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Tradition and Change Make for a Great Southeastern


Judge: Lynda Freseth

Academy Judge: Chan Sutton

Show Manager: Jim Ruwoldt

Assistant Show Manager: Steve Hanks

Show Secretary: Beth Viering

Ring Secretary: Marian Shultz

Ringmaster: William G. Whitley III

Steward: Mary Lynn Whitley

Announcer: David “Tuffy” Owens

Paddock Master: Peyton Hamilton

Organist: Dale Stone

Photographer: Doug Shiflet

Videographer: Richfield Video

Farrier: Stanley Orr

Veterinarian: Dr. Ray Wright


by Katherine Hansil


CONYERS, Ga. - When it is time for the Southeastern Charity, Georgian exhibitors know it is time to welcome the wonderful fall weather. This year did not disappoint as the hot temperatures cooled off after a day of rain on Thursday for beautiful weather at the top notch Georgia Horse Park in Conyers, Ga. The show, now in its 36th year, celebrated not only another great year and great weather but also a turn in number as entries rose with close to 500 stalls sold. The show held Sept. 26–29 is put on by the horse show’s board of directors led by Show Manager Jim Ruwoldt and Board President Lindy Ware in conjunction with the Kiwanis of Conyers benefiting the charities of this local club.


The show long with tradition continues to evolve. Tradition is carried on with the numerous beautiful perpetual trophies displayed each session. Each year on Wednesday the Board inducts someone into the Hall of Fame. This year Anne and Sam Stafford were honored for their many years of support for this show. On Friday, another honor bestowed was the Bill Medicus Caretaker’s Award. This year’s recipient was Ricky Richardson from Judd Stables. Also on Friday, Pat Borders performed a dressage demonstration aboard Briarpatch Farm’s Reba McIntyre. Saturday evening’s festivities included the Junior Judging Awards and the retirement of the grand five-gaited horse CH Spindazzle.


Last year one of the biggest additions was that the show was the first one of the ASHA Regional Championships to take place. This year the show again held that honor crowning 23 Southern Regional Champions. Change this year brought new classes including Georgia Owned Show Pleasure and Country Pleasure classes and also combined the ladies and amateur championships in both the three-gaited and five-gaited divisions.  But the biggest change was the addition of the new barn by the Horse Park, providing extra permanent stalling and attracting exhibitors back that had previously been in temporaries. The new, state of the art barn featured matted stalls and concrete aisleways. According to the Horse Park all stalls will be matted by next year. The Horse Park also has added an additional barn by the warm-up ring that is covered and can have temporary stalls.


The show prides itself on hospitality, which has been a long tradition as well. Each night the sponsors are invited to the Carriage Room for light fare and every morning coffee and pastries were provided. On Friday night following the show, exhibitors gathered at the Cherokee Run Golf Club for the Mexican Fiesta themed exhibitors’ party.




The show was brought to a close with five entries making the gate call for the Five-Gaited Jackpot Championship. After working through the gaits, Courageous Lord with Mike Barlow was called to the winner’s circle for Marsha Shepard and Bill Carrington. This bold moving chestnut first captured the attention of Shepard at the Dixie Cup a few years ago as a junior horse but when she went back to purchase him, he had already been sold. He had also captured the attention of Ron and Betty Moore who bought him to campaign in the junior division. That year under the direction of Lisa Heres-Rosenberger he accumulated quite a following and top ribbons at Louisville and at shows in the Southeast. When Rosenberger opened up her own stable, Courageous Lord was eventually sent back to the trainer who made him, Mike Barlow, and earlier this year Shepard and Carrington purchased him as they had intended to two years ago. 


Courageous Lord with Mike Barlow


Joe Elam was aboard the expressive Titleist Right Tonight for owners and breeders Ed and Lisa Millet to capture the reserve title. The unknown young star never put an ear back as he worked for Joe Elam. He is from the last crop of foals for the top stallion, Titleist. Earlier in the week, this team also turned in a top show for the reserve in the novice qualifier. Winning the novice qualifier were Chief’s Top Commander and Bill Schoeman for Samuel Webster.


Lisa Heres-Rosenberger had her time in the winner’s circle in the Ladies Five-Gaited class with Coastal Caper for Pinetree Stables. With the crowd behind her Christy Parker presented CH Executive Dunk for the reserve for new owner Katie Boysen. Boysen is looking forward to campaigning this proven champion in the junior exhibitor ranks.


Rosenberger was back to the winner’s circle, this time meeting a thrilled Cindy Wagoner as she moved up to win the Amateur Five-Gaited Championship with Lawman. Our Silver Charm had two great shows with George Anne Nash to win the amateur qualifier and return for the reserve in the championship under the direction of Julia and Steve Joyce. With these titles, this sporty chestnut earned his CH status.


Lee Wagoner greeted his wife, Cindy,
 and Lawman at the gate


Julia and Steve Joyce added two more titles to the Cameo banner as they directed The Apprentice and Bree Zandy to two top rides. This young team has really put it together as they swept the junior exhibitor five-gaited division. Last year’s champion and five-gaited pony star, Undulata’s Kipling earned both reserve ribbons with Shelby Reimer presenting for Soquili Stables LLC.


The Apprentice and Bree Zandy


Topping the junior class was the handsome Hillside’s American. Out of CSF Twice Supreme, also CH Tax Man’s dam, this is another young star from Frank Gray’s breeding program. Late Nite Fun captured the reserve title with Lisa Heres-Rosenberger presenting for Frank Jones. Winning the UPHA Five-Gaited Classic was Harlem’s Class Act with E.H. Matthews in the irons for Robert and Barbara Walla. Dan Flowers made the trip from Texas to earn the reserve with It’s Wing Ka Hammer for Tony Diamond.




Capturing the top honor in the Three-Gaited Jackpot Championship was the trimmed in white Attaché’s Elegance. John Goda presented the star for Jo Waddell. Earlier this team also topped the novice qualifier with another solid performance. Reserve went to last year’s champion CH Bernie’s Spirit with Kim Williams.


Attaché’s Elegance and John Goda III


No stranger to the winner’s circle at this show, CH Yes It’s True turned in a winning performance in the Amateur Three-Gaited Championship for the second year in a row. This year Kathy Berger who purchased him the first of the year guided him to the top spot. This team also won the amateur qualifier. Reserve in the amateur championship hung on the Judd Stables banner with a super performance from Amber Lager and Anitya Marlowe. Earlier in the week they captured the Ladies Three-Gaited title. Reserve in both the amateur and ladies qualifier went to Mega Volt with Debbie Tolliver. After two nice performances they elected not to show back in the championship.


Natalie Sanchez was thrilled when her number was called to the winner’s circle in the Junior Exhibitor Three-Gaited Championship. She piloted the handsome Sky High Money to the top spot under the direction of Steve Old. Reserve honors went to Keeper Of The Stars and Jackie De la Parte. This elegant team earned the top spot in the 14-17 qualifier. In his only appearance Champagne’s Supreme Fox topped the 13 and under qualifier for the second year in a row. This year he was piloted to the blue ribbon by Morgan Gunby.


Judd Stables continued to dominate this division as Maria Gilman presented the elegant three-year-old Walterway’s Valedictorian to the win in the UPHA Three-Gaited Classic. Reserve honors went to Cloverleaf Red Baron and Bill Schoeman.


Now under the direction of the team at Blue Willow Stables, Callaway’s Viscount and Katherine Randall turned in two winning rides to sweep the three-gaited pony division. Reserve honors in both classes went to Champagne Blues and Stephanie Fox.


Callaway’s Viscount and Katherine Randall


Three-Gaited Park


Society Lane’s Prince Of Charm went two-for-two as he swept the open park division with James Hale in the irons for Phyllis Harris. The Happy Valley Stables owned and bred Tableaux captured both reserve titles with Gerald Moores presenting.


Society Lane’s Prince Of Charm with James Hale


Aubrey Lambert has taken a backseat as Morgan C. Reiser presented Foxy Camilla in the junior park division. And he did again this week as he won the junior class. But Lambert took over the reins later in the week and in her debut performance aboard this Desert’s Supreme Admiral daughter to sweep the amateur division with two outstanding performances. Joy Rodak had two nice rides aboard Hidden Agenda to capture the reserve titles.  Reserve in the junior class also went back to Florida with Cynthia Kueker’s Rare Vos with E.H. Matthews in the irons.


Fresh off a great ribbon in one of the amateur qualifiers in Freedom Hall, Dylan Hines and Protector returned to the junior exhibitor ranks sweeping the division under the direction of John Goda and Jeanie Waddell. Lake Dailey had two great catch-rides aboard the four-year-old Princely Charm earning both reserve titles for JK Investments and the Cameo Stable banner.


Lake Dailey and Princely Charm


Fine Harness


Paul Richardson debuted with his new driving selection In Bold Print. Richardson purchased this grand horse right before Louisville and put him in training with Anne Judd. In Bold Print marched down the rail for Richardson winning the Fine Harness Jackpot Championship and the amateur qualifier. Dori Zandy also debuted with Charming Dreams in the fine harness division. Only a five-year-old, Steve Joyce moved this Santana’s Charm daughter to the fine harness division in July earning the reserve championship honor at Blue Ridge. Zandy had her turn on the lines to capture the reserve in the amateur qualifier. Joyce was back in the buggy in the championship to claim their second reserve title.


Paul Richardson debuted

with In Bold Print under the

direction of Anne Judd.


Dan Flowers directed the It’s Hammertime son, It’s Sonic Boom, to the winner’s circle in the Junior Fine Harness for Tony Diamond. A Friend Indeed and Carl Irwin earned the reserve title for owner and breeder Happy Valley Stables.


The three-year-old son of CF First Night Out, Without You, topped the UPHA Fine Harness Classic with Pedro Martinez on the lines for Blythewood Farms. Carol Addison presented her Last Gift to the reserve title. Pedro Martinez was back to the winner’s circle with another son of CF First Night Out, First Lover, to win the Southeastern Futurity Two-Year-Old Fine Harness for Blythewood Farms. Reserve honors went to LBF It’s Edisto with Tom Lee on the lines for Georgette Palaces.




Mike Barlow continued his success Saturday night as he masterfully piloted GRC Ashland to the winner’s circle in the Roadster To Bike Jackpot Championship for Howard and Bobbye Six. Reserve honors went to Martell and Rick Adams for Ed and Ann Moore’s Edan Farm. It was a welcome back party of sorts for all involved as horse, trainer and owner have all been out of the show ring for a while. It has been a great relationship for the team as they have each prepared the other for the return to the show ring and Martell was a powerhouse as Adams put him all in the right spots with the Moores on the rail cheering on each pass.


Westgate Villain and Mike Gordon are a fixture at this horse show. Gordon who has tirelessly worked over the years behind the scenes on the show has partnered with this consistent champion to sweep the amateur division the last two years. This year they burned up the track once again claiming the championship and qualifier. Reserve honors went to the speedster Mighty Yo Yo and Ann Reeves.


In the Limit Roadster To Bike, four speed demons burst through the gate to vie for the title. For the second year in a row the top spot went to Sue’s Bad Moon with Steve Joyce on the lines for J.R. Martin. Joyce also took his turn in the saddle to win the under saddle class preparing Sue’s Bad Moon for Martin’s granddaughter, Erica. Reserve in the limit class went to Pistol Pete and Pete Reeves.




With his red and white silks flying Arlie Fiveash topped the Road Pony Championship with Unexpected Lovin’. Reserve honors went back to the C&C Stables banner with the great performance from Seamair Leader and Sharon Chrisman. These two teams earned the same titles in the open qualifier.


In the amateur division the ring belonged to Buckwheat. Fresh off a world’s champion title in the junior exhibitor division, Ann Fitzpatrick took the lines back over to drive the sporty pony to the championship and qualifying win for her Rigby’s Green Farm. Arlie Fiveash earned the reserve championship title with Rocket Man. Last year’s grand champion Rant N Rave KV earned the reserve title in the qualifier with Karen Voerg at the whip. 


Joe Elam joined Ann Fitzpatrick

and Buckwheat


The junior exhibitors had their turn to speed down the track in the junior exhibitor qualifier. Shelby Reimer was in the bike to claim the blue ribbon with Jose Cuervo while Baby Cakes and Andie Lloyd were in for reserve. In the AHHS Youth Medallion Under Saddle Tori Newberry had the winning ride aboard Ann Reeves’s Heartland Masterpiece. Nancy Leslie had a good trip capturing the reserve with So Irresistible.


Sharon Chrisman was thrilled after her winning drive in the Harness Pony Championship with her beloved Cascade. This talented pony also carried Chrisman to the open qualifying win earlier in the week.


Sharon Chrisman was thrilled

with her winning drives.


Reserve in the championship and qualifier went to Seamair Spectacular and Starr Elliot. This team also captured the reserve in the amateur qualifier. Winning the amateur qualifier were Neon Dion and Lib Jones.


The high-stepping Heartland Designed carried away the tricolor in the Hackney Championship with Garland Presswood on the lines. They were victorious also in the amateur qualifier. Reserve in both classes went to Highlander and Ann Reeves for the Reeves/Fiveash partnership.


Crystal Creek’s trainer Eduardo Lopez directed the winning entry in the Hackney Pleasure Driving Pony Championship, Crystal Creek’s Starlet with Kathryn Nichols. This team moved up a notch from the reserve in the qualifier. Saturday night was a special night for the Crystal Creek family not only because this young pony is from the Crystal Creek breeding program but also because Kathryn and Carl Nichols’ granddaughters Monroe and Parker were there to watch. Monroe even caught a ride back to the barn after the winning drive. The new team of Matchmaker and Elsa Hackett had a nice drive earning the reserve in the championship in their first show together. Winning the qualifier was High Heels And Smiles and Ann Ramey Boyd.          


Monroe Nichols with her grandmother,

Kathryn Nichols




Megan Stephens had a comeback ride aboard the expressive Gogita to win the Five-Gaited Show Pleasure Championship for Denise Stephens. This team was directed by James and Jackie Hale. After a great ride the flashy Faye Dunaway WRF and Chelsey Stone captured the reserve in the championship. Racking away with the blue ribbon in the qualifier and a strong third in the championship was the multi-titled The Denali with Jessica Anderson. I’ve Been Dheired and Brittany Fox earned the reserve in the qualifier.


Faye Dunaway WRF and Chelsey Stone


Showboat’s Casablanca was bright and mannered to win the Park Pleasure Championship with Steve Joyce in the irons for Marian Hunt Bramlett. She’s A Classy Asset and Mike Barlow claimed the reserve championship title for Mary Jane Fleck. Winning the qualifier was Joy Rodak’s Bintang Baru with E.H. Matthews in the irons. Kelly Mount showed her young star Girl Gone Wild to the reserve in the qualifier under the Signature Stables banner. Steve Joyce was back to the winner’s circle with Strike Up The Lights in the Junior/Novice Park Pleasure for owner and breeder Lesley Orr. This made the second year in a row this nice horse has earned this title. The sporty Fancy Schmancy and Brian Reimer topped the UPHA Park Pleasure Classic for Mary Jane Curtis with David Chretien presenting Sonita’s Only You to the reserve for Susan Dean Sowle.


In the Adult Three-Gaited Show Pleasure Championship, CH Sweet Virginia was picture perfect. This grand mare never put an ear back as she pleasurably marched down the rail for Barbara Woods, earning the tricolor. Earlier in the week they also won the adult qualifier. Reserve championship honors went to CSF Supreme Memories and Judy Brown. This Lisa Heres-Rosenberger trained team also earned the reserve in the novice rider qualifier. The solid performer CH Five Minutes More and Barbara Matthews captured the qualifying reserve.


CH Sweet Virginia and Barbara Woods


Mo Rhythm and Christine Freeman were fresh off a reserve title at Louisville and this week they turned in another pleasurable ride to win the Three-Gaited 14-17 Show Pleasure Championship. Winning the qualifier was the grand CH Radiant Success. Dylan Hines was in the irons for Kaylee Norman. The talented Shelby Reimer presented Columbia Buckaneer to both reserve titles. Judd Stables continued to dominate the pleasure division as CH Discover and Jenna Palmeri had two fantastic shows to sweep the 13 and under division. Spike’s Glory and Cheyenne Mabey put the heat on with a nice show moving up a few notches to earn the championship reserve for John Ditto. Reserve in the qualifier went to a hometown favorite, Play Date and Taylor Price, under the direction of Rick and Valerie Adams with stablemate Reedann’s Phandango and Heather Colley earning a strong third behind them.


Judi Kerr had a great week with her sporty Cloverleaf Armageddon. The team not only topped the novice rider qualifier but also won the Georgia owned qualifier. After two great rides they elected not to show back in the championship. Reserve in novice rider went to the junior exhibitor team of CH S.S. Lies And Alibis and Katie Boysen under the direction of Christy Parker.


CH Radiant Success proved his versatility as he carried Kaylee Norman to both top honors in the competitive 12-and-under walk-and-trot show pleasure division. This team rides under the Impossible Dream banner. Reserve in the championship went to Long John’s Hi Light and Nancy Leslie, with Drama Queen and Brooklyn Frazier earning reserve in the qualifier.


CH Radiant Success and Kaylee Norman


Selvaggio and Bonnie Koch had a winning drive, moving up to capture the Show Pleasure Driving Championship tricolor. Earlier this Boone’s Farm-trained team earned the reserve.  Winning the qualifier and returning for the reserve were Radiant Event and Shelby Reimer for Erika Clements.


Country Pleasure


Monsignor has topped classes in the western discipline all season but this week Marie Gwinn decided to show his versatility and moved him into the adult country pleasure division. It was a great decision for after he settled in during the qualifier he came back with a solid performance to claim the tricolor. Highpoint’s Fancy Cat and Toree Hefner topped the qualifier and returned in the championship with another great ride for the reserve championship title. Dori Zandy had a super catch ride aboard Simbara’s Stars And Stripes to earn the reserve in the qualifier for Jamie Parks. 


Phi Phalutin’ RR and Amy Hein are a great team in the junior exhibitor country pleasure division. With perfect rides they not only won the age-combined championship but also topped the 14-17 qualifier. Twist Again and Amber Ditmore claimed the reserve championship and 14-17 reserve qualifier titles. Winning the 13 and under qualifier was Canaan Land and Shelby Gunby, with Cha Ching Cha Ching and Allie Walker in for reserve.


In the Georgia Owned Country Pleasure Pat Borders had a nice catch ride aboard the high stepping Krissia to win the blue for Jeannie Waddell. The Steve Old-trained Ultra On Forty-Second Street and Stephanie Sanchez captured the reserve title. Kay Henderson was aboard Emma Grubb’s Glider Supreme to win the Novice Rider Country Pleasure. Krissia was back to the ring in this novice rider qualifier with Christina Waddell to earn the reserve title.


Glider Supreme and Kay Henderson


Ann Fitzpatrick had two flawless drives with Heirithmatic to sweep the country pleasure driving division for Donna and Orlando Smith. Don Scott was on the lines to earn both reserve titles with Will Glitter.


New York Fire, better known as Fred The Wonder Horse, had a great week with Jan Henderson as they won the Western Country Pleasure Championship and the Saddle & Bridle Shatner Western Pleasure. O Ain’t I Somethin’ and Luanne Kilday topped the qualifier. They also earned reserves in the championship and Shatner qualifier. Reserve in the qualifier went to Performing Nightly with Matthew Wood presenting for Rigby’s Green Farm LLC.


Samantha Barber presented Rick and Valerie Adams’ Beau’s Black Beauty in the hunter division sweeping both classes. Allie Walker had two nice rides aboard Cha Ching Cha Ching adding two more reserve titles to their lists.




Three riders returned for the Saddle Seat Equitation Championship. Topping the class after rail and pattern work was Amber Pitts. Pitts rode Answered Prayer and is instructed by Anne Judd. Earlier in the week she also earned the red ribbon in the Saddle & Bridle Pleasure Equitation Medallion. Reserve championship honors went to the Bill Rodgers-instructed Kristen Thomas. Riding Cabernet’s Will Command she also earned the 14-17 reserve title. Winning the 14-17 qualifier was Morgan King who catch-rode Pagan Prince under the direction of Maria Gilman.


Morgan King aboard Pagan Prince


Christine Thomas, also instructed by Gilman, topped the UPHA Pleasure Equitation Challenge Cup riding Magic Mahogany. Chelsey Stone riding under the direction of Desiree Clauson topped the Saddle & Bridle Medallion and also earned the reserve in the UPHA Pleasure Equitation Challenge Cup.


Clauson also instructs Holly Hein who swept the 10-and-under walk-and-trot equitation division aboard Law Me. From Signature Stables, Kolette Weaver had two strong rides earning both reserves aboard Santana’s Twist & Shout.


Kolette Weaver on Santana’s Twist & Shout


In the Adult Equitation Lindsay Dasher won the blue under the direction of Christy Parker. Reserve honors went to Tiffany Smith.


In Hand


It was worth the trip down for trainer Mark Wilson even if it was for only one night and with only one horse. Wilson presented the talented yearling She’s Absolutely Hammered to the top spot in the ASGN Yearling for owner and breeder Tommy Johnson. This flashy filly with three white stockings is by It’s Hammertime and out of Absolute Charisma, making it a full sister to Wilson’s talented three-year-old fine harness star The Road Less Traveled. Reserve honors went to The Distinguished Mark with Brian Reimer presenting for Equigene Corporation. This talented Don’t Worry prodigy is no stranger to the spotlight as he garnered a top three spot last year in the All American Weaning Cup. Reimer also presented the top third and fourth ribbon winners, Life’s Supreme Lesson for Doug Flor and A Classic Melody for David Chesnut, respectively.


Reimer earned not only the top spot in the Southeastern Futurity Yearling but also the second, third and fourth spots all with Don’t Worry prodigy. Winning the class was Clara’s Starkindler. Bred by Doug Flor, Scott Halperin owns this impressive colt. Again reserve went to The Distinguishing Mark for Equigene Corporation. The top third spot went to Razzle Dazzle Rebel for Merrill Rowell with Life’s Supreme Lesson returning to garner the white streamers.


Lance Williamson presented the winning entry in the Southeastern Futurity Weanlings for Frank Gray and Mrs. Julian Gregory. Bred by Mrs. Gregory this bay colt is out of No Angel and by Kentucky’s Aristocratic Heir. Brian Reimer was back to claim the reserve honor with Magnolia Lane. This filly, who is owned and bred by Equigene Corporation, is also by Don’t Worry and is out of Enchanting Mystery. Lance Williamson earned the top third spot with Santa Monica Kiss for Maple Hill Farm LLC with Brian Reimer back for the white streamers with Alicia Floyd’s Hammertime’s Bit Of Honey.




Saturday afternoon belonged to the academy riders. Earning top ribbons in the divisions were: Madison Clark Pruitt, Isabell McSwain, Elizabeth Mitchell, Morgan Dixon, Alicia Floyd, William Matthews, Mercedes Shannon, Cayla Tabb, Annette Schoeman, Nicole Brandon, Chris Brandham, Lyla Walker, Madison Waddell, Morgan Dixon, Barbara Hopkins and Jamie Hopkins. 

This wraps up the highlights from the Southeastern Charity Horse Show. Complete results can be seen and searched by clicking here.

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