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Wisconsin Futurity – Show Me the Money!


Manager: Scott Stollenwerk
Secretary: Vicky Holston
Assistant Secretary/Tabulator: Jackie Evenson
Announcer: John Owens
Ringmasters: George Robertson/John Frye
Photographer: Rick Osteen
Videographer: Traces CT Ltd.
Farrier: Jeff Couch
Steward: Josie Forbes
Medic: Town Of Madison Fire Rescue
Organist: Randy Roberts
Veterinarian: Dr. Hank Clemmons
Sponsorships: John Owens
Ribbons: Michelle Wojcik
Advertising/Program: Kristen Erickson

by Leeann Mione

MADISON, Wis.– The Wisconsin Futurity Horse Show has been a hugely popular fall event for 31 years and this year, Sept. 20-24, it was bigger and better than ever.

Manager Scott Stollenwerk and his staff are one very big reason this show is so enjoyable and continues to draw exhibitors and horses from throughout the country. From the friendly, helpful and energetic attitude of all those involved in putting together a show of this size, to the great hospitality and special touches that the show offered to make sure everyone was well fed and had some time to relax and share the camaraderie. The progressive aisle party Friday night after the show offered stops for great food at Knollwood, Bell View Acres, Krussell Stables, Northern Tradition Farm, Stone Fence Farm, Knolland Farm and Miller-Wallen Stables.


Saturday evening, the exhibitors’ party was held after the show and Sunday afternoon, after the Limited Breeders Stake, a luncheon was offered for any and all.

The Alliant Energy Center saw great competition in division after division and there were numerous highlights during the five-day show. World’s champions were joined by new teams, and they all worked hard to get the nod from Bret Day, Jim Cherry and Rob Byers.

The Wisconsin Futurity schedule includes not only the prestigious Limited Breeders’ Weanling Championship which paid more than $29,000 to the winner but also futurity classes for yearlings, two- and three-year-olds for both open and amateur divisions with healthy payouts as well.

Sunday morning saw 25 weanlings on hand to compete in the Limited Breeders’ Championship. The babies were split into four groups for showing in front of the panel. After evaluating each of the 25, the panel named 12 to show back, and the remaining weanlings were excused. Each of the 12 came in one at a time for a second look by the panel. Owners and handlers were then left to wait anxiously for a short time while the panel made their decision.

With over $83,000 in prize money about to be doled out, suspense built as the results were announced from 12th place to first place. As each baby left the ring and the number remaining got smaller and smaller, the crowd’s cheers got even louder. Finally it came down to a field of three: I’m Connected, sired by The Last Don and owned by Joe Russell; A Stormy Affaire, owned by Angela Lee and Darrell Landers and sired by Dakota Thunder; and Majestic Monsieur, owned by Landmark Farm, Inc. and sired by Periaptor.

A Stormy Affaire was named the winner; the first place earned $29,240 with more than $21,000 going to the weanling owner. Majestic Monsieur picked up $18,275 for the reserve tie, and nearly $11,000 went to I’m Connected along with the yellow streamers for Hickory Knoll Farm.

Rounding out the list of weanlings who were selected by the panel for a second look were Royal Crest’s Rocking The Night Away, by Nocturnal; Briarhill’s Million Dollar Baby, by Basquiat; Royal Crest’s Summer Rocks, by Sir William Robert; Hammered Last Night TS, by It’s Hammertime; Royal Crest’s Promise Me Stone, by Seaheart; MBA’s Tango Gal, by Let’s Tango All Night; A Touch Of Luck, by Supremacy’s High Time; Royal Crest’s Stone Edge, by American Replay; and Oak Grove’s Broadway Charm, by Santana’s Charm. They were tied in that order.

The $10,000 Wisconsin Futurity Three-Year-Old Park Pleasure Championship drew an impressive group of young horses who put on a great show for the crowd. The class was stripped for conformational judging by the panel, and each entry had plenty of crowd support. But when it came down to the panel’s support, they put Jayne Tillman’s homebred Double Secret Probation TS in the top spot. Scott Matton rode to the winner’s circle for Tillman. It was her second impressive victory with a homebred young horse in as many weeks. Tillman also bred the All American Cup Weanling Grand Champion Life Is A Cabernet TS. Tillman earned $3,000 for the win.

Scott Matton was followed in the ribbons by his wife, Carol Matton. She rode Final Deklaration to the reserve for Paul and Barb Schwemer. They picked up a check for $2,500.

Claiming the remaining ribbons were Meteor-Might and Lindsey Bade, Royal Crest’s Stone Quest and Kris Martalock, Night Of Controversy TS and Mayo Moctezuma, Royal Crest’s Stone Design and Pat Wessel, In Thy Majesty’s Name and Jonelle Chovanec Gardiner, Gypsy’s Money Maker and Jay Wood, Just A Feeling and Marc Holm and Bill Bailey with John Oder.

The ASHA Pleasure Equitation National Championship and the ASHAF Youth Driving Challenge National Finals were also part of the schedule this year. The Wisconsin Futurity is ideally suited to host both prestigious events. The national championships not only showcased incredible riders and drivers but also drew competitors from all over the country to compete that might not otherwise have made the Wisconsin Futurity part of their show schedule for the year.

Saturday evening’s ASHA Pleasure Equitation National Championship drew 11 riders, and they hit the ring with success on their minds and rode hard for the panel. The SEN System was used by the panel to assign scores for the rail work which accounted for 50 percent of each rider’s total.

Riders left the ring after the rail work and returned one at a time to perform the individual workout. The SEN System requires that the workout be broken up into segments (in this case five segments were indicated) and a score for each segment was assigned by each judge. Total workout scores were then held up by each judge’s scribe and announced to the audience, allowing them to keep score.

After the last workout was completed, all 11 riders returned to the ring: Deanna Lanigan, Tess Holmes, Caitlin Carmody, Nick Maupin, Cori O’Brien, Loretta Mulberry, Andra Trakalo, Molly O’Connor, Courtney Ledo, Jenn Sapko and Angela Darrow.

Eight ribbons were awarded along with the reserve tricolor to Caitlin Carmody and the title of reserve national champion. Carmody scored a total of 229 points and rode Really Rosie under the direction of Jenna Culligan.

With a total point score of 241 Nick Maupin, riding Oh What A Feeling, was named the ASHA Pleasure Equitation National Champion. Maupin rode under the direction of Scott and Carole Matton of Knollwood Farm.

CH Cary’s Moonraker has been one of the grand dames of the fine harness division for MBA Equestrians, and she put the mother and daughter team of Margo Baird Valentine and Brittany Baird in the winner’s circle again at Wisconsin. Valentine drove to the win in the amateur class under the direction of Pat McConnell, and Baird continued her great weekend of competition by winning the ASHAF Fine Harness Youth Driving Challenge National Championship. The Soprano and Cayla McKibbage were the reserve national champions from Stone Fence Farm.

The ASHAF Show Pleasure Driving Youth Challenge National Championship class drew six highly decorated driving horses and their young drivers who made the gate call in hopes of winning the national title. The panel had their work cut out for them as the talented group put on a great show, but when their decision was made, it was CH Highpoint’s Coming Attraction and Kaelyn Donnelly named to take the victory pass and the title of national champion. Betsy Webb directed the winning team.

“We had never been to this show before and we really enjoyed it,” said Kaelyn’s father Tom Donnelly. “It was a long trip, but well worth it, and we would certainly consider coming back. Everyone was so friendly and helpful, and the facility was very nice. We had a great time.”

The King’s Reflection and Molly O’Connor finished with the reserve national championship, showing under the direction of trainer Jamie Bridgewater. She Phloats On Heir with Nicole LaRoussa, Callaway’s Sportscaster with Paige Guisfredi, Sultan’s Flight Time with Cayla McKibbage and The Cookie Monster with Kelly Sorge rounded out the remaining ribbons in that order.

The Wisconsin Futurity Horse Show had national titles, big payouts, world’s champion horses and exhibitors, and a big group of enthusiastic competitors from all over the country. Stollenwerk and his staff did a great job of accommodating their needs while putting on a great show in Madison.


Divisional competition at Wisconsin Futurity was another reason this year’s show was such a success. In almost every division, numbers were good and world’s champions and world’s champion of champions couldn’t rely on their past success to guarantee a win. They were met at the gate time after time by talented, hardworking horse and rider/driver teams who not only wanted to entertain the crowd with a great performance, but also impress the panel to earn a coveted blue or tricolor ribbon.



The Five-Gaited Jackpot featured four talented entries and their hard riding jockeys vying for the tricolor and votes from the panel of Bret Day, Rob Byers and Jim Cherry.

CH Harlem’s Hot Ticket and owner Nick Neviaser had already earned a good ribbon in the junior exhibitor class when Neva Van Ess returned in the jackpot class with the sporty bay gelding. She was joined by Rick Wallen, winner of the open class with Saint Bart, and his entry Talk Of Lexington. A. J. Bruwer also put his hat in the ring with novice horse winner Marquis Spirit. The novice horse class was the largest class of the five-gaited division. Kris Martalock rounded out the list with Kenya Ketch Me after competing in the novice class as well.

The large crowd on hand for Saturday evening’s final class cheered for their favorites and when the panel gave the nod to Van Ess and Hot Ticket, the La Fleur-Van Ess Stables group cheered their victory pass from start to finish. Talk Of Lexington and Wallen were the reserve grand champions for owner Patsy Loeb and were followed in the ribbons by Marquis Spirit, owned by Carole Bart and Kenya Ketch Me, owned by Linda Goodrich.

Bonnie Kegley was unstoppable with CH Hank Heiron on the way to the winner’s circle in both the Ladies Five-Gaited Stake and the ladies qualifier under the direction of Northern Tradition Farm. Lynn Durant and Reedann’s Shine On captured the reserve streamers for owner Natalie Udell.

Doug Lindstrom and CH Roseridge’s Gold also finished two for two when they were named the winners of both the amateur stake and qualifier class under the direction of Cary Bartz. Spent A Fortune and Kelly Theis Williamson represented Bonnie Kegley with their reserve grand championship finish.

Newly crowned Five-Gaited Jackpot Stake Champion CH Harlem’s Hot Ticket returned to the ring Sunday afternoon with Nick Neviaser and added another blue ribbon to his totals when they won the Amateur Five-Gaited Wisconsin Owned class.

The junior exhibitors faced competitive classes both times out and results from the championship for the top two spots were reversed from the qualifier results.

Brittany Baird continued a great weekend at the show by capturing the Junior Exhibitor Five-Gaited Championship tricolor for MBA Equestrians with CF Night At The Castle. Angela Darrow also had a very successful and busy weekend and she rode CH Lexmark to the blue in the qualifier before earning the reserve streamers in the stake under the direction of Knollwood Farm.

Keep Me Posted was in top form to follow up his recent world’s championship win with the victory in the Junior Five-Gaited class with Neva Van Ess up for Susan and Nick Neviaser.

Callaway’s Dealbreaker and Louis Louw won the UPHA Five-Gaited Classic for owner David Nierenberg. It was one of three UPHA Classics victories for Reedannland by the week’s end.



Sunshine Way and Lisa Strickland made their only appearance at Wisconsin Futurity in the Three-Gaited Jackpot and after turning in an elegant performance, Julie Hambrick’s mare was crowned the winner. CH The Super Nova and Dr. Morgan Wolin won the open qualifier earlier in the week before trainer Ray Krussell returned in the jackpot to finish with the reserve title for Wolin. Sophisticat and Ryan Rongers, of Clean Sweep Farm, rounded out the list of ribbon winners and took the yellow ribbon.

Ellyn Dorsey and Freakness have made their mark on the division in their first full season together and they ended their week at the Futurity show by taking the victory pass in the Ladies Three-Gaited Stake under the direction of Lisa Strickland. Highland Cavalier and Kelly Williamson won the ladies class and returned to be named the reserve grand champions for Bonnie Kegley.

Up Close & Personal WRF carried Kate Baumann to the winner’s circle in the Amateur Three-Gaited Stake after having won the qualifier to add two more winning ribbons to the La Fleur/Van Ess Stables tack room wall. CH Nic Nac Caramac and Rusty Grundy were right there to take the reserve tricolor under the direction of Ray Krussell.

Amelia Heir Cat and Jessica Wuesthofen were the Amateur Three-Gaited Wisconsin Owned blue ribbon winners, also under the direction of Neva Van Ess.

(SA) Nelmar’s Tango 4 Ever and Emily Scharpf showed off their teamwork skills as they topped both of the three-gaited division’s largest classes: the junior exhibitor championship and qualifier.
Scharpf was on top of her game to earn both impressive victories and with Day’s Grecian Gray’s reserve grand championship victory with Michelle Krentz, Knollwood Farm captured the top two spots in the stake.

Ms. Betty Grable and Ray Krussell added another blue to Morgan Wolin’s total by capturing the top prize in the junior horse class.

The Three-Gaited UPHA Classic went to Callaway’s Happy Endings, with Louis Louw riding for Michael and Barbara Molland. Louw also rode to the winner’s circle in the two-year-old class. Dance By Design took the blue for Reedannland.

Lilly Pulitzer has had a busy year for owner Barbara Friedman, and Julio Rodriguez added another blue to her list with the victory in the novice horse class to close out the three-gaited division.

Princess Ruby Begonia, with a boatload of park titles to her credit so far this season, claimed two more victories for Nancy Leigh Fisher at Wisconsin Futurity. Andy Freseth was in the irons for the Three-Gaited Park Jackpot win after having ridden to the blue in the open class. Daddy’s Treat and Scott Matton were reserve in the jackpot for owner Susan Honkamp who also had a great week at the show with several different entries.

Cary Bartz met Lindsey Ledo in center ring after CH Nothin’ But Spice was named by the panel as the Amateur Three-Gaited Park Grand Champions in a big, competitive class. Jared Ratzloff directed Paula Beck and CH Majolica to the reserve grand championship effort for Hayburners Limited.

Rusty Grundy and In My Sight topped an even bigger amateur qualifier with a powerful performance under the direction of Ray Krussell.

Andy Freseth made it three for three when he rode His Supreme Reflection to the blue in the junior horse class.

Fine Harness


The Fine Harness Jackpot featured five strong entries and they put on a great show for the crowd. The Border Star, after top ribbons in the three-gaited park division at Oshkosh earlier this year and a blue ribbon at ASAW in the Park Fine Harness class, was the star of the class when the panel gave him their nod in the Fine Harness Jackpot with Rick Wallen driving for Star Hill Farm. All Buttoned Up was the reserve grand champion for Natalie Udell with a strong effort. Winsdown Celebration and Roger Lucas followed with the third place tie for Denise Terese-Koch. Bandit’s Chief Pride with Walter Healey and Wild Wanda with owner/trainer John Oder claimed the remaining ribbons.

Dick Obenauf’s entries had a good week in Madison, and Another Asset was the blue ribbon winner in the open class with Obenauf driving for Charles Goodman.

CH Cary’s Moonraker, with Margo Baird Valentine at the whip, won the amateur class for MBA Equestrians.

Phoebe Hansen, yet another harness champion driven by Dick Obenauf, took the win in the Junior Fine Harness class for Stonewall Farm. The Paper Princess JJW was reserve in the nice class with Jay Wood driving.

Miracle On Forty-Second Street topped the UPHA Fine Harness Classic to give Glenmore Farm one of several wins at Madison. Tom Bombolis drove for Glenn A. Werry Jr.

Bourne Supremacy won the Grand National Two-Year-Old Fine Harness class with Sue Worzalla driving for owner Sarah Luft.

CH Matching Spirit and Toni Nastali teamed up for Bonnie Kegley to win the Park Fine Harness class from Northern Tradition Farm.



Cayla McKibbage and Goodness Sakes swept the road horse division to be crowned the Road Horse Grand Champions and open champions for Casey and Cayla McKibbage. Valiant and Benjamin King finished as the reserve grand champions for Benjamin and Lyssa King.

A great group of road ponies made the trip to Madison and their classes were competitive across the board.

Mary Gise went four for four at the show with her multi-titled ponies to keep the Hollow Haven win count climbing upward. Gise showed Heartland Sundust to the Roadster Pony Championship tricolor after having won the open class for Priscilla Gise. Seamair Strutter and Mike Schallock have developed a big fan club and have been having a great year as well under the direction of Rick Wallen. They finished as the reserve grand champions for Star Hill Farm.

Calvin Hobbs topped a big 10-entry amateur championship with Gise driving and came into the championship having already won the amateur qualifier. Dun-Haven Majestic Motion, now paired with Denise Steinhauer after a successful career with Meredithe Steinhauer, turned in the reserve grand championship effort from Rick Wallen Stables.

Brittany Baird continued her great season by qualifying for Kansas City with In A Heartbeat. They took the blue in the AHHS Roadster Pony Youth Medallion class under the direction of Pat McConnell.

Wait & See’s Rio Lobo and Gib Marcucci headed to the winner’s circle in the novice pony class for Cindy and Kevin Ireland.



Impress My Daddy and new owner Glenn Werry Jr. just became a team after Louisville and they made quite an impression at Wisconsin Futurity to win the Harness Pony Championship and even larger amateur class for Glenmore Farm. Conqueror’s Colleen and Mary Ellen Golich put together the reserve grand championship effort from Rick Wallen Stables.

Werry also headed to the winner’s circle in the Open Harness Pony class but this time he was driving Impressive Swinging Star, sired by Impress My Daddy. They had previously won the novice pony class.

Royal Canadian, a world’s champion for every owner he’s ever had including Glenn Werry Jr., kept his stellar season going by earning two wins in the Hackney pony division with owner Muffy Ernster. They won the Hackney Pony Championship Saturday evening, and when Gib Marcucci came to center ring to pin the winning tricolor, it was announced that Marcucci was celebrating his birthday. Ernster and Royal Canadian had already won the amateur qualifier Friday evening, which was coincidentally, Ernster’s birthday.

Tommy Hilfiger helped River View Stables have a great show and Bob Richards drove his pony to the open reserve grand championship after winning the open class.

Romeo’s Rhythm and Shayna Woods won the junior exhibitor class for owner Richard Hegner. Heartland Alluring and Deborah Jahn teamed up to win the novice pony class.

Donna Beck and Wait N See’s Raspberry were crowned the Hackney Pleasure Driving Pony Grand Champions and champions under the direction of Jared Ratzloff in two very competitive classes. Beck’s pony closed out her first show season in winning fashion. Pacifico’s Standing Ovation and Bob Anderson finished as the reserve grand champions for Brown-Anderson Farms, Ltd.

Cayla McKibbage continued her busy week and she and Kingsley Acclaim topped the AHHS Hackney Pleasure Driving Youth Medallion class. Kurt Antonacci teamed Wild Iris to the blue ribbon in the Hackney Pleasure Driving Novice/Junior Pony class for owner Susan Murray.

EQL Trademark, with Ed Murray driving, won the Hackney Horse class in a single appearance at Wisconsin Futurity for owner Ronet Murray.

Park/Show Pleasure


The park pleasure division keeps growing and is more often than not well-filled with talented horses. Wisconsin Futurity was no exception. A nice group of park pleasure horses turned in great performances to entertain the crowd and the panel of judges all weekend long.

Kurt Antonacci was called upon to catch ride Our Prince Charming for owner Laurie Servin and he turned in a stellar effort to win the Park Pleasure Stake under the direction of John Willis Stables. Carameaprize and Wendy Bruwer were reserve in the stake for Marsha Kelly.

Lisa Strickland’s group had a good week at Madison including Debra Hoffman’s First Night Vision. Strickland rode to the blue in the open class, which, like the championship, was filled with talented teams.

Brookhill’s King Of Kool, with Andy Freseth in the irons, won the junior class for Guy and Karen Smith, topping a hard-working group of young equines.

The largest class of the division, the UPHA Park Pleasure Classic featured 10 talented three-year-olds and had the crowd cheering their favorites from start to finish. Louis Louw captured his third UPHA Classic of the show when Reedann’s Phorget-Me-Not was named the winner for Dr. Alan Raun. He’s Got It All and Julio Rodriguez claimed the red ribbon for Bell View Acres in the competitive class.

Heir’s Special Report and Sammy Jo Galica have earned numerous wins in their career together under the direction of Lance Hayes and they added two more at Madison by sweeping the five-gaited pleasure division. Blackhawk’s Girls Nite Out and Katie Costello, directed by Nealia McCracken, claimed the reserve tricolor streamers for Blackhawk Stables.

The three-gaited show pleasure division was the largest of the show and was split for adults and junior exhibitors by age group. While the junior exhibitors faced the largest championship class, the older age group for the adults had the biggest qualifier with 16 entries. The Alliant Energy Center offers a great coliseum arena to show in, but it is not exceptionally large. The 16 horse/rider combinations had to work hard to find a spot on the rail and stay out of traffic.

After topping the huge class with Nancy Leigh Fisher, He’s A Royal Pepper returned in the 10-entry stake to claim the reserve title behind Teuschers and Barbara Goodman Manilow. The depth of the older age group was impressive with a list of competitors that read like a Who’s Who of the pleasure division. Firecracker Jack and Vicki Reed have had a great season so far under the direction of AJ Bruwer and they finished with the red ribbon in the qualifier after a powerful performance.

Corky’s Asset and Kurt Antonacci have proven to be a winning combination for owner Josephine Musser and they continued their winning season with a sweep of the younger age group for the adult riders. Although their classes weren’t as large, they were extremely competitive as is traditionally the case in the pleasure division at shows on the Midwest circuit. My Dakota and Katie Costello were the reserve grand champions for Gail Wirtz Costello after their strong team effort under the direction of North Wind.

The King’s Reflection and Molly O’Connor put together a picture-perfect team effort to win the 12-entry Junior Exhibitor Three-Gaited Pleasure Stake for O’Connor Show Horses under the direction of Jamie Bridgewater. They had previously bested the field in the 14-17 qualifier. CH CF First Light Of Dawn and Maya Manilow, fresh from their world’s champion of champions title at Louisville were right there for the reserve streamers under the direction of Dick Obenauf. Another world title team, Angela Darrow and CH Trapp Mountain, from Knollwood, finished in the top three in the stake.
Reserve World’s Champion of Champions Tommy James and Loretta Mulberry, also from Knollwood, won the 13 and under class for owner Debbie Mulberry.

The junior horses had both a qualifier and championship in the show pleasure division and Bluegrass Jazz went to the top of the class in both with Bailey Freeman riding under the Hollow Haven banner. Freeman was calm, cool and collected despite the fact that she was due to get married in less than a week. California Poppies and Elisabeth LeBris finished as the reserve grand champions for Heartland Tradition LLC and were directed to their reserve tricolor by Bob Griffin and Tom Thorpe.

Eight adult riders and their novice horses did a good job of showcasing their talents for the panel and when the group lined up, it was Crimson Flower and Lori Enger named to take the blue ribbon from Bob Jensen Stables.

The junior exhibitors also showed their novice horses and put on a good show as well. Closing Scene and Aimee Langer topped that group under the direction of Palos Hills.

Turn Up The Heir and Gretchen Bentz were the winners of the Wisconsin Owned Three-Gaited Pleasure class which was well-filled with eight entries.

Mary Strohfus has earned many titles with her various mounts in her amateur/owner/trainer career and at Wisconsin, she added to that list. A Fashion Lady was the blue ribbon winner in the Owner/Trainer/Rider Show/Country Pleasure class.

The show pleasure driving horses were split for their qualifier but all returned for their championship class. Despite the big group, everyone did a great job showcasing their skills and staying out of trouble. CH Heir’s Town and Alice Unger are pros at showcasing their talents with world’s championship titles to their credit. They won section two, and then returned to win the stake as well for Nancy Leigh Fisher. So Fortunate and Janene Becker, directed by Rick Wallen, took the reserve in the stake. CH Shot With Glory and Elizabeth James-Lipscomb won the section one class under the direction of Heather Linzmeier.

Because I Said So and Claudia Gardner Sipp took the victory pass in the junior horse class for Stonewall Farm to close out the show pleasure driving division. They were met in center ring for their presentation by Dick Obenauf.

Country Pleasure


Alpha Priority and owner Toni Henle turned in two strong efforts to sweep the Five-Gaited Country Pleasure Stake and qualifier, showing under the Northern Tradition Farm banner and were followed in the ribbons by reserve grand champion Riprap with Kitt Tover up, riding under the Rancho Del Rio banner.

Current World’s Champion of Champions CH The Shadow Knows and Linda Meyer went to the winner’s circle to pick up their tricolor in the Adult Country Pleasure Stake and topped a very competitive field of 12 on the way. They also won the older age group adult qualifier class from Hollow Haven. Top This and Barbara Goodman Manilow finished in the reserve spots.

The Junior Exhibitor Country Pleasure Stake was also a big, deep class as all 12 riders from the qualifier returned in hopes of taking the title of grand champion. Michelle Krentz, catch-riding I’m Dreaming for Ted and Teri Klint, put together the winning performance after previously winning the qualifier under the direction of John Willis. Crimson Blue and Brittany Baird were right there to finish in reserve in the stake for MBA Equestrians.

CH Pop Music and CJ Rongish won a huge 14-entry novice horse class besting a great group of horses in the process. Callaway’s Count On Me and Vicki Reed earned the red ribbon in the division’s largest class.

CH Callaway’s Pretty Penny and Nancy Anderson have been one of the country pleasure driving division’s brightest stars in recent years and they were unstoppable on their way to the grand championship title after winning their section of the qualifier.

Jayne Tillman’s success at Wisconsin Futurity continued with her homebred Country Pleasure Driving Reserve Grand Champion Hard Day’s Night TS. Tillman took the victory pass in section one before claiming reserve in the championship under the direction of Scott and Carol Matton.

Tracey Wagner-Mitchell and her CH Royal Crest’s Black Marble made two appearances in Madison and went home with two winning ribbons. They were the team to beat in the Western Country Pleasure Stake after topping the class in the amateur/junior exhibitor qualifier. In The Zone and Susan Honkamp have been very successful in the division under the direction of Knollwood and they took the reserve streamers in the stake.

Street Of Fancy and Susan Honkamp won the novice horse class to add another blue to the Knollwood total. Sharon Vuinovich teamed Winsdown Cosmos to the blue in the Saddle & Bridle Shatner Western Pleasure class for Insanity LLC.



Four riders made their way to the rail for their Saddle Seat Equitation Championship: Meaghan MacQueen, riding Tantara’s Magic Blessing, CH Louisville Lass and Michelle Krentz, Ashlinn Thommes with Kajun Kalu and Faye Wuesthofen with Cheetah’s Admiral.

Wuesthofen came into the championship with the blue ribbon from the qualifier to her credit, and Krentz had previously won the USEF Saddle Seat Medal. All four riders turned in top rides but when the results were announced, it was MacQueen heading to center ring to meet Bob Griffin and Tom Thorpe for her presentation as the grand champion. Krentz finished with the reserve title from Knollwood.

Alexa Trakalo was right on target to sweep the 10 and Under Walk and Trot Equitation Championship and qualifier under the direction of Bob Jensen. Trakalo rode Pixie’s Wonderland to both titles. Jenna Winquist teamed CH I’m Radiant Too to the reserve tricolor for Winquest Farms. Winquest was instructed by Terri Anne Ulman of Winsome Farm Saddlebreds.

Morgan Wolin’s success in the adult equitation division continued with her win at Madison in the adult championship. Wolin rode CF Cool Night Out to the tricolor under the direction of Ray Krussell. Erin McCracken, instructed by Nealia McCracken, of North Wind, finished as the reserve grand champion after riding CH A Magic Surprise to the blue in the USEF Adult Saddle Seat Medal and the UPHA Adult Challenge Cup.

Amy Glasgow, riding Let The Good Times Roll, won the UPHA Challenge Cup 14-17 class, showing from Rancho Del Rio. Caitlin Donohue and Radiant Revival represented Royal Scot Stables in the winner’s circle when they were named the UPHA Challenge Cup 13 and Under Champions. Alexa Trakalo added another win to her total in the UPHA Walk and Trot Challenge Cup.



The Wisconsin Futurity classes are one of the biggest draws of the show and a great crop of young horses made the trip to Madison for a shot at the prize money up for grabs.

WV Phine Hero (Haven’s Hero x She’s Phine) topped the Wisconsin Futurity Yearling Open Championship early in the week with Kris Martalock showing for Carole Schueler and Stacy Duke after taking reserve in the yearling colts class. Yearling Fillies winner MBA’s The Powers That Be (I’m A New Yorker x She Walks On Water Too) was presented to reserve honors by Todd Valentine for MBA Equestrians.

Joe Russell and Carlucci (The Last Don x Albelarm Impulse) had a great week, taking the blue in the yearling colts class, reserve in the ASGN Yearling In Hand class, reserve in the Wisconsin Futurity Amateur Yearling Championship and top three in the open yearling championship for Hickory Knoll Farm.

Royal Crest Farms brought a big group of Futurity entries and went home with several wins and reserves including Royal Crest’s Stone Effect’s red ribbon in the open yearling fillies futurity class.

Royal Crest’s Rising Above The Rock took the tricolor in the Wisconsin Futurity Amateur Yearling Championship for Bruce and Rusty Rademann. Kurt Antonacci presented for the tricolor.

Winsdown Fifth Avenue topped a big group to win the ASGN class for Louise Gilliland. James Vantrease handled the yearling for Gilliland.

A Reason To Treasure, with Ramon Chamu and Jaime Medina presenting, won the Wisconsin Futurity Weanling Championship for Reedannland and had earlier won the weanling filly qualifier. The Muse was the reserve grand champion weanling for Darrel and Carol Sibbett. The Fine Line was the weanling colt champion with Ray Krussell handling for Seven Oaks Farm LLC.

Sateena topped 22 other weanlings to win the Wisconsin Futurity Amateur Weanling Championship and earned $1,008 for Ramona Whipps with Darrel Sibbett presenting. Big Wave Dave and Paul Healey were named the reserve grand champions for Walter and Paulette Healey.

Ms. Meg Ryan MBA won the Wisconsin Futurity Two-Year-Old In Hand class with Todd Valentine showing the homebred youngster. Royal Crest’s Stone Dunk was reserve with Kurt Antonacci handling for Bruce and Rusty Rademann.

Reedannland continued a great week at Madison in both the futurity and performance divisions with a blue ribbon drive by Dr. Alan Raun with Reedann’s Heir To Glory in the Wisconsin Futurity Two-Year-Old Fine Harness Championship. Majestica and Scott Matton were reserve for Jonelle Chovanec Gardiner.

This completes the highlights of the 31st annual Wisconsin Futurity Horse Show. Complete results can be seen and searched by clicking here.  Judges’ cards are posted here.

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    We’re in full swing as entries for our weekly contest are being submitted from breeders across the country. This week’s winning shot came from Shale HillStables, Muncie, Illinois. Jan McGlaughlin and family sent this photo of their curious filly by Reedann’s Flying Double out of Forty-TwoSecrets (by Forty-Second Street ERB). Read More
  • Obituary – Jane Blue

    A USEF judge, steward, many times committee member, exhibitor and lover of all things Morgan, our friend Jane Blue passed away Monday, April 8. A tribute obituary will run in an upcoming issue of Saddle Horse Report. Read More
  • A New Look For Connecticut Morgan Horse Association

    The Connecticut Morgan Horse Association, a leading Morgan Horse Club, is thrilled to announce an exciting rebranding initiative in partnership with Firebrick Design and Pam Howard that marks a significant milestone in the club's evolution. The comprehensive transformation encompasses a new logo and visual identity, redefining CMHA's presence in the equestrian ecosystem. Read More
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  • FoalsNFocus – Week 2

    Week two of the #foalsNfocusphoto contest had several adorable shots from a group of nice American Saddlebred, Morgan and Hackney babies. Not many things put a smile on your face the way these shots do as they are the pride and joy of their breeders. Read More