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A Star-Studded Event At ASHAV

Judges: James Cherry, Lynda Freseth and Richard Harris
Academy Judge: David Cater
Manager: Kent Moeller
Show Secretary: Beth Snider
Announcer: David Owens
Ringmaster: William G. Whitley III
Photographer: Linda Quillen-Wollaber
USEF Steward: Janice Wright
Farriers: Jack Blake and John Bare
Paddock Master: Lowell Gobble
Futurity Chairperson: Joann Bedsaul
Horse Show Chairman: Carol Reedy

by Katherine Hansil

LEXINGTON, Va.- The 23rd annual ASHAV Horse Show was held Sept. 27–30 in Lexington, Va. It was held at one of the best facilities in the country, the
Virginia Horse Center. Not only does the show offer great grounds and schedule, they make sure you have a great time with fun for kids like the scavenger hunt and a Youth Pizza Party and fun for all at a great exhibitors’ party with music and dancing. On Friday and Saturday evening “pigs will fly” was brought out with the person coming closest to the target winning half of the monies collected for the renting of the pigs. It was great fun by all! One of the best things about this show is the caliber of horses. There is a great collection of champions in this area and with the addition of some of the great horses from Kentucky you have one of the best quality shows outside Lexington, Louisville or Midwest. Add in the facility and the great little town of Lexington with its restaurants and shops and you have a world-class event.


What a great gaited championship to close the show on Saturday evening! Like last year, ASHAV President Carol Reedy planned a different score of music as each horse entered the ring individually to Eye Of The Tiger, adding extra atmosphere to an already much anticipated class. The crowd got behind their favorite and much roar was heard as two favorites from West Virginia, He’s The Man with Smith Lilly and Leatherwood’s Encore with Matt Shiflet dueled it out one pass at the rack. Also contending for the title was the sporty I’m First with Nelson Green. When the cards were in it was the reigning World’s Grand Champion He’s The Man with Smith Lilly called unanimously to the winner’s circle. Reserve honors went back to Kentucky with Stonecroft’s entry I’m First. Rounding out the top three with the crowd’s applause was Leatherwood’s Encore. In the qualifier the blue also went to He’s The Man and the reserve to I’m First. In that class the elegant mare Whimsicality with Michael Richardson earned the strong third.

The competition remained strong in the ladies and amateur classes as well with several multi-titled champions competing. For the second year in a row the beautiful CH Walterway’s Remember Me had two magnificent performances to capture the championship and qualifying titles with Ceil Wheeler. This was their first appearance since their wins in Freedom Hall. Moving up a notch to garner the reserve championship streamers was Caramac’s Bogart with Emily Hess Levine. Earning reserve qualifying honors was Feel The Thunder and Vicki Reed for the Pleasantview banner.

Pleasantview continued their success as they directed Callaway’s Kit Carson and Susan Shepard in the amateur division. With two spectacular rides, Shepard swept the division with her bold moving bay. Reserve honors went to the flashy Macaroon and Lori Boyd Van Gordon.

In the junior exhibitor division, two hard-riding Carolina riders battled for the topped spots among five teams. Moving up a notch to win the championship class was the current Reserve World’s Champion Callaway’s Cover Page expertly piloted by Grant Shiflet. No strangers to the winner’s circle, CH Diamond’s Hope and Sarah Longworth took the blue in the qualifier and returned to earn the reserve championship title.


Little Lord Huntley was a powerhouse to sweep the five-gaited pony division with Andrea Wolkoff. King Crimson and Justin Crowley earned both reserve titles for Monica and Robert Olson.

The Fish ‘N Fun owned-and-bred Harlem’s Worldly Lady earned the blue in the Virginia Owned Five-Gaited with Ronnie Graham in the irons. Reserve honors went Leslie Tickle aboard Mountainview’s Starcatcher. The exciting Colonel Hoss with Clark Clouse captured the judges’ and crowd’s attention to win the Novice Five-Gaited class. Reserve honors went to the Leatherwood owned Callaway’s Winning Ways with Redd Crabtree. This nice young horse also earned the reserve in the Junior Five-Gaited class. Earning the top honor in the junior class was the current world’s champion titleholder Platinum’s New Look, affectionately known at Tonto. Smith Lilly was aboard to guide this star to the winner’s circle for Platinum Stock Farm. Smith Lilly continued to dominate the young gaited classes as he directed Spirit Of New York PSF to the win in the UPHA Five-Gaited Classic for Sam Bowling. Reserve went to Vicki and Sam Reed’s young star Lucknow’s Last Serenade with Kris Knight in the irons.


Five great entries made the gate call for the Three-Gaited Championship. Capturing the top honor was the five-year-old by My Magical Moment,
Liberty’s Magic. Clark Clouse guided this elegant entry to the tricolor for Liberty Saddlebreds. Earlier they won the novice qualifier. Kris Knight had Callaway’s Emancipation at the top of his game to earn the reserve championship honor for Dreamquest Saddlebreds. This bright performer also garnered the blue ribbon in the ladies qualifier. Reserve in the ladies class went to the gifted Manhattan’s Irish Cream and Kristen Shiflet for Emily Druckman and reserve in the novice qualifier went to Paradoc’s Swoosh and Trey Prasse. Clark Clouse continued his success with another trip to the winner’s circle, this time with Liberty’s Ooh La La in the open qualifier for Liberty Saddlebreds. You Move Me and Smith Lilly received the red ribbon for Robin Vuillermet. Winning the Virginia Owned Three-Gaited class was hometown favorite Omerta with Nancy Troutman in the irons for Carol Reedy. Reserve went to the newly trimmed Force Majeure and Julie Simmons.

Two teams from the Northeast battled for the top spots in the amateur division of nine nice entries. Rick Daigle had I’m Sky High in all the right spots as they marched down the rail to move up a notch and claim the championship title. In the qualifier it was the expressive Sightline and Holli Esposito capturing the blue and returning for the reserve in the championship and a first place vote.

The junior exhibitor class was just as exciting as Tara Grom showed off the talented Heir Popper, returning for the win in the championship after an earlier reserve title. Winning the qualifier in their debut performance together was Rosewood’s Potpourri and Emma Jefferies. This week her sister, Kerry, handed over the irons and it paid off as Emma earned the blue and returned to garner the reserve championship streamers with a first place vote.

The three-gaited pony class was full of quality with all three ponies earning titles in Freedom Hall this year. With a comeback ride The Attaché Orchid and Holly Wilson earned the win the Three-Gaited Pony Championship. Winning the qualifier and returning for the reserve in the championship was the Scott Perrelli-trained Powerful Tango with Molly Trent. Cameo’s Carte Blanche and Anna Drew Jackson claimed the reserve in the qualifier.

Todd Graham earned his trip to the winner’s circle in the Junior Three-Gaited with Michael Curry’s Callaway’s Photo Opportunity. Reserve honors went to Leatherwood’s Every Day and Redd Crabtree for Leatherwood Stud. Brian Chappell was aboard the animated Worthy’s Pure Love to win the UPHA Three-Gaited Classic for Erin LaCroix. Callaway’s Paisano and Matt Shiflet earned the reserve title for EMCO LLC. Libby McLemore presented Roi Du Soleil, earning the blue in the Two-Year-Old Three-Gaited for Julie Lynn Andrew/Hallston Manor LLC. Prize Material and Evan Orr received the red ribbon for W.H. Maddy Jr.


In the open park division Lime Twisted Gin put on an awesome show to sweep the division. Clark Clouse expertly piloted this magnificent horse to both wins for Jacquelyn Stred. Sultan’s Savannah Anna moved up a spot to capture the reserve tricolor with Gary Garone in the irons for Jan Beardsley-Blanco. In the qualifier the red ribbon went to the John Champagne-trained I’m Simply Divine and Kelly Vernon.

The amateur class was as competitive as ever with many titleholders vying for the top spots. Adding to their collection of titles this season, Perfect Vengeance and Kaitlyn Grom swept the division. The powerful CH The Foxy Prince and Bambi Childress Bollin earned both reserve titles for the Mercer Springs banner.

The quality and quantity became a theme in the park division, as the junior exhibitor team was 13 deep. The toppy Kalarama Shiraz with Sarah Longworth paraded around the ring and into the winner’s circle, not once but twice to sweep the division. Reserve championship honors went to VHF York’s Coppertone and Tara Grom, with Last Tango In Paris and Whitney Bennett garnering the red streamers in the qualifier.

Topping the junior class was the Supreme Heir-bred Suddenly Single with Redd Crabtree. Andre Fourie presented The Oberoi to a competitive reserve for Keatley/Graham.

Fine Harness

In the Fine Harness Championship the lofty young star Mother Mary garnered the tricolor with Smith Lilly on the lines for Platinum Stock Farm. Earlier in the week they earned the blue in the junior qualifier. Reserve championship honors went to the winner of the Two-Year-Old Fine Harness class, Pi’ece De R’esistance, with Ruth Gimpel presenting for Bon Mar Farms. Winning the open qualifier was Shamrock’s Asagi and Andre Fourie for Keatley/Graham. Reserve in the junior class was Headhunter and Redd Crabtree, with Sidus and Ronnie Graham reserve in the two-year-old class for Fish ‘N Fun. Winning the UPHA Fine Harness Classic was the breathtaking Joe Friday with Nelson Green on the lines for Ceil and Kenny Wheeler. Breath Of Heir and Cash Lovell received the red streamers for Sharon Anderson.

Road Horses

In the Roadster To Bike Championship, Braveheart and Marilyn Macfarlane would not be denied as they stepped up the pace and raced to the winner’s circle. Earlier they earned the reserve in the qualifier. Winning the qualifier in his first show ring appearance off the track was the explosive Roar Of Thunder with Ruth Gimpel. This team returned to take the reserve championship honors for Pixie Dust & Steel.

For the fourth year in a row Kentucky Wildcat earned the tricolor in the Amateur Roadster To Bike Championship and fresh off his second Louisville title. Jon Dabareiner expertly presented this speedster in both classes. Moving up, Humdinger returned to earn the reserve championship honor with James Rosburg in the bike. In the qualifier the red ribbon went to The Intimidator and Lori Boyd Van Gordon.


Ruth Gimpel continued her success on the lines as she showed Seize The Moment back in the open championship to garner the tricolor for Pixie Dust & Steel. Aarobrook’s The Aviator and Dr. Robert Flint returned to earn the red championship ribbon after an earlier qualifying blue. In the open qualifier Titian and Leroy Barker received the reserve.

Sweet Impression was on loan from Marli Dabareiner to her mom, Lisa, this week. Lisa presented this sporty pony to sweep the amateur division. Bali Hai and Jack Richards had a comeback drive to earn the reserve championship title with LLF Famous Design and Jack Glover taking the qualifying reserve.

No one was more thrilled than Sarah Sessoms after her number was called to the winner’s circle in the AHHS Youth Medallion Road Pony. She presented Knollandaire to the win for David Barger. This team returned to capture the reserve championship title. Winning the championship was the multi-titled Twin Willow’s Broadway Joe and Ben Ferreby. They found their groove with a comeback drive for Marilyn Macfarlane. Seize The Moment and Ali DeGray earned the reserve in the AHHS qualifier.

Sarah Sessoms was back to the winner’s circle in the under saddle division as she won the championship and AHHS qualifier with Bent Tree Farm’s entry Bagheira. Reserve in the championship went to Brass Buttons and Shauna Prasse, with Barbaret and Abbey Bailey earning reserve in the AHHS qualifier.

Fish ‘N Fun’s success continued as Ronnie Graham presented Baby Cakes to the Novice Road Pony win with Windswept’s George W and Leroy Barker garnering the reserve. Rees Woody’s entry Blue Grass Impression earned the blue in the junior class with Aragorn and Lee Hudson in for reserve for Bent Tree Farm.

Night Editor and Lee Hudson were the stars in the open harness pony division as they swept both classes for Bent Tree Farm. Lindsay Lavery earned both reserves with Broadmoor for Kathy Buente. Lee Hudson’s daughter, Anna, followed in her footsteps, winning the amateur harness pony qualifier and the AHHS Youth Medallion Hackney/Harness with Rhett for Bent Tree Farm. Psycho and Jack Richards earned the amateur qualifier reserve.

The majestic Fancy Ribbons topped the open hackney division with Marilyn Macfarlane on the lines for Randi Wightman. Earning both reserves was Heartland Elegant Dancer and Kathy Buente.

It was a special day for Helen Rosburg when her number was called to the winner’s circle with Holly Go Lightly in the Hackney Pleasure Driving Pony Championship. She debuted with her new pony who is just a three-year-old this week winning the championship and also the qualifying reserve. Winning the qualifier was the gifted Daddy Oh and Lynn Hutchinson under the direction of Jimmy Morrison. Wait & See’s Postmaster and Alex Foster topped the AHHS Youth Medallion Pleasure Driving Pony and returned to capture the reserve championship title.


In the competitive Adult Five-Gaited Show Pleasure Championship, Olympic Fire and Vicki Reed turned in a pleasure perfect ride to capture the tricolor for the Pleasantview banner. Reserve championship honors went to the flashy Oscar Dela Hoya and Stacy Halloran. This Diamond View trained-team won the novice qualifier earlier in the week. In the adult qualifier Liquid Thunder and Rick Daigle garnered the blue streamers and returned for a strong third in the championship. Reserve in the adult qualifier went to The Master Showman and Megan Humphreys.

In the junior exhibitor five-gaited show pleasure division, CH Assets And Attitudes was victorious in both classes with Sarah Sessoms in the irons. Having two great rides Allison Combs was thrilled with her two reserve finishes aboard Summit Up.

CH Callaway’s B. Gratz Brown and Nancy Troutman had a comeback ride to win the Park Pleasure Championship for Karin Banks. Reserve championship honors went to the winner of the qualifier, New York Entertainer presented by Gary Garone for Jessica MacLeod. Reserve in the qualifier went to My Southern Charm and Smith Lilly for Werk Way Stables.

Charm’s Choice and Rob Turner moved up a spot to claim the win in the Junior Park Pleasure Championship for Erica Faulkner. Circle Of A Promise and Ruth Gimpel earned the win in the qualifier for Pixie Dust & Steel. Reserve championship honors went to An Heir Of Grace and Katie Humphreys for Bill Shiflet.

In her first show ring appearance Callaway’s Crème Caramel topped the competitive UPHA Park Pleasure Classic. Chantel Coetzee expertly presented this beautiful young horse for Ceil and Kenny Wheeler. The flashy Cat’s My Daddy and Smith Lilly earned the red ribbon for Hawley Tool Sales.

Co-Ed’s Impressive Lady lived up to her name, as she was impressive in the large Adult Three-Gaited Show Pleasure Championship. Holli Esposito guided her to the winner’s circle for Mrs. Paul Rice in both the championship and qualifier. Reserve in the championship went to Explosive Material and Jan Frame for the Reiser Stables banner. In the qualifier Capsaicin and Paula Monty garnered the red streamers. Winning the Virginia owned class was She’s All That Country with Kerri Heatwole in the irons. In Contention and Jenna Norton scored the reserve for Riley Shiflet.

Tara Grom added two more titles to the Revelation banner with the sweep in the 14-17 show pleasure division aboard the magnificent Callaway’s Torch Bearer. Thomas Edison and Stephanie Miller put it together to move up and claim the reserve championship title. Reserve in the qualifier went to Ain’t She Something To Talk About and Brittany Kale.

The sweeps continued as Harlem’s Moving Man and Drew Taylor Hewitt from Cash Lovell Stables had two flawless rides in the 13 and under show pleasure. Irish Jasmin and Tyler Burkett earned the reserve championship honors under the direction of Lori and Gordon Ingram. In the qualifier The Ballroom Blitz and Kerry Jefferies earned the reserve in their only appearance in this division.

Success continued for Cash Lovell Stables as CH Much More Radiant and Stephanie Brackett moved up to win the 12 and Under Walk and Trot Pleasure Championship. Winning the qualifier was The Chesapeake Bay and Austin Hazelwood. Both reserve ribbons went to Secrets From The Heart and Whitney Barker. Tori White and Candy Kisses moved up to win the Three-Gaited Pleasure Pony Championship. Earning both reserve titles was Corrina’s Star with Sarah Martin presenting for Tommy Lovell. Will’s Princess and Kendell Stuart won the qualifier.

Stella De Oro marched to the winner’s circle in the Show Pleasure Driving Championship with Babs Patterson presenting for Barbara Billingsley after an earlier reserve in the qualifier. A thrilled Pat Yeatts received the reserve championship honor with her young star Stevie Nicks. In her first show pleasure driving appearance Dancing Up A Storm LCC took command of the ring for the qualifying win with Kathy Capsuto on the lines in their only performance.

Country Pleasure

The star-studded competition continued in the adult country pleasure division with once again current and past world’s champion title holders competing. In the qualifier the incomparable CH Riva Diva captured the blue with her owner and new teammate Donna Finch now that catch rider Catie Hawley has handed over the reins. This team returned to earn the reserve championship title. Garnering the tricolor was the sporty Uwharrie’s Patriot Sage with Kaitlyn Grom presenting. Earlier in the week this team won the Novice Country Pleasure, with Mountainview’s Blueridge Express receiving the red streamers. Winning the Virginia owned class was By Design and Terry Wilson, with Executive Phorce and Doris Tyler in for reserve.

Ali DeGray continued her success with Kalarama’s High Roller. Fresh off wearing the roses in Freedom Hall they swept the 14-17 country pleasure division for Pixie Dust & Steel. Both reserve titles went to Paradoc’s Whatzapnin and Trey Prasse. In the 13 and under division the new team of Lucky Curve and Emily Rhoads made their debut, winning both the championship and qualifier for the Diamond View banner. Reserve in the championship went to Windy Hill Super Star with April Pomeroy, while Harlem’s Hot Secret and Victoria Daniel earned the reserve in the qualifier.

Having a great time Anita Simpson drove Really Worth It to both country pleasure driving titles in unanimous fashion. Ro-Day-O and Annette Greene earned the reserve championship title, while Flashyheir and Mary Hall Fisk received the qualifying reserve.

Sweeping the western division was the well-matched Beaux’s Radiant Empire with Pat Yeatts. The flashy Mapleridge Rare Event and Susan English earned both reserves for the Fairfield South banner.


In the hunter division Ronan was the top pick sweeping the division with Melinda Warden presenting for Jo Ann Pendley. Melanie Carroll captured both reserves with The King Of Wishful Thinking.


Tara Grom was in top form aboard CH Absolutely Exquisite to garner the Saddle Seat Equitation Championship. Earlier in the week this talented rider also won the qualifier. Reserve went to Kerry Jefferies under the direction of Karin Folkers. Megan La Prevotte won the UPHA Challenge Cup riding Mountainview’s Oh What A Beauty. Cagle James took command of the ring to win the UPHA Walk and Trot Equitation and the 10 and Under Walk and Trot Equitation aboard Seattle Song. Anna Hudson under the direction of Nancy Troutman earned the reserve in the 10 and Under Walk and Trot Equitation, with Alexa Flint from Diamond View earning the reserve in the UPHA class.


Winning the ASR Grand National Open Yearling was the Attaché’s Royal Assets filly There’s No Way, owned by Leslie Tickle. The Irish Lad by The Irish Connection earned their reserve title for Debbie and Randy Palmer. Fort Chiswell’s Little Sister topped the ASHAV Yearling class with Bobby Dunn on the lead for owner Rae Lee Mills. In-hand veteran Fred Sarver showed the reserve ASHAV yearling, Mountainview’s Sky Queen, for Jones Mountainview Saddlebreds. Dupree topped the Amateur ASHAV Futurity Yearling. Edwin Simpson presented this Guy O’Shea-bred colt. Reserve went to The Sassy One and Ted Graham.


In the ASHAV Weanling class, Sir William Riley won the top prize with Bill Shiflet presenting for Anne Holmes. Reserve honors went Windy Hill Farm’s Lightning Struck Twice by Clover Hill’s Lightning Bolt. Ed Simpson was back to the winner’s circle in the Amateur ASHAV Futurity Weanling with another Guy O’Shea get, Celebrity Status. One Promise Too Late and Ted Graham were reserve.


Bailarina Del Cielo and Trey Prasse topped the Amateur ASHAV Futurity Two-Year-Old In-Hand and returned to earn the reserve in the Old Dominion class. Olivero and Ed Simpson earned reserve in the Amateur ASHAV Futurity Two-Year-Old In-Hand. In the Old Dominion Futurity Two-Year-Old In-Hand the blue went to Maccager. Fred Sarver presented this Callaway’s Wish Me Will colt for Karen Sarver.


Early Saturday morning belonged to the academy stars of the show. David Cater evaluated the riders and awarded these riders with top ribbons in their divisions: Melinda Tedder, Olivia McCraw, Lydia Nuckols, Christopher Prasse, Meredith Macy, Hillary Frame, Samantha Stratton, Payton Gerencir, Ellie Kangur, Meredith Gallaher, Dre Fourie, Anna Hansil, Allie Gentry, Emma Sanchez, Allie Poovey, Madeline Long, Tyler Jessie and Morghan Alley.

This concludes the highlights from ASHAV. Complete results can be seen and searched by clicking here.

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