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UPHA Chapter 5 Horse Show

by Katherine Hansil


COLUMBIA, Mo. - The 21st annual UPHA Chapter 5 Horse Show was held at the Midway Exposition Center in Columbia, Mo., from May 9–12, 2007. For the second year in a row Fern Bittner managed the show. She and her staff have worked hard to improve over the last year to continue improving the show and their efforts have paid off as many exhibitors returned again this year. With the dates changing for many of the shows some of the regulars had conflicts but it did not seem to hurt the competition as it heated up with record high temperatures in the area.


Not only does the staff do a great job making sure everything runs smoothly and the track is at its best, but they also offer great hospitality with a welcome party after Wednesday evening’s session and the UPHA Chapter 5 Party after Thursday’s session. On Friday evening tables are set up again in the exhibit area for the progressive party so that instead of having to progress from barn to barn, exhibitors could mingle in one area while tasting on all the great eats. Leanne Adams, Tonya Brison and Sandra Helm hosted the party with food ranging from barbecue sandwiches to wings to fruit, but you could not miss the great dessert table where if you were lucky if you got one of Doris Marks’s chocolate covered strawberries.


Michael Craghead made the trip in from Scottsdale, Ariz., to mark the cards for the Saddlebred, Hackney, roadster, equitation and academy divisions. Traveling in from Schuylerville, N.Y., Percy McDaniel was in charge of the Morgan division. The show also offers Arabian classes that Katherine Bunn of Columbia, Mo., judged. Announcing was Bill Carrington with John Fry serving as the ringmaster. Organist Groff Bittner put everything to music while Rick Osteen captured the memories on film. Sandy Backer and her office staff did a super job keeping everything in order inside while paddock master Elmer Fields kept everyone informed in the stables. This year Mike Roberts and Tonya Brison served as chairman and co-chairman and Josie Forbes was the attentive USEF Steward.




This year the Five-Gaited Championship crown went to the beautiful stallion Contender’s Citation. This expressive horse with his beautiful head never seemed to put an ear back as Virgil Helm expertly presented him to the win. Earlier they earned the reserve in the open qualifier. Winning the qualifier with a return for the reserve in the championship was What’s The Whoopla. Zack Duffy was in the irons for Karen Coup, putting this flashy gelding in all the right places for the victory in the qualifier for the second year in a row. Nicole Harrison made a single appearance aboard Sandra and Virgil Helm’s Lady Bella to win the five-horse open mare class. If Time Allows and Robert Stezovsky earned the reserve title for Susan and Tom Jones in their only appearance.


CH Callaway’s Born To Win and Gayle Lampe had two outstanding performances to sweep the ladies division. Fresh off wins at Des Moines in the amateur division, Red Flame Thrower and Theresa Vonderschmitt earned both reserve titles.


Studcor Donatello was in top form to win the amateur championship with Glenda Pugh adding another ribbon to the Mike Roberts Stables banner. This team also had a solid ride to win the stallion/gelding qualifier. The Kent Swalla trained Speak Of The Devil and Joni Underwood Friesen earned the reserve championship title as well as the reserve in the stallion/gelding. Winning the mare class was last year’s junior star Callaway’s Unsolved Mystery. This talented mare debuted with owner Theresa Vonderschmitt with an exceptional performance for the win. Yellin’ Helen and Carla Pearman Fagan earned the reserve mare title.


The Mike Roberts Stables gang burst into cheer when CH Reedann’s Steppin’ Out and Allison Osburg’s number was called to the winner’s circle in the Junior Exhibitor Five-Gaited Championship. This team gave an excellent performance for owner Karen Coup. Earlier in the week they also won the qualifier. Moving up a notch to garner the red streamers in the championship was the punchy Cara Clara with Marjorie Townsend. The hard-riding Morgan Brison earned the qualifying reserve with Roberta Rassieur’s Take A Guess under the direction of Virgil Helm.


Kent Swalla earned a trip down victory lane with his presentation of Rescue Me in the Novice Five-Gaited class. Paula Hildebrand owns this bold moving bay. The Easy Button and Mark Hulse captured the reserve title for Kevin McKellips. In his debut performance the flashy Callaway’s Born To Ride won the Junior Five-Gaited honors. Bob Brison presented this CH Callaway’s Born To Win prodigy for B & T Vonderschmitt LLC. Zach Duffy was back in the irons to accept the red ribbon with Mojo for Katie Coup. Taking home the blue in the UPHA Classic was Major Buck and Jim Lowry. James Dodson owns this CH Harlem Town three-year-old. Sarah MacKenna was aboard Winsdown Art Work for the win the Three-Year-Old Five-Gaited for the Mike and Jacqueline Wessel Trust.




Five three-gaited horses made the gate call for the open championship on Saturday evening. Capturing the top honor was the sleek CH Steel In Love with Kelly Hulse in the irons for Scott Pisarik. Earlier in the week Pisarik topped the 14-17 qualifier. Reserve open championship honors went to Rhythm Of The Son and Jim Lowry for Tri Color Ventures Inc. This horse too also made an earlier appearance in different section with a reserve title in the amateur 15.2 and under with Priscilla Marconi. Winning the qualifier was another Hulse trained entry, Nanette Lepore. This mare, by Designed, was presented in her only appearance by Mark Hulse for Leslie Hartigan.


This week was the debut show for Lace’s Last Tango and Priscilla Marconi. At the end of the 2006 season Jim Lowry was in the irons to win the National Championship aboard this elegant horse. This week this well-bred chestnut, by (SA) Arborlane Tango’s Wee Pee and CH Sultan’s Leather & Lace (BHF), made an easy transition from the open division to the ladies division. He marched down the rail park trotting for Marconi, capturing both the championship and qualifying titles. Hometown favorite CH Callaway’s Halley’s Comet with Jessica Curl earned both reserve titles with huge crowd approval.


Theresa Vonderschmitt earned two more trips to the winner’s circle with two perfect performances aboard Manila Thrilla. Under the direction of Tonya and Bob Brison they topped the amateur championship and the over 15.2 qualifier. CH Sportster with the talented Jackie Ware earned the win the 15.2 and under and returned to garner the red streamers in the championship.


In the junior exhibitor division Morgan Brison had her turn to add ribbons to the Fairview banner with two outstanding performances aboard the compact Callaway’s Sunday Edit. Together they won the 13 and under qualifier and returned to win the age combined championship. Winning the reserve championship and reserve 13 and under qualifying titles was the Max Ciampoli trained He’s My Beau with Katie Moeller. Now under the direction of Fay and Jim Lowry, Jama Rose and Kathryne Stief earned the reserve title in the 14-17 qualifier and returned for a strong third in the championship.


The blues kept coming for the team from Fairview as the new combination of Gypsy Diamond and Lori Hoelscher topped the Novice Three-Gaited class. The flashy Bit Of The Bubbly with Nicole Harrison earned the reserve title for B & T Vonderschmitt. Jim Lowry was back in the spotlight, presenting Gloria Vanderbilt to the win in the junior qualifier for Wrapped In Rainbows Farm and Ashlyn Farms LLC. The Supremacy’s High Time bred High Time’s Northern Son captured the reserve title with Max Ciampoli in the irons for Bullet Concrete Material Inc.


Mark Hulse was back to the winner’s circle winning the UPHA Classic with Callaway’s Campaign Manager. It was the first show and first blue for this neat chestnut who is owned by Jack Boos and Jane Deske. Sarah MacKenna presented Ultimate Choice to the reserve title for Mike and Jacqueline Wessel. The CH Heir To Champagne bred Bi Mi Champagne Charisma earned the blue ribbon in the Three-Year-Old Three-Gaited class with Mark Hulse presenting for Robert D. Irwin Racing Stables.


Three-Gaited Park


Sweeping the open division was the bright Gotcha Covered. Kent Swalla presented this Reedann’s Top Gun daughter who just graduated out of the junior division for Ann Eaker. Capturing both reserve titles was the four-year-old sensation Mac’s Blue Attack with Max Ciampoli. This bright youngster was recently purchased after his win in the junior class at River Ridge by Harold Denton of Bullet Concrete Materials.


Harold Denton had his own time in the spotlight as he and CH Shady Creek’s Genius made their debut this week. This new team had a comeback ride in the amateur championship, marching down the rail and into the winner’s circle. Reserve championship honors went to Who’s Your Daddy and Lori Hoelscher. Earlier this team won the qualifier. The multi-titled Certainly A Star with Jennifer Holdren earned the red ribbon in qualifier for William Woods.


Fine Harness


The magnificent stallion I’m A Lucky Charm was in top form to win the Fine Harness Championship with Mike Roberts for M.W. Sorenson. They also won the qualifier. Havana Harry paraded around the ring with Virgil Helm on the lines to earn the reserve title in both classes. Lady Vol and Chris Kaplan were stunning to win the Ladies Fine Harness and the Amateur Fine Harness classes, adding two more blue ribbons to the Mike Roberts banner. Earning reserve in the amateur class was the bay Frontline with Anna Marie Knipp presenting. In the ladies class the red streamers went to CH Harlem’s Proud Mary and Ann Simien Curl.


Mike Brannon was on the lines for new owner High Spirits Farm to win the Junior Fine Harness with Spicy Story. This neat young star was recently purchased from Brad and Barbara Bacon. Winning the blue in the Three-Year-Old Fine Harness was The Bargain Hunter and Jim Lowry for Ruxer Farms. Father McKenzie and Mike Roberts were reserve for Middendorf Farms. The stunning Callaway’s Bluesman with Mark Hulse won the UPHA Fine Harness Classic for Callaway Hills. Capturing the reserve was Bobese with Mike Roberts for Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery.




Speeding away with the tricolor in the Roadster To Bike Championship was Valparaiso with Tom Fielder in the bike. Earlier in the week Jim Lowry was on the lines for the win. Earning both reserve titles was the youngster BB Esquire with Stephanie Sedlacko on the lines for Shadow Run.




In their debut Jeff Vogel was on the lines with Regal’s Memory Maker LF to win the Road Pony Championship for himself and Leslie Jack. Earlier in the week they captured the win in the limit qualifier. Reserve in the limit class went to Lady Cat presented by Sonny Sutton for Lisa Harding. Max Kaplan took home to titles as he piloted Boxford Courageous Spirit to the win in the Amateur/Junior Exhibitor Road Pony Championship and the AHHS Medallion Road Pony. Heaven Knows earned the win in the UPHA Classic with Jimmy Miller on the lines for High Spirits Farm. Morgan Brison was aboard Rolls Royce to win the AHHS Youth Medallion Road Pony Under for Stacey Swalla and Gary Dickherber, making it three shows in a row this team this team has won the blue.


Mike Roberts presented his pony Bring It On to the win the Harness Pony Championship and the limit qualifier. The Jimmy Miller trained Forever Remembered swept the amateur harness pony division with Gary Dickherber on the lines. Dickherber added two more wins to his list with Follow Suit sweeping the Amateur Hackney Pony Championship and qualifier. Jimmy Miller had his turn in the spotlight in Open Hackney Pony with his winning presentation of Mariachi for High Spirits Farm in their only appearance. Anna Marie Knipp and One More Time took their turn down victory lane in their single appearance in the Hackney Pleasure Driving Pony. Morgan Brison was back in the winner’s circle this time with BRS Mark’s Delight in the AHHS Youth Medallion Pleasure Pony Under Saddle. Reserve title went to Heartland Renaissance and Makayla Wessel.


Show Pleasure


She’s Gone Blonde and Lisa Duncan were in top form to sweep the five-gaited show pleasure division for the Virgil Helm Stables banner. Callaway’s Jessica Fletcher and Jessica Curl had to solid rides to earn both reserve titles.


Nicole Harrison presented Memories Alexandria to the win in the Park Pleasure Championship after an earlier win in the qualifier for Roberta Rassieur. Radiant Future and Morgan Elizabeth Shindler had a comeback ride to capture the reserve in the Park Pleasure Championship for Redwing Saddlebred Farm. Reserve in the open qualifier went to Rosewood’s Sooner Or Later and Mike Brannon for Steven Gaw.


Winning the junior qualifier was the flashy chestnut Sweatin’ Bullets and Nicole Harrison for B & T Vonderschmitt. Jim Lowry was in the irons aboard Chrisanne for Redwing Saddlebred Farm for the reserve in the junior class. Tonya Brison presented Abigail Vanburen to the win in the UPHA Park Pleasure Classic for Larry Schultz. Intensiphi and Mark Hulse garnered the red streamers for Bandy and Jean Jacobs.


Unanimous Consent and Elizabeth Coup moved up a few notches to claim the Adult Three-Gaited Show Pleasure Championship win. Positively Radiant and Ben Thomas also had a comeback ride from the novice rider class to earn the reserve title under the direction Fay and Jim Lowry. Winning the adult qualifier was the sporty CH Treasured Memories with Linda Roos. Valhalla’s King Of Hearts earned the reserve with Cydney Rae Cutchall for William Woods University.


Lauren Woodruff had two excellent rides to sweep the junior exhibitor division under the direction of Kent Swalla. Reserve in the qualifier went to Lakewood’s Buster Brown and Rachel Berry. Winning the novice rider class was A Winter’s Tale and Ann Rowland with Keep It Simple and Vanessa Leone in for reserve.


Tamarack’s Lights Out never put an ear back as she paraded around the ring and into the winner’s circle with Anna Marie Knipp to win the Show Pleasure Driving Championship and qualifier. Reserve championship honors went to the ASHAF Youth Show Pleasure Driving winner Showboat’s Casino and Lyndi Skinner. Harlem Charm and Harold Denton earned the reserve in the adult qualifier with CH A Step In Time and Max Kaplan earning reserve in the ASHAF qualifier.


Country Pleasure


Prodigy’s Pride and Raegan Birdwell had a super week as they had two pleasure perfect performances to sweep the adult country pleasure division for the Shadow Run banner. Earning both red ribbons was the Sonny Sutton trained Reedann’s Phancy Phootwork and Karen Cooley.


Katrina Fox added two more ribbons to the Mike Roberts banner with her sweep in the junior exhibitor division aboard All Heired Up. Megan Hulse moved up to claim the reserve championship title aboard her beloved Show Me The Town. In the qualifier First Contact and Samantha Baker earned the reserve title.


Rita Diekroeger, driving Ollie By Golly, swept the country pleasure driving division with two great drives. The Jimmy Miller trained Jesse Ventura garnered both red streamers with Deb Nathanson on the lines. Thomas Gordon with Kiley Lawrence presenting earned the blue in the junior exhibitor qualifier.


The New Millennium and Ann Cleek were in form to win the Country Western Pleasure Championship and qualifier. Shadows In The Sky and Susan Webster claimed both reserves. Winning the Saddle & Bridle Shatner class was Ultra Impressive and Jack Swanson.




Lyndi Skinner was polished and poised, winning four for four in the equitation division. Under the direction of Jonnie Surland she won the Saddle Seat Equitation Championship, 14-17 qualifier, MHSA Saddle Seat Medallion and USEF Medal.


Jennifer Keefe earned the win the UPHA 14-17 Challenge Cup and the reserve in the in the 14-17 qualifier. Micaela Evans earned two trips to the winner’s circle aboard Tipitina in the 13 and under qualifier and the UPHA 13 and Under Challenge Cup.


Hannah Cherry, under the direction of Rocky Brannon, won the 10 and under qualifier. Abigail Mutrux made an appearance this week to earn the reserve in the MHSA Medallion. Brooke Bowen had solid performances to claim the reserve in the USEF Medal and the UPHA 14-17 Challenge Cup. Linda Quinn was thrilled with her rides aboard her new horse Spirit Chaser, winning the Adult USEF Medal and Adult UPHA Challenge Cup.


Lauren Brannon was in top form in the UPHA Walk and Trot Challenge Cup for the win aboard Zero Mostel. Earlier this team earned the reserve title in the 10 and Under Walk and Trot Equitation. Winning the 10 and Under Walk and Trot Equitation was Kailin Baechey. Kitty Dorwart was thrilled with her ride aboard CO Perfect Timing, earning the reserve in the UPHA Walk and Trot Challenge Cup under the direction of Sandy Sessink.


When instructor Brooke Graves decided to move back to Missouri and began instructing at Jimmy Hite Stables, Elena Breeden decided to move her horse with her, not wanting to break the momentum that the rider and instruction had. It was a great decision as Breeden is in top form, winning the UPHA Pleasure Equitation Challenge Cup and Saddle & Bridle Pleasure Equitation Medallion. Amberly Hines also made a move this season. Last year Hines hit the scene debuting at Lexington Junior League straight from the academy division. This year the Shadow Run team made the decision for Hines to campaign in the pleasure equitation division. Aboard Spirit Stuff this week they looked the part as they won the Pleasure Equitation Championship after two earlier reserves in the UPHA Pleasure Equitation Challenge Cup and Saddle & Bridle Pleasure Equitation Medallion. Lauren Woodruff, riding under the direction of Kent Swalla, topped the 14-17 qualifier and returned for the reserve in the championship. Winning the 13 and under qualifier was Caroline Moeller under the direction of Brooke Graves. Bailey Bartley earned the reserve in the 13 and under qualifier with Megan Truitt garnering the red streamers in the 14-17 qualifier.




Eva Busboom was thrilled with her winning ride aboard the sporty Century Mardi Gras to win the English Pleasure Championship under the Lowry Stables banner. Kelsey Negron and Ace Premonition earned the reserve championship title after an earlier win in the junior exhibitor qualifier. Winning the open qualifier in their only appearance was IGF Coeur Et Ame and Jim Lowry. This neat horse lovingly known as Buddy is being prepared for Jim and Fay’s daughter, Ebby, for the junior exhibitor division. Phil Fountain was in the irons to earn reserve in the open qualifier aboard Sioux’s Boogie Knight for Lon Frieden.


Becky Krupp had a great week aboard Futurity’s Miss Munitions, winning not only the Ladies English Pleasure but also the amateur qualifier for owners Jim and Shula Dodson and under the direction of Fay and Jim Lowry. NAS Rickenbacker and Nancy Murdock earned reserve titles in both of these classes for the Peeper Ranch banner.


PSC Gabriel and Pam Curry-Siemers with great performances went two-for-two, winning the Ladies Pleasure Driving qualifier and returning to win the championship. Phil Fountain added another win to the Peeper Ranch banner in the UPHA Pleasure Driving Classic with Dragonsmeade Infusion. Ultra’s Bodyguard and Jim Lowry were reserve for Tri Color Ventures. In a single appearance Ryan’s Valentino and Brian Hadley had a nice show to win the Open Park Harness.


Anne Marie Biron debuted aboard the awesome Boogie Nights this week, winning the Classic Pleasure Championship and open qualifier. Stablemate RLH Electra and Ling Fu Wylie went three-for-three topping the Western Pleasure Championship and amateur and open qualifiers.




The Open English Pleasure class was open to all breeds and is gaining popularity at many shows. Topping the competitive class was Rutabaga and Austin Stanfield. Reserve honors went to B L Jubilee Flaire and Valerie Wallberg for William Woods University.




Saturday afternoon belonged to the academy riders. Showing out of riding programs from Annalisa Hall, Brenda Benner, Everglades, Fairview, Glendale, Lynn McCallister and Peeper Ranch, the following riders won top ribbons in their respective classes: Lizelle Hill, Rachel Seaman, Samantha Peterson, Melissa Williamson, Amber Constabile, Haley Cajandig, Jenny Lorenz, Sarah Kucza, Lynn Martin, Jaden Fire, Sidney Murray, Andrew Constabile and Will Rowland.


This concludes the highlights for UPHA Chapter 5 Horse Show. Complete results can be found by clicking here.

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