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TASHA Winter Horse Show

by Ann Bullard

KATY, Texas- Miserably cold weather in central
Texas, Michael Beasom’s wedding and Super Bowl weekend kept entries light for TASHA’s Winter Horse Show. The event, held Feb. 3 and 4 at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas attracted four local barns and a number of nice amateur-owned and trained entries. Fortunately, the local weather provided sunshine and comparatively warm temperatures for early February.

John Field of Shelbyville, Ky., held the pencil for all classes. Show Manager Janie Hamilton had to do double duty, taking over the announcer duties as Melissa Cole developed laryngitis on Sunday morning.

Great Southwest, home to the upcoming Pin Oak Charity Horse Show, has two arenas. Australian Clinton Anderson, of Downunder Horsemanship, attracted an estimated 4,000 people to his Saturday clinic and about half that number on Sunday. Many of these owners slipped over to the TASHA show and enjoyed an introduction to American Saddlebreds.

While entries were very light, the show provided a good schooling experience for young horses, new teams and academy riders. Bluebonnet’s Sandy Currier had several interesting youngsters, led by Margaret Cordes’s black three-year-old Voodoo Vixen, Ed and Ada Perwien’s sporty Uncut Jewel, winner of the Junior Park Horse class, and Global Scene, who topped the Junior Five-Gaited competition. Bluebonnet assistant trainer John Smuts rode Galanos Farms’s Spooky Pete to reserve in the park class.

Dr. Phil Berman made his show ring debut in the Show Pleasure Driving Championship, showing the multi-titled Xuxa to the tricolor while his father-in-law cheered from the stands. With Elly and Kevin Berman established show ring stars, this leaves Jeffrey as the only Berman who hasn’t picked up his parents’ and grandparents’ passion.

Elly Berman stepped up on the powerful Reedann’s Talked About at TASHA’s December show. The month-plus work was evident, as they racked and trotted with style and speed to win both Amateur Five-Gaited classes. Teamed with the seasoned George Foreman, Elly Berman rode out with the Adult Show Pleasure tricolor.

The SGF Winning Ways tack room sported a number of blues and tricolors. Sherry Frankel personally earned four of these, winning both Five-Gaited Show Pleasure and Adult Country Pleasure titles with Anacacho Dance Again and The King’s Champagne respectively. Lauren Greenwald, who represented the Southwest on the Invitational Five-Gaited Equitation team at the Holiday show, won a pair of equitation classes.

It’s Double O’Deuce and trainer Steve Chadick debuted in the park division in December. The big chestnut stallion trotted his way to the February blue in a three-horse class. Chadick also was up on I’m A Scene to win the Park Pleasure titles.

Winning Ways academy riders added their ribbons to the farm’s mix. Tristin Ramirez repeated her December winning performances, earning both the Academy Walk and Trot Performance classes for riders 10 and under aboard Shamrock’s Phi Guy. Calypso King proved the value of having aged geldings in an academy program. He carried Tabitha Tinsley to the Walk and Trot Performance blue and tricolor for riders 11 to 17 and Sophie Zuniga to another 10 and Under Walk and Trot Equitation title.

Lone Star Saddlebreds riders enjoyed another good show, winning seven academy titles with two horses: CH So Fizzical and Billy Kidd. Karla Moritz, Nancy Kanive, Given Fessler and Katelynn Kenley each earned blues aboard Billy Kidd while Sara Bratcher and Melissa Jernigan brought home top honors on CH So Fizzical. Shalynn Randel rode Starheart’s Pea-Wing to the top of the English Country Pleasure 17 and Under class.

Singlefoot Farm, Oakrun Farm, Miracle Farm and trainer Kelly Lowery garnered several good ribbons with amateur-owners/trainers Kathryn Park and Julie Size also picking up blues.

These are the highlights of TASHA’s Winter Horse Show. Complete results may be viewed and searched by clicking here.


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