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UPHA Chapter 10 Announces Winners

At its annual Fall Horse Show, held in October in Roscoe, Illinois, UPHA Chapter 10 awarded several Chapter Championships.

Judging the full schedule of more than 80 performances, equitation and academy classes, was Kelly Freeman. In addition to its regular slate of classes, the show also offered its Chapter Championships classes. This was the second year of these special championships, designed to recognize and reward horses competing regularly on the Midwest "B" circuit. Horses competing for these honors must have been judged in a minimum of 4 championship classes in their respective divisions on the "B" circuit during the current show season.

The Chapter Championship for Three-Gaited Show Pleasure was awarded to Cosmopolitan Magic, owned by Elizabeth Stulginskis; the Chapter Championship for Three-Gaited Country Pleasure was awarded to Justa Reflection, owned by Alison LaPidus; and the Chapter Championship for Western Country Pleasure was awarded to Nite’s Up in Smoke owned by Carleton Huntoon. The Top six winners in each class were presented with special Championship ribbons, and each champion was presented with a special engraved plaque.

The UPHA Chapter 10 Fall Horse Show is also host to the $1,500 Horsemanship Challenge. Originated several years ago by Kay Richardson and Jennifer DelBosque, the Horsemanship Challenge is a combination class consisting of Showmanship at Halter, Junior Judging and the Horsemanship Class. All contestants qualified by competing in a minimum of two Showmanship at Halter, two Junior Judging competitions and two Equitation or Pleasure classes during this season. Each section of the competition was judged and placed with scores awarded; the Top six placings were determined by overall point totals.

The top six winners for this year’s Horsemanship Challenge received monetary awards and special championship ribbons provided by UPHA Chapter 10; the winner also received the Waterford "Spirit of America" trophy provided by Kay Richardson. The top six winners were as follows:

1. Alexandra Fischer ($500)
2. Lisa Simonis ($300)
3. Elizabeth Wildenberg ($250)
4. Alyssa Wedell ($200)
5. Audrey Schneider ($150)
6. Alison LaPidus ($100)

UPHA Chapter 10 wishes to congratulate all of the contestants in these competitions and looks forward to offering the classes again next season. The Chapter offers both a Spring and Fall show as their annual series, which continues to grow in popularity due to its exhibitor-friendly schedule, wide variety of classes and show management’s emphasis on a good customer experience.

For information on the 2011 show series, the Chapter Championships, or $1,500 Horsemanship Challenge, please contact Bonnie Kittredge, Show Manager, at (815) 477-2740. Information is also available at

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