Captain Kangaroo taking the blue ribbon back to Burlington, Ky. Ziggy Pop pranced out of the arena with the reserve tie for owner and rider Robin Gould.

Winsdown Day Trader and Erin Obenauf left the ring as the Novice Three-Gaited Show Pleasure Reserve Champions for Saddle & Bridle Magazine of St. Louis, MO.

CH A Cinderalla Story continued to be the "belle of the ball" in the Show Pleasure driving division. Last year’s World’s Champions of Champions, this wonderful mare took two victory passes at River Ridge to be the Show Pleasure Driving Grand Champion and Champion with Karrie Graham at the lines. Worthy’s Alright Son and Meagan Hensler were called out as the reserve grand champions in the large championship class. In his first season in the pleasure division, Cherished King is proving to be a contender has he added the Show Pleasure Driving Reserve Champion title to his already impressive resume. Virginia Stanley was at the whip for owner Payton Lynn Walker.

HV Act Again and Mollie Kregor made the victory pass in the ASHA Junior Exhibitor Show Pleasure Driving Challenge class for owner Sally Duggan.

A champion in Park, Show Pleasure and now Country Pleasure, CH Ninety Eight Degrees never quits. In the first full season and only second show together, "George" and Jessica Holmes are quickly becoming a force in the new division. After two good rides they became the Adult Country Pleasure Grand Champion and Champion under the direction of the team at Grey Ridge Farm. Taking reserve in both competitive classes was the Royal Winds Farm trained team of Callaway’s Summer Solstice and Carissa Marshall.

The cute as a button Midnight Starmaker and Caroline Moeller strutted their way around the arena to become the Junior Exhibitor Country Pleasure 14-17 Grand Champions. Trainer Shelley Fisher met this well-matched team in the winner’s circle. Sir Andrew and Dakota Reiser left River Ridge as both the Junior Exhibitor Country Pleasure 14-17 Reserve Grand Champion and Reserve Champion for owner, trainer and father Chris. In the qualifying event, it was the big, black gelding Stone Captive who caught the judge’s eye to be named the champion with Channing McWilliams aboard.

Erin Rae Beever moved out of the Academy division with ease as she and her striking bay horse Star Sighting earned themselves the Junior Exhibitor Country Pleasure Riders 13 & Under Grand Champion and Champion titles. Callaway’s Fox Jackson and Anna Leigh Amrein trotted around the arena in style to become the reserve grand champions in this competitive division. In the qualifying class, it was Catalyst’s Sweet Bay and Emily Winchell who were called out as the reserve champions for owners Brian and Gina Krein. This team was also the reserve champion in the Novice Rider Country Pleasure class.

Bravo’s Charlie Brown and owner/rider Linda Heater had the ring to themselves in the AOTR Country Pleasure class.

Earning the Novice Rider Country Pleasure blue was the Clouse Stables trained team of Bongo and owner/rider Sara Spencer.

Timely Caper stood out from the crowd to become the Novice Country Pleasure Champion at River Ridge. Owner and rider Tiffany Sharp presented this nice gelding for the win. Vamoose and Dr. Abbie McGowan trotted out of the arena with the reserve champion title.

Night Sight and Ann Fitzpatrick went two for two in the Country Pleasure Driving division becoming both the grand champion and champion. A consistent winner for years, both under saddle and in harness, Night Sight is a joy to watch in his new division, as he is everything a country pleasure driving horse should be. The Sir William Robert daughter, Roberta Belle began her new career in the division with both reserve titles. Kathy Capsuto was at lines.

Highly Charmed proved to be the one to beat in the Country Western Pleasure division at River Ridge. With owner Joan Todd in the saddle he won the Country Western Pleasure Grand Championship and qualifier. He also won the Country Western Pleasure Junior Exhibitor and the Shatner Western Pleasure classes with Katie Moeller aboard.

Foxfire’s Design and owner/rider David Barnett also had a successful show as they were named the Country Western Pleasure Reserve Grand Champions, Shatner Western Pleasure Reserve Champions and AOTR Country Western Pleasure Champions.

In the Country Western Pleasure Prospect class, it was Out For The Blue and Lauren Burin who were called out as the winners for owner Eric Adams. With Amy Haller in the saddle, this nice gelding was also named the Country Western Pleasure Reserve Champion.

Katie Moeller also showed her stuff on Walterway’s Wild Asset as she guided him around the arena to become the Country Western Pleasure Prospect Reserve Champion for owner Jennifer Carlsen.

Too Wong Foo and Terry Meade had a great time at River Ridge as they were named the Country Hunter Pleasure Grand Champions, Country Hunter Pleasure Champions, and Hunt Seat Classic Reserve Champions by the week’s end. Paul Price is the proud owner of this beautiful chestnut gelding. Stonebrook’s Finest Hour and owner/rider Jill Wilson earned the reserve ribbon in both the Country Hunter Pleasure Championship and qualifier. They also made their way down victory lane in the Hunt Seat Classic event.

Showing her new partner My One Night Stand for the first time, Emily Chapman displayed poise and presence to become the Saddle Seat Equitation Grand Champion. Earlier in the week she garnered the reserve tie in the NHS Good Hands class. Emily and her mount are trained by the team at Zubrod Stables. Also having a new horse this season, Aleia Brown trotted out with the reserve tricolor. Aboard Undulata’s Time To Shine, a long time champion in the equitation division, Aleia also qualified for the Junior Finals in Kansas City by winning the UPHA Challenge Cup 13 & Under class.

Taylor Deer made the victory pass in the Saddle Seat Equitation 14-17 event while Lexie Bragg took home reserve ribbon.

Winning the Saddle Seat Equitation 13 & Under Championship and earning reserve in the 13 & Under Challenge Cup event was Maisie Benfield in her first appearance out of walk and trot. Baile Deer received the red ribbon and reserve champion title in the Saddle Seat Equitation 13 & Under event.

Hallie Sansbury qualified for a trip to Kansas City when she became the USEF Saddle Seat Medal Champion.

Qualifying for two year end finals in River Ridge was Brett Self, as she won not only the UPHA Challenge Cup 14-17 class but the NHS Good Hands class as well. Morgan Gocke rode away with the reserve tie in the UPHA event.

Taylor Netwon had a wonderful River Ridge as she and her longtime partner A Sweet Sensation made the victory passes in both the UPHA Challenge Cup Pleasure Equitation event and the Pleasure Equitation Medallion class under the direction of Shelley Fisher at Sugar Knoll Farm.

In the Pleasure Equitation 17 & Under class, it was Kristen Smith who was called out as the winner. She also earned herself the UPHA Challenge Cup Pleasure Equitation Reserve Champion title while in Columbus.

Sarah Chase took home the red ribbon in the Pleasure Equitation 17 & Under class while the red ribbon in the Pleasure Equitation Medallion went to Angela Mangine.

Riding under the Zubrod Stables banner, John Stutts became the USEF Saddle Seat Adult Medal Champion and the UPHA Adult Challenge Cup Champion aboard CF Cool Night Out. Reserve in both of these classes went to Christina O’Connel Carne aboard the sporty In Charm’s Way.

Following in her parent’s footsteps, Ava Stachowski had a successful River Ridge as she became the Walt & Trot Saddle Seat Equitation 10 & Under Grand Champion. Ava was riding the former World’s Champion Up In The Heir under the direction of Jim and Jenny Taylor. Payton Lynn Walker was reserve aboard the many times champion CH Believe Her. Payton is trained by Tammy DeVore. In the UPHA Walk & Trot Challenge Cup 10 & Under class, the results were reversed with Payton Lynn Walker earning the blue and Ava Stachowski trotting away with the red ribbon.

The Morgan division at River Ridge proved to be very competitive and entertaining. Dragonsmeade Elevation and Selvin Torrez left the Columbus arena with the coveted Morgan Park Saddle Grand Champion title. This gelding qualified for the stake by earning the reserve tie in the Morgan Park Saddle Amateur class with Annie Morgan in the irons for Cheryl and Haley Brooks. Silverside’s Magdalene was the reserve grand champion and Morgan Park Saddle Open Champion with trainer Tim Roesink up for Mary Fisher Davila.

Playmor’s Rodeo Drive and Andrea Hostetler were the Morgan Park Saddle Open Reserve Champions for proud owner Jennifer Carr.

A winner at Morgan Grand Nationals last year with trainer Jenny Taylor, PLS High Pine’s Picasso and owner Donna Jean Zimmerman made their debut at River Ridge to become the Morgan Park Saddle Amateur Champions.

Last year’s World Champon Park Harness Amateur Masters MEM Bonnie Blue went two for two at River Ridge to become the Morgan Park Harness Grand Champion and Champion with Nancy Hendricks at the lines.

In her first show ring appearance under saddle, The Fashionista swept her division at River Ridge as she was announced as both the Morgan English Pleasure Grand Champion and Open Champion. Trainer Kurt Hufferd was riding for owner King’s Point Inc. Morgan English Pleasure Junior Champion RCV Patent Pending earned the reserve tri-color in this competitive division with Jim Lowry in the irons for proud owner Kathleen Gatien.

Dragonsmeade Infusion and Ling Fu Wylie had the ring to themselves in the Morgan English Pleasure Ladies class. In the Morgan English Pleasure Open class, it was Queens Cocoa Puff and Tim Roesink who were called out as the reserve champions for Donald and Hope Perreault.

In yet another debut at River Ridge, KJM Five Star and Elizabeth Burick could not be stopped, as they became the Morgan English Pleasure Amateur Grand Champions and Champions. She and Tom Burick own this Memory Lane Farm trained champion. Reserve both times out went to MEM Attache with owner Shelby Lamm riding.

Stone’s Throw Contessa moved into the junior exhibitor division with ease as she and rider Mikaela Linden became the Morgan English Pleasure Junior Exhibitor Champions. Indian Creek High Stakes and Megan Buckley were reserve for Indian Creek Morgan Farm.

Reserve in the Morgan English Pleasure Junior Horse event was If The Tiera Fits and John Warner for proud owner Nan Wille.

FRF Looking Glass returned to the pleasure driving division with much success as it was announced that she and trainer Kurt Hufferd were the Morgan English Pleasure Driving Grand Champions. Owner William Shean qualified earlier in the week as they became the Morgan English Pleasure Driving Amateur Champions.

Reserve in the championship went to JW Here I Am and Mike Grimes for Windcrest Farms.

Cedar Creek Dona Bella and Tim Roesink were the Morgan English Pleasure Driving Open Champions for owner Dr. Barbara Lindauer.

In the Morgan Pleasure Driving Ladies class, it was Sacred Path Indiana Jones who won the blue ribbon with Nancy Hendricks in the buggy for she and John. This team also took reserve in the Morgan English Pleasure Driving Amateur event. Century Mardi Gras and owner/driver Kathryn Pope were the reserve champions in the Amateur event.
The Morgan English Pleasure Junior Horse class found Grand Cru Margaux in the winner’s circle with Kelli Dreher at the lines for owner Michelle Quinn. They also earned the UPHA Pleasure Driving Classic Reserve Champion title. CBMF Moment In The Sun and Tim Roesink were the reserve champions for Copper Beech LLC.

KJM Grandslam and Tim Roesink became the UPHA Pleasure Driving Classic Champions for Kourt Jester Morgans.

In the Morgan Classic Pleasure Saddle Championship, MED E OKA French Morocco and Megan Buckley made the victory pass to become the grand champions for owner Indian Creek Morgan Farm. In their debut show, About Last Night and owner/rider Joy Scala earned themselves the reserve grand championship honor. In the qualifying event, these two were switched in order with About Last Night taking home the blue.

Donna Jean Zimmerman continued her winning ways as she piloted her own BRI B Lady Malicious to the winner’s circle in the Morgan Classic Pleasure Driving championship after earning the red ribbon in the qualifying class. RLH Night Strike, the Morgan Classic Pleasure Driving champion with Ling Fu Wylie, came back to earn the reserve grand champion title with Richard Hawkins in the buggy.

Linda Hawkins presented Saralin Blues Brother to the tricolor and blue in the Morgan Western Pleasure Championship and Amateur qualifier. Tamrac’s Express and Claudia Grimes were reserve in both classes, as well as the Morgan Western Pleasure Open event, for owner Windcrest Farms.

Artful Image and Reese Richey trotted away with the blue in the Morgan Western Pleasure Open class for proud owner Sophia Corinne Stillings. With Sophia aboard, this wonderful horse also made the victory pas in the Morgan Walk/Jog Western Pleasure 11 & Under event and the Morgan Walk/Jog Western Seat Equitation 11 & Under class.

Cassandra Davis showcased Shara Davis’s entry Sugar Magnolia CW to become the Morgan Western Pleasure Junior Exhibitor Champion.

Stonecroft Confidential went two for two at River Ridge to become the Morgan Hunter Pleasure Grand Champion and Champion with David Earehart for owner Alexandra Streicher. Reserve Grand Champion honors went home with JAX Tru Elegance and owner/rider Jennifer Carr. In the Morgan Hunter Pleasure Open qualifier, it was Three Fates Adonis and Manya Locascio who were called out for reserve.

AMCF Capezzio left River Ridge as the Morgan Hunter Pleasure Amateur Champion and OTAB Hunter Pleasure Champion with Cassie Smith in the irons and the Morgan Hunter Pleasure Junior Exhibitor Reserve Champion with Jamie Sekerak aboard. GSK The Villan made the victory pass in the junior exhibitor event with Haley Broich riding for Larry D. Broich.

Fateful Heart and Mackenzie Newton swept the Morgan Walt/Trot Hunter Pleasure 11 & Under division to become the grand champions and champions. Stonecroft Confidential returned with owner Alexandra Streicher to take reserve in both classes. These two teams also filled the Morgan Walk/Trot Hunt Seat Equitation 11 & Under class with the results being in the same order.

Haley Brioch had a successful week at River Ridge as she also won the Morgan Hunt Seat Equitation 17 & Under and the AMHA Hunt Seat Medal on the Flat classes. Katelyn Thompson was reserve both times out aboard Aquila’s Total Sequence.

Lynshirks DC Mahogany Rose and Nicole Kootz had the ring to themselves in the Morgan Road Hack Open event.

Join In The Dance and Ryan Stodd rode away with the OTAB Saddle Seat Pleasure Championship for owner and trainer Chris Reiser. Ulco Van De Wolwarren and owner/rider Tammy S. Ross were reserve.

In the OTAB Adult Saddle Seat Pleasure class it was Two’s Tiny Dancer and Allie Dunaway who were called out for the win for proud owner Thomas E. Dunaway. MDS Valentine Rose and Renee Zubrod were reserve for Kaelin Johnson.

Mad About You and Marcy Lafferty were the champions in the OTAB Amateur Saddle Seat Pleasure class with Simply Spot and Erin Obenauf taking reserve for Barnes/Crutchfield.

The OTAB English Pleasure Junior Exhibitor Grand Champion and Reserve Champion titles went to Paradoc’s Korygami and owner rider Haley Kesner. Just Paco and owner Angeline Mangine earned the Reserve Grand Champion and OTAB Junior Exhibitor Saddle Seat Pleasure Champion titles.

Wee Pee’s Meadows went two for two as he and owner/rider Layton Sydenstricker trotted away with the OTAB Walk/Trot Saddle Seat Pleasure 12 & Under tricolor and blue. Executive Search and Kendall Johnson took home the reserve grand champion prize for Meadowview Farm LLC while Daddy O and Olivia Schumacher were the reserve champions in the qualifiying event.

The OTAB Pleasure Driving Championship found Rinse Fan Meren State in the winner’s circle. Owner Keith Johnson presented his entry to this win as well as the OTAB Pleasure Driving blue. Harmony’s Melody and Cindy Maloney earned the reserve grand championship honor while Marko and owner/drive Linda Lewis took the red ribbon in the OTAB Pleasure Driving qualifier.

Legendary Nobelle Roz and Susan Sunday were the reserve champions in the OTAB Hunter Pleasure class for Sunday Stables.

Hercules and Olivia Schumaker were announced as the winners in the OTAB Pleasure Pony Walk/ Trot class with Dreamer and Emma Boyoboy taking reserve for Cape Cod Farm.

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