December 2013 Issue - page 8

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December 2013
PENNSYLVANIA EQUESTRIAN
by Suzy Lucine
Representatives from the
State of Pennsylvania did very
well at the 40th Annual Grand
National & World Champion-
ship Morgan Horse Show. The
event was held October 12-19 at
the State Fairgrounds in Okla-
homa City, OK. More than 1,000
Morgans from 45 states and four
countries competed in the event
that was managed for the first
time by Matt Kwapich of Berna-
lillo, NM.
Merriehill Dark Knight, a
yearling gelding owned by Con-
nie Hose of Trotwood Stables in
Greencastle, PA, was the first to
bring a world championship title
to the Keystone State. He was
pinned Grand National Yearling
Champion Gelding, and went on
to win the World Junior Cham-
pion Gelding title. Presented by
Mark Bodnar of Merriehill Farm,
the grandson of Astronomicallee
and Serenity Masterpiece also
won the World Futurity In-Hand
Gelding Championship.
Connie rode Uninhibited
to the Grand National Amateur
Masters Hunter Pleasure Cham-
pionship. The five-year-old
mare went on to win the World
Amateur Masters Hunter Pleasure
Championship.
This win was extra special
for Connie because she had only
purchased the mare 45 days before
these big wins. This was her fifth
and sixth time riding the mare,
and she had never seen the mare
shown nor had she ever ridden the
mare with other horses. This new
pair’s championship rides were
under the direction of Shayna
Butts, assistant trainer at Grove
Pointe Stables. This was also
Shayna’s first world championship
win with a horse she trained.
Pennsylvanians Win Championships at the Morgan Grand National
Broadmoor Shows 14
Mike Goebig and Dwayne
Knowles had 14 Morgans on their
show string from Broadmoor in
Kutztown, PA, competing at the
Grand National.
Assistant trainer Stacey Myers
got the team off to a great start,
winning the Grand National Ladies
English Pleasure Mares Champion-
ship with Indian Creek American
Girl. The mare is owned by Mike
Goebig and Dwayne Knowles.
Dwayne showed another
mare owned by Broadmoor, Su-
per Moon. She was the Reserve
World Futurity Two-Year-Old
Park Harness Champion.
On another day, Stacey also
got the session off to a winning
start with CN Timeless Master-
piece. Owned by Cindy Nord,
the mare won the Grand National
Ladies Pleasure Driving Mares
Championship.
Stacey Myers rode Hells
Bells to the Reserve Grand
National Three-Year-Old English
Pleasure Stallions &Geldings
Championship. They went on to
win the Reserve World Three-
Year-Old English Pleasure Cham-
pionship for owner Tara Good.
Dwayne also showed a mare,
Who Do You Love, for Tara Good.
She was pinned Reserve Grand Na-
tional Four-Year-Old Park Saddle
Mares & Geldings Champion.
Tony Lee celebrated his
birthday week in style! He drove
CHMH Spice Town Girl to their
fourth consecutive win in the
Grand National Amateur Pleasure
Driving Mare Championship.
They finished the week as the
Reserve World Amateur Pleasure
Driving Champions.
Also showing under the
Broadmoor stable banner, Allyson
Nord Wandtke trotted into the
winner’s circle twice one morn-
ing. The first was on her gelding,
CBMF Restless, in the Grand Na-
tional Amateur English Geldings
Championship. Then she rode her
mother’s Love Her Madly to the
Grand National Ladies Park Saddle
Mares Championship. She went on
to win Reserve World Champion-
ship titles with both horses in their
respective divisions.
Taylor Ekovich drove her
gelding, CBMF Momentarily, to
the Grand National Youth Pleasure
Driving Finals Championship.
Even though she was home
watching the competition on her
computer via the live feed, breeder
Rhoda Hoenmans was smiling
from ear to ear. Dwayne drove
Whitemud Midnight Lace to the
Reserve Grand National Two-Year-
Old Pleasure Driving Mares Cham-
pionship. The filly then went on to
be pinned Reserve World Two-
Year-Old Pleasure Driving Cham-
pion. Another young filly shown by
Dwayne, Whitemud High Society
won the World Two-Year-Old Park
Harness Championship.
Mike Goebig drove Get
Ready to the Reserve World
Three-Year-Old Park Harness
Championship. The bay stallion
is owned by William Haines of
Ledyard Farms.
Conti Brings Reiners
Josette Conti of Josette
Conti Performance Horses, also
in Kutztown, PA brought several
reiners from her barn. Riding her
mare Disco Patricia, Ellen Palillo
of Endless Mtn Morgans won the
Reserve World Non Pro Reining
Championship.
Josie also coached Lynne
Robinson to the Reserve Grand
National Green Rider Reining
Finals Championship. Lynne was
riding her eight-year-old mare,
Camas Mist Chemalis.
R-Two Black Jack was the
Reserve Grand National Open
Reining Champion. Josette Conti
presented the eight-year-old black
stallion for owner Cindy Nord.
Trainer Amanda Dupont
brought several horses from
her Windward Farm near State
College, PA. She rode CBMF
Street Art to the Reserve Grand
National Three-Year-Old Hunter
Pleasure Mare Championship.
Bethanne Ridgeway-Metts owns
the daughter of DBA Street Talk.
Amanda’s niece, four-year-
old Piper Stolzfus, made her
show ring debut in Leadline. She
rode GAF Cheyenne Express,
who is owned by Jane Soura.
Piper and her mother, Lauren
Dupont, also raised $157 for the
Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer
Awareness fund during their time
at the Morgan Grand National.
Amanda coached Molly
O’Guinn when she rode Cabot
Lynn Marie to the Grand National
Reserve Four-Year-Old Classic
Pleasure Saddle Championship.
Amanda Krall owns the daughter
of Liberation First Star.
“We are always honored to
be a part of the Morgan Grand
National Show,” said Amanda
Dupont. “When we look back on
this show each year, it just makes
us strive to do better next year.”
Alicia Owens of Scottfield
Stables in Montrose, PA, was
very pleased with one of her
junior rider’s, Audra Grace Lee,
performances. Riding Hollybrook
Van Gogh, she won the Reserve
World Walk Trot Saddle Seat
Equitation 11 & Under Champi-
onship and the Grand National
10-11 Walk Trot Saddle Seat
Equitation Championship.
Aboard WTS Simply Outra-
geous, Audra was the Reserve
Grand National Walk Trot Eng-
lish Pleasure 10-11 Champion.
Corinthian Stables
Trainer Todd Trushel of
Corinthian Stables in Fairview, PA,
had a successful venture into a new
division, winning the World Parade
Horse Championship aboard SDS
Kinsmans Crusader. The chest-
nut gelding has had a successful
career in the English Pleasure and
Pleasure Driving divisions, and is
owned by Laura Kiefhaber.
“The Parade Horse division
at the Morgan Grand National has
always been a favorite of mine,”
said Todd Trushel. “It was a life-
long dream of mine to ride in the
Parade Horse class, so I was glad
I was able to enter it this year. To
go in and win it made it truly an
exciting show for me.”
Todd also coached Brenda
Hills to an exciting first time
exhibiting experience at the
Morgan Grand National. She
won the Grand National Amateur
Masters Western Pleasure Section
B Championship riding Heart-
meadow Dante. Todd owns the
son of Tug Hill Commando.
For more than 36 years,
Pennsylvania-based Morgan
enthusiasts have been traveling to
Oklahoma City to compete in the
Morgan Grand National & World
Championship Horse Show.
Much like the state from which
they hail, the talented Pennsyl-
vania residents and the Morgans
they have shown continue to
earn a strong place in the history
of the breed. In every discipline
offered, they compete and often
win against the very best there is
in the Morgan breed.
Ellen Palillo, who trains with Josette Conti Performance Horses in
Kutztown, PA, won the Reserve World Non Pro Reining Champion-
ship with her mare, Disco Patricia.
Photo by Howard Schatzberg
Connie Hose of Trotwood Stables in Greencastle, PA, won the World
Amateur Masters Hunter Pleasure Championship with her new
mare, Uninhibited.
Photo by Howard Schatzberg
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