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Wisconsin Futurity

Bringing In The Babies At Wisconsin Futurity
Posted September 28, 2001

by Chris Larson

MADISON, Wis., - The Wisconsin Futurity celebrated it’s 26th year. The “horse festival” was held Sept. 12-16, 2001 at the Madison location on the Dane County Fair/Expo Grounds. The show committee and new chairperson, Scott Stollwerk were tireless in their efforts to make sure they had a great show. They appreciated the support of the exhibitors.

The Dimaro bronze subject was WC CH Attaché’s Liquid Asset owned by Sharon Vuinovich who also donated this year’s Dimaro bronze.

Nothing else could be said for the weather other than great and even at times glorious. The show sported several well-attended exhibitors parties. One of which was held after the Saturday evening performance in the coliseum. Sunday’s champagne buffet was held at the same location.

Friday’s party displayed an endless choice in food options by way of a progressive aisle party hosted by an array of stables, all hosting a different course. Appetizers were found at Knollwood Farms, Lance Haynes Stables, and Northern Tradition Farm. Stone Fence/ Knolland Farm, Royal Crest Farm and Stoneridge Stable were the place to go for the main course which was then followed by John Willis Stable, Winsome Farm and Rick Wallen Stables finished off with the desserts.

One of the fun classes at the show was the horse show dog class. This year there were three able participants.

The first class that started off the show was the yearlings. The top ten yearlings then came back for the Lin Maletzke Memorial Traveling trophy. This year’s winner was the handsome, Gypsy View Supreme by Gypsy Santana, presented by Max Ciapoli for proud owner Jim Stewart.

The Grand National and the Open Yearling class belonged to CF Deny Me Not! by CF First Night Out for Dr. Merrill Magelli. Jose Moctezuma and Joe Russell teamed up to win the Yearling In-Hand Futurity class with Millennium Falcon by Magnum S.L.

The Futurity Amateur Yearling Championship belonged to Serenity’s Just Watch Me by CH Sky Watch, shown for Marc Holm and Meadowood Farm. The Amateur Broodmare and Foal class saw the lovely combo of Reedann’s Wildphire and her pretty mom, Desert’s Wild Fire, shown by Jan McGlaughlin take home the blue.

Lotta-Hotta unanimously won the big prize in the Breeders Limited Sweepstakes. This winner was shown the legendary, James Aikman for owner Mike Bletsoe. During the class this filly was purchased by Nancy Leigh-Fisher, adding even more excitement to the win. There were over 40 weanlings shown. Reserve went another Wisconsin entry, Her Radiant Majesty by Simply Majestic, shown by Scott Matton. Third went to a typey number, Monogram’s Unique by Stonewall’s Monogram, and shown by owner, Pat Wessel.

The Amateur weanling championship saw, She Phloats on Heir, by Supreme Heir,take home the blue, shown by owner Diana Schrader.

Kris Martalock presented Intriguing Masterpiece by Catalyst in fine order to win the Two-Year-Old Fine Harness Championship Futurity class for Doris Thorwald. Rick Wallen presented Queensbury Jasmine by Phi Slama Jama in fine order to win the Three-Year-Old Fine Harness Championship Futurity class for Queensbury Farm LLC. The Fine Harness UPHA Classic winner was Gettin’ Fancy for Toni Nastali shown for her by Eric Griedl.

The Three-Year-Old Open Futurity Nominated Pleasure was won by the good combination of Sara Van Galder & The Rose Merchant by Merchant Prince for Scott & Carol Matton . This was Sara second year to win this class on a young horse. Royal Crest Stone Investment and Pat Wessel were tops in the park pleasure UPHA Classic for Bruce & Rusty Rademann.

Another Knollwood contender was the Three Gaited Open Futurity with Deker’s All American by Andeker, for John Grant and R Strong with Scott Matton up. The UPHA Three Gaited Three-Year-Old class was captured by Aurora Borealis ridden by Kelly Freeman for Dr Alan Raun.

The Last Don by Blazing Fire bested the field in the Three-Year-Old Futurity Five Gaited class with Mayo Moctezuma up for Joe Russel. Kelly Freeman came in with the winning performance with Right on Target to top the Five Gatied UPHA Classic for Dr. Alan Raun.

The fabulous Martha Siekman Memorial Trophy was won by the snappy number, WV Sultan’s Radiant Vision by Radiant Sultan, shown by Grant & Joan Herrman for Carole Schueler.

Miss Marion and Rick Wallen entertained the crowd in the Five Gaited Open class. The pair were also champions in the Open Five Gaited Championship for Star Hill Farm.

It was Kurt Antonacci again in the winner’s circle with CH Nice Doing Business for Star Hill Farm, in the Wisconsin-Owned Five Gaited class for the last class of the 2001 Wisconsin Futurity.

Sara Van Galder was all smiles as she moved up to the winners circle with Puttin On the Charm for another Wisconsin Futurity championship in the Amateur Five Gaited Stake.

The talented, Anne Skiba, directed Callaway’s Potpourri to the victory pass in the Junior Exhibitor Five Gaited Stake for Steve & Karen Skiba.

Nancy Leigh-Fisher and Sky High Money added another title to their successful 2001 season, winning the Open Three Gaited Championship.

The Three Gaited Wisconsin-Owned class saw Supreme Inheritance with Ann Gallmeier for Gene and Ann Gallmeier for the blue.

Sold Out Show and Deborah Jahn trotted past the competition and they were the judges choice in the Amateur Three Gaited Stake.

The dazzling combination of Highpoint’s Golden Angel and Sarah Duchow were unanimous in the Junior Exhibitor Three Gaited class for Russell Petersen.

The flashy, Reedann’s Phirestrom ridden by Neva Van Ess, created a stir in the full mane and tail division and won the championship for Karen Kroman. This division was so well attended that a amateur stake was added, with the energetic CH Fury and Monique DuPuis in for the tricolor for Mary Jean.

Karen Smith and Fancy Camelita Santana started the championship classes on Saturday night in the Fine Harness Championship.

The Five Gaited Show Pleasure Stake saw Barbara Manilow and Callaway’s Sea Horse in for that honor for Mr & Mrs Charles Goodman. Five Gaited Country Pleasure Stake winners were Mary Schenk and Lady Annettte.

The Wisconsin-Owned Show Pleasure saw I’m Radiant Too and an elated Tom Petersen in for the blue for Russell Petersen.

Uncle Abe and Travis Van Zetten stepped up for the victory pass in the competitive Adult Show Pleasure Championship. Ingrid Klongland had a fabulous night on Saturday at the Wisconsin Futurity as she and Fancy A Shiney New Penny were the pick for the Junior Exhibitor Show Pleasure Stake for Huffeisen.

Hometown Commander was last to leave the ring in the Show Pleasure Driving Stake with a smiling Donna Beck at the lines to add another futurity bronze to her collection. In the country pleasure driving class it was Sterling Sharp and Cynthia Leuta in for the last pass there.

The Senior Exhibitor Country Pleasure saw another bronze for CH Mountjoy Star Shine and Natalie Udell.

Be There and Sara Price added another impressive title to their collection with the Country Pleasure Junior Exhibitor Stake for owner Terri Anne Ullman.

Impressive Ruler and Mary Strohfus added a championship to their trophy case in the Western Country Pleasure Stake Mary and “Bubba” wore a subtle red white and blue ribbon on Mary’s saddle to acknowledging her patriotism.

Lisa McClaren gracefully won the 14-17 Saddle Seat Championship. Mandy Martin made the victory pass in the 13 & Under Seat Saddle Seat Equitation class. The Saddle Seat Equitation Walk and Trot Champion was Devin Curran in good form for another year.

On the pleasure equitation championship side it was Austin Eversman was to receive the that tricolor. This win was a nice addition to her AHSA Medal and UPHA wins.

The crowd enjoyed the Road Horse Stake as did unanimous winners Lucinda Rea and Talk Money to Me.

Gib Marcucci and The Final Contender were simply unbeatable adding the Hackney Pony Championship to their impressive list.

Donna Beck and Wait & See’s Winter Hawk were the Harness Pony Champions at the Wisconsin Futurity.

The Champion Hackney Pony was driven by Luc Boileau with Sandy Creek Radiance for Knolland Farm for another year at Wisconsin Futurity.

The road pony star Thunder & Lightning bested the field in the Roadster Pony class for Denise Steinhauer.

Denise Steinhauer’s winning Lightning Up made the winning score in the Pleasure Pony Driving Championship. This class had to be worked in two divisions, after which the top eight were brought back for a final workout.

This year’s show truly was a pleasant “horse festival” and at times a welcome diversion from the serious mood of the country and the world. There were many respectful and appropriate signs of acknowledgment of the unexplainable events in this week’s history.

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