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The Waukesha Summerfun Horse Show, is just that....a great horse show and a good time. This year, Signature and Waukesha were held on back to back weekends, both show facilities within an hour of each other, making it attractive to area exhibitors.

Waukesha has always boasted support from many of the barns in Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa. The three day show held 96 classes, including several academy classes, and had an amazingly good turnout again this year.

The festivities began on Friday. Among the highlight's from Friday's performance was the Saddle & Bridle Medallion Class. Out of 10 entries, Michelle Krentz of Hartford, Wisconsin was declared the winner, with Curran Sukowaty coming in with the reserve. Ray Krussel rode the beautiful Novice Full Mane & Tail Park Horse, Harlem's Town Princess to a well deserved blue ribbon. Lance Hayes, riding Bugsy Siegal, finished second in this very large class. Krussel secured another blue ribbon for the Knollwood gang in the Open Full Mane & Tail class as he sported Louisville Lass through her gaits. Star Hill Farm's, Callaway's Jane Randolph was reserve in that class. The large Country Pleasure Driving class had to be split into two sections, with awards given in both sections. Brendan Heintz catch drove Hometown Luck to the win in section I, followed by Kourageous Genius Supreme. Section II's winner was Highpoint's Gentleman Dandy, with reserve awarded to Toni Nastali and Ollie By Golly. Another of Toni's entries, Gettin' Fancy, was ridden by Tom Thorpe to first place in the exciting Junior Park Pleasure Class. This young entry just keeps getting better as he continues his winning ways. Blues Traveler claimed the reserve with Kris Martalock in the irons for owner Joe Rowland.

It was the big, handsome grey horse who was declared the winner in the Novice Country Pleasure Class of 14. The Silver Screen, owned and ridden by Marlene Silver took first place, and Jan Ribordy's, Yo Adrian came in second. Linda and Sarah Larson's exciting young Mr. Ted E. Bheir made the victory pass in the Junior Show Pleasure class on Friday, and also was the winner again on Sunday in the Junior Show Pleasure Stake. Executive Dunk did five slick gaits in the Amateur Five-Gaited Class to conclude Friday's performance. Always an enthusiastic exhibitor, Mike Schallock rode his CH Nice Doing Business to the red ribbon.

Exhibitors were treated to a pig roast on Friday night after the show. The event was well attended and a great time for everyone there. Saturday brought about more extremely hot temperatures, but a few special events. Trainers had an opportunity to cool off in the dunk tank. The dunk tank was sponsored by the Knollwood Knockouts from Knollwood Farm in Hartland, Wisconsin. This group provided the dunk tank in an effort to raise money for charity. It was rumored Scott Matton and Bob Griffin both went for a dip! Also on Saturday, the Waukesha Horse Show paid tribute to their deceased friend, Jack Hanrahan. Jack was a long-time exhibitor of the Milwaukee area horse shows for more than 40 years. Jack and his family trained and exhibited their own horses to great success in the Midwest. An Irish toast was offered in his memory, as his daughter Mary Bushard, her husband Dan, and son Jim joined in the center ring for the ceremony.

Saturday's performance contained several equitation and academy classes. The many saddle seat riders skillfully performed during the extreme heat. Saddle Seat Pleasure Equitation riders, Michelle Krentz and Magdalene Marcyan finished first and second in the 13 & Under Saddle Seat Pleasure Equitation division. In the Pleasure Equitation 14-17 age group, Austin Eversman and Kris Jurkynas were the winner and reserve champions. It was also great to see strong turnouts in the Academy Equitation classes. It is certainly evident that saddle seat riding programs are thriving and the interest in this industry is as strong as ever! Waukesha provided a wonderful opportunity for these students to get showring experience at a first class horse show!

Speaking of first class, Harlem's Town Princess made her way to the winner's circle for the second time at Waukesha. This time in the Amateur Full Mane & Tail class with owner/rider Debra Gianpietro riding. Mike Bletsoe rode his own Bugsy Siegal to reserve in that same class. It was another victory pass for Toni Nastali as she skillfully drove her Show Pleasure Driving entry, Irish Tribute, to a win. Knight of Steel, with owner driver, Wendy Carney finished reserve, and came back on Sunday to win the Show Pleasure Driving Stake. Another good harness class, the Junior Show Pleasure Driving Class was won by Milwaukee Delivery's nice young horse, Gato Heirmosa, who was driven by Kurt Antonacci. Finishing second in that class was Delores Lillge driving her own Society's Saturday Night Live. Saturday night couldn't begin to wind down until the conclusion of Callie Davidson's electric performance on her Ladies/Amateur Five-Gaited Mare, Electraglide. This extremely talented mare racked and trotted her way to the top spot in a large class of nice horses. Finishing second to Electraglide was Joanne Eissfeldt and Top Gossip. Concluding Saturday evening was the most entertaining class of the show: The Grooms' Class. This class is always a great deal of fun, and every barn enthusiastically supports their own groom. Only one could be the winner, though, and it was Mauricio Moctezuma riding Design By Penny. Mauricio was riding under the direction of John Willis Stables and had obviously paid much closer attention to his riding instructor than Juanita Willis. Juanita performed in the Trainer's Equitation class at the Signature Horse Show the previous week and did not do nearly as well!

Sunday brought the conclusion of the Waukesha horse show, with many of the weekend's winners competing for the Championships. Early on Sunday, Kris Miller rode to the medal in the USAE Medal Class, with Mandy Martin coming in second. Meagen Sandee was awarded the medallion in the Saddle & Bridle's Medallion class. Sharon Worzalla finished reserve. Rounding out the equitation division was Austin Eversman, who was declared the Pleasure Equitation Champion. Magdalene Marcyan was a good second in this large field of 14 riders. As always, the last concluding the show was the Five Gaited Stake. In the end it was Got The Ticket who performed five perfect gaits for trainer Rick Wallen to be named the Five-Gaited Champion. Got The Ticket is owned by Jeff and Debbie Donovan of Eldorado, Wisconsin. Reserve went to Scott Matton and Puttin' On the Charm for owner Suzanne Van Galder.

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