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It’s Showtime in Conyers

The Georgia International Horse Park was the location for this the 33rd Annual Southeastern Charity Horse Show held Sept. 22-25. The honorable Melissa Moore of Versailles, Ky., was in charge of the judging duties. Joyce Webster was in charge of Academy judging. Doug Shiflet took over the now retired Jamie Donaldson’s responsibility of the official photographer. The Kiwanis Club of Conyers was the organization that was listed to benefit with this years proceeds. The exhibitor's party Friday night was hosted at the Carriage Room there on the horse show grounds. Well deserved, noted owner/breeder Vickie MacDonald was inducted into the Hall of Fame during the week. This year's precipitant of the Bill Medicus Memorial Caretakers Award was Wayne Jordan. Jordan is a longtime employee for Buffalo Creek Farm in Eagleville, TN.

In lieu of the terrible weather and the recent hurricanes in the southern region, some of the Florida contenders chose to move in early to beat the storms and bad weather where others were forced to evacuate. It was even questionable after the show whether or not the weather would be safe enough to return home with then a second wave of storms and destruction headed their way.

Some of the highlights included World's Grand Champion Ashland 's performance in the Roadster to Bike Championship, winning the tricolor for Howard Six. Tammy Devore gave it her all in two commanding almost back to back rides. Devore rode Something Ventured to the top of the Three-Gaited Championship as well as the exciting ride on New York Showtime.


For the second year in a row, New York Showtime and Tammy Devore claimed the title in the Five-Gaited Grand Championship for Theresa Walker. Timely and Stylish and Bill Schoeman were reserve for Lori Schmidt.

Dominating the Amateur division, CH Discover and Barbara Woods rode from the line in the Five-Gaited Amateur Championship as well as the qualifier. Cheers Cheers and Donna Fox rode to the reserve honors in the championship.

In the Five-Gaited Junior Exhibitor Championship, Spindazzle and Ashton Hale were named the winners for Amy Weaver. Hale and Spindazzle also rode to the blue in the Five-Gaited Junior Exhibitor qualifier. Bongo and Theresa Walker were reserve in both classes.

Reserve world's champion Small Packages and Cassi Rath trotted to the top in the Five-Gaited Pony Championship for the Nelco Corp. Rath and Small Packages won the qualifier earlier in the week. Scoot Boot & Boogie with Jessica Salley, was called from the line as the reserve champion in both classes for Antares Farm & Stable.


Judge Moore chose Something Ventured and Tammy Devore as the winners in the Three-Gaited Grand Championship for Tim and Debbie North. Recently crowned reserve world's champion I’m Dreaming and Carl Irwin pulled out as the reserve champions for Happy Valley Farm. Amber Lager and Anitya Manlow were superior in the amateur division. Manlow rode Amber Lauger to the top of both the championship and qualifier. Viper and Vallory Hall were reserve in both classes for Jeff and Vallory Hall

Adding to her already impressive list of accomplishments, Tipitina and Bree Zandy made the victory passes in both the Three-Gaited Junior Exhibitor 13 and Under qualifier and the Junior Exhibitor Championship for Zandyland and trainer Steve Joyce. Callaway’s Tobar and Ali De Gray were reserve in the championship after their win in the Three-Gaited Junior Exhibitor 14-17 qualifier for Pixie Dust and Steel Inc.

Shelby Gregory, aboard World's Grand Champion CH Highpoint’s Fantasia, was chosen by the honorable Moore as the champion in the walk-trot pony division. Gregory and Fantasia trotted to the blue ribbon in the qualifier. Bourbon County Rose and Amy Rives received the reserve honors in the championship for Peter and Christine Rives.


Chad Graham drove the home-bred Maybe Im Amazed (CH Great Day's Came the Son x CH Eleanor Rigby) from the line-up in the Fine Harness Jackpot Stake for Rigby’s Green. Ratafia with Ralph Graham at the lines drove to the reserve honors in the Jackpot for Ona Graham.


Boulevard and Steve Old claimed top honors in the Park Open class for James Dellinger Jr. Without Prejudice and Allison Beard were reserve for the Beard Partnership.

Adding to his credits, CH Ramses, with Amanda Dellinger in the irons, rode out the gate as the winner in the amateur park division. Multi world and national champion CH Ramses also marched to the tricolor in the championship. Promise to Dance and Marie Gwinn were reserve to Dellinger in the both classes.

CF Night At the Castle and Rachel North received the Junior Exhibitor Park title for Dodie Stockton and Mallory Greaves.

Eleven entries answered the gate call for the Park Pleasure Championship. Attache’s Allure and Shelley Gordon topped the card as the grand champions. Gordon and Attache’s Allure had also claimed the Park Pleasure Junior/ Novice title. Mystic Affair and Paul Boone were reserve in the championship for Richard and Doris Marr.


In the Five-Gaited Show Pleasure Championship, Believe Her, with Mallory Greaves in the irons, proved victorious out of 10 entries. Soulful Warrior and Kim Boros were reserve in the championship.

Continuing a tricolor season, CH Harlem Heat , with Lib Jones at the lines, swept the show pleasure driving division. Heat and Jones were called from the line in both the Pleasure Driving qualifier and championship in two great drives. Vertical Horizon and Vicki Gillenwater were reserve earlier in the week.

Also enjoying a great season, CH Sweet Virginia and Barbara Woods shined in the Three-Gaited Show Pleasure Championship. Don Judd and Marie Gillman put this great team together again. CH In Neon ERB and Jamie Hitchins were reserve riding under the Clover Leaf banner.

Wind Crusier and Callie Smith won the Show Pleasure 13 and Under Championship for the Rex Smith family. So Audacious and Kelsey Olson rode a commanding reserve in the championship after their win in the Show Pleasure 13 and Under qualifier as owner and rider.

Repeating the wins from the qualifying class, Samuel Adams and Amy Rives rode to the top of the 14-17 championship for Peter and Christine Rives. Capture the Magic and Scott Songer received reserve to Rives both classes of the Show Pleasure Junior Exhibitor 14-17 section.


The Crockett Springs Farm entry, world's champion What A Keepsake, driven by Deborah Koning, topped the Country Pleasure Driving Championship and the open qualifier. Reserve world's champion Heirithmatic and Donna Smith were named reserve champions for Donna and Orlando Smith.

In the Country Pleasure Adult Championship, Kalarama's High Roller and Helen Rosburg proved victorious and were called out as the champions for Pixie Dust and Steel. Also no strangers to the top, CH Mr. Gary Cooper and Melissa Scrushy received the reserve honors. This was a repeat performance from the Country Pleasure qualifier where Rosburg and Scrushy were announced as the champion and reserve champion.

Fifteen entries stormed in the gate to compete in the Country Pleasure Junior Exhibitor Championship. Country Pleasure 14-17 champions, Spice Queen and Lindsay Taylor pulled from the line as the winners with Just Stylish and Stephanie Fox reserve for Anthony Fox. Fox and Just Stylish rode to the blue in the Country Pleasure 13 and Under class earlier in the week.

Riding for the bounty, Marie Gwinn aboard Unlawful dominated the Western Country Pleasure division winning the championship and qualifier.

Gwinn showed her versatility riding Hurricane Swamp Fox to the top of the Hunter Country Pleasure division winning both the championship and the all age qualifier. Felicity's Promise and Barbara Shannon were reserve in the championship.


In a blazing performance,World's Grand Champion Ashland with Mike Barlow showed their duel talents driving to the winners circle in the Roadster to Bike Championship for Howard Six. Royal Count and James Nichols drove a commanding reserve in the championship. Royal Count with Eden Michaels at the irons, trotted to the blue in the Roadster Under Saddle class for Penny Lane Farm.

Ruth Gimpel drove Seize the Moment in two speedy performances to claim top honors in both the Roadster Pony Championship and the Roadster Pony Open class for Pixie Dust and Steel, Inc. Buckwheat, with Ann Fitzpatrick at the lines, drove a strong reserve in both classes. In addition to that, Fitzpatrick drove to the top of the Roadster Pony Amateur class for Rigby's Green.

So Irresistible and Scott Songer proved victorious in the Amateur Roadster Pony Championship. Spirit's Masterpiece driven and owned by Sharon Chrisman were reserve to the champion. Heartland Masterpiece and Taylor Wilson carried home the blue in the Roadster Pony Medallion class for Arlie Fiveash.


In their final performance together, Oliver Twist and Deborah Koning marched straight to the Hackney Pony Championship. Koning and Twist drove away the winners in the Hackney Pony Open class as well for David Crockett of Crockett Springs Farm. Kenhurst Constantinople and Manuel Victoria were reserve in the championship.

Proving her elegance, Crystal Harmon Cates drove So Lovely, C.H. to the winner's circle in the Harness Pony Stake for the Harmon Family Stable. World's Champion Heartland Triple Crown and Heidi Bowie received the reserve honors after winning the Harness Pony Open class earlier in the week.

In their debut drive, Wait and See Postmaster, with Helen Rosburg at the lines, drove away as the Hackney/ Harness Pleasure Driving Grand Champion. Rosburg had qualified by winning the Hackney/Harness Pleasure Driving class for Pixie Dust & Steel,Inc. Heartland High Time and Rita Camp received the reserve honors for Camp and Associates.


In the Saddle Seat Equitation Championship seven entries answered the gate call. Rachel Machamer was called out to be the champion following her confident ride. Machamer had also claimed the blue in the USEF Saddle Seat Medal Class. Jessica Saft rode to the reserve tie in the championship. Both exhibitors ride under the Cloverleaf banner.

Following in her sister's winning footsteps, Logan Gregory aboard Radiant Revival, won the Saddle Seat Equitation Walk/Trot 10 & Under Championship as well as the qualifier. Gregory rides under the McConnell Stables banner.


In the Southeastern Futurity Weanling class 13 fine entries were led in to compete for the championship honors. J.D. Gardner presented They Call Me Tater Salad to the winner's circle for Victoria McVey. Worry's Latest Rumor and Brian Reimer were reserve for the Equigene Corp.

Reimer led the Equigene entry, No Time to Worry to the top of the ASGN Yearling class in a thrilling performance. The gorgeous filly, A Sweet Sachet and Steve Old trotted to the reserve honors for James Dellinger Jr.

Blythewood Farms entry, Night Sight by CF First Night Out drove to claim the title of Southeastern Futurity Two-Year Old Fine Harness Champion with Ramon Gomez. CSF Hammertime Silk and Tom Lee were reserve for Dr. E.L. Kilday .

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