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UPHA Spring Premiere Entry Deadline Nears


Officials for the 2006 UPHA Chapter 14 Spring Premiere announce the deadline for entries is March 6. Post entries are accepted. Held April 19-22 at the Eastern States Fairgrounds in W. Springfield, Mass., the 24th annual show will be judged by Michael Craghead (Saddlebreds, Hackneys, Equitation) and Mark Bodnar (Morgans, Misc.). Kent Moeller is back again as manager as are show chairpersons Chris and Larry Cassenti.

With a strong working group of UPHA members behind it, the Spring Premiere has developed into one of the top showcase events in New England. A complete list of classes is scheduled for Saddlebreds, Hackneys, Equitation, and Morgans, as well as open riding and driving classes and Friesian classes.

In addition, UPHA Classics are offered in all divisions for Saddlebreds and Hackneys and Pleasure Driving and Park Harness for Morgans. Three $500-added Jackpot Stakes are offered for Open Five-Gaited, Open Morgan English Pleasure and Open Road Pony. No qualification is required for the Jackpot Stakes. Leather and wool High Point Trainer’s jackets will be given to the leading trainers in the Saddlebred, Morgan, Hackney, and Equitation divisions.

Hospitality is always a big part of the UPHA Spring Premiere. The coffee wagon goes aisleway to aisleway each morning providing trainers and caretakers with coffee and doughnuts. There are also several parties scheduled throughout the week finishing with the ever popular Exhibitors Party and Awards Banquet on Friday evening. An array of great food is offered and after a few chapter awards are presented, exhibitors and officials dance the night away to the sounds of Boston’s premier band, Soul Kitchen.

For more information or a prize list contact secretary Linda Burke, 436 Middle Rd., Horseheads, NY 14845, (607) 739-6169 or show manager Kent Moeller (804) 363-3085.

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