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Tanbark Cavalcade of Roses Grows Again



Judges
Steve Allred, Winston-Salem, N.C.
Liz McBride-Jones, Raeford, N.C.
Kelly Freeman, Cleveland, Tenn.

Officials
Co-Manager- Sally Snyder Tesch, Plymouth, Minn.
Co-Manager- Doug Lindstrom, Hudson, Wis.
USEF Steward- Pam Keeler, Chanhassen, Minn.
Announcer- John Owens, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Ringmaster- John Frye, Riverton, Ill.
Organist- Randy Roberts, Apple Valley, Minn.
Ring Secretary- Barbara Longerbone, Blaine, Minn.
Veterinarian- William Sweeney DVM, Mt. Horeb, Wis.
Farrier- Ray Magnuson, River Falls, Wis.
Photographer- Terry Young, Lexington, Ky.
Secretary- Cheryl Rangel, Wheeling, Ill.
Gate Announcer- Charles Porter Jr.
Videographer- Traces CT Limited
Horn Blower- Randall Grist


by Courtney Church

ST. PAUL, Minn.- The 52nd annual Tanbark Cavalcade of Roses Horse Show, benefiting the Smile Network, saw a resurgence in numbers this year. Management went out of its way to provide a show that would attract and please both exhibitors and trainers. Their hard work paid off and was reflected in the additional 70 horses that showed up over last year’s numbers. The wonderful weather combined with a great show facility didn’t hurt either.

This show offers nearly everything a trainer or exhibitor could ask for. Classes were well-filled and competitive. Trainers had several chances to win cash. A free tack stall was offered to trainers that hadn’t come since 2003 and brought five or more horses. There was a special sales presentation on Thursday. Special programs were printed out with a photo and sales information on each horse. Thirty horses were entered in the presentation and 18 actually went through. The others did not because of conflicts with showing.

Show Co-Manager Doug Lindstrom said, “The presentation was well-received and plans are to include it again next year. There are a couple of changes we are considering making, but overall we are very pleased with how it went and we have had lots of positive feedback.” There was also a silent auction with plenty of good things on which to bid.

Minnesota shows are becoming renowned for their hospitality and Tanbark is no exception. Flying E Stables and LVG Stables offered a grooms’ and trainers’ lunch on Tuesday. Indigo Acres spared nothing at the dessert party on Wednesday evening. Thursday evening was the annual spaghetti dinner hosted by Valiant Stables. This year a new caterer was used and everyone seemed to agree that this was the best the food has ever been. DeDe Disbrow and Centre Pointe Stables hosted Buffalo Wild Wings on Friday evening. Bob Jensen Stables had hors d’oeuvres and the customers of Joe Kryzer Stables had margaritas. Saturday morning was the annual exhibitor breakfast sponsored by the Tanbark Horse Show. On Friday and Saturday evening hospitality baskets were handed out to those with box seats. A variety of goodies could be found in these baskets and they were very popular with everyone.

The officials and staff of this show did a tremendous job making sure that every need of exhibitors and trainers was met. They also made sure that things ran smoothly. The resurgence in numbers reflected what a terrific job was done by everyone. If you are looking for a top notch show to go to with good competition then put Tanbark on your schedule for 2007.

Five-Gaited


It was a competitive class, but in the end the Five-Gaited Open Stake tricolor went all the way back to
Texas. Sandra Currier presented the big-blazed Reedann’s Talked About to the win for Bluebonnet Farm. Tom Scott and Robert Ratte’s entry Callaway’s Duchess were hot on their heels to earn a well-deserved second place. In the qualifier Tom Scott took Heir Dazzle around the ring for the victory pass. Scott presented this horse for Pleasantview Farm.

Doug Lindstrom and his sporty gelding CH Roseridge’s Gold, trained by Valiant Stables, remain undefeated this year. This team has been the unanimous champion and grand champion in every class they enter. They swept the amateur division at this show, but not without hot competition. The classes were well-filled and everyone was riding for the win. Jana McConnell and her new entry The Perfect Face garnered reserve in both classes under the direction of Heartland Stables. They had plenty of cheers from the audience as they showed how to stay in form while still turning on the speed.

Mike Elnicky gave his best performance yet aboard his horse CF Night’s First Impression. They earned the judges’ nod in the Amateur Novice Rider class. Bob Jensen Stables trains this duo.

The extremely popular combination of CH Callaway’s Born To Win and Gayle Lampe gave two outstanding performances to sweep the ladies division. Neva Van Ess stepped aboard CH Harlem’s Hot Ticket and gave a great show for the reserve both times. Hot Ticket is owned by Nick Neviaser.

Another repeat winner was the eye-catching combination of the pretty bay Rare Friends and Amanda Glasgow. This team, trained by Fonzie Del Rio, cleaned up in the junior exhibitor division. Bridget Weld and her horse The Desert Phoenix keep getting better and better. They earned reserve both times out under the direction of Centre Pointe Stables.

Tom Scott was back in the winner’s circle again. This time he brought the handsome Just James in for the win in the novice horse class. This horse is owned by Beth Krueger and Barb Hendrickson. The newest Neviaser entry Keep Me Posted caused quite a commotion in the junior horse class. Neva Van Ess pushed this horse right to the limit, but this horse gave a great performance to leave the ring with the blue. Tom Scott has quite a way with the young horses. He made yet another victory pass in the UPHA Classic. This time it was another Robert Ratte entry New York Surprise who was called out the winner.

Three-Gaited


In the Three-Gaited Open Stake Ray Krussell took over the reins of CH The Super Nova for owner Dr. Morgan Wolin. This proved to be successful with Krussell leaving with the tricolor. Earlier in the qualifier Krussell took another Wolin entry, Audrey Hepburn, in for the win. Kiss Of The Zodiac, with Tom Scott presenting, earned reserve both times for Romy Ackerberg.

Dr. Morgan Wolin earned her own blue aboard her long-necked gelding CH The Super Nova. Earlier in the week this team won the Three-Gaited Amateur qualifier. Reserve in the qualifier and winners of the Three-Gaited Amateur Stake were Up Close & Personal and owner Kate Baumann. This sporty yet elegant team is expertly turned out by La Fleur Van Ess Stables. Reserve in the stake was the William Woods entry Callaway’s Abigail Adams. Angie Noah did a great job of presenting this horse to these honors.

The novice rider class saw the well-matched team of Amelia Heir Cat and Jessica Wuesthofen leave with the blue. This is another team from La Fleur Van Ess Stables.

The veteran campaigner Champagne Suzie made a great showing with trainer Lisa Hillmer Pope in the ladies stake. They had stiff competition, but left with the tricolor. Champagne Suzie is owned by Rebecca Elcock. Close on their heels was Callaway’s Bulldog Edition and Cory Eickholt. Eickholt, a trainer for Bob Jensen Stables, did a fantastic job presenting this cocky chestnut gelding for owner Toni Guarnera. The qualifier belonged to the elegant pair of Ms. Veronica Lake and owner Dr. Morgan Wolin showing under the Krussell Stables banner.

Emily Scharpf had a winning week at Tanbark. One win came in the form of a tricolor in the junior exhibitor stake. Scharpf piloted her leg-waving (SA) Nelmar’s Tango 4 Ever to the winner’s circle. She also claimed a reserve in the qualifier. La Fleur Van Ess does a great job of keeping this team in top form. Reserve in the stake and winner of the qualifier was the relatively new combination of Emily Collins and Ro & Me’s Chanti’s Prayer. This combination gets better and better every time they hit the ring. Bob Jensen Stables has worked hard to bring this team together over the winter and it is paying off.

The novice horse to beat was Memories’ Jezzabelle. This gorgeous horse was guided to the win by Lana Gilpin for owner Larry Gilpin. This entry was one of many that Lana did a great job presenting throughout the week.

Fine Harness


Jay Wood of West Wood Farm nearly swept the entire fine harness division. The only class he didn’t win was the amateur class in which he is not eligible to show. In other words, Wood did win every fine harness class in which he had a horse. His wins included the Fine Harness Open Stake. Wood presented Paper Princess JJW to the tricolor for his wife, Jean, and himself. This beautiful mare also took the win in the qualifier while continuing on her path to
Louisville. The amateur class saw only one entry, but it was a good one. Callaway’s Tidal Wave left with the blue with Maynard Lueth at the lines. Lueth also claimed the reserve in the stake with this horse. Jay Wood was back in the winner’s circle in the junior/novice horse class. Wood presented Steven Skiba’s horse Incipit and gained the judges’ approval. One last time Wood made a trip to victory lane in the UPHA Fine Harness Classic. Wood was at the lines of Another Filly for owners Peter and Cathy Radintz. This is another horse that has been seen wearing the blue in plenty of classes this year.

Park


There was a certain black horse that got many people asking, “Who is that?” The Open Park Stake was the class. The competition was deep. Plenty of nice horses. In the end, however, the horse to beat was Lydian. A William Woods entry, Jennifer Holdren had a wonderful ride aboard this beautiful black horse to take home the tricolor. The gorgeous gray Ghost Of Gypsy, with Todd Perkins aboard for owner DeDe Disbrow, took home the reserve in the stake and the blue in the qualifier. Reserve in the qualifier was Larry Gilpin’s horse Memories’ Chateau Latour. Lana Gilpin was in the irons for the red ribbon.

The Park Amateur Stake was yet another highly competitive division. There were plenty of nice entries and each of them rode for the win. Nothin’ But Spice, a chrome trimmed chestnut gelding owned by ZFE Saddlebreds, was the victor in the stake. Lindsey Ledo was in the irons and did a beautiful job presenting this dependable, yet showy, horse to the win. “Pepper” is in training with Valiant Stables. Reserve went to the popular combination of Lotto America and owner Joanne Weiner. It’s hard to miss this leg-waving entry trained by Bob Jensen Stables. The qualifier saw two different entries in the top ribbons. Winning the class was CH Majolica. This mare is being campaigned by owner Paula Beck this year. The team is trained by Jared Ratzloff of Cornerstone Stables. Wendy Carney was aboard M-Eighty for reserve honors. Ray Krussell is the trainer and owner of this entry.

ZFE Saddlebreds has a new horse this year. The handsome bay Attaché’s Rainmaker has been making several victory passes this year and Tanbark proved to be no exception. Cary Bartz presented this horse to the blue in the junior/novice horse class.

Hackney/Harness Ponies


The road pony division was light but that didn’t mean that there was any less quality. Albert Kaponey came back to
Minnesota to claim two wins. Kevin Berman drove Al to the win in the amateur stake and also garnered the blue in the AHHS Youth Medallion class. They took their prizes back to Texas under the direction of Bluebonnet Farm. The amateur qualifier saw Zeus and Cindy Cram tearing up the ring and gaining the judges’ approval for the blue ribbon. The AHHS Youth Medallion Under Saddle class saw Sawyer Thommes and Blockbuster D.V., with plenty of the crowd’s support, leave with the roses.

Donna Beck has left the ring with plenty of wins this year. She continued at Tanbark with her harness pony Heartland Love-Me-Up. Under the direction of Cornerstone Stables they were the winners of the open qualifier and did not return for the stake. Carlene Holt presented her pony Twin Willow’s All That Jazz to the blue in the amateur class and reserve in the open qualifier. Joe Kryzer keeps this pony in top form.

Austin Powers made an appearance, directed by Jeff Vogel, in the Hackney Pony for Middendorf Farms. They took top honors in the Hackney Pony Open qualifier and stake classes. Donna Beck was back with another of her winning ponies. This time she brought Wait & See’s Raspberry to victory lane in both the Pleasure Pony Driving Stake and qualifier. This pony is also trained by Jared Ratzloff. Courtney Ledo did a great job of catch riding Romeo’s Public Defender for Pam Kryzer. After only a few times under saddle this team won the AHHS Youth Medallion Under Saddle class.

Pleasure


The Show Pleasure Five-Gaited Stake saw five of the top six placings belong to combinations from Bob Jensen Stables. Leaving the ring with the roses and tricolor were Tova’s Priceless Gem and Joanne Weiner. Reserve in the stake were barn mates
Harlem’s Cab Callaway and Marly Whiting. These ladies and their fine horses reversed the placings in the 29 and over qualifier. The 28 and under qualifier saw the trusty campaigner Show Me The Money and his hard-riding jockey Sarah Meyer head to the winner’s circle. This team is also trained by Bob Jensen Stables.

The junior/novice horse class went to a well-deserving Cool Down Papa and Rachel Pricer. This team has put in a lot of hard work and has made progressively better shows each time out. It finally paid off and the cheers could be heard outside the coliseum. Curt and Beth Pricer own this horse trained by West Wood Farm.

Epiphany and Jessica Timmington have been catching the eye of the crowd and judges alike wherever they go this year. This beautiful combination added yet another two victories to Cornerstone Stables banner this year. They won the Show Pleasure Three-Gaited 18 and Over Stake and unanimously won the 18-38 qualifier. The winner of the 49 and over qualifier was The Swan Princess and Nancy Seward. Bob Jorgensen trains this pair. They have been making their presence known with plenty of wins this year. In the 39-48 age division Elly Berman guided George Foreman to the win for Bluebonnet Farm.

 

Emily Scharpf was back for two more wins with her newest entry My Gingerbread Man. They grabbed the attention of the judges in both the Show Pleasure Junior Exhibitor Stake and the 14-17 qualifier . Scharpf and her mount personify pleasure with their easy way of going and Scharpf’s radiant smile. They brought their trophies back to La Fleur Van Ess Stables.

The 13 and under division and the junior horse class saw another girl with an infectious smile take the final pass. Elisabeth Hunziker and Late Last Night were the last to leave the ring in both the above mentioned classes. This newer duo has been picking up wins all over the Midwest under the direction of Timber Hills Farm. Kristen Olson, formerly Nelson, who showed with Paul Priebe as a junior exhibitor, and her mount, Five Star Sweetie were winners of the novice horse class. Olson rides with Centre Pointe Stables.

Lana Gilpin knows how to put a winning combination together. The new pairing of Very Presidential and Nicole Bearman has proven to be successful at some top shows. At Tanbark they drove away with the roses in the Show Pleasure Driving Stake and qualifier for owner Larry Gilpin. The ASHAF Youth driving class saw Callaway’s Queen Of Crimson and Erich Aschenbrenner take top honors in their only appearance of the show. This may be a new division for this winning team, but they didn’t miss a beat as they once again landed in the winner’s circle. This top notch team is trained by Heartland Stables. Another Heartland Stables trained combination is Otter Creek’s Yankee Clipper and Deb McConnell. Deb McConnell is mother of well-known exhibitor Jana McConnell. Finally getting in the ring herself, she was rewarded with two victory passes in her debut. Her first came in the junior horse class. This is “Sparky’s” first year showing and McConnell did a fantastic job of presenting this young horse to the win.

Top Beat was hard to beat in the park pleasure division. Marc Holm presented this bold horse to wins in the stake and the qualifier. Reserve in the competitive stake was The Party Planner and Jay Wood. Wood got the judges’ approval in the junior horse class. The Party Planner is owned by Ted, Susan and Brianna Lukan. Elly Berman was in for another victory pass. This time she won the amateur class with CK One for Bluebonnet Farm. The UPHA Classic also had another Bluebonnet entry take the roses. Sandra Currier presented Julio Iglesias for the win. It’s been great to have the addition of Bluebonnet Farm the past two years. They come from Texas and add some new competition that is much appreciated.

One of the most competitive and well-filled divisions of the show is the open English pleasure division. The winner of the 18 and over stake and 49 and over qualifier saw a return to the winner’s circle for The Swan Princess and Nancy Seward after their win in the show pleasure division. Trainer Bob Jorgensen was out to help with the victory pass. William Woods University had yet another winning entry with The Heavens Masterpiece. Laura Ward guided this horse to the top honors in the 39-48 qualifier. The big-moving Wild Attachment garnered another blue this year. Monique Janu piloted “Willy” to the win in the 18-38 qualifier.

Patience, confidence and faith all played a part in Vivid Thunder’s win. Julie Gates showed her handsome liver chestnut to the blue in the Novice Rider 18 and Over class. This team is trained by Valiant Stables. The winning Amateur/Owner/Rider was Michelle Miller and her mount Private Malone. The 17 and under stake saw a new combination take the tricolor. Brittany Balagna rode Mill Creek Wild Angel for owner Mike Breeggemann. Angel’s flaxen mane and tail easily grabbed the attention of the crowd and judges alike. This team is directed by Centre Pointe Stables. The sporty combination of The Salty Dog and Michael Nall handily won the Open English Pleasure 11-17 qualifier. They ride with Heartland Stables and “Popeye” is owned by Nall and Mary O’Keefe. The 10 and under qualifier saw Dee Dee Maier show Inviting to the blue. Maier rides with La Fleur Van Ess Stables. Ribbon Red and Madeline Van Guilder continued their winning season by picking up the blue in the Walk/Trot 10 and Under class. Starmaker’s In Your Dreams and Rachel Mishek picked up the win in the Novice Rider 17 and Under class under the guidance of Marlys Bell.

Private Malone and Michelle Miller made their presence known in the Open English Pleasure Amateur/Owner/Rider class. They picked up the blue and judges’ approval in a nice class. Todd Hovland and Pure Decadence were winners in the Amateur/Owner/Trainer/Rider class. Deb McConnell and Otter Creek’s Yankee Clipper were back for more roses in the novice driver class.

The Open Western Bridle Path class saw Braveheart Of Silver Oaks and owner Kim Gallenberg take the first of three victory passes. They train with Bob Jensen Stables. Colour Me Proud and Grace Meyer also took the first of three victory passes in the Open English Pleasure Hunter class. They brought the blue back to Centre Pointe Stables.

 

Chillante and owner Beth Otto took two more victories back to Valiant Stables. They won the Country Pleasure Three-Gaited 18 and Over Stake and qualifier. This is their first season together and they have been picking up victories everywhere they go. Samantha Conlin has also been picking up plenty of wins with her exciting entry Tantara’s Battle Of Kings. This pair was last to leave the ring in the 18-38 qualifier. They train with Bob Jensen Stables.

Lady Poinsettia and Chrissy Radintz left the ring with the roses and tricolor in the Country Pleasure Three-Gaited Junior Exhibitor Stake and reserve in the qualifier. This team is under the direction of West Wood Farm. Giving them a run for their money in the stake was the La Fleur Van Ess team of Storms A Brewing and Natalie Haugen. Haugen and her sporty chestnut were the winners in the 13 and under qualifier. Heartland Stables entry Salty Dog and Michael Nall were back to claim the win in the 14-17 qualifier. Julie Witthoff gave a great performance aboard Callaway’s Simon Says in the novice horse class. They took the last pass for owner Cindy Greif. They are under the direction of Rob and Stephanie Kritzler.

The driving stake and qualifier saw Barb Hendrickson guide Pierre Cardin to the winner’s circle. Rum River trains this combination. CH Impressive Ruler and Mary Strohfus picked up the win in the Country Pleasure Western Stake. Strohfus and “Bubba” also won the William Shatner Working Western class. Returning to the ring for two more wins was Kim Gallenberg and Braveheart Of Silver Oaks. They won the Country Pleasure Western qualifier and the Orchard Height’s Ramblin’ Rose Country Western Pleasure class. Joetta Smith rode Charming Promises to victory in the junior/novice horse class. Linden Hills Stables trains this horse for Elevens’ Destiny Farm.

The winning team of Colour Me Proud and Grace Meyer came back to win the William Shatner Country Pleasure Western qualifier and hunter seat classes. The Saddle & Bridle Hunter Seat Classic went to the eye-catching palomino Clip Art and Monica Moe Price. This is another team trained by Centre Pointe Stables.

Equitation


Dr. Morgan Wolin continues to be one of the leading adult equitation riders in the country. She won both the 18 and over championship and qualifier. Another very decorated adult equitation rider in her own right is Dorian Stulberg Anderson. She won the UPHA Adult Challenge Cup. Dr. Colleen Carter bested a big class of riders to win the USEF Medal for Riders 18 and Over.

Faye Wuesthofen is making her own mark in the junior exhibitor ranks. She picked up three wins under the direction of La Fleur Van Ess Stables. Her wins included the 17 and under championship, NHS Good Hands and the USEF Medal. Ashlinn Thommes got the judges’ nod to win the 17 and under qualifier and was reserve in the championship. Reserve in the qualifier and winner of the UPHA Challenge Cup for Riders 17 and Under was Elisabeth Hunziker under Timber Hills Farm direction.

The most difficult class for the judges to tie was a walk/trot class. We’re not talking performance, but the Saddle Seat Equitation Walk/Trot Championship. There was a true three way tie. Three young riders competed in what will probably be a class of a lifetime for them. Alexa Trakalo, Nadine Van Zomeren and Avis Van Zomeren were called back to the rail for extra work. When all was said and done, and all riders turned in magnificent performances, Alexa Trakalo was named the champion. She is trained by Bob Jensen Stables. Nadine and Avis both are instructed by their mother, Renae Van Zomeren and placed second and third respectively. Nadine had won the qualifying class earlier in the week with Trakalo placing second. In the UPHA Challenge Cup Walk/Trot, Avis Van Zomeren took home the blue.

The Pleasure Equitation Championship saw the newer pairing of Andra Trakalo and Callaway’s Fox Jackson take the tricolor. They also were reserve in the 13 and under qualifier as well as the Pleasure Equitation UPHA Challenge Cup for Riders 17 and Under. Winner of both above named classes was Hali Steenhoek. She is instructed by Renae Van Zomeren. The 14-17 qualifier was won by Gretchen Bentz. Bentz was also reserve in the championship and is instructed by La Fleur Van Ess Stables. The Saddle & Bridle Medallion was won by Sarah Stucker who is instructed by Heartland Stables.

Academy


The Academy Equitation Championship was won by Cheyenne Marx showing Heartchaser. She rides with Meadowood Farm. Marx also won the Equitation 13 and Under qualifier, Pleasure Championship and Pleasure 13 and Under qualifier. Reserve in both championships and the Pleasure 13 and Under qualifier was Sara Kramme showing Slugger. Kramme rides with Heartland Stables. The winner of the Equitation 14 and Over qualifier was Lynnea Spanjers. She rides with Laura Osman.

The Pleasure 14 and Over qualifier winner was Jennifer Dries riding Champagne Ice for Jonnie Surland.

Emily Coomer, instructed by Manahan Stables, won the Equitation Walk/Trot Championship. Reserve in the championship and winner of the Pleasure Walk/Trot Section A was Bridget Epple aboard Out Of Range. Epple rides with Valiant Stables. Winner of the Equitation Walk/Trot Section A and reserve in the Pleasure Walk/Trot Section A was Quay Schaus showing Phantom under the direction of Renae Van Zomeren. Section B was won by Kelsey Faulise who is instructed by Bob Jensen Stables. In the Pleasure Walk/Trot Championship it was Brooke Boyer showing Moonlight Stardust for Green Wood Stables going home with the tricolor and the blue in the section A qualifier. Reserve in the championship and section B qualifier was stable mate Joseph Paterno showing Enchanted Dancer.

This concludes the coverage for the 52nd annual Tanbark Cavalcade of Roses Horse Show. Complete results can be searched by clicking on SHOW RESULTS.

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