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UPHA Chapter 17 Awards; ASHAG High Point Awards; Pro-Am Kick Off Auction

Story provided by Amanda Ward

UPHA Chapter 17 Awards


The UPHA Chapter 17 2006 awards were held on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2007, at Anthony’s Fine Dining in Atlanta, Ga. The UPHA Chapter 17 Awards are voted upon by active, associate and junior UPHA members. These awards are based on observations at the Georgia shows throughout the year both in and out of the ring.


These are not high point awards; they are voted on and given to the recipients by their peers within UPHA Chapter 17. They use the criteria of local participation, sponsorship and volunteer support, sportsmanship and enthusiasm. These awards are given to horses and riders that are trained within UPHA Chapter 17 member barns within the previous show year. This year’s winners are:

Best Local Show: Southeastern Charity Horse Show
Best Judge: Carl Irwin
Trainer Achievement: Amanda Ward
Juvenile Sportsmanship: Cas Dupont
Amateur Sportsmanship: Jan Henderson
Pony of the Year: So Irresistible
Reserve Pony of the Year: Aisle Party
Horse of the Year: Princess Mia
Reserve Horse of the Year: Callaway’s Feature Story
Reserve Horse of the Year: Krissia
Academy Horse of the Year: Emeralds And Pearls
Reserve Academy Horse of the Year:
CCR’s IC Baron
Ambassador Award: Sebastian
Reserve Ambassador Award: Unkle Bart
Olde Milton Hall of Fame Award: Harry Harris

This year, Chapter 17 honored its members that have achieved the Lifetime Membership status within the National UPHA Chapter. The members able to attend the awards banquet that evening were Marvin Ward, Cliff Miller, Jim Ruwoldt and Pete Reeves.

High Point Awards

The 2006 ASHAG High Point Awards were handed out on
Saturday, Jan. 27, 2007, at Anthony’s Fine Dining in Atlanta, Ga. The Junior ASHAG group, under their advisor, Donna Walker, and their president, Shelby Reimer, has their own high point award system. They gave out their year end awards as well this evening.

A big highlight of the night came when David and Linda Chestnut were inducted into the ASHAG Hall of Fame. David was the first president of ASHAG. David and Linda both sat on the committees which founded the Southeastern Charity and the Pro-Am Benefit Classic Horse Show. David served as the chairman of the Equine Advisory Board for the 1996 Olympic Games. Their family, including their daughter, Caroline, has been a part of the Georgia Saddlebred community for decades with numerous world champions including Tanbark Romance, Cherokee King and Dr. J. And now the next generation is showing Saddlebreds as their granddaughter, Nancy Leslie, rides with Brian and Susan Reimer. This wonderful deserving couple was thrilled to receive this award.

Another well-earned award was presented; the Frank Kennedy Humanitarian Award. It was given to the current ASHAG President Tracy Marshall. Doug Norton, a previous winner of this award, presented the surprised Marshall with the award.

A complete list of the high point award winners can be found at

Pro-Am Kick Off Auction

The 2007 Pro-Am Kick Off Auction was held Jan. 27, 2007, at Anthony’s Fine Dining in Atlanta, Ga. Each year this auction is held to help raise funds for the show which benefits the Ronald McDonald House of central
Georgia. This year’s event had over 100 items and the total money raised at the end of the night was close to $11,000.

The auctioneer for the live auction was Asa Marshall from Macon, Ga. Some of the hot items in the live auction were the autographed jacket from Dale Earnhardt Jr. that was donated by Junior Motorsports and was purchased by Rick Adams. Gary Hollowell purchased the stud fee to The Burning Flame while Lisa Heres Rosenberger purchased the stud fee to The Licorice Drop Kid. Both stud fees were generously donated by Tom Lee and Valley Hill Farm. A battle for the barn, you could say, went on between Melinda Jenkins and Gary Hollowell with Jenkins taking home the massive wooden toy barn donated by Ward Stables.

Unique items were on the silent auction as well. Items included were various sports memorabilia such as autographed items from Richard Petty as well as a football sighed by Ahman Green from the Green Bay Packers. There were numerous first edition horse books. Trail rides on Saddlebreds on the beach in South Georgia which were donated by Pine Haven Stables. There were tickets to a show at the famous Fox Theater. An extremely hot item was a gift basket donated by Van Michael’s Salon in Atlanta which included a hair cut to be given by nationally known stylist Rob Cook who has done hair for magazine covers such as Vogue. Also included in the package is a coloring and some wonderful Aveda products. Sharon Gunby walked away the top bidder on this much sought after gift basket.

With each meal ticket, everyone received a chance to win a four-wheeler. Additional raffle tickets could be purchased. Lester Harmon walked away with this four-wheeler at the end of the auction. A smaller four-wheeler was auctioned off in the live auction and was purchased by Gary Hollowell.

Everyone had a great time and was an incredible way to get in the mood for Pro-Am and the 2007 show season.

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