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San Antonio Charity Horse Show Revived

by Nancy Wiseman
Posted March 22, 2002
After a positive reception following their fall show, The San Antonio Horse Show moved back to an early spring date. The show took place March 1st thru March 3rd, at the San Antonio Rose Palace, in Boerne, Texas. James Nichols, from Paducah, Ky., judged the three-day saddle horse event. Show manager Jean Buddin, and show chairperson’s Michael Beasom, Megan McAngus, and Lisa Mountain did an outstanding job pulling the show together and back on its. feet. Jack Schatzberg returned as show photographer.

A welcome party on Thursday evening featured a barbecue hosted by Cates Stable at their barn in Boerne, kicking off the weekend. Following the show Saturday evening, the traditional pizza party was held with enough pizza to go around for the well attended event. Exhibitors were definitely not disappointed as they returned to this Texas favorite.

With a wealth of fine restaurants, excellent hotels, and attractions such as Sea World, Fiesta Texas, and The Riverwalk, San Antonio is an excellent place to get away to for a few days while attending the show. Unfortunately an arctic front, which had moved over the weekend, put a damper on plans for many to lie by the pool. You were in need of a very warm coat, hat, and mittens. Perhaps it was the cold weather that lent high spirits to the show’s atmosphere of friendly fun, Exhibitors, horses, and trainers were all fresh and ready to show!

Five Gaited

Winning the Five-Gaited Stake was Heirrogant, owned by Cindy Kolmeier of San Antonio, and shown by trainer Paul Cates. The Reserve Grand Champion ribbon went to Chastain, a SGF Winning Ways Farms entry shown by trainer Dan Flowers from Tomball, Texas. Sarah Robert was the show’s five-Gaited Junior horse champion. Open champion was My Secret Passion with Cates up for owner Jennifer Jordan of San Antonio.

Elly Berman wore a big smile as she and Harlem’s black Pearl rode away with both the amateur five-gaited qualifying class and the amateur Five-Gaited stake. This team is under the guidance of Janet Crampton at Bluebonnet Farm, Belleville, Texas. jennifer Jordan showed My Secret Passion to the reserve in the amateur stake. Trainer Michael Beasom had Dandy Dandy, a three-year old entry, in fine order to win the Five-’ Gaited Three-Year Old class with Michael Beason in the irons.


Warm Light, owned by Paradise Farm, Cat Springs, Texas, won both the Three-Gaited Stake and the Junior Three-Gaited Class with trainer Mike Breeggemann up Reserve in the stake went to Care to Dare, a Cathryn Coleman owned entry, trainer Paul Cates riding.

Debbie Beeard of Houston made her second outing this season on her new horse, five-year-old Romantic Manifesto to take home the amateur three-gaited blue ribbon. Janet Crampton trains this new team at bluebonnet Farm. Trainer dan Flowers showed Worthy’s Hale Bopp for SGF Winning Ways Farm to the blue in the open three-gaited class. He will be shown by Lauren Greenwald in the junior exhibitor division.

The park division had trainer Michael Beasom, riding his entry American Beau, winning both the stake and the open class. Amateur stake champion honor’s went to Beau’s Fair Play and rider Lisa Moore for owner Dan Mize of Boerne, Texas. Chris Treston and Lenore’s Joshua, new to the park division, were th winners of the amateur park qualifying class. Crampton trains the pair at Bluebonnet Farm.

In the park pleasure qualifying class, Sarah Track, assistant trainer at homebred at Bluebonnet Farm, was pleased to have the opportunity to show Karne Fricke Nalle’s homebred entry Phi’s Phortune Teller to the blue. Nalle made it back from her brother’s wedding in time to show back for the championship and a blue ribbon ride.

Fine Harness

The fine harness stake had Paul Cates Stables again in the spotlight, as Cathryn Coleman guided her horse Distraction, new to the harness division for this spring, to the winner’s circle. Coleman showed Distraction in the open class also earning the blue. Reserve grand champion went to junior horse, Lager, Presented by Mike Breeggemann for owner Linda Landman of Houston. Landman was thrilled with her colts’ first show. “He is young, and we wanted a good first time experience for him” she stated.” I am really pleased!” Lager was also reserve in the open class.


Winners of both the qualifier and the Five-Gaited Pleasure Stake, was the lovely bay entry Blazing Day PHF, ridden by Marianne Nicholson for Bowers and Clark Hamel of Manor, Texas. Blazing Day PHF is trained at Paul Cates Stable. Julia Warren, aboard the five-year old MMM Bop, made some big passes for Judge James Nichols, capturing the reserve grand championship title. Headed for the junior exhibitor ranks this summer. Janet Crampton puts this pair into the ring.

The junior exhibitor riders took on the adults in the Three-Gaited Show Pleasure Championship. Nichols called them to the rail for one more trot and another look. mallory Wiseman, aboard Rutabaga, were the team to beat as this handsome entry and his talented rider earned their spot in the winner circle. Crampton trains the pair at Bluebonnet Farm. Reserve grand champion and junior exhibitor champion, Predominate, ridden by Cher Landman, made an exceptional show both appearances.

Cher Landman was pleased with her ride. “I worked really hard today and it paid off.”

Close friend Mallory Wiseman chimed in “We rode the hair off them!” The two showed terrific sportsmanship as they hugged following the class. Predominate and Landman train at Paradise Farms with Mike Breeggemann. Lisa Mountain, aboard Beau’s Bloomtide, were the adult show pleasure champions.

The country pleasure division had some new teams for the spring show season. Terri Dolan had her entry Striking Point, trained by Milligan Stables in Plano, Texas, in top form to win the stake and adult champion titles in a good class of entries. Reserve in the stake went to Michelle Willie and ebony colored Rocket Sprocket in their first time to in this division. It was also the pair’s first time to compete in harness. They handily won the Country Pleasure Driving Championship and qualifying class. They are under the guidance of Bluebonnet Farm. Reserve driving champion went to Captain Commander, guided by Kay Harrell, and owned and trained by Cates Stable.

The western classes were very well filled, with top nationally ranked entries. Suzanne Bradshaw made a clean sweep in the western division this weekend, winning the stake, qualifying class, Saddle and Bridle Working Western Pleasure, and Shatner classes. Milligan Stables presents this team. Joy Warren and her top ranked mare Great Belles of Fire were the reserve winners in the western stake, as well as reserve in the qualifier and Shatner class. Sarah Track trains this exceptional team at Bluebonnet Farm. Donna Skinner showed Saddlebred entry Winsdown Cosmos in a huge class of open western pleasure entries, taking home the blue ribbon.


Marianne Nicholson, from Austin, Texas exhibited her skills in the Adult Equitation Championship and the adult qualifying class receiving a blue ribbon for both. She is instructed at Paul Cates Stable. Michelle Pool of Red Oak, Texas won the Saddle Seat Equitation Championship, with Julie LeMaistre of San Antonio taking reserve. Meeting a challenge from trainer Paul Cates, trainer Janet Crampton won the saddle seat Equitation 19 and Over. Cates received a good bit of teasing, and the two had a lot of fun as they did everything they could to upstage the other. Spectators also had fun watching the two, and especially relished telling their trainers to sit back and put their shoulders back!

Blair Barrett of Houston, trained by Barbara Simpson, was picture perfect to win the Pleasure Equitaiton stake and the qualifying class. Her mother, Jana Barrett, supports Blair every step of the way and is a longtime saddle horse exhibitor currentlly on the sidelines. “I love watching Blair and remaining involved through her. I would really miss this otherwise.” she stated as she helped ready Samatha Simpson for the show ring. “I just do what I can and enjoy every minute!”


Samantha Simpson, daughter of trainer BArbara Simpson, had two blue ribbons and a tricolor ribbon to take home this weekend. Winning the Academy Equitation 11-13 Championship, 11-13 qualifier, and 11-13 academy performance on Watch My Heart. Reserve went to Tracy Shackelford in the Academy Equitation Championship and qualifying class. Maredath Harrell won the 18 and Over Academy Equitation Championship.

Walk and trot rider Avery Bul had an armful of ribbons that were almost as tall as she is. She was the very proud winner of the academy walk and trot championship. the Ten and Under Academy Performance Championship, and the qualifier. She rides under the direction of Milligan Stables. Trainer Patty Milligan seemed exceptionally pleased with this youngster’s performance.

Rebel Beau and Mardath Harrell won the Academy Performance 14-17 Championship and qualifier. They are trained at Cates Stable. Ten Till Midnight and Tracy Shackelford won the 18 and Over Academy Performance class. Ten Till Midnight also won the 11-13 Academy Performance class, with Lorrie Whitaker riding. Both entries are trained at Cates Stable.

For the complete show story, see the printed edition of the Saddle Horse Report dated March 18, 2002.

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