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UPHA Chapter 1


UPHA Chapter 1 Officials and Staff

Show Manager:          John Owens

Show Secretary:           Mary Hartman

USEF Steward:           Adele Maurer

Announcer:              Tuffy Owens

Ringmaster:              Terry Brennan

Paddock Master:           Doug Cason

Photographer:           Mike Ferrara

Videographer:           Take One Video

Organist:                 Randy Roberts

Farrier:                    Dave Fraser

Veterinarian On Call: Peninsula Equine

Judge:                    James Nichols, Paducah, Ky. 


by Leeann Mione

WOODSIDE, Calif. - The fifth annual UPHA Chapter 1 Horse Show welcomed Saddlebreds, Hackneys and Friesians to the Horse Park at Woodside for one of California’s horse show circuit highlights.


By Sunday afternoon’s conclusion Wallen West, Black Sterling Friesians, Boettcher Stables, Scripps Miramar, Dixon Stables, Rancho Vista, Friesian Focus, Rockridge Farm, Zazen Ranch, Park Place, Woodhaven, Monarch Stables, Pleasants Valley Stable, Crown Valley Farm, Jim Bennett Stables, Deardorff Stable, David Becker Jr. Stables, and FireDance Farm all had blue ribbons hanging on the tack room wall. Seamair Farm, Miller Equestrian Services and Rainwater Saddlebreds also finished the week with top ribbons, as did Friesian owner Christine Keiser.


Woodside is such a success because of the hard work put forth by the officers and members of both UPHA Chapter 1 and the horse show committee and the officers of the California Equine Foundation.


A class schedule to be envied because of its relaxed pace and daytime-only classes is just one of the things that keeps people coming back year after year. A show is only as good as its sponsors and Chapter 1 has a long list of sponsors and supporters who provide money and time to make the show a success.


John Owens returned as show manager this year. He was joined by a very friendly, helpful and capable staff to keep things running smoothly.


Wednesday evening’s trainers’ party was hosted by Judy Castaillac. Thursday evening, a reception was held at the nearby Menlo Circus Club and attracted a big group as well. Saturday afternoon, the anticipation of the after-show exhibitors’ party kept the schedule moving and just as quickly as they could get done for the afternoon, people started lining up for the food – delicious tri-tip barbecue that was as good as it looked and kept everyone coming back for more.


Breakfast was available every day and was sponsored by Laurie Servin, Marcia Sola, Cari Lunder and Janet Stevenson.


Hospitality is almost always one of those things on people’s list when they make a decision about whether or not to return to a horse show. Granted facility, stabling, arena, officials and location may factor in higher on the list, but hospitality and making everyone feel welcome and appreciated goes a long way in generating support for a horse show. Chapter 1 has hospitality down to a science and does a great job in making sure everyone feels welcome and leaves feeling appreciated.


This year’s warm temperatures weren’t quite as extreme as last year and in fact, Saturday turned out to be colder than usual. That didn’t stop the fast and furious action inside the ring though and competition in many divisions was quite good.


To say the footing was quite good would almost be an understatement however. The footing was so good that there is no need to ever do a ring drag between classes. This year only one shoe came off and that was on the last day. . . in the last class.


The area where the audience seating was located, under a tent, had also been reworked so it was much easier to maneuver around and in front of tables and much safer passage from one end of the seating to the other. It was a welcome improvement.


There aren’t many reasons to not choose Woodside as a must-do. A great schedule, friendly and helpful staff, one of the nicest hotels in the country to stay in and great hospitality make it one of California’s horse show circuit highlights.


Michele Macfarlane rode CCV Casey’s Final Countdown to both the Five-Gaited Grand Championship and open qualifier blue ribbon for co-owners Scripps Miramar Ranch and SiSi Stables. The charismatic stallion put together two strong efforts in the big ring to help give Scripps Miramar a very successful show at Woodside.


Full Spectrum was right on the money to win the amateur qualifier with Martha Keck then did it again in the amateur stake to close out the show’s final class in winning fashion from Boettcher Stables. Gail Hooker and her Undulata’s Prophet pressed hard in both classes to take reserve.


Katie Jarve followed up her success at Monterey Springfest by adding both of the junior exhibitor wins to her total with CH Callaway’s Capitol Reporter. Jarve rode under the direction of Jennifer Dixon. Laura Denenholz debuted with her new mount Undulata’s Confidential and claimed the reserve grand championship and red ribbon from the qualifier. She rode under the direction of Jim Bennett Stables.


Busting Out, sired by CF First Night Out and out of a daughter of CH The Talk Of The Town, turned heads on the way to the winner’s circle with David Blevins in the Three-Year-Old Five-Gaited class. Blevins rode for owner Jennifer Sandefur.  Royal Pleasure (Sultan’s Royal Flush x Red Oak’s Hide Away) was reserve with Frank Miller up for Monte Rhea.


Victoria Lynn has numerous three-gaited division wins to her credit under the direction of Zazen Ranch and she added two more at Chapter 1. Jim Cherry rode to the Three-Gaited Stake win after having won the open class for Zazen Ranch. Too Much Talk and Blevins were reserve in both classes for Sandefur.


Julie DeVault heads off to college in the fall, but had her mind on winning this weekend and that’s exactly what she did with her dynamic Wee Pee’s Storm. They teamed up to win the Amateur Three-Gaited Championship and qualifier for DeVault Farms, LLC and were directed by Bill Tomin of Rockridge Farm. Woodside marked DeVault’s season debut with her gelding and followed up the open class win at Monterey with Tomin in the irons. CH X’s And O’s and Allison Cherry were right there for both reserves.


Paladin’s Presidio and Sarah Hausheer were the team to beat in the Park Stake after winning the amateur qualifier under the direction of Robb Wallen. Hausheer’s victories came on the heels of winning the amateur park championship at Monterey Springfest.


The Full Monty and Julie DeVault were the Three-Gaited Park Reserve Grand Champions and also took the red streamers in the open class behind Peritime with Adam Sherman up for Helen Cherry. Callaway’s Maureen was reserve in the amateur class with owner Sherry Morrow. Morrow rode under the direction of Brigitte Scholl.


Brookhill’s Periday and Jim Cherry swept the open fine harness division to add two more wins to the Zazen Ranch total. They were followed in the ribbons both times by Spurwing’s Manhattan Doll and Reymundo Gallegos, who drove for owner/breeder Charlene Hewitt.


Doctor Zhivago and Michele Macfarlane were the Amateur Fine Harness Grand Champions and champions for Scripps Miramar Ranch. Macfarlane’s flashy young stallion has been making a name for himself in the fine harness division since his two-year-old year.


Spurwing’s High ‘N Mighty, another product of owner Charlene Hewitt’s breeding program, continued Boettcher Stables’ successful show by claiming the win in the Junior Fine Harness class. Eduardo Castelleo drove for Hewitt.


Call Me Mahvalous also represented Boettcher Stables in the fine harness division with the winning effort in the three-year-old class. Reymundo Gallegos drove for owners Elizabeth and Howard Leendertsen.


P.T. Cruiser has been unstoppable in the roadster pony division so far this season and followed up victories at Monterey with both wins at Chapter 1. Marie Peyman took the victory pass in both the Roadster Pony Stake and open class for Bob Facciola. Greg Carstens, of Seamair Farm, directed Mary Teter and Awesome Spirit to both reserve titles.


Heartland Candidate and Sandra Surber also followed up wins at Monterey with both the Hackney Pony Championship and open class wins at Chapter 1. Bobbie Anne Welch drove Heartland Newsmaker to the Hackney Pony Reserve Grand Championship and reserve championship under the direction of Dick Boettcher.


Heartland King Of Kings and Joanne Weiner added two more wins to the Rockridge count when they were named the Hackney Pony Pleasure Driving Grand Champions after winning the qualifier earlier in the week. Heartland Entitled and Sandra Surber exited the ring with both reserve titles from Dixon Stables.


Gail Hooker stepped up to the plate and turned in perhaps one of her best rides ever with her CH Forever Aptor to capture the tricolor in the competitive Five-Gaited Show Pleasure Stake under the direction of Bill Tomin. Karen Lachman had a busy week showing under the direction of Don and Allison Deardorff as she rode her Doubletree’s Caper Style to the blue ribbon in the qualifier before returning to take the reserve streamers in the stake. Hella Good and Martha Keck claimed the red ribbon in the qualifier from Dick Boettcher Stables.


Owner Jill Anthony watched as her Pinnacle’s Midnight Event claimed two of the three ribbons in the park pleasure division. Stablemate Buttoned Down made it a Dick Boettcher Stables shutout with Grace Arnold up.


Eduardo Castelleo rode Pinnacle’s Midnight Event to the Park Pleasure Championship and open class wins. The Pacific Ambassador, with Robb Wallen up, was reserve in both classes for owner Kaitlin Richardson.


Buttoned Down, owned by Mary Williams, was the junior horse champion with Arnold in the irons.


CH French Silk Stockings and Debbie Tomin added to their impressive resume by capturing both adult show pleasure wins. They topped one of the show’s biggest classes; the Adult Three-Gaited Pleasure Stake which featured nine entries. Doubletree’s Royal Request and Leslie Pierce put together a strong team effort for both reserve ribbons under the direction of Deardorff Stables.


CH A Magic Spell and Katie Jarve swept the junior exhibitor show pleasure championship and qualifier to add two more wins to their list this season and follow up their successes at Monterey.


Altadena Starlight and Laura Denenholz made their only appearance in the junior exhibitor qualifier and took the red streamers back to the Jim Bennett Stables tack room.


Aliyah Asch took the lines of her multi-titled CH Advantage Me early in the week and headed to the winner’s circle in the ASHAF Show Pleasure Youth Driving Challenge class for owner Sarah Asch. Kim Matoza took over the driving duties Sunday afternoon under the direction of trainer Joy Lazarus and won the Show Pleasure Driving Championship.


Sacajawea Charbonneau followed up a great show at Monterey with the win in the show pleasure driving qualifier and returned to take the reserve tricolor in the stake with owner Phyllis Hawkins. David Becker Jr. directed Hawkins to her win and reserve.


Shari Rainwater drove Paladin’s Outta This World to the reserve in the qualifier for Rainwater Saddlebreds.


Robb Wallen teamed Town Cat to the English Pleasure Championship title for new owner Hannah Francis after having already won the open qualifier. The Georgia Peach was reserve in the stake with owner Beth Davis to follow up their reserve in the amateur class.


Sunshine Superman, also a member of the Wallen West show string, finished behind Wallen and Town Cat in the open class. Owner Louise Curran rode her striking palomino to the reserve.


The Goldman family had a very busy and successful week with the Friesians of Black Sterling Friesians. Julia Goldman handled the winning ride with Ronald in the Amateur English Pleasure class and was the only Friesian competing.


Jill Anthony added two more wins to her total when My Pie In The Sky won the Five-Gaited Country Pleasure Stake and qualifier.


Sunlight And Shadows topped a nice group in the Country Pleasure Stake and qualifier and took the victory pass both times with owner Michele Macfarlane up. Callaway’s Cassandra was reserve in the stake with owner Jan Darden, showing from David Becker Jr. Stables. Sultan’s Sarah Mariah was reserve in the qualifier with Jason Williams showing for owner Catherine Cartwright. Williams was directed to the reserve by Robb Wallen.


Sultan’s Sarah Mariah then switched gears and made it two for two in the Country Pleasure Driving Stake and qualifier with Williams in the buggy. Sultan’s Jackpot and Nan Chapman were reserve in the qualifier.


Six Saddlebreds came through the gate for their Western Country Pleasure Stake after a seven-entry qualifier. Both classes featured adults and junior exhibitors showing together.


CH Like Thunder and Michele Macfarlane won the stake after winning the Shatner class and the open qualifier earlier in the week to add three more wins to the Scripps Miramar total. Gen Hess and her well known and multi-titled I’m Lucky were the Western Country Pleasure Reserve Grand Champions for Pleasants Valley Stable to follow up their reserve grand championship at Monterey.

Spurwing’s Superfine Lady and Kathie Dunn followed up their good show at Monterey with the reserves in both the Western Country Pleasure qualifier and the Shatner class at Chapter 1.

Hess was back in the winner’s circle twice more at Chapter 1, but this time it was with Todaysmyluckyday, a full brother to I’m Lucky. The striking stallion won the OTAB Western Pleasure Stake and qualifier and was followed in the ribbons both times by Wits Worth and owner Suzan Pheley, showing under the direction of Nev Devine.

Barend Schuursma piloted Ate to the OTAB Hunter Pleasure Stake tricolor for Janna and Ron Goldman after winning the OTAB qualifier earlier in the week. Weird K and Haley Garcia took both reserve ribbons for owner Christine Keiser.

Laura Denenholz and Altadena Starlight, owned by Judy Denenholz, were the Saddle Seat Equitation Grand Champions from Jim Bennett Stables. Their move up in the ribbons came after their reserve in the 17 and under class.

Jennifer Dixon directed Alexandra Johnson to the reserve in the equitation championship and the reserve in the UPHA 17 and Under Challenge Cup. Johnson rode Mountrail’s Rhett Butler. Stablemate Tabasco Sauce carried Cara Sivara to the challenge cup win for owner Patricia Martin. They followed up their challenge cup win with the win in the 17 and under equitation class giving Dixon Stables a one-two finish.

Caroline Cherry won both of her equitation classes with her multi-titled equitation mount, Desert’s Indian Country. Cherry won the UPHA Walk and Trot 10 and Under Challenge Cup and also won the Walk and Trot Pleasure Challenge Cup for 10 and under riders.

Ethan Feiber and CH Java Sea, also a highly decorated walk and trot equitation mount, added two more ribbons to the Dixon Stables count when they were reserve in the 10 and under challenge cup and 10 and under pleasure challenge cup.

Lance Bennett directed Jackson Cripe and his handsome Friesian Doeke H. to the blue ribbon in the Walk and Trot Leadline class. Alec Ramirez, riding Katrina, was reserve for owner/trainer Kim Ramirez.

The Friesian division was very well supported at Woodside, as it is at so many of the California shows. The big, black horses from Holland are always popular with the audience and Woodside offered numerous classes and divisions for the crowd to cheer their favorites.

Otto and Lance Bennett won the Friesian Saddle Seat Park Championship for Joan Fernandez and Friesian Focus after taking the red ribbon in the qualifier. Their good show at Woodside followed on the heels of a sweep of the Friesian park division at Monterey. Rachael Stokes and Meine were reserve in the championship after taking the blue in the open park class.

Wodan kept the wins coming for Friesian Focus when Bennett rode to the winner’s circle in the Friesian Saddle Seat Pleasure Championship and qualifier. Wodan’s total went to four for four between Monterey and Woodside. Kassandra Young and Jolmer won the Amateur Friesian Saddle Seat Pleasure Championship and amateur class and showed under the direction of Wallen West. Laurens and Janna Goldman were reserve in both amateur classes for Black Sterling Friesians. Laurens had taken both amateur wins at Monterey with Janna Goldman up.

Brigitte Scholl rode Glor van de Bist to two victories for owner Dana Leavitt. Scholl won both the Friesian Saddle Seat Pleasure Junior Horse Stake and qualifier to add two wins to the Monarch Stables total and give Glor a four-win total after capturing both classes at Monterey. Jasper J and Cathryn Hager, from Friesian Focus, were named to the reserve slot in both junior horse classes.

Ivanhoe F.Q., owned by Janet Lundeen-Austin, was one of the hardest working horses at the show. He showed seven times, capturing five wins and two reserves with several different riders from Wallen West. Three wins at Monterey gave him a total of eight blue ribbons between the two shows.

Elizabeth Vietz-Wallen rode to the tricolor in the Friesian Walk/Trot Pleasure Championship and also won the qualifier and the Fantasy Costume class. Kassandra Young took over for Lundeen-Austin and rode to the win in the Friesian Amateur Walk/Trot Pleasure Championship and qualifier. Robb Wallen showed Ivanhoe to the Friesian Western Pleasure Reserve Grand Championship and reserve in the qualifier to close out a great show for the powerful Ivanhoe F.Q.

Joan Fernandez and Foppe were reserve in the Friesian Walk/Trot Pleasure Championship after taking the red ribbon in the qualifier earlier in the week for Friesian Focus.

In the amateur walk/trot pleasure classes Laurens and Ron Goldman were reserve in the stake and Julia Goldman rode to reserve in the qualifier for Black Sterling Friesians.

Friesian Focus and Black Sterling Friesians finished one-two, respectively, in the Friesian Pleasure Driving Championship after a reverse order of finish in the qualifier. Lance Bennett drove Winze to the tricolor for Friesian Focus and Ron Goldman drove Ronald to the blue ribbon and reserve tricolor.

Doeke H. added two more winning ribbons to Jackson Cripe’s total but this time Cathryn Hager was in the irons. She took the victory pass in the Friesian Saddle Seat Open Country Pleasure Stake and open class earlier in the week. Ravello and Julia Goldman won the Friesian Amateur Country Pleasure Stake and amateur class for Janna and Ron Goldman.

In the hunter division for the Friesian horses, Janna Goldman was victorious twice more when Judge James Nichols gave Ate the nod in both the Hunter Pleasure Stake and open class. This combination was yet another Black Sterling team to follow up their wins from Monterey. Weird K and Haley Garcia moved up in the ribbons to take the reserve streamers in the stake. Anne B and owner Kimberly Ramirez were reserve in the open hunter pleasure class.

Black Sterling (Ewoudt V.D.) and Janna Goldman swept the Friesian western pleasure division. Barend Schuursma added to the win count when he rode Frederik (Wessell) to the Friesian Dressage Suitability Stake victory after taking reserve in the qualifier behind reserve grand champion and open champion Weird K with Garcia up.

Ravello and Julia Goldman won the Friesian Saddle Seat Equitation class to continue their busy and successful show at Woodside.

Meine and Rachael Stokes took the red ribbon in the Fantasy Costume class, another crowd favorite, for owner Lyn Stadish to close out the Friesian division.

This highlights the fifth annual UPHA Chapter 1 – Woodside Horse Show. Complete results can be seen, searched and printed out by clicking here.

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