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Sales Activity In Northampton

By Diana Davidson






Stonecroft Byzantine


The celebrated show ring performer and sire of champions Stonecroft Byzantine has been purchased by PlayMor Farm. Cathy Hazen will take over the lines of the multi-world titled stallion in the Amateur Pleasure Driving division. Byzantine has been owned by Heidi Kunkel and trained by Rick Stevens for the past ten years since his purchase as a yearling. Byzantine’s record of achievement includes; tricolors in park harness, in hand, park saddle, English pleasure and pleasure driving. The current season has seen Byzantine earn Amateur Pleasure Driving Champion- ships at Vermont Spring Classic, Connecticut Morgan, and most recently the $10,000 winner take all championship at Northampton. Cathy Hazen and Stonecroft Byzantine will compete under the direction of Rick Stevens and Stonegate Farm at the 2007 Grand National before heading back to PlayMor Farm in Lexington, Kentucky.





MEM Ultimate Star


The Brown/Klein Family is the proud new owner of MEM Ultimate Star. The athletic son of Liberation First Star and Miss Bluegrass enjoyed a stellar victory in Northampton’s Four-Year-Old Park Harness class with former trainer/agent Tim Roesink presenting for Bill and Shelley Silber of Kourt Jester Morgans. He was then purchased by the Brown/Klein Family to be the future harness entry of Sasha Klein. MEM Ultimate Star will perform under the direction of new trainer/agents Lynn and Kathleen Peeples of Waterford Farm.





Mtn Laurel Election Day


As Mtn Laurel Election Day made his way down Northampton’s victory lane as the Amateur Western Pleasure Champion for the second consecutive year, it was announced that this was his last ride with owner Caitlin Harrison. C. A. “Tony” Lee, III will take over the reins with the son of Tug Hill Commando and UVM Priscilla, who follows world titled western horses owned and shown by Lee, including; Funquest Altair, French Design, and Futurity’s Caveat. Mike Goebig and Dwayne Knowles of Broadmoor represented both parties in the sale and will direct the new team.





Merriehill Isa Boo


Epona Morgans has sold its top winning hunter pleasure gelding Merriehill Isa Boo to Megan Vail for her daughter Katie. Katie Vail will debut with the bold chestnut in 2008 in the 13 and under division under the direction of Keith Friday and Alicia Groff of Rolling Oaks Farm. Merriehill Farm was the former trainer and acted as agent for Epona Morgans in the sale.





Frances Pugh of Tara Farm has selected the elegant three-year-old mare LBJ Uptown Girl for her next driving horse. The daughter of DBA Street Talk and Liberation Lady In Red was formerly owned by Ann Hailey of Copper Beech LLC. Uptown Girl starred this season as the UPHA Pleasure Driving Classic winner at River Ridge and Southern States under the direction of Tim Roesink of Grove Pointe Stables. Ken and Diana Swanson will take over the training duties for Tara Farm.





PTR Raz Ma Taz


Jaden Fire is the excited new owner of PTR Raz Ma Taz. Brad and Dawn Fire of Peeper Ranch selected the bay gelding who was owned and successfully shown by Stephanie Fejes in junior exhibitor western pleasure and equitation. Phil Fountain and Sandy Sessink acted as agents for the Fires and will direct the new team in the walk-jog division. Mike Goebig and Dwayne Knowles of Broadmoor were the trainer/agents for the Fejes family.





Dragonsmeade Virtuoso


Grace Steere took over the lines of her newest speedster at Northampton as she drove Dragonsmeade Virtuoso to the reserve honors in Amateur Roadster To Bike. The Beethoven son has been a multi-titled champion in the pleasure driving and in hand divisions for King’s Point Inc. under the direction of former trainer/agents Kurt Hufferd and Shanna Gish of Indian Creek Farm. David Rand served as agent for Grace Steere and takes over the training of Dragonsmeade Virtuoso.





PlayMor Farm has announced the sale of the winning western pleasure gelding Pondview Picante to Deborah Worth. The son of Futurity French Command and Pondview Portrait will be Worth’s mount in the amateur masters western division under the direction of new trainer/agents Keith Friday and Alicia Groff of Rolling Oaks Farm. Picante took numerous different riders to the winner’s circle during his time under the ownership of PlayMor Farm.





William Haines has purchased the 2006 East Coat Grand Champion Graywood’s Epona from breeder Katrina Wood of Graywood Stables. The two-year-old filly sired by SpiceOLife Right Answer and out of Salem Showgirl will continue under the direction of Mark Mason, agent for the seller. Sarah Ruby and Mary Ellen Mulligan served as agents for the buyer.





IGF Coeur Et Ame


Jim and Fay Lowry of Lowry Stables have sold the sporty IGC Coeur Et Ame to Frank and Carolyn Gibbard of Tarantella Morgan Farm. The son of FCF Coeur De Lion and In-Glen C’manding Song will be Carolyn Gibbard’s new classic pleasure saddle entry. Tim Roesink will take over the training of IGF Coeur Et Ame and served as agent for the Gibbards.







David and Betsy Beisler have purchased Northampton’s winning junior exhibitor classic pleasure entry Syncopation for their daughter Daisy. The Born To Boogie son was formerly owned by Jayne Dubin, who was represented in the sale by Phil Fountain and Sandy Sessink of Peeper Ranch. Daisy Beisler will compete under the direction of new trainer/agent Sally Lindabury of Reindance Stables.





MEM Bailamos has been purchased from George Schott of Maine Event Morgans by Mary Jane and Jerry Nau of Meadowsong Morgans. Bailamos will be under the management of Cedar Spring Farm and will campaign in 2008 in the hunter pleasure division with Keely Sogoloff. Bailamos is the sire of winning Northampton entries MEM Sambuca and MEM Malibu Barbie as well as the lovely MEM Triple Sec. Bonnie Sogoloff acted as agent for the Naus, and Rick Lane represented Maine Event Morgans.





Rick Lane and George Schott have also announced the sale of a 2008 embryo sired by the immortal Noble Flaire and out of the hall of fame producer Miss Bluegrass to Dawn Fire of Peeper Ranch. The Northampton top performing offspring of Miss Bluegrass in 2007 included; MEM Bonnie Blue, MEM Ultimate Star, MEM So Emotional, and MEM Blue Chip. Phil Fountain and Sandy Sessink served as agents for Fire.





Thomas and Sue Ellen Mallette have purchased the multi-titled English pleasure gelding FCF Coeur De Lion for their daughter Heather. Heather Mallette will campaign the entry formerly owned and shown by Gina Macari in the equitation division in 2008. Luman Wadhams served as agent for the seller, and Suzanne Habarek of Trinity Farms represented the buyer and will take over the training of FCF Coeur De Lion.





Taylor River has two new teams to announce. Alex Warner is the new owner of Pondview Pure Elegance, and they will show in 13 & under hunter pleasure. Sarah Gove and Richard Boulé served as agents and are the new trainers of Pondview Pure Elegance, who was bred and formerly owned by Melanie Small of Pondview Morgans.

Lexi Chase is the new owner of LRF Patrick Henry, who was formerly owned by Natalie Tetterton with Krista Dent as agent. Chase and her gelding will compete in the junior exhibitor classic division under the direction of new trainer/agent Taylor River Farm.


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