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Showcase of the West offered something for everyone.



RENO, Nev., - The Showcase Of the West Horse Show, May 24-26 at the Reno Livestock Events Center, offered something for everyone. Saddlebreds, Hackneys, and roadsters were joined by Tennessee Walking Horses, Mountain Horses, and Icelandic Horses for an action-packed schedule of classes. Paul Boone, having just finished the Asheville Lions Club Horse Show, made the trip to Reno to judge the Saddlebreds, Hackneys, roadsters and equitation classes.

Leonora Bedolla and Rae Deane Stone served as production managers for the show and were assisted by competition manager Harriet Landrum and competition secretary Larry Witter. Cecile Hetzell-Dunn was the steward and Jim Kurtze was the paddock steward. Malcolm Russell announced all classes and Adele Maurer was the ringmaster.

Sid Engel served as the show organist and Vern Serex was the official photographer. Take-One Video Productions captured the action on film. Gorgeous warm weather made the weekend very pleasant and even Sunday night's cooler temperatures were relatively mild. Numerous barns made the trip to Reno for the show and by the weekend's end most had numerous top ribbons on the tack room wall.

Park Place Stables, under the direction of Joy Lazarus, came away as the biggest winners. Sisters Sarah and Aliyah Asch posted numerous wins between them in several different divisions. Some of their wins included the Hackney Pleasure Driving Pony Grand Championship with Sarah Asch and Harry Potter and Aliyah Asch's win in the Show Pleasure Driving Stake with CH Advantage Me.

Marie Peyman and Bob Facciola led Woodhaven to a successful show including Peyman's win with Periempress in the Three-Gaited Stake and Batman's win of the Roadster To Bike Stake with Facciola driving.

Bruce and Jennifer Dixon led their group to a big number of blue ribbons including Doug Cason's win in the Country Pleasure Stake with Decorated Lady RKR and Senor's tricolor victory in the Harness Pony Stake with Thor Engelson for Yvette Scandling.

Lisa Lesch teamed up with her Silver Oaks entries to win the Amateur Three-Gaited Stake and the Five-Gaited Pleasure Stake and also won the Amateur Five-Gaited Stake with Dusty's Magic Moment.

Jim, Helen and Allison Cherry put the entries of Mary Jacobson in the winner's circle several times including Allison's win in the Junior Exhibitor Three-Gaited Stake with CH X's & O's and Jim's win in the Park Stake with Worth A Scene.

Michael Craghead directed Diamond Hills to numerous wins for the weekend including Jared Hill's win in the Saddle Seat Equitation Championship with Call My Agent and Kevin Michael's winning drive in the Amateur Fine Harness Stake with No Jacket Required.

Dana Paparo rode numerous winners for Far Niente and Dream Quest including Far Niente's three-year-old three-gaited winner Will Roger's Showgirl.

Don Deardorff Stables traveled to the winner's circle more than once including the victory pass made by I'm Streetwise in the Junior Five-Gaited class with Don Deardorff up for Karen Lachman.

CH My Crescendo won the Country Pleasure Driving Stake with Corrine Tomlinson under the direction of Barb Christensen and Janna Goldman rode her Friesian, Black Sterling, to the English Pleasure Stake tricolor.

Brigitte Duff guided Starmaker's Leading Lady to the Junior/Limit Fine Harness win for just one of the Monarch Stables winning ribbons.

Fair Hills Farm, directed by Derek Repp, posted winning ribbons including Linda Brittan's drive to the winner's circle in the Show Pleasure Driving class with Fair Hill's Mountain Man. Paladin's Presidio was the amateur fine harness qualifier winner under the direction of Dave Becker, Sr. with Kevin Hausheer driving.

Bill and Debbie Tomin guided Rockridge Farm to a successful weekend including Bill's winning ride in the Five-Gaited Stake with Spirit In Motion for Joanne Weiner. Seamair Farm, Ravenswood Farm, and Rich Swiger Stables posted top ribbons by the end of the show as well.

Sunday evening’s show finale, the Five-Gaited Stake, wrapped up a weekend of competition in front of judge Paul Boone. Three entries came through the gate including Spirit In Motion with Bill Tomin, Sky’s Blue Angel and Terry Thorn, and Hunt’s Heartthrob with Dana Paparo. Tomin rode to the winner’s circle for owner Joanne Weiner followed by Sky’s Blue Angel for Judy and Aubrey Baskin. Jim Cherry was up on Mary Jacobson’s Just A Tad Bad for the blue ribbon in the open class.

Dusty’s Magic Moment carried Lisa Lesch to the tricolor win for GSL Enterprises in the gaited division’s largest class; the Amateur Five-Gaited Stake. Magic Moment had previously earned the blue ribbon in the qualifier. Owner Lisa Dahlen rode On Deck to the reserve finish in the Amateur Five-Gaited Stake.

Don Deardorff rode I’m Streetwise, for Karen Lachman, to the top of the card in the junior class. Helen Cherry put another blue ribbon on the Zazen Ranch tack room wall when she topped the limit class with Flora McCleod for Mary Jacobson.

Periempress won the Three-Gaited Stake for Bob Facciola of Woodhaven Farm. Trainer Marie Peyman rode to the tricolor after having won the open class. Memories Of Galileo won the junior/limit qualifier and was the reserve grand champion with Dana Paparo up for Far Niente and Dream Quest.

Lisa Lesch claimed her second amateur tricolor when she rode Angelique Of Silver Oaks to the win in the Amateur Three-Gaited Stake. Lesch’s entry had previously won the amateur qualifier. Harlem’s Blue Lapiz was reserve for Dream Quest with Patricia Buchanan riding.

CH X’s & O’s was the juvenile three-gaited stake and qualifier winner with Allison Cherry riding to both wins for Mary Jacobson. Gypsy Santana Lady and Julia Martin claimed the reserve tricolor from Dixon Stables. Dana Paparo continued her winning weekend for Far Niente Stables when she rode Will Roger’s Showgirl to the blue ribbon in the three-year-old class.

Mary Jacobson had another stake winner in Worth A Scene. Jim Cherry guided Jacobson's entry to the Three-Gaited Park Stake tricolor after winning the qualifier. Hayfield's Gallant Talent was the reserve grand champion with Elizabeth Chambers under the Far Niente banner.

With no entries in the open classes, the amateurs took center stage in the fine harness division. No Jacket Required and Kevin Michael scored the tricolor victory in the amateur stake for Mr. and Mrs. M.L. Spalding. Paladin's Presidio, winner of the qualifier with Kevin Hausheer, was the amateur reserve grand champion under the direction of Dave Becker, Sr. Brigitte Duff, of Monarch Stables, claimed the final blue ribbon in the division when she drove Starmaker's Leading Lady OCF to the win in the junior/limit class for Barbara Molland.

Batman and Bob Facciola were unstoppable on their way to the wins in the Roadster To Bike Stake and open qualifier. Trainer Dan Musselman, of Ravenswood, drove Mr. Woodstock to the reserve stake finish.

Marie Peyman continued the Woodhaven winning streak by driving P.T. Cruiser to the Roadster Pony Championship and open qualifier titles for Facciola. What Luck and Sandra Surber put together the reserve grand championship drive from Dixon Stables.

Bruce and Jennifer Dixon directed Senor to the Harness Pony Stake and open wins with Thor Engelsen driving for Yvette Scandling. Sandra Surber drove to the winner's circle with Heartland Candidate after her pony was named the Hackney Pony Grand Champion and open champion. Don Deardorff directed Running Tab and E.F. Ross to the reserve finish in the stake.

Sarah Asch won in the Hackney Pleasure Pony Driving Stake and qualifier with Harry Potter. Sandra Surber and Heartland Entitled teamed up to take the pleasure driving reserve tricolor.

Five teams competed in the Five-Gaited Pleasure Stake and qualifier and Tailored 'N Class Of Silver Oaks went to the winner's circle in both. Lisa Lesch was up for Susan Duncan. Super Radiant and Royalee Cleveland were reserve in the stake under the direction of Rich Swiger.

Death By Chocolate won the Park Pleasure Stake which had six entries. Kathy Lanz-Haupt was in the irons. Tabasco Sauce and Julia Martin were the reserve winners in the stake from Dixon Stables. Heirilee won the six-entry qualifier with Susan Gianella riding.

Aliyah Asch added two more wins to the Park Place total when she rode CH Lightning Vision to the Three-Gaited Pleasure Stake and junior exhibitor wins. Asch topped eight other teams for the victory in the stake and was followed in the ribbons by CH Grande Dam and Karen Lachman from Deardorff Stables. Julie Streitfield rode Ampli-Phi to the blue ribbon in the six-entry adult class under the direction of Brigitte Duff.

Janna Goldman and her Friesian, Black Sterling, won the English Pleasure Stake and open qualifier. CH Supreme Roman was the reserve tricolor recipient with Jared Hill riding.

CH Advantage Me and Sarah Asch were the Show Pleasure Driving Grand Champions and junior exhibitor champions. Phoenix Rising was reserve in the stake with Kirstin Anderson driving for Reneta Wolff and Alison Benz. Fair Hill's Mountain Man was the winner of the open driving class with Linda Brittan holding the lines for Fair Hills Stables.

Saki and Sarah Hudson won the Five-Gaited Country Pleasure Stake after having won the qualifier under the Diamond Hills banner. Hunt's Confidence was the reserve grand champion with Robbie Hunt up.

Decorated Lady RKR won the Three-Gaited Country Pleasure Stake with Doug Cason to make it a divisional sweep. Cason rode to the win in the open qualifier as well from Dixon Stables. CH My Crescendo was reserve in the stake with Corrine Tomlinson and won the Country Pleasure Driving Stake and qualifier under the direction of Barb Christensen.

I'm Lucky was the Country Western Pleasure Grand Champion for Pleasants Valley Stable with Gen Hess riding. Hess had already taken the victory pass in the qualifier. CH Fiasco was the reserve tricolor winner with Douglas Glick up for Carolyn Glick. Braveheart Of Silver Oaks won the Saddle & Bridle Shatner Western Pleasure class with Lynn Robertson riding. CH Fiasco was reserve in the class.

Jared Hill won the 13 and under equitation class under the direction of Michael Craghead and returned to win the Saddle Seat Equitation Championship with Call My Agent. Julie DeVault and Marilyn McCoo were the equitation reserve grand champions from Rockridge Farm. Aliyah Asch won the UPHA Challenge Cup with Bi Mi Scarlet Ribbon and was followed in the ribbons by Jared Hill.

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