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It’s A Wrap! Carolina Exhibitors Conclude Another Great Season

by Katherine Hansil

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The North Carolina State Fair was held Oct. 5-23 featuring all breeds and disciplines including
Arabians, Tennessee Walking Horses, Paso Finos, Hunters, Mules and Donkeys. The Saddlebreds, Morgans, Hackneys and Roadsters competed Oct. 19-22, during the last weekend of the fair. This show marked the end of show season for many Carolina

With the fair right next door not much extracurricular activity was needed on the show grounds to entertain exhibitors. Within a short walk, exhibitors could find fair rides and fair food like funnel cakes and turkey legs. On Friday evening the Dessert Party was held for all exhibitors after the show. During Saturday evening's session, Charlotte Carter was named the Southeastern Hackney Futurity High Point Champion.

Lewis Eckard boldly entered the scene of the open five-gaited division with Rebekah Cloninger's new horse, CH Dusty Beau. With “Dusty's” high head and tremendous motion, they took the division by storm, turning in two winning rides in the division. In the championship, junior star Attaché's Crown Royal turned in a solid performance for the reserve tricolor with owner Vickie Byrd aboard. This flashy chestnut also won the junior qualifier with Byrd with Jewel's Tempo and Justine Janzen in for reserve. In the open qualifier the red ribbon went to last year's winner of the championship, Zara Spook, with Paul Boone in the irons for Dr. Wendy Troyer.

What's The Whoopla and Barry Stumbo made the victory pass in the limit class for Bonnie and Robert Koch with Red Oak's Citation and Paul Boone accepting the red ribbon for SGF Winning Ways Farm.

He is only a four-year-old but with the solid performances he turned in at Southeastern and at the North Carolina State Fair, one might think he has been doing this for years. Under the direction of Steve and Julia Joyce, Our Silver Charm with George Ann Nash turned in two strong rides for the Amateur Five-Gaited Championship and qualifier titles. Reserve in both classes went to last year's junior champion Ima Star-Buck, who was shown by Julie Burmeister for Jerry Horoshuck. In the ladies class Howling Wolf and Brenda Pulis made the trip to the winner's circle with huge approval from the crowd. Reserve honors went to Bluebonnet's Wild Thing and Joy Bowman.

The Cash Lovell Stables team of CH Diamond's Hope and Sarah Longworth ended their successful season with a pair of wins in the junior exhibitor five-gaited. They turned in two great rides besting Jewelspell and Justine Janzen, who received both red ribbons.

Jewelled Star and Rebekah Cloninger were back to defend their title in the five-gaited pony division. In 2004 they earned the tricolor in their first appearance together. They were back this year earning the tricolor and the blue with two great performances. Reserve honors went to Alianca with new rider Tori White, under the direction of Tim Henry.


Moving up a notch from the qualifier, My Elegance On Parade with Barry Stumbo won the Three-Gaited Championship for Bonnie and Robert Koch. Reserve honors went to qualifier winner Showboat's Casablanca with Steve Joyce up for Marian Hunt Bramlett. Bramlett also won in the Ladies Three-Gaited with her high-headed mount. Reserve in the ladies class went to Sublime Light and Maura Dalton for Mr. and Mrs. Larry Young. Lady T Heir A picked up the blue in the Junior Three-Gaited class with Bill Shiflet for Riley Shiflet.

With a comeback ride Woulda Coulda Shoulda and Aimee Austin claimed the tricolor in the Amateur Three-Gaited Championship under the direction of Mary Ann Harris. Both reserve ribbons went to the toppy Chesney with Marie Gwinn. Winning the qualifier was Exotic Times with Dori Zandy, who catch-rode for Cindy and Lee Wagoner.

The perfectly matched team of CH The Showstopper and Margaret Morrison swept the junior exhibitor three-gaited division with two flawless performances. Irish Charisma moved up several notches to claim the reserve in the championship with Madison Bissette aboard. Reserve in the qualifier went to the Boone's Farm-trained SJ Denmark's Geronimo with Pressley Laton.

Four top ponies contended for the three-gaited top honors. Moving up a notch to win the tricolor was the Cash Lovell team of Cameo's Carte Blanche and Anna Drew Jackson. Reserve honors and the blue in the qualifier went to Royalty In Black with Allie Wellington.


With two outstanding performances Detached and Lewis Eckard added two more titles to their list for the season by sweeping the open park division for proud owner Susan Harris. After qualifying in the junior park class the flashy spotted Saddlebred Unbreakable Heart with Stefany Bennett stepped up to open competition to claim the reserve tricolor and first place Grand National money. In the qualifier the red streamers went back to
Calvary Training Center
with Patricia Boysen's entry Keep It Simple with Barry Stumbo in the irons. Trixie Chick with Jenny Glennon won the junior class with an outstanding performance for owner Vonda Goff. Reserve honors went to the bold Dickey D with Kim Cowart aboard for North Star Farm.

Promise To Dance was in top form with owner and rider Marie Gwinn, sweeping the amateur three-gaited park division. Reserve honors in the championship went to Callaway's B. Gratz Brown with Karin Banks in the irons. Reserve in the qualifier went to another Troutman team, Sir Country and Carol Reedy.

Tipitina and Bree Zandy have had a successful season together, racking up many first and reserve ribbons throughout the southeastern circuit under the direction of Julia and Steve Joyce. This week was no exception as they turned in two strong rides to sweep the junior exhibitor three-gaited park division. Reserve in both classes went to the Johnny Lucas and Sons trained Katie's Dream and Britt Mitchell for Jenny Kokenes.

Fine Harness

Fine harness is sometimes a light class on this circuit but during this week it was very competitive with five quality entries answering the gate call. Winning the tricolor was the elegant Catalytic with Susan Hollowell. This team also won their qualifier earlier in the week. Receiving the reserve tricolor was Joyful Affair and Barry Stumbo for Gail and Guy Grout. In the qualifier the red ribbon went to the loft CH Unforgiven and Karin Banks.


In the Open Roadster To Bike Championship Sour Grapes and trainer Steve Hanks raced to the finish line for owner Mark Catron after an earlier reserve finish. Reserve in the championship went to the winner of the amateur qualifier, Rompaway. Billy Maddy was as the lines of this high-headed roadster. Winning the open qualifier was newcomer Quite Irresistible and Page Champion for Lynda and Bob Stewart. Reserve in the amateur qualifier went to Spatz and Janelle D'Amato.

In the under saddle class, five entries thrilled the crowd with their speed and stamina as they raced through their gaits. Winning the class was the fast and beautiful Vivacious with owner and rider Dr. Holly Ackerman aboard. The newly teamed Mr. Woodstock and Dr. Brian Garrett accepted the red streamers under the direction of trainer Greg O'Kelley.

Hackney Ponies

In the Roadster Pony Championship Let's Take A Chance took the competition by storm with trainer and driver Paige Owen. Owen and “Rodney” turned in a great drive to win the tricolor for owner Kathy Humphries. This was also a nice birthday present for Owen’s mother, Myra Williams. Let's Take A Chance also captured the amateur qualifier with Holly Hale at the lines. Karl Bridgeman's pony Razz Ma Tazz won the open qualifier with Gina Lail and finished with the red ribbon in the championship with Lewis Eckard. Vivacious EF with Harry Daughtry earned the red ribbon in the open qualifier.

Winning the amateur championship was the Meadow Wood trained Bali Hai and Jack Richards moving up a notch from their red in the qualifier. Reserve in the amateur championship went to the speedy Kingsley Lionheart and Layra Hash.

The junior exhibitors had their time to shine with two different qualifiers. Winning the AHHS Medallion with a flawless drive was Zildjian and Conner Leith with Dun Haven Grandiose and Rebekah Cloninger receiving the red ribbon. In the junior exhibitor qualifier the blue went to Boot Scootin Boogie with Allie Wellington with their royal blue and green silks flying. Reserve honors went to Shadow land's Elijah with Tori White. In the championship Dun Haven Grandiose and Rebekah Cloninger turned in a flawless drive for the win for the third year in a row with Zildjian and Conner Leith taking the red ribbon.

In the Road Pony Under Saddle class, John Glenn with Morgan Feimster had their game faces on for the title with Shadowland's Elijah and Tori White accepting the red streamers. In the AHHS Under Saddle Medallion Daddy's Little Girl and Hanna Norwood were victorious with Shadowland's Elijah and Tori White again receiving the red ribbon.

Holly Hale made another trip to the North Carolina State Fair winner's circle, this time with her pony Perfect Offering in the Limit Roadster Pony with Kingsley Lionheart and Layra Hash garnering the red streamers. In the UPHA Roadster Pony Classic the blue went to Lone Star with Jeoff Bodenhorst at the lines while Seamair Leader and Bo Lucas turned in the reserve performance Harry Daughtry.

In the harness division Tete A Tete was a star for Leslie Minard. After an earlier win in the Amateur Harness Pony class, they returned to win the open championship and accept reserve in the amateur championship. Psycho won the amateur championship with Jack Richards. This team also won the Limit Harness Pony class. Main Impression and Charlotte Carter captured the red in the open championship as well as the limit qualifier.

Heartland High Time and Rita Camp went two-for-two as they swept the Hackney pony division with two flawless performances. Reserve in the championship went to Heartland Bandelero with Dr. Gary Garison. This talented pony also won the open qualifier with Randy Cole on the lines. Mercedes Ben and Charlotte Carter earned the red ribbon in the amateur qualifier.

The Hackney pleasure driving division was stacked full of quality and quantity. Fresh off wins in this arena in September, Heartland Contender and Liz Holmes moved up a place to garner the tricolor streamers for 3-T Farms. Reserve in the championship went the UPHA Classic winner Regal's Class Act LF and Bland Craig. Heartland Parade Time captured his first blue on the Southeast circuit with Phyllis Brookshire on the lines for Tamra Arnet for the West Wind banner. Wait And See's Postmaster went three-for-three for the Cash Lovell Stables banner. Susan Hollowell was at the line to win the Pony Pleasure Driving Championship and qualifier while Alexandra Foster had a great catch drive to win the AHHS Pleasure Driving Medallion.

North Carolina State Fair is the home to the Southeastern Hackney Futurity. Winning the stallion/gelding weanling class was Designer's Concerto with Charlotte Carter while Saddle Creek Classic Caprice and Travis Olinger collected the reserve streamers. In the filly weanling class Charlotte Carter was back in the winner's circle with Mistress Bobbette with Saddle Creek's High Maintenance and Travis Olinger receiving the red ribbon.

GS Little Man and M.L. Gray received the blue in the stallion/gelding yearling with Wonder Man and Jack Richards in for reserve. Catera and Bob Glasgow earned the blue in the filly yearling class with Saddle Creek's Debonaire Lady and Travis Olinger garnering the red streamers. Radiant's Triumph and Tom Kirby earned the blue ribbon in the stallion/gelding two-year-old. Charlotte Carter had a one-two punch in the mare two-year-old winning with Renn Brook Millennium Fire and receiving the red ribbon with Renn Brook Sweet Sonata. STS Night Survivor and Earnest Lambdin won the three-year-old 12.2 and under.

Show Pleasure


Winning back-to-back trips to the winner's circle in the five-gaited show pleasure was the Cash Lovell Stables team of Turn On The Heat and Nancy Churchill. Garnering both red ribbons was Make It Magic and Katherine Hansil. In the junior exhibitor class Callaway's No Problem and Dustin Lassett had a comeback ride to claim the tricolor. Winner of the qualifier and reserve in the championship went to the Meadow Wood team of Mountainview's King For A Day and Katie Scott. CH Social Worth and Pam Austin received reserve in the qualifier under the direction of Mary Ann Harris.

In the large Three-Gaited Show Pleasure Championship Partagus and Kate Matthews moved up several places to garner the tricolor with a superb performance under the direction of Midge Hunt. Reserve honors went to Sheer Triumph and Beth Watson for River Mews LTD. In the qualifier Go Baby Go and Catie Hawley were victorious in their only appearance. The new team of Irish Cappuccino and Heather Jensen captured the red ribbon in the qualifier for team Ingleside.

CH It's Yabba Dabba Doo Time and Sydney Carter turned in two perfect rides to sweep the 14-17 three-gaited show pleasure division. Reserve honors in both classes went to CH Harlem's Moon Shadow and Jesse Lynch. In the 13 and under championship, Lunenburg's Irish Storm and Haley Covert had a comeback ride to win the tricolor for the Jenkins family with Callaway's North Wind and Nikki Lawing in for reserve under the Silverlin banner. In the qualifier the blue went to Summer Waltz and Kady Knight with Nanny Fine with Emily Stumbo in for reserve.

In the 12 and Under Walk and Trot Pleasure Championship The Chesapeake Bay and Austin Hazelwood moved up a couple of spots to capture the tricolor. Accepting the red ribbon in the championship and the blue in the qualifier was CH Much More Radiant and Sarah Martin. Kingwood's On The Heir and Kim Mueller earned the red ribbon in the qualifier. Winning the Three-Gaited Pleasure Pony Championship was Santana's Flaming Dawn and Camille Cowart with a comeback ride. In the qualifier the blue went to Walterway's Mighty Hifalutin with Sarah Longworth in their only appearance. Percy and Jackie Graebner accepted both red ribbons for the Heads Up team.

The elegant My Chesapeake Bay and Ruth Shelton teamed up for the Novice Rider Show Pleasure Championship with Callaway's Royal Decree and Kristina Coil garnering the red ribbon. In the qualifier the blue went to the Suzy Shiflet-trained Irene's Goodnight Kiss and Georgia Rae Gurney with Go For The Gold and Quentin Hazelwood in for the red ribbon. VHF Bay All Day and Marie Gwinn earned the top prize in the amateur owned and trained with Dream To Remember and Debbie Palmer trotting away with reserve.

Harlem's Babe Ruth and Susan Whittington moved up a place to claim the tricolor in the Show Pleasure Driving Championship under the direction of Carol Addison. Capturing the blue in the qualifier and the reserve grand championship title was Allie Wellington's I'm The Real Deal with Dr. Don Gibson on the lines.

Country Pleasure


Besting 15 top entries, My Fair Prince earned the country pleasure tricolor with Whitney Bennett in the irons. This team earned the red ribbon earlier in the week where the sporty Attaché Allure and Dori Zandy, catch riding for Dr. Shelly Gordon, picked up the blue. Earning reserve in the championship was the Gary Altizer-trained Executive Phorce with Doris Tyler.

The well-matched team of CH Future Treasure and Victoria Woodruff won both country pleasure classes offered for the 14-17 age group. The red ribbon in the championship went to their Ingleside teammate Champagne's April Morning and Erin Breslin. The Rest Is Magic and Kasey Krings earned the qualifying red. In the 13 and under championship Bankshire's Davy Jones and Nikki Lawing moved up several spots to garner the tricolor under the Drowning Creek banner. Santana's Treat and Amy Belton earned the reserve grand champion title under the direction of Heads Up. In the qualifier another Heads Up team, All I Do Is Dream and Cara Wolf, earned the blue ribbon with the Ingleside team of CH Hey Covington and Laura Katherine Rodgers in for reserve.

Commet's Second Chance with Ashlin Bryan topped the novice rider class with Santana's Treat and Amy Belton receiving another reserve title. CH Bonnie Santana and Debbie Palmer earned the top ribbon in the amateur owned and trained with Carnival Jester's Wildest Dreams and Tatum Faithful finishing reserve.

Brooks Fulton catch drove Jackie Landis’ Tu Wicki to two impressive finishes. This team won the Country Pleasure Driving Championship and qualifier. Ro-Day-O and Rheanne Greene collected reserve honors both times out.

The flashy chestnut Monsignor with Marie Gwinn in the irons moved up several places with a comeback ride to capture the Western Country Pleasure Championship. Reserve honors went to the winner of the qualifier Liquid Trust and Tatum Faithful. In the qualifier Beaux's Radiant Empire and Pat Yeatts earned the red ribbon. Sky Lite City and Fahlon Faithful exited with the blue ribbon for Jenny Lovin in the junior exhibitor western qualifier.

Holly Henson was aboard Symbol's Supreme Eclipse to sweep the hunter country pleasure division. Reserve honors in both classes went to Denmark's Oman and Anne Shrago.

Two poised riders returned to compete for the Saddle Seat Equitation Championship. After rail work the riders were asked to complete a workout. After all the work was completed, Misty Hall was called to winner's circle where her instructor Heather Boodey greeted her. Earlier in the week Hall received the red ribbon in the age group qualifier. Winning the age group and the UPHA Challenge Cup, under the direction of Liz McBride-Jones, was Laura Byrd. Aboard
's Gigi, Byrd was poised and polished for the wins in her last junior exhibitor appearance. Anna Reeves, instructed by Suzy Shiflet, received the reserve grand championship title as well as the blue ribbon in the pleasure equitation class.

Allison Gann, also instructed by Liz McBride-Jones, swept the 10 and under walk and trot competition. No one was more thrilled with this win than her father, Michael, who has been unable to see Allison show all year. This time he was home for two weeks from his post in Iraq, only to leave the following week. Reserve in both classes went to the Cash Lovell Stables-instructed Cagle James.



Saturday morning belonged to the academy riders. With over 200 entries it was a full schedule. Winning top ribbons in their divisions were: Terry Paynter, Caitlin Garison, Kaitlin Wakefield, Melinda Snyder, Kristine Janzen, Monique Hall, Tara Enscore, Colleen Bogner, Emily Peele, Meghan Bryant, Sydney Rowell, London Dixon, Olga Ramsay, Beth Viering, Lindsey Bryan, Melanie Bennett, Arianna Torrens, McKenzie Bryant, Linda Stansbury, Melinda Tedder, Melanie Forbes, Piper Diaz, Bridget Hannigan, Abby Heinrich, Sarah Major, Franny Locklear, Caleb Burnett, Chelcie Rawls, Ciara Horton, Tiffany Hager, Alex Gerber, Megan Chung, Maddie Millis, Summer Blackwelder, Megan Garrison, Ashley Oyler, Caroline Anderson, Riley Grace Didier, Jordan Parham, Karsen Motsinger, Taylor Cavanaugh, Sidney Howard, Rachel Payne, Christy Stovall, Taylor Young, Morgan Barney, Rachel Tuite, Sarah Mueller, Lilly Boyd, Alexandra Gentry, Bonnie Reers and Brianna Monk.



JAJ Bel Shasar trotted to the winner's circle in the park harness open class with Cathy Minard in the buggy for 21st Century Morgans under the direction of Jason Harrell.

There were several nice entries in the English pleasure section. The Heartbeat has entertained audiences in North Carolina for several show seasons and made two big victory passes in the ladies class and the English pleasure horse stake. He trotted as big as ever for Jessica Holmes and it was announced on Saturday night that this was his last appearance in the show ring before entering a well-deserved retirement. Donna Arnette owns this 17 year-old gelding and he has been trained in recent years by Heads Up Academy. Natalie Tetterton and LRF Patrick Henry were second in the ladies class. In the championship Chelsea Flynt rode AFF Elusive Dream to reserve honors. This duo earned the blue earlier in the junior exhibitor class.

Chris Nelson rode the winner of the open class, RGR Reality Check. Mary T. Moore owns this handsome stallion. Eve's Little Miss Attitude and Dreama Matheny were second in the open class and posted their own win in the amateur class. Captivation of Foxridge made three trips to the winner's circle. This sharp entry topped the junior/limit qualifier and junior/limit stake as well as the amateur stake. This high-headed gelding is owned by Martha Perry and shown by Beth Kelly. LRF Patrick Henry and Natalie Tetterton were the red ribbon recipients in the junior/limit qualifying class. Battier and Page Owen took reserve honors in the junior/limit stake for Jody Frank. Eve's Little Miss Attitude was reserve in the amateur stake.

In the 12 & under walk-trot pleasure qualifier IMM Doubly Blessed and McKenzie Fulford took the blue for Illustrious Morgan Manor. Rebecca Jones and her FCL Just A Miracle were second. In the championship the ties were reversed with FCL Just A Miracle finishing as the champion and IMM Doubly Blessed taking home reserve.

Hollybrook Indian Brave made a total of four victory passes at the North Carolina State Fair in the pleasure driving classes. They won the open class and open championship as well as the amateur qualifier and championship. Mary Daughtry is the happy owner of this smooth-going gelding. Face the Nation and owner/driver Dan Redmon were a popular second in the amateur qualifier. In the amateur championship Natalie Tetterton and Glorious Answer claimed the reserve honors. Jason Harrell drove 21st Century Morgans' sporty John Weslee to the blue in the junior/limit class as well as reserve honors in the open championship.

Merriehill Bi Mi Command and Lisa Nelson made a pair of victory passes in the ladies classic under saddle qualifier and the Classic Pleasure Championship. Coalition Royal Billing and June Davis had the crowd’s approval for reserve in both of these classes. Laura Austin and her high-headed black Ram Wham Bam Precision were the popular winners of the open class. Davis rode her Waseeka's Bold Queen Anne to garner the red ribbon in this class. Emory Sykes rode June's typy mare to a pair of wins in the Junior Exhibitor Classic Pleasure qualifier and championship. RGR Goldfinger and Madison Pleasant were second in the junior exhibitor qualifier, but won their own blue in the limit class. Second in the limit class was awarded to Josh Miller and Give A Little Whistle.

Hollybrook Independence and Cathy Minard were the blue ribbon winners in the Classic Pleasure Driving Open class. Pat Wyatt had a ball driving Merriehill Bi Mi Command to the blue in limit class for Lisa Nelson. Give A Little Whistle and Josh Miller were second for Whistle Stop Farm. In the Classic Pleasure Driving Championship Coalition Royal Billing and June Davis took top honors while Give A Little Whistle was the reserve champion.

GVF Radiant Command and Joe Anne Jones garnered four top prizes in the western division. They bested their competition in the open class, the amateur-owner class, the amateur qualifier and the amateur championship. Hollybrook Sudden Impact and Beth Kelly were second in the open class for Mary Daughtry. Fox Hall Mercedes and Patsy Hester carried out the red ribbon in the amateur-owner to ride class. Brightleaf's Cannon Heir and Gloria Howell were reserve in the amateur qualifier and amateur championship. In the open championship, however, it was Brightleaf's Cannon Heir in the winner's circle with GVF Radiant Command reserve. Foxhall Mercedes took the blue in the ladies class just ahead of Hollybrook Sudden Impact.

QM Poseidon and Elizabeth Abernathy dominated the hunter division with great performances. This team won the amateur qualifier and championship as well as the open qualifier and open championship. MLF Calamity Jane and Kelsey Moore were second in the amateur qualifier and reserve in the open championship for Loblolly Farm.

Twelve-year-old Emory Sykes rode her eye-catching JAJ Capriole's Sir Walter to the blue in the Junior Exhibitor Hunter Pleasure class and to the reserve honors in the amateur championship. The bold moving bay mare FRF Center Stage took the blue in the junior/limit class and finished second in the open class. Beth Kelly presented her for Patricia Wyatt. The red ribbon in the limit/junior class went to October Radiance and Susan Walker.

The basic premise of the North Carolina State Fair is to promote the products of the agricultural industry, which includes horse breeding. So it was fitting that some of North Carolina's Morgan horse breeders were on hand to see some of their horses competing. Joyce Metters of Hollybrook farms in Lexington, N.C., was very proud of the “Boomer boys,” the offspring of her Hollybrook Wham Bam. They accounted for nine big wins. Joe Anne Jones is the JAJ prefix, which precedes two more of the winners. Pat Wyatt's broodmare Foxridge Celebrity, a former world champion herself, produced two  champions from the state fair.


This wraps up the North Carolina State Fair Horse Show. Complete results may be viewed, searched and printed at Show Results.

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