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Southern hospitality, great horses, good friends and lots of fun make Alabama Charity Championship H

PRICEVILLE, Ala--With entries up from last year and almost 700 stalls rented, show manager, Charles Byron was very pleased with the outcome of this year's show. "We were exceptionally pleased with the response to the show this year." Byron said. "We had many new barns come this year and they all seemed to enjoy themselves. There were also many new spectators in attendance this year, people just come to see what all the excitement is about and end up bringing horses the next year." The horse show benefits the Children's Hospital and after the show Byron estimates that he and the volunteer staff will have donated approximately $.25 million to the hospital for the year.

The great southern hospitality at the Alabama Charity Championship Horse Show is part of what makes this show a success every year and this year was no exception. The week's events kicked off with a Welcome to Alabama Catfish Fry on Wednesday. After the show on Thursday exhibitors were asked to bring a dessert for the Great Bowls of Fire Gumbo Party where only the bravest sampled some of the hottest gumbo in the south. Friday night was Family Night and after the last class of the evening, center ring was turned in to a playground and everyone enjoyed hot-dogs, hamburgers and of course, karaoke. Dinner wasn't the only meal served at the show grounds, breakfast was also offered Thursday-Sunday mornings and if you planned ahead you could have breakfast delivered to your tack room every morning. This show offers so much for its exhibitors sometimes it's hard to remember the reason they're here, there is a horse show going on in the midst of all this fun.

Aliens, witches, and spiders, oh my! With halloween just around the corner some of the tack room decorations were a little scary. Clouse Stables was invaded by aliens, a witch was spotted on radar at C&C Stables and a GIANT spider spun a web around Betsy Webb Stables. The spider and Betsy were later seen taking the seasonal decorations prize back to Louisville, Ky. As mentioned earlier there was a horse show going on here.


Melinda Moore of Arrowhead Farm and the beautiful South African stallion Don't Worry Be Happy made a thrilling performance in the Five-Gaited Championship and racked away with the tricolor for Dr. Scott Bennett and Danny Bugg of Harrodsburg. Clark Clouse and Seth and Alice Keagan's entry, Tonight Preferred, made a wonderful performance and trotted away with the reserve award. These two fine entries were also winner and reserve in the open class on Wednesday evening.

Melanie Stivers and her entry, Doubletree's Admiral D, headed to the winner's circle after a stunning performance in the ladies championship. The pair proudly carried the tricolor back to the Spring Hill Stables banner. Vanity's Fortune Queen and owner Sandy Plant of Lenoir City, Tenn. came in for the reserve title. Fredericka Caldwell's entry Cara Mya expertly guided around the ring by Elizabeth Caldwell took home the blue in the ladies' qualifier on Thursday Morning with Harlem's Grand Slam and Susan Orton in reserve.

In an large class the adult amateur championship tricolor went home to Richardson Stables along with Deborah Richardson and her captivating entry Everything Will. The reserve ribbon went to Barbara Gaynor and her entry Dynamation. This was a repeat for these two entries as they were tied first and second in the Adult Amateur class on Wednesday Evening as well. The junior exhibitor championship and qualifier belonged to the tough riding Tiffany Trueman and My Teddy Bheir. This cute pair made two excellent shows and were not only the judges pick but the crowds as well. Alexandra Harper and Stylin took the reserve championship title home to South Charleston, W. Va. Shanna Goodwin and The Magic Hour came in for the red ribbon in the qualifying class.

Merrill Murray and the Blythewood Farm's entry Willy B Wicked were spotted in the winner's circle for the junior horse stake Friday morning. James Nichols guided Gayle Jones' entry Callaway's Quasar in for the red ribbon.

Two strong entries came out for the UPHA three-year-old class with Singsation and Darrell Cruse for Frank Jones taking the blue. Worthy's Love Me Not and Mike Hylton were reserve for Mary Kathleen Snyder.

Thursday morning saw Matt Shiflet with Harry Killian's entry UWharries Showdown in the winner's circle for the three-year-old stake. Paul Cates and Miss Diva were reserve for Linda Nicholson. A large novice horse stake saw another gifted Frank Jones entry, Red Hot & Bothered with Darrell Cruse, taking the blue. Penny Lane Farm's entry Harlem's Power Ball and James Nichols were reserve.

Rachel North and her beautiful pony The Champagne Lady were chosen as the champion in both five-gaited pony classes. S.S. Kentucky and Andres Herrera were reserve in both classes as well for Andres Herrera and Blair Reynolds of Boca Raton, Fla.

Man to Man and Tim Henderson for Anadon Farms were declared the winners in the Alabama owned class. Bill Schoeman and Cybertown were reserve for Elizabeth McGowin.


The Three-Gaited Championship brought out six good entries vying for the title. In the end, it was Clark Clouse and Lady Lenair that caught judge Wallen's eye. The stylish mare is owned by Carl and Beverly Nance of Ironton, Ohio. Melinda Moore and Sir Andrew for the Jean McLean Davis Trust were on the card for the reserve title. The open class on Wednesday Evening saw the same top two winners.

Melinda Moore rode Angie Buckles' entry Cameo's Carte Blanche to the ladies' championship. This beautiful mare also won the ladies' qualifier on Thursday morning with Melissa Moore. Vicki Gillenwater and A Blessing for Scenic View Farm trotted away with the reserve championship. Vision Heir and Amy Hanson for Penny Lane Farm were reserve in the qualifier.

Worthy Winner with owner Cathryn Coleman took the tricolor back to Austin, Texas for the adult amateur championship. Andrea Athanasuleas and her mount CH Trapp Mountain were reserve. These entries were also the top two in the adult amateur qualifier with Athanasuleas and CH Trapp Mountain trotting out the gate with the blue and Coleman and Worthy Winner taking second place.

Michele Stieler and Cadillac's Notta Clue were first timers to the winner's circle in the junior exhibitor championship for the DJK Trust of Evansville, Ind. The reserve title went to Jacquie Joy Songer and Capture the Magic for Tip Top Stables. Songer and her entry took home the blue ribbon in he qualifying class on Thursday evening. Tiffany Trueman and Merrill Murray's entry M's Lady Jen were on the card for the red ribbon.

Three young horses came out for the junior horse class with Mike Barlow and In Bold Print for Melissa Scrushy taking home the blue. Mark Webster and Branch Water trotted off with the red ribbon for Hundred Acre Wood Farm of Cattlettsburg, Ky.

Mark Webster guided another strong entry in the UPHA classic class. Great Day's Cummin took home the blue for Kathy Cummins. Judy Sanders' entry Daytime Commander and Bill Schoeman trotted away with the red ribbon. These two talented youngsters were also tied in this order for the three-year-old class on Thursday morning.

Sunrise Stables' entry Let's Boogie and Clark Clouse took the blue in the novice horse class. So Stylish and Bill Schoeman for Lori and Larry Schmidt left the ring with the red ribbon.

Clear View Stables is the home of the Three-Gaited Pony Champion Royalty In Black with Lauren Stone in the saddle for Teresa Walker this team also won the qualifying class on Thursday morning. Brittany Fox and Vouvray were reserve for Amanda Moorehouse in the championship. Starview and Ashton Hale were second in the qualifying class.

Madge Bass presented Callaway's Carnelian to the win for Karen Bowdre of Birmingham, Ala. in the Alabama owned class on Wednesday evening. Carolyn Dickson's entry That Sashy Thing with Allison Meads Lyon were the Alabama owned reserve winners.

Matt Shiflet presented Glider's Star in the three-gaited park full mane and tail championship and the horse seemed to take to the new division like a pro. in fact, she and Shiflet took home the tricolor for Kristen Bagdasarian. Elazar and Clark Clouse took the reserve title for Carl and Beverly Nance. The judge's card also tied these two stylish entries first and second in the open class on Wednesday evening.

The UPHA Three-Gaited Park Pleasure Classic had six worthy entries with the blue going to Hawk's Daydream and Tim Henderson for Kathy Wilson. Jerry Tolliver and I'm A Pistol took home the red ribbon for Roy T. Slagle.

The Three-Gaited-Park-Pleasure open blue went to Black Copper and Sherri Cobble for Victoria Trueman. The reserve honors went to Wind Cruzer with Eden Michael in the irons for Sammy Smith.

The Junior Three-Gaited Park Full Mane and Tail horses came out in full force. Colleen Crone's entry, One Wish took the tricolor home to Illinois. Sunrise Stables' entry Natalie Wood and Clark Clouse were judge Wallen's tie for the reserve title. The qualifier saw these two entries switch places as Natalie Wood took the blue and One Wish exited the ring with the second place vote. Top Miricle R.H.F. and Denise Stumbo made a beautiful performance in the Three-Gaited Full Mane and Tail Amateur Championship and proudly carried the tricolor back to Barry Stumbo Stables. Bright Memories and Debbie Konig were reserve for David Crockett. Vanessa's Fine Wine and Andrea Athanasuleas for Charla Crook took the blue in the qualifier on Thursday evening and Konig and Bright Memories in reserve.

Fine Harness

Six outstanding entries answered the call to the Fine Harness Championship on Saturday evening. In the end, it was Cary's Moonraker and Melinda Moore trotting away with the tricolor. Mike Hylton and Romanov took the reserve title for Sarah Riganti. The open class was also dominated by Cary's Moonraker with Romanov taking home the second place vote.

Tropical Treasure with Melissa Scrushy behind the lines trotted their way into the winner's circle for the Fine Harness Amateur Stake for Karon Brooks. The reserve honors went to Distraction and Cathryn Coleman of Austin, Texas.

Cathy Capsuto and Dancing Up A Storm LCC danced away with the blue in the UPHA Fine Harness Classic. Mike Barlow was at the lines for Rachel Seifert's entry The Lindy coming in reserve. The junior fine harness stake saw four fine entries with Shady Creek's Nell and James Nichols taking the blue for Dr. and Mrs. Max Webel. Joe T. Smith was at the lines for Paula Barr's entry Miss Rare Flair for the blue ribbon in the Fine Harness Three Year Old Stake.


The fast and the furious Rompaway with Lawrence Carrs for Lanny Judd took the tricolor in the Roadster To Bike Championship. Danny Bugg and his entry Geronimo sped out of the ring with the reserve title. Geronimo and Rompaway swapped places in the qualifier on Thursday evening. Lanny Judd also won the motorized bicycle that was raffled off on Saturday night.

John Durr's entry Autobahn with Elizabeth Caldwell were the Amateur Roadsters To Bike champions with Dale Hanson and Royal Count for Penny Lane Farm leaving with the reserve honors. Debbie Konig and Pretty Woman were the blue ribbon winners in the amateur to bike qualifier for David Crockett. Air Force One and pilot Danny Bugg flew out of the ring with the red ribbon.

Melinda Moore and her entry Gingerbread Man wore the blue in the ladies to bike class. Kathy Barlow and Canadian Express were the tie for reserve. Air Force One, this time expertly piloted by Melinda Moore for Danny Bugg, was the pick for the under saddle class. Colleen Breslin and Gettin' Jiggy Wit It brought home the second place vote. Mike Barlow sped through victory lane with Ashland for Howard and Bobbye Six in the wagon stake. Steve Crabtree and Despite It All were in line for second place for William and Barbara Watts. Danny Bugg guided another entry, Intimidator, to the blue in the novice class. Wildwood Flower and Steve Crabtree sped away with reserve honors.

Star Quest Equestrian Center teamed Eyes Wide Open and Tiffany Trueman for the Youth Roadster To Bike Class and left the ring as the victors. Ashley Moore and Delorenzo trotted out with the red ribbon for Mr. and Mrs. Ray Bible.

Edward Frickey of Frickey Farms, Inc. and Cowboy Magic were in the winner's circle tor the Road Pony Championship. Cabana Boy and Ken Kirk had the reserve honors. Frickey and Cowboy Magic took the blue in the open class as well. Spirit's Masterpiece and Sharon Chrisman made a wonderful show and sped away with the red ribbon for second place. Jeana Hein and Future Fashion took the tricolor for Mr. and Mrs. Dan Hein in the amateur championship. Cabana Boy and Ken Kirk were reserve. The amateur qualifying class sent St. Patrick and Kim Workman to the winner's circle with Night Owl and Elizabeth Caldwell taking the red ribbon back to Georgetown, Ky.

The UPHA Roadster Pony Classic was won by the sporty Twin Willow's Main Street and Denise Stumbo for Barry Stumbo. Doug Bowen and the Durango Kid were second. Tip Top Stables is the home of the Junior Exhibitor Roadster Pony Champion So Irresistible and Scott Songer. Just Watch and Tiffany Trueman left the ring with the reserve title. The qualifier saw these to talented ponies and drivers battle it out ealier in the week with the same results. Andrew Loving and Jerry Maguire took the blue in the AHHS Youth Medallion Roadster Pony Under Saddle class. Andrea Hennig and Penguin were tied second.


Ed Frickey was on the lines of Late Nite's Midnite Mist in the Harness Pony Championship and exited the ring with the tricolor. Bobbye Six and Heartland Firefly were reserve. Frickey and his top pony took the blue in the open class Wednesday evening with Lisa Bible and Debonaire Sunset Hope coming in for second for Mr. and Mrs. Gary White.

Heartland Firefly and Bobbye Six took the blue in the Amateur Harness Pony class Thursday morning with Garland Presswood and his entry Semair Glitter trotting away with the red ribbon. Presswood and Heartland Prime Time left the ring with the blue in the Hackney Pony Championship with Linda Hendricks and Hickory Lane Farm's entry Heartland Showcase leaving with the reserve honors. Heartland Primetime made another fantastic exhibition with Presswood in the first class of the horse show, the Hackney Pony open class, and left the ring with the blue. Hendricks and Heartland Showcase trotted away with the blue in the Hackney Pony amateur class Thrsday morning.

Amy Ashley Songer paired with Expressionaire made an exquisite show in the AHHS Hackney Pony Pleasure Driving Medallion class Friday evening and carried the blue back to the Tip Top Stables banner. Danae Richmond and Brannon Stables' entry Penguin took the red ribbon for second.

The UPHA Hackney Pony Pleasure Driving Classic saw another great entry from Frickey Farms with Heartland Miss America and Edward Frickey driving away with the blue ribbon. Ali, the outstanding entry of Gwen Stableford, trotted out of the ring with the tricolor in the Hackney Pony Pleasure Driving Championship with Vicki Gillenwater and Scenic View Farm's entry It's All About Me coming in for second. Sharon Chrisman and her classy pony CH Cascade made a beautiful show in the qualifying class Thursday morning and were rewarded with the blue ribbon. Gillenwater and her sporty entry were reserve.


The Five-Gaited Show Pleasure Chamionship hosted 13 entries. Jenna Vannoy and Hear The Music heard their names called for the tricolor presentation. Cheers Cheers and Deborah Richardson racked away with the reserve title. These two game horses and talented riders battled it out earlier in the show in the Adult Amateur Five-Gaited Pleasure class. Vannoy and Hear The Music were in the winners circle this time as well with Richardson and Cheers Cheers leaving with the second place vote. Tiffany Trueman was in the ring once again in the Junior Exhibitor Five-Gaited Show Pleasure class on Thursday evening. Trueman and her beloved Space Link made a "stand-up" performance and left the ring with the blue. Barratt Rudolph and Platinum Lady exited with the reserve for the Rudolph Family of Leeds, Ala.

Judy Harrison and Last Waltz danced away with the Show Pleasure Driving Championship tricolor. Vicky Honeycutt and Preordained hold the reserve title. CH Stuff And Nonsense with owner Jenna Vannoy made a thrilling performance in the qualifier Wednesday evening and carried the blue ribbon back to Randy Stoess Stables. Harrison and Last Waltz again danced around the ring for second place in the class on Wednesday evening. Vannoy and "Stuff" made their last show together in the championship class Friday evening coming in for fifth place.

Coe London and CH Sultan's Gold were crowned Three-Gaited Show Pleasure Adult Champions in a large class of 15 entries. Mary Ellen Hanavich and Callaway's Custom Made carried away the reserve honors. London and CH Sultan's Gold were victorious in the Three-Gaited Adult Show Pleasure class Wednesday evening. Vicki Gillenwater and K Town Magic took the red ribbon back to Scenic View Farm's banner. Clinton Jury and Pinstripe Dancer were named the winners in the Three-Gaited Show Pleasure 14-17 Championhip and proudly carried the tricolor home to the Hill View Stables banner. Christi Schnetzler and Cadillac's Crystal were named reserve champions. Jury and his stylish mount made another grand performance in the qualifier on Thursday evening and again came away with the blue. Jennifer Shell and What A Keepsake came in second for David Crockett. Daryl Higdon and the big, beautiful CH Uncle Abe carried the tricolor back to Cardinal Farms in the 13 & under championship. Katelan Elizabeth Crabtree and Heirrelevant made a great show and came in for the reserve titile. Higdon and CH Uncle Abe also trotted away with the blue in the 13 and under qualifier on Thursday evening. Aleasha Flowers and Heir No Evil took the red ribbon home to Munfordville, Ky.

The pleasure pony 58" and under championship and qualifier were won by the cute and sporty Wishes Fulfilled and Alyssa Phillips. Sunkissed Supreme and Nina Freese trotted out of the ring with the reserve champion title with Katherine Connor and A Twist Of Lemon taking the red ribbon in the qualifier Friday morning. The Alabama Owned Show Pleasure class was dominated by Emily Schwebke and Broadway Brilliance who graciously took the blue. Christi Schnetzler and Cadillac's Crystal came up for the red ribbon.

The tiny but mighty Grace Ann Walker and Highpoint's High Adventure drove away with the tricolor in the Country Pleasure Driving Championship as well as taking the blue in the qualifier. Spool's Top Secret and Dr. Thomas P. Burgess left the ring with the reserve champion title. Hope Johnson and Lakeview's Yes I Am took the red ribbon in the qualifier on Thursday morning. Deborah Richardson and I'm A Starmaker were the stars of the Adult Country Pleasure Championship class. Richardson and her beautiful mount also took the blue in qualifying class. Diana Satterlee and Windhover's Royal Rythm were named reserve champions. Melissa Scrushy and the talented CH Mr. Gary Cooper came in second in the qualifier Wednesday evening. The junior exhibitors definitely had their hands full with a big class of 15 in their championship. The end result was Christopher Koenig and Wild Lolita for the tricolor ribbon. Alexis Braswell and Americana's Flight were reserve for Little Cabna Properties. Koenig and Wild Lolita were presented with the blue ribbon in the junior exhibitor qualifying class Thursday evening. Andrea Hennig and Capital Idea were awarded the red ribbon for Sam Brannon.

Deborah Richardson changed atire and rode As Catch Can to the blue in the Western Country Pleasure Championship Friday morning. Jill Renyolds and Gathering Storm G.S. carried the red ribbon home to Pompano Beach, Fla. These two magnificent teams were also tied first and second on Wednesday evening in the western country pleasure qualifying class.


Devon Deckard, expertly instructed by Zubrod Stables, carried the tricolor away in the equitation championship. Tiffany Trueman trotted out of the ring with the reserve title. Trueman made an outstanding show of horsemanship in the 14-17 class and left the ring with the blue. Katie Condit riding with Ottery Creek Stables took away the red ribbon. Katelan Elizabeth Crabtree made a stunning performance in the 13 and under championship and carried the tricolor back to Hill View Stables. Amy Rives trotted away with the reserve title. These two young riders were also tied first and second in the 11-13 qualifying class Thursday evening. Four youngsters answered the call to the equitation Ten and Under Walk/Trot/Canter class with Catie Ray Clark taking the victory pass and Mary Ruth Callaway leaving with the red ribbon. Eleanor Watkins, another Zubrod pupil, trotted out of the ring with the tricolor in the 10 and Under Walk/Trot Championship and Amy Hein of Nashville, Tenn. took the reserve honors. Catie Ray Clark took another victory pass in the UPHA challenge cup class on Friday morning, Mary Ruth Callaway was reserve in this class as well. The UPHA 9-10 Walk/Trot Challenge Cup hosted four wonderful entries with Eleanor Watkins making another outstanding show and taking the blue. Amy Hein left the ring with the red ribbon. Four young riders entered the ring for the UPHA Challenge Cup Eight and Under Walk/Trot class, the tough riding Tyler Devore was named the winner with fellow barn mate Caroline Walker taking reserve. The Pleasure Equitation Medallion class was held Friday morning with four outstanding entries. Victoria Willcock was named the winner and Lindsey Taylor took second place. Devon Deckard, this time in the 17 and Under Pleasure Equitation class, took the blue home to Crestwood, Ky. Willcock was tied reserve in this class as well.


With many entries coming out in the rain Saturday morning this year's academy section of the show was a huge success. Many barns brought along lesson horses and academy riders to enjoy the festivities of the show. This show serves as a practice go round for many riders who will compete in the National Academy Finals held at this arena in November.


With three in-hand classes listed in the program the entries came out in full force. The ACCHS Yearling Jackpot went to Wing May's Kissin Kate and Bob Davis of Wing May Farm in Winchester, Ky. Joe T. Smith and Kathy and Jack Wilson's entry Eternal Son came in second. The ACCHS Weanling Jackpot went to Ellen Lamont's Extra Clever with Joe T. Smith. Enduring Freedom and Andrea Athanasuleas were second in the class. The striking Ring Side and Allison Walker accepted the blue ribbon for Lynda Becker in the ASB in hand class. Hector Nolasco and American's Flight exited with the red ribbon or Little Cabana Properties.

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