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Tanbark Celebrates 50 years of Success

By Kelley Colvin

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.,- Hosted the 50th Annual Tanbark Cavalcade of Roses June 23-26, 2004 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. This year was a year of celebration. Year after year the horse show continues to be called the horse show for everyone. This year was no exception. It had a complete roster of 129 classes which included five-gaited, pleasure, and academy classes.

Each evening was complete with a party with food and drinks to continue the closeness that this region is noted for. On Thursday night, exhibitors enjoyed a spaghetti dinner sponsored by the Valiant Stables, and Cary Bartz, formerly Volz, of Minnesota was sure that no one was left out or not fed after the show. Friday night after the show, the annual exhibitor party featured entertainment from the Big Bob Scoggins Band. The morning breakfast was also sponsored by Centre Pointe Farm and Judy Jensen and Todd Perkins.

The silent auction was a hit again this year. Proceeds from the auction will go toward the We Can Ride, Inc which is the horse show's charity again this year.

Show manager Donna Williams was honored this year to show the show’s appreciation for all of her years of work and management at the horse show. Williams was presented with a handmade pillow made by Louise Minor , affectionately known by people here at the show as “WeeZee.” The pillow was passed around at this year’s show for all of the competitors to sign.

This year’s panel of judges included Donna Pettry Smith of Illinois, Dick Boettcher from Washington, and Ricky Harris of Connecticut.

Highlights included Hollow Haven’s Andy Freseth aboard Summer Rendevous for Patricia Treiber. Out of five strong entries this is the second year in a row that Andy has ridden the the Five-Gaited Grand Champion from the ring. Roseridge’s Gold and Doug Lindstrom trotted from the lines as the reserve winner for Diane Lindstrom.

Summer Sweet and Ann MacMurray Cox gave two commanding performances claiming the Ladies Five-Gaited title, trotting to the winner’s circle in both the championship as well as the qualifier. Worthy’s Sparkling Star and Kim Ratte Bunten were reserve in the championship.

Summer Fox, with Blair King in the irons, rode away the Amateur Five-Gaited Champion for Jean and Blair King out of six entries. Nice Doing Business and Mike Shallock were named as the reserve champion.

The Perfect Face and Ashley Johnson rose to the top of the Five-Gaited Junior Exhibitor Championship. The Man of the Hour and Alexandra Baumann rode to the reserve tricolor in the championship for Kate Baumann.

Rick Wallen rode, Star Hill Farm entry, The Border Star to the Three-Gaited Championship. It's Murphy’s Law and Desiree DeVries received the reserve honors for Bonnie Kegley.

Callaway’s Bulldog Edition and Toni Guarnera dominated the Ladies Three-Gaited division. Guarnera rode Callaway’s Bulldog Edition to the championship after their win in the ladies three-gaited qualifier earlier in the week.

China Ling and Stephanie Peterson won the Three-Gaited Amateur Championship after upsetting The King’s Sport and Lindsey Ledo who had won the Three-Gaited Amateur qualifier. The King’s Sport and Ledo were reserve in the championship for ASB Memory Makers.

Cheetah’s Admiral and Faye Wuesthofen trotted out of the line claiming the tricolor in the Three-Gaited Junior Exhibitor Champion for Hufeisen Investment.

Miz Ann Emily BH, with Desiree Devries at the whip, drove to the top of the Fine Harness Championship coming from their win in the Open Fine Harness qualifier. Fox Rox and A.W. Hammerlund trotted away the reserve after their win in the Amateur Fine Harness class.

Topping the Three-Gaited Park, Ghost of Gypsy won the championship with Todd Perkins in the irons for Dede Disbrow out of five entries. Seal The Deal and Nicole Beamann wrapped up reserve in the championship for Sarah Shippy.

Matching Spirit and Kelly Theis added a championship tricolor to the tack room wall for Northern Tradition. Theis and Matching Spirit were announced the winner in the Three-Gaited Park Amateur Championship for Bonnie Kegley. Handsome Heir and Betts Coup were named the reserve champion.

Glendale’s Bonnie Lass and Neva Van Ess rode to the top in the Park Pleasure Championship for the Lafleur Van Ess Stables. Van Ess rode Lass to the blue in the Open Park Pleasure class. Cary Bartz rode CH Sultan’s Cabaret to the reserve tie for Veronica and Doug Lindstrom.

Hollow Haven’s Forever Aptor and Carrie Warner continue their winning streak, winning the Five-Gaited Show Pleasure Championship for Guy and Pauline Warner. Warner and Forever Aptor had also been called from the line up as the champion in the Five-Gaited Show Pleasure winner in the 39 and Over division out of five. CF Night So Rare and Ann Mac Murray Cox were reserve in the championship.

Rare Justice, with Beth Roth at the lines, drove to the top in the Show Pleasure driving Stake in a commanding drive. CH Heirreverent and Blair Cox Townsend trotted away as the reserve tie for Linda Cox Townsend.

Invited out of the line to claim the Show Pleasure 18 & Over Championship was Inviting with Ellen Smithback in the irons. Reedann’s Sniper and Dorian S. Anderson drove to the reserve tricolor out of 13 entries.

Trotting to the winner’s circle, Shiny New Penny and Faye Wuesthofen received the Show Pleasure Junior Exhibitor Stake after winning the Show Pleasure English 13 and Under qualifier for Hufeisen Investments. Wild Attachment and Addie Jo Bohrer were reserve in the championship. Bohrer and Wild Attachment had qualified by winning the Show Pleasure English 14-17 class for Addie Bohrer and David Zimmerhaki.

In the Open English Pleasure division, Daddy’s Convertible and Neva Van Ess made the victory pass after receiving the Open English Pleasure Stake for Michael and Gretchen Benta. Van Ess and Daddy’s Convertible rode away with the blue in the Open English Pleasure 18-38 earlier in the week. Steeling Home and Teresa Labat took their piece of the pie by claiming reserve in the championship. Labat and Steeling Home had qualified by winning the Open English Pleasure Novice Rider 18 and Over class.

Continuing to add to the already impressive list of accomplishments, Callaway’s Pretty Penny, with Nancy Anderson at the lines, drove to the top in the Country Pleasure Driving Championship for the Brown- Anderson Farm. Anderson and Penny had also claimed the Country Pleasure Driving Open class earlier in the week. Highpoint’s Supreme Thunder and Kris Schones were reserve to Anderson in the championship for the Manahan Stables.

CH The Shadow Knows with Karen Smith made two great rides in the Country Pleasure English division to receive the championship tricolor and title as well as the blue in the Country Pleasure English 39 and Over for Guy and Karen Smith. CH Mirific and Bonnie Kegley were reserve to Smith in both classes.

Second Thoughts and Michael Nall rode emerged the winner in the Country Pleasure English Junior Exhibitor Stake out of seven entries. Nall and Second Thoughts also received the Country Pleasure English qualifier earlier in the week. So Much to Say and Ali Leitermann were reserve to Nall in the championship.

CH Brett Maverick and Shari Eades rode from the line as the Country Western Pleasure Stake winner for the Horsing Around Farm LLC. Eades had also received top honors in the Saddle & Bridle William Shatner Working Western Pleasure class with a almost flawless execution of the trail pattern. CH Impressive Ruler and Mary Strohfus were reserve in the stake to Eades.

Braveheart of Silver Oaks and Kim Gallenberg proved victorious in the Country Western Pleasure division winning several classes. Gallenberg rode to the top in the Orchard Height’s Rambil’ Rose Perpetual Trophy, Country Western Pleasure Western class as well as the Country Western Pleasure qualifier and the Country Western Pleasure Junior/ Novice Horse class.

In a quick performance Heartland Sundust and Mary Gise drove from the line-up as the champion in the George Polta Memorial Roadster Pony Open Stake for Priscilla Gise. Seamair's Caprice and Maggie Robertson drove to the reserve honors in the championship. Gise and Heartland Sundust had also driven to the top in the Road Pony Amateur class earlier in the week.

In a light division, but high in quality, Wait and See Winter Hawk, with Donna Beck at the lines, drove to the top in the Harness Pony Open Stake as well as the Harness Pony Open qualifier earlier in the week.

In two grand performances, Pacifico's Standing Ovation with Robert Anderson at the whip, drove to the winner's circle in the Hackney Pony Pleasure Driving Championship and qualifier for the Brown-Anderson Farm. The Guardian and Donna Beck were reserve to Anderson in the championship out of five entries.

In the equitation division, Dorian S. Anderson rode to the top of the Adult Saddle Seat Equitation Championship after winning the Adult Equitation qualifier.

Deanna Lanigan trotted from the line in the Saddle Seat Equitation 17 and Under Championship. Ashlinn Thommes was reserve in the championship after their qualifying win in the Saddle Seat Equitation 11-13 class.

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