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Tanbark Brings Together Wonderful Hospitality and Quality Horses


Judges: Sandra Currier, Bellville, Texas, James Hale, Columbiana, Ala., Gene van der Walt, Oregon City, Ore.

Co-Managers: Sally Snyder Tesch, Plymouth, Minn., Doug Lindstrom, Hudson, Wisc.

USEF Steward: Norm Thompson, Brooklyn Park, Minn.

Announcer: John Owens, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Ringmaster: John Frye, Riverton, Ill.

Organist: Randy Roberts, Apple Valley, Minn.

Veterinarian: William Sweeney, DVM, Mt. Horeb, WI

Farriers: Ray Magnuson, River Falls, Wisc.

Photographer: Terry Young, Lexington, Kentucky

Secretary: Cheryl Rangel, Wheeling, Ill.

Videographer: Traces CT Ltd.

by Michelle Krentz

ST. PAUL, Minn. - They say that the key to a successful horse show is great hospitality. The Tanbark Cavalcade of Roses is a fine example of this theory. A friendly show staff, delightful exhibitors' parties and wonderful crystal trophies and roses given out to the winners of each class added to the comfortable atmosphere of the show held on June 27-30. Other incentives to bring exhibitors to the show were drawings for $100 cash awards for trainers, free tack stalls for those bringing five or more horses and the horses for sale presentation. Making the smell of the roses even sweeter at Tanbark was a portion of the show’s proceeds and the silent auction profits donated to the Smile Network International, a non-profit organization that provides reconstructive surgeries to children and young adults in developing countries.


Qualified by owner Nick Neviaser in the junior exhibitor gaited class, Keep Me Posted racked away with the Five-Gaited Stake tricolor with proud trainer Neva Van Ess up. Reserve in the championship went to the Novice Five-Gaited winner, Callaway’s Braveheart, with Lindsey Ward up for Cerise Kogl O’Neil. The Open Five-Gaited winner was Magic Remembrance with Matthew Hammerlund. Showcase’s Dream Machine put in a great show to win the ladies’ qualifier and stake with Anne Thommes for A.W. Hammerlund. Taking reserve in both ladies’ classes was Callaway’s Northern Exposure with owner and rider Blair Townsend.


Co-manager Doug Lindstrom had a great Tanbark aboard his exciting Roseridge’s Gold to win both Amateur Five-Gaited classes. Reserve in the stake went to Mike Elnicky’s entry of CF Night’s First Impression, while the qualifier red went to Covered In Sable with Abbey Gessman.


Tanbark was extra special for the Kellner/VanHecke family, as the 2007 Tanbark brought Lindsay Kellner great success with both her lovely mares. Kellner won both Junior Exhibitor Five-Gaited classes aboard her refined and elegant dark chestnut Unspoken Intentions. Her close friend, Patsy Loeb, also from Watertown, Wis., was reserve in both classes on the impressive The Talk Of Lexington.


A true art form, Catalyst’s Work Of Art does all gaits with style and presence. With expert trainer Andy Freseth aboard, Nancy Leigh Fisher is the proud owner of this exciting Junior Five-Gaited winner. Reserve in the class went to the late Andeker’s last foal, Final Deklaration, with Scott Matton aboard for owners Paul and Barb Schwemer. An exciting new prospect for the Jayo Family Corporation, Tuffy’s General Trigg showed great promise both racking and trotting. The bay Periaptor son is one to look out for as he won his show ring debut, the UPHA Five Gaited Classic, with trainer Scott Matton aboard.


Gorgeous and sporty, To Die For is liked by many. With proud owner Meredithe Steinhauer aboard, To Die For won the Three-Gaited Stake as well as the amateur qualifier and took home the red ribbon in the open qualifier with trainer Rick Wallen. The open qualifier blue went to Gypsies Tramps And Thieves with trainer Terri Anne Ullman aboard for Carrie Glapinski.


Having everything a supreme walk-trot should have, it is hard not to stare at Sue She. The beautiful bay mare won the ladies qualifier with Erika Nelson, but trainer Lynda Freseth got her turn in the championship, where the mare took home the tricolor neck ribbon as well.


The Amateur Three-Gaited Champion was the LaFleur/VanEss trained entry of Up Close & Personal WRF with owner Kate Baumann. This lovely team left with the red streamers in the qualifier. Reserve honors in the championship went to Memories Merlot and owner/rider Joanne Faulise. Taking home the Amateur Novice Rider Three-Gaited blue was Princess in training with Sally Graf. The novice horse winner was Lesley Stucker’s Another Way.


Continuing an undefeated season, CH Nelmar Tango 4 Ever and Emily Scharpf are the pair to watch out for this year in the junior exhibitor three-gaited division. Reserve honors in both classes went to Brittany Balagna’s Tip O The Hat, trained by Todd Perkins. Cataclysmic’s extreme trot and headset make you stop, stare, then cheer. The homebred entry of Dr. Laura Sukowaty won the UPHA Three-Gaited Classic at Tanbark with excited trainer Terri Anne Ullman.


The Open Park Stake winner was the ravishing red chestnut The Border Star with Rick Wallen aboard for Mr. and Mrs. Mike Schallock. Winning the Open Park qualifier and both Amateur Park classes was Michelle Krentz’s beloved Day’s Grecian Gray. With the Park Amateur qualifier win “Preston” earned his CH status. Reserve in the stake went to the fancy Paper Heiress JJW with Jean Wood. Reserve in the qualifier went to the sporty and spotted Lotto America with owner Joanne Weiner. The Junior/Novice Park win went to Mystic Pointe who has a bold, elevated trot and a long neck that is held high. He is owned by Cindy Price and ridden by trainer Terri Anne Ullman. Reserve in the class went to Debra Mulberry’s Tommy James, last year’s 13 and under pleasure reserve world champion of champions. He was ridden to the red ribbon in the Junior/Novice Park class by Carol Matton.


Winning both Fine Harness classes was Gretchen’s Gift with trainer Rick Wallen for proud owner Ann MacMurray Cox. Reserve in the qualifier went to the ZFE Saddlebred owned entry of Attaché’s Rainmaker with Valiant Stables’s trainer Cary Bartz. The Two-Year-Old Fine Harness winner was Executive Heir JJW, shown by Marcial Mendez for Jay and Jean Wood.


Heartland Sundust, shown by Mary Gise for Priscilla Gise, trotted away with the victory in both Open Road Pony classes. Dun Haven Majestic Motion was reserve in both classes with Denise Steinhauer at the whip. Winning the Amateur Road Pony Stake was Seamair Strutter with owner Mike Schallock driving under Rick Wallen’s guidance. Seamair Strutter was reserve in the qualifier to the Hollow Haven-trained entry, Calvin Hobbs, driven to the win by Kevin Ingram for James Dellinger. They were reserve in the stake.


Patsy Loeb catch drove her way into the winner’s circle, showing Thunderation in the AHHS Youth Medallion Road Pony class for Denise Steinhauer. Heartland Music Maker was reserve in the class with Sarah Olson. Blockbuster DV was the lone, but exciting entry in the AHHS Youth Medallion Road Pony Under Saddle class. Sawyer Thommes rode the pony to the blue for A.W. Hammerlund.


The Darrel Kolkman entry Heartland Ricochet won the Junior Novice Hackney Pony class with Lindsey Ledo driving. Heartland Viking won the Open Harness Pony class with owner and driver Joe Kryzer.


A fixture in the pleasure pony driving division, Pacifico’s Standing Ovation won both his classes at Tanbark with owner Bob Anderson. Fortune Cookie, also the winner of the Novice/Junior Pleasure Driving Pony class, and Lindsey Ledo were reserve for owner Pam Kryzer, while Heartland By Choice and Veronica Lindstrom took home the red ribbon in the qualifier for Valiant Stables.


The largest class of the show, the Five-Gaited Show Pleasure Stake was an exciting one. Taking reserve in the 28 and under qualifier, Mmmbop and Amanda Dellinger came back to take the gaited pleasure stake. Cool Down Papa was the reserve champion with Rachel Pricer. The winner of the 28 and under qualifier was the bay campaigner CH Harlem’s Hot Ticket with owner Nick Neviaser. The 29 and over champion was Quidditch with Janet Thompson. Reedann’s Yes You May took the red ribbon in that class. The Novice Five-Gaited Show Pleasure winner was Raindrops And Roses with owner Addie Miller. Mafia Mistress and Lyndi Skinner brought the red ribbon back to Nebraska.


Guy and Karen Smith have a nice horse on their hands in Brookhill’s King Of Kool. This young chestnut gelding by CH Harlem Town won both Park Pleasure classes with Andy Freseth aboard. Reserve in the championship went to the beautiful, black horse So Fortunate with Rick Wallen up for Janene Steggeman. Winnepeg Parks won the Amateur Park Pleasure class with Jennifer Carlsen for Penny Eckert. An elegant and animated mover, Crystal Kisses won the Junior/Novice Park Pleasure class with Cary Bartz riding for Maple Hill Stables LLC. Entitlement and Andy Freseth picked up the red streamers for Barbara Bacon. Big and bold Got No Shame is bound to be a future pleasure superstar for Jeff and Kelly Williamson and Bonnie Kegley. Lynda Freseth rode the three-year-old to the UPHA Park Pleasure classic victory. Princess Alison and Carol Matton trotted out with the red ribbon for proud and loving owner Jennie Bailey.


Winners of the 18-38 show pleasure class, CH Ninety Eight Degrees and Susan Creekmore took the Adult Show Pleasure Stake in high fashion for owner Thomas R. Brock Jr. A real bay beauty Knock Knock Who’s Heir was reserve in the adult pleasure stake. The Swan Princess won the 49 and over pleasure class with Nancy Cowette Seward up for Hobnail Farm, while the big, bright chestnut, Because I Said So picked up the 39-48 class and the novice class with Sally Winquist. The Junior Pleasure winner was Reedann’s Phorget Me Not shown by Dorian Stulberg Anderson. Royal Crest’s Stone Design was reserve with Stacy Wessel aboard for Royal Crest Farms LLC.


Blonde and brilliant, The Mystery Machine won the junior exhibitor pleasure stake with Nick Neviaser. I’m Radiant Too was reserve in that class and won the 13 and under class with smart-riding Jenna Winquist. Turn Up the Heir and Gretchen Bentz took some time away from their equitation to show in the 14-17 pleasure class and with great success.


CH Shot With Glory looked picture perfect with expert driver and owner Elizabeth James Lipscomb to win both Show Pleasure Driving classes. CH Showboat’s Casino was reserve in the stake and was the winner of the ASHAF Youth Challenge. Foremost won the Junior/Novice Show Pleasure Driving class with owner Donna Merq.


CH The Shadow Knows is always at the top of his game, and Tanbark was no different. With owner Linda Meyer, “Nosey” won both the Adult Country Pleasure Stake and the 39 and over class. Reserve in the stake went to Tantara’s Battle Of Kings with Samantha Conlin. Meredithe Steinhauer rode her bold and black Colin Powell to win the 18-38 class. The winner of the Junior Exhibitor Country Pleasure Stake was the elegant chestnut Callaway’s Simon Says and Afton Greif. Maggie Verver was reserve in the stake as well as the 14-17 class. Winning the 14-17 class was Lindsay Kellner’s Crimson’s Dance Card. Brianna Meyer expertly guided James Dellinger’s Hometown Commander to the 13 and under win. I’m Lovin It and Kandi Rust won the Novice Country Pleasure class.

Always the top competitor in the country pleasure driving division, CH Callaway’s Pretty Penny and Nancy Anderson won both classes at Tanbark. Pierre Cardin and Barbara Hendrickson were reserve in both classes. 


CH Impressive Ruler was in top form at Tanbark to win the Country Pleasure Western Stake as well as the Orchard Heights Ramblin Rose Country Pleasure class. This champion was also reserve in the western qualifier and the Working Western Pleasure class. Braveheart Of Silver Oaks was very successful to pick up the reserve honors in the stake as well as the win in the qualifier and took reserve in the Ramblin Rose class. Winsdown Diamond Dee won both the Shatner class and the working class while Smith And Wesson won the junior/novice class with Kim Gallenberg.


Caraman swept the hunter division with Erica Mundt. Colour Me Proud was reserve in the hunter class, and Jester’s Show Me The Money was reserve in the Hunter Seat Classic with Erin Hedberg.


Rachel Machamer had a perfect pattern aboard her equitation horse, Titleist Symbol, to win the Saddle Seat Equitation Championship under the Hollow Haven banner. Lyndi Skinner was reserve in the championship and the qualifier, while Emily Collins won the qualifier and the Good Hands class. Kaitlyn Creekmore won both the walk and trot qualifier and championship aboard Imagination Station with Taylor Williamson picking up the reserve honors in both those classes, as well as winning the walk and trot challenge cup.


With many well-filled Adult Equitation classes at Tanbark, it seems as though the adult equitation division is alive and well. Kevin Ingram won the Adult Saddle Seat Equitation qualifier, championship and Medal class. Michelle Krentz won the Adult Challenge Cup.


Anna Bergman had a great Tanbark winning the Pleasure Equitation Championship, the Senior Pleasure Equitation qualifier, the USEF Medal and UPHA Challenge Cup. Courtney Ledo won the Pleasure Challenge Cup. Reserve honors in the USEF Medal and the Pleasure Equitation Championship went to the strong, yet elegant riding Deanna Lanigan. Avis Van Zomeren won the Junior Pleasure Equitation class under mom and dad Renae and Mark Van Zomeren’s guidance. Elisabeth Hunziker won the Pleasure Equitation Medallion class.          

With as much quality as this year’s Tanbark possessed, next year is sure to be just as fun and successful. Complete results can be found by clicking here, and judges’ cards by clicking here.

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