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Southeastern Charity Horse Show - Tradition Continues In Georgia

by Katherine Hansil

The 34th annual Southeastern Charity Horse Show was held Sept. 21-24 at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers, Ga. The show, which moved to this state-of-the-art facility several years ago, offered a full range of classes for Saddlebreds, Hackneys, roadsters and academy.

This year the Rob Byers made the trip in to mark the cards for performance and equitation while Kathryn Moore judged the academy. The show is managed by Jim Ruwoldt with Paula Yeska in the office and Steve Hanks assisting and managing the grounds. Keeping things running smoothly in the ring was ringmaster Bill Whitley, announcer Mark Farrar paddock master John Medicus and ring secretary Margaret Medicus while Dale Stone set it to music and Doug Shiflet captured it all on film. Also on hand were the various board members who spent many hours tending to things like center ring and the exhibitors’ party. Many exhibitors remarked how well the show ran this year from stabling to the schedule and this is no doubt due to all the hours everyone put in to make sure everything was well tended to.

Southeastern benefits the Kiwanis Club of Conyers supporting their programs like The Miracle League, Healing Hands and Child Abuse Prevention Programs. In return members of the Kiwanis were on hand volunteering during the week.

On Friday the exhibitors’ breakfast was held after the show with great food and a DJ for dancing. During the show many people are recognized for their dedication to the show whether it be an exhibitor or spectator or someone behind the scenes. On Wednesday the Hall Of Fame was presented to long-time exhibitors and supporters, Susan and Brian Reimer. On Friday the Bill Medicus Caretaker Award was given to Fernando Escalante for his wonderful care of many great horses at Delton Farms. On Saturday the gold sponsors were recognized for their great support of the horse show. These sponsors were not only great supporters this year, but have been for several years. They include Delton Farms, C.L. Fain III, Pixie Dust & Steel, Soquili Stables and Peggy Whitley.

Southeastern is steeped in tradition and history. Each evening all sponsors are invited to a party, which used be held in the tent outside. The parties are now held in the Carriage Room. It has lost some of its atmosphere but the food and service were outstanding and with the hot temperatures during the week the air conditioning was a welcome break.

In just about every championship class and many qualifiers wonderful trophies were presented with most of the silver dating back many years. The history of great horses that have shown here over the years is tremendous. This year was no exception as many world's champion and reserve world's champion titleholders were in top form to compete. Barns from all over Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, South Carolina and Florida came to compete for the top honors.



The show opened on Wednesday evening with the ASGN Yearling class. Topping the field this year was the Mary Jane and Tracy Curtis entry Fancy Schmancy. This high-headed filly was handled by Brian Reimer and is by the Reimer's stallion Don't Worry. Reserve honors went to the eye-catching Silver Side Up once again with Brian Reimer presenting this time for Smetana's Equigene. This filly is also by Don't Worry and out of the mare Set In Silver.

Next in was the competitive Country Pleasure Driving. Debuting in a new division Shamanic Dream was full of motion for new owner, Helen Rosburg. Reserve honors went to the high-headed Hometown Commander with Kevin Ingram for Delton Farms.

The driving continued with the Open Hackney qualifier. Fresh off his win in Freedom Hall General Mills was in top form with Elise Johnson on the lines. This team was met in the winner's circle by trainer, Maureen Lydon.

The pace changed with the junior park class in next. Hanging the first of many blues back on the Arrowhead banner, Lance Williamson piloted the fancy Hillside's Sensation to the winner's circle for Frank Gray. Reserve honors went to Sandra Justice's Wild Worries with Brian Reimer in the irons.

Anne Judd was aboard the toppy My Teddy Bheir to accept the blue in the Ladies Five-Gaited. Reserve honors went home to Tennessee with Jennifer Pitt's Hammond Song. Janet Crampton piloted this handsome liver chestnut.

Maureen Lydon's teams continued to shine as the awesome Free Willy with Georgia Blevins once again wowed the crowd with their extreme talent. This team took the blue in the open qualifier. St. Patrick with Sam Stafford on the lines for Chris Long-Schubert earned the red ribbon in their only appearance.

In the competitive park pleasure class Cat Tale and Euchee Matthews earned the blue ribbon with the impressive CH Broadway Tune and Steve Old in for reserve for Delton Farms.        


The elegant Kelley and Gary Hollowell entry, Caught Stealin' was the next to grace the winner's circle. After only a few shows this General Steel-bred chestnut is getting better and better with trainer Chad Cole. On this day they earned the blue in the UPHA Three-Gaited Classic. Reserve honors went to Redhawk's Lady Hawk with Bill Schoeman.

With a change of pace the well-filled Ladies Roadster To Bike raced in the gate next and racing away with the blue were Scruff and Debbie Koning for David Crockett. The red streamers were flying as Romeo Windswept and Deidre Davis exited the gate with a warm round of applause.

The driving theme continued as Candle Dan with Carl Nichols had a huge performance for the win the Amateur Fine Harness. Lisa and Bill Waller train this talented team.

Things slowed down a bit as the competitive Western Country Pleasure entered the ring next with each entry having great turnout. Topping the field was the multi-titled Rum Tum Tigger with Luanne Kilday. Reserve honors went to Monsignor with Marie Gwinn. Purchased only a short time ago and making a move into the western division, this flashy chestnut is proving to be a top contender in the division.

The peacocks of the breed were back in the ring as the ladies competed with their three-gaited mounts. An Heir Of Magic with Helen Rosburg earned the judge's approval in this class with A Great Day's Coming and Melinda Moore taking the reserve for Peggy Whitley.

With a quick turnaround, Melinda Moore was back in the saddle in the next class aboard Tax Man. This talented young star earned the blue ribbon for owner Jeff Councilman in the open park qualifier. Reserve honors went back to the Judd Stables banner with Discover and Maria Gilman's performance.

The speed demons were back in the ring this time with the amateurs on the lines. Hometown favorite Westgate Villain and Mike Gordon earned the top prize with an outstanding performance. Keeping the competition alive was the team of Humdinger and James Rosburg earning the red streamers for Pixie Dust & Steel.

The Crystal Creek-bred and raised Hackney, Wind In The Willows was the next to grace the winner's circle. Maureen Lydon was on the lines for Kathryn and Carl Nichols guiding this four-year-old to her first victory.

The session was closed out with the novice gaited horses competing for their title. After an outstanding performance Worthy's American Society and Sam Stafford were called to the winner's circle for Chris Long-Schubert. Reserve honors went to Trisha Long's new star, Sun Time's Commander, with Maria Gilman in the irons.



Thursday night started off with a nice class of eight weanlings as part of the Southeastern Futurity program. Brian Reimer showed the winning colt, I'm All That for owner Christy Parker Cordell. This high-headed colt is by Affirm and out of Callaway's Merry Dancer. The reserve weanling, She's My Wild Irish Rose, by I'm A New Yorker and out of Wesleyan was exhibited by Steve Old for James Dellinger, Jr.

A class of three showed up for the Junior Fine Harness class. After a crowd-pleasing performance at Louisville, Tom Lee and VHF The Licorice Drop Kid returned to the ring for a winning drive. Melinda Moore was the owner of the second place winner with Lance Williamson driving Undulata's All The Buzz.

Nine ponies raced around the track in the Roadster Pony Amateur class. Coming out of the pack for the blue was Heartland Wonderful Miss expertly handled by Abby Jones for Creekridge LLC. Driving away with the reserve was Old Memories and Elise Johnson.

The junior exhibitors were next with their 13 and under three-gaited horses. Four came into the ring and Jackie De La Parte topped the group with Keeper Of The Stars under the direction of Judd Stables. Matchmaker's Believer and Britney Atkinson were second for Carolina Moon Stables, LLC.

The next class called to order was the Adult Show Pleasure 18-40 years of age. Steve Old instructed the winning team of CH My Grande and Amanda Dellinger. Taking the red ribbon on behalf of Creekridge LLC was Viola Madden ridden by Abby Jones.

A large group of Adult Amateur Three-Gaited horses displayed their refinement and elegance as they park-trotted around the ring. Bernie's Spirit and Kim Williams were the epitome of the group as they took the victory lap. CH Sanibel did not go unnoticed and was called for the reserve with Elsa Hackett riding.

The first gaited class of the night made its appearance with the junior exhibitor 17 years and under. Ruth Gimpel Stables earned their first of three wins for the night when Tigerlee and Ali DeGray racked to the winner's circle. Right on their heels was Faye Dunaway WRF with Chelsey Stone as the pilot for second.

Only four showed up for the Adult Show Pleasure 41 Years and Over, but the crowd was given a treat as the reigning world champion Sweet Virginia and Barbara Woods strutted their stuff for the winning ride. Amateur trainer Pat Borders rode Callaway's Hard Copy to the reserve.

Six road horses charged through the in-gate for the Novice Roadster to Bike. Ruth Gimpel visited the winner's circle again as she drove The Dream Thief formerly known as BJ's Muscleman for Pixie Dust and Steel. Gimpel recently found this talented horse on the track in Florida. Coming around the track for reserve was Melinda Moore and Cosmical who is owned by Chappy Chapman.

Another large class of 10 came into the ring for the Show Pleasure Five-Gaited class, and another current world champion took the victory lap. Believe Her and Mallory Greaves wore the blue as Tammy Devore coached from the side. Steve Old directed the reserve pair of MMMBop and Amanda Dellinger.

The Junior Exhibitor Show Pleasure 13 years and under was filled with talent as nine horses took to the ring. Law Me and Amy Hein carried the blue ribbon back to Cardinal Farms for Dan and Jeana Hein. Shelby Reimer captured the reserve on The Cajun Moon for owners Fredrick and Carol Hack.

A light class of three came to order for the Junior Exhibitor Three-Gaited 14-17 years of age. Jennifer Shell turned in an outstanding performance on Simbara's Stars and Strips for David Crockett. Natalie Sanchez made the reserve ride on Sky High Money.

Ruth Gimpel Stables added another blue ribbon to their tack room when Kalarama’s High Roller and Helen Rosburg made the victory pass in the large Adult Country Pleasure class. Kevin Ingram continued to bring top ribbons back to Delton Farm as he rode Hometown Commander to the red.

The Three-Gaited Amateur Park horses were called next with eight entries. Callaway's Twister made a flawless show with Kelley Hollowell in the stirrups. This pair was rewarded for their grand performance when they were called out to take a trip down victory lane. CH Ramses and Amanda Dellinger took the second place ribbon home to Cartersville, Ga.

The second to last class of the evening was the Junior Exhibitor Show Pleasure 14-17 years of age. Seven entered and it was Amy Greenburg and Seismic Force who accepted the blue for Harvey Greenburg. Worthy's Hale-Bopp and Lauren Greenwald took home the reserve for SGF Winning Ways Farm.

The final class of the night featured a talented bunch of Amateur Five-Gaited horses. Showing her four-year old for the first time, George Ann Nash rode Our Silver Charm to the winner's circle under the guidance of Steve Joyce. The eye-catching white-legged Zara Spook captured the second place slot with Wendy Troyer in the irons.


The first class Friday morning was a 17 horse field of Country Pleasure Novice Riders. Managing their way around the pack and to the top of the judge's card was
Crystal Creek
's Strawberry Jam with Kathryn Nichols directing. Taking the second place slot was Choice's Secret Surprise and Evanne Floyd showing for Ann Eaker.

Another class of novices was next on the agenda with the Junior/ Novice Park Pleasure entering the ring. Dori Zandy topped the field of 12 riding League of Nations under the instruction of Steve Joyce. Coming out of the country pleasure division after a win at Louisville, Lisa Heres-Rosenberger showed Callaway's Show Me State to the reserve for Soquili Stables.

The ponies showed their stuff in the Amateur Pony Pleasure Driving. It was another large class, but Helen Rosburg made several great passes with Heartland Heiress and the duo adding yet another blue to Ruth Gimpel Stables' curtains. Judy Dellinger drove Pride's Perfection on behalf of the Dellinger family to the second place win.

Three walk-trot ponies were primed for their juvenile riders. The seasoned CH Sarah Katherine carried Lauren Henderson to the winner's circle in the Junior Exhibitor Three-Gaited class where Paul Boone waited for his rider. Bourbon County Rose and Amy Hein made a picturesque ride for second.

The high-stepping Hackney ponies were called next with their amateur drivers. David Crockett sprinted to the winner's circle to greet Deborah Koning who drove his pony, Black Merlin. Rita Camp made the reserve drive behind the lines of Heartland High Time.

Carrying several world titles, including this year's Country Pleasure Junior Exhibitor 13 years and Under World Championship title, Ricochet Memories rose once again to the occasion as Shelby Reimer made another winning ride for Soquili Stables. Showtime's Cameo Illusion and Chelsey Stone were not going to be left unnoticed and made a great ride for the red ribbon for Margaret MacGregor.

The hunter horses displayed the versatility of the breed in a five-horse class. Marie Gwinn showed the veteran Hurricane Swamp Fox to the win with My Integrity and Ann Eaker taking second.

Nine showed up for the UPHA Pleasure Challenge Cup 17 Years and Under. After a mandatory workout, the judge picked Evanne Floyd to attend the finals next year in Indianapolis. Kristin Panos put in a good ride for the second place under the Fairhope banner.

The road horses returned to the ring, this time under saddle. After a reserve finish in the bike class, Melinda Moore and Cosmical came back and turned on the speed to take the blue. Tina Smith was not far behind on her horse I Would If I Could as they came in for the red.

The country pleasure division proved to be popular as another full class entered for the 14-17 junior exhibitor class. Reagan Huguley rode her black gelding Prince Town BH to a great win for Stepping Stone Farm. Ali DeGray and I'm Good To Go were indeed very good, earning the reserve vote.

The young ones were given their chance to show their skills in the Walk and Trot Equitation 10 Years and Under class. Cheyenne Mabey is small yet mighty, and she made a strong ride down victory lane under the guidance of Cardinal Farms. Shelby Gunby put forth a strong effort for reserve.

Our Sonflower and Caroline Walker showed alone in the Five-Gaited Pony class, but they made the most of it and put on a good performance for Hickory Hill Farm and trainer Tammy DeVore.

Elegance and performance was the theme for the Amateur Harness Pony class as two entries displayed these qualities. Cascade and Sharon Chrisman made the last impression as they trotted down victory lane. Heartland Firefly and Garland Presswood were in for the reserve drive.

A winner in any division, Steve Joyce had Tipitina in bright form to win the Junior Exhibitor Three-Gaited Park class with Bree Zandy in the irons. Out of the eight horse field, Rosilie Jonassen rode Man In My Life to the red ribbon with an outstanding performance.

The Shatner horses competed next for their chance to go to the finals in St. Louis next year. Rum Tum Tigger and Luanne Kilday were the epitome of the western division to take the win. Monsignor and Marie Gwinn loped up for the second place prize.

Four road ponies were put under saddle for the junior exhibitors as they raced around the track. Tori Newberry came out in front with Blue Grass Cash. Shelby Reimer was right on their heels as she rode BRS King Of Hearts to the reserve. Ann Reeves owns both of these winners.

The Show Pleasure Novice Rider class was next with 13 entries. Debbie Grant made her debut show on The Texas Fire and took the first place vote in the large class. Janet Crampton directed this new combo. Rebecca Benton showed Toree Hefner's entry Just One Of The Cats for the red ribbon.

The last class of the morning was the Adult Equitation with four riders. Poised and confident, Kevin Ingram won the title with Steve Old as instructor. Kelly Mount was also in good form for the reserve placing, riding under the direction of Cardinal Farms.

A class of seven fine yearlings kicked off the start of Friday night. Brian Reimer dominated this class with all five of his yearlings placing in the top six ribbons. He took Boundless Worry to the winner's circle for Emily Baker. Boundless Worry is by Reimer's stallion, Don't Worry, and out of Boundless Love. The reserve colt was also led by Reimer for Saddler's Stables, Inc. Harvey Krumpit is by Don't Worry and out of Looky Looky.

Another group of youngsters came into the ring for the UPHA Classic Three-Gaited Park Pleasure class. Out of eight talented colts, Kelly Freeman rode the winner, Late Last Night for Blythewood Farms. Paul Boone and Miraculous Odds were up for reserve for owner Larry Camp.

The championship classes started this night, and the first one on the list was the Pleasure Driving Stake. Kevin Ingram had Highpoint's Heir Apparent in great form for a blue ribbon drive for James Dellinger, Jr. James Rosburg was in the buggy behind Callaway's Tobar to take the reserve title back to Florida for Pixie Dust & Steel.

Only two joined in for the Five-Gaited Ladies Stake, but it was an exciting duel nonetheless. In the end, My Teddy Bheir and Ann Judd claimed the tricolor with Hammond Song and Janet Crampton coming up for second.

The young horses continued to bring promise to the future of the breed as the UPHA Classic Three-Year-Old Fine Harness came to order. Not much different from his father, Out Of Town Man park-trotted in perfect form with Bill Waller at the lines for the win. Katie and Bonnie Brittian are the owners of this fine colt. Adam Clauson maneuvered The Bachelorette around the ring for the red ribbon.

The junior exhibitors brought their road ponies in for a competitive class next. Pixie Dust & Steel visited the winner's circle for the fifth time this week as Ali DeGray steered Seize The Moment down victory lane. Scott Songer handled the reserve drive with So Irresistible for Tip Top Stables.

Two came in for the Saddle Seat Equitation 14-17 class. Kristen Thomas put in a flawless ride under Ann Judd's tutelage to wear the blue ribbon. Morgan King took home the reserve.

The Three-Gaited Ladies Stake was another light class. The leg-waving A Great Day's Coming came out of his reserve placing in the qualifier to march up for the tricolor. Melinda Moore was up for Peggy Whitley. The reserve streamers went to Tap Town and Karon Bowdre.

Another bunch of fine three-year-olds trotted and racked around the ring like seasoned horses in the UPHA Classic Five-Gaited class. Melinda Moore continued her string of back to back winning rides for the evening as she guided Ft. Chiswell's Royal Champagne down victory lane for Dickey Davis. Bill Schoeman rode Lori and Larry Schmidt's colt, I'm A Skywatcher, for the red ribbon.

Only three came back for the Country Pleasure Driving Stake. Shamanic Dream and Helen Rosburg repeated their winning drive from the qualifier to win the championship with Ruth Gimpel meeting them in the winner's circle. Kevin Ingram and Hometown Commander captured the reserve ribbon for James Dellinger, Jr.

The junior five-gaited horses stormed the ring as four battled for the win. Melinda Moore visited center ring again as she racked Cary's Legacy up for the win for Peggy Whitley. Lisa Heres-Rosenberger put in a good show with Undulata's Kipling for the second place on behalf of Soquili Stables.

The amateurs turned on the speed for the Roadster to Bike class. Mike Gordon came out ahead with Westgate Villain as they brought another win back the Boone Stables. B A Humdinger tore around the corners with James Rosburg at the lines and drove out with the reserve championship.

The final class of the evening was the Three-Gaited Park Championship and it featured seven entries. It was a great birthday for Jeff Councilman as Melinda Moore took his horse, Tax Man, around the ring with the tricolor. James Hale met a great round of applause as he was called for the reserve on Best Day Ever.


Saturday had a full day of classes and the Two-Year Old Fine Harness class kicked off the day. Steve Joyce showed his stretchy-necked colt Upstate by Hide-A-Way's Rave Review to the blue ribbon. A Sweet Sachet was right behind the winner for the second vote with Steve Old at the lines for James Dellinger, Jr.

The hunter horses were next with their championship. Hurricane Swamp Fox seemed unbeatable as he visited the winner's circle for the second time with Marie Gwinn in the saddle. The handsome gray I'm On Island Time was reserve with Mary Anne Jones.

Four 10 and under riders returned for the equitation championship. Cheyenne Mabey repeated her beautiful ride to wear the tricolor with Desiree and Adam Clauson as instructors. Shelby Gunby made a good picture as she trotted up for the reserve.

Sixteen horses came back for the Adult Country Pleasure Stake. With so many nice horses, it was hard to pick a winner, but Kalarama's High Roller defended his place in the qualifier to win the championship. Helen Rosburg was in the irons for Pixie Dust & Steel with Ruth Gimpel coaching from the rail. Luanne Kilday made the reserve ride with her black gelding, Harlem's Night At The Apollo.

The Junior Exhibitor Show Pleasure 14-17 Stake was next with a full ring of entries competing for the tricolor. Ruth Gimpel had another champion when Seismic Force and Amy Greensburg put in a picture perfect ride for the tricolor. Natalie Sanchez and Bluegrass Sunset rose above the rest of the field for second.

Veteran CH Sarah Catherine returned to win the Three-Gaited Pony Stake with Lauren Henderson up. Paul Boone directed this Circle H Tack entry. Bourbon County Rose and Amy Hein repeated their earlier show for the reserve title.

Seven equitation riders put on their best performance for the Saddle and Bridle's Pleasure Medallion class. Four were called for the workout and it was Elizabeth Stevenson who impressed the judge with her ability. She was directed to the win by Courtney Huguley. Lindsay Dasher made a good ride for second.

Next, the 13 and under riders rode their show pleasure horses for the chance to wear the tricolor. CH My Gabrielle and Jessica Northcutt brought the blue, red, and yellow streamers back Clover Leaf Stables for owner Carol O'Sullivan. The skillful catch-rider Shelby Reimer was second on The Cajun Moon. This horse is owned by Frederick and Carol Hack.

The Park Pleasure class was next with nine entries. Dori Zandy had another winner as she rode her four-year old gelding League Of Nations to the winner's circle. Marie Gwinn showed her Bay All Day to the reserve in a very competitive class.

Our Sonflower was the only entry in the Five-Gaited Pony class, but this pony seemed to be even better than in his first class with Caroline Walker in the saddle for Hickory Hill Farm.

Three Hackney ponies pulled their elegant viceroys around the ring and the judge watched each one closely before deciding who the champion would be. General Mills topped the class as Elise Johnson put in a superb drive. Deborah Koning drove Black Merlin for David Crockett to the reserve title.

The last class of the morning was the Junior Exhibitor Country Pleasure Stake. It was full of top horses, but Ricochet Memories never backed an ear as he was called out of the line up with Shelby Reimer on board for Soquili Stables. Prince Town BH and Reagan Huguley were in excellent form to take home the reserve placing for Stepping Stone Farm.

Saturday afternoon belonged to the rising stars in the industry, the academy riders.  These riders competed from barns primarily from Georgia, Alabama and Florida.  Winning top ribbons in their divisions were  Annette Schoeman, Savanna Deschamps, Tammy Duley, Beth Daniels, Nicole McSweeney, Lauren Byrd, Caroline Boyd, Anna Vosburgh, Lindsey Mazo, Mary Meeks, Cindy Morris, Deborah Lechner, Grace Elizabeth Pulliam, Kyle Thiess, Katie Lichtenstein, James Huguley, Morgan Keith, Andrea Simpson, Madison Mahaffey, Ashton Slawinski, Madison McCall, Mikal Williams, Hannah Abrams, Charlotte Ann Boyd, Tiffany Davis, Liz Ireland, Cayla Tabb, Jamison Baker, Kaylee Norman and Amanda Marks.

Saturday night buzzed with excitement as the final classes of Southeastern Charity took place. The amateurs were first with their three-gaited park horses. CH Ramses was the favorite of both the crowd and the judge as he and Amanda Dellinger were called out to the winner's circle for the first tricolor of the night. Callaway's Twister and Kelley Hollowell came out of the eight-horse group for the reserve ribbon.

Four entered for the Saddle Seat Equitation Championship and all were asked to perform a workout. Each executed the workout with practiced precision and Kristen Thomas was crowned as the equitation champion under Ann Judd's instruction. Morgan King was also in fine form for the second place under the direction of Bill Rodgers.

The Amateur Roadster Pony Stake was next as six entries raced around the track. Old Memories looked as good as ever as he and Elise Johnson sped to the winner's circle. Karen Voerg steered Rant 'N Rave through the pack for the reserve streamers.

The first gaited class of the night was the Junior Exhibitor Five-Gaited Stake. Crouched back and high in front, Tigerlee carried Ali DeGray to the winner's circle for the second time this week. Ashton Hale was another crowd favorite as she racked CH Spindazzle out of the ring with the reserve ribbon in hand.

Three harness ponies marched around the ring and Maureen Lydon took the tricolor for Kathryn Nichols after expertly driving Wind In The Willows through the class. Heartland Firefly and Garland Presswood captured the reserve place.

The Three-Gaited Amateur Stake entertained the crowd as seven horses competed for the championship title. Bernie's Spirit and Kim Williams paired up to repeat their winning performance from earlier in the week. The flashy American Wine and Jessica Anderson were just right for the second place vote.

Steve Old returned to the winner's circle as Judy Dellinger and Pride's Perfection won the Pleasure Pony Driving Amateur Stake with a grand performance. Heartland Stetson and Sallie Turner took home the reserve ribbon out of an eight pony class.

The Five-Gaited Pleasure Stake brimmed with excitement as nine horses dueled it out. Believe Her and Mallory Greaves continued their winning ways with Tammy Devore as trainer of this champion pair. MMMBop racked and trotted in perfect form for the reserve win with Amanda Dellinger in the saddle.

Next was the first of the jackpot stakes. Only three came in for the $1,000 Added Fine Harness class. The crowd cheered VHF The Licorice Drop Kid all the way as he and Tom Lee strutted up for the presentation picture. Bill Waller took over the lines of Candle Dan and finished with the reserve prize.

For the eighth time this week, Steve Joyce ran into the ring to greet one of his riders in the winner's circle. Tipitina added the Junior Exhibitor Park Stake to her long list of wins with Bree Zandy handling this elegant mare. Rosilie Jonassen rode hard as she guided Man In My Life in for the second place.

The dirt went flying as seven road horses came in for the Roadster to Bike Jackpot Stake. The crowd was once again treated to another performance of a reigning world champion as Ashland dug in and went to speed. Mike Barlow directed the Howard Six entry to the winner's circle. Scruff and Deborah Koning were not to be left out of the money as they put in a strong effort for the reserve.

CH Sweet Virginia made a championship show as Barbara Woods handled this mare for the competitive Adult Show Pleasure Stake win. Don Judd was there to greet this pair in center ring. CH My Grande and Amanda Dellinger made an equally brilliant go and finished with the reserve streamers.

The paced slowed down a little for the Western Country Pleasure Stake. The placings were reversed from the qualifier as Monsignor and Marie Gwinn wore the tricolor. Rum Tum Tigger and Luanne Kilday jogged up for the reserve place for owner John Edsel Boyd.

Seven very nice three-gaited horses were shown by their junior exhibitors in the next class. Jackie De La Parte had Keeper Of The Stars in perfect shape to win the blue with Don Judd once again tipping his hat as trainer. Shelby Reimer rode April Hi-Lite for only the second time, yet made it look as if this pair was meant for each other when they marched up for the reserve for owners Frank and Penelope St. Charles and trainer Melinda Moore.

Only three returned for the Amateur Five-Gaited Stake. Following up the blue ribbon debut they made on Thursday, George Anne Nash rode hard on Our Silver Charm to take the amateur title. Seminole Wind and Kim Womac blew in to claim the reserve vote.

With three classes left to go, the three-gaited horses were called in for their jackpot stake. Steve Joyce made one more trip down victory lane as he directed Showboat's Casablanca down the rail for Marian Hunt Bramlett. Mike Barlow and In Bold Print collected reserve honors for owner Melissa Scrushy.

The roadster ponies were the last speed class of the night and seven entries plowed through the gate. Always a favorite no matter where he goes, Free Willy trotted as if he was back in Freedom Hall. Owner Georgia Blevins drove this remarkable pony to the championship under Maureen Lydon's watchful eye. Steve Old drove junior pony Heartland Carolee to the red streamers for the Dellinger family.

The Five-Gaited Jackpot Stake was the final class of the show and it was a loud one. Only four came into the ring, but each horse had a following behind him. For the third year in a row, Tammy Devore claimed the jackpot prize money on the charismatic New York Showtime owned by Hickory Hill Farm. Red Hawk Red Hawk racked and trotted as he was bred to do while Bill Schoeman guided him down the ring for the reserve honors. Red Hawk Red Hawk is owned by Lori and Larry Schmidt.

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