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Summertime Fun At Charlotte Charity!

Judge: Tammy DeVore

Ringmasters: Ted Forman & Tony Quick

Announcer: Peyton Hamilton

Show Co-Chairs: Angela Sherrill & Dale Luckey

Show Manager: Nancy Boone

Show Secretary: Beth Viering

Paddock Masters: ASAC AOT Club


by Katherine Hansil


HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. - The 15th annual Charlotte Charity Horse Show was held June 28-30, 2007, at Latta Plantation in Huntersville, N.C., and benefited the many great charities for Cook’s Memorial Presbyterian Church. Offering great competition with a laidback atmosphere it reminded the exhibitors why they got into the sport – to have fun. Add to the mix of balmy summer weather, a great schedule that gives exhibitors time to shop and sightsee in Charlotte or take a trip to nearby Carowinds, a great group of show staff and volunteers that see that needs are met and the show runs smoothly and don’t forget the Cook’s Concession Stand with tasty barbecue and sweets, and you have some summertime show ring fun! Each night was kicked off with a fun class. On Thursday it was the stick horse class with the dog show being held on Friday. Dr. Teresa Miller and Molly captured the heart of the judge for the win. Saturday was the popular costume class that was won by the Chestnut Lane entry of Ringo and Gardenia.


The group of trainers, exhibitors and spectators showed more than their horses this weekend, they also showed how a group of horse people can get together and rally for another horse family in need. Many know of the injuries Taylor Shiflet suffered a few weeks ago. This weekend this great group rallied behind the Shiflet family as everyone participated in the Pigs Will Fly contests that were held several times during the long weekend. Normally half of the proceeds go to the person with the closest pig, but each time a winner was called, he or she graciously gave the winnings back to raise more money for Taylor’s fund. After the pigs flew and the donations from the Cowboy Up bracelets were totaled over $2,500 was sent back to South Carolina with photographer Erin Hall to deliver to the Shiflet family.




Closing out the show and winning the Five-Gaited Championship was the Boone’s Farm team of Leatherwood’s Hats Off and Ali Deutsch. This team had two winning performances as they also won the junior exhibitor qualifier with a great ride. Reserve jackpot and reserve junior/novice honors went to Callaway’s Super Nova and Jerry Helms for Mountain View Stables. Another Mountain View team, Classic Native Dancer and Kathy Cook, topped the open qualifier as well as a reserve in the ladies qualifier.


Sweeping the ladies division in their debut show was Startalyst with Ann Cannon. This young, bright son of Catalyst was raised by Ann and Bill Cannon and has been successfully shown by Paul Boone in the junior division in 2006. Reserve championship honors went to Shamrock’s Free Step and Janelle D’Amato.


Moving up a notch to claim the Amateur Five-Gaited Championship was the flashy Pick Me First and Donna Lockett. Winning the qualifier and returning for the reserve championship honor was the Longacre-trained team of Talk About Attitude and Kathie Constable. Riva’s Periaptor and Morgan Feimster returning to win the junior exhibitor championship after an earlier reserve all under the direction of Steve Hanks.


Talk About Attitude and Kathie Constable


Steve Gassen debuted with the toppy French Resistance to win the junior/novice class for Holly Tree Stables.




Sweeping the amateur three-gaited division with two solid performances was Periaptor’s Dancing Star and Dr. Teresa Miller. CH Albelarm Tradition and Barbara Matthews earned the qualifying reserve in their only appearance.


Periaptor’s Dancing Star and Dr. Teresa Miller


The sleek Harlem Indigo garnered both titles in the junior exhibitor division with Candance Lovell in the irons for Tommy Lovell. Capturing both reserves in their debut show were The King’s Firestorm and Alexandra Rapadas.




The flashy Catalytic and Evan Orr were in top form to sweep the open division for Susan Hollowell. Reserve in both classes went to The Perfect Blind Date and Betsy Boone for Wendy Troyer.


Any Given Sunday and Katherine Hansil made two trips to the winner’s circle, winning the amateur/junior exhibitor championship and qualifier for Blue Horseshoe LLC. Garnering reserve championship honors was Bongo and Jennifer Roberts for Amy Roberts. In the qualifier CH Man On The Run and Kari Lawson earned the red streamers for Lenux Stables.


Perfect Prize and Betsy Boone were victorious in the Junior/Novice Three-Gaited Park for Christine Gerlock. Tamala and Luis Colon’s entry of Roho’s Summer earned the reserve with Steve Hanks in the irons.


Fine Harness


Dark Vader and Quintus Vander Spuy earned back-to-back wins in the fine harness division for Stanley Orr. Taking home both reserve titles were Lady Karissa and Bobby Jones for Jansal Saddlebreds.




Success Soleil and Gina Lail moved up a notch to capture the tricolor in the Roadster To Bike Championship for Jansal Saddlebreds. Winning the qualifier and returning for the championship reserve were Blue Sky and Rick Harris for Steve Hanks.


Diamond Hustler and Rebekah Cloninger sped to the winner’s circle not once but twice in the under saddle division. Racing away with both reserve ribbons were God Save The Queen and Lauren Riggins.


Brooke Vander Spuy had her time in the bike with Regal’s Star Attraction LF, winning the open road pony qualifier for Jeoff Bodenhorst. Doing Time and Steve Hanks earned the reserve for Steve Edwards. Both teams only made one appearance since Saturday night’s thunderstorm caused delay right before their championship and they decided not to show back.


The Boone’s team of Hallelujah and Shawn Carrol had their time to shine as they swept the amateur road pony division. John Glenn and Courtney Bebber made a single appearance to win the Road Pony Under Saddle.


Show Pleasure


The sporty Miraculous Odds with Lauren Camp DeHaan had two fantastic performances to sweep the adult show pleasure division. She’s Stupendous and Pam Allen had a comeback ride to earn the reserve championship title. Reserve in the qualifier went to the Heads Up team of Stand And Watch and Sara Roberson.


Alex Foster had a comeback ride aboard Over Achiever to win the competitive junior exhibitor championship. The Chesapeake Bay and Austin Hazelwood moved up to claim the reserve championship honor. Winning the qualifier was the impressive CH Harlem’s Moon Shadow with Jesse Lynch. The well-matched team of Picabo Street and Drew Love captured the reserve in the qualifier.


Jennifer Foster with her daughter
Alex Foster and Over Achiever


Topping the novice rider qualifier were Starmaker’s Saturday Night and Madison Pleasant with Move Over Darling and Monique Hall in for reserve. Monsignor and Marie Gwinn won the amateur owned and trained pleasure with Endolane Supreme Admiral and Barbara Matthews in for reserve.


The Perfect Sunset and Katherine Hansil garnered the Show Pleasure Driving Championship tricolor in their debut show for Margaret Gardiner. In their only performance Callaway’s Maelstrom and Caitlin Leith earned the blue in the qualifier under the direction of Heather Boodey. Capturing both red ribbons was Callaway’s North Wind and Melanie Bennett.


Winning their first tricolor together Rock The Night and Allison Womack had an outstanding ride to win the 12 and Under Walk and Trot Championship for her proud grandmother, Jeanette Womack. This team won their qualifier earlier in the schedule. Earning both reserve ribbons was the Cash Lovell team of CH Empress In Black and Allie Poovey.


Country Pleasure


Upstate and Katie Matthews debuted this week to win the Adult Country Pleasure Championship for Bill and Linda McCombs. Winning the qualifier were Callaway’s Off The Record and Laura Cowan under the direction of Page Champion. Earning both red ribbons were Hasani and Amy Roberts for the Chestnut Lane banner.


            Upstate and Katie Matthews

Chestnut Lane continued its success with a pair of wins in the junior exhibitor division from Callaway’s Passport and Alli Smith for Lisa Austin. Matchplay and Bredin Rush had two great rides earning both red ribbons.


Debbie Marcum was on the lines to sweep the country pleasure driving division with CH Dr. Deker for owners Todd and Margaret Poovey. Earning both reserves were Mountainview’s Manhattan Viscount and Lisa Jordan Pearce.


Austin Hazelwood has been working Royal Rendezvous as a project and all the hard work paid off when they won the Western Country Pleasure Championship for Lori Ingram after an earlier reserve. Winning the qualifier and returning for the reserve championship title were Spirit Of The Night Wind and Janelle D’Amato for Jansal Saddlebreds. D’Amato also won the OTAB Open Western Pleasure.


Lindsey Newsome was aboard A Piece Of The Roc to sweep the hunter country pleasure division for her proud mom, Patti Lovelace.




Riding One Moore Harlem, Erin Breslin was in top form to win the championship and qualifier in the saddle seat equitation division under the direction of Heather Boodey.


Erin Breslin riding One Moore Harlem


Ellie Kangur had a comeback ride to win the 10 and Under Walk and Trot Championship under the direction of Mary Orr.

Ellie Kangur with instructor Mary Orr

Winning the qualifier was Vanessa Patch for the Chestnut Lane banner in her only appearance. In her performance debut Emma Sanchez captured both reserve titles under the direction of Margaret Gardiner.



My Tee Time and Betsy Boone earned two more ribbons for the Boone’s Farm banner winning the Open Pleasure Championship and qualifier for Andy Everett. Championship reserve honors went to I’m So Fine and Angie Wilson for Amanda Baker while First Survivor and Daniel Glovier earned reserve in the qualifier for Joe Cook Elevator Repair.

The Heads Up team of Alex with Chandler Gray had a great ride to win the Pleasure Pony Championship. This cute pony also won the qualifier with Kerrie Beth Fersch presenting. Santana’s Flaming Dawn and Alexandra Ennis turned in two super rides to earn both reserve ribbons. 




Saturday morning belonged to the academy division with a full schedule. Winning top honors in their classes were: Patricia Wagner, Dianne Espey, Tiffany Hager, Lauren Henderson, Melinda Tedder, Brandi Crouch, Nicole Price, Sydney Rowell, Natalie Swimmer, Kayla Wilson, Donna Wesslen, Denese Patch, Allison Babson, Jordan Tabor, Jodee Greenway, Piper Diaz, Joanna Stallard, Summer Blackwelder, Rachel Whitt, Lisa Swetnam, Danielle Amiot, Olivia Beaty Knox, Alex Cedrone, Dominique Ferri, Addie Grace McNair, Jessica Fall, Haley Griffin, Caitlyn Anderson, Libby Bowen, Carver Semans, Tatum Tucker, Anna Hansil, Tiffany Knox, Whitney Winslow, Cashlyn Lovell and Mary Kate Clayton.


During the Saturday evening schedule the academy division also had their combined championships. Winning the Walk Trot and Canter Championship was Christy Stovall with Tori Dufort in for reserve both under the direction of Jackie Leon. Winning the 11 and Over Walk and Trot Championship was Summer Blackwelder from Boone’s Farm. The Jackie Leon-instructed Piper Diaz captured the reserve. Alex Cedrone from Boone’s Farm won the 10 and Under Walk and Trot Championship with Caitlyn Anderson garnering the red streamers under the direction of Jackie Leon. Denese Patch won the Show Rider Championship for the Chestnut Lane banner with Lauren Henderson from Boone’s Farm earning the reserve.


This concludes the highlights from Charlotte Charity. Complete results can be found by clicking here.

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