December 2016 Issue - page 8

Page 8
December 2016
PENNSYLVANIA EQUESTRIAN
Pennsylvanians Capture Morgan World
and National Championship Titles
Kutztown-based trainer Josette Conti won the Grand National Five-
& Six-Year-Old Snaffle Bit/Hackamore Championship riding Disco
Diablo.
Photo by Howard Schatzberg/Suzy Lucine
By Suzy Lucine
More than 950 Morgan
horses from across the country
and Canada graced the rings
during the 44th Annual Grand
National & World Champi-
onship Morgan Horse Show
in Oklahoma City, October
8-15. They competed in more
than 300 classes for more than
$400,000 in prize money.
Matt Kwapich of Bernalillo,
NM, was the show's manager,
and Cindy Mugnier of Belcher-
town, MA, served as show
chairman. "The 2016 Grand
National was such a wonderful
event," said Cindy. "The level
of competition, the displays of
horsemanship and sportsmanship,
the pride in our country and our
service men and women that
our exhibitors demonstrated, the
attendance of 13 members of the
Swedish Morgan Horse Associ-
ation and the participation of the
Wishes4OurHeroes and Oklaho-
ma City Thunder organizations
all contributed to a memory-filled
show.”
Mike Goebig and Dwayne
Knowles, owners/trainers of
Broadmoor in Kutztown, PA
took 19 horses to the show. They
came home with four world
championships, four reserve
world championships, one grand
national finals championship, 10
grand national championships
and three reserve grand national
championships. Several of the
performances were unanimous
wins, and several exhibitors had
back-to-back wins with their
horses.
One of their amateur riders,
Allyson Wandtke, set a record for
the number of times she has won
the World Ladies Park Saddle
Championship with four differ-
ent horses. This year, she won it
unanimously for the second year
in a row on her junior mare, Get
Smart.
Bringing back addition-
al wins to the Kutztown area,
Josette Conti of Josette Conti
Performance Horses took three
Morgan reiners and came home
with numerous titles. She won the
World Reining Snaffle Bit/Hack-
amore Championship and the
Grand National Reining Three- &
Four-Year-Old Snaffle Bit/Hack-
amore Championship with EMM
Heartbreak Kid. Riding Disco
Diablo, Josette won the Grand
National Five- & Six-Year-Old
Snaffle Bit/Hackamore Champi-
onship. Cindy Nord owns both
geldings.
Showing under Josette’s
guidance, Ellen Palillo of
Meshoppen, PA rode her mare,
Disco Patricia, to the Grand
National Reining Non-Pro Adult
Championship and the Reserve
World Reining Non-Pro Champi-
onship.
Mid-week during the show,
Josette was one of three clini-
cians participating in a Reining
Horse Clinic, sponsored by the
National Morgan Reining Horse
Association. She discussed
some of the ins and outs of how
to get the best performance
from your reiner in the show
pen.
Lynn Peeples of Lynn
Peeples Stable in Creekside, PA
presented Ledyard Oberon to two
world championship titles and
one Grand National Champion-
ship title. Owned by Bill Haines
of Ledyard Farms, the colt was
pinned Grand National Two-
Year-Old Stallion Champion, and
went on to unanimously win the
World Junior Champion Stallion
tri-color and the World Futurity
Two-Year-Old Stallion Champi-
onship.
Driving his bay colt Diversi-
ty, Lynn won the Reserve World
Two-Year-Old Pleasure Driving
Championship.
Alicia Owens of Scottfield
Stables, newly relocated to Len-
hartsville, PA took five horses
to compete. She and her clients
brought home one world, two re-
serve world and three grand na-
tional championship titles. One
of the greatest accomplishments
for Alicia during this event was
when Audra Lee and her mare,
CBMF Random Hearts, unan-
imously won the World Junior
Saddle Seat Equitation Cham-
pionship for the third year in a
row. This is the first time in the
44-year history of the show that
a young rider has accomplished
this.
Amanda DuPont of Wind-
ward Farm in Port Matlida, PA
took nine Morgans to the show.
She unanimously won the Grand
National Four-Year-Old Hunter
Pleasure Stallion & Gelding
Championship with EKL Town
Finals. The gelding is owned by
Cassandra Machado of Machado
LLC. Samantha Chamberland
showed the bay to top honors
in the Grand National Ladies
Hunter Pleasure Gelding Cham-
pionship.
Amanda rode SSLLC
Cover Girl to the Reserve Grand
National Four-Year-Old Hunter
Pleasure Mare Championship.
Farley and Dayna Peachatka
own her.
Merriehill Dark Knight won
the Reserve World Four-Year-Old
Hunter Pleasure Championship.
He is owned by Connie Hose of
Trotwood Stables in Greencastle,
PA and was ridden by trainer Jes-
sica Cavanaugh of Silver Pines
Stable.
Haley Brooks of North
Cambria, PA was the Reserve
Grand National Saddle Seat
Equitation 14-15 Champion.
She rides her mare, SSL Unique
Creations, under the direction of
Selvin Torrez of Morgan Horse
Farm.
“I was very pleased with
the success of this show,” said
Show Manager Matt Kwapich.
“No show compares to the Grand
National & World Championship
Morgan Horse Show. The train-
ers, exhibitors and owners are the
nicest group of people to work
with, plus the show committee
is dedicated to hosting a great
event. It is the pinnacle of what
a horse show should be, and we
look forward to another great
event next year.”
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