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Texas American Saddle Horse Association Horse Show Boasts Bigger Numbers


by Linda Landman

HOUSTON, Texas - In the midst of the majority of the industry preparing to tack on show shoes and plan their upcoming competition season, TASHA exhibitors launched the beginning of theirs. It started this year with their ever-popular TASHA Horse Show. The show has begun a remarkable recovery in the past year under the direction of current president Koren Mercer. Most prominent in attendance was Beulah Cates who suffered from ill health before the December 2005 show. When questioned Cates said she was back and feeling much better.

In the past this show was mostly attended as a practice show. Since the addition of prize money and young horse classes it has begun a metamorphosis; becoming a premiere for new teams and current prospect horses. The most notable new team was that of Emily Burglass and her Christmas present of Callaway's Blue Agate. They swept the country pleasure division and showed under the direction of the Marjorie Judd Stables. Judd led her team to a very successful weekend with some very noteworthy new teams and additions to their show string.

On Saturday evening everyone got dressed up for the annual TASHA High Point Banquet. It was a fun and exciting banquet with the addition of most particularly “Marilyn Monroe” and “Austin Powers.” The silent auction raised $1,100 for TASHA and a lovely dinner was also a big hit with the crowd.

The absence of Ed and Ada Perwien and their daughter Elly Berman from this horse show was significant. All was for good reason. It was the celebration of Berman's son Kevin's Bar Mitzvah. Not to let the weekend pass without their participation, Kevin was presented at the end of the show with his present of the new road pony, Reserve World's Champion Albert Capony. Kevin was all smiles and took an introductory pass in the ring for all to enjoy in the celebration.

TASHA boasted a revamping and healthy attendance. Pairing the unseasonably warm weather and the incredible facility of the Great Southwest Equestrian Center has always made this a good starting point for the show season. A host of top barns made the trip to Houston to participate. Bluebonnet Farm, Destiny Farms, Marjorie Judd Stables, Lone Star Saddlebreds, Mill Creek Stables, Milligan Stables, Miracle Farms, Providence Farms, Shenandoah Stables, Victory Lane, and SGF Winning Ways Farm all helped make this year's show one of its biggest and best ever.


Complete results can be seen on this web site by going to Statistics and clicking on Show Results.

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